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

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


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

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

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    Jurandir Pereira Pinto


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

  3. Quantitative analysis of trace-level benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene in cellulose acetate tow using headspace heart-cutting multidimensional gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Ji, Xiaorong; Zhang, Jing; Guo, Yinlong


    This study describes a method for the quantification of trace-level benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene in cellulose acetate tow by heart-cutting multidimensional gas chromatography with mass spectrometry in selected ion monitoring mode. As the major volatile component in cellulose acetate tow samples, acetone would be overloaded when attempting to perform a high-resolution separation to analyze trace benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene. With heart-cutting technology, a larger volume injection was achieved and acetone was easily cut off by employing a capillary column with inner diameter of 0.32 mm in the primary gas chromatography. Only benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene were directed to the secondary column to result in an effective separation. The matrix interference was minimized and the peak shapes were greatly improved. Finally, quantitative analysis of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene was performed using an isotopically labeled internal standard. The headspace multidimensional gas chromatography mass spectrometry system was proved to be a powerful tool for analyzing trace volatile organic compounds in complex samples.

  4. Determination of biodegradation process of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in seabed sediment by purge and trap gas chromatography

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    Han, Dongqiang [Key Lab. for Atomic and Molecular Nanosciences of Education Ministry, Tsinghua Univ., Beijing (China). Dept. of Physics; China Pharmaceutical Univ., Nanjing (China). Physics Teaching and Research Section, Dept. of Basic Sciences; Ma, Wanyun; Chen, Dieyan [Key Lab. for Atomic and Molecular Nanosciences of Education Ministry, Tsinghua Univ., Beijing (China). Dept. of Physics


    Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) are commonly found in crude oil and are used in geochemical investigations as direct indicators of the presence of oil and gas. BTEX are easily volatile and can be degraded by microorganisms, which affect their precise measurement seriously. A method for determining the biodegradation process of BTEX in seabed sediment using dynamic headspace (purge and trap) gas chromatography with a photoionization detector (PID) was developed, which had a detection limit of 7.3-13.2 ng L{sup -1} and a recovery rate of 91.6-95.0%. The decrease in the concentration of BTEX components was monitored in seabed sediment samples, which was caused by microorganism biodegradation. The results of BTEX biodegradation process were of great significance in the collection, transportation, preservation, and measurement of seabed sediment samples in the geochemical investigations of oil and gas. (orig.)

  5. Biodegradation of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and o-, m-, and p-Xylenes by the Newly Isolated Bacterium Comamonas sp. JB. (United States)

    Jiang, Bei; Zhou, Zunchun; Dong, Ying; Tao, Wei; Wang, Bai; Jiang, Jingwei; Guan, Xiaoyan


    A bacterium designated strain JB, able to degrade six benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and o-, m-, and p-xylene (BTEX) compounds, was isolated from petroleum-contaminated soil. Taxonomic analyses showed that the isolate belonged to Comamonas, and until now, the genus Comamonas has not included any known BTEX degraders. The BTEX biodegradation rate was slightly low on the mineral salt medium (MSM), but adding a small amount of yeast extract greatly enhanced the biodegradation. The relationship between specific degradation rate and individual BTEX was described well by Michaelis-Menten kinetics. The treatment of petrochemical wastewater containing BTEX mixture and phenol was shown to be highly efficient by BTEX-grown JB. In addition, toxicity assessment indicated the treatment of the petrochemical wastewater by BTEX-grown JB led to less toxicity than untreated wastewater.

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

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    Dueholm, Morten Simonsen; Albertsen, Mads; D'Imperio, Seth;


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

  7. Biodegradation Kinetics of Tetrahydrofuran, Benzene, Toluene, and Ethylbenzene as Multi-substrate by Pseudomonas oleovorans DT4

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    Dong-Zhi Chen


    Full Text Available The biodegradation kinetics of tetrahydrofuran, benzene (B, toluene (T, and ethylbenzene (E were systematically investigated individually and as mixtures by a series of aerobic batch degradation experiments initiated by Pseudomonas oleovorans DT4. The Andrews model parameters, e.g., maximum specific growth rates (μmax, half saturation, and substrate inhibition constant, were obtained from single-substrate experiments. The interaction parameters in the sum kinetics model (SKIP were obtained from the dual substrates. The μmax value of 1.01 for tetrahydrofuran indicated that cell growth using tetrahydrofuran as carbon source was faster than the growth on B (μmax, B = 0.39 or T (μmax, T = 0.39. The interactions in the dual-substrate experiments, including genhancement, inhibition, and co-metabolism, in the mixtures of tetrahydrofuran with B or T or E were identified. The degradation of the four compounds existing simultaneously could be predicted by the combination of SKIP and co-metabolism models. This study is the first to quantify the interactions between tetrahydrofuran and BTE.

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

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    Kheirbek Iyad


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

  9. The effect of water presence on the photocatalytic oxidation of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and m-xylene in the gas-phase (United States)

    Korologos, Christos A.; Philippopoulos, Constantine J.; Poulopoulos, Stavros G.


    In the present work, the gas-solid heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and m-xylene (BTEX) over UV-irradiated titanium dioxide was studied in an annular reactor operated in the CSTR (continuous stirred-tank reactor) mode. GC-FID and GC-MS were used for analysing reactor inlet and outlet streams. Initial BTEX concentrations were in the low parts per million (ppmv) range, whereas the water concentration was in the range of 0-35,230 ppmv and the residence time varied from 50 to 210 s. The effect of water addition on the photocatalytic process showed strong dependence on the type of the BTEX and the water vapour concentration. The increase in residence time resulted in a considerable increase in the conversion achieved for all compounds and experimental conditions. There was a clear interaction between residence time and water presence regarding the effect on conversions achieved. It was established that conversions over 95% could be achieved by adjusting appropriately the experimental conditions and especially the water concentration in the reactor. In all cases, no by-products were detected above the detection limit and carbon dioxide was the only compound detected. Finally, various Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic models have been tested in the analysis of the experimental data obtained. The kinetic data obtained confirmed that water had an active participation in the photocatalytic reactions of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and m-xylene since the model involving reaction of BTEX and water adsorbed on different active sites yielded the most successful fitting to the experimental results for the first three compounds, whereas the kinetic model based on the assumption that reaction between VOC and water dissociatively adsorbed on the photocatalyst takes place was the most appropriate in the case of m-xylene.

  10. Application of portable gas chromatography-photo ionization detector combined with headspace sampling for field analysis of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene in soils. (United States)

    Zhou, You-Ya; Yu, Ji-Fang; Yan, Zeng-Guang; Zhang, Chao-Yan; Xie, Ya-Bo; Ma, Li-Qiang; Gu, Qing-Bao; Li, Fa-Sheng


    A method based on headspace (HS) sampling coupling with portable gas chromatography (GC) with photo ionization detector (PID) was developed for rapid determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) in soils. Optimal conditions for HS gas sampling procedure were determined, and the influence of soil organic matter on the recovery of BTEX from soil was investigated using five representative Chinese soils. The results showed that the HS-portable-GC-PID method could be effectively operated at ambient temperature, and the addition of 15 ml of saturated NaCl solution in a 40-ml sampling vial and 60 s of shaking time for sample solution were optimum for the HS gas sampling procedure. The recoveries of each BTEX in soils ranged from 87.2 to 105.1 %, with relative standard deviations varying from 5.3 to 7.8 %. Good linearity was obtained for all BTEX compounds, and the detection limits were in the 0.1 to 0.8 μg kg(-1) range. Soil organic matter was identified as one of the principal elements that affect the HS gas sampling of BTEX in soils. The HS-portable-GC-PID method was successfully applied for field determination of benzene and toluene in soils of a former chemical plant in Jilin City, northeast China. Considering its satisfactory repeatability and reproducibility and particular suitability to be operated in ambient environment, HS sampling coupling with portable GC-PID is, therefore, recommended to be a suitable screening tool for rapid on-site determination of BTEX in soils.

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

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


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

  12. Simultaneous determination of gasoline oxygenates and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene in water samples using headspace-programmed temperature vaporization-fast gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Pérez Pavón, José Luis; del Nogal Sánchez, Miguel; Fernández Laespada, María Esther; Moreno Cordero, Bernardo


    A sensitive method is presented for the fast analysis of seven fuel oxygenates (methanol, ethanol, tert-butyl alcohol (TBA), methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), ethyl tert-butyl ether (ETBE), tert-amyl methyl ether (TAME) and diisopropyl ether (DIPE)) and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and p-xylene (BTEX) in water samples. The applicability of a headspace (HS) autosampler in combination with a GC device equipped with a programmable temperature vaporizer (PTV) and a MS detector is explored. The proposed method achieves a clear improvement in sensitivity with respect to conventional headspace methods due to the use of the PTV. Two different packed liners with materials of different trapping strengths (glass wool and Tenax-TA) were compared. The benefits of using Tenax-TA instead of glass wool as packed material for the measurement of the 11 compounds emerged as better signal-to-noise ratios and hence better detection limits. The proposed method is extremely sensitive. The limits of detection are of the order of ng/L for six of the compounds studied and of the order of microg/L for the rest, with the exception of the most polar and volatile compound: methanol. Precision (measured as the relative standard deviation for a level with an S/N ratio close to 3) was equal to or lower than 15% in all cases. The method was applied to the determination of the analytes in natural matrixes (tap, river and sea water) and the results obtained can be considered highly satisfactory. The methodology has much lower detection limits than the concentration limits proposed in drinking water by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Union for compounds under regulation.

  13. Automated dynamic headspace organic solvent film microextraction for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene. Renewable liquid film as a sampler by a programmable motor. (United States)

    Mohammadi, Abdorreza; Alizadeh, Naader


    A simple, fast and efficient dynamic headspace-organic solvent film microextraction (DHS-OSFME) method using a new automatic device was developed. The renewable organic films were formed inside a microsyringe barrel using the uniform and repeated movement of the syringe plunger enabled by programmable stirring motor. The plunger speed, number of extraction cycles, and dwell time (stop time after each half round) were controlled by a computer software, which was written by C++ Builder. A theoretical treatment of the DHS-OSFME based on the consecutive first-order process is proposed in this report. A mathematical solution for the dynamic process of the mass transfer was obtained by correlating the variation of analyte concentration in the syringe volume with the plunger speed and the amount of analyte extracted to the OSF. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and o-xylene (BTEX) were employed as model compounds to assess the extraction procedure and were determined by gas chromatography-flame ionization detection. Of the three organic solvents (1-octanol, benzyl alcohol and n-dodecane) studied as extractants, n-dodecane proved to be the most sensitive solvent for the extraction of these analytes. Several parameters, including the syringe withdrawal rate, dwelling time, number of extraction cycles, sampling volume, sample temperature, and ionic strength of the solution, were investigated for their effects on the extraction performance. The calibration graphs were linear in the range of 0.5-200 ng ml(-1), with the detection limits between 0.18 and 0.35 ng ml(-1). Wastewater samples were extracted by the optimized method, and determined using the standard addition method.

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

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


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

  15. Bio-removal of mixture of benzene,toluene,ethylbenzene,and xylenes/total petroleum hydrocarbons/trichloroethylene from contaminated water

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    SHIM Hojae; MA Wei; LIN Aijun; CHAN Kaicho


    Four pure cultures were isolated from soil samples potentially contaminated with gasoline compounds either at a construction site near a gas station in Fai Chi Kei,Macau SAR or in the northern parts of China (Beijing,and Hebei and Shandong provinces).The effects of different concentrations of benzene,toluene,ethylbenzene,and three isomers (ortho-,meta-,and para-) of xylene (BTEX),total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH),and trichloroethylene (TCE),when they were present in mixtures,on the bio-removal efficiencies of microbial isolates were investigated,together with their interactions during the bio-removal process.When the isolates were tested for the BTEX (50-350 mg/L)/TPH (2000 mg/L) mixture,BTEoX in BTEoX/TPH mixture was shown with higher bio-removal efficiencies,while BTEmX in BTEmX/TPH mixture was shown with the lowest,regardless of isolates.The TPH in BTEmX/TPH mixture,on the other hand,were generally shown with higher bio-removal efficiencies compared to when TPH mixed with BTEoX and BTEpX.When these BTEX mixtures (at 350 mg/L) were present with TCE (5-50 mg/L),the stimulatory effect of TCE toward BTEoX bio-removal was observed for BTEoX/TCE mixture,while the inhibitory effect of TCE toward BTEmX for BTEmX/TCE mixture.The bio-removal efficiency for TPH was shown lower in TPH (2000 mg/L)/TCE (5-50 mg/L) mixtures compared to TPH present alone,implying the inhibitory effect of TCE toward TPH bio-removal.For the mixture of BTEX (417 mg/L),TPH (2000 mg/L) along with TCE (5-50 mg/L),TCE was shown co-metabolically removed more efficiently at 15 mg/L,probably utilizing BTEX and/or TPH as primary substrates.

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

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


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

  17. A simplified Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe approach for the determination of trihalomethanes and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in soil matrices by fast gas chromatography with mass spectrometry detection. (United States)

    García Pinto, Carmelo; Herrero Martín, Sara; Pérez Pavón, José Luis; Moreno Cordero, Bernardo


    A method based on simplified QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) extraction followed by large-injection volume-fast gas chromatography and mass spectrometry detection has been developed for the determination of trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform) and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes) in soil samples. The simplified version of QuEChERS used meets the requirements of the "green chemistry" and provides reliable results with high sample throughput, low solvent consumption, little labour and the use of materials commonly employed in laboratories. The GC device used is equipped with a programmable temperature vaporizer (PTV), with a liner packed with Tenax-TA(®). Using the solvent-vent mode, the PTV allows the injection of large volumes of sample, affording an improvement in the sensitivity of the method. The chromatographic conditions used here allowed the separation of the compounds in less than 5.50 min. Good linearity was obtained for all the target compounds, with highly satisfactory repeatability and reproducibility values. The limits of detection were in the 0.2 to 15 μg kg(-1) range. The method was validated by the analysis of two certified reference materials.

  18. New polypyrrole-carbon nanotubes-silicon dioxide solid-phase microextraction fiber for the preconcentration and determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and o-xylene using gas liquid chromatography. (United States)

    Sarafraz-Yazdi, Ali; Rounaghi, Gholamhossein; Razavipanah, Iman; Vatani, Hossein; Amiri, Amirhassan


    For the first time, a polypyrrole-carbon nanotubes-silicon dioxide composite film coated on a steel wire was prepared by an electrochemical method. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that this composite film was even and porous. The prepared fiber was used as an absorbent for the headspace solid-phase microextraction of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and o-xylene, followed by gas chromatographic analysis. This method presented an excellent performance, which was much better than that of a polypyrrole-carbon nanotube fiber. It was found that under the optimized conditions, the linear ranges were 0.01-200 ng/mL with correlation coefficients >0.9953, the detection limits were 0.005-0.020 ng/mL, the relative standard deviations were 3.9-6.4% for five successive measurements with a single fiber, and the reproducibility was 5.5-8.5% (n = 3). Finally, the developed method was successfully applied to real water samples, and the relative recoveries obtained for the spiked water samples were from 91.0 to 106.7%.

  19. Simultaneous determination of methyl tert.-butyl ether and its degradation products, other gasoline oxygenates and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in Catalonian groundwater by purge-and-trap-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Rosell, Mònica; Lacorte, Sílvia; Ginebreda, Antoni; Barceló, Damià


    In Catalonia (northeast Spain), a monitoring program was carried out to determine methyl tert.-butyl ether (MTBE), its main degradation products, tert.-butyl alcohol (TBA), tert.-butyl formate (TBF), and other gasoline additives, the oxygenate dialkyl ethers ethyl tert.-butyl ether, tert.-amyl methyl ether and diisopropyl ether and the aromatic compounds benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) in 21 groundwater wells that were located near different gasoline point sources (a gasoline spill and underground storage tank leakage). Purge-and-trap coupled to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was optimised for the simultaneous determination of the above mentioned compounds and enabled to detect concentrations at ng/l or sub-microg/l concentrations. Special attention was given to the determination of polar MTBE degradation products, TBA and TBF, since not much data on method performance and environmental levels are given on these compounds in groundwater. All samples analysed contained MTBE at levels between 0.3 and 70 microg/l. Seven contaminated hot spots were identified with levels up to US Environmental Protection Agency drinking water advisory (20-40 microg/l) and a maximum concentration of 670 microg/l (doubling the Danish suggested toxicity level of 350 microg/l). Samples with high levels of MTBE contained 0.1-60 microg/l of TBA, indicating (but not proving) in situ degradation of parent compound. In all cases, BTEX was at low concentrations or not detected showing less solubility and persistence than MTBE. This fact confirms the suitability of MTBE as a tracer or indicator of long-term gasoline contamination than the historically used BTEX.

  20. A solid phase microextraction coating based on ionic liquid sol-gel technique for determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and o-xylene in water samples using gas chromatography flame ionization detector. (United States)

    Sarafraz-Yazdi, Ali; Vatani, Hossein


    Ionic liquid mediated sol-gel sorbents for head-space solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) were developed for the extraction of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and o-xylene (BTEX) compounds from water samples in ultra-trace levels. The analytes were subsequently analyzed with gas chromatography coupled to flame ionization detector (GC-FID). Three different coating fibers were prepared including: poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), coating prepared from poly(dimethylsiloxane) in the presence of ionic liquid as co-solvent and conditioned at a higher temperature than decomposition temperature of ionic liquid (PDMS-IL-HT) and coating prepared from poly(dimethylsiloxane) in the presence of ionic liquid as co-solvent and conditioned at a lower temperature than decomposition temperature of ionic liquid (PDMS-IL-LT). Prepared fibers demonstrate many advantages such as high thermal and chemical stabilities due to the chemical bonding of the coatings with the silanol groups on the fused-silica surface fiber. These fibers have shown long life time up to 180 extractions. The scanning electron micrographs of the fibers surfaces revealed that addition of ionic liquid into the sol solution during the sol-gel process increases the fiber coating thickness, affects the form of fiber structure and also leaves high pores in the fiber surface that cause high surface area and therefore increases sample capacity of the fibers. The important parameters that affect the extraction efficiency are desorption temperature and time, sample volume, extraction temperature, extraction time, stirring speed and salt effect. Therefore these factors were investigated and optimized. Under optimal conditions, the dynamic linear range with PDMS-IL-HT, PDMS and PDMS-IL-LT fibers were 0.3-200,000; 50-200,000 and 170-150,000pgmL(-1) and the detection limits (S/N=3) were 0.1-2 and 15-200 and 50-500pgmL(-1), and limit of quantifications (S/N=10) were 0.3-8 and 50-700 and 170-1800, respectively. The relative

  1. Substrate Interactions during the Biodegradation of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenze, and Xylene (BTEX) Hydrocarbons by the Fungus Cladophialophora sp. Strain T1

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    Prenafeta-Boldú, F.X.; Vervoort, J.; Grotenhuis, J.T.C.; Groenestijn, van J.W.


    The soil fungus Cladophialophora sp. strain T1 (= ATCC MYA-2335) was capable of growth on a model water-soluble fraction of gasoline that contained all six BTEX components (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and the xylene isomers). Benzene was not metabolized, but the alkylated benzenes (toluene, ethy

  2. Reduction of benzene toxicity by toluene. (United States)

    Plappert, U; Barthel, E; Seidel, H J


    BDF1 mice were exposed in inhalation chambers to benzene (900 ppm, 300 ppm) and/or toluene (500 ppm, 250 ppm) 6 hr per day, 5 days per week, for up to 8 weeks. Benzene alone induced a slight anemia after 4 and 8 weeks and a reduction of BFU-E and CFU-E numbers in the marrow. The coexposure to toluene reduced the degree of anemia. These results confirm previous studies where toluene was found to reduce benzene toxicity. This protective effect was most pronounced when DNA damage was studied in peripheral blood cells, bone marrow, and liver using the single cell gel (SCG) assay. With benzene alone, either with 300 or 900 ppm, a significant increase in DNA damage was detected in cells sampled from all three organs. Toluene alone did not induce a significant increase in DNA damage. The coexposure of benzene and toluene reduced the extent of DNA damage to about 50% of benzene alone. This result is considered a clear indication for a protective effect of toluene on the genetic toxicity of benzene.

  3. Excited state of protonated benzene and toluene

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    Esteves-López, Natalia; Dedonder-Lardeux, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe, E-mail: [Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, UMR-7345, Physique des Interactions Ioniques et Moléculaires (PIIM), Marseille (France)


    We present photo-fragmentation electronic spectra of the simplest protonated aromatic molecules, protonated benzene and toluene, recorded under medium resolution conditions and compared with the photo-fragmentation spectrum of protonated pyridine. Despite the resolution and cold temperature achieved in the experiment, the electronic spectra of protonated benzene and toluene are structure-less, thus intrinsically broadened. This is in agreement with the large geometrical changes and the fast dynamic toward internal conversion predicted by ab initio calculations for protonated benzene [Rode et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 113, 5865–5873 (2009)].

  4. Uptake of toluene and ethylbenzene by plants: removal of volatile indoor air contaminants. (United States)

    Sriprapat, Wararat; Suksabye, Parinda; Areephak, Sirintip; Klantup, Polawat; Waraha, Atcharaphan; Sawattan, Anuchit; Thiravetyan, Paitip


    Air borne uptake of toluene and ethylbenzene by twelve plant species was examined. Of the twelve plant species examined, the highest toluene removal was found in Sansevieria trifasciata, while the ethylbenzene removal from air was with Chlorophytum comosum. Toluene and ethylbenzene can penetrate the plant׳s cuticle. However, the removal rates do not appear to be correlated with numbers of stomata per plant. It was found that wax of S. trifasciata and Sansevieria hyacinthoides had greater absorption of toluene and ethylbenzene, and it contained high hexadecanoic acid. Hexadecanoic acid might be involved in toluene and ethylbenzene adsorption by cuticles wax of plants. Chlorophyll fluorescence analysis or the potential quantum yield of PSII (Fv/Fm) in toluene exposed plants showed no significant differences between the control and the treated plants, whereas plants exposed to ethylbenzene showed significant differences or those parameters, specifically in Dracaena deremensis (Lemon lime), Dracaena sanderiana, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, and Cordyline fruticosa. The Fv/Fm ratio can give insight into the ability of plants to tolerate (indoor) air pollution by volatile organic chemicals (VOC). This index can be used for identification of suitable plants for treating/sequestering VOCs in contaminated air.

  5. Promotion of noise-induced cochlear injury by toluene and ethylbenzene in the rat. (United States)

    Fechter, Laurence D; Gearhart, Caroline; Fulton, Sherry; Campbell, Jerry; Fisher, Jeffrey; Na, Kwangsam; Cocker, David; Nelson-Miller, Alisa; Moon, Patrick; Pouyatos, Benoit


    Ethylbenzene + toluene are known individually to have ototoxic potential at high exposure levels and with prolonged exposure times generally of 4-16 weeks. Both ethylbenzene + toluene are minor constituents of JP-8 jet fuel; this fuel has recently been determined to promote susceptibility to noise-induced hearing loss. Therefore, the current study evaluates the ototoxic potential of combined exposure to ethylbenzene + toluene exposure in a ratio calculated from the average found in three laboratories. Rats received ethylbenzene + toluene by inhalation and half of them were subjected simultaneously to an octave band of noise (OBN) of 93-95 dB. Another group received only the noise exposure which was designed to produce a small, but permanent auditory impairment while an unexposed control group was also included. In two separate experiments, exposures occurred either repeatedly on 5 successive days for 1 week or for 5 days on 2 successive weeks to 4000 mg/m(3) total hydrocarbons for 6 h based upon initial pilot studies. The concentration of toluene was 400 ppm and the concentration of ethylbenzene was 660 ppm. Impairments in auditory function were assessed using distortion product otoacoustic emissions and compound action potential testing. Following completion of these tests, the organs of Corti were dissected to permit evaluation of hair cell loss. The uptake and elimination of the solvents was assessed by harvesting key organs at two time points following ethylbenzene + toluene exposure from additional rats not used for auditory testing. Similarly, glutathione (GSH) levels were measured in light of suggestions that oxidative stress might result from solvent-noise exposures. Ethylbenzene + toluene exposure by itself at 4000 mg/m(3) for 6 h did not impair cochlear function or yield a loss of hair cells. However, when combined with a 93-dB OBN exposure combined solvent + noise did yield a loss in auditory function and a clear potentiation of outer hair cell death

  6. Simultaneous determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene in water samples using a new sampling strategy combining different extraction modes and temperatures in a single extraction solid-phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry procedure. (United States)

    Bianchin, Joyce Nunes; Nardini, Giuliana; Merib, Josias; Dias, Adriana Neves; Martendal, Edmar; Carasek, Eduardo


    This study proposes a new optimization approach for the simultaneous determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene isomers (BTEX) from water samples using the solid-phase microextraction technique followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) separation and detection. The objective of the study was to achieve compromise extraction conditions, suitable for all semi-volatile and volatile compounds, under which the amount extracted is maximized for all analytes. This was achieved by careful optimization of the fiber coating, salting-out effect, extraction time and temperature and extraction mode (headspace or direct immersion). With the optimized fiber coating - PDMS/DVB 65 μm - the other selected factors were optimized using a response surface methodology through central composite designs. As expected, the optimized results for each class of analytes varied significantly, probably due to the differences in their volatility and the equilibrium constants for the analyte/fiber coating. In order to overcome this issue, a new optimization approach was proposed based on a combination of extraction modes and extraction temperatures in a single extraction procedure. The final optimized procedure was: 48 min of extraction in direct immersion mode with the sample maintained at 80 °C followed by a further 32 min of headspace extraction with the sample temperature kept at 10 °C. The proposed procedure was compared with conventional methods based on the use of a single extraction mode and temperature (80 min of headspace extraction at 60 °C or 80 min of direct immersion extraction at 50 °C). The newly proposed method was shown to be more attractive as it extracted higher amounts of both semi-volatile and volatile compounds in a single extraction procedure compared to the conventional approaches. The optimized method was validated and excellent results were obtained.

  7. A novel solid-phase microextraction using coated fiber based sol-gel technique using poly(ethylene glycol) grafted multi-walled carbon nanotubes for determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and o-xylene in water samples with gas chromatography-flame ionization detector. (United States)

    Sarafraz-Yazdi, Ali; Amiri, Amirhassan; Rounaghi, Gholamhossein; Hosseini, Hossein Eshtiagh


    In this study, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafted onto multi-walled carbon nanotubes (PEG-g-MWCNTs) were synthesized by the covalent functionalization of MWCNTs with hydroxyl-terminated PEG chains. For the first time, functionalized product of PEG-g-MWCNTs was used as selective stationary phase to prepare the sol-gel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber in combination with gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID) for the determination of ultra-trace levels of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and o-xylene (BTEX) in real water samples. The PEG-g-MWCNTs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra and also thermo-gravimetric analysis, which verified that PEG chains were grafted onto the surface of the MWCNTs. The scanning electron micrographs of the fiber surface revealed a highly porous structure which greatly increases the surface area for PEG-g-MWCNTs sol-gel coating. This fiber demonstrated many inherent advantages, the main being the strong anchoring of the coating to the fused silica resulting from chemical bonding with the silanol groups on the fused-silica fiber surface. The new PEG-g-MWCNTs sol-gel fiber is simple to prepare, robust, with high thermal stability and long lifetime, up to 200 extractions. Important parameters influencing the extraction efficiency such as desorption temperature and time, extraction temperature, extraction time, stirring speed and salt effect were investigated and optimized. Under the optimal conditions, the method detection limits (S/N=3) were in the range of 0.6-3 pg mL(-1) and the limits of quantification (S/N=10) between 2 and 10 pg mL(-1). The relative standard deviations (RSDs) for one fiber (repeatability) (n=5) were obtained from 4.40 up to 5.75% and between fibers or batch to batch (n=3) (reproducibility) in the range of 4.31-6.55%. The developed method was successfully applied to real water samples while the relative recovery percentages obtained for the spiked water samples at 20 pg mL(-1

  8. Instrument for benzene and toluene emission measurements of glycol regenerators (United States)

    Hanyecz, Veronika; Mohácsi, Árpád; Puskás, Sándor; Vágó, Árpád; Szabó, Gábor


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

  9. Highly selective ethylbenzene production through alkylation of dilute ethylene with gas phase-liquid phase benzene and transalkylation feed

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    Shenglin Liu; Fucun Chen; Sujuan Xie; Peng Zeng; Xiyan Du; Longya Xu


    A novel industrial process was designed for the highly selective production of ethylbenzene.It comprised of a reactor vessel,vapor phase ethylene feed stream,benzene and transalkylation feed stream.Especially the product stream containing ethylbenzene was used to heat the reactor vessel,which consisted of an alkylation section,an upper heat exchange section,and a bottom heat exchange section.In such a novel reactor,vapor phase benzene and liquid phase benzene were coexisted due to the heat produced by isothermal reaction between the upper heat exchange section and the bottom heat exchange section.The process was demonstrated by the thermodynamic analysis and experimental results.In fact,during the 1010 hour-life-test of gas phase ethene with gas phase-liquid phase benzene alkylation reaction,the ethene conversion was above 95%,and the ethylbenzene selectivity was above 83% (only benzene feed) and even higher than 99% (benzene plus transalkylation feed).At the same time,the xylene content in the ethylbenzene was less than 100 ppm when the reaction was carried out under the reaction conditions of 140-185℃ of temperature,1.6-2.1 MPa of pressure,3.0-5.5 of benzene/ethylene mole ratio,4-6 v% of transalkylation feed/(benzene+transalkylation feed),0.19-0.27 h-1 of ethene space velocity,and 1000 g of 3998 catalyst loaded.Thus,compared with the conventional ethylbenzene synthesis route,the transalkylation reactor could be omitted in this novel Industrial process.

  10. Genotoxicity of intermittent co-exposure to benzene and toluene in male CD-1 mice. (United States)

    Wetmore, Barbara A; Struve, Melanie F; Gao, Pu; Sharma, Sheela; Allison, Neil; Roberts, Kay C; Letinski, Daniel J; Nicolich, Mark J; Bird, Michael G; Dorman, David C


    Benzene is an important industrial chemical. At certain levels, benzene has been found to produce aplastic anemia, pancytopenia, myeloblastic anemia and genotoxic effects in humans. Metabolism by cytochrome P450 monooxygenases and myeloperoxidase to hydroquinone, phenol, and other metabolites contributes to benzene toxicity. Other xenobiotic substrates for cytochrome P450 can alter benzene metabolism. At high concentrations, toluene has been shown to inhibit benzene metabolism and benzene-induced toxicities. The present study investigated the genotoxicity of exposure to benzene and toluene at lower and intermittent co-exposures. Mice were exposed via whole-body inhalation for 6h/day for 8 days (over a 15-day time period) to air, 50 ppm benzene, 100 ppm toluene, 50 ppm benzene and 50 ppm toluene, or 50 ppm benzene and 100 ppm toluene. Mice exposed to 50 ppm benzene exhibited an increased frequency (2.4-fold) of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes (PCE) and increased levels of urinary metabolites (t,t-muconic acid, hydroquinone, and s-phenylmercapturic acid) vs. air-exposed controls. Benzene co-exposure with 100 ppm toluene resulted in similar urinary metabolite levels but a 3.7-fold increase in frequency of micronucleated PCE. Benzene co-exposure with 50 ppm toluene resulted in a similar elevation of micronuclei frequency as with 100 ppm toluene which did not differ significantly from 50 ppm benzene exposure alone. Both co-exposures - 50 ppm benzene with 50 or 100 ppm toluene - resulted in significantly elevated CYP2E1 activities that did not occur following benzene or toluene exposure alone. Whole blood glutathione (GSH) levels were similarly decreased following exposure to 50 ppm benzene and/or 100 ppm toluene, while co-exposure to 50 ppm benzene and 100 ppm toluene significantly decreased GSSG levels and increased the GSH/GSSG ratio. The higher frequency of micronucleated PCE following benzene and toluene co-exposure when compared with mice exposed to

  11. Isobaric (vapour + liquid) equilibria for sulfolane with toluene, ethylbenzene, and isopropylbenzene at 101.33 kPa

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    Wang Zhengrong; Huang Lei [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology of State Education Ministry, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Xia Shuqian, E-mail: [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology of State Education Ministry, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Ma Peisheng [Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Technology of State Education Ministry, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)


    Highlights: > The VLE data of toluene, ethylbenzene, isopropylbenzene with sulfolane were measured. > Both NRTL and UNIQUAC models can fit the experimental data well. > The new group interaction parameters of UNIFAC were regressed from the VLE data. > The estimated result shows that the group interaction parameters are reliable. - Abstract: Isobaric (vapour + liquid) equilibrium data have been measured for the (toluene + sulfolane), (ethylbenzene + sulfolane), and (isopropylbenzene + sulfolane) binary systems with a modified Rose-Williams still at 101.33 kPa. The experimental data of binary systems were well correlated by the non-random two-liquid (NRTL) and universal quasi-chemical (UNIQUAC) activity coefficient models for the liquid phase. All the experimental results passed the thermodynamic consistency test by the Herington method. Furthermore, the model UNIFAC (Do) group contribution method was used. Sulfolane is treated as a group (TMS), the new group interaction parameters for CH{sub 2}-TMS, ACH-TMS and ACCH{sub 2}-TMS were regressed from the VLE data of (toluene + sulfolane) and (ethylbenzene + sulfolane) binary systems. Then these group interaction parameters were used to estimate phase equilibrium data of the (isopropylbenzene + sulfolane) binary system. The results showed that the estimated data were in good agreement with the experimental values. The maximum and average absolute deviations of the temperature were 4.50 K and 2.39 K, respectively. The maximum and average absolute deviations for the vapour phase compositions of isopropylbenzene were 0.0237 and 0.0137, respectively.

  12. Comparison of measurement methods for benzene and toluene (United States)

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

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

  13. Fungal/bacterial interactions during the biodegradation of TEX hydrocarbons (toluene, ethylbenzene and p-xylene) in gas biofilters operated under xerophilic conditions

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    Prenafeta-Boldu, F.X.; Guivernau, M.; Gallastegui, G.; Vinas, M.; de Hoog, G.S.; Elias, A.


    The treatment of air contaminated with toluene, ethylbenzene, and p-xylene was assayed in three laboratory-scale biofilters, each consisting of two modules connected in series, packed with a pelletized organic fertilizer and inoculated with a toluene-degrading liquid enrichment culture. Biofilters w

  14. Characterization of toluene and ethylbenzene biodegradation under nitrate-, iron(III)- and manganese(IV)-reducing conditions by compound-specific isotope analysis. (United States)

    Dorer, Conrad; Vogt, Carsten; Neu, Thomas R; Stryhanyuk, Hryhoriy; Richnow, Hans-Hermann


    Ethylbenzene and toluene degradation under nitrate-, Mn(IV)-, or Fe(III)-reducing conditions was investigated by compound specific stable isotope analysis (CSIA) using three model cultures (Aromatoleum aromaticum EbN1, Georgfuchsia toluolica G5G6, and a Azoarcus-dominated mixed culture). Systematically lower isotope enrichment factors for carbon and hydrogen were observed for particulate Mn(IV). The increasing diffusion distances of toluene or ethylbenzene to the solid Mn(IV) most likely caused limited bioavailability and hence resulted in the observed masking effect. The data suggests further ethylbenzene hydroxylation by ethylbenzene dehydrogenase (EBDH) and toluene activation by benzylsuccinate synthase (BSS) as initial activation steps. Notably, significantly different values in dual isotope analysis were detected for toluene degradation by G. toluolica under the three studied redox conditions, suggesting variations in the enzymatic transition state depending on the available TEA. The results indicate that two-dimensional CSIA has significant potential to assess anaerobic biodegradation of ethylbenzene and toluene at contaminated sites.

  15. Fungal/bacterial interactions during the biodegradation of TEX hydrocarbons (toluene, ethylbenzene and p-xylene) in gas biofilters operated under xerophilic conditions. (United States)

    Prenafeta-Boldú, Francesc X; Guivernau, Miriam; Gallastegui, Gorka; Viñas, Marc; de Hoog, G Sybren; Elías, Ana


    The treatment of air contaminated with toluene, ethylbenzene, and p-xylene was assayed in three laboratory-scale biofilters, each consisting of two modules connected in series, packed with a pelletized organic fertilizer and inoculated with a toluene-degrading liquid enrichment culture. Biofilters were operated in parallel for 185 days in which the volumetric organic loading rate was progressively increased. The operation regime was subjected to drying out, so that packing humidity generally remained below 40%. Significant process failure occurred with ethylbenzene and p-xylene, but the toluene biofilter comparatively sustained a significant elimination capacity. Microbial community characterization by quantitative PCR and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis showed substantial fungal enrichment in the toluene biofilter. Ribotypes identical to the well-known toluene-degrading black yeast Exophiala oligosperma (Chaetotyriales) were found among the dominant species. The microbial community structure was similar in the biofilters loaded with toluene and ethylbenzene but with p-xylene was quite specific and encompassed other chaetothyrialean fungi. Several species of Actinomycetales were found in the packing while the inoculum was dominated by representatives of the Burkholderiales and Xanthomonadales. One single fungal ribotype homologous to Acremonium kiliense was detected in the inoculum. The implications of xerophilic biofilter operation on process biosafety and efficiency are discussed.

  16. Competitive Nitration of Benzene-Fluorobenzene and Benzene-Toluene Mixtures: Orientation and Reactivity Studies Using HPLC (United States)

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


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

  17. Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes for toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene removal from aqueous solution. (United States)

    Yu, Fei; Ma, Jie; Wang, Juan; Zhang, Mingzheng; Zheng, Jie


    An effectively and functionally magnetic multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNTs) nano-composite (APCNT-KOH) was synthesized by a one-pot and facile method. The residual Fe catalyst particles of the as-prepared MWCNTs were utilized as magnetic materials through KOH activation. The resulting APCNT-KOH exhibited very high adsorption capacities for toluene (T), ethylbenzene (E), and xylene (X) (TEX) pollutants than many other adsorbents, because of their large specific surface area and high degree of surface activity. The adsorption process was found to be pH, ionic strength, and temperature dependent, and the maximum adsorption capacity was observed at pH 6 for TEX pollutants. The adsorption isotherm data were analyzed by applying the Langmuir, Freundlich, and Dubinin-Radushkevich isothermal models. The Langmuir model showed the best fit to the experimental isotherm data with a maximum adsorption capacity(qm,toluene = 63.34 mg/g, qm, ethylbenzene = 249.44 mg/g, qm,m-xylene = 227.05 mg/g, qm,o-xylene = 138.04 mg/g, qm,p-xylene = 105.59 mg/g). Adsorption kinetics of TEX on APCNT-KOH was appropriately described by the pseudo-second-order rate model. The desorption experiments revealed the typical adsorption-desorption hysteresis, indicating that the adsorption and desorption processes of TEX undergo different pathways due to porous structure changes before and after adsorption and desorption. Collective results demonstrate that the functionalized magnetic APCNT-KOH composites are highly-effective adsorbents for TEX removal, which provides a promising and green route for MWCNTs in wastewater treatment.

  18. [Interaction between benzene and toluene in long term inhalation exposure in rats (author's transl)]. (United States)

    Gradiski, D; Bonnet, P; Duprat, P; Zissu, D; Magadur, J L; Guenier, J P


    Industrial chemicals are seldom used as pure substances; hazards resulting from exposure to mixtures have, however not been solved. Our study deals with chronic inhalation toxicity of a mixture of benzene and toluene; few studies have been completed on this subject. Our results show: - leucopenia with benzene alone, at a concentration of 50 p.p.m., that is not detectable in the presence of toluene; - metabolic variations consisting in: a decrease in the phenol urinary rate versus time with benzene alone; a sharp decrease of this rate from the third month of exposure on, in presence of toluene.

  19. Volatilization of monoaromatic compounds (benzene, toluene, and xylenes; BTX) from gasoline: effect of the ethanol. (United States)

    Cagliari, Jóice; Fedrizzi, Francieli; Rodrigues Finotti, Alexandra; Echevenguá Teixeira, Cláudia; do Nascimento Filho, Irajá


    The main objective of present study was to assess the evaporation profile of monoaromatic compounds, namely, benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX) from gasoline-ethanol-blend fuels. The vapors from two river sand columns contaminated with gasoline and gasoline-ethanol were monitored for 77 d. Standards mixtures (batch tests) of benzene, toluene, and xylenes with different ethanol contents were also analyzed for evaporation rates studies. The instrumental analysis was performed via gas chromatography. The concentration of benzene in the vapor phase of the gasoline-ethanol column was decreased by 89.09%, considering the entire experimental period, whereas the toluene and xylenes concentrations were increased by 239.34 and 251.78%, respectively. In the batch tests, the benzene concentration in the vapor phase varied from 0.4 to 0.9 mg/L for ethanol concentrations (v/v) of 5 and 10%, respectively. For ethanol concentrations higher than 10%, no important changes in the benzene concentration were observed. The toluene exponentially increases between 20 and 30% ethanol concentration. and the maximum concentration of xylenes was observed when the ethanol concentration was 20% (v/v). These results suggest that the benzene evaporation behavior is preferentially affected by the interactions among ethanol and other aromatic compounds rather than the ethanol concentration itself. The evaporation behaviors of toluene and xylenes are directly dependent on the ethanol content.

  20. Treatment of co-mingled benzene, toluene and TCE in groundwater. (United States)

    Chen, Liang; Liu, Yulong; Liu, Fei; Jin, Song


    This work addressed a hypothetical but practical scenario that includes biological oxidation and reductive dechlorination in treating groundwater containing co-mingled plume of trichloroethene (TCE), benzene and toluene. Groundwater immediately downgradient from the commonly used zero-valent iron (ZVI) has shown alkaline pH (up to 10.7). The elevated pH may influence BTEX compounds (i.e., benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylenes) biodegradation, which could also be inhibited by elevated concentrations of TCE. Data from this work suggests that the inhibition coefficients (IC) value for 100 μg/L and 500 μg/L of TCE on benzene and toluene degradation are 2.1-2.8 at pH 7.9, and 3.5-6.1 at pH 10.5. For a co-mingled plume, it appears to be more effective to reduce TCE by ZVI before addressing benzene and toluene biodegradation. The ample buffering capacity of most groundwater and the adaptation of benzene and toluene-degrading microbes are likely able to eliminate the adverse influence of pH shifts downgradient from a ZVI-PRB.

  1. Monomer and dimer radical cations of benzene, toluene, and naphthalene. (United States)

    Das, Tomi Nath


    Pulse radiolytic generation of monomeric and dimeric cations of benzene, toluene, and naphthalene in aqueous acid media at room temperature and their spectrophotometric characterization is discussed. Results presented include measurements of each aromatic's solubility in H(2)O-H(2)SO(4) and H(2)O-HClO(4) media over the acidity range pH 1 to H(0) -7.0, facile oxidative generation, and real-time identification of appropriate cationic transients with respective lambda(max) (nm) and epsilon (M(-1) cm(-1)) values measured as follows: C(6)H(6)(*+) (443, 1145 +/- 75), C(6)H(5)CH(3)(*+) (428, 1230 +/- 90), C(10)H(8)(*+) (381, 3650 +/- 225, and 687, 2210 +/- 160), (C(6)H(6))(2)(*+) (860, 2835 +/- 235), (C(6)H(5)CH(3))(2)(*+) (950, 1685 +/- 155), and (C(10)H(8))(2)(*+) (1040, 4170 +/- 320). Kinetic measurements reveal the respective formation rates of monomeric cations to be near-diffusion controlled, while the forward rate values for the dimeric species generation are marginally slower. The proton activity corrected pK(a) values are found to remain between -2.6 and -1.3 for the ArH(*+) species (C(6)H(6)(*+) most acidic, C(10)H(8)(*+) least acidic), while the pK(a) values of (ArH)(2)(*+) species vary from -5.0 to -3.0 ((C(6)H(6))(2)(*+) most acidic, (C(10)H(8))(2)(*+) least acidic). In H(0) -5 in aqueous H(2)SO(4), the respective stabilization energy of (C(6)H(6))(2)(*+), (C(6)H(5)CH(3))(2)(*+), and (C(10)H(8))(2)(*+) is estimated to be 16.6, 15.0, and 13.7 kcal mol(-1). Thus, the aqueous acid solution emerges as an alternative medium for typical radical-cationic studies, while offering compatibility for the deprotonated radical characterization near neutral pH.

  2. Modulation of Affinity of a Marine Pseudomonad for Toluene and Benzene by Hydrocarbon Exposure (United States)

    Law, A. T.; Button, D. K.


    Trace (microgram liter−1) quantities of either toluene or benzene injected into an amino-acid-limited continuous culture of Pseudomonas sp. strain T2 were utilized immediately with affinities of 2.6 and 6.8 liters g of cells−1 h−1, respectively, and yielded large amounts of organic products, carbon dioxide, and cells. The immediate utilization of hydrocarbons by hydrocarbon-deprived organisms helps to establish the nutritional value of nonpolar substrates in the environment. The observation of small Michaelis constants for toluene transport led to tests of metabolic competition between hydrocarbons; however, competitive inhibition of toluene metabolism was not found for benzene, naphthalene, xylene, dodecane, or amino acids. Benzene and terpenes were inhibitory at milligram liter−1 concentrations. Toluene was metabolized by a strongly inducible system when compared with benzene. The capacity of toluene to effect larger affinity values increased with exposure time and concentration. The kinetics of induction suggested saturation phenomena, resulting in an induction constant, Kind, of 96 μg of toluene liter−1. Maximal induction of amino-acid-grown cells required about 80 h, with the affinity reaching 317 liters g of cells−1 h−1. PMID:16347006

  3. Degradation of toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene using heat and chelated-ferrous iron activated persulfate oxidation (United States)

    Mondal, P.; Sleep, B.


    Toluene, ethylbenze, and xylene (TEX) are common contaminants in the subsurface. Activated persulfate has shown promise for degrading a wide variety of organic compounds. However, studies of persulfate application for in situ degradation of TEX and effects on the subsequent bioremediation are limited. In this work, degradation studies of TEX in aqueous media and soil are being conducted using heat activated and chelated-ferrous iron activated persulfate oxidation in batch and flow-through column experiments. In the batch experiments, sodium persulfate is being used at different concentrations to provide an initial persulfate to TEX molar ratios between 10:1 and 100:1. Sodium persulfate solutions are being activated at 20, 37, 60, and 80 oC temperatures for the heat activated oxidation. For the chelated-ferrous iron activated oxidation, ferrous iron and citric acid, both are being used at concentration of 5 mM. In the experiments with soil slurry, a soil to water ratio of 1 to 5 is being used. Flow through water saturated column experiments are being conducted with glass columns (45 cm in length and 4 cm in diameter) uniformly packed with soils, and equilibrated with water containing TEX at the target concentrations. Both the heat activation and chelated-ferrous iron activation of persulfate are being employed in the column experiments. Future experiments are planned to determine the suitability of persulfate oxidation of TEX on the subsequent biodegradation using batch microcosms containing TEX degrading microbial cultures. In these experiments, the microbial biomass will be monitored using total phospholipids, and the microbial community will be determined using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) on the extracted DNA. This study is expected to provide suitable operating conditions for in situ chemical oxidation of TEX with activated persulfate followed by bioremediation.

  4. Solubility of toluene, benzene and TCE in high-microbial concentration systems. (United States)

    Barton, John W; Vodraska, Chris D; Flanary, Sandie A; Davison, Brian H


    We report measurements of solubility limits for benzene, toluene, and TCE in systems that contain varying levels of biomass up to 0.13 g mL(-1) for TCE and 0.25 g mL(-1) for benzene and toluene. The solubility limit increased from 21 to 48 mM when biomass (in the form of yeast) was added to aqueous batch systems containing benzene. The toluene solubility limit increased from 4.9 to greater than 20mM. For TCE, the solubility increased from 8mM to more than 1000 mM. Solubility for TCE (trichloroethylene) was most heavily impacted by biomass levels, changing by two orders of magnitude as the microbial concentrations approach those in biofilms.

  5. Metabolism of carbon-14-labeled benzene and toluene in avocado fruit

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    Jansen, E.F.; Olson, A.C.


    The method of exposing avocado fruit to /sup 14/C labeled benzene or toluene was as follows. Fuerte variety avocado fruit was used. It was exposed to the vapor of the hydrocarbons which were circulated in a container. Three mature preclimacteric fruit were used in each experiment. The nonvolatile metabolites from both hydrocarbons were separated into classes of compounds by their solution in water, separation of lipids, and passage of the aqueous solution through ion exchange columns. The results indicate that in avocados the relatively inert hydrocarbons benzene and toluene are metabolized to a series of compounds, toluene to a greater extent than benzene. Both are metabolized to a small but significant extent to CO/sub 2/. 7 references, 2 tables.

  6. Toluene and benzene inhalation influences on ventricular arrhythmias in the rat. (United States)

    Magos, G A; Lorenzana-Jiménez, M; Vidrio, H


    We have previously found that toluene did not share the capacity of benzene for increasing the arrhythmogenic action of epinephrine in the rat, but appeared to elicit the opposite effect. The present experiments were carried out to verify this observation in rats subjected to more severe ventricular arrhythmias. In animals previously inhaling either air, toluene or benzene and anesthetized with pentobarbital, arrhythmias were produced by coronary ligation or aconitine. In both models, toluene decreased and benzene increased the number of ectopic ventricular beats in the 30 min following induction of arrhythmia. Gas chromatographic measurement of toluene levels in the heart during and after inhalation revealed essentially constant concentrations at the time of arrhythmia evaluation, equivalent to approximately one-third the peak levels observed at the end of inhalation. Although the mechanism of the effect of toluene on arrhythmia could not be ascertained, nonspecific membrane stabilization or central serotonergic stimulation were considered as possible explanations. Since both mechanisms could be operant also in the case of benzene, the opposite effects of the solvents on arrhythmia could not be readily accounted for.

  7. Biomonitoring of benzene and toluene in human blood by headspace-solid-phase microextraction

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    Schimming, E.; Levsen, K. [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Toxikologie und Aerosolforschung (ITA), Hannover (Germany); Koehme, C.; Schuermann, W. [Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany). Abt. fuer Pneumologie


    A simple and rapid method for the determination of benzene and toluene in whole blood by headspace-solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) is described. Using SPME fibres coated with 65 {mu}m carboxene/polydimethylsiloxane, limits of quantification (LOQ) of 5 ng/L for benzene and 25 ng/L for toluene are achieved. As a result of its large linear range (i.e. 5-5000 ng/L for benzene) the method is suitable for biomonitoring of both occupationally and environmentally exposed people. The reproducibility of the determination of benzene is {<=} 8%. An interlaboratory comparison demonstrated that the method proposed here compares favorably with existing methods (dynamic headspace, purge and trap). (orig.) With 2 figs., 2 tabs., 10 refs.

  8. Penetration of benzene, toluene and xylenes contained in gasolines through human abdominal skin in vitro. (United States)

    Adami, G; Larese, F; Venier, M; Barbieri, P; Lo Coco, F; Reisenhofer, E


    Few studies are available in literature on the risk for humans from skin exposure to gasolines. This work is focused on the in vitro skin penetration of benzene (carcinogenic substance), toluene and xylenes. We examined three commercial gasolines using the Franz diffusion cells and human abdominal full thickness skin. Gasoline composition was determined using a multi-dimensional gas chromatographic (MDGC) technique. Aromatic compounds into the receptor fluid, consisting of saline solution were quantitated by a gas chromatography technique equipped with a flame ionization detector (GC-FID) and coupled with a headspace-solid phase micro extraction system (HS-SPME). Among the three substances, benzene showed the highest average apparent permeability coefficient (K(p)=43.8x10(-5)cmh(-1)) compared to toluene (K(p)=6.48x10(-5)cmh(-1)) and xylenes (K(p)=0.84x10(-5)cmh(-1)). This value could be explained by the lower boiling point and higher water solubility of benzene. Lag times were about 1h for benzene and 2h for toluene and xylenes. Averaged total recoveries in the receptor fluid were 0.43% of dose for benzene, 0.06% for toluene and 0.008% for xylenes. A statistical significative difference (Student's t-test, Ptoluene between gasolines #1 (richer in aromatic compounds) and #3. The obtained apparent permeability coefficient are useful for determining the permeability of these aromatics components from gasolines of a different composition. Hands exposure risk, calculated using RfD and RfC as defined by US EPA, is critical for benzene. The risk of skin permeation of gasoline, and, in particular, of benzene, should be better evaluated for those workers who have a large potential for exposure. Adequate personal protective equipment should be used in the high exposure jobs, mainly for hands and forearms.

  9. Biotransformation of toluene, benzene and naphthalene under anaerobic conditions.

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    Langenhoff, A.A.M.


    Aromatic hydrocarbons are widespread in nature, due to increasing industrial activity, and often contribute to polluted soils, sediments, and groundwater. Most of these compounds are toxic at relatively high concentrations, but some are already carcinogenic at very low concentrations, e.g. benzene.

  10. LED Irradiation of a Photocatalyst for Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzene,and Xylene Decomposition%LED Irradiation of a Photocatalyst for Benzene,Toluene,Ethyl Benzene,and Xylene Decomposition

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    JO Wan-Kuen; KANG Hyun-Jung


    Studies on the use of gas phase applications of light emitting diodes (LEDs) in photocatalysis are scarce although their photocatalytic decomposition kinetics of environmental pollutants are likely different from those in aqueous solutions.The present study evaluated the use of chips of visible light LEDs to irradiate nitrogen doped titania (N-TiO2) prepared by hydrolysis to decompose gaseous benzene,toluene,ethyl benzene,m-xylene,p-xylene,and o-xylene.Photocatalysts calcined at different temperatures were characterized by various analytical instruments.The degradation efficiency of benzene was close to zero for all conditions.For the other compounds,a conventional 8 W daylight lamp/N-TiO2 unit gave a higher photocatalytic degradation efficiency as compared with that of visible-LED/N-TiO2 units.However,the ratios of degradation efficiency to electric power consumption were higher for the photocatalytic units that used two types of visible-LED lamps (blue and white LEDs).The highest degradation efficiency was observed with the use of a calcination temperature of 350 ℃.The average degradation efficiencies for toluene,ethyl benzene,m-xylene,p-xylene,and o-xylene were 35%,68%,94%,and 93%,respectively.The use of blue-and white-LEDs,high light intensity,and low initial concentrations gave high photocatalytic activities for the photocatalytic units using visible-LEDs.The morphological and optical properties of the photocatalysts were correlated to explain the dependence of photocatalytic activity on calcination temperature.The results suggest that visible-LEDs are energy efficient light source for photocatalytic gas phase applications,but the activity depends on the operational conditions.

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

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    Dupont, L.


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

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

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    Lidong Cao


    Full Text Available The toxic inert ingredients in pesticide formulations are strictly regulated in many countries. In this paper, a simple and efficient headspace-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HSGC-MS method using fluorobenzene as an internal standard (IS for rapid simultaneous determination of benzene and toluene in pesticide emulsifiable concentrate (EC was established. The headspace and GC-MS conditions were investigated and developed. A nonpolar fused silica Rtx-5 capillary column (30 m×0.20 mm i.d. and 0.25 μm film thickness with temperature programming was used. Under optimized headspace conditions, equilibration temperature of 120°C, equilibration time of 5 min, and sample size of 50 μL, the regression of the peak area ratios of benzene and toluene to IS on the concentrations of analytes fitted a linear relationship well at the concentration levels ranging from 3.2 g/L to 16.0 g/L. Standard additions of benzene and toluene to blank different matrix solutions 1ead to recoveries of 100.1%–109.5% with a relative standard deviation (RSD of 0.3%–8.1%. The method presented here stands out as simple and easily applicable, which provides a way for the determination of toxic volatile adjuvant in liquid pesticide formulations.

  13. Kinetics Modelling of the Biodegradation of Benzene, Toluene and Phenol as Single Substrate and Mixed Substrate by Using Pseudomonas putida


    Mathur, A K; Majumder, C. B.


    In the present work, kinetics of the biodegradation of benzene, toluene and phenol by using a pure culture of Pseudomonas putida (MTCC 1194) was determined by measuring the specific growth rate and degradation rate with substrate concentration as a function of time in a batch reactor. In general, the degradation rate of benzene, toluene and phenol increased with the increase in the initial substrate concentration and then decreased after reaching a maximum, showing substrate inhibition kineti...

  14. Adsorption and Diffusion Properties of Ethylene, Benzene and Ethylbenzene in the Cylindrical Pore under Alkylation Reaction near Critical Regions by DCV-GCMD Simulation

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    刘涛; 刘洪来; 袁渭康


    A cylindrical pore model was used to represent approximately the pore of β-zeolite catalyst that had been used in the alkylation of benzene with ethylene and spherical Lennard-Jones molecules represented the components of the reaction system-ethylene, benzene and ethylbenzene. The dual control volume-grand canonical molecular dynamics (DCV-GCMD) method was used to simulate the adsorption and transport properties of three components under reaction in the cylindrical pore at 250℃ and 270℃ in the pressure range from 1 MPa to 8 MPa. The state map of the reactant mixture in the bulk phase could be divided into several different regions around its critical points. The simulated adsorption and transport properties in the pore were compared between the different near-critical regions. The thorough analysis suggested that the high pressure liquid region is the most suitable region for the alkylation reaction of benzene under the near-critical condition.

  15. A Au-functionalized ZnO nanowire gas sensor for detection of benzene and toluene. (United States)

    Wang, Liwei; Wang, Shurong; Xu, Mijuan; Hu, Xiaojing; Zhang, Hongxin; Wang, Yanshuang; Huang, Weiping


    A novel sensing hybrid-material of Au nanoparticles (Au NPs)-functionalized ZnO nanowires (Au-ZnO NWs) was successfully synthesized by a two-stage solution process. First, ZnO NWs were fabricated via a low-temperature one-pot hydrothermal method with SDSN introduced as a structure-directing agent. Afterward, the as-prepared ZnO NWs were used as supports to load Au NPs with small sizes via precipitating HAuCl4 aqueous solution with ammonia. The obtained samples were characterized by means of XRD, SEM, TEM and EDX. Both pristine and Au-ZnO NWs were practically applied as gas sensors to compare the effect of Au NPs on the sensing performances and the obtained results demonstrated that after functionalization by catalytic Au NPs, the hybrid sensor exhibited not only faster response and recovery speeds but also a higher response to benzene and toluene than the pristine ZnO sensor at 340 °C, especially showing high selectivity and long-term stability for low concentration toluene, which is rarely reported with this method, indicating its original sensor application in detecting benzene and toluene. To interpret the enhanced gas sensing mechanism, the strong spillover effect of the Au NPs and the increased Schottky barriers caused by the electronic interaction between Au NPs and ZnO NW support are believed to contribute to the improved sensor performance.

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

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


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

  17. Solubilities of benzene, toluene and diphenyl in the t-butyl alcohol + water mixtures and hydrophobic interaction

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    邹立壮; 杨冠英; 韩布兴; 刘瑞麟; 阎海科


    The solubilitices of benzene, toluene and diphenyl in mixed solvents of t-butyl alcohol (TBA) and water at 283.15, 288.15, 293.15 and 298.15 K have been determined by spectrophotometry. The mole fraction of TBA [x (TBA)] in the mixed solvent are 0.000, 0.010, 0.020, 0.030, 0.040, 0.045, 0.050, 0.060, 0.080 and 0.100, respectively. The standard Gibbs energies of solution of benzene, toluene and diphenyl in the mixed solvent have also been calculated based on the solubility data. The hydrophobic interactions (HI) for the pairs of benzene-benzene, methane-benzene and methane-methane in the mixed solvent were calculated and discussed.

  18. Exposure to benzene, toluene, xylenes and total hydrocarbons among snowmobile drivers in Sweden. (United States)

    Eriksson, Kåre; Tjärner, Dan; Marqvardsen, Inger; Järvholm, Bengt


    The exposure to benzene, toluene, xylenes and total hydrocarbons among 25 individuals exposed to exhaust from a snowmobile equipped with a two-stroke engine has been evaluated. Sampling was performed by pumped and diffusive sampling in parallel. There was a relatively bad agreement between the two air-sampling methods. The bad agreement can in part be explained by back diffusion of the substances from the samplers, a high face velocity, and deposition of droplets of unburned gasoline onto or in the vicinity of the samplers. The levels of benzene ranged from not detectable (engine equipped with a catalyst could reduce the exposure. To reduce the exposure for the passenger on a sleigh an extension of the exhaust pipe may be effective.

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

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    Paolo Viotti


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

  20. Top-down estimates of benzene and toluene emissions in the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, China (United States)

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


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

  1. Simulating Retention in Gas-Liquid Chromatography: Benzene, Toluene, and Xylene Solutes

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    Accurate predictions of retention times, retention indices, and partition constants are a long sought-after goal for theoretical studies in chromatography. Although advances in computational chemistry have improved the understanding of molecular interactions, little attention has been focused on chromatography, let alone calculations of retention properties. Configurational-bias Monte Carlo simulations in the isobaric-isothermal Gibbs ensemble were used to investigate the partitioning of benzene, toluene, and the three xylene isomers between a squalane liquid phase and a helium vapor phase. The united-atom representation of the TraPPE (Transferable Potentials for Phase Equilibria) force field was used for all solutes and squalane. The Gibbs free energies of transfer and Kovats retention indices of the solutes were calculated directly from the partition constants (which were averaged over several independent simulations). While the calculated Kovats indices of benzene and toluene at T = 403 K are significantly higher than their experimental counterparts, much better agreement is found for the xylene isomers at T = 365 K.

  2. Use of piperylene additive in purificaton of a benzene-toluene-xylene fraction

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    Kulyasova, S.V.; Mikhno, S.I.; Kolyandr, L.Ya.


    The use of additives gives the process of sulfuric acid purification of crude benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX) fraction a certain degree of specificity: the unsaturated compounds of the additives alkylate not only the thiophene, but also the benzene hydrocarbons; they polymerize, and may even copolymerize with unsaturated compounds of the fraction. The predominance of one of these processes is determined by the amount of the additive, the conditions of its injection, and the composition of the fraction. Thus the use of additives requires development of special conditions for the entire washing process. The main problems are the ideal composition of the fraction, the conditions of injection of the additive, the efficiency of the individual purification stages and the duration of the stages and the process as a whole. In spite of the obvious advantages of purification of the BT fraction (preservation of resources of benzene hydrocarbons, styrene and other tar-forming compounds), purification of the BTX fraction is presently used, since the BT fraction is practically impossible to obtain without reconstruction of the existing rectification plants. Since the BTX fraction always contains unsaturated compounds the injection of the additive should be preceded by removal of the thiophene by the unsaturated compounds of the fraction. Laboratory investigations were conducted to develop the technology.

  3. Parallel characterization of anaerobic toluene- and ethylbenzene-degrading microbial consortia by PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, RNA-DNA membrane hybridization, and DNA microarray technology (United States)

    Koizumi, Yoshikazu; Kelly, John J.; Nakagawa, Tatsunori; Urakawa, Hidetoshi; El-Fantroussi, Said; Al-Muzaini, Saleh; Fukui, Manabu; Urushigawa, Yoshikuni; Stahl, David A.


    A mesophilic toluene-degrading consortium (TDC) and an ethylbenzene-degrading consortium (EDC) were established under sulfate-reducing conditions. These consortia were first characterized by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) fingerprinting of PCR-amplified 16S rRNA gene fragments, followed by sequencing. The sequences of the major bands (T-1 and E-2) belonging to TDC and EDC, respectively, were affiliated with the family Desulfobacteriaceae. Another major band from EDC (E-1) was related to an uncultured non-sulfate-reducing soil bacterium. Oligonucleotide probes specific for the 16S rRNAs of target organisms corresponding to T-1, E-1, and E-2 were designed, and hybridization conditions were optimized for two analytical formats, membrane and DNA microarray hybridization. Both formats were used to characterize the TDC and EDC, and the results of both were consistent with DGGE analysis. In order to assess the utility of the microarray format for analysis of environmental samples, oil-contaminated sediments from the coast of Kuwait were analyzed. The DNA microarray successfully detected bacterial nucleic acids from these samples, but probes targeting specific groups of sulfate-reducing bacteria did not give positive signals. The results of this study demonstrate the limitations and the potential utility of DNA microarrays for microbial community analysis.

  4. Chapter 13 Theoretical and Experimental Studies of the Gas-Phase Cl-Atom Initiated Reactions of Benzene and Toluene (United States)

    Ryzhkov, A.; Ariya, P. A.; Raofie, F.; Niki, H.; Harris, G. W.

    The reactions of benzene (Bz) and toluene (PhMe) with chlorine atoms in the gas phase have been studied using both theoretical and experimental techniques. Energy and geometry of reaction complexes and transition states were calculated in the Cl-atom initiated reaction of benzene and toluene using modern hybrid functional PBE0 method with the aug-pc1 basis set with an additional CCSD(T)/aug-CC-pVDZ energy single point calculation. Three stationary structures have been found for the Bz...Cl complex: hexahapto-complex, [pi]-complex and [sigma]-complex. The first one is a transition state between two opposite [pi]-complexes. PhMe...Cl has additional structures due to ipso-, ortho-, meta- and para-isomerization. The stability of all calculated complexes was determined and compared. Two reaction pathways for benzene and toluene with a Cl atom were evaluated: (a) the hydrogen abstraction of benzene and toluene by Cl atom, which is seemingly barrierless and endothermic, and (b) the hydrogen substitution reaction that in contrast has a relatively high energy of activation. Rate coefficients for these same reactions were measured using ethane, n-butane, and chloro-, dichloro- and trichloromethane, as reference compounds, with gas chromatography equipped with mass detection spectrometry and flame ionization detection (GC-MSD and GC-FID). The reaction rates were estimated as (5.57±0.15)×10-11 and for benzene and toluene, respectively. Chlorinated products of the reactions were analyzed by GS-MS. Chlorobenzene was the only identified product between a reaction of benzene and the Cl atom. The major products of the PhMe + Cl reaction were chloromethylbenzene with ortho- and para-chlorotoluenes.

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

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


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

  6. Solubilization of benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) in aqueous micellar solutions of amphiphilic imidazolium ionic liquids. (United States)

    Łuczak, Justyna; Jungnickel, Christian; Markiewicz, Marta; Hupka, Jan


    Water-soluble ionic liquids may be considered analogues to cationic surfactants with a corresponding surface activity and ability to create organized structures in aqueous solutions. For the first time, the enhanced solubility of the aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, and xylene, in aqueous micellar systems of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium chlorides was investigated. Above a critical micelle concentration, a gradual increase in the concentration of aromatic hydrocarbons in the miceller solution was observed. This phenomenon was followed by means of the molar solubilization ratio, the micellar/water partition coefficient, and the number of solubilizate molecules per IL micelle. The molar solubilization ratio for ionic liquid micelles was found to be significantly higher when compared to that of ionic surfactants of similar chain length. The incorporation of the hydrocarbon into the micelle affects also an increase of the aggregation number.

  7. Simultaneous removal of ethyl acetate, benzene and toluene with gliding arc gas discharge

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    Zheng BO; Jian-hua YAN; Xiao-dong LI; Yong CHI; Ke-fa CEN


    The simultaneous removal of ethyl acetate, benzene and toluene with relatively low or high initial concentration is studied using a laboratory scale gliding arc gas discharge (GA) reactor. Good decomposition efficiencies are obtained which proves that the GA is effective for the treatment of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with either low or high concentration. A theoretical decomposition mechanism is proposed based on detection of the species in the plasma region and analysis of the decomposition by-products. This preliminary investigation reveals that the GA has potential to be applied to the treatment of exhaust air during color printing and coating works, by either direct removal or combination with activated carbon adsorption/desorption process.

  8. Integrated Anaerobic-Aerobic Biodegradation of Multiple Contaminants Including Chlorinated Ethylenes, Benzene, Toluene, and Dichloromethane. (United States)

    Yoshikawa, Miho; Zhang, Ming; Toyota, Koki


    Complete bioremediation of soils containing multiple volatile organic compounds (VOCs) remains a challenge. To explore the possibility of complete bioremediation through integrated anaerobic-aerobic biodegradation, laboratory feasibility tests followed by alternate anaerobic-aerobic and aerobic-anaerobic biodegradation tests were performed. Chlorinated ethylenes, including tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), cis-dichloroethylene (cis-DCE), and vinyl chloride (VC), and dichloromethane (DCM) were used for anaerobic biodegradation, whereas benzene, toluene, and DCM were used for aerobic biodegradation tests. Microbial communities involved in the biodegradation tests were analyzed to characterize the major bacteria that may contribute to biodegradation. The results demonstrated that integrated anaerobic-aerobic biodegradation was capable of completely degrading the seven VOCs with initial concentration of each VOC less than 30 mg/L. Benzene and toluene were degraded within 8 days, and DCM was degraded within 20 to 27 days under aerobic conditions when initial oxygen concentrations in the headspaces of test bottles were set to 5.3% and 21.0%. Dehalococcoides sp., generally considered sensitive to oxygen, survived aerobic conditions for 28 days and was activated during the subsequent anaerobic biodegradation. However, degradation of cis-DCE was suppressed after oxygen exposure for more than 201 days, suggesting the loss of viability of Dehalococcoides sp., as they are the only known anaerobic bacteria that can completely biodegrade chlorinated ethylenes to ethylene. Anaerobic degradation of DCM following previous aerobic degradation was complete, and yet-unknown microbes may be involved in the process. The findings may provide a scientific and practical basis for the complete bioremediation of multiple contaminants in situ and a subject for further exploration.

  9. [Toluene, Benzene and Acetone Adsorption by Activated Carbon Coated with PDMS]. (United States)

    Liu, Han-bing; Jiang, Xin; Wang, Xin; Yang, Bing; Xue, Nan-dong; Zhang, Shi-lei


    To improve the adsorption selectivity of volatile organic compounds ( VOCs) , activated carbon ( AC) was modified by polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and characterized by BET analysis and Boehm titration. Dynamic adsorption column experiments were conducted and Yoon-Neslon(Y-N) model was used to identify adsorption effect for toluene, beuzene and acetone on AC when relative humidity was 0%, 50% and 90%, respectively. The results showed that the BET area, micropore volume and surface functional groups decreased with the PDMS modification, and surface hydrophobicity of the modified AC was enhanced leading to a lower water adsorption capacity. The results of dynamic adsorption showed that the adsorption kinetics and capacity of Bare-AC decreased with the increase of relative humidity, and the adsorption capacities of PDMS coated AC were 1.86 times (toluene) and 1.92 times (benzene) higher than those of Bare-AC, while a significant improvement of adsorption capacity for acetone was not observed. These findings suggest that polarity of molecule can be an important influencing factor for adsorption on hydrophobic surface developed by PDMS.

  10. Degradation of benzene and other aromatic hydrocarbons by anaerobic bacteria

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    Weelink, S.A.B.


    Accidental spills, industrial discharges and gasoline leakage from underground storage tanks have resulted in serious pollution of the environment with monoaromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (so-called BTEX). High concentrations of BTEX have been detected in soi

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

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


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

  12. Anaerobic biodegradation of benzene series compounds by mixed cultures based on optional electronic acceptors

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    A series of batch experiments were performed using mixed bacterial consortia to investigate biodegradation performance of benzene,toluene,ethylbenzene and three xylene isomers (BTEX) under nitrate,sulfate and ferric iron reducing conditions.The results showed that toluene,ethylbenzeoe,m-xylene and o-xylene could be degraded independently by the mixed cultures coupled to nitrate,sulfate and ferric iron reduction.Under ferric iron reducing conditions the biodegradation of benzene and p-xylene could be occurred only in the presence of other alkylbenzenes.Alkylbenzenes can serve as the primary substrates to stimulate the transformation of benzene and p-xylene under anaerobic conditions.Benzene and p-xylene are more toxic than toluene and ethylbenzene,under the three terminal electron acceptors conditions,the degradation rates decreased with tolueneethylbenzene > m-xylene > o-xylene > benzene > p-xylene.Nitrate was a more favorable electron acceptor compared to sulfate and ferric iron.The ratio between sulfate consumed and the loss of benzene,toluene,ethylbenzene,o-xylene,m-xylene,p-xylene was 4.44,4.51,4.42,4.32,4.37 and 4.23,respectively;the ratio between nitrate consumed and the loss of these substrates was 7.53,6.24,6.49,7.28,7.81,7.61,respectively;the ratio between the consumption of ferric iron and the loss of toluene,ethylbenzene,o-xylene,m-xylenewas 17.99,18.04,18.07,17.97,respectively.

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

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


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

  14. Concentrations of benzene and toluene in the atmosphere of the southwestern area at the Mexico City Metropolitan Zone (United States)

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

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

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

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


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

  16. Benzene, toluene and p-xylene interactions and the role of microbial communities in remediation using bioventing

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    Sui, H. [Tianjin Univ., Tianjin (China). School of Chemical Engineering and Technology; Tianjin Univ., Tianjin (China). National Engineering Research Center for Distillation Technology; Li, X.G.; Jiang, B. [Tianjin Univ., Tianjin (China). National Engineering Research Center for Distillation Technology


    Bioventing is a promising in-situ soil remediation technology used to clean soils and groundwater contaminated by aromatic hydrocarbon components benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX). These contaminants are present at numerous hazardous waste sites. Bioventing provides enough oxygen to stimulate aerobic biodegradation by indigenous microorganisms. It is not constrained by contaminant volatility and can therefore be applied to contaminants that are readily biodegradable even if they are not highly volatile. This study examined the volatilization and biodegradation of BTX during bioventing from unsaturated soil. It focused on the occurrence of any substrate interaction and the effects of indigenous microbial inocula. The soil was inoculated with indigenous microorganisms obtained from the Dagang Oil Field in Tianjin, China. Then, different amounts of BTX were added to the soil in a stainless steel column through which carbon dioxide free air and pure nitrogen flowed. The volatilization-to-biodegradation ratios of BTX were 6:1, 2:1 and 2:1 respectively. After 3 weeks, the final concentration in the soil gas was 0.128 mg/L benzene, 0.377 mg/L toluene and 0.143 mg/L xylene. The substrate interactions that occurred were as follows: benzene and xylene degradation was accelerated while toluene was being degraded; and, the presence of xylene increased the lag period for benzene degradation. It was concluded that bioventing is an effective remediation technology for aromatic hydrocarbons and can significantly reduce the remediation time if target residual BTX concentration of 0.1 mg/L is to be reached. BTX removal becomes more significant with time, particularly when soils are inoculated with indigenous microbial communities from contaminated soil. 22 refs., 5 tabs., 7 figs.

  17. Vapor-phase testing of the memory-effects in benzene- and toluene-imprinted polymers conditioned at elevated temperature. (United States)

    Azenha, Manuel; Schillinger, Eric; Sanmartin, Esther; Regueiras, M Teresa; Silva, Fernando; Sellergren, Börje


    The preparation of polymers imprinted with common aromatic solvents such as benzene and toluene is an under-exploited subject of research. The present study was aimed at the understanding of whether true solvent memory effects can be achieved by molecular imprinting, as well as if they are stable at elevated temperature. A set of copolymers, comprising low and high cross-linking levels, was prepared from four different combinations of functional monomer and cross-linker, namely methacrylic acid (MAA)/ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA), methyl methacrylate (MMA)/EGDMA, MAA/divinyl benzene (DVB) and MMA/DVB. Each possible combination was prepared separately in benzene, toluene and acetonitrile. The obtained materials were applied as coatings onto nickel-titanium (Ni-Ti) alloy wires which were incorporated into solid-phase microextraction devices and finally tested for their ability to competitively adsorb vapors from the headspace of an aqueous solution containing a few volatile organic compounds. Porosity analysis showed that, regardless of the solvent used, only a high cross-linking level permitted the preparation of mesoporous copolymers (BJH radius typically in the range 13-15 nm), a requirement for providing accessibility to the targeted nanoscale-imprinted cavities. A noticeable exception was, however, observed for the MMA/DVB copolymers which exhibited much diminished BJH radius. The porosity data correlated well with the extraction profiles found, which suggested the presence of benzene-imprinted sites in all the highly cross-linked copolymers prepared in benzene, except for the MMA/DVB copolymers. Concerning the effect of an elevated conditioning temperature on the memory-effects created by the imprinting process, the results were clearly indicative that the tested copolymers, including the more robust highly cross-linked ones, are not suitable for high temperature applications such as solid-phase microextraction coupled to gas chromatography.

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


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


    The paper presents the results of an analysis of a two-stage pilot plant for the removal of toluene and benzene from the exhaust air of an industrial wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The two-stage air process combines a water scrubber and a biotrickling filter (BTF) in sequence, and treats air stripped from the liquid phase compartments of the WWTP. During the experimental period, the pilot plant treated an airflow of 600 Nm3h-1. Average concentrations of the waste air stream entering the w...

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

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    Benjamin Edokpolo


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

  20. Comparative study of the effects of toluene, benzene, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, diethyl ether, and flurothyl on anxiety and nociception in mice. (United States)

    Páez-Martínez, Nayeli; Cruz, Silvia Lorenia; López-Rubalcava, Carolina


    The main purpose of this study was to compare the effects of solvents from different chemical classes on anxiety and nociception. Independent groups of mice were exposed to air (control group), toluene (1000-4000 ppm), benzene (1000-4000 ppm), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (TCE, 2000-12000 ppm), diethyl ether (10,000-30,000) or flurothyl (200-600 ppm). After a 30-min exposure, animals were tested either in the anxiety paradigm conditioned defensive burying (CDB) test or in the hot plate test. All solvents but flurothyl produced anxiolytic-like actions being the order of potency toluene > benzene > TCE > diethyl ether. When tested in the hot plate paradigm, toluene and TCE increased nociception, benzene and diethyl ether had no effects, and flurothyl decreased nociception Additional groups of mice were conditioned to recognize the aversive stimulus (electrified prod) prior to toluene exposure and then tested in the CDB test. In unconditioned animals, toluene increased the number of shocks that mice received; however, when mice had previous experience in the CDB test, toluene lacked this effect. Taken together, these results show that inhalants have different effects with different potencies both in the CDB and in the hot plate tests. Additionally, data suggest that acute administration of toluene could impair learning.

  1. Determination of benzene, toluene and xylene concentration in humid air using differential ion mobility spectrometry and partial least squares regression. (United States)

    Maziejuk, M; Szczurek, A; Maciejewska, M; Pietrucha, T; Szyposzyńska, M


    Benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX compounds) are chemicals of greatest concern due to their impact on humans and the environment. In many cases, quantitative information about each of these compounds is required. Continuous, fast-response analysis, performed on site would be desired for this purpose. Several methods have been developed to detect and quantify these compounds in this way. Methods vary considerably in sensitivity, accuracy, ease of use and cost-effectiveness. The aim of this work is to show that differential ion mobility spectrometry (DMS) may be applied for determining concentration of BTX compounds in humid air. We demonstrate, this goal is achievable by applying multivariate analysis of the measurement data using partial least squares (PLS) regression. The approach was tested at low concentrations of these compounds in the range of 5-20 ppm and for air humidity in a range 0-12 g/kg. These conditions correspond to the foreseeable application of the developed approach in occupational health and safety measurements. The average concentration assessment error was about 1 ppm for each: benzene, toluene and xylene. We also successfully determined water vapor content in air. The error achieved was 0.2 g/kg. The obtained results are very promising regarding further development of DMS technique as well as its application.

  2. 甲苯中苯标准物质的研制%Development of reference material of benzene in toluene

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    张苏敏; 张毅; 代妍; 何丘


    以甲苯和苯为原料,采用称量-容量法研制了浓度为5 mg/mL的甲苯中苯溶液标准物质.所研制的标准物质通过均匀性检验、稳定性检验和与GBW(E) 130101的比对,标准值的相对扩展不确定度为3%(k=2),有效期限为24 m.%A kind of reference material of benzene in toluene was prepared using benzene and toluene as raw materials by Gravimetric-Volume Method. The standard value of concentration is 5 mg/mL. The reference material passed the homogeneity inspection, stability examination and intercomparison test between it and GBW(E) 130101. The relative expanded uncertainty of the concentration standard value is 3% (A = 2). The validity period is 24 m.

  3. Characterization of plasma-enhanced teflon AF for sensing benzene, toluene, and xylenes in water with near-IR surface plasmon resonance. (United States)

    Erickson, Tim A; Nijjar, Rajvir; Kipper, Matt J; Lear, Kevin L


    Near-IR surface plasmon resonance is used to characterize Teflon AF films for refractive index-based detection of the aromatic hydrocarbon contaminants benzene, toluene, and xylenes in water. The technique requires no sample preparation, and film sensitivity is found to be enhanced by oxygen plasma etching. A diffusion equation model is used to extract the diffusion and partition coefficients, which indicate film enrichment factors exceeding two orders of magnitude, permitting a limit of detection of 183, 105 and 55 ppb for benzene, toluene, and xylenes, respectively. The effect of other potential interfering contaminants is quantified.

  4. Determination of exposure to benzene, toluene and xylenes in Turkish primary school children by analysis of breath and by environmental passive sampling.

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    Scheepers, P.T.J.; Konings, J.; Demirel, G.; Gaga, E.O.; Anzion, R.B.M.; Peer, P.G.M.; Dogeroglu, T.; Ornektekin, S.; Doorn, W. van


    Benzene, toluene, m/p-xylene and o-xylene (BTX) are toxic volatile organic compounds and ubiquitous air pollutants. Smoking and consumer products are indoor sources of BTX, whereas traffic and industrial activities are primary sources contributing to outdoor levels of BTX. The aim of this study was

  5. Human monitoring of exposure to organic solvents. I Benzene, phenol, toluene, cresols and xylenes

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    Jansen EHJM; de Fluiter P; TOX


    In this report the conclusions of a literature study has been summarized concerning the monitoring of the general population to exposure to benzene-like solvents. Since the Dutch population is exposed to concentrations far below the ppm level, the conclusions on the suitability of biomarkers are ba

  6. Dermal exposure assessment to benzene and toluene using charcoal cloth pads

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    Wendel de Joode, B. van; Tielemans, E.; Vermeulen, R.; Wegh, H.; Kromhout, H.


    Charcoal cloth pads have been used to assess volatile chemicals on the skin in a laboratory setting; however, they have not yet been applied to measure dermal exposure in occupational settings. This study aimed at evaluating whether charcoal pads can be used to assess dermal exposure to benzene and

  7. Effect of phytoremediation on concentrations of benzene, toluene, naphthalene, and dissolved oxygen in groundwater at a former manufactured gas plant site, Charleston, South Carolina, USA, 1998–2014 (United States)

    Landmeyer, James E.; Effinger, Thomas N.


    Concentrations of benzene, toluene, naphthalene, and dissolved oxygen in groundwater at a former manufactured gas plant site near Charleston, South Carolina, USA, have been monitored since the installation of a phytoremediation system of hybrid poplar trees in 1998. Between 2000 and 2014, the concentrations of benzene, toluene, and naphthalene (BT&N) in groundwater in the planted area have decreased. For example, in the monitoring well containing the highest concentrations of BT&N, benzene concentrations decreased from 10,200 µg/L to less than 4000 µg/L, toluene concentrations decreased from 2420 µg/L to less than 20 µg/L, and naphthalene concentrations decreased from 6840 µg/L to less than 3000 µg/L. Concentrations of BT&N in groundwater in all wells were observed to be lower during the summer months relative to the winter months of a particular year during the first few years after installing the phytoremediation system, most likely due to increased transpiration and contaminant uptake by the hybrid poplar trees during the warm summer months; this pathway of uptake by trees was confirmed by the detection of benzene, toluene, and naphthalene in trees during sampling events in 2002, and later in the study in 2012. These data suggest that the phytoremediation system affects the groundwater contaminants on a seasonal basis and, over multiple years, has resulted in a cumulative decrease in dissolved-phase contaminant concentrations in groundwater. The removal of dissolved organic contaminants from the aquifer has resulted in a lower demand on dissolved oxygen supplied by recharge and, as a result, the redox status of the groundwater has changed from anoxic to oxic conditions. This study provides much needed information for water managers and other scientists on the viability of the long-term effectiveness of phytoremediation in decreasing groundwater contaminants and increasing dissolved oxygen at sites contaminated by benzene, toluene, and naphthalene.

  8. An effort to test the embryotoxicity of benzene, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde to murine embryonic stem cells using airborne exposure technique. (United States)

    Shen, Shuijie; Yuan, Lingmin; Zeng, Su


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

  9. Densities, viscosities, speed of sound, and IR spectroscopic studies of binary mixtures of tert-butyl acetate with benzene, methylbenzene, and ethylbenzene at T = (298.15 and 308.15) K

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    Hasan, Mehdi, E-mail: [P.G. Department of Physical Chemistry, M.S.G. College, Malegaon Camp 423 105 (India); Sawant, Arun B. [P.G. Department of Physical Chemistry, M.S.G. College, Malegaon Camp 423 105 (India); Sawant, Rajashri B. [P.G. Department of Physical Chemistry, M.S.G. College, Malegaon Camp 423 105 (India); Department of Chemistry, S.P.H. Mahila College, Malegaon Camp 423 105 (India); Loke, Pratibha G. [P.G. Department of Physical Chemistry, M.S.G. College, Malegaon Camp 423 105 (India); Department of Physics, G.M.D. Arts, B.W. Commerce and Science College, Sinnar (India)


    Highlights: > Densities, viscosities and speed of sound for the benzene + benzenes with tert-butyl acetate at T = (298.15 and 308.15) K is reported. > IR spectra at room temperature are recorded to support observations from other studies. > The experimental observations are explained on the basis of molecular interaction between the constituent binaries. - Abstract: Densities, viscosities, speed of sound, and IR spectroscopy of binary mixtures of tert-butyl acetate (TBA) with benzene, methylbenzene, and ethylbenzene have been measured over the entire range of composition, at (298.15 and 308.15) K and at atmospheric pressure. From the experimental values of density, viscosity, speed of sound, and IR spectroscopy; excess molar volumes V{sup E}, deviations in viscosity {Delta}{eta}, deviations in isentropic compressibility {Delta}{kappa}{sub s} and stretching frequency {nu} have been calculated. The excess molar volumes and deviations in isentropic compressibility are positive for the binaries studied over the whole composition, while deviations in viscosities are negative for the binary mixtures. The excess molar volumes, deviations in viscosity, and deviations in isentropic compressibility have been fitted to the Redlich-Kister polynomial equation. The Jouyban-Acree model is used to correlate the experimental values of density, viscosity, and speed of sound.

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

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


    It is described a methodology for waste water treatment which is simulated doing a benzene-toluene-phenol mixture in aqueous solution. Three different concentrations of them ones were used which were irradiated with electron beams coming from a Pelletron Accelerator carrying out the degradation effect of these compounds in CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O. By mean of gas chromatography the analytical determinations were realized finding that in lower concentration of benzene and toluene performances of degradation higher than 95 % were obtained, but higher concentrations (100 ppm) the performance diminishes at 89 %, while for phenol in higher concentrations its degradation is over 60 % and in lower concentrations the degradation is under 80 %. The results are obtained with a constant irradiation time of 12 seconds and neutral pH. (Author.

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

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    Gonzalez Vanderhaghen, D.E


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

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

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    Adrián H. Buep


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

  13. Mercapturic acids in urine as an index for indoor air exposition to benzene and toluene; Merkaptursaeuren im Urin als Index fuer Innenraum-Expositionen von Benzol und Toluol

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    Rolle-Kampczyk, U.; Rehwagen, M.; Herbarth, O. [UFZ-Umweltforschungzentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Leipzig (Germany). Sektion Expositionsforschung und Epidemiologie


    Benzene toxicity and the relatively high toluene burden of indoor air necessitate the examination of urine for specific metabolites as a verification for the internal exposure and dose. Selected were S-phenyl- and S-benzyl-mercapturic acid (SPMA and SBMA), and their concentrations determined in the urine samples of children from Leipzig. The results were correlated with the benzene and toluene concentrations of indoor air. Whereas a weak correlation was found between benzene and SPMA, no relationship was found between toluene and SBMA. (orig.) [Deutsch] Auf Grund der toxikologischen Bedenklichkeit von Benzol und der relativ hohen Toluolbelastung von Innenraeumen sollen spezifische Metaboliten fuer diese Stoffe im Urin als Nachweis fuer die tatsaechlich aufgenommenen Schadstoffmengen untersucht werden. Es wurden S-Phenyl- und S-Benzyl-Merkaptursaeure (SPMA und SBMA) ausgewaehlt und deren Konzentrationen im Urin Leipziger Kinder bestimmt. Die Ergebnisse wurden mit den Raumluftkonzentrationen von Benzol und Toluol korreliert. Waehrend sich zwischen Benzol und SPMA ein schwacher korrelativer Zusammenhang herausstellte, ergab sich zwischen Toluol und SBMA keine Korrelation. (orig.)

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

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    Daoxiang Zhang


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

  15. Real-time monitoring of benzene, toluene, and p-xylene in a photoreaction chamber with a tunable mid-infrared laser and ultraviolet differential optical absorption spectroscopy. (United States)

    Parsons, Matthew T; Sydoryk, Ihor; Lim, Alan; McIntyre, Thomas J; Tulip, John; Jäger, Wolfgang; McDonald, Karen


    We describe the implementation of a mid-infrared laser-based trace gas sensor with a photoreaction chamber, used for reproducing chemical transformations of benzene, toluene, and p-xylene (BTX) gases that may occur in the atmosphere. The system performance was assessed in the presence of photoreaction products including aerosol particles. A mid-infrared external cavity quantum cascade laser (EC-QCL)-tunable from 9.41-9.88 μm (1012-1063 cm(-1))-was used to monitor gas phase concentrations of BTX simultaneously and in real time during chemical processing of these compounds with hydroxyl radicals in a photoreaction chamber. Results are compared to concurrent measurements using ultraviolet differential optical absorption spectroscopy (UV DOAS). The EC-QCL based system provides quantitation limits of approximately 200, 200, and 600 parts in 10(9) (ppb) for benzene, toluene, and p-xylene, respectively, which represents a significant improvement over our previous work with this laser system. Correspondingly, we observe the best agreement between the EC-QCL measurements and the UV DOAS measurements with benzene, followed by toluene, then p-xylene. Although BTX gas-detection limits are not as low for the EC-QCL system as for UV DOAS, an unidentified by-product of the photoreactions was observed with the EC-QCL, but not with the UV DOAS system.

  16. Enthalpy of mixing and heat of vaporization of ethyl acetate with benzene and toluene at 298.15 k and 308.15 k

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    K. L. Shivabasappa


    Full Text Available The present work was carried out in two phases. First, enthalpy of mixing was measured and then the heat of vaporization for the same mixtures was obtained. The data are useful in the design of separation equipments. From the various designs available for the experimental determination of enthalpy of mixing, and heat of vaporization, the apparatus was selected, modified and constructed. The apparatus of enthalpy of mixing was tested with a known system Benzene - i-Butyl Alcohol and the data obtained was in very good agreement with literature values. Experiments were then conducted for mixtures of Ethyl Acetate with Benzene and Toluene. The experimental data was fitted to the standard correlations and the constants were evaluated. Heat of vaporization data were obtained from a static apparatus and tested for accuracy by conducting experiments with a known system Benzene - n-Hexane and the data obtained were found to be in agreement with literature values. Experiments were then conducted to measure heat of vaporization for the mixtures of Ethyl Acetate with Benzene and Toluene. Using experimental data of enthalpy of mixing from the first phase, and heat capacity data, the heat of vaporization were calculated.

  17. Biomass fuels and coke plants are important sources of human exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and toluene. (United States)

    Fan, Ruifang; Li, Junnan; Chen, Laiguo; Xu, Zhencheng; He, Dechun; Zhou, Yuanxiu; Zhu, Yuanyuan; Wei, Fusheng; Li, Jihua


    Large amounts of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene and toluene (BT) might be emitted from incomplete combustion reactions in both coal tar factories and biomass fuels in rural China. The health effects arising from exposure to PAHs and BT are a concern for residents of rural areas close to coal tar plants. To assess the environmental risk and major exposure sources, 100 coke plant workers and 25 farmers in Qujing, China were recruited. The levels of 10 mono-hydroxylated PAHs (OH-PAHs), four BT metabolites and 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) in the urine collected from the subjects were measured. The 8-OHdG levels in the urine were determined to evaluate the oxidative DNA damage induced by the PAHs and BT. The results showed that the levels of the OH-PAHs, particularly those of 1-hydroxynathalene and 1-hydroxypyrene, in the farmers were 1-7 times higher than those in the workers. The concentrations of the BT metabolites were comparable between the workers and farmers. Although the exact work location within a coke oven plant might affect the levels of the OH-PAHs, one-way ANOVA revealed no significant differences for either the OH-PAHs levels or the BT concentrations among the three groups working at different work sites. The geometric mean concentration (9.17 µg/g creatinine) of 8-OHdG was significantly higher in the farmers than in the plant workers (6.27 µg/g creatinine). The levels of 8-OHdG did not correlate with the total concentrations of OH-PAHs and the total levels of BT metabolites. Incompletely combusted biomass fuels might be the major exposure source, contributing more PAHs and BT to the local residents of Qujing. The estimated daily intakes (EDIs) of naphthalene and fluorene for all of the workers and most of the farmers were below the reference doses (RfDs) recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), except for the pyrene levels in two farmers. However, the EDIs of benzene in the workers and local

  18. Survival and reproduction of some blue-green and green algae as affected by sewage water, fertilizer factory effluent, brassica oil, phenol, toluene and benzene. (United States)

    Agrawal, S C; Gupta, S


    Fourteen blue-green and green algae survived for widely different time periods ranging between 22-102 d in control culture medium. Irrespective of their long or short survival period in control cultures, their pro- or eukaryotic nature, their different morphological types or natural habitats, they all survived for a short time period ranging between 3-8 d in sewage water, 5-10 d in fertilizer factory effluent, (1/4)-2 d in brassica oil, (1/2)-2 d in phenol, 1-3 d in toluene, and 1-4 d in benzene (showing the relative toxicity of different chemicals to different algae, and the antialgal nature of brassica oil). Dilution decreased the toxicity of these agents very little, indicating that they all were very toxic to algae. None of the agent induced the formation of any reproductive or dormant cells. Sewage water, fertilizer factory effluent, brassica oil and/or benzene favored the formation of necridia cells in Phormidium bohneri, P. foveolarum, Microcoleus chthonoplastes, Lyngbya birgei, and L. major filaments. Scenedesmus quadricauda shed off all spines earlier, Hormidium flaccidum fragmented less or not at all, Scytonema millei formed no false branch and heterocyst, Aphanothece pallida and Gloeocapsa atrata cells did not divide, Cosmarium granatum cells did not form any zygospore and Oedogonium sp. not any oogonia-like cells under all or most of treatments with 25-100 % sewage water, 1-100 % fertilizer factory effluent, 1-100 % brassica oil, 25-100 % phenol, toluene and benzene.

  19. Emission of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX from the furan moulding sands with addition of the reclaim

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    M. Holtzer


    Full Text Available In this paper, the results of decomposition of a moulding sand with furfuryl resin also on a quartz matrix and with additions of a reclaimed material, under industrial conditions, are presented. Investigations of the gases emission in the test foundry plant were performed according to the original method developed in the Faculty of Foundry Engineering, AGH UST. The dependence of the emitted PAHs and BTEX group substances and ignition losses on the reclaim fraction in a moulding sand are of a linear character of a very high correlation coefficient R2. On the bases of the derived equations, it is possible to determine the amount of the emitted hazardous substances from the moulding sand containing the known fraction of the reclaim.

  20. Separation and determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and o-xylene compounds in water using directly suspended droplet microextraction coupled with gas chromatography-flame ionization detector. (United States)

    Sarafraz-Yazdi, A; Amiri, A H; Es'haghi, Z


    The directly suspended droplet microextraction (DSDME) technique coupled with the capillary gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID) was used to determine BTEX compounds in aqueous samples. The effective parameters such as organic solvent, extraction time, microdroplet volume, salt effect and stirring speed were optimized. The performance of the proposed technique was evaluated for the determination of BTEX compounds in natural water samples. Under the optimal conditions the enrichment factors ranged from 142.68 to 312.13, linear range; 0.01-20 microg mL(-1), limits of detection; 0.8-7 ng mL(-1) for most analytes. Relative standard deviations for 0.2 microg mL(-1) of BTEX in water were in the range 1.81-2.47% (n=5). The relative recoveries of BTEX from surface water at spiking level of 0.2 microg mL(-1) were in the range of 89.87-98.62%.

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

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


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

  2. Research and development for ethylbenzene production

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    Xue, Mingwei; Sun, Hongmin; Shen, Zhenhao; Zhang, Bin; Yang, Weimin [SINOPEC Shanghai Research Institute of Petrochemical Technology (China); Huan, Mingyao


    Ethylbenzene (EB) is important raw material for the production of styrene. Now, EB is mainly produced by the alkylation of benzene with ethylene catalyzed by zeolite in vapour phase or liquid phase. Shanghai Research Institute of Petrochemical Technology (SRIPT) began to research the catalysts for the production of ethylbenezene in 1993. With near 20 years work, three series of catalysts for the alkylation of benzene with pure ethylene, dilute ethylene and ethanol are in commerical in China. This paper mainly introduced the research and development of SRIPT for the EB production. (orig.)

  3. Anaerobic degradation of toluene and o-xylene by a methanogenic consortium. (United States)

    Edwards, E A; Grbić-Galić, D


    Toluene and o-xylene were completely mineralized to stoichiometric amounts of carbon dioxide, methane, and biomass by aquifer-derived microorganisms under strictly anaerobic conditions. The source of the inoculum was creosote-contaminated sediment from Pensacola, Fla. The adaptation periods before the onset of degradation were long (100 to 120 days for toluene degradation and 200 to 255 days for o-xylene). Successive transfers of the toluene- and o-xylene-degrading cultures remained active. Cell density in the cultures progressively increased over 2 to 3 years to stabilize at approximately 10(9) cells per ml. Degradation of toluene and o-xylene in stable mixed methanogenic cultures followed Monod kinetics, with inhibition noted at substrate concentrations above about 700 microM for o-xylene and 1,800 microM for toluene. The cultures degraded toluene or o-xylene but did not degrade m-xylene, p-xylene, benzene, ethylbenzene, or naphthalene. The degradative activity was retained after pasteurization or after starvation for 1 year. Degradation of toluene and o-xylene was inhibited by the alternate electron acceptors oxygen, nitrate, and sulfate. Degradation was also inhibited by the addition of preferred substrates such as acetate, H2, propionate, methanol, acetone, glucose, amino acids, fatty acids, peptone, and yeast extract. These data suggest that the presence of natural organic substrates or contaminants may inhibit anaerobic degradation of pollutants such as toluene and o-xylene at contaminated sites.

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

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    Trusek-Holownia Anna


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

  5. Kinetics modeling of ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to styrene over a mesoporous alumina supported iron catalyst

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    Hossain, Mohammad M.


    The kinetics of ethylbenzene (EB) dehydrogenation over a FeO x-meso-Al 2O 3 catalyst is studied. The models were developed based on physicochemical characterization and a CREC fluidized Riser Simulator data. N 2 adsorption shows that the synthesized FeO x-meso-Al 2O 3 catalyst is mesoporous with pore size between 9 and 35nm. TPR profile indicates that iron on meso-Al 2O 3 forms easily reducible nanostructured crystals which is confirmed by TEM image. NH 3- and CO-TPD analysis, respectively reveals the availability of both acidic and basic sites. The dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene on FeO x-meso-Al 2O 3 catalyst mainly gives styrene (∼99%) while a small amount of benzene, toluene and coke are also detected. Based on the experimental observations two Langmuir-Hinshelwood type kinetics models are formulated. The possible catalyst deactivation is expressed as function of EB conversion. Parameters are estimated by fitting of the experimental data implemented in MATLAB. Results show that one type site Langmuir-Hinshelwood model appropriately describes the experimental data, with adequate statistical fitting indicators and also satisfied the physical constraints. The activation energy for the formation of styrene (80kJ/mol) found to be significantly lower than that of the undesired products benzene (144kJ/mol) and toluene (164kJ/mol). The estimated heat of adsorptions of EB and ST are found to be 55kJ/mol and 19kJ/mol, respectively. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

  6. Heterogeneous catalytic oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene with carbon dioxide

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    Badstube, T.; Papp, H. [Leipzig Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Technische Chemie; Kustrowski, P.; Dziembaj, R. [Jagiellonian Univ., Crakow (Poland). Faculty of Chemistry


    Alkaline promoted active carbon supported iron catalysts are very active in the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene in the presence of carbon dioxide. The best results were obtained at 550 C for a Li-promoted catalyst with a conversion of ethylbenzene of 75% and a selectivity towards styrene of nearly 95%. These results are better than those obtained with industrial catalysts which perform the dehydrogenation process with an excess of water. The main product of the dehydrogenation reaction with CO{sub 2} was styrene, but the following by-products were detected - benzene and toluene. The selectivity towards toluene was always higher than towards benzene. We observed also the formation of carbon monoxide and water, which were produced with a constant molar ratio of about 0.8. The weight of the catalysts increased up to 20% during the reaction due to deposition of carbon. Using a too large excess of CO{sub 2} (CO{sub 2}/EB>10) was harmful for the styrene yield. The most favorable molar ratio of CO{sub 2} to EB was 10:1. No correlation between the molar ratios of reactants and the amount of deposited coke on the surface of catalysts was observed. The highest catalytic activity showed iron loaded D-90 catalysts which were promoted with alkali metals in a molar ratio of 1:10. Iron, nickel and cobalt loaded carbonized PPAN, PC, inorganic supports like Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, SiO{sub 2}/ZrO{sub 2} or TiO{sub 2} respectively and commercial iron catalysts applied for styrene production did not show comparable catalytic activity in similar conditions. (orig.)

  7. Monoaromatic compounds in ambient air of various cities: a focus on correlations between the xylenes and ethylbenzene (United States)

    Monod, Anne; Sive, Barkley C.; Avino, Pasquale; Chen, Tai; Blake, Donald R.; Sherwood Rowland, F.

    Speciation of o-xylene, m-xylene, p-xylene and ethylbenzene was performed by gas chromatography from ambient air and liquid fuel samples collected at various locations in 19 cities in Europe, Asia and South America. The xylene's mixing ratios were compared to each other from the various locations, which included urban air, traffic air and liquid fuel. For all samples, the xylenes exhibited robust correlations, and the slopes remained constant. The m-xylene/ p-xylene ratio was found to be 2.33±0.30, and the m-xylene/ o-xylene ratio was found to be 1.84±0.25. These ratios remain persistent even in biomass combustion experiments (in South America and South Africa). Comparing the xylenes to toluene and benzene indicate that combustion, but not fuel evaporation, is the major common source of the xylenes in areas dominated by automotive emissions. Although a wide range of combustion types and combustion efficiencies were encountered throughout all the locations investigated, xylenes and ethylbenzene ratios remained persistent. We discuss the implications of the constancies in the xylenes and ethylbenzene ratios on atmospheric chemistry.

  8. Treatment of toluene/benzene waste gas in an amplified biotrickling filter%放大型生物滴滤床净化甲苯/苯废气的研究∗

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    陈英文; 李兵; 王小军; 牛茜; 杨倩; 李林; 沈树宝


    In this study,an amplified biotrickling filter (BTF)that had been used to treat toluene previously was established to treat waste gas containing benzene or benzene/toluene.The benzene purification efficiency,ben-zene degradation ability of different bed,the short-term stagnation,the degradation relation of benzene/toluene waste gas and microbial commumity structure were examined.Results reveals that the benzene purification effi-ciency was above 80% when the gas flow rate was 8 m3/h and benzene was below 0.4 g/m3 ,the benzene degra-dation efficiency of the first bed was more than 90% of total bed degradation efficiency.There was no damage effect on the performance of BTF even though the BTF had been stagnated for 1,2,or 4 d.when the toluene concentration was 0.3 g/m3 ,a certain inhibiting effect could be examined to benzene.The benzene purification efficiency was maintain 70% eventually,more microorganism species were examined in the surface of volcanic rock.%采用处理甲苯废气的放大型生物滴滤床处理苯及苯/甲苯混合废气的实验,考察苯的净化效率,不同床层降解苯的能力,放大型生物滴滤床的短期停置、甲苯/苯混合废气间降解关系以及不同床层微生物的群落结构.结果表明,当气体流量为8 m3/h,苯浓度低于0.4 g/m3时,苯净化效率高于80%.第一床层降解苯的效率占总床层的90%以上.放大型生物滴滤床的短期停置,1,2和4 d对净化性能没有严重影响.甲苯浓度为0.3 g/m3时,对苯的净化性能有一定抑制作用,苯的净化效率最终稳定在70%左右,火山岩填料上活性微生物的种类较多.

  9. Disproportionation of ethylbenzene in the presence of _C8 aromatics

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    N. Sharnappa; S. Pai, V.V. Bokade


    The selective synthesis of p-diethylbenzene (p-DEB) by disproportionation of ethylbenzene (EB) in the presence of aromatics like m- and p-xylene isomers has been studied over a pore size regulated HZSM-5 catalyst. The industrial feed having different compositions of ethylbenzene and xylene isomers was used for the experimentation. Hence,they were expected to hinder the movement of reactant molecules both on the external surface and within the zeolite channels. It was observed that irrespective of the different feed compositions the concentration of the xylene isomers was intact in the product. There is no other byproducts formation like para-ethylmethyl benzene. The effects of varying the concentration of aromatic compounds in the feed on ethylbenzene conversion and product distribution over the parent and modified H-ZSM-5 catalyst have been discussed. Ethylbenzene disproportionation reaction follows the pseudo first order reaction with an activation energy of 8.6 kcal/mol.

  10. Measurements of Critical Temperature and Pressure of Ethylene+Benzene+Ethylbenzene Mixture

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    SUNMinghua; YERuqiang; 等


    Critical temperature (Tc) and critical pressure (pc) of the ternary mixture of ethylene+benzene+ethylbenzene (the mole ratio of ethylbenzene to benzene was fixed at 0.95:0.05) were measured by using a high=pressure view cell with direct visual observation.The interaction coefficients obtained from the critical properties of the relevant binary systems were used to predict the critical properties (Tc,pc) of the ternary mixture.The agreement between the prediction and experiments is satisfactory.

  11. Effects of inhalation exposure to a binary mixture of benzene and toluene on vitamin a status and humoral and cell-mediated immunity in wild and captive American kestrels. (United States)

    Olsgard, Mandy L; Bortolotti, Gary R; Trask, Brenda R; Smits, Judit E G


    Benzene and toluene are representative volatile organic compounds (VOC) released during production, storage, and transportation associated with the oil and gas industry and are chemicals of concern, as they are released in greater and possibly more biologically significant concentrations than other compounds. Most studies of air pollution in high oil and gas activity areas have neglected to consider risks to birds, including top-level predators. Birds can be used as highly sensitive monitors of air quality and since the avian respiratory tract is physiologically different from a rodent respiratory tract, effects of gases cannot be safely extrapolated from rodent studies. Wild and captive male American kestrels were exposed for approximately 1 h daily for 28 d to high (rodent lowest-observed-adverse-effect level [LOAEL] of 10 ppm and 80 ppm, respectively) or environmentally relevant (0.1 ppm and 0.8 ppm, respectively) levels of benzene and toluene. Altered immune responses characteristic of those seen in mammalian exposures were evident in kestrels. A decreased cell-mediated immunity, measured by delayed-type hypersensitivity testing, was evident in all exposed birds. There was no effect on humoral immunity. Plasma retinol levels as measured by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis were decreased in wild and captive kestrels exposed to the rodent LOAEL for combined benzene and toluene. This study indicates that American kestrels are sensitive to combined benzene and toluene. The study also illustrates the need for reference concentrations for airborne pollutants to be calculated, including sensitive endpoints specific to birds. Based on these findings, future studies need to include immune endpoints to determine the possible increased susceptibility of birds to inhaled toxicants.

  12. 气相色谱法测定建材市场空气中的苯、甲苯和二甲苯%Determination of Benzene, Toluene and Xylene in Building Materials Market Air by Gas Chromatography

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    林建原; 刘俊波


    采用活性炭吸附-CS_2解析毛细管气相色谱法,对建材市场空气中的苯、甲苯、二甲苯进行了测定.采用活性炭管采集样品,经CS_2解析,FID做检测器,考察了苯、甲苯、二甲苯的线性关系.经实验测得解吸率在90%以上,苯、甲苯、二甲苯的加标回收率在96.6%-102.1%,线性方程的相对系数在0.999以上.该方法采样装置体积小、噪音低、操作简便,适用于同时进行苯、甲苯、二甲苯的快速测定.%Benzene, toluene and xylene in building materials market air were determined by using activated charcoal adsoption CS_2 analysis capillary vessel gas chromatography. Activated carbon tube was used to collect samples with FID detector. Linearity of benzene, toluene and xylene were studied, results showed that after process experiment, samples desorption rate was above 90%, Canadian sign returns ratio of benzene, toluene and xylene was 96.6%~102.1%, relative coefficient of linear equation above 0.999. The sampling devices were small size, low noise and easy to operate, which are applicable for fast determining benzene,toluene and xylene simultaneously.

  13. Liquid-liquid Microextraction Based on Solidification of Floating Organic Drops Coupled with Gas Chromatography for Analyzing Trace Benzene, Toluene and Xylene in Water Samples

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    ZHANG Mao-sheng; HUANG Jia-rong; ZHENG Xiang-hua; XIE Qiong-fang


    A new liquid-liquid microextraction method based on the solidification of floating organic drops coupled with gas chromatography was developed for the determination of trace benzene,toluene and xylene(BTX)in water samples.In the microextraction procedure,a microdrop of n-decanol was delivered to the surface of the analytes' solution,and stirred for a desired time.Following the absolute extraction,the sample vial was cooled in an ice bath for 10 min.The solidified n-decanol was then transferred into a plastic tube and melted naturally; and 1 μL of it was injected into gas chromatography for analysis.Factors relevant to the extraction efficiency were studied and optimized.The optimal experimental conditions were:15 μL of n-decanol as extractive solvent,30 mL of solution containing analytes,no salt,the stirring rate 400 r/min,the extraction temperature 30 ℃,and the extraction time 30 min.Under those optimized conditions,the detection limit(LOD)of analytes was in a range of 0.05-0.10 ng/mL by the developed method.A good linearity(r>0.99)in a calibration range of 0.01-100 μg/mL was obtained.The recoveries of the real samples at different spiked levels of BTX were in the range from 92.2% to 103.4%.

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

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

  15. Anaerobic degradation of benzene by marine sulfate-reducing bacteria (United States)

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


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

  16. 苯或甲苯萃取己内酰胺和甲基己内酰胺分配系数的测定和预测%Distribution Coefficient of Caprolactam and Methyl Caprolactam Using Benzene or Toluene as Extractants: Experiments and Prediction

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    龚行楚; 吕阳成; 骆广生


    To get high purity caprolactam is a challenging task in the chemical fiber industry. To date, reports on the prediction of the distribution of caprolactam and its derivative chemicals have been few. In this study, the extraction of caprolactam with toluene as the extractant and N-methyl caprolactam with benzene and toluene as the extractants has been carried out. By defining new UNIFAC groups and calibrating related interaction parameters, a UNIFAC method was introduced to predict the equilibrium concentration of caprolactam and methyl caprolactam in toluene or benzene extraction processes. The calculated results fit very well with the experimental data. Using the UNIFAC model, the selectivity of extractants can be predicted.

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

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

  18. Excess molar volumes and refractive indices of (methoxybenzene+benzene, or toluene, or o-xylene, or m-xylene, or p-xylene, or mesitylene) binary mixtures between T=(288.15 to 303.15)K

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    Al-Kandary, Jasem A. [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Technological Studies, P.O. Box 42325, Shuwaikh 70654 (Kuwait)]. E-mail:; Al-Jimaz, Adel S. [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Technological Studies, P.O. Box 42325, Shuwaikh 70654 (Kuwait); Abdul-Latif, Abdul-Haq M. [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Technological Studies, P.O. Box 42325, Shuwaikh 70654 (Kuwait)


    Densities {rho} and refractive indices n{sub D} for (anisole+benzene, or toluene, or o-xylene, or m-xylene or p-xylene or mesitylene) binary mixtures over the entire range of mole fraction, at temperatures (288.15, 293.15, 298.15, and 303.15)K and atmospheric pressure, have been measured. The excess molar volume V{sup E} and molar refraction deviation {delta}R{sub m}, have been calculated and fitted to the Redlich-Kister polynomial relation to estimate the binary coefficients and standard errors. The excess molar volumes are positive for (anisole+mesitylene) binary mixtures and negative for (anisole+benzene, or toluene, or xylene isomers) binary mixtures at various temperatures. Partial molar volumes V-bar {sub i} and partial excess molar volumes V-bar {sub i}{sup E} have been also derived from the experimental data. The calculated values have been used to explain the dependency of intermolecular interaction between the mixing components on the alkyl substitution on benzene ring.


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    刘玉龙; 陈亮; 刘菲; 刘光全


    Three predominated classes of microbes,B-bacteria,T-bacteria and M-bacteria,were inoculated from soils which were collected from a vadose zone chronically contaminated by cruel oil,fed with benzene and toluene and cultured without extra nutrients and electron acceptors under anoxic conditions.Laboratory batch studies were performed to assess the potential for biodegradation of benzene and toluene at high pH levels.The results showed that the degradation processes fit zero-order kinetics equations well and the rate constants ranged from 0.22 to 0.68 mg/(L·d).The rates of benzene and toluene biodegradation by the three cultures decreased variously when increasing the initial pH values from 8.7 to 9.6 and 10.6,respectively.The rates of benzene biodegradation by B-bacteria were reduced by less than 10%;the rates of toluene biodegradation by T-bacteria were decreased from 16.22% at the initial pH 9.6 to 41.23% at the initial pH 10.6;and the rates of benzene and toluene biodegradation by M-bacteria were decreased from about 30% at the initial pH 9.6 to about 45% at the initial pH 10.6.Benzene and toluene could be thoroughly biodegraded even at pH 10.6.It is recommended that no extra pH buffer zone between an Fe0-PRB and a bio-wall should be necessary for designing sequential PRBs to treat such pollutants in aquifers.%在缺氧环境下,不额外加入电子受体和营养盐,从长期受原油污染的包气带介质中分离、培养驯化得到了降解苯或甲苯的3种优势菌群:B-bacteria、T-bacteria和M-bacteria,采用批试验方法研究了高pH环境下3种菌群降解苯和甲苯的速率。结果表明:苯和甲苯的降解符合零级反应动力学,速率常数在0.22~0.68 mg/(L.d)。初始pH从8.7升高到9.6和10.6时,B-bacteria降解苯的速率降低都在10%以内;T-bacteria降解甲苯的速率降低率从pH9.6时的16.22%剧增到pH10.6时的41.23%;而M-bacteria降解苯和甲苯的速率降低从pH9.6时的30%左右增到pH10.6

  20. Rapid determination of benzene derivatives in water samples by trace volume solvent DLLME prior to GC-FID

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    Diao, Chun Peng; Wei, Chao Hai; Feng, Chun Hua [South China Univ. of Technology, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center (China). College of Environmental Science and Engineering; Guangdong Regular Higher Education Institutions, Guangzhou (China). Key Lab. of Environmental Protection and Eco-Remediation


    An inexpensive, simple and environmentally friendly method based on dispersive liquid liquid microextraction (DLLME) for rapid determination of benzene derivatives in water samples was proposed. A significant improvement of DLLME procedure was achieved. Trace volume ethyl acetate (60 {mu}L) was exploited as dispersion solvent instead of common ones such as methanol and acetone, the volume of which was more than 0.5 mL, and the organic solvent required in DLLME was reduced to a great extent. Only 83-{mu}L organic solvent was consumed in the whole analytic process and the preconcentration procedure was less than 10 min. The advantageous approach coupled with gas chromatograph-flame ionization detector was proposed for the rapid determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene isomers in water samples. Results showed that the proposed approach was an efficient method for rapid determination of benzene derivatives in aqueous samples. (orig.)

  1. Conformation-resolved UV spectra of Pb(II) complexes: a gas phase study of the sandwich structures [Pb(toluene)2]2+ and [Pb(benzene)2]2+. (United States)

    Ma, Lifu; Takashima, Tsukiko; Koka, Joseph; Kimber, Helen J; Cox, Hazel; Stace, Anthony J


    Toxic heavy metals, such as Pb(2+), have become important targets for the development of efficient receptors that are capable of recognizing their presence as environmental and biological pollutants, and an important part of that receptor-metal characterization process is the provision of spectral evidence that identifies the presence of a metal ion. From results reported here on a combined experimental and theoretical study it is shown that, when complexed with aromatic ligands, Pb(2+) is capable of yielding structured UV spectra, which: (i) exhibit discrete electronic transitions that include significant contributions from the metal ion; (ii) are very sensitive to the electronic properties of coordinating ligands; and (iii) are sensitive to subtle changes in coordination geometry. Two aromatic sandwich complexes, [Pb(benzene)2](2+) and [Pb(toluene)2](2+) have been prepared in the gas phase and their UV action spectra recorded from ions held and cooled in an ion trap. Whilst [Pb(benzene)2](2+) exhibits a spectrum with very little detail, that recorded for [Pb(toluene)2](2+) reveals a rich structure in the wavelength range 220-280 nm. Theory in the form of density functional theory (DFT) shows that both types of complex take the form of hemidirected structures, and that [Pb(toluene)2](2+) can adopt three distinct conformers depending upon the relative positions of the two methyl groups. Further calculations, using adiabatic time-dependent DFT to assign electronic transitions, provide evidence of individual [Pb(toluene)2](2+) conformers having been resolved in the experimental spectrum. Of particular significance for the development of methods for identifying Pb(2+) as an environmental or biological pollutant, is the observation that there are distinct ligand-to-metal charge transfer transitions in the UV that are sensitive to both the geometry and the electronic characteristics of molecules that accommodate the metal ion.

  2. Co-exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, benzene and toluene and their dose-effects on oxidative stress damage in kindergarten-aged children in Guangzhou, China. (United States)

    Li, Junnan; Lu, Shaoyou; Liu, Guihua; Zhou, Yuanxiu; Lv, Yanshan; She, Jianwen; Fan, Ruifang


    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene and toluene (BT) are ubiquitous toxic pollutants in the environment. Children are sensitive and susceptible to exposure to these contaminants. To investigate the potential oxidative DNA damage from the co-exposure of PAHs and BT in children, 87 children (aged 3-6) from a kindergarten in Guangzhou, China, were recruited. Ten urinary PAHs and four BT metabolites, as well as 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG, a biomarker of oxidative DNA damage)in urine, were determined using a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometer. The results demonstrated that the levels of PAHs and BT in children from Guangzhou were 2-30 times higher than those in children from the other countries based on a comparison with recent data from the literature. In particular, the difference is more substantial for pyrene and volatile BT. Co-exposure to PAHs and BT could lead to additive oxidative DNA damage. Significant dose-effects were observed between the sum concentration of urinary monohydroxylated metabolites of PAHs (∑OH-PAHs), the sum concentration of the metabolites of BT (∑BT) and 8-OHdG levels. Every one percent increase in urinary PAHs and BT generated 0.33% and 0.02% increases in urinary 8-OHdG, respectively. We also determined that the urinary levels of PAHs and BT were negatively associated with the age of the children. Moreover, significant differences in the levels of ∑OH-PAHs and ∑BT were determined between 3- and 6-year-old children (p<0.05), which may be caused by different metabolism capabilities or inhalation frequencies. In conclusion, exposure to PAHs or BT could lead to oxidative DNA damage, and 8-OHdG is a good biomarker for indicating the presence of DNA damage. There exists a significant dose-effect relationship between PAH exposure, BT exposure and the concentration of 8-OHdG in urine. Toddlers (3-4 years old) face a higher burden of PAH and BT exposure compared with older children.

  3. Section i: Thermodynamic Properties of Hydrocarbon Radicals, Peroxy Hydrocarbon and Peroxy Chlorohydrocarbon Molecules and Radicals. Section II. Kinetics and Reaction Mechanisms For: (1) Chloroform Pyrolysis and Oxidation; (2) Benzene and Toluene Oxidation Under Atmospheric Conditions. (United States)

    Lay, Tsan-Horng


    photooxidation of benzene and other aromatic species in the atmosphere. OH addition to the benzene ring, the subsequent reaction of O_2 with the hydroxyl-2,4-cyclohexadienyl to form hydroxyl -2-peroxy-4-cyclohexenyl (benzene-OH-O_2 adduct), are chemical activation reactions and are a function of both pressure and temperature. The kinetics of these two reaction systems at various pressure & temperatures using a quantum version of Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel theory (QRRK) and a modified strong collision approach are analyzed and calculated. The analogue reaction system of toluene photooxidation is also analyzed. Reaction mechanisms are developed for initial steps of atmospheric oxidation of benzene and toluene, which include reverse reaction rates determined from thermodynamic parameters and microscopic reversibility. The model results show good agreement with the limited available experimental data.

  4. Detection Results of Benzene,Toluene and Xylene in the Air of Workplace in Suzhou Industrial Park%苏州工业园区涉苯企业车间空气中"三苯"检测结果

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    王乐华; 庞幸


    [ Objective ] To understand the contamination degrees of benzene, toluene and xylene in workplace air and the rectifying effect in Suzhou Industrial Park. [Methods]The sampling, testing and analysis were on the basis of national standard method, the control effect of occupational hazards in this project is evaluated. [ Results ] The over standard rates of benzene, toluene and xylene decreased annually, the detection rate of highly toxic benzene decreased annually too. [ Conclusion ] In recent years, the efficient prevention and control measures have been adopt. The key to occupational health work in future are strengthening the monitoring of over standard enterprise, decreasing the use of high toxic benzene, reducing over standard rate.%目的:了解苏州工业园区近几年车间空气中苯、甲苯、二甲苯(三苯)污染程度及整治效果.方法:依据国标方法进行采样、检测、分析,对该项目职业病危害控制效果进行评价.结果"三苯"超标率逐年下降,高毒性苯检出率逐年下降.结论:近几年防控措施较为有效,加强对超标企业的监测,减少高毒性苯的使用,降低超标率将是今后职业卫生工作的重点.

  5. Effect of exposure to low concentration of benzene, toluene and xylene on the health of workers%低浓度苯、甲苯和二甲苯对接触工人健康的影响

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    杨云贵; 王志森


    目的 探讨低浓度“三苯”(苯、甲苯、二甲苯)对作业工人的健康危害.方法 对接苯工厂作业场所中“三苯”浓度进行测定,以439名三苯接触工人为苯接触组,以338名非接苯工人为对照组,对2组工人进行职业健康检查并对体检资料进行对照分析.结果 接苯工厂内各检测点的“三苯”8h时间加权平均浓度(C-TWA)及短时间接触浓度(C-STEL)的检测值均低于国家标准.苯接触组工人白细胞计数下降检出率为14.58%,非接触组为8.88%,差异有统计学意义;苯接触组工人血红蛋白含量下降检出率为19.59%,非接触组为8.28%,差异有统计学意义.苯接触组女工白细胞计数下降检出率为18.07%,男工为10.53%,差异有统计学意义;苯接触组女工血红蛋白含量下降检出率为32.53%,男工2.63%,差异有统计学意义;苯接触组男工血清丙氨酸转氨酶(ALT)异常率为7.89%,女工0.80%,差异有统计学意义.苯接触组不同工龄工人白细胞计数下降及血红蛋白含量下降存在线性剂量-反应关系.结论 长期接触低浓度的“三苯”也会损害作业工人的身体健康,应加强防护措施,加大健康监护力度.%[ Objective]To discuss the harm of exposure to low concentration of benzene, toluene and xylene on the health of workers. [Methods]The concentrations of benzene, toluene and xylene in the work places of factory with benzene exposure were detected. The benzene exposure group included 439 workers exposed to benzene, toluene and xylene, and the control group included 338 workers who have not been exposed to benzene. Two groups received the occupational health examination, and the results were investigated by a comparative analysis. [ Results]The 8h time weighted average concentration (C-TWA) and short time exposure limit concentration (C-STEL) of benzene, toluene and xylene in all monitoring points of factory were lower than the national standards. The

  6. Impact of a new gasoline benzene regulation on ambient air pollutants in Anchorage, Alaska (United States)

    Yano, Yuriko; Morris, Stephen S.; Salerno, Christopher; Schlapia, Anne M.; Stichick, Mathew


    The purpose of this study was to quantify the impact of a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard that limits the amount of benzene allowed in gasoline on ambient benzene concentrations. This new standard, together with two companion regulations that limit cold-temperature automotive emissions and the permeability of portable fuel containers, was expected to lower the levels of ambient benzene and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) nationwide. In this study the impact of the gasoline benzene standard was evaluated in Anchorage, Alaska in a two-phase ambient air monitoring study conducted before and after the new gasoline standard was implemented. Gasoline sold by Anchorage retailers was also evaluated in each phase to determine the content of benzene and other gasoline components. The average benzene content in Anchorage gasoline was reduced by 70%, from 5.05% (w/w) to 1.53% (w/w) following the implementation of the standard. The annual mean ambient benzene concentration fell by 51%, from 0.99 ppbv in Phase 1 to 0.49 ppbv in Phase 2. Analysis suggests the change in gasoline benzene content alone reduced benzene emissions by 46%. The changes in toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene content in gasoline between Phase 1 and 2 were relatively small and the differences in the mean ambient concentrations of these compounds between phases were modest. Our results suggest that cold winter communities in high latitude and mountainous regions may benefit more from the gasoline benzene standard because of high benzene emissions resulting from vehicle cold start and a tendency to develop atmospheric stagnation conditions in the winter.

  7. 便携式GC法测定石油污染地地下水中苯、乙苯和二甲苯%Field Determination of Benzene,Ethylbenzene and Xylene in Groundwater Polluted by Oil with Portable Gas Chromatography

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    刘金巍; 蔡五田; 张涛; 曹月婷


    采用便携式气相色谱法测定石油污染地地下水中苯、乙苯和二甲苯,通过试验选择出测定的最佳色谱条件和适宜内标物,并对样品平衡时间、NaCl用量、取样后 VOA瓶中液-气体积比等条件进行优化。试验表明,该方法在0 mg/L~2.00 mg/L范围内线性良好,相关系数均>0.98;方法检出限为0.05 mg/L ~0.15 mg/L。用该方法和吹扫捕集-气相色谱/质谱联用法同时测定实际水样,两种方法测定结果具有良好的一致性。%A method for determination of benzene,ethylbenzene and xylene in polluted groundwater by porta-ble gas chromatography using internal standard was established.The effects such as the choice of internal standard, amount of salt,equilibration time,ambient temperature,the volume ratio of liquid-gas,the number of repeated meas-urement were discussed.The results show that the internal standard method was effective to control the changes of environmental conditions.Xylene were separated by CP-Wax 52 CB(4 m)capillary column.The detection limits of method were 0.05 mg/L~0.15 mg/L,the linear ranges were 0 mg/L~2.00 mg/L.The correlation of test data be-tween this method and purge-trap-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry were good.This method can be used for the site screening and determination of benzene,ethylbenzene and xylene in polluted water.

  8. Synthesis of Ethylbenzene from Ethyl Chloride and Benzene Catalyzed by Chloroaluminate Ionic Liquid%氯铝酸离子液体催化苯与氯乙烷合成乙苯

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    徐新; 罗国华; 王莉


    以氯铝酸离子液体( [Et3NH]Cl-AlCl3)为催化剂,催化苯与氯乙烷烷基化反应合成乙苯,考察了反应投料方式、原料配比、反应温度、反应时间和[Et3NH]Cl-AlCl3用量对烷基化反应的影响,并对比了[Et3NH]Cl-AlCl3和AlCl3的催化效果.实验结果表明,在间歇式和半间歇式两种投料方式下,最佳反应条件均为:反应温度70℃,n(苯)∶n(氯乙烷)=(8.0~10.0)∶1,催化剂用量为原料总质量的10%,反应时间20 ~ 30min;半间歇式反应的苯转化率和乙苯选择性均高于间歇式反应,半间歇式反应的苯转化率可达到9.48%,乙苯选择性为93.65%;[Et3NH]Cl-AlCl3的催化活性明显高于AlCl3.%Chloroaluminate ionic liquid catalyst was used in alkylation of benzene with ethyl chloride to ethyl benzene. The effects of feeding mode, ratio between the reactants, reaction temperature and catalyst dosage on the alkylation were studied. The catalyses of [Et3NH]Cl-AlCl3 ionic liquid and A1C13 in the alkylation were compared. The results indicated that under the optimum conditions of reaction temperature 70 ℃, n(benzene) : n(ethyl chloride) 8.0 - 10.0 : 1, catalyst dosage(based on the total reactant mass) 10%, reaction time 20-30 min and semi-batch feeding mode, the conversion of benzene and the selectivity to ethyl benzene could reach 9.48% and 93.65%, respectively. Catalytic activity of [Et3NH]Cl-AlCl3 ionic liquid in the alkylation was significantly higher than that of aluminum chloride.

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

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    Li, Y.-F. [Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1 Roosevelt Road, Sec. 4, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Li, F.-Y. [Department of Chemistry, National Chung Hsing University, 250 Kuo Kuang Road, Taichung 402, Taiwan (China); Ho, C.-L. [Division of Wood Cellulose, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, 53 Nanhai Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan (China); Liao, V.H.-C. [Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1 Roosevelt Road, Sec. 4, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China)], E-mail:


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

  10. Phylogenetic and functional diversity within toluene-degrading, sulphate-reducing consortia enriched from a contaminated aquifer. (United States)

    Kuppardt, Anke; Kleinsteuber, Sabine; Vogt, Carsten; Lüders, Tillmann; Harms, Hauke; Chatzinotas, Antonis


    Three toluene-degrading microbial consortia were enriched under sulphate-reducing conditions from different zones of a benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX) plume of two connected contaminated aquifers. Two cultures were obtained from a weakly contaminated zone of the lower aquifer, while one culture originated from the highly contaminated upper aquifer. We hypothesised that the different habitat characteristics are reflected by distinct degrader populations. Degradation of toluene with concomitant production of sulphide was demonstrated in laboratory microcosms and the enrichment cultures were phylogenetically characterised. The benzylsuccinate synthase alpha-subunit (bssA) marker gene, encoding the enzyme initiating anaerobic toluene degradation, was targeted to characterise the catabolic diversity within the enrichment cultures. It was shown that the hydrogeochemical parameters in the different zones of the plume determined the microbial composition of the enrichment cultures. Both enrichment cultures from the weakly contaminated zone were of a very similar composition, dominated by Deltaproteobacteria with the Desulfobulbaceae (a Desulfopila-related phylotype) as key players. Two different bssA sequence types were found, which were both affiliated to genes from sulphate-reducing Deltaproteobacteria. In contrast, the enrichment culture from the highly contaminated zone was dominated by Clostridia with a Desulfosporosinus-related phylotype as presumed key player. A distinct bssA sequence type with high similarity to other recently detected sequences from clostridial toluene degraders was dominant in this culture. This work contributes to our understanding of the niche partitioning between degrader populations in distinct compartments of BTEX-contaminated aquifers.

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

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    Tukur, N. M.


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

  14. (Liquid + liquid) equilibria of three ternary systems: (heptane + benzene + N-formylmorpholine), (heptane + toluene + N-formylmorpholine), (heptane + xylene + N-formylmorpholine) from T = (298.15 to 353.15) K

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    Chen Dongchu [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 411083 (China)]. E-mail:; Ye Hongqi [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 411083 (China); Wu Hao [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 411083 (China)


    (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) data for ternary systems: (heptane + benzene + N-formylmorpholine), (heptane + toluene + N-formylmorpholine), and (heptane + xylene + N-formylmorpholine) have been determined experimentally at temperatures ranging from 298.15 K to 353.15 K. Complete phase diagrams were obtained by determining solubility and tie-line data. Tie-line compositions were correlated by Othmer-Tobias and Bachman methods. The universal quasichemical activity coefficient (UNIQUAC) and the non-random two liquids equation (NRTL) were used to predict the phase equilibrium in the system using the interaction parameters determined from experimental data. It is found that UNIQUAC and NRTL used for LLE could provide a good correlation. Distribution coefficients, separation factors, and selectivity were evaluated for the immiscibility region.

  15. Benzene from Traffic

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    Palmgren, F.; Berkowicz, R.; Skov, H.;

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

  16. Evaluation of seawater contamination with benzene, toluene and xylene in the Ubatuba north coast, SP region, and study of their removal by ionizing radiation; Avaliacao da contaminacao da agua do mar por benzeno, tolueno e xileno na regiao de Ubatuba, litoral norte (SP) e estudo da degradacao destes compostos por radiacao ionizante

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    Almeida, Kelly Cristina Santana de


    A major concern with leaking petroleum is the environmental contamination by the toxic and low water-soluble components such as benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX). These hydrocarbons have relatively high pollution potential because of their significant toxicity. The objective of this study was to evaluate the contamination of seawater by the main pollutants of the output and transport of petroleum, such as benzene, toluene, and xylene, and their removal by the exposure to the ionizing radiation. The studied region was Ubatuba region, SP, between 23 deg 26'S and 23 deg 46'S of latitude and 45 deg 02'W and 45 deg 11'W of longitude, area of carry and output of petroleum, and samples were collected from November, 2003 to July, 2005. For BTX in seawater analysis, the Purge and Trap concentrator with FIDGC detector showed significantly higher sensibility than Head Space concentrator with MSGC detector. The minimal detected limits (MDL) obtained at FIDGC were of 0.50 {mu}g/L for benzene, 0.70 {mu}g/L for toluene, and 1.54 {mu}g/L for xylene, and the obtained experimental variability was 15%. While the concentrator type Headspace system with MS detector showed higher MLD, about of 9.30 mg/L for benzene, 8.50 mg/L for toluene, and 9.80 mg/L for xylene, and 10% of experimental variability. In the studied area the benzene concentration varied from 1.0 {mu}g/L to 2.0 {mu}g/L, the concentration of toluene varied from < 0.70 {mu}g/L to 3.24 {mu}g/L and the maximum value of xylene observed was of 2.92 {mu}g/L. The seawater samples contaminated with BTX standard and exposed to ionizing radiation using a source of {sup 60}Co, presented a removal from 10% to 40% of benzene at 20 kGy absorbed doses and concentration of 35.1 mg/L and 70.2 mg/L, respectively; from 20% to 60% of toluene removal with 15 kGy absorbed dose and from 20% to 80% of xylene with 15 kGy absorbed dose in similar concentrations. (author)

  17. 分壁精馏塔分离苯/甲苯/二甲苯的模拟工艺研究%Simulation of Separating Benzene/Toluene/Xylene with Dividing Wall Column

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    何西涛; 干爱华; 陈宁


    Dividing wall column has a lot of advantages and potential in energy saving and investment saving, there are more and more researches on dividing wall column in recent years. With equal proportion of benzene, toluene and xylene as raw materials and process simulation, the relationships between feed stage, wall position, reflux ratio, side-draw position split ratios of liquid and vapor, and energy consumption , components' purity were analyzed. Results show that, the best liquid split ratio and the best vapor split ratio are 0. 65 and 0. 45 respectively. Compared with conventional distillation towers, benzene, toluene and xylene obtained from dividing wall column are more purer, and the condenser duty and reboiler duty of dividing wall column are reduced by 31. 066 9% and 34. 167 5% , respectively.%分壁精馏塔(简称分壁塔)在节能和节约投资方面都有很大的优势和潜力,因此近几年来人们对它的深入研究也越来越多.以等比例的苯、甲苯和二甲苯为原料,通过模拟工艺流程,研究分析了分壁塔的进料位置、隔板位置、回流比、侧线采出位置以及液汽相分流比与能耗、组分纯度的关系.研究结论显示,分壁塔的最适宜液相分流比和汽相分流比分别为0.65和0.45,与常规精馏塔相比,分壁塔分离所得的苯、甲苯和二甲苯的纯度高,冷凝负荷和热负荷分别比常规精馏塔降低31.066 9%和34.167 5%.

  18. Active compost biofiltration of toluene. (United States)

    Matteau, Y; Ramsay, B


    Composting of leaves and alfalfa (i.e. active compost) was used for the biofiltration of toluene-contaminated air in a 6-L biofilter (initial bed height: 180 mm). During the thermophilic phase (45 to 55 degrees C), toluene biodegradation rates reached 110 g toluene.m-3.h-1 at an inlet concentration of about 5 g.m-3 and a gas residence time of 90 seconds. The highest rates were obtained in the thermophilic phase suggesting a microbial adaptation was occurring. Biodegradation rates decreased rapidly (50% in 48 h) in the cooling stage. Under mesophilic conditions, the maximum biodegradation rates that could be obtained by increasing the inlet toluene concentration were near 89 g toluene.m-3.h-1 which is similar to that reported in the literature for mature compost biofilters. No volatile by-product was detected by gas chromatherapy. Mineralization of 14C-toluene and benzene showed that they were completely degraded into CO2 and H2O under both thermophilic and mesophilic conditions. Bacteria isolated from late mesophilic stage had the capacity to degrade all BTEX compounds but were not able to transform chlorinated compounds. No organisms were isolated which could use toluene as their sole source of carbon and energy at 50 degrees C. Active compost biofiltration should be an excellent process for the treatment of gaseous BTEX by biofiltration. This is the first report of thermophilic biofiltration of toluene.

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

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

  20. Volumetric, Viscometric and Excess Properties of Binary Mixtures of 1-Iodobutane with Benzene, Toluene, o-Xylene, m-Xylene, p-Xylene, and Mesitylene at Temperatures from 303.15 to 313.15 K

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    Full Text Available Densities and viscosities have been determined for binary mixtures of 1-iodobutane with benzene, toluene, o-xylene, m-xylene, p-xylene, and mesitylene at 303.15, 308.15, and 313.15 K for the entire composition range at atmospheric pressure. The excess molar volumes, , deviations in viscosity, Δη, and excess Gibbs’ free energy of activation flow, Δ have been calculated from the experimental values. The experimental data were fitted to Redlich-Kister polynomial equation. The variations of these parameters with composition of the mixtures and temperature have been discussed in terms of molecular interactions occurring in these mixtures. Further, the viscosities of these binary mixtures were calculated theoretically from their corresponding pure component data by using empirical relations like Bingham, Arrhenius and Eyring, Kendall and Munroe, Hind, Katti and Chaudhari, Grunberg and Nissan, and Tamura and Kurata. Comparison of various interaction parameters has been expressed to explain the intermolecular interactions between iodobutane and selected hydrocarbons.


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    杨华; 刘庆阳; 刘艳菊


    To investigate the purification of indoor air by potted plants under the condition of single and mixed pollutants, six potted-plants, including Rhododendron hybrids, Ficus elastica , Codiaeum variegatum ,Hemerocallis fulva, Euphorbia pulcherrima and Cymbidium sinense, were chosen to test their removal capacity for benzene and toluene by kinetic fumigation experiments. The result showed that all tested potted-plants could remove indoor benzene and toluene, with a significant variance at different concentrations. The removal capacity of toluene was affected by the presence of benzene. The six pot plants removed benzene and toluene at the most efficient way with 0.64 mg· m -3 benzene and 0.76 mg· m-3 toluene. To achieve the best removal effect, plant species need to be chosen by considering pollutant concentration, fumigation time and pollutant species.%选取杜鹃(Rhododendron hybrids)、橡皮树(Ficus elastica)、变色木(Codiaeum variegatum)、萱草(金娃娃)(Hemerocallis fulva)、一品红(Euphorbia pulcherrima)和国兰(Cymbidium sinense)等6种植物,采用动态熏蒸方式,研究其在6 h熏蒸时间内,分别对3个浓度水平的苯、甲苯以及苯/甲苯复合气体的净化效果.实验结果表明,6种植物对几种有害气体均有净化作用,但不同浓度水平下净化效果有明显差异.植物对甲苯的选择性净化作用会因为苯的介入而受到抑制.实验植物在苯浓度为0.64mg·m-3,甲苯浓度0.76mg·m-3时达到最佳净化效果.兼顾到实际应用中污染物浓度、时间、污染物种类及数量等因素,将植物进行适当合理的搭配可达到稳定的净化效果.

  2. Monitoring of benzene, toluene and xylene pollution of indoor air in the newly decorated tenements at different time%住宅装修后不同时间室内空气中苯、甲苯和二甲苯的监测

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    李玲; 陈卫; 何彩


    [ Objective] To monitor the pollution levels of benzene, toluene and xylene of indoor air in the newly decorated tenements at different grade, and explore countermeasures against their pollution. [ Methods] Benzene, toluene and xylene concentrations of 30 newly decorated houses at different grades were monitored for a period of one year. [Results] Benzene, toluene and xylene concentrations were detected for 1 800 times respectively. The results showed their concentrations rose significantly after decoration, while it descended with time, and reached a significantly low level after 5 months. For the newly decorated tenements at different grade, benzene, toluene and xylene concentrations could meet the national standards after 1 year. Meanwhile the benzene, toluene and xylene concentrations could be influenced by interior temperature and the decoration grades, showing benzene, toluene and xylene concentrations of tenements with high, medium and low grade decoration were 44.0% , 54.0% and 21.0% ; 32.0% , 36.0% and 28.0%; 36.0% , 43.3% % and 32.0% respectively. [ Conclusion] Indoor ventilation should be enhanced after completion of residential decoration. People should not move into newly decorated tenement within 5 months after decoration to reduce the harm of benzene, toluene and xylene to health.%目的 监测不同档次新装修住宅室内空气中苯、甲苯、二甲苯污染水平,探讨防止苯、甲苯、二甲苯污染的措施.方法 对30户不同档次新装修住宅室内空气中苯、甲苯、二甲苯浓度进行了为期1 a的追踪测定.结果 室内空气中苯、甲苯、二甲苯浓度各检测1800次,装修后明显升高,随着时间推移大体呈下降趋势,5个月后超标率明显降低;不同档次装修的住房,大约在1 a后都能降低到国家规定的标准以下.苯、甲苯、二甲苯浓度还受室内、装修档次的影响,装修后的前3个月,高、中、低档次超标率苯分别为44.0%、54.0%和21.0

  3. Development and characterization of an enzyme-immunoassay with polyclonal antisera for benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX); Entwicklung und Charakterisierung eines Enzym-Immunoassays mit polyklonalen Antikoerpern fuer Benzol, Toluol und Xylole (BTX)

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    Beyer, K.; Knopp, D.; Niessner, R. [Technische Univ. Muenchen (Germany). Lehrstuhl fuer Hydrogeologie, Hydrochemie und Umweltanalytik


    An indirect competitive enzyme immunoassay for the detection of the volatile organic compounds benzene, toluene, and xylenes has been developed with polyclonal antibodies. The limit of determination for the equal amount of the five analytes in water was 210 {mu}g/l with a center point value of 1.7 mg/l. The addition of 10% of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) to the sample decreased the limit of determination of 80 {mu}g/l and the center point value to 540 {mu}g/l. The specificity of the polyclonal antibodies was investigated based on its cross-reactivity. The influence of increasing concentrations of organic solvents and humic acid on the sensitivity of the antibodies was studied. Water samples were analysed both with GC-FID and by an immunochemical method in order to evaluate the suitability of the assay for environmental analysis. (orig.) [Deutsch] Zur Bestimmung von Benzol, Toluol und den drei Xylol-Isomeren (BTX) wird ein indirekter kompetitiver Enzym-Immunoassay auf der Basis von polyklonalen Antikoerpern beschrieben. Die Bestimmungsgrenze in Wasser liegt bei 210 {mu}g/l und der Testmittelpunkt der sigmoiden Kalibrierkurve bei 1,7 mg/l fuer ein aequivalentes Volumengemisch der fuenf Einzelverbindungen. Durch Loesemittelzusatz, zum Beispiel 10% Dimethylsulfoxid (DMSO), laesst sich die Bestimmungsgrenze auf 80 {mu}g/l und der Testmittelpunkt auf 540 {mu}g/l verringern. Die Spezifitaet der Antikoerper wurde durch Bestimmung von Kreuzreaktionen ermittelt. Weiterhin wurde der Einfluss unterschiedlicher Loesemittelgehalte und von Huminsaeure auf die Affinitaet der Antikoerper im Hinblick auf die Anwendung fuer Realproben untersucht. Um die Eignung des Tests fuer die Routineanalytik zu pruefen, wurde parallel zur immunochemischen Methode eine gaschromatographische Bestimmung BTX in Wasserproben durchgefuehrt. (orig.)

  4. Levels of Benzene, Toluene, Xylene in Operating Environment of Automobile 4S Stores in Shanghai City%上海市汽车销售服务业4S店作业环境中苯、甲苯、二甲苯的浓度

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    张奕; 戴铁兵; 刘梁柯; 吕志江; 刘鹍鹏


    目的 为了解上海汽车销售服务业4S店作业环境苯、甲苯、二甲苯(简称三苯)浓度,以预防苯系物对作业人员健康造成危害.方法 选择有代表性的4S店对其作业场所空气中三苯浓度进行采样和测试,并进行现场调查.结果 刮腻间的三苯浓度低于检出限;调漆间的三苯浓度远低于国家标准;喷漆间的三苯浓度多低于国家标准,偶见有超标.调查表明,职业病危害关键控制点是调漆间和喷漆间,局部排风系统是有效控制措施.结论 上海汽车销售服务业4S店作业环境中三苯浓度水平总体上尚为良好,偶见喷漆间短时间接触浓度有超标现象.%[Objective]To understand the Levels of benzene, toluene, xylene in operating environment of automobile 4S Stores in Shanghai City so as to prevent the benzene series from harming the health of operating workers. [ Methods ] The representative automobile 4S stores were selected for test of benzene , toluene and xylene Levels in the air of operating environment. Present situation investigation was also performed. [Results]The levels of benzene, toluene and xylene in puttying room were all below the detection limit; those in paint-mixing room were far lower than the national standards; most test results in painting room were below the limits of national standards, occasionally exceed. Surveys showed that the paint-mixing room and painting room were the key points for occupational hazards control, and local exhaust ventilating system could be effective control measures. [ Conclusion] The concentrations of benzene, toluene and xylene in operating environment of automobile 4S stores in Shanghai are at a fine level in general. Short-term exposure levels in painting room exceed the limits of national standard occasionally.

  5. Anticonvulsant and antipunishment effects of toluene. (United States)

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


    Toluene can have striking acute behavioral effects and is subject to abuse by inhalation. To determine if its actions resemble those of drugs used in the treatment of anxiety ("anxiolytics"), two sets of experiments were undertaken. Inasmuch as prevention of pentylenetetrazol-induced convulsions is an identifying property of this class of agents, we first demonstrated that pretreatment with injections of toluene delayed the onset of convulsive signs and prevented the tonic extension phase of the convulsant activity in a dose-related manner. Injections of another alkyl benzene, m-xylene, were of comparable potency to toluene. Inhalation of toluene delayed the time to death after pentylenetetrazol injection in a manner related to the duration and concentration of exposure; at lower convulsant doses, inhalation of moderate concentrations (EC50, 1311 ppm) prevented death. Treatment with a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist (Ro 15-1788) failed to reduce the anticonvulsant activity of inhaled toluene. Anxiolytics also attenuate the reduction in response rate produced by punishment with electric shock. Toluene increased rates of responding suppressed by punishment when responding was maintained under a multiple fixed-interval fixed-interval punishment schedule of reinforcement. Distinct antipunishment effects were observed after 2 hr of exposure to 1780 and 3000 ppm of toluene; the rate-increasing effects of toluene were related to concentration and to time after the termination of exposure. Thus, toluene and m-xylene resemble in several respects clinically useful drugs such as the benzodiazepines.

  6. Experimental studies on benzene carcinogenicity at the Bologna Institute of Oncology: current results and ongoing research. (United States)

    Maltoni, C; Conti, B; Cotti, G; Belpoggi, F


    In 1977 Maltoni and Scarnato were the first to demonstrate that benzene is an experimental carcinogen in rats. With that and other experiments, Maltoni et al have shown that benzene administered by ingestion (stomach tube) or inhalation is a multipotential carcinogen in rats (of two different strains) and mice and produces a variety of tumors, namely: Zymbal gland carcinomas, oral and nasal cavity carcinomas, skin carcinomas, acanthomas, dysplasias and carcinomas of forestomach, mammary malignant tumors, hepatomas, liver angiosarcomas, hemolymphoreticular neoplasias, and pulmonary tumors. The incidence of Zymbal gland carcinomas and carcinomas of the oral and nasal cavities is affected by the length of treatment by inhalation and by the age of animals. However, the available epidemiological and experimental data at present do not provide precise information on the risk of doses around or below 10 ppm. Long-term carcinogenicity bioassays at 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 ppm may be helpful for scientific risk assessment. In addition, these experiments have shown that toluene, xylene, and ethylbenzene, at high concentrations, cause an increase in the number of total malignant tumors.

  7. 北京市大兴区工矿企业工作场所中苯、甲苯和二甲苯检测结果%Testing results of benzene, toluene and xylene in workplace of industrial and mining enterprises in Daxing District of Beijing City

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    冯洪杰; 边洪英; 王华; 贾克俊


    目的 了解北京市大兴区工矿企业中苯、甲苯、二甲苯工作场所职业病危害现状,为行政部门的监督管理提供依据,同时引起管理者的重视,改善工人的工作环境.方法 依据国家有关标准、规范的要求对工作场所进行检测.按《工作场所有害物质监测方法》的要求,采用活性炭管采集车间空气的样品进行分析.结果 2005-2010年该区存在苯、甲苯、二甲苯职业病危害因素的有89家企业,行业分布以印刷业、家具制造业为主,在所有行业中占到90.60%,其他行业仅占9.40%;检测样品447个,苯样品浓度检测结果主要集中在6 mg/m3以下,甲苯、二甲苯样品浓度检测结果主要集中在50mg/m3以下.苯、甲苯时间加权平均(TWA)浓度和短时间接触浓度(STEL)的合格率在行业之间差异有统计学意义.家具制造业合格率均低于印刷和其他企业(P<0.05).结论 目前,该区工作场所中苯、甲苯、二甲苯样品检测合格率虽然均在80%以上,但仍有超标现象,应继续加强监管工作.%[Objective] To understand the present situation of occupational hazards of benzene, toluene and xylene in workplace of industrial and mining enterprises in Daxing District of Beijing City, to provide evidence for supervision and management of the administrative departments, to attract their attention and improve the operation environment of workers. [ Methods]The workplace investigation was based on the relevant national standards and norms. According to the " Examining Method of Harmful Substances in Working Place", the air sample was collected by activated charcoal tube. [ Results] There were 89 enterprises had occupational hazards of benzene, toluene and xylene from 2005-2010. According to the industrial classification, printing industry and furniture manufacturing occupied a considerable proportion, reached 90.60%, other industry occupied 9.40%. A total of 447 samples were detected, benzene


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    吕鸿; 张文申; 许峰; 刘志娟


    A gas chromatograpic method for measuring benzene, toluene, dimethylbenzene quickly and simultaneously in the adhesives of decoration materials was established. Ethyl acetate was used for dissolving the sample, polyethylene glycol chromatographic column, hydrogen flames detector were employed to separate and detect the compounds and external standard method was used for quantitation. The contents of benzene, toluene, dimethylbenzene were linear with peak areas in the range of 8.58 - 171.40 μg/mL,9.04 - 180.62 μg/mL,8.80 - 175.92 μg/mL respectively, with linear correlation coefficient of 0.999. The detection limits of benzene, toluene, dimethylbenzene were 0.20 μg/mL, the rate of recoveries were 97.14% - 100.16% , 98.51% - 101.44% ,97.87% - 100.80% respectively, RSDs were 1.36% -2.44% (n =6). The method is quick, sensitive, accurate and suitable for determination of the benzene, toluene, dimethylbenzene in the adhesives of decoration materials.%建立了快速、同时测定室内装饰装修材料胶黏剂中苯、甲苯、二甲苯含量的气相色谱检测法.样品用乙酸乙酯溶解处理后,用改性的聚乙二醇(FFAP)毛细管色谱柱分离,氢火焰离子化检测器检测,外标法定量.胶粘剂中苯、甲苯、二甲苯的浓度分别在8.58~171.40μg/mL、9.04~180.62μg/mL、8.80~175.92μg/mL范围内与峰面积呈良好的线性关系,线性相关系数均为0.999.苯、甲苯、二甲苯检出限均为0.20μg/mL,加标回收率分别为97.14%-100.16%、98.51%-101.44%、97.87%-100.80%,测定结果的相对标准偏差为1.36%-2.44%(n=6).该方法简便、灵敏、准确,适于室内装饰装修材料胶黏剂中苯、甲苯、二甲苯残留量的快速同时测定.

  9. Determination of benzene,toluene and xylene in artificial boards by microwave-assisted solid phase headspace-gas chromatography%微波辅助固相顶空-气相色谱法测定人造板材中的苯系物

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    陈华; 吴彦蕾; 傅小红; 夏之宁


    The contents of benzene,toluene and xylene in artificial boards were determined by microwave-assisted solid phase headspace-gas chromatography.The effects of microwave power on peak areas of the three compounds with increasing irradiation time were discussed.The detection limits of the three compounds were 3.6,9.1 and 13.4 ng · g-1 respectively.Recoveries for the three compounds were in the range of 86.9%—109.4%.The microwave-assisted solid phase headspace-gas chromatography is a simple,rapid method,and suitable for the direct determination of benzene,toluene and xylene in artificial boards,without any pretreatment.%采用微波辅助固相顶空-气相色谱法测定了人造板材中的苯系物含量,考察了不同微波功率作用下3种苯系物随时间的变化趋势,在优化的条件下测定了3种苯系物的含量.该法检出限为3.6—13.4 ng.g-1板材,RSD为2.7%—9.8%,回收率为86.9%—109.4%,方法简便、快速,适合固体板材中苯系物的直接快速分析.

  10. Anticonvulsant and antipunishment effects of toluene

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


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

  11. Demonstration of In situ Anaerobic Transformation of Toluene and Xylene Using Single-Well Push-Pull Tests and Deuterated BTEX Surrogates (United States)

    Field, J. A.; Reusser, D. E.; Beller, H. R.; Istok, J. D.


    Obtaining unambiguous evidence of in-situ transformation of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) in the subsurface is a difficult task. Recently, benzylsuccinic acid and its methyl analogues were shown to be unequivocal degradation products of anaerobic toluene and xylene biodegradation. Conducting tracer tests at BTEX-contaminated field sites is problematic because background contaminant concentrations potentially interfere with the interpretation of field test data. To avoid the time and cost associated with removing background contaminants, alternative approaches are needed. Deuterated analogs of toluene and xylene are well-suited for use in field tracer tests because they are inexpensive and can be distinguished analytically from background toluene and xylene. In this study, single-well push-pull tests, in which deuterated toluene and xylene were injected, were performed to assess the in-situ anaerobic biotransformation of toluene and xylene in BTEX-contaminated wells. A total of 4 single-well push-pull tests were conducted at BTEX-contaminated field sites near Portland, OR and Kansas City, KS. Test solutions consisting of 100 mg/L bromide, 250 mg/L nitrate, 0.4 to 2.5 mg/L toluene-d8, and 0.4 to 1.0 mg/L o-xylene-d10.were injected at a rate of 0.5 - 2 L/min. During the extraction phase, samples were taken daily to biweekly for up to 30 days. Samples for volatile organic analytes were collected in 40-mL volatile organic analysis (VOA) vials without headspace. Samples for BSA and methyl-BSA were collected in 1 L glass bottles and preserved with 5% (w/w) formalin. Samples were shipped on ice and stored at 4 C until analysis. Unambiguous evidence of toluene and xylene biotransformation was obtained with the in-situ formation of BSA and methyl-BSA. The concentrations of BSA ranged from below the detection limit (0.2 ug/L) to 1.5 ug/L. The concentrations of methyl-BSA ranged from below detection to the quantitation limit (0.7 ug/L). The highest BSA

  12. Vibrational Spectra and Quantum Calculations of Ethylbenzene

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    Jian Wang; Xue-jun Qiu; Yan-mei Wang; Song Zhang; Bing Zhang


    Normal vibrations of ethylbenzene in the first excited state have been studied using resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy.The band origin of ethylbenzene of S1←S0 transition appeared at 37586 cm-1.A vibrational spectrum of 2000 cm-1 above the band origin in the first excited state has been obtained.Several chain torsions and normal vibrations are obtained in the spectrum.The energies of the first excited state are calculated by the time-dependent density function theory and configuration interaction singles (CIS) methods with various basis sets.The optimized structures and vibrational frequencies of the S0 and S1 states are calculated using Hartree-Fock and CIS methods with 6-311++G(2d,2p) basis set.The calculated geometric structures in the S0 and S1 states are gauche conformations that the symmetric plane of ethyl group is perpendicular to the ring plane.All the observed spectral bands have been successfully assigned with the help of our calculations.

  13. Eperimental study of photooxidation products of ethylbenzene

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    Mingqiang Huang; Weijun Zhang; Liqing Hao; Zhenya Wang; Li Fang; Ruihong Kong; Xiaobin Shan; Fuyi Liu; Liusi Sheng


    Smog chamber experiments were performed to investigate the composition of products formed from photooxidation of aromatic hydrocarbon ethylbenzene.Vacuum ultraviolet photoionization mass spectrometer and aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometer were used to measure the products in the gas and particle phases in real-time.Experimental results demonstrated that ethylphenol,methylglyoxal,phenol,benzaldehyde,and 2-ethylfurane were the predominant photooxidation products in both the gas and particle phases.However,there were some differences between detected gas phase products and those of particle phase,for example,2-ethylfurane,ethylglyoxylie acid,nitroethylbenzene,3,4-dioxopentanal and ethyl-nitrophenol were only existing in the particle-phase.The possible reaction mechanisms leading to these products were also discussed and proposed.

  14. The solubility of toluene in aqueous salt solutions. (United States)

    Poulson, S; Harrington, R; Drever, J


    The solubility of toluene has been measured in distilled water, and in various inorganic salt solutions. Values of the Setschenow constant, K(S), which quantify toluene solubility versus salt concentration, have been determined for each salt. Values of K(S) are compared to the activity of water for the salt solutions. Data from this study, consistent with earlier data, suggests that the effects of salts upon toluene solubility are non-additive. This contrasts the additive behavior of inorganic salts upon the solubility of nonpolar organic compounds, such as benzene and naphthalene, reported in the literature. Specific interaction between slightly polar toluene and ions in solution is suggested as a possible explanation for the non-additive effect of salts on the solubility of toluene.

  15. Phase equilibria study in binary systems (tetra-n-butylphosphonium tosylate ionic liquid + 1-alcohol, or benzene, or n-alkylbenzene). (United States)

    Domańska, Urszula; Paduszyński, Kamil


    Ambient pressure (solid + liquid) equilibria (SLE) and (liquid + liquid) equilibria (LLE) of binary systems--ionic liquid (IL) tetra- n-butylphosphonium p-toluenesulfonate + 1-alcohol (1-butanol, 1-hexanol, 1-octanol, 1-decanol, or 1-dodecanol), benzene, or n-alkylbenzene (toluene, ethylbenzene, n-propylbenzene)-have been determined by using dynamic method in a broad range of mole fractions and temperatures from 250 to 335 K. For binaries containing alcohol, simple eutectic diagrams were observed with complete miscibility in the liquid phase. Only in the case of system [IL + n-propylbenzene] was mutual immiscibility with an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) with low solubility of the IL in the alcohol and high solubility of the alcohol in the IL detected. The basic thermal properties of pure IL, i.e., melting and glass-transition temperatures as well as enthalpy of melting, have been measured with differential scanning microcalorimetry technique (DSC). Well-known UNIQUAC, Wilson, NRTL, NRTL1, and NRTL2 equations have been fitted to obtain experimental data sets. For the system containing immiscibility gap [IL + n-propylbenzene], parameters of the equations have been derived only from SLE data. As a measure of goodness of correlations, root-mean square deviations of temperature have been used. These experimental results were compared to the previously measured binary systems with tetra- n-butylphosphonium methanesulfonate. Changing anion from methanesulfonate to p-toluenesulfonate decreases solubilities in systems with alcohols and increases the solubilities in binary systems with benzene and alkylbenzenes.

  16. Anaerobic benzene oxidation via phenol in Geobacter metallireducens. (United States)

    Zhang, Tian; Tremblay, Pier-Luc; Chaurasia, Akhilesh Kumar; Smith, Jessica A; Bain, Timothy S; Lovley, Derek R


    Anaerobic activation of benzene is expected to represent a novel biochemistry of environmental significance. Therefore, benzene metabolism was investigated in Geobacter metallireducens, the only genetically tractable organism known to anaerobically degrade benzene. Trace amounts (Geobacter metallireducens anaerobically oxidizing benzene to carbon dioxide with the reduction of Fe(III). Phenol was not detected in cell-free controls or in Fe(II)- and benzene-containing cultures of Geobacter sulfurreducens, a Geobacter species that cannot metabolize benzene. The phenol produced in G. metallireducens cultures was labeled with (18)O during growth in H2(18)O, as expected for anaerobic conversion of benzene to phenol. Analysis of whole-genome gene expression patterns indicated that genes for phenol metabolism were upregulated during growth on benzene but that genes for benzoate or toluene metabolism were not, further suggesting that phenol was an intermediate in benzene metabolism. Deletion of the genes for PpsA or PpcB, subunits of two enzymes specifically required for the metabolism of phenol, removed the capacity for benzene metabolism. These results demonstrate that benzene hydroxylation to phenol is an alternative to carboxylation for anaerobic benzene activation and suggest that this may be an important metabolic route for benzene removal in petroleum-contaminated groundwaters, in which Geobacter species are considered to play an important role in anaerobic benzene degradation.

  17. Electrocardiographic effects of toluene in the anesthetized rat. (United States)

    Vidrio, H; Magos, G A; Lorenzana-Jimenez, M


    The influence of inhalation of near lethal quantities of toluene on some ECG parameters, as well as the possible cardiac sensitizing effect of the solvent, were determined in chloralose-anesthetized rats. These actions were compared with those of its close analogue benzene. Both solvents produced tachycardia; toluene increased the duration of QRS and specially PR, while benzene decreased P wave duration. No other systematic changes in ECG morphology or evidence of arrhythmia were observed. Toluene appeared to decrease the number of ectopic beats induced by epinephrine, in contrast to benzene, which increased it markedly. These results suggest that toluene administered by inhalation up to near lethal doses is devoid of untoward ECG effect in the chloralose-anesthetized rat, its only action being a decrease in intraventricular and particularly AV conduction. It does not share the myocardial sensitizing properties of benzene and in fact appears to elicit some protection from the arrhythmogenic effects of epinephrine, although no definite conclusions as to this action can be derived due to limitations in the experimental model used.

  18. Toluene emissions from plants (United States)

    Heiden, A. C.; Kobel, K.; Komenda, M.; Koppmann, R.; Shao, M.; Wildt, J.

    The emission of toluene from different plants was observed in continuously stirred tank reactors and in field measurements. For plants growing without stress, emission rates were low and ranged from the detection limit up to 2·10-16 mol·cm-2·s-1. Under conditions of stress, the emission rates exceeded 10-14 mol·cm-2·s-1. Exposure of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L. cv. Gigantheus) to 13CO2 resulted in 13C-labeling of the emitted toluene on a time scale of hours. Although no biochemical pathway for the production of toluene is known, these results indicate that toluene is synthesized by the plants. The emission rates of toluene from sunflower are dependent on nutrient supply and wounding. Since α-pinene emission rates are also influenced by these factors, toluene and α-pinene emissions show a high correlation. During pathogen attack on Scots pines (Pinus sylvestris L.) significant toluene emissions were observed. In this case emissions of toluene and α-pinene also show a good correlation. Toluene emissions were also found in field experiments with pines using branch enclosures.

  19. Molecular characterization of Tex (Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene) degrading microbial communities from air bio filters

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    Prenafeta-Boldu, F. X.; Vinas, M.; Guivernau, M.; Elias, A.; Barona, A.


    Potentially toxic elements (PTE) deposition in soils due to mine exploitation has been recorded since XVI century for Mexico. Plants established in such environments have developed tolerance and adaptation to PTE. The objective of this study was to determine the accumulation sites and spatial distribution of PTE in plant tissues and mycorrhizal mycelium. (Author)

  20. Studies of the Effects of Alkali Metal Oxides Promoter on the Oxidative Methylation of Toluene with Methane over KY Zeolite Catalysts

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    The toluene conversion, the selectivity to styrene and ethylbenzene( C8 selectivity) in the oxidative methylation of toluene with methane have been studied comparatively for the KY zeolite catalyst promoted with Li2O, Na2O, K2O, and Cs2O respectively. It was found that the effect of promoter decreased in the order: Cs2O>Na2O>Li2O>K2O.

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

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


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

  2. Determination of Benzenes and the Derivatives in Water by the Method of Purge and Trap GC-MS%吹扫捕集气相色谱—质谱法测定水中的苯系物

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    马颖; 刘涛利; 张建柱; 王莹


    提出用吹扫捕集气相色谱-质谱法测定水中的苯系物.选择恰当的条件,较好地分离并测定苯、甲苯、乙苯、对二甲苯、间二甲苯、邻二甲苯、异丙苯、苯乙烯等化合物的含量,此方法加标回收率为95%~99%,相对标准偏差均小于±3.0%,方法最低检测限为0.09-0.37μg/L.用此方法简便、快捷、准确,具有较好的实用价值.%Benzenes and its derivatives were determined by the way of purge and trap-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry(PT-GC-MS). The gas chromatogram of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, para-xylene, m-xylene, o-xylene, cumene and styrene were well separated and those contents were well determined in a appropriate condition. The method recovery of standard addition is 95 %~ 99 %, relative standard deviation is less than ±3.0 % and method detection limits are 0.09~0.37 μg/LThe method is simple, fast, accurate and practical to use for the determinating of BTEX.

  3. Application of aerobic microorganisms in bioremediation in situ of soil contaminated by petroleum products. (United States)

    Wolicka, Dorota; Suszek, Agnieszka; Borkowski, Andrzej; Bielecka, Aleksandra


    Aerobic microorganisms able to biodegrade benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene (BTEX) have been isolated from an area contaminated by petroleum products. The activity of the isolated communities was tested under both laboratory and field conditions. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene were added to the cultures as the sole carbon source, at a concentration of 500 mg/L. In batch cultures under laboratory conditions, an 84% reduction of benzene, 86% of toluene and 82% of xylene were achieved. In cultures with ethylbenzene as the sole carbon source, the reduction was around 80%. Slightly lower values were observed under field conditions: 95% reduction of benzene and toluene, 81% of ethylbenzene and 80% of xylene. A high biodegradation activity of benzene (914 microM/L/24h), toluene (771 microM/L/24h), xylene (673 microM/L/24h) and ethylbenzene (644 microM/L/24h) was observed in the isolated communities.

  4. Kinetic modeling of ethylbenzene dehydrogenation over hydrotalcite catalysts

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    Atanda, Luqman


    Kinetics of ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to styrene was investigated over a series of quaternary mixed oxides of Mg3Fe0.25Me0.25Al0.5 (Me=Co, Mn and Ni) catalysts prepared by calcination of hydrotalcite-like compounds and compared with commercial catalyst. The study was carried out in the absence of steam using a riser simulator at 400, 450, 500 and 550°C for reaction times of 5, 10, 15 and 20s. Mg3Fe0.25Mn0.25Al0.5 afforded the highest ethylbenzene conversion of 19.7% at 550°C. Kinetic parameters for the dehydrogenation process were determined using the catalyst deactivation function based on reactant conversion model. The apparent activation energies for styrene production were found to decrease as follows: E1-Ni>E1-Co>E1-Mn. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

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

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

  6. Kinetics of the Reaction of 2-Chloro-3,5-dinitrobenzotriflouride with Aniline in Toluene and Methanol-Toluene Mixed Solvents

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    Fathalla; Magda F.


    Kinetics of the reaction of 2-chloro-3,5-dinitrobenzotriflouride with aniline were studied in toluene, metha- nol-toluene binary solvents, benzene and chloroform. The reaction in toluene exhibits third-order kinetics consistent with aggregates of aniline. Thermodynamic parameters AH#, AS# and AG# are calculated and discussed for the reaction of 2-chloro-3,5-dinitrobenzotriflouride with aniline in methanol-toluene. Molecular complexes between aniline and the substrate are rejected spectrophotometricaly. The mechanism is studied and compared with the reac- tion in presence of pyridine. It shows an amine dependence and formation of homo and/or hetero mixed aggregates between aniline and pyridine i.e. dimer mechanism.

  7. 苯系物溶解度和分配系数的测定与估算%Measurement and Estimation of Water Solubility and Octanol-Water Partition Coefficient for Benzene Substances

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    陈慧; 杨瑞强; 张彰; 周文军; 姜梅


    Shake-flask gas-chromatography (GC) method was utilized tomeasure water solubility (Sw) and n-octanol water partition coefficient (Kow) for benzene, toluene and ethylbenzene respectively. The results showed that Sw and Kow followed a linear relationship as lnKow=0.455 8-0.917 6lnSw. Additionally, the experimental values well agreed to that calculated by structure information estimation method (Irmann method) and molar volume method (Mv method).%采用气相色谱的分析技术,用摇瓶法分别测定了苯,甲苯,乙苯的溶解度(Sw)和分配系数(Kow).结果表明,溶解度和分配系数之间存在线性关系:lnKow=0.4558-0.9176lnSw.并且运用结构法和摩尔体积法估算了苯及其简单同系物的溶解度和分配系数.估算结果与实验结果能较好吻合,说明估算法是一种简便、可靠的方法.

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

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


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

  9. Acclimation of aerobic-activated sludge degrading benzene derivatives and co-metabolic degradation activities of trichloroethylene by benzene derivative-grown aerobic sludge. (United States)

    Wang, Shizong; Yang, Qi; Bai, Zhiyong; Wang, Shidong; Wang, Yeyao; Nowak, Karolina M


    The acclimation of aerobic-activated sludge for degradation of benzene derivatives was investigated in batch experiments. Phenol, benzoic acid, toluene, aniline and chlorobenzene were concurrently added to five different bioreactors which contained the aerobic-activated sludge. After the acclimation process ended, the acclimated phenol-, benzoic acid-, toluene-, aniline- and chlorobenzene-grown aerobic-activated sludge were used to explore the co-metabolic degradation activities of trichloroethylene (TCE). Monod equation was employed to simulate the kinetics of co-metabolic degradation of TCE by benzene derivative-grown sludge. At the end of experiments, the mixed microbial communities grown under different conditions were identified. The results showed that the acclimation periods of microorganisms for different benzene derivatives varied. The maximum degradation rates of TCE for phenol-, benzoic acid-, toluene-, aniline- and chlorobenzene-grown aerobic sludge were 0.020, 0.017, 0.016, 0.0089 and 0.0047 mg g SS(-1) h(-1), respectively. The kinetic of TCE degradation in the absence of benzene derivative followed Monod equation well. Also, eight phyla were observed in the acclimated benzene derivative-grown aerobic sludge. Each of benzene derivative-grown aerobic sludge had different microbial community composition. This study can hopefully add new knowledge to the area of TCE co-metabolic by mixed microbial communities, and further the understanding on the function and applicability of aerobic-activated sludge.

  10. Ethylbenzene: 4- and 13-week rat oral toxicity

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    Mellert, Werner; Deckardt, Klaus; Kaufmann, Wolfgang; Ravenzwaay, Bennard van [BASF Aktiengesellschaft, Department of Product Safety, Ludwigshafen (Germany)


    Ethylbenzene was administered to groups of male and female Wistar rats by gavage for 4 (n = 5/dose/sex) and 13 weeks (n = 10/dose/sex) (OECD 408) at doses of 0 (vehicle control), 75, 250, and 750 mg/kg bodyweight/day (mg/kg bw/day), administered am/pm as half doses. In the 4-week study, {>=}250 mg/kg increased serum alanine aminotransferase, total bilirubin and cholesterol, liver weights and centrilobular hepatocyte hypertrophy, and kidney weights; males also had post-dose salivation, increased urinary epithelial cell casts and cells, and hyaline droplet nephropathy. In the 13-week study, {>=}250 mg/kg increased water consumption and produced post-dose salivation. Liver-related effects: increased serum alanine aminotransferase, gamma-glutamyltransferase, bilirubin, total protein, albumin and globulins, cholesterol, liver weights and centrilobular hepatocyte hypertrophy, and reduced prothrombin times. Kidney-related effects: increased serum potassium, calcium, magnesium, kidney weights, and (males only) urea and hyaline droplets in renal tubular epithelium, and reduced sodium (females only); creatinine was reduced in 750 mg/kg males. The NOAEL of ethylbenzene in these studies, based on hepatocyte hypertrophy and liver- and kidney-related clinical chemistry changes, was 75 mg/kg bw/day. (orig.)

  11. Biochemical toxicity of benzene. (United States)

    Rana, S V S; Verma, Yeshvandra


    Human exposure to benzene in work environment is a global occupational health problem. After inhalation or absorption, benzene targets organs viz. liver, kidney, lung, heart and brain etc. It is metabolized mainly in the liver by cytochrome P450 multifunctional oxygenase system. Benzene causes haematotoxicity through its phenolic metabolites that act in concert to produce DNA strand breaks, chromosomal damage, sister chromatid exchange, inhibition of topoisomerase II and damage to mitotic spindle. The carcinogenic and myelotoxic effects of benzene are associated with free radical formation either as benzene metabolites or lipid peroxidation products. Benzene oxide and phenol have been considered as proheptons. Liver microsomes play an important role in biotransformation of benzene whereas in kidney, it produces degenerative intracellular changes. Cohort studies made in different countries suggest that benzene induces multiple myeloma in petrochemical workers. Though extensive studies have been performed on its toxicity, endocrinal disruption caused by benzene remains poorly known. Transgenic cytochrome P450 IIE1 mice may help in understanding further toxic manifestations of benzene.

  12. Study on Testing the Composition of Indoor Air Pollution to Benzene Series by Laser Mass Spectrometry

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    XUE Mei; HE Le-min; ZHONG Wei-gang; ZHAO Xin; LI Xiu-zhen


    This paper reports some experimental detecting results of pollutants in the atmosphere by means of laser mass spectrometry. For toluene as calibration gas, the calibration procedure was also given. Benzene, toluene and xylene were discovered in testing indoor atmosphere resulting from dope in the course of fitment. Meanwhile, it is noticeable that the concentration of various harmful elements is obviously decreasing as time goes on.

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

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    Emmerling, Uwe; Rasmussen, Peter


    Densities and kinematic viscosities have been measured for the system benzene + methyl formate at 20°C and for the systems benzene + ethyl formate, benzene + propyl formate, and benzene + butyl formate from 20°C to 50°C. The results for the system benzene + methyl formate have been correlated usi...

  14. Catalytic transformation of methyl benzenes over zeolite catalysts

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    Al-Khattaf, S.


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

  15. Catalytic Transformation of Ethylbenzene over Y-Zeolite-based Catalysts

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    Al-Khattaf, Sulaiman


    Catalytic transformation of ethylbenzene (EB) has been investigated over ultrastable Y (USY)-zeolite-based catalysts in a novel riser simulator at different operating conditions. The effect of reaction conditions on EB conversion is reported. The USY catalyst (FCC-Y) was modified by steaming to form a significantly lower acidity catalyst (FCC-SY). The current study shows that the FCC-SY catalyst favors EB disproportionation more than cracking. A comparison has been made between the results of EB conversion over the lowly acidic catalyst (FCC-SY) and the highly acidic catalyst (FCC-Y) under identical conditions. It was observed that increase in catalyst acidity favored cracking of EB at the expense of disproportionation. Kinetic parameters for EB disappearance during disproportionation reaction over the FCC-SY catalyst were calculated using the catalyst activity decay function based on time on stream (TOS). © 2008 American Chemical Society.

  16. Temperature Dependences for the Reactions of Ar+, O2+, and C7H7+ with Toluene and Ethylbenzene (United States)


    containing C7H7+. Products with 4, 5, 6, and 7 carbonswere found. The largest non-C7H7+ cation is C5H6+ at 3–4%. For reactions with known thermochemistry ...154201. 15] N.S. Shuman, T.M. Miller, A.A. Viggiano, J. Troe, Teaching an old dog new tricks: using the flowing afterglow to measure kinetics of electron

  17. Organic chemistry. A rhodium catalyst for single-step styrene production from benzene and ethylene. (United States)

    Vaughan, Benjamin A; Webster-Gardiner, Michael S; Cundari, Thomas R; Gunnoe, T Brent


    Rising global demand for fossil resources has prompted a renewed interest in catalyst technologies that increase the efficiency of conversion of hydrocarbons from petroleum and natural gas to higher-value materials. Styrene is currently produced from benzene and ethylene through the intermediacy of ethylbenzene, which must be dehydrogenated in a separate step. The direct oxidative conversion of benzene and ethylene to styrene could provide a more efficient route, but achieving high selectivity and yield for this reaction has been challenging. Here, we report that the Rh catalyst ((Fl)DAB)Rh(TFA)(η(2)-C2H4) [(Fl)DAB is N,N'-bis(pentafluorophenyl)-2,3-dimethyl-1,4-diaza-1,3-butadiene; TFA is trifluoroacetate] converts benzene, ethylene, and Cu(II) acetate to styrene, Cu(I) acetate, and acetic acid with 100% selectivity and yields ≥95%. Turnover numbers >800 have been demonstrated, with catalyst stability up to 96 hours.

  18. Study and Pilot Scale Development of Catalyst for Ethylebenzene Synthesis Through Transalkylation of Benzene and Polyethylbenzene

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    Wang Jin; Zhang Fengmei; Li Minglin; Hao Xiaoming; Shu Xingtian; He Mingyuan


    This paper refers to the results of study and development of benzene and polyethylbenzene transalkylation catalyst (type AEB-1) for synthesis of ethylbenzene. The effect of reaction conditions on the reaction performance of the catalyst was investigated in the pressurized microreactor CDS-900. A transalkylation catalyst with high activity, good selectivity and stability was developed following a 2000-hour test on the activity and stability of the catalyst. The preparation of this catalyst was implemented in pilot scale and this catalyst was tested for activity and stability in a 150 t/a pilot unit for production of ethylbenzene. The test results have shown that this transalkylation catalyst has excellent activity, selectivity and stability. The operation of pilot test unit ran smoothly and the process scheme is viable.

  19. Anaerobic benzene degradation by Gram-positive sulfate-reducing bacteria. (United States)

    Abu Laban, Nidal; Selesi, Drazenka; Jobelius, Carsten; Meckenstock, Rainer U


    Despite its high chemical stability, benzene is known to be biodegradable with various electron acceptors under anaerobic conditions. However, our understanding of the initial activation reaction and the responsible prokaryotes is limited. In the present study, we enriched a bacterial culture that oxidizes benzene to carbon dioxide under sulfate-reducing conditions. Community analysis using terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism, 16S rRNA gene sequencing and FISH revealed 95% dominance of one phylotype that is affiliated to the Gram-positive bacterial genus Pelotomaculum showing that sulfate-reducing Gram-positive bacteria are involved in anaerobic benzene degradation. In order to get indications of the initial activation mechanism, we tested the substrate utilization, performed cometabolism tests and screened for putative metabolites. Phenol, toluene, and benzoate could not be utilized as alternative carbon sources by the benzene-degrading culture. Cometabolic degradation experiments resulted in retarded rates of benzene degradation in the presence of phenol whereas toluene had no effect on benzene metabolism. Phenol, 2-hydroxybenzoate, 4-hydroxybenzoate, and benzoate were identified as putative metabolites in the enrichment culture. However, hydroxylated aromatics were shown to be formed abiotically. Thus, the finding of benzoate as an intermediate compound supports a direct carboxylation of benzene as the initial activation mechanism but additional reactions leading to its formation cannot be excluded definitely.

  20. 顶空气相色谱法测定污水中的苯系物%Determination of Benzene Series in Sewage Water by Headspace Gas Chromatography

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    朱春丽; 梁宁; 侯晓红; 张聪路; 王洪明; 江树志


    采用顶空气相色谱法测定了污水中的苯系物,该苯系物包括苯、甲苯、乙苯、对二甲苯、间二甲苯、邻二甲苯、异丙苯和苯乙烯.采用气相色谱-FID,AC - 20弹性石英毛细管色谱柱,对气相色谱分析条件和顶空分析条件(水样体积、平衡温度、平衡时间、聚四氟乙烯膜及加盐量)进行了优化,使得各组分得到完全分离.实验结果表明,苯系物各组分在质量浓度6~1 000 μg/L内均与峰面积呈良好的线性关系,相关系数大于0.999;最佳顶空分析条件为:试样用量8mL、平衡温度60℃、平衡时间 20 min、氯化钠用量2.0g、使用聚四氟乙烯膜隔离水样和密封硅橡胶垫.在最佳分析条件下,该方法的检出限为1.1~1.3 μg/L,相对标准偏差为1.3%-5.2%(n=6),加标回收率为85.3%~103.6% (n =3).该方法快速、准确,可监测污水处理厂进、出水中苯系物的含量.%An analytical method for determination of the benzene series in sewage water by headspace gas chromatography was studied. The main objects of the analysis were benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, P-xylene, m-xylene, o-xylene, cumene and styrene. The influences of sample volume, equilibration time, equilibration temperature, polytetrafluoroethylene isolating film and sample salinity on the determination were investigated. The benzene series were completely separated on an AC-20 capillary column (30 m×0. 32 mm×0. 5μm) and determined by GC equipped with FID. The experimental results indicated good linear correlations of the working curves of the benzene series and the linearity ranges were in 6 - 1000μg/L. The linear regression coefficients were more than 0.999. The optimal conditions for the headspace gas chromatographic analysis were sample volume 8 mL, equilibration temperature 60 t, equilibrating time 20 min, NaCl dosage 2. 0 g and using polytetrafluoroethylene isolating film. Under the optimal conditions, the detection limits were in a range


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    V. K. Bityukov


    Full Text Available The article is devoted to the mathematical modeling of the kinetics of ethyl benzene dehydrogenation in a two-stage adiabatic reactor with a catalytic bed functioning on continuous technology. The analysis of chemical reactions taking place parallel to the main reaction of styrene formation has been carried out on the basis of which a number of assumptions were made proceeding from which a kinetic scheme describing the mechanism of the chemical reactions during the dehydrogenation process was developed. A mathematical model of the dehydrogenation process, describing the dynamics of chemical reactions taking place in each of the two stages of the reactor block at a constant temperature is developed. The estimation of the rate constants of direct and reverse reactions of each component, formation and exhaustion of the reacted mixture was made. The dynamics of the starting material concentration variations (ethyl benzene batch was obtained as well as styrene formation dynamics and all byproducts of dehydrogenation (benzene, toluene, ethylene, carbon, hydrogen, ect.. The calculated the variations of the component composition of the reaction mixture during its passage through the first and second stages of the reactor showed that the proposed mathematical description adequately reproduces the kinetics of the process under investigation. This demonstrates the advantage of the developed model, as well as loyalty to the values found for the rate constants of reactions, which enable the use of models for calculating the kinetics of ethyl benzene dehydrogenation under nonisothermal mode in order to determine the optimal temperature trajectory of the reactor operation. In the future, it will reduce energy and resource consumption, increase the volume of produced styrene and improve the economic indexes of the process.

  2. Risk factor benzene

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    Stobbe, H.


    Nearly one hundred years ago clinical and epidemiological studies have already assigned benzene as a markedly haematotoxic substance. Nowadays benzene is known as an important professional noxa, which is straight off directed against the haematopoietic system, essentially to a dose-time-effect. By this it can be taken as a model also for other noxious substances. Similar solvents often contain so-called 'hidden benzene', that means not declared benzene, so that the consumer doesn't know what dangerous substance are available for his personal use. Impairments caused by benzene mostly are manifested earliest after months, years or for tens of years, and the point is, that these haematopoietic disorders are irreversible disturbances of the haematopoietic stem cell compartment. The consequence of this fact is a deep involvement of the proliferation of the erythro-, mono-, granulo- and thrombopoietic cell lines, mostly with predominance of one of these myeloproliferative cell systems. In the further progression of the impairments due to benzene three different clinical pictures can be observed: the aplastic bone marrow syndrome (i.e. aplastic anemia), the haematopoietic dysplasia (i.e. preleukemia) and the acute leukemias (with the subtypes erythroleukosis, myeloblastic-promyelocytic or myelomonocytic from respectively). Also the transition from one clinical picture to another is possible.

  3. Which hydrogen atom of toluene protonates PAH molecules in (+)-mode APPI MS analysis? (United States)

    Ahmed, Arif; Ghosh, Manik Kumer; Choi, Myung Chul; Choi, Cheol Ho; Kim, Sunghwan


    A previous study (Ahmed, A. et al., Anal. Chem. 84, 1146-1151( 2012) reported that toluene used as a solvent was the proton source for polyaromatic hydrocarbon compounds (PAHs) that were subjected to (+)-mode atmospheric-pressure photoionization. In the current study, the exact position of the hydrogen atom in the toluene molecule (either a methyl hydrogen or an aromatic ring hydrogen) involved in the formation of protonated PAH ions was investigated. Experimental analyses of benzene and anisole demonstrated that although the aromatic hydrogen atom of toluene did not contribute to the formation of protonated anthracene, it did contribute to the formation of protonated acridine. Thermochemical data and quantum mechanical calculations showed that the protonation of anthracene by an aromatic ring hydrogen atom of toluene is endothermic, while protonation by a methyl hydrogen atom is exothermic. However, protonation of acridine by either an aromatic ring hydrogen or a methyl hydrogen atom of toluene is exothermic. The different behavior of acridine and anthracene was attributed to differences in gas-phase basicity. It was concluded that both types of hydrogen in toluene can be used for protonation of PAH compounds, but a methyl hydrogen atom is preferred, especially for non-basic compounds.

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

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    Sinha, Sourab


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

  5. Degradation of BTEX compounds under iron-reducing conditions in contaminated aquifer microcosms

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    S. Botton; J.R. Parsons


    The potential for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) degradation was investigated in microcosms inoculated with sediment and groundwater from a polluted iron reducing aquifer. Benzene, toluene, and each of the three xylene isomers were degraded by the intrinsic microorganisms under i

  6. A detailed kinetic modeling study of toluene oxidation in a premixed laminar flame

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    Tian, Z; Pitz, W J; Fournet, R; Glaude, P; Battin-Leclerc, F


    An improved chemical kinetic model for the toluene oxidation based on experimental data obtained in a premixed laminar low-pressure flame with vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization and molecular beam mass spectrometry (MBMS) techniques has been proposed. The present mechanism consists of 273 species up to chrysene and 1740 reactions. The rate constants of reactions of toluene, decomposition, reaction with oxygen, ipso-additions and metatheses with abstraction of phenylic H-atom are updated; new pathways of C{sub 4} + C{sub 2} species giving benzene and fulvene are added. Based on the experimental observations, combustion intermediates such as fulvenallene, naphtol, methylnaphthalene, acenaphthylene, 2-ethynylnaphthalene, phenanthrene, anthracene, 1-methylphenanthrene, pyrene and chrysene are involved in the present mechanism. The final toluene model leads to an overall satisfactory agreement between the experimentally observed and predicted mole fraction profiles for the major products and most combustion intermediates. The toluene depletion is governed by metathese giving benzyl radicals, ipso-addition forming benzene and metatheses leading to C{sub 6}H{sub 4}CH{sub 3} radicals. A sensitivity analysis indicates that the unimolecular decomposition via the cleavage of a C-H bond has a strong inhibiting effect, while decomposition via C-C bond breaking, ipso-addition of H-atom to toluene, decomposition of benzyl radicals and reactions related to C{sub 6}H{sub 4}CH{sub 3} radicals have promoting effect for the consumption of toluene. Moreover, flow rate analysis is performed to illustrate the formation pathways of mono- and polycyclic aromatics.

  7. Leaching of toluene-neoprene adhesive wastes. (United States)

    Font, R; Sabater, M C; Martínez, M A


    This work consists of the study of the extraction of solvent (toluene) from a polymeric (neoprene) substrate during a leaching process. Total organic carbon (TOC) is the main contaminant parameter in the leaching of these systems due to the solution of the toluene and the dispersion of the polymer. The toxicity of the extracts was measured with a Microtox equipment, using Photobacteria phosphoreum, deducing that the toxicity of the extracts is low due to the low solubility of toluene but that the toxicity of toluene is high. On the basis of the experimental results, the amount of toluene diffused vs time in plane sheet systems was studied. A kinetic model has been developed considering two stages: In the first stage, the toluene diffuses into the system across the neoprene chains at a constant rate, not depending on the initial toluene concentration. This fact is explained by considering that there is a constant difference of the toluene concentration between the interface with the water and the inner part of the sample. In the second stage, the dispersion of the polymer with the corresponding amount of toluene takes place. The diffusion of toluene in the leaching process is compared and analyzed considering the diffusion of toluene in a desorption process in air so that the difference of toluene concentration between the interface and the interior can be estimated. A mathematical model is also proposed for considering the leaching process in other operating conditions.

  8. Analyzing sites of OH radical attack (ring vs. side chain) in oxidation of substituted benzenes via dual stable isotope analysis (δ{sup 13}C and δ{sup 2}H)

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    Zhang, Ning [Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany); Geronimo, Inacrist; Paneth, Piotr [Institute of Applied Radiation Chemistry, Lodz University of Technology, Żeromskiego 116, 90-924 Łódź (Poland); Schindelka, Janine; Schaefer, Thomas; Herrmann, Hartmut [Department of Chemistry, Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany); Vogt, Carsten [Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany); Richnow, Hans H., E-mail: [Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany)


    OH radicals generated by the photolysis of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} can degrade aromatic contaminants by either attacking the aromatic ring to form phenolic products or oxidizing the substituent. We characterized these competing pathways by analyzing the carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionation (ε{sub C} and ε{sub H}) of various substituted benzenes. For benzene and halobenzenes that only undergo ring addition, low values of ε{sub C} (− 0.7‰ to − 1.0‰) were observed compared with theoretical values (− 7.2‰ to − 8‰), possibly owing to masking effect caused by pre-equilibrium between the substrate and OH radical preceding the rate-limiting step. In contrast, the addition of OH radicals to nitrobenzene ring showed a higher ε{sub C} (− 3.9‰), probably due to the lower reactivity. Xylene isomers, anisole, aniline, N,N-dimethylaniline, and benzonitrile yielded normal ε{sub H} values (− 2.8‰ to − 29‰) indicating the occurrence of side-chain reactions, in contrast to the inverse ε{sub H} (11.7‰ to 30‰) observed for ring addition due to an sp{sup 2} to sp{sup 3} hybridization change at the reacting carbon. Inverse ε{sub H} values for toluene (14‰) and ethylbenzene (30‰) were observed despite the formation of side-chain oxidation products, suggesting that ring addition has a larger contribution to isotope fractionation. Dual element isotope slopes (∆ δ{sup 2}H/∆δ{sup 13}C) therefore allow identification of significant degradation pathways of aromatic compounds by photochemically induced OH radicals. Issues that should be addressed in future studies include quantitative determination of the contribution of each competing pathway to the observed isotope fractionation and characterization of physical processes preceding the reaction that could affect isotope fractionation. - Highlights: • Isotope fractionation to investigate photoreaction pathways of substituted benzenes • Normal {sup 13}C AKIE and inverse {sup 2}H AKIE for

  9. Distribution of petroleum hydrocarbons and toluene biodegradation, Knox Street fire pits, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (United States)

    Harden, S.L.; Landmeyer, J.E.


    An investigation was conducted at the Knox Street fire pits, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to monitor the distribution of toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (TEX) in soil vapor, ground water, and ground-water/vapor to evaluate if total concentrations of TEX at the site are decreasing with time, and to quantify biodegradation rates of toluene in the unsaturated and saturated zones. Soil-vapor and ground-water samples were collected around the fire pits and ground-water/vapor samples were collected along the ground-water discharge zone, Beaver Creek, on a monthly basis from June 1994 through June 1995. Concentrations of TEX compounds in these samples were determined with a field gas chro- matograph. Laboratory experiments were performed on aquifer sediment samples to measure rates of toluene biodegradation by in situ micro- organisms. Based on field gas chromatographic analytical results, contamination levels of TEX compounds in both soil vapor and ground water appear to decrease downgradient of the fire-pit source area. During the 1-year study period, the observed temporal and spatial trends in soil vapor TEX concentrations appear to reflect differences in the distribution of TEX among solid, aqueous, and gaseous phases within fuel-contaminated soils in the unsaturated zone. Soil temperature and soil moisture are two important factors which influence the distribution of TEX com- pounds among the different phases. Because of the short period of data collection, it was not possible to distinguish between seasonal fluc- tuations in soil vapor TEX concentrations and an overall net decrease in TEX concentrations at the study site. No seasonal trend was observed in total TEX concentrations for ground- water samples collected at the study site. Although the analytical results could not be used to determine if ground-water TEX concen- trations decreased during the study at a specific location, the data were used to examine rate constants of toluene biodegradation. Based on

  10. Vapour phase alkylation of ethylbenzene with -butyl alcohol over mesoporous Al-MCM-41 molecular sieves

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    V Umamaheswari; M Palanichamy; Banumathi Arabindoo; V Murugesan


    The alkylation of ethylbenzene with -butyl alcohol was studied over Al-MCM-41 (Si/Al = 50 and 90) and Al, Mg-MCM-41 (Si/(Al + Mg) =50) in the vapour phase from 200 to 400°C. The products were --butylethylbenzene (--BEB), --butylvinylbenzene (--BVB) and --butylethylbenzene ( --BEB). Ethylbenzene conversion decreased with increase in temperature and increase in the ethylbenzene content of the feed. The reaction between the freely diffusing ethylbenzene in the channel and the -butyl cations remaining as charge compensating ions yielded --BEB. --BVB, an unexpected product in this investigation, was produced by dehydrogenation of --BEB over alumina particles present in the channels of the molecular sieves. Adsorption of ethylbenzene on Brønsted acid sites and its subsequent reaction with very closely adsorbed -butyl cations proved to be necessary to obtain --BEB. Though --BEB was obtained, the corresponding --butylvinylbenzene was not observed in this study. Study of time durations indicated rapid and slow catalyst deactivation at lower and higher streams respectively.

  11. Enhanced stimulated Raman scattering of weak-gain mode C-H stretching vibration of benzene%苯C-H伸缩振动弱增益模式的受激拉曼散射

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    姜永恒; 孙成林; 李占龙; 曹安阳; 里佐威


    In the paper we report on the enhanced stimulated Raman scattering of the weak-gain mode of benzene. The stimulated Raman scattering of C-H stretching vibration of benzene is observed in liquid core optical fiber by mixing toluene. The result is explained by (toluene-benzene) + and (toluene-toluene) + dimmer of plasma%对苯的长拉曼振动模式C-H(3060 cm-1线)伸缩振动的一阶受激拉曼散射进行了实验研究.利用在苯溶液中加入甲苯溶液,在液芯光纤内实现了苯的全对称C-H伸缩振动3060 cm-1线的受激拉曼散射.利用等离子体解释了这一增强机理.

  12. Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene using nitrous oxide over vanadia-magnesia catalysts

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    Shiju, N.R.; Anilkumar, M.; Gokhale, S.P.; Rao, B.S.; Satyanarayana, C.V.V.


    A series of V-Mg-O catalysts with different loadings of vanadia were prepared by the wet impregnation method and the effect of the local structure of these catalysts on the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene with N2O was investigated. High styrene selectivity (97%) was obtained at 773 K. The

  13. Exploiting Framework Flexibility of a Metal-Organic Framework for Selective Adsorption of Styrene over Ethylbenzene

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    Mukherjee, S.; Joarder, B.; Desai, A.V.; Manna, B.; Krishna, R.; Ghosh, S.K.


    The separation of styrene and ethylbenzene mixtures is industrially important and is currently performed in highly energy-intensive vacuum distillation columns. The primary objective of our investigation is to offer an energy-efficient alternative for selective adsorption of styrene by a flexible me

  14. 优化苯塔流程减少石油苯损失%To Optimize the Benzene Tower Process and Reduce Oil Benzene Loss

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    聂玉萍; 佟文媛


    歧化装置包括歧化和烷基化转移部分及苯-甲苯分馏部分,通过探讨歧化装置各部分操作及石油苯产量状况,围绕如何减少石油苯损失,提高石油苯产量展开讨论,最终得出结论并制定对策以期能够减少石油苯损失,提高石油苯产量,从而提高经济效益。%Disproportionation unit includes disproportionation and alkylation transfer part and the benzene-toluene fractionation part, this paper discussed how to reduce oil benzene loss and improve oil benzene production through the discussion of the operation of each part of disproportionation unit and the status of oil benzene production, and eventually reached a conclusion and developed countermeasures to reduce oil benzene loss and improve oil benzene production, thus enhancing economic efficiency.

  15. Degradation of Benzene by Pseudomonas veronii 1YdBTEX2 and 1YB2 Is Catalyzed by Enzymes Encoded in Distinct Catabolism Gene Clusters (United States)

    de Lima-Morales, Daiana; Chaves-Moreno, Diego; Wos-Oxley, Melissa L.; Jáuregui, Ruy; Vilchez-Vargas, Ramiro


    Pseudomonas veronii 1YdBTEX2, a benzene and toluene degrader, and Pseudomonas veronii 1YB2, a benzene degrader, have previously been shown to be key players in a benzene-contaminated site. These strains harbor unique catabolic pathways for the degradation of benzene comprising a gene cluster encoding an isopropylbenzene dioxygenase where genes encoding downstream enzymes were interrupted by stop codons. Extradiol dioxygenases were recruited from gene clusters comprising genes encoding a 2-hydroxymuconic semialdehyde dehydrogenase necessary for benzene degradation but typically absent from isopropylbenzene dioxygenase-encoding gene clusters. The benzene dihydrodiol dehydrogenase-encoding gene was not clustered with any other aromatic degradation genes, and the encoded protein was only distantly related to dehydrogenases of aromatic degradation pathways. The involvement of the different gene clusters in the degradation pathways was suggested by real-time quantitative reverse transcription PCR. PMID:26475106

  16. Exophiala sideris, a novel black yeast isolated from environments polluted with toxic alkyl benzenes and arsenic. (United States)

    Seyedmousavi, Seyedmojtaba; Badali, Hamid; Chlebicki, Andrzej; Zhao, Jingjun; Prenafeta-Boldú, Francesc Xavier; De Hoog, G Sybren


    A novel species of the black yeast genus Exophiala (order Chaetothyriales) is described. Strains were repeatedly obtained by enriching samples of wild berries from different plants, guano-rich soil and from oak railway ties treated with arsenic creosote under a toluene-rich atmosphere. An identical strain was encountered in a closed arsenic mine polluted by alkyl benzenes. Its potential use for purposes of bioremediation is discussed.

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

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    M. L. White


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

  18. Comparative studies on toluene removal and pressure drop in biofilters using different packing materials. (United States)

    Ryu, Hee Wook; Kim, So Jung; Cho, Kyung Suk


    To select the best available packing material for malodorous organic gases such as toluene and benzene, biofilter performance was compared in biofilters employed different packing materials including porous ceramic (celite), Jeju scoria (lava), a mixture of granular activated carbon (GAC) and celite (GAC/celite), and cubic polyurethane foam (PU). A toluene-degrading bacterium, Stenotrophomonas maltophilia T3-c, was used as the inoculum. The maximum elimination capacities in the celite, lava, and GAC/celite biofilters were 100, 130, and 110 gm(-3) hr(-1), respectively. The elimination capacity for the PU biofilter was approximately 350 g m(-3) hr(-1) at an inlet loading of approximately 430 g m(-3) hr(-1), which was 2 to 3.5 times higher than for the other biofilters. The pressure drop gradually increased in the GAC/ celite, celite and lava biofilters after 23 day due to bacterial over-growth, and the toluene removal efficiency remarkably decreased with increasing pressure drop. Backwashing method was not effective for the control of biomass in these biofilters. In the PU biofilter however, backwashing allowed maintenance of a pressure drop of 1 to 3 mm H2O m(-1) and a removal efficiency of > 80%, indicating that the PU was the best packing material for toluene removal among the packing materials tested.

  19. Fuel Dependence of Benzene Pathways

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


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

  20. Enhanced removal of ethylbenzene from gas streams in biotrickling filters by Tween-20 and Zn(Ⅱ)

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    Lu Wang; Chunping Yang; Yan Cheng; Jian Huang; Haining Yang; Guangming Zeng; Li Lu


    The effects of Tween-20 and Zn(Ⅱ) on ethylbenzene removal were evaluated using two biotrickling filters (BTFs),BTF1 and BTF2.Only BTF1 was fed with Tween-20 and Zn(Ⅱ).Results show that ethylbenzene removal decreased from 94% to 69% for BTF1 and from 74%to 54% for BTF2 with increased organic loading from 64.8 to 189.0 g ethylbenzene/(m3·hr) at EBRT of 40 sec.The effect of EBRT (60-15 sec) at a constant ethylbenzene inlet concentration was more significant than that of EBRT (30-10 sec) at a constant organic loading.Biomass accumulation rate within packing media was reduced significantly.

  1. Primary atmospheric oxidation mechanism for toluene. (United States)

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


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

  2. Health assessment of toluene in California drinking water

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    Reed, N.; Reed, W.; Beltran, L.; Li, R.; Encomienda, I.


    This report reviews existing literature pertinent to the health risk posed by the use of toluene-contaminated drinking water. Also included in the study is an estimate of the toluene exposure of California residents based on the most recent data on toluene concentrations in California drinking water supplies. The concentration of toluene in drinking water that may cause adverse health effects is delineated.

  3. Bioremediation of BTEX hydrocarbons: Effect of soil inoculation with the toluenegrowing fungus Cladophialophora sp strain T1

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    Prenafeta, F.X.; Ballerstedt, H.; Gerritse, J.; Grotenhuis, J.T.C.


    The biodegradation of a mixture of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, (BTEX) and methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE) was studied in soil microcosms. Soil inoculation with the toluene-metabolising fungusCladophialophora sp. strain T1 was evaluated in sterile and non-sterile soil. Induction of biodegr

  4. CYP2E1 regulation by benzene and other small organic chemicals in rat liver and peripheral lymphocytes. (United States)

    González-Jasso, Eva; López, Tomás; Lucas, Daniele; Berthou, Francois; Manno, Maurizio; Ortega, Arturo; Albores, Arnulfo


    The inducibility of CYP2E1 was investigated in liver and peripheral lymphocytes of rats treated with benzene (0-10 mmol/kg body weight (bw), daily for 3 days, i.p., or 0 and 5 mmol/kg bw, daily for 14 days, i.p.) or toluene (0 and 5 mmol/kg bw, daily for 3 days, i.p.) and compared with that of pyridine (5 mmol/kg bw, i.p.) or acetone (5% in drinking water) both daily for 3 days. Acute benzene treatment (5 mmol/kg bw) increased both CYP2E1 apo-protein (2-fold) and p-nitrophenol hydroxylase (p-NPH) activity (1.4-fold) in liver, and CYP2E1 mRNA in both liver (2.2-fold) and peripheral lymphocytes (2.9-fold). The response to toluene was qualitatively similar, although smaller than that to benzene. As expected, acetone and pyridine treatments resulted in a 2- to 3-fold increase of p-NPH activity and CYP2E1 apo-protein content in liver, but not the mRNA levels. In addition, acute benzene and acetone treatments increased the 6-hydroxychlorzoxazone/chlorzoxazone metabolic ratio 1.6- and 3.1-fold, respectively. The subchronic treatment with benzene increased CYP2E1 mRNA and apo-protein from days 2 and 3 to day 14, respectively, whereas the enzyme activity increased transiently on days 3 and 5 only. These results show that acute/subacute benzene and acute toluene treatments induce CYP2E1 expression probably through a similar mechanism which might be different from that of pyridine or acetone, in that the former increase mRNA levels, both in liver and in peripheral lymphocytes, whereas the latter stabilized the apo-protein.

  5. Extraction of toluene, o-xylene from heptane and benzyl alcohol from toluene with aqueous cyclodextrins

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    Meindersma, G.W.; Schoonhoven, van T.; Kuzmanovic, B.; Haan, de A.B.


    The separation of aromatic compounds (toluene and o-xylene) from heptane and of benzyl alcohol from toluene with aqueous solutions of cyclodextrins has been experimentally investigated, because cyclodextrins and its derivatives can selectively incorporate several organic compounds, whereas the separ

  6. (E,E,E)-1.3.5-Tris[4-acetylsulfanyl)-styryl]benzene toluene hemisolvate

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    Sørensen, H.O.; Magnussen, M.; Stuhr-Hansen, N.


    The first crystal structure of a three-terminal sulfur end-capped oligophenylenevinylene, C36H30O3S3 x 0.5C7H8, has been determined at 122 (1) K. The molecular threefold symmetry is not utilized in the crystal structure. It is confirmed that the double bonds have been fully transformed into a tra...


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    Chen Qingling; Xu Zhongqiang


    The membrane reaction of ethylbenzene(EB) dehydrogenation to styrene(ST) has been studied by using K2O/Fe2O3 industrial catalyst and γ-alumina ceramic membrane developed by our institute. In comparison with the packed bed reactor (that is, plug flow reactor, abbr. PFR) in industrial practice, the yield of styrene was increased by 5%~10% in the membrane reactor. Furthermore, mathematical modeling of membrane reaction has been studied to display the principle of optimal match between the catalytic activity and the membrane permeability.

  8. DFT Thermodynamic Research of the Pyrolysis Mechanism of the Carbon Matrix Precursor Toluene for Carbon Material

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    Based on the experiments, the standard enthalpy △H of the possible pyrolysis reactions of the carbon matrix precursor toluene was investigated by means of DFT method UB3LYP/ 3-21G* (based on semi-empirical method UAM1 and ab initio method UHF/3-21G* ). The com putation results with UB3LYP/3-21G* coincide with the experimental values well. Then, the mechanism for all types of the pyrolysis reactions of toluene was studied by UB3LYP/3-2lG*. The geometries of the reactant and the product radicals were optimized, meanwhile, the standard thermodynamic parameters of the pyrolysis reaction at different temperatures (298, 773, 843, 963 and 1 073 K) were calculated. The thermodynamic computation result shows that when the pyrolysis temperature of toluene is lower than 963 K, the reaction path supported by thermody namics is that the C-H bond of the methyl on the benzene ring breaks and bitoluene form, while the temperature increases (about 1 073 K), the thermodynamic calculation result turns to sup port the reaction path producing phenyl radicals and methyl radicals. This mechanism is in accord with the experiments.

  9. Detection of Sperm DNA Damage in Workers Exposed to Benzene by Modified Single Cell Gel Electrophoresis

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    Bo SONG; Zhi-ming CAI; Xin LI; Li-xia DENG; Qiao ZHANG; Lu-kang ZHENG


    Objective To assess the effect of benzene on sperm DNA damageMethods Twenty-seven benzene-exposed workers were selected as exposed groupand 35 normal sperm donors as control group. Air concentration of benzene series inworkshop was determined by gas chromatography. As an internal exposure dose ofbenzene, the concentration of trans, trans-muconic acid (ttMA) was determined byhigh performance liquid chromatography. DNA was detected by modified single cellgel electrophoresis (SCGE).Results The air concentrations of benzene, toluene and xylene at the workplace were86.49 ± 2.83 mg/m3, 97.20 ±3.52 mg/m3 and 97.45 ±2.10 mg/m3, respectively.Urinary ttMA in exposed group (1.040 ± 0.617 mg/L) was significantly higher thanthat of control group (0.819 ± 0.157 mg/L). The percentage of head DNA, determinedby modified SCGE method, significantly decreased in the exposed group (n=13, 70.18%± 7.36%) compared with the control (n=16, 90.62% ± 2.94%)(P<0.001).Conclusion The modified SCGE method can be used to investigate the damage ofsperm DNA. As genotoxin and reprotoxins, benzene had direct effect on the germ cellsduring the spermatogenesiss.

  10. Biomarkers of environmental benzene exposure

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    Weisel, C.; Yu, R.; Roy, A.; Georgopoulos, P. [Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Piscataway, NJ (United States)


    Environmental exposures to benzene result in increases in body burden that are reflected in various biomarkers of exposure, including benzene in exhaled breath, benzene in blood and urinary trans-trans-muconic acid and S-phenylmercapturic acid. A review of the literature indicates that these biomarkers can be used to distinguish populations with different levels of exposure (such as smokers from nonsmokers and occupationally exposed from environmentally exposed populations) and to determine differences in metabolism. Biomarkers in humans have shown that the percentage of benzene metabolized by the ring-opening pathway is greater at environmental exposures than that at higher occupational exposures, a trend similar to that found in animal studies. This suggests that the dose-response curve is nonlinear; that potential different metabolic mechanisms exist at high and low doses; and that the validity of a linear extrapolation of adverse effects measured at high doses to a population exposed to lower, environmental levels of benzene is uncertain. Time-series measurements of the biomarker, exhaled breath, were used to evaluate a physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model. Biases were identified between the PBPK model predictions and experimental data that were adequately described using an empirical compartmental model. It is suggested that a mapping of the PBPK model to a compartmental model can be done to optimize the parameters in the PBPK model to provide a future framework for developing a population physiologically based pharmacokinetic model. 44 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Solvent-free aerobic oxidation of ethylbenzene over supported Ni catalysts using molecular oxygen at atmospheric pressure

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    G.Raju; P. Shiva Reddy; J.Ashok; B.Mahipal Reddy; A.Venugopal


    We investigated the aerobic oxidation of ethylbenzene in the absence of solvent or any additive carded out over Ni on difierent types of supports namely SiO2,hydroxyapatite,SBA-15,and USY Zeolites.The oxidation of ethylbenzene activities was measured in a round bottom flask immersed in oil bath at known reaction temperature.The physicochemical characteristics of the catalysts were examined by BET surface area.XRD.FT-IR and the oxidation activities were correlated with the acidities of the catalysts obtained bv TPD of NH3.It was observed that both hydroxyapatite and USY(13%Na2O)supported Ni catalysts displayed higher ethylbenzene conversion and 80%selectivity towards acetophenone.

  12. Application of artificial neural networks and DFT-based parameters for prediction of reaction kinetics of ethylbenzene dehydrogenase (United States)

    Szaleniec, Maciej; Witko, Małgorzata; Tadeusiewicz, Ryszard; Goclon, Jakub


    Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are used for classification and prediction of enzymatic activity of ethylbenzene dehydrogenase from EbN1 Azoarcus sp. bacterium. Ethylbenzene dehydrogenase (EBDH) catalyzes stereo-specific oxidation of ethylbenzene and its derivates to alcohols, which find its application as building blocks in pharmaceutical industry. ANN systems are trained based on theoretical variables derived from Density Functional Theory (DFT) modeling, topological descriptors, and kinetic parameters measured with developed spectrophotometric assay. Obtained models exhibit high degree of accuracy (100% of correct classifications, correlation between predicted and experimental values of reaction rates on the 0.97 level). The applicability of ANNs is demonstrated as useful tool for the prediction of biochemical enzyme activity of new substrates basing only on quantum chemical calculations and simple structural characteristics. Multi Linear Regression and Molecular Field Analysis (MFA) are used in order to compare robustness of ANN and both classical and 3D-quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) approaches.

  13. Enzymes of anaerobic ethylbenzene and p-ethylphenol catabolism in 'Aromatoleum aromaticum': differentiation and differential induction. (United States)

    Muhr, Enrico; Schühle, Karola; Clermont, Lina; Sünwoldt, Katharina; Kleinsorge, Daniel; Seyhan, Deniz; Kahnt, Jörg; Schall, Iris; Cordero, Paul R; Schmitt, Georg; Heider, Johann


    The denitrifying bacterium 'Aromatoleum aromaticum' strain EbN1 is one of the best characterized bacteria regarding anaerobic ethylbenzene degradation. EbN1 also degrades various other aromatic and phenolic compounds in the absence of oxygen, one of them being p-ethylphenol. Despite having similar chemical structures, ethylbenzene and p-ethylphenol have been proposed to be metabolized by completely separate pathways. In this study, we established and applied biochemical and molecular biological methods to show the (almost) exclusive presence and specificity of enzymes involved in the respective degradation pathways by recording enzyme activities, complemented by heme staining, immuno- and biotin-blotting analyses. These combined results substantiated the predicted p-ethylphenol degradation pathway. The identified enzymes include a heme c-containing p-ethylphenol-hydroxylase, both an (R)- and an (S)-specific alcohol dehydrogenase as well as a novel biotin-dependent carboxylase. We also establish an activity assay for benzoylacetate-CoA ligases likely being involved in both metabolic pathways.

  14. Fabrication and characterization of SnO2/ZnO gas sensors for detecting toluene gas. (United States)

    Min, Byung-Sam; Park, Young-Ho; Lee, Chang-Seop


    This study investigates the use of SnO2, ZnO, Ag, Au, Cu, In, Pd, Ru and carbon black to improve the sensitivity of a gas sensor for detecting toluene gas. Metal-SnO2/ZnO thick films were screen-printed onto Al2O3 substrates with platinum electrodes. The physico-chemical properties of the sensor materials were characterized using SEM/EDS, XRD, and BET analyses. Measuring the electrical resistance of each sensor as a function of the gas concentration determined the sensing characteristics. The sensors were tested using toluene, benzene, xylene, ethanol, methanol, ammonia and trimethylamine vapors with concentrations of 1-2000 ppm. The gas sensing properties of metal-SnO2/ZnO thick films depended on the content and variety of metals and the content of carbon black. The optimum condition of sensor material for toluene gas detection is operation temperature 300 degrees C and when metal catalyst Cu and carbon black were added. The best sensitivity and selectivity for toluene gas at 300 degrees C resulted from doping with 5 wt.% carbon black, 1 wt.% Cu and 20 wt.% ZnO to SnO2.

  15. Toluene depresses plasma corticosterone in pregnant rats

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


    being enhanced by maternal stress. A depressant effect of toluene on maternal corticosterone was observed, hence the study does not provide immediate evidence that transfer of elevated levels of corticosterone from the maternal to the foetal compartment mediates the effects of prenatal exposure...

  16. Human response to varying concentrations of toluene

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    Bælum, Jesper; Lundqvist, G R; Mølhave, Lars


    less than 0.1) towards irritation in the throat, headache and dizziness. In the four performance tests there was a tendency towards a lower score in a vigilance test while no effect of toluene exposure was seen in a peg board test, a five choice serial reaction test, or a colour test, indicating only...

  17. Hydroisomerization of Ethylbenzene on Mordenite-Based Bifunctional Catalysts with Different Platinum Contents

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    Fernandes L.D.


    Full Text Available A commercial Na-mordenite sample underwent ion exchange with HCl. The ion-exchanged sample was sequentially submitted to hydrothermal treatments at 823, 873 and 923 K, each followed by acid leaching of the extraframework alumina (EFAL generated. Six mordenite samples, presenting different framework and extraframework compositions, were obtained. These samples were used to prepare bifunctional catalysts by mixing them with Pt/Al2O3 in different proportions. The generated samples presented distinct platinum contents and were tested in the hydroisomerization reaction of ethylbenzene. A maximum xylene selectivity at about 0.45 wt% of platinum was observed. Normally, the total activity increased as the platinum content increased; this effect was more pronounced in the samples which presented lower mesoporosity. The most dealuminated sample, which presented a high mesoporosity, did not show any change in activity with the increase in platinum content.

  18. Liquid-liquid phase equilibrium of methanol + ethylbenzene + isooctane + ethanol system at 303 K (United States)

    Gramajo, Mónica B.; Veliz, Jonatan H.; Cases, Alicia M.


    The phase equilibrium data for methanol + ethanol + isooctane systems were obtained at 303.15 K. Data for methanol + ethylbenzene + isooctane system were taken from literature. The effect of ethanol addition on the system equilibrium was investigated at the same temperature. The distribution curves for ternary and quaternary system was analyzed. The experimental results for ternary systems were correlated with UNIQUAC and NRTL equations. For the ternary systems studied here, the NRTL equation is more accurate than the UNIQUAC. The equilibrium data for the three ternary systems were used to determine interactions parameters for the UNIQUAC equation. For the quaternary system, the experimental data can be fitted more accurately to UNIQUAC equation than by the UNIFAC method.

  19. Nitrogen-doped dual mesoporous carbon for the selective oxidation of ethylbenzene (United States)

    Chen, Aibing; Yu, Yifeng; Wang, Rujie; Yu, Yunhong; Zang, Wenwei; Tang, Pei; Ma, Ding


    A nanocasting method to fabricate nitrogen-doped dual mesoporous carbon is proposed by the carbonization of nitrile functional ionic liquid (FIL) grafted SBA-15 for the first time. These carbon materials have high nitrogen content (12.8%), large specific surface areas (763 m2 g-1) and uniform rod morphologies, which are derived from FILs grafted on the surface of SBA-15. Furthermore, by adjusting the impregnation amount of ionic liquids on SBA-15, pore structures of these carbon materials can be adjusted from single to dual mesopores. The developed dual mesoporous carbon materials exhibit good catalytic performance in the selective oxidation of ethylbenzene, ascribed to the promoting effects of nitrogen-doping, high surface area and dual mesostructure. It may be concluded that the dual mesostructure has an advantage over a single mesostructure to obtain a fast mass transport rate, resulting in higher acetophenone yield.A nanocasting method to fabricate nitrogen-doped dual mesoporous carbon is proposed by the carbonization of nitrile functional ionic liquid (FIL) grafted SBA-15 for the first time. These carbon materials have high nitrogen content (12.8%), large specific surface areas (763 m2 g-1) and uniform rod morphologies, which are derived from FILs grafted on the surface of SBA-15. Furthermore, by adjusting the impregnation amount of ionic liquids on SBA-15, pore structures of these carbon materials can be adjusted from single to dual mesopores. The developed dual mesoporous carbon materials exhibit good catalytic performance in the selective oxidation of ethylbenzene, ascribed to the promoting effects of nitrogen-doping, high surface area and dual mesostructure. It may be concluded that the dual mesostructure has an advantage over a single mesostructure to obtain a fast mass transport rate, resulting in higher acetophenone yield. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03802b

  20. Catalytic mechanism of the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene over Fe–Co/Mg(Al)O derived from hydrotalcites

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    Tope, Balkrishna B.


    Catalytic mechanism of ethylbenzene dehydrogenation over Fe-Co/Mg(Al)O derived from hydrotalcites has been studied based on the XAFS and XPS catalyst characterization and the FTIR measurements of adsorbed species. Fe-Co/Mg(Al)O showed synergy, whereas Fe-Ni/Mg(Al)O showed no synergy, in the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene. Ni species were stably incorporated as Ni2+ in the regular sites in periclase and spinel structure in the Fe-Ni/Mg(Al)O. Contrarily, Co species exists as a mixture of Co3+/Co2+ in the Fe-Co/Mg(Al)O and was partially isolated from the regular sites in the structures with increasing the Co content. Co addition enhanced Lewis acidity of Fe3+ active sites by forming Fe3+-O-Co 3+/2+(1/1) bond, resulting in an increase in the activity. FTIR of ethylbenzene adsorbed on the Fe-Co/Mg(Al)O clearly showed formations of C-O bond and π-adsorbed aromatic ring. This suggests that ethylbenzene was strongly adsorbed on the Fe3+ acid sites via π-bonding and the dehydrogenation was initiated by α-H+ abstraction from ethyl group on Mg2+-O2- basic sites, followed by C-O-Mg bond formation. The α-H+ abstraction by O2-(-Mg 2+) was likely followed by β-H abstraction, leading to the formations of styrene and H2. Such catalytic mechanism by the Fe 3+ acid-O2-(-Mg2+) base couple and the Fe 3+/Fe2+ reduction-oxidation cycle was further assisted by Co3+/Co2+, leading to a good catalytic activity for the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Hepatic metabolism of toluene after gastrointestinal uptake in humans

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    Bælum, Jesper; Mølhave, Lars; Honoré Hansen, S


    The metabolism of toluene and the influence of small doses of ethanol were measured in eight male volunteers after gastrointestinal uptake, the toluene concentration in alveolar air and the urinary excretion of hippuric acid and ortho-cresol being used as the measures of metabolism. During toluen...... doses of ethanol inhibit toluene metabolism, and the procedure is sensitive enough to measure metabolic interactions between solvents and other xenobiotics in humans.......The metabolism of toluene and the influence of small doses of ethanol were measured in eight male volunteers after gastrointestinal uptake, the toluene concentration in alveolar air and the urinary excretion of hippuric acid and ortho-cresol being used as the measures of metabolism. During toluene...

  2. Decomposition characteristics of toluene by a corona radical shower system

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    WU Zu-liang; GAO Xiang; LUO Zhong-yang; NI Ming-jiang; CEN Ke-fa


    Non-thermal plasma technologies offer an innovative approach to decomposing various volatile organic compounds(VOCs). The decomposition of toluene from simulated flue gas was investigated using a pipe electrode with nozzles for the generation of free radicals. Corona characteristics and decomposition of toluene were investigated experimentally. In addition, the decomposition mechanism of toluene was explored in view of reaction rate. The experimental results showed that the humidity of additional gas has an important effect on corona characteristics and modes and stable streamer corona can be generated through optimizing flow rate and humidity of additional gas. Applied voltage, concentration of toluene, humidity of toluene and resident time are some important factors affecting decomposition efficiency. Under optimizing conditions, the decomposition efficiency of toluene can reach 80%. These results can give a conclusion that the corona radical shower technology is feasible and effective on the removal of toluene in the flue gas.

  3. Effect of trichloroethylene (TCE) and toluene concentrations on TCE and toluene biodegradation and the population density of TCE and toluene degraders in soil.


    Mu, D Y; Scow, K M


    Toluene is one of several cosubstrates able to support the cometabolism of trichloroethylene (TCE) by soil microbial communities. Indigenous microbial populations in soil degraded TCE in the presence, but not the absence, of toluene after a 60- to 80-h lag period. Initial populations of toluene and TCE degraders ranged from 0.2 x 10(3) to 4 x 10(3) cells per g of soil and increased by more than 4 orders of magnitude after the addition of 20 micrograms of toluene and 1 microgram of TCE per ml ...

  4. Double photoionization of halogenated benzene

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    AlKhaldi, Mashaal Q. [Institut für Optik und Atomare Physik, Technische Universität Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 36, D-10623 Berlin (Germany); Wehlitz, Ralf, E-mail: [Synchrotron Radiation Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Stoughton, Wisconsin 53589 (United States)


    We have experimentally investigated the double-photoionization process in C{sub 6}BrF{sub 5} using monochromatized synchrotron radiation. We compare our results with previously published data for partially deuterated benzene (C{sub 6}H{sub 3}D{sub 3}) over a wide range of photon energies from threshold to 270 eV. A broad resonance in the ratio of doubly to singly charged parent ions at about 65 eV appears shifted in energy compared to benzene data. This shift is due to the difference in the bond lengths in two molecules. A simple model can explain the shape of this resonance. At higher photon energies, we observe another broad resonance that can be explained as a second harmonic of the first resonance.

  5. Functionalization of benzene by superhalogens (United States)

    Srivastava, Ambrish Kumar; Kumar, Abhishek; Misra, Neeraj


    We perform ab initio MP2/6-311++G(d,p) calculations to analyze the molecular properties and aromaticity of NO3, BO2 as well as BF4 superhalogen substituted benzene and compare them with well known electron withdrawing group substituted benzene such as C6H5F and C6H5CN in neutral and ionic forms. It has been noticed that the properties (including aromaticity) of C6H5BO2 closely resemble those of C6H5F and C6H5CN. On the contrary, C6H5NO3 possesses some quite different properties such as high electron affinity, small frontier orbital energy gap and enhanced aromaticity. It is also revealed that C6H5BF4 exists only in the form of C6H5F⋯BF3 complex.

  6. Characterization of products from photooxidation of toluene

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    HAO Li-qing; WANG Zhen-ya; FANG Li; ZHANG Wei-jun; WANG Wei; LI Cheng-xiang; SHENG Liu-si


    Photooxidation reaction of toluene in smog chamber systems was initiated by the UV radiation of toluene/CH3ONO/NOx mixtures. The products of the photooxidation reaction of toluene and its subsequent reactions were analyzed directly utilizing Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR). Detailed assignments to FTIR spectrum of gas-phase products were given. The information of some important functional groups in the products, such as, carbonyl groups (C=O), hydroxyl groups (-OH), carboxylic acid (-COOH), C=C bonding, N-O bonding and C-H bonding (C-H), was got from this analysis. These results were compared to those analyzed by aerosol time of flight mass spectrometer (ATOFMS). It was found that there are some differences between FTIR analysis of gas-phase products and that of particle-phase, for example, the products with carbonyl groups, which were connected to unsaturated chemical bonds, was relatively higher in the gas phase, while ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acid and organonitrates were the dominant functional groups in the aerosol-phase reaction products. The possible reaction pathways of some important products in the gas phase were also discussed.


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

  8. Mechanism of ethylbenzene-induced mouse-specific lung tumor: metabolism of ethylbenzene by rat, mouse, and human liver and lung microsomes. (United States)

    Saghir, Shakil A; Rick, David L; McClymont, E L; Zhang, Fagen; Bartels, Michael J; Bus, James S


    This study was conducted to determine species differences in the metabolism of ethylbenzene (EB) in liver and lung. EB (0.22-7.0mM) was incubated with mouse, rat and human liver and lung microsomes and the formation of 1-phenylethanol (1PE), acetophenone (AcPh), 2-ethylphenol (2EP), 4-ethylphenol (4EP), 2,5-ethylquinone, and 3,4-ethylquinone were measured. Reactive metabolites (2,5-dihydroxyethylbenzene-GSH [2EP-GSH] and 3,4-dihydroxyethylbenzene-GSH [4EP-GSH]) were monitored via glutathione (GSH) trapping technique. None of the metabolites were formed at detectable levels in incubations with human lung microsomes. Percent conversion of EB to 1PE ranged from 1% (rat lung; 7.0mM EB) to 58% (mouse lung; 0.22 mM EB). More 1PE was formed in mouse lung than in mouse liver microsomes, although formation of 1PE by rat liver and lung microsomes was similar. Metabolism of EB to 1PE was in the order of mouse > rat > human. Formation of AcPh was roughly an order of magnitude lower than 1PE. Conversion of EB to ring-hydroxylated metabolites was much lower (0.0001% [4EP-GSH; rat lung] to 0.6% [2EP-GSH; mouse lung]); 2EP-GSH was typically 10-fold higher than 4EP-GSH. Formation of 2EP-GSH was higher by lung (highest by mouse lung) than liver microsomes and the formation of 2EP-GSH by mouse liver microsomes was higher than rat and human liver microsomes. Increasing concentrations of EB did lead to a decrease in amount of some formed metabolites. This may indicate some level of substrate- or metabolite-mediated inhibition. High concentrations of 2EP and 4EP were incubated with microsomes to further investigate their oxidation to ethylcatechol (ECat) and ethylhydroquinone (EHQ). Conversion of 2EP to EHQ ranged from 6% to 9% by liver (mouse > human > rat) and from 0.1% to 18% by lung microsomes (mouse > rat > human). Conversion of 4EP to ECat ranged from 2% to 4% by liver (mouse > human approximately rat) and from 0.3% to 7% by lung microsomes (mouse > rat > human). Although ring

  9. The relationship between distillation range of crude benzene and the content of three benzene%粗苯馏程与三苯含量的关系

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    In this paper, comparison analysis and function simulation on the coking plant chemical products quality index of the amount of distilling crude benzene before 180 ℃ as the products quality index and its benzene, toluene, xylene components of the sum of the detected data content for the coking plant were carried out. It was found that there was a linear relation between the distillation range of crude benzene and its content. And this model had some practical value and guiding significane for analysis, detection and real process production.%对焦化厂化工产品粗苯的质量指标180℃前馏出量与其苯、甲苯、二甲苯组分的含量之和的测定数据进行了对比分析和函数模拟,结果表明,两者之间存在着线性关系,且所得的一元线性回归方程对分析检测和工艺生产有着实际的指导意义。


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    Hong Ye; Ji-ding Li; Yang-zheng Lin; Jian Chen; Cui-xian Chen


    Five kinds of polyimides were synthesized using five dianhydrides (including 2,2-bis[4-(3,4-dicarboxyphenoxy)phenyl] propane dianhydride (BPADA), 3,3',4,4'-diphenyisulfone-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (DSDA), 4,4'(hexafluoroisopropylidene)-diphthalic anhydride (6FDA),1,4-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenoxy) benzene dianhydride (HQDPA),and 4,4'-oxydiphthlic dianhydride (ODPA)) and 2,2-bis[4-(4-aminophenoxy)phenyl] hexafluoropropane (BDAF) via the twostep method that included polyaddition to form the polyamic acid and subsequent chemical imidization at ambient temperature.The structures of polyimides were characterized by FTIR and NMR.The thermal properties were characterized by DSC and TGA.All five kinds of polyimides showed good thermal properties and solubility in organic solvents such as DMF,DMAc,NMP and THF at room temperature.The pervaporation (PV) experiments of polyimides for toluene/n-heptane mixture were carried out,and all the polyimides showed selective permeation towards toluene.The fluxes of 6FDA-BDAF,DSDA-BDAF,HQDPA-BDAF and ODPA-BDAF at 80℃ were 1.08,0.96,1.77 and 0.10 kg-μm/(m2.h),and the separation factors were 5.44,1.64,1.28 and 11.44,respectively.The increasing feed temperature resulted in higher flux and lower separation factor of the 6FDA-BDAF membrane.

  11. BTEX pollution caused by motorcycles in the megacity of HoChiMinh

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    Tran Thi Ngoc Lan; Pham Anh Minh


    Monitoring of benzene,toluene and xylenes (BTEX) was conducted along with traffic counts at 17 roadside sites in urban areas of HoChiMinh.Toluene was the most abundant substance,followed by p,m-xylenes,benzene,o-xylene and ethylbenzene.The maximum observed hour-average benzene concentration was 254 μg/m3.Motorcycles contributed to 91% of the traffic fleet.High correlations among BTEX species,between BTEX concentrations and the volume of on-road motorcycles,and between inter-species ratios in air and in gasoline indicate the motorcycle-exhaust origin of BTEX species.Daily concentrations of benzene,toluene,ethylbenzene,p,m-xylenes and o-xylene were 56,121,21,64 and 23 μg/m3,respectively.p,m-xylenes possess the highest ozone formation potential among the BTEX family.

  12. Cometabolic microbial degradation of trichloroethylene in the presence of toluene

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    SUI Hong; LI Xin-Gang; XU Shi-Min1


    Trichloroethylene(TCE), a common groundwater pollutant, was cometabolized by microorganisms in the presence of toluene as a growth substrate. The effect of concentrations of toluene and TCE and temperature on biodegradation was discussed. Acclimated microorganisms degraded TCE after a lag period of 5 to 22 h depending on toluene concentrations. Approximately 60%, 90% and 64% of TCE were degraded at toluene to TCE concentration ratios of 23:1, 115:1 and 230:1, respectively. At a TCE concentration of 1.46 μg/ml, 80% of TCE and 98.4% of toluene were removed. But less degradation of TCE and toluene was observed when TCE concentration was above 48.8 μg/ml. The lag time of TCE decreased and the TCE biodegradation rates increased with the increase of temperature.

  13. Natural Biological Attenuation of Benzene in Groundwater

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    Benzene has been found in subsurface unsaturated soil and groundwater beneath a petro-chemical plant. Although the groundwater contained several mg/L of benzene in the area immediately beneath the source, benzene was not detected in monitoring wells approximately 800m down stream. All kinds of physical processes such as adsorption and advection/dispersion are considered to account for the observed attenuation. The results indicated that the attenuation was primarily due to natural biological processes occurring within the aquifer. The evidence for the natural bioremediation of benzene from the groundwater included: (1) analysis of groundwater chemistry, (2) laboratory studies demonstrating benzene biodegradation in aquifer samples, and (3) computer simulations examining benzene transport. Laboratory experiments indicated that for conditions similar to those in the plume, the aerobic degradation of benzene by the naturally occurring microorganisms in the polluted groundwater samples was quite rapid with a half-life time of from 5 to 15 days. In situ analyses indicated the level of dissolved oxygen in the groundwater was over 2mg/L. Thus, oxygen should not limit the biodegradation. In fact, the benzene was also shown to degrade under anaerobic conditions. The results from the modeling simulations indicate that biodegradation is the dominant process influencing attenuation of the benzene.

  14. Carcinogenic effects of benzene: Cesare Maltoni's contributions. (United States)

    Mehlman, Myron A


    Cesare Maltoni's contributions to understanding, identifying, and characterizing widely used commercial chemicals in experimental animals are among the most important methods developed in the history of toxicology and serve to protect working men and women, the general population, and our environment from hazardous substances. Maltoni developed experimental methods that have reached the "platinum standard" for protection of public health. Benzene was among the 400 or more chemicals that Maltoni and his associates tested for carcinogenicity. In 1976, Maltoni reported that benzene is a potent experimental carcinogen. Maltoni's experiments clearly demonstrated that benzene is carcinogenic in Sprague-Dawley rats, Wistar rats, Swiss mice, and RF/J mice when administered by inhalation or ingestion. Benzene caused carcinomas of the Zymbal gland, oral cavity, nasal cavities; cancers of the skin, forestomach, mammary glands, and lungs; angiosarcomas and hepatomas of the liver; and hemolymphoreticular cancers. Thus, benzene was shown to be a multipotential carcinogen that produced cancers in several species of animals by various routes of administration. On November 2, 1977, Chemical Week reported that Maltoni provided a "bombshell" when he demonstrated the "first direct link" between benzene and cancer. In this paper, I shall summarize early experiments and human studies and reports; Maltoni's experimental contribution to understanding the carcinogenicity of benzene in humans and animals; earlier knowledge concerning benzene toxicity; and benzene standards and permissible exposure levels.

  15. Production of Phenol from Benzene via Cumene (United States)

    Daniels, D. J.; And Others


    Describes an undergraduate chemistry laboratory experiment involving the production of phenol from benzene with the intermediate production of isopropylbenzene and isopropylbenzene hydroperoxide. (SL)

  16. Phenol and 2-naphthol production by toluene 4-monooxygenases using an aqueous/dioctyl phthalate system. (United States)

    Tao, Ying; Bentley, William E; Wood, Thomas K


    A two-phase system is developed here for converting: (1) benzene to phenol and (2) naphthalene to 2-naphthol, using whole cells expressing wild-type toluene 4-monooxygenase (T4MO) and the alpha subunit variant TmoA I100A from Pseudomonas mendocina KR1. Using the T4MO TmoA I100A variant, the solubility of naphthalene was enhanced and the toxicity of the naphthols was prevented by the use of a water/dioctyl phthalate (80:20, vol%) system which yielded 21-fold more 2-naphthol. More than 99% 2-naphthol was extracted to the dioctyl phthalate phase, dihydroxynaphthalene formation was prevented, 92% 2-naphthol was formed, and 12% naphthalene was converted. Similarly, using 50 vol% dioctyl phthalate, an initial concentration of 3.0 g l(-1) (39 mM), and wild-type T4MO, a 51+/-9% conversion of benzene was obtained and phenol was produced at a purity of 97%. Relative to the one-phase system, there was a 12-fold reduction in the formation of the byproduct catechol.

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

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


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

  18. 1,3,5-Triethylbenzene Transformation Reactions Compared to Its Transalkylation Reaction with Ethylbenzene

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    Akhtar, M. Naseem


    The transalkylation of 1,3,5-triethylbenzene (1,3,5-TEB) with ethylbenzene (EB) has been studied over USYtype catalysts using a riser simulator that mimics the operation of a fluidized-bed reactor. The reaction mixture EB and 1,3,5-TEB was used at a molar ratio of 1:1, which is equivalent to 40:60 wt % of EB/1,3,5-TEB, respectively. The reaction temperature was varied from 350 to 500 °C with a time on stream ranging from 3-15 s. The effect of reaction conditions on 1,3,5-TEB conversion, DEB selectivity, and isomerization of 1,3,5-TEB is reported. The transalkylation of 1,3,5-TEB with EB has been compared to the transformation reaction of pure 1,3,5-TEB and EB. The experimental results have revealed that reactivity of 1,3,5-TEB and selectivity of DEB is increased during the transalkylation reaction (EB + 1,3,5-TEB) as compared to the transformation reaction of pure EB or 1,3,5-TEB. The 1,3,5-TEB undergoes isomerization and a cracking reaction to produce DEB and EB but does not undergo any appreciable disproportionation reaction. The isomerization of 1,3,5-TEB is more active at low temperatures, while cracking is more active at high temperatures. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  19. Characterization of particulate products for aging of ethylbenzene secondary organic aerosol in the presence of ammonium sulfate seed aerosol. (United States)

    Huang, Mingqiang; Zhang, Jiahui; Cai, Shunyou; Liao, Yingmin; Zhao, Weixiong; Hu, Changjin; Gu, Xuejun; Fang, Li; Zhang, Weijun


    Aging of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles formed from OH- initiated oxidation of ethylbenzene in the presence of high mass (100-300μg/m(3)) concentrations of (NH4)2SO4 seed aerosol was investigated in a home-made smog chamber in this study. The chemical composition of aged ethylbenzene SOA particles was measured using an aerosol laser time-of-flight mass spectrometer (ALTOFMS) coupled with a Fuzzy C-Means (FCM) clustering algorithm. Experimental results showed that nitrophenol, ethyl-nitrophenol, 2,4-dinitrophenol, methyl glyoxylic acid, 5-ethyl-6-oxo-2,4-hexadienoic acid, 2-ethyl-2,4-hexadiendioic acid, 2,3-dihydroxy-5-ethyl-6-oxo-4-hexenoic acid, 1H-imidazole, hydrated N-glyoxal substituted 1H-imidazole, hydrated glyoxal dimer substituted imidazole, 1H-imidazole-2-carbaldehyde, N-glyoxal substituted hydrated 1H-imidazole-2-carbaldehyde and high-molecular-weight (HMW) components were the predominant products in the aged particles. Compared to the previous aromatic SOA aging studies, imidazole compounds, which can absorb solar radiation effectively, were newly detected in aged ethylbenzene SOA in the presence of high concentrations of (NH4)2SO4 seed aerosol. These findings provide new information for discussing aromatic SOA aging mechanisms.

  20. Cu, Fe, or Ni doped molybdenum oxide supported on Al2O3 for the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene

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    Tiago Pinheiro Braga; Antônio Narcísio Pinheiro; Edson R. Leite; Regina Cláudia R. dos Santos; Antoninho Valentini


    Molybdenum-based catalysts supported on Al2O3 doped with Ni, Cu, or Fe oxide were synthesized and used in ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to produce styrene. The molybdenum oxide was sup-ported using an unconventional route that combined the polymeric precursor method (Pechini) and wet impregnation on commercial alumina. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, temperature-programmed reduction of H2 (H2-TPR), and thermogravimetric (TG) analysis. XRD results showed that the added metals were well dis-persed on the alumina support. The addition of the metal oxide (Ni, Cu, or Fe) of 2 wt% by wet im-pregnation did not affect the texture of the support. TPR results indicated a synergistic effect be-tween the dopant and molybdenum oxide. The catalytic tests showed ethylbenzene conversion of 28%–53% and styrene selectivity of 94%–97%, indicating that the addition of the dopant improved the catalytic performance, which was related to the redox mechanism. Molybdenum oxides play a fundamental role in the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene by its redox and acid–base properties. The sample containing Cu showed an atypical result with increasing conver-sion during the reaction, which was due to metal reduction. The Ni-containing solid exhibited the highest amount of carbon deposited, shown by TG analysis after the catalytic test, which explained its lower catalytic stability and selectivity.

  1. Chemical of current interest--benzene. (United States)

    Marcus, W L


    Benzene is one of the world's major commodity chemicals. It is derived from petroleum and coal and is used both as a solvent and as a starting material in chemical syntheses. The numerous industrial uses of benzene over the last century need not be recounted here, but the most recent addition to the list of uses of benzene is as a component in a mixture of aromatic compounds added to gasoline for the purpose of replacing lead compounds as anti-knock ingredients. The best known and longest recognized toxic effect of benzene is the depression of bone marrow function seen in occupationally exposed individuals. These people have been found to display anemia, leucopenia, and/or thrombocytopenia. When pancytopenia, i.e., the simultaneous depression of all three cell types, occurs and is accompanied by bone marrow necrosis, the syndrome is called aplastic anemia. In addition to observing this decrease in humans and relating it to benzene exposure, it has been possible to establish animal models which mimic the human disease. The result has been considerable scientific investigation into the mechanism of benzene toxicity. Although the association between benzene exposure and aplastic anemia has been recognized and accepted throughout most of this century, it is only recently that leukemia, particularly of the acute myelogenous type, has been related to benzene. The acceptance of benzene as an etiological agent in aplastic anemia in large measure derives from our ability to reproduce the disease in most animals treated with sufficiently high doses of benzene over the necessary time period. Unfortunately, despite extensive efforts in several laboratories, it has not been possible to establish a reproducible, reliable model for the study of benzene-induced leukemia. The recent demonstration that several animals exposed to benzene either by inhalation or in the drinking water during studies by Drs. B. Goldstein and C. Maltoni suggests that such a model may be forthcoming

  2. Anaerobic benzene oxidation by Geobacter species. (United States)

    Zhang, Tian; Bain, Timothy S; Nevin, Kelly P; Barlett, Melissa A; Lovley, Derek R


    The abundance of Geobacter species in contaminated aquifers in which benzene is anaerobically degraded has led to the suggestion that some Geobacter species might be capable of anaerobic benzene degradation, but this has never been documented. A strain of Geobacter, designated strain Ben, was isolated from sediments from the Fe(III)-reducing zone of a petroleum-contaminated aquifer in which there was significant capacity for anaerobic benzene oxidation. Strain Ben grew in a medium with benzene as the sole electron donor and Fe(III) oxide as the sole electron acceptor. Furthermore, additional evaluation of Geobacter metallireducens demonstrated that it could also grow in benzene-Fe(III) medium. In both strain Ben and G. metallireducens the stoichiometry of benzene metabolism and Fe(III) reduction was consistent with the oxidation of benzene to carbon dioxide with Fe(III) serving as the sole electron acceptor. With benzene as the electron donor, and Fe(III) oxide (strain Ben) or Fe(III) citrate (G. metallireducens) as the electron acceptor, the cell yields of strain Ben and G. metallireducens were 3.2 × 10(9) and 8.4 × 10(9) cells/mmol of Fe(III) reduced, respectively. Strain Ben also oxidized benzene with anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS) as the sole electron acceptor with cell yields of 5.9 × 10(9) cells/mmol of AQDS reduced. Strain Ben serves as model organism for the study of anaerobic benzene metabolism in petroleum-contaminated aquifers, and G. metallireducens is the first anaerobic benzene-degrading organism that can be genetically manipulated.

  3. Mechanistic considerations in benzene physiological model development

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


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

  4. Phenomenological-based kinetics modelling of dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene over a Mg 3 Fe 0.25 Mn 0.25 Al 0.5 hydrotalcite catalyst

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    Hossain, Mohammad M.


    This communication reports a mechanism-based kinetics modelling for the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene (ST) using Mg3Fe0.25Mn0.25Al0.5 catalyst. Physicochemical characterisation of the catalyst indicates that the presence of basic sites Mg2+O2- on the catalysts along with Fe3+ is responsible for the catalytic activity. The kinetics experiments are developed using a CREC Fluidised Riser Simulator. Based on the experimental observations and the possible mechanism of the various elementary steps, Langmuir-Hinshelwood type kinetics model are developed. To take into account of the possible catalyst deactivation a reactant conversion-based deactivation function is also introduced into the model. Parameters are estimated by fitting of the experimental data implemented in MATLAB. Results show that one site type Langmuir-Hinshelwood model appropriately describes the experimental data, with adequate statistical fitting indicators and also satisfied the thermodynamic restraints. The estimated heat of adsorptions of EB (64kJ/mole) is comparable to the values available in the literature. The activation energy for the formation of ST (85.5kJ/mole) found to be significantly lower than that of the cracking product benzene (136.6kJ/mole). These results are highly desirable in order to achieve high selectivity of the desired product ST. © 2012 Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering.

  5. Is toluene diamine a sensitizer and is there cross-reactivity between toluene diamine and toluene diisocyanate? (United States)

    Vanoirbeek, Jeroen A J; De Vooght, Vanessa; Synhaeve, Nicholas; Nemery, Benoit; Hoet, Peter H M


    Toluene diamine (TDA) is formed when toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a potent sensitizer, comes in contact with an aqueous environment. The sensitizing capacity of TDA and the cross-reactivity between TDI and TDA are unknown. TDA (5-25%) and TDI (0.3%), dissolved in acetone/olive oil (AOO) (4:1) were tested in the mouse local lymph node assay (LLNA). To determine the capacity of TDA to elicit an asthmatic response and to determine the cross-reaction with TDI, a locally developed experimental mouse model of chemical-induced asthma was used. On days 1 and 8, BALB/c mice received 20 microl of TDI (0.3%), TDA (20%), or AOO (4:1) on each ear. On day 15, they received an intranasal instillation of TDI (0.1%), TDA (0.5%) or AOO (3:2). The EC(3) of TDA in the LLNA is 19%. In the model of chemical-induced asthma, TDI induced a ventilatory response [increased Penh after challenge; increased airway hyperreactivity (AHR)], inflammatory changes (bronchoalveolar lavage neutrophils), and immunological changes (increased CD19(+) lymphocytes, IL-4 and total serum IgE), whereas TDA did not show any of these responses. Mice sensitized with TDI and challenged with TDA also did not show any airway or inflammatory response, although they had increased levels of total serum IgE. Mice sensitized with TDA and challenged with TDI did not show any response. According to the classification of sensitizers in the LLNA, TDA is a weak dermal sensitizer. In the experimental mouse model of chemical-induced asthma, TDA does not act as a respiratory sensitizer, at the concentration used. No cross-reactivity between TDI and TDA was found.

  6. Effect of repeated benzene inhalation exposures on benzene metabolism, binding to hemoglobin, and induction of micronuclei. (United States)

    Sabourin, P J; Sun, J D; MacGregor, J T; Wehr, C M; Birnbaum, L S; Lucier, G; Henderson, R F


    Metabolism of benzene is thought to be necessary to produce the toxic effects, including carcinogenicity, associated with benzene exposure. To extrapolate from the results of rodent studies to potential health risks in man, one must know how benzene metabolism is affected by species, dose, dose rate, and repeated versus single exposures. The purpose of our studies was to determine the effect of repeated inhalation exposures on the metabolism of [14C]benzene by rodents. Benzene metabolism was assessed by characterizing and quantitating urinary metabolites, and by quantitating 14C bound to hemoglobin and micronuclei induction. F344/N rats and B6C3F1 mice were exposed, nose-only, to 600 ppm benzene or to air (control) for 6 hr/day, 5 days/week for 3 weeks. On the last day, both benzene-pretreated and control animals were exposed to 600 ppm, 14C-labeled benzene for 6 hr. Individual benzene metabolites in urine collected for 24 hr after the exposure were analyzed. There was a significant decrease in the respiratory rate of mice (but not rats) pretreated with benzene which resulted in lower levels of urinary [14C]benzene metabolites. The analyses indicated that the only effects of benzene pretreatment on the metabolite profile in rat or mouse urine were a slight shift from glucuronidation to sulfation in mice and a shift from sulfation to glucuronidation in rats. Benzene pretreatment also had no effect, in either species, on formation of [14C]benzene-derived hemoglobin adducts. Mice and rats had similar levels of hemoglobin adduct binding, despite the higher metabolism of benzene by mice. This indicates that hemoglobin adduct formation occurs with higher efficiency in rats. After 1 week of exposure to 600 ppm benzene, the frequency of micronucleated, polychromatic erythrocytes (PCEs) in mice was significantly increased. Exposure to the same level of benzene for an additional 2 weeks did not further increase the frequency of micronuclei in PCEs. These results indicate

  7. Ethylbenzene dehydrogenation over binary FeOx–MeOy/Mg(Al)O catalysts derived from hydrotalcites

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    Balasamy, Rabindran J.


    A series of FeOx-MeOy/Mg(Al)O catalysts were prepared from hydrotalcite-like compounds as precursors and were tested in the ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to styrene in He atmosphere at 550 °C. The hydrotalcite-like precursors of the metal compositions of Mg3Fe 0.25Me0.25Al0.5 (Me = Cu, Zn, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) were coprecipitated from the nitrates of metal components and calcined to mixed oxides at 550 °C. After the calcination, the mixed oxides showed high surface area of 150-200 m2 gcat -1, and were mainly composed of (MgMe)(Fe3+Al)O periclase in the bulk, whereas the surface was enriched by (MgMe)(Fe3+Al)2O 4 pinel. Among the Me species tested, Co2+ was the most effective, followed by Ni2+. Co2+ addition increased the activity of original FeOx/Mg(Al)O catalyst, whereas Ni2+ increased the activity at the beginning of reaction, but deactivated the catalyst during the reaction. The other metals formed isolated MeOx species in the catalyst, resulting in a decrease in the activity compared to the original FeOx/Mg(Al)O catalyst. The active Fe species exists as metastable Fe3+ on the FeOx/Mg(Al)O catalyst. By the addition of Co2+, the reduction-oxidation between Fe3+ and Fe2+ was facilitated and, moreover, the active Fe3+ species was stabilized. It is likely that the dehydrogenation proceeds on the active Fe3+ species via its reduction-oxidation assisted by Co 2+. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  8. Gelation behaviour of a bent-core dihydrazide derivative: effect of incubation temperature in chloroform and toluene. (United States)

    Zhang, Chunxue; Zhang, Tianren; Ji, Nan; Zhang, Yan; Bai, Binglian; Wang, Haitao; Li, Min


    In this work, a new kind of gelator, 1,3-bis[(3,4-dioctyloxy phenyl) hydrazide]phenylene (BP8-C), containing two dihydrazide units as the rigid bent-core, has been synthesized and investigated. It was demonstrated that BP8-C is an efficient gelator which can gel various organic solvents, such as ethanol, benzene, toluene, chloroform, etc. Both an opaque gel (O-gel) and a transparent gel (T-gel), which is more stable, were obtained with BP8-C in chloroform at different incubation temperatures. Kinetic data based on fluorescence spectra revealed that the T-gels showed a larger Avrami parameter (n = 1.44 at 20 °C) than that of the O-gels (n = 1.21 for gelation at temperatures below 0 °C). While BP8-C did form the opaque gel in toluene, gelation took longer at lower incubation temperatures and even precipitated out below 0 °C. The kinetic Avrami analysis on sols of BP8-C with different concentrations shows a two-phrase mechanism, i.e. the n values are between 0.88 and 1.74 followed by 1.69 and 3.01 throughout the temperature range of 5 °C and 35 °C for 5.34 mg mL(-1) BP8-C in toluene, indicating that the fibers formed first and then bundled to produce compact networks. We propose that supersaturation governs the formation of gel in chloroform and that the diffusion process denominates gelation in toluene. XRD and FT-IR measurements confirmed that the xerogels prepared at different temperatures in different solvents exhibited a Col(h) structure and that there are three molecules in one columnar slice. Our results indicate that the gelation process, morphology of the gels and thus the final properties of the gels depend strongly on the preparation conditions such as temperature, solvent, concentration, etc.

  9. Pulse radiolysis, flash photolysis, and shock wave study of the recombination H + benzyl yields toluene at 300 and 1,300-1,650 K

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    Ackermann, L.; Hippler, H.; Pagsberg, P.; Reihs, C.; Troe, J. (Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie der Universitaet Goettingen (West Germany) Riso National Laboratory (Denmark))


    Pulse radiolysis, discharge flash photolysis, and laser flash photolysis have been employed to study the recombination reaction H + benzyl {yields} toluene at room temperature. Both H atoms and benzyl radicals were monitored. The same reaction was studied directly in shock waves between 1,300 and 1.650 K. The value of the high-pressure recombination rate constant of (2.5 {plus minus} 0.8) {times} 10{sup 14} cm{sup 3} mol{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1} was found to be independent of the temperature between 300 and 1,650 K. It is argued that high-pressure rate constants for other recombination reactions should also have very small temperature coefficients over wide temperature ranges. Room temperature rate constants for addition of H atoms to toluene, cycloheptatriene, p-xylene, benzene, phenyl, and p-methylbenzyl are also reported.

  10. Interphase cytogenetics of workers exposed to benzene

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    Zhang, L.; Wang, Yunxia; Venkatesh, P. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)] [and others


    Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) is a powerful new technique that allows numerical chromosome aberrations (aneuploidy) to be detected in interphase cells. In previous studies, FISH has been used to demonstrate that the benzene metabolites hydroquinone and 1,2,4-benzenetriol induce aneuploidy of chromosomes 7 and 9 in cultures of human cells. In the present study, we used an interphase FISH procedure to perform cytogenetic analyses on the blood cells of 43 workers exposed to benzene (median=31 ppm, 8-hr time-weighted average) and 44 matched controls from Shanghai, China. High benzene exposure (>31 ppm, n=22) increased the hyperdiploid frequency of chromosome 9 (p<0.01), but lower exposure (<31 ppm, n=21) did not. Trisomy 9 was the major form of benzene-induced hyperdiploidy. The level of hyperdiploidy in exposed workers correlated with their urinary phenol level (r= 0.58, p < 0.0001), a measure of internal benzene close. A significant correlation was also found between hyperdiploicly and decreased absolute lymphocyte count, an indicator of benzene hematotoxicity, in the exposed group (r=-0.44, p=0.003) but not in controls (r=-0.09, P=0.58). These results show that high benzene exposure induces aneuploidy of chromosome 9 in nondiseased individuals, with trisomy being the most prevalent form. They further highlight the usefulness of interphase cytogenetics and FISH for the rapid and sensitive detection of aneuploidy in exposed human populations. 35 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  11. Benzene metabolites induce apoptosis in lymphocytes. (United States)

    Martínez-Velázquez, M; Maldonado, V; Ortega, A; Meléndez-Zajgla, J; Albores, A


    Benzene is an important environmental pollutant with important health implications. Exposure to this aromatic hydrocarbon is associated with hematotoxicity, and bone marrow carcinogenic effects. It has been shown that benzene induces oxidative stress, cell cycle alterations, and programmed cell death in cultured cells. Hepatic metabolism of benzene is thought to be a prerequisite for its bone marrow toxicity. Nevertheless, there are no reports on the cellular effects of reactive intermediates derived from hepatic metabolism of benzene. Thus, the goal of this project was to determine the cellular alterations of benzene metabolites produced by the cultured hepatic cell line HepG2. Supernatants collected from these cells were applied to a culture of freshly isolated lymphocytes. A higher decrease in cell viability was found in cells exposed to these supernatants than to unmetabolized benzene. This viability decrease was due to apoptosis, as determined by Terminal deoxynucleotidyl Transferase Biotin-dUTP Nick End Labeling (TUNEL) assay and internucleosomal fragmentation of DNA. When supernatants were analyzed by HPLC, we found that not all the hydrocarbon was biotransformed, since a 28 microM concentration (37%) remained. The only metabolite found in the culture medium was muconic acid. The present results show that muconic acid derived from benzene metabolism is able to cooperate with the pollutant for the induction of apoptosis in rat lymphocytes.


    MTBE and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene) are major problems of many sites in the United States. The objective of this study was to determine if biologically active in-situ BioNets could bioremediation MTBE and BTEX contaminated groundwater. Seven BioNets were ...


    MTBE, a gasoline additive, is a persistent and foul tasting contaminant that is more mobile in groundwater than BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes). It is turning up at many American crossroads. The objective of this well controlled study was to determine if biological...


    MTBE and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene) are major problems of many sites in the United States. The objective of this study was to determine if biologically active in-situ BioNets could bioremediation MTBE and BTEX contaminated groundwater. Seven BioNets were ...


    MTBE and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes) are major problems of many sites in the United States. The objective of this study was to determine if biologically active in situ BioNets could bioremediate MTBE and BTEX contaminated groundwater. Seven BioNets w...


    MTBE, a gasoline additive, is a persistent and foul tasting contaminant that is more mobile in groundwater than BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes). It is turning up at many American crossroads. The objective of this well controlled study was to determine if biological...


    MTBE and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene) are major problems of many sites in the United States. The objective of this study was to determine if biologically active in-situ BioNets could bioremediate MTBE and BTEX contaminated groundwater. Seven BioNets were plac...

  18. Degradation of BTEX by anaerobic bacteria: physiology and application

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    Weelink, S.A.B.; Eekert, van M.H.A.; Stams, A.J.M.


    Pollution of the environment with aromatic hydrocarbons, such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (so-called BTEX) is often observed. The cleanup of these toxic compounds has gained much attention in the last decades. In situ bioremediation of aromatic hydrocarbons contaminated soils and gr


    Two methods were used to approximate site-specific biodegradation rates of monoaromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes [BTEX]) dissolved in ground water. Both use data from monitoring wells and the hydrologic properties of the quifer to estimate a biode...

  20. Distribution of Organic Compounds from Municipal Solid Waste in the Groundwater Downgradient of a Landfill (Grindsted, Denmark)

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    Rügge, Kirsten; Bjerg, Poul Løgstrup; Christensen, Thomas Højlund


    organic carbon, NVOC) were found. In a distance of 130 m downgradient of the landfill, the NVOC had decreased to background level, which is 1-3 mg of C L-l. More than 15 organic compounds were identified in the groundwater at the downgradient border of the landfill with benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene...


    Three soils were examined for the ability to degrade hydrocarbon vapors of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and o-xylene (BTEX). Each of these compounds are major aromatic constituents of gasolines. The soils examined were Rubicon Sand from Traverse City, Michigan, Durant Loam fro...


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    刘明; 孙成; 苗欣; 薛光璞


    A 10-month monitoring program of volatile organic compounds in various districts of Nanjing was performed in 2001. The air samples were analyzed by a system consisting of a thermal desorption, gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Totally 189 volatile organic compounds were detected, among which 39 were aromatic compounds, 51 were alkenes, and many were oxygenated compounds such as alcohol, ketone, aldehyde, etc. Particularly, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene had higher concentrations, the annual averages of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene values being 9.04, 10.22, 3.57 and 5.04μg*Nm-3 respectively. The pollutants apparently illustrated the characters of districts. The highest concentrations of most volatile organic compounds species, especially benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene were found in the traffic district. The concentration of volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere was sensitive to the wind speed and temperature. So the pollution with volatile organic compounds was the most serious in November among the sampling period in the study. The ratios among benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene and their correlations suggested that vehicular emission was the dominant source of volatile organic compounds in Nanjing.

  3. Studies of the Cataluminescence of Benzene Homologues onNanosized γ–Al2O3/Eu2O3 and the Development of a Gas Sensorfor Benzene Homologue Vapors

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    Cuiqin Wu


    Full Text Available The cataluminescence (CTL of benzene and the benzene homologues tolueneand xylene on nanosized γ–Al2O3 doped with Eu2O3 (γ–Al2O3/Eu2O3 was studied and asensor of determining these gases was designed. The proposed sensor showed highsensitivity and selectivity at an optimal temperature of 432 ºC, a wavelength of 425 nm anda flow rate of 400 mL/min. Quantitative analysis was performed at the optimal conditions.The linear ranges of CTL intensity versus concentration of the benzene homologues were asfollows: benzene 2.4~5000 mL/m3, toluene 4.0~5000 mL/m3 and xylene 6.8~5000 mL/m3,with detection limits (3σ of 1.8 mL/m3, 3.0 mL/m3 and 3.4 mL/m3 for each one,respectively. The response time of this system was less than 3 s. The coexistence of othergases, such as SO2, CO and NH3, caused interference at levels around 11.7%, 5.8% and8.9% respectively. The technique is a convenient and fast way of determining the vapors ofbenzene homologues in air.

  4. Comparison between urinary o-cresol and toluene as biomarkers of toluene exposure. (United States)

    Fustinoni, Silvia; Mercadante, Rosa; Campo, Laura; Scibetta, Licia; Valla, Carla; Consonni, Dario; Foà, Vito


    The characteristics of urinary o-cresol (o-C) and urinary toluene (TOL-U) as biomarkers of occupational exposure to toluene were comparatively evaluated. One hundred healthy male rotogravure printing workers and 161 male and female control subjects were studied. Personal exposure to airborne toluene (TOL-A) during the shift was determined as a time-weighted average. Simple analytical procedures based on solid phase microextraction followed by gas chromatography/mass spectometry analysis were applied to the determination of end-shift o-C and TOL-U. Median TOL-A was 48 (6.0-162.0) mg/m3 in printers and 0.021 (<0.003-0.137) mg/m3 in controls. o-C was 0.185 (0.032-0.948) mg/g creatinine in printers and 0.027 (<0.006-0.330) mg/g creatinine in the controls. TOL-U was 7.6 (1.8-23.9) microg/L in printers and 0.140 (0.094-0.593) microg/L in the controls. According to all indices, exposure to toluene was higher in printers than in the controls. Nevertheless, the distribution of o-C in the two groups partially overlapped, whereas such behavior was not found in TOL-U. Both o-C and TOL-U in printers were correlated with TOL-A (Pearson's on log10-transformed variables r = 0.704 and 0.844, respectively) and with each other (r = 0.683). Smoking habits significantly increased the excretion of o-C but not of TOL-U. From the point of view of sampling conditions and analytical requirements, TOL-U and o-C showed similar properties, but comparison of their intrinsic characteristics showed that TOL-U had higher specificity and sensitivity, lower background values, was better correlated with airborne exposure, and was not influenced by cigarette smoking. Therefore TOL-U may be considered superior to o-C as a biomarker of occupational exposure to toluene.

  5. Determination of toluene in the light benzcne by GC%轻苯中甲苯含量的色谱法测定

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    This paper introduces the determination of toluene in coking light benzene by gas chromatography. The method is accurate and fast, high precision, simple operation, and can meet the needs of production control of coking plant.%介绍了焦化轻苯中甲苯的气相色谱法测定,该方法准确、快速、精度高、操作简单,能满足焦化厂生产控制的需要.

  6. The effect of toluene on oxidative processes in rat blood

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    Full Text Available This study was designed to investigate the effects of toluene treatment on oxidative stress in rat blood. Since toluene metabolism produces reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, it was hypothesized that the toluene treatment would: 1 provoke changes in the activities of antioxidant enzymes, 2 impair the integrity of the cell membrane and 3 induce structural changes in the plasma proteins. Female Wistar rats were treated with toluene intraperitonally, at a daily dose of 0.38 mmol/kg body weight for 12 days, and 5 mmol/kg body weight for 6 days, respectively, with propylene glycol as the carrier. Toluene significantly increased superoxide dismutase activity at low doses, catalase activity at high doses and the level of erythrocytes malondialdehyde in both treated groups when compared to the control group. The nitrite (NO2- level in both treated groups was not different from that in the control animals. Toluene caused oxidative modification of plasma proteins and, consequently, changes in the concentration of glycoproteins and lipoproteins when compared to the control group. The observed alterations indicate that toluene treatment might be involved in free radical processes.

  7. Behavioral effects of subchronic inhalation of toluene in adult rats. (United States)

    Beasley, Tracey E; Evansky, Paul A; Gilbert, Mary E; Bushnell, Philip J


    Whereas the acute neurobehavioral effects of toluene are robust and well characterized, evidence for persistent effects of repeated exposure to this industrial solvent is less compelling. The present experiment sought to determine whether subchronic inhalation of toluene caused persistent behavioral changes in rats. Adult male Long-Evans rats inhaled toluene vapor (0, 10, 100, or 1000 ppm) for 6h/day, 5 days/week for 13 weeks and were evaluated on a series of behavioral tests beginning 3 days after the end of exposure. Toluene delayed appetitively-motivated acquisition of a lever-press response, but did not affect motor activity, anxiety-related behavior in the elevated plus maze, trace fear conditioning, acquisition of an appetitively-motivated visual discrimination, or performance of a visual signal detection task. Challenges with acute inhalation of toluene vapor (1200-2400 ppm for 1 h) and injections of quinpirole (0.01-0.03 mg/kg) and raclopride (0.03-0.10 mg/kg) revealed no toluene-induced latent impairments in visual signal detection. These results are consistent with a pattern of subtle and inconsistent long-term effects of daily exposure to toluene vapor, in contrast to robust and reliable effects of acute inhalation of the solvent.

  8. Mechanistic Insights into Ring Cleavage and Contraction of Benzene over a Titanium Hydride Cluster. (United States)

    Kang, Xiaohui; Luo, Gen; Luo, Lun; Hu, Shaowei; Luo, Yi; Hou, Zhaomin


    Carbon-carbon bond cleavage of benzene by transition metals is of great fundamental interest and practical importance, as this transformation is involved in the production of fuels and other important chemicals in the industrial hydrocracking of naphtha on solid catalysts. Although this transformation is thought to rely on cooperation of multiple metal sites, molecular-level information on the reaction mechanism has remained scarce to date. Here, we report the DFT studies of the ring cleavage and contraction of benzene by a molecular trinuclear titanium hydride cluster. Our studies suggest that the reaction is initiated by benzene coordination, followed by H2 release, C6H6 hydrometalation, repeated C-C and C-H bond cleavage and formation to give a MeC5H4 unit, and insertion of a Ti atom into the MeC5H4 unit with release of H2 to give a metallacycle product. The C-C bond cleavage and ring contraction of toluene can also occur in a similar fashion, though some details are different due to the presence of the methyl substituent. Obviously, the facile release of H2 from the metal hydride cluster to provide electrons and to alter the charge population at the metal centers, in combination with the flexible metal-hydride connections and dynamic redox behavior of the trimetallic framework, has enabled this unusual transformation to occur. This work has not only provided unprecedented insights into the activation and transformation of benzene over a multimetallic framework but it may also offer help in the design of new molecular catalysts for the activation and transformation of inactive aromatics.

  9. [Epigenic modifications associated with low benzene exposure]. (United States)

    Fustinoni, Silvia; Bollati, Valentina; Bertazzi, Pier Alberto


    DNA methylation, mitochondrial DNA copy number and telomeres shortening are cellular modifications associated with an increasing number of tumors, cardiovascular and aging diseases. In our studies these modifications were evaluated in subjects occupationally exposed to low levels of benzene and in the general population. In peripheral blood lymphocytes a decrease of DNA methylation with the increase of personal benzene exposure was found, both in Alu and LINE-1 repetitive elements, and in the global DNA. Telomere length shortening in subjects exposed to traffic exhausts and an increase in mitochondrial DNA copy number correlated to benzene exposure was also found. DNA methylation measured in specimen repeats collected at intervals of 8 years decreased more markedly in exposed subjects than in controls. Our studies highlighted the association of epigenetic modifications of DNA with low benzene exposure.

  10. Toluene alters p75NTR expression in the rat brainstem. (United States)

    Pascual, Jesús; Morón, Lena; Zárate, Jon; Gutiérrez, Arantza; Churruca, Itziar; Echevarría, Enrique


    Toluene is a neurotoxic organic solvent widely used in industry. Acute toluene administration in rats induced a significant increase in the numbers of neural cells immunostained for p75NTR in several brainstem regions, such as the raphe magnus and the nucleus of the solitary tract, as well as in the lateral reticular, gigantocellular, vestibular and ventral cochlear nuclei, without any in the facial and spinal trigeminal nuclei and the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. These data suggest that p75NTR could be involved in toluene-induced neurotoxic efffects in the rat brainstem.

  11. The Simulation and Optimization of Benzene,Toluene and Isopropyl Benzene Distillation Process%苯-甲苯-异丙苯精馏模拟与优化

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    黄建平; 郁有祝



  12. Volatile Profiles of Emissions from Different Activities Analyzed Using Canister Samplers and Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) Analysis: A Case Study (United States)

    Orecchio, Santino; Fiore, Michele; Barreca, Salvatore; Vara, Gabriele


    The objective of present study was to identify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from several sources (fuels, traffic, landfills, coffee roasting, a street-food laboratory, building work, indoor use of incense and candles, a dental laboratory, etc.) located in Palermo (Italy) by using canister autosamplers and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) technique. In this study, 181 VOCs were monitored. In the atmosphere of Palermo city, propane, butane, isopentane, methyl pentane, hexane, benzene, toluene, meta- and para-xylene, 1,2,4 trimethyl benzene, 1,3,5 trimethyl benzene, ethylbenzene, 4 ethyl toluene and heptane were identified and quantified in all sampling sites. PMID:28212294

  13. Interactions between Asphaltenes and Water in Solutions in Toluene

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    Khvostichenko, Daria; Andersen, Simon Ivar


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

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

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    Sreedevi Upadhyayula


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

  15. 78 FR 37818 - Request for Information on Toluene Diisocyanates (United States)


    ... published a Current Intelligence Bulletin on toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and toluenediamine (TDA) [DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 90-101] which classified TDI and TDA (used in the manufacturing of TDI)...

  16. Studies on ethylbenzene dehydrogenation with CO2 as soft oxidant over Co3O4/COK-12 catalysts

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    Ramudu Pochamoni; Anand Narani; Mohan Varkolu; Murali Dhar Gudimella; S Sai Prasad Potharaju; David Raju Burri; Seetha Rama Rao Kamaraju


    Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene has been studied over Co3O4 supported on mesoporous silica (COK-12) with CO2 as soft oxidant in a fixed bed reactor at atmospheric pressure in the temperature range of 723 to 923K. While COK-12 has been prepared by self-assembly method using long chain ionic surfactant i.e., P123 as template, cobalt oxide supported on COK-12 catalysts with variable Co content have been synthesised by simple wet impregnation technique. All the catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption - desorption, XRD, FT-IR, TPR, UV-Vis and XPS techniques. XRD and pore size distribution studies indicate the intactness of mesoporous structure of SiO2 even after incorporation of Co3O4. Presence of Co3O4 crystallites were observed beyond 5 wt% Co loading. High ethylbenzene conversion and stable styrene yields have been observed over 3% Co3O4/COK-12 catalyst due to the presence of large number of active Co3O4 catalytic sites. Enhancement in the activity has been observed with CO2 as soft oxidant than with N2 as diluent. This is because of the fact that the liberated H2 reacts with CO2 in the form of reverse water gas shift reaction.

  17. Environmental Assessment and Environmental Baseline Survey for the Lease Acquisition of T-Ramp Property from Allegheny County Airport Authority (United States)


    diesel range organics (PHC-DRO), benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, cumene , trimethylbenzenes, and butylbenzenes. None of the 34 soil toluene; o 40,200 mg/kg ethylbenzene; o 760 mg/kg cumene ; o 1,760 mg/kg trimethylbenzenes; and o 3,800 mg/kg butylbenzenes.  For...Permeability Rate (in/hr) Layer Upper Lower Soil Texture Class AASHTO Group Unified Soil Soil Reaction (pH) ®GEOCHECK - PHYSICAL SETTING SOURCE


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    Investigation of the adsorption characteristics of toluene on two hypercrosslinked resins. The static and the kinetic adsorption were studied. The equilibrium adsorption date was fitted to freundlich adsorption isotherm models to evaluate the model parameters. The enthalpy, free energy, entropy are indicative of an exothermic, a spontaneous and disorter decreasing process. Experimental results show that the two adsorbents are better than the Amberlite XAD-4 for removingthe toluene in aqueous solutions.

  19. Ternary Diffusion Coefficients of 1-Hexanol-Hexane-Toluene and 1-Propanol-Water-Ethylene Glycol by Taylor Dispersion Method

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    REN Zhongqi; FEI Weiyang; Hans-Joerg Bart


    The Taylor dispersion method was used to measure diffusion coefficients of three-component liquid systems. An improved constrained nonlinear least-square method was used to evaluate the ternary diffusion coefficients directly by fitting the mathematical solutions of the dispersion equation to eluted solute peaks detected using a differential refractometer. Diffusion coefficients of the three-component system of acetone-benzene-CCl4, determined at 25℃, were used to test the procedure. The measured diffusion coefficients were compared with values obtained by optical interferometry and the diaphragm cell method. Ternary diffusion coefficients are also determinated for solutions of 1-hexanol-hexane-toluene and 1-propanol-water-ethylene glycol at 25℃, with an accuracy of approximately 0.05 m2·s-1.


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    Chen Qingling; Xie Zaiku


    Advances on the development of commercial catalysts using in the processes such as Tatoray(Toluene Disproportionation and C9 Aromatics Transalkylation of UOP Company), MTDP (Toluene Disproportionation Process of Mobil Company), S-TDT (Toluene Disproportionation and C9 Aromatics Transalkylation of SRIPT), Trans-Plus, PX-Plus (Selective Toluene Disproportionation of UOP Company) and MSTDP (Selective Toluene Disproportionation Process on Mobils ZSM-5 catalyst) have been reviewed. The trends on the research of the new catalysts such as ZSM-5,Beta, MCM-22, Omega, SAPO and modified Y for the selective toluene disproportionation process and for the toluene disproportionation and C9 aromatics transalkylation have been described.

  1. Synthesis of Toluene-2,4-Bisurea from 2,4-Toluene Diamine and Urea and the Reaction Kinetics

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    王娜; 耿艳楼; 安华良; 赵新强; 王延吉


    Toluene-2,4-bisurea (TBU) is an important intermediate for urea route to dimethyl toluene-2,4-dicarbamate and the study on TBU synthesis via the reaction of 2,4-toluene diamine (TDA) and urea is of great significance. Firstly, thermodynamic analysis shows that the reaction is exothermic and a high equilibrium conversion of TDA is expected due to its large reaction equilibrium constant. Secondly, under the suitable reaction conditions, 130 °C, 7 h, and molar ratio of TDA/zinc acetate/urea/sulfolane=1/0.05/3.5/10, TDA conversion is 54.3%, and TBU yield and selectivity are 39.8%and 73.3%respectively. Lastly, the synthesis of TBU is a 1st order reaction with respect to TDA and the reaction kinetics model is established. This work will provide useful information for commercializing the urea route to toluene-2,4-dicarbamate (TDC).

  2. Lanthanoid-free perovskite oxide catalyst for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene working with redox mechanism

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    Ryo eWatanabe


    Full Text Available For the development of highly active and robust catalysts for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene (EBDH to produce styrene; an important monomer for polystyrene production, perovskite-type oxides were applied to the reaction. Controlling the mobility of lattice oxygen by changing the structure of Ba1–xSrxFeyMn1–yO3–d(0 ≤ x≤ 1, 0.2 ≤ y≤ 0.8, perovskite catalyst showed higher activity and stability on EBDH. The optimized Ba/Sr and Fe/Mn molar ratios were 0.4/0.6 and 0.6/0.4, respectively. Comparison of the dehydrogenation activity of Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst with that of an industrial potassium promoted iron (Fe–K catalyst revealed that the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst showed higher initial activity than the industrial Fe–K oxide catalyst. Additionally, the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst showed high activity and stability under severe conditions, even at temperatures as low as 783 K, or at the low steam/EB ratio of 2, while, the Fe–K catalyst showed low activity in such conditions. Comparing reduction profiles of the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d and the Fe–K catalysts in aH2O/H2 atmosphere, reduction was suppressed by the presence of H2O over the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst while the Fe–K catalyst was reduced. In other words, Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d catalyst had higher potential for activating the steam than the Fe–K catalyst. The lattice oxygen in perovskite-structure was consumed by H2, subsequently the consumed lattice oxygen was regenerated by H2O. So the catalytic performance of Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d was superior to that of Fe–K catalyst thanks to the high redox property of the Ba0.4Sr0.6Fe0.6Mn0.4O3–d perovskite oxide.

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

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    Lin, Y.C.


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

  4. 1995 Annual Report and Five Year (1995-1999) Strategic Investment Plan (United States)


    benzoic, toluic, salicylic acids and isomers). This applied research project builds on the basic work begun with USEPA-RSKERL support (Barcelona...recycle by evaporation and distillation has been used in uranium operations at Y-12. Savannah River Site has recovered and reconcentrated nitric acid as...DFSS DMMF DNA Benzene Bureau of Land Management Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene Chromic Acid Anodizing Clean Air Act Amendments

  5. 动态模拟在乙苯装置安全排放分析中的应用%Application of Dynamic Simulation to Analysis of Safety Relief of Ethylbenzene Installation

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    Dynamic simulation was applied to safety relief analysis of benzene column system in design of 650 kt/a ethylbenzene plant with Aspen Dynamic software. Results showed that the loss of cooling duty was the worst-case of the relief scenario with the maximum relief rate of 260 t/h, which was about 30% less than 350 t/h obtained by general estimating method, whereas the change of reboiler duty induced by variation of temperature difference during relief affected the relief rate significantly. By dynamic analysis, the effectiveness of pressure trip was verified and the proper trip pressure was estimated as 0.9 Mpa. It was also verified that the maximum relief rate could be further reduced to 235 t/h by installing two safety valves with different set pressure individually.%针对650 kt/a乙苯装置苯塔系统,采用Aspen Dynamic模拟软件对事故工况进行安全排放分析.模拟结果表明,停冷却负荷工况为最大排放工况,最大排放量260 t/h,相比常规方法所得最大排放量350 t/h降低近30%;由于传热温差的变化导致再沸器加热负荷的变化对最大排放量有显著影响;超压联锁措施的有效性得到验证,适宜的联锁设定值为0.9 MPa;两台安全阀并联,通过设置不同定压实现安全阀分级排放,可进一步降低总排放量至235 t/h.

  6. Ionic Liquid Catalyst Used in Deep Desulfuration of the Coking Benzene for Producing Sulfurless Benzene

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    ZHOU Xia-Ping; WANG Yan-Liang; MENG Fan-Wei; FAN Xing-Ming; QIN Song-Bo


    For the widening need of benzene used in organic synthesis, ionic liquid catalyst was prepared to study the process of deep desulfuration in the coking benzene. The result shows that the effect of de-thiophene by the ionic liquid catalyst (N-methyl imidazolium hydrogen sulfate [Hmim][HSO4]) is related to its acid function value.Hammett indicator was used to determine the acid function value H0 of the ionic liquid. It can be concluded that while the acid function value is in the range from -4 to -12, the ionic liquid catalyst can make the concentration certain acid quantity and strength, the ionic liquid catalyst helps to form alkyl thiophene through Friedel-Crafts reaction, which differs from the character of benzene and it is absolutely necessary for the separation and refinement of benzene. But overabundant quantity and higher acid value of [Hmim][HSO4] are more suitable for the side copolymerization of benzene, thiophene and alkene, thereby affecting repeated use of the ionic liquid catalyst([Hmim][HSO4]). In our research, thiophene derivant produced by desulfurization in the coking benzene was used as the polymer to provide the passing channel of the charges. The ionic liquid composition in poor performance after repeated use was made to prepare conductive material (resisting to static electricity) as an "electron-receiving" and "electron-giving" doping agent. The result shows that thiophene derivant after desulfuration in the coking benzene can be used to prepare doping conductive materials.

  7. On the stability of conventional and nano-structured carbon-based catalysts in the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene under industrially relevant conditions

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    Zarubina, Valeriya; Talebi, Hesamoddin; Nederlof, Christian; Kapteijn, Freek; Makkee, Michiel; Melian-Cabrera, Ignacio


    Relevant carbon-based materials, home-made carbon-silica hybrids, commercial activated carbon, and nanostructured multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) were tested in the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene (EB). Special attention was given to the reaction conditions, using a relatively concen

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

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    Sinha, Sourab


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

  9. Evaluation of simultaneous biodegradation of methane and toluene in landfill covers. (United States)

    Su, Yao; Zhang, Xuan; Wei, Xiao-Meng; Kong, Jiao-Yan; Xia, Fang-Fang; Li, Wei; He, Ruo


    The biodegradation of CH4 and toluene in landfill cover soil (LCS) and waste biocover soil (WBS) was investigated with a serial toluene concentration in the headspace of landfill cover microcosms in this study. Compared with the LCS sample, the higher CH4 oxidation activity and toluene-degrading capacity occurred in the WBS sample. The co-existence of toluene in landfill gas would positively or negatively affect CH4 oxidation, mainly depending on the toluene concentrations and exposure time. The nearly complete inhibition of toluene on CH4 oxidation was observed in the WBS sample at the toluene concentration of ∼ 80,000 mg m(-3), which was about 10 times higher than that in the LCS sample. The toluene degradation rates in both landfill covers fitted well with the Michaelis-Menten model. These findings showed that WBS was a good alternative landfill cover material to simultaneously mitigate emissions of CH4 and toluene from landfills to the atmosphere.

  10. Removal of Low Concentration Toluene Vapor in a Biotrickling Filter

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    ZHOU Min; WU Guang-qian; WANG Li-ping; ZHANG Xing


    A laboratory-scale biotrickling filter packed with ceramic lasing rings is built to remove artificial toluene vapor. The performance of biotrickling filter under different superficial gas velocities and inlet toluene concentrations is evaluated. The start-up period is 6 days by using the novel "gas-liquid phase synchronic inoculation" method and adding the optimal components nutrient liquid. The experiments lasts 3 months, and different sets of continuous tests are conducted at an inlet toluene concentration ranging from 30 mg/m3 to 1 223 mg/m3 and at superficial gas velocities ranging from 123 m/h to 370 m/h (corresponding to residence time 9.75-29.3 s). The effect of nutrient liquid recycling rate on biotrickling filter performance is also evaluated. The result shows that the maximum elimination capacity is 152.1 g/(m3*h) at the inlet toluene concentration of 1 223 mg/m3 and the superficial gas velocity of 205 m/h(corresponding to a residence time of 17.6 s). The average toluene removal efficiency reaches 80% in the experiments period, and high water content has a negative effect on biotrickling filter performance. The microscope observation of the micro-organism in the biofilm shows that the Pseudomonas is the dominant group of the mixing microbial culture in the biofilm.

  11. Biofiltration of air contaminated with methanol and toluene

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    Pakamas Chetpattananondh


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

  12. Smog Chamber Studies of Toluene Photooxidation By Ho Radicals (United States)

    Barbu, A.; Bienenstock, Y.; Arias, M. C.; Collin, F.; Hastie, D. R.

    Two series of smog chamber experiments have been conducted to determine the par- ticulate yield from toluene photo oxidation and to investigate the dependence of the yield on experimental factors. Toluene was oxidized by HO radicals in the presence of NO by irradiating mixtures of toluene/isopropylnitrite/NO with UV light and experiments were done in the presence and absence of ammonium sulfate seed particles. Aerosol formation and growth was monitored using size distributions obtained from a Differential Mobility Analyzer and a Condensation Nucleus Counter. A Gas Chromatograph with an FID detector was used to monitor the toluene loss and a Chemiluminescence Analyzer measured the NO concentration. As expected the ozone concentration was found to be extremely low so the complicating ozone reactions are minimized. The experimental yields (the ratio between the organic aerosol mass formed and the mass of toluene reacted) were found to cluster around 10% but there were cases where the yields were as low as 1.7% and as high as 20%. The on-going work is focused on understanding the factors leading to the variability of experimental yields and on analyzing the data in the framework of the current gas/particle partitioning theory.

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

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    Nuria Vidal


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

  14. Toluene in sewage and sludge in wastewater treatment plants. (United States)

    Mrowiec, Bozena


    Toluene is a compound that often occurs in municipal wastewater ranging from detectable levels up to 237 μg/L. Before the year 2000, the presence of the aromatic hydrocarbons was assigned only to external sources. The Enhanced Biological Nutrients Removal Processes (EBNRP) work according to many different schemes and technologies. For high-efficiency biological denitrification and dephosphatation processes, the presence of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) in sewage is required. VFAs are the main product of organic matter hydrolysis from sewage sludge. However, no attention has been given to other products of the process. It has been found that in parallel to VFA production, toluene formation occurred. The formation of toluene in municipal anaerobic sludge digestion processes was investigated. Experiments were performed on a laboratory scale using sludge from primary and secondary settling tanks of municipal treatment plants. The concentration of toluene in the digested sludge from primary settling tanks was found to be about 42,000 μg/L. The digested sludge supernatant liquor returned to the biological dephosphatation and denitrification processes for sewage enrichment can contain up to 16,500 μg/L of toluene.

  15. On the mechanism of the dehydroaromatization of hexane to benzene by an iridium pincer catalyst. (United States)

    Thawani, Akanksha; Rajeev, Ramanan; Sunoj, Raghavan B


    The developments in the area of transition-metal pincer complexes have opened up new avenues for conversion of saturated hydrocarbons to more useful aromatic compounds under homogeneous reaction conditions. In the backdrop of an interesting series of conversions of unbranched alkanes to benzene, toluene, and xylene (known as the BTX family aromatics) reported by Goldman and co-workers (Nature Chem. 2011, 3, 167), we herein present a comprehensive mechanistic picture obtained by using density functional computations. The reaction involves an iridium-PCP-pincer-catalyzed dehydroaromatization of hexane to benzene (in which PCP=η(3) -C6 H3 (iPrP)2 -1,3) by using tert-butylethylene (TBE) as a sacrificial acceptor. The most energetically preferred pathway for a sequence of dehydrogenations is identified to begin with a terminal CH bond activation of n-hexane leading to the formation of hex-1-ene. Although the initial dehydrogenation of n-hexane was found to be endergonic, the accompanying exoergic hydrogenation of TBE to tert-butylethane (TBA) compensates the energetics to keep the catalytic cycle efficient. Subsequent dehydrogenations provide a hexa-1,3-diene and then a hexa-1,3,5-triene. The pincer bound triene is identified to undergo cyclization to furnish cyclohexadiene. Eventually, dehydrogenation of cyclohexa-1,3-diene offers benzene. In the most preferred pathway, the Gibbs free energy barrier for cyclization leading to the formation of cyclohexa-1,3-diene is found to exhibit the highest barrier (21.7 kcal mol(-1) ).

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

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    Sweeney, Lynn C. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States)


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

  17. Antipyrine clearance during experimental and occupational exposure to toluene

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


    into four groups. Eighteen printers and 21 controls were exposed to 100 ppm of toluene during 6.5 hours in an exposure chamber. The remaining 18 printers and 18 controls were exposed to 0 ppm of toluene under similar conditions. The salivary clearance of antipyrine was measured immediately after the stay...... in the exposure chamber to investigate a possible acute change in liver function and was repeated two weeks later, shortly before the summer vacation. Antipyrine clearance was measured again at the end of the summer vacation-four weeks after exposure. To study a possible effect of chronic exposure on antipyrine...... clearance 12 printing trade workers with 17 years (median) of occupational exposure to toluene vapour at concentrations of about 100 ppm were investigated before and four weeks after cessation of exposure. No difference in antipyrine clearance was found either within the groups or between the groups at any...

  18. Mass Spectrometry Study of OH-initiated Photooxidation of Toluene

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    Ming-qiang Huang; Wei-iun Zhang; Zhen-ya Wang; Li Fang; Rui-hong Kong; Xiao-bin Shan; Fu-yi Liu; Liu-si Sheng


    The composition of products formed from photooxidation of the aromatic hydrocarbon toluene was investigated.The OH-initiated photooxidation experiments were conducted by irradiating toluene/CH3ONO/NO/air mixtures in a smog chamber,the gaseous products were detected under the supersonic beam conditions by utilizing vacuum ultraviolet photoionization mass spectrometer using synchrotron radiation in real-time.And an aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometer was used to provide on-line measurements of the individual secondary organic aerosol particle resulting from irradiating toluene.The experimental results demonstrated that there were some differences between the gaseous products and that of particle-phase,the products of glyoxal,2-hydroxyl-3-oxo-butanal,nitrotoluene,and methyl-nitrophenol only existed in the particle-phase.However,furane,methylglyoxal,2-methylfurane,benzaldehyde,cresol,and benzoic acid were the predominant photooxidation products in both the gas phase and particle phase.

  19. Toluene optical fibre sensor based on air microcavity in PDMS (United States)

    Kacik, Daniel; Martincek, Ivan


    We prepared and demonstrated a compact, simple-to-fabricate, air microcavity in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) placed at the end of a single-mode optical fibre. This microcavity creates a Fabry-Perot interferometer sensor able to measure concentrations of toluene vapour in air. Operation of the sensor is provided by diffusion of the toluene vapour to the PDMS, and the consequent extension of length d of the air microcavity in PDMS. The sensor response for the presence of vapours is fast and occurs within a few seconds. By using the prepared sensor toluene vapour concentration in air can be measured in the range from about 0.833 g.m-3 to saturation, with better sensitivity than 0.15 nm/g.m-3 up to maximal sensitivity 1.4 nm/g.m-3 at around concentration 100 g.m-3 in time 5 s.

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

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    Døssing, M; Bælum, Jesper; Hansen, S H


    of exposure the increase was by 3.3. Neither cimetidine nor propranolol changed toluene metabolism significantly. The results indicate that ethanol may prolong the time interval in which toluene is retained in the human body in persons simultaneously exposed to ethanol and toluene. When using o...... performed. Ethanol inhibited toluene metabolism by 0.5 as expressed by the urinary excretion of two of the metabolites of toluene, namely o-cresol and hippuric acid. In agreement with this, the mean alveolar concentration of toluene was greater by 1.7 during ethanol exposure; 45 min after discontinuation...

  1. Behavioral changes in mice following benzene inhalation. (United States)

    Evans, H L; Dempster, A M; Snyder, C A


    Although benzene is an important occupational health hazard and a carcinogen, the possibility that behavioral changes may forewarn of the later-occurring hematological changes has not been investigated. A time-sampling protocol was used to quantify the occurrence of 7 categories of behavior in the homecage following daily 6-hr exposures to two strains of adult mice (CD1 and C57BL/6J). The behavioral categories were stereotypic behavior, sleeping, resting, eating, grooming, locomotion, and fighting. The inhalation exposures were designed to reflect occupational exposure. Dynamic vapor exposure techniques in standard inhalation chambers were employed. Exposure to 300 or 900 ppm benzene increased the occurrence of eating and grooming and reduced the number of mice that were sleeping or resting. The responses to benzene of both the CD1 and the C57 strains were similar. The positive findings with benzene inhalation indicate the utility of behavioral investigations into the toxicology of inhaled organic solvents. The methods described herein illustrate an objective observation of animal behavior that is capable of documenting toxicity and of guiding detailed follow-up studies aimed at mechanism of action.

  2. Contrastive Analysis of the Raman Spectra of Polychlorinated Benzene: Hexachlorobenzene and Benzene

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    Zhengjun Zhang


    Full Text Available Detection of persistent pollutants such as polychlorinated benzene in environment in trace amounts is challenging, but important. It is more difficult to distinguish homologues and isomers of organic pollutantd when present in trace amounts because of their similar physical and chemical properties. In this work we simulate the Raman spectra of hexachlorobenzene and benzene, and figure out the vibration mode of each main peak. The effect on the Raman spectrum of changing substituents from H to Cl is analyzed to reveal the relations between the Raman spectra of homologues and isomers of polychlorinated benzene, which should be helpful for distinguishing one kind of polychlorinated benzene from its homologues and isomers by surface enhanced Raman scattering.

  3. Effects of toluene exposure on signal transduction: toluene reduced the signaling via stimulation of human muscarinic acetylcholine receptor m2 subtypes in CHO cells. (United States)

    Tsuga, Hirofumi; Haga, Tatsuya; Honma, Takeshi


    The organic solvent toluene is used widely in industry and is toxic to the central nervous system (CNS). To clarify the mechanisms of CNS toxicity following toluene exposure, especially with respect to the G protein-coupling of receptors, we determined the effects of toluene on the activation of Gi by stimulating human muscarinic acetylcholine receptor m2 subtypes (hm2 receptors) expressed in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. We first examined whether toluene affects the inhibition of adenylyl cyclase by Gi. The attenuation of forskolin-stimulated cAMP formation by the stimulation of hm2 receptors was reduced in a medium containing toluene. Next, we determined the effects of toluene on carbamylcholine-stimulated [35S]GTPgammaS binding using membrane fractions of CHO cell expressing hm2 receptors. Carbamylcholine-stimulated [35S]GTPgammaS binding activity was markedly reduced when assayed using reaction buffers containing toluene. However, carbamylcholine-stimulated [35S]GTPgammaS binding activity was essentially unchanged following pretreatment of the cells with a toluene-saturated medium prior to membrane isolation. Toluene pretreatment and the toluene itself did not alter the characteristics of the binding of carbamylcholine and [3H]N-methylscopolamine to hm2 receptors. On the contrary of the effect of toluene for [35S]GTPgammaS binding, the effect of toluene for attenuation of forskolin-stimulated cAMP formation by the stimulation of hm2 receptors was irreversible. These observations indicate that toluene acts as an inhibitor of the signal transduction via hm2 receptor stimulation in CHO cells, and at least two mechanisms exist in the inhibition mechanisms by toluene.

  4. In situ measurements of volatile aromatic hydrocarbon biodegradation rates in groundwater (United States)

    Cozzarelli, I.M.; Bekins, B.A.; Eganhouse, R.P.; Warren, E.; Essaid, H.I.


    Benzene and alkylbenzene biodegradation rates and patterns were measured using an in situ microcosm in a crude-oil contaminated aquifer near Bemidji, Minnesota. Benzene-D6, toluene, ethylbenzene, o-, m- and p-xylenes and four pairs of C3- and C4-benzenes were added to an in situ microcosm and studied over a 3-year period. The microcosm allowed for a mass-balance approach and quantification of hydrocarbon biodegradation rates within a well-defined iron-reducing zone of the anoxic plume. Among the BTEX compounds, the apparent order of persistence is ethylbenzene > benzene > m,p-xylenes > o-xylene ≥ toluene. Threshold concentrations were observed for several compounds in the in situ microcosm, below which degradation was not observed, even after hundreds of days. In addition, long lag times were observed before the onset of degradation of benzene or ethylbenzene. The isomer-specific degradation patterns were compared to observations from a multi-year study conducted using data collected from monitoring wells along a flowpath in the contaminant plume. The data were fit with both first-order and Michaelis-Menten models. First-order kinetics provided a good fit for hydrocarbons with starting concentrations below 1 mg/L and Michaelis-Menten kinetics were a better fit when starting concentrations were above 1 mg/L, as was the case for benzene. The biodegradation rate data from this study were also compared to rates from other investigations reported in the literature.

  5. Synthesis and Photochromic Studies of Dithienylethene-Containing Cyclometalated Alkynylplatinum(II) 1,3-Bis(N-alkylbenzimidazol-2'-yl)benzene Complexes. (United States)

    Chan, Michael Ho-Yeung; Wong, Hok-Lai; Yam, Vivian Wing-Wah


    Several photochromic cyclometalated alkynylplatinum(II) complexes with tridentate 1,3-bis(N-alkylbenzimidazol-2'-yl)benzene (bzimb) ligands have been synthesized by the reaction of the corresponding chloroplatinum(II) bzimb precursor complexes with the photochromic ligand TMS-C≡C-Th-DTE in the presence of sodium hydroxide. They have been characterized by (1)H NMR spectroscopy and positive-ion FAB or ESI mass spectrometry and confirmed by elemental analysis. One of the complexes has also been characterized by X-ray crystallography. Their photophysical, photochromic, and electrochemical properties have been studied. Upon photoexcitation, the yellow solutions in benzene display green phosphorescence originating from the triplet intraligand ((3)IL) excited state. All the cyclometalated alkynylplatinum(II) bzimb complexes exhibit reversible photochromism with solution colors changing between yellow and purple upon photoirradiation. The thermal bleaching kinetics of complex 2 has been studied in toluene at various temperatures with the activation barrier for the thermal cycloreversion reaction determined.

  6. Effects of Na and K ions on the crystallization of low-silica X zeolite and its catalytic performance for alkylation of toluene with methanol

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    Hui, Haitao; Gao, Junhua; Wang, Gencun; Liu, Ping; Zhang, Kan, E-mail:, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion, Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiyuan (China)


    The crystallization of low-silica X zeolite (LSX) was studied in Na-K gel systems with different extents of replacement of Na by K while fixed content of other components. X-ray diffraction, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectra, and nuclear magnetic resonance were used to characterize liquid and solid phase. In the synthesis of LSX, the molar ratio of K/(Na + K) affects the crystallization and the composition of final products. A higher mole fraction of K corresponded to a lower crystallization rate, higher concentration of Si in the liquid phase, and lower Si/Al ratio of the obtained LSX. The average size of LSX products steadily increased with the progressive replacement of Na by K in the initial gels, and crystal morphology of the LSX products gradually changed from round to octahedral. For alkylation of toluene with methanol over obtained LSX, the selectivity of ring alkylation product xylene decreased while the side chain alkylation products styrene and ethylbenzene increased with the increased x values except x = 0, which was due to its low crystallinity. (author)

  7. Metabolic interaction between toluene, trichloroethylene and n-hexane in humans

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    Bælum, Jesper; Mølhave, Lars; Hansen, S H


    This human experimental study describes the mutual metabolic interaction between toluene, trichloroethylene, and n-hexane.......This human experimental study describes the mutual metabolic interaction between toluene, trichloroethylene, and n-hexane....

  8. Recent advances in the metabolism and toxicity of benzene. (United States)

    Kalf, G F


    Benzene is a heavily used industrial chemical, a petroleum byproduct, an additive in unleaded gas, and a ubiquitous environmental pollutant. Benzene is also a genotoxin, hematotoxin, and carcinogen. Chronic exposure causes aplastic anemia in humans and animals and is associated with increased incidence of leukemia in humans and lymphomas and certain solid tumors in rodents. Bioactivation of benzene is required for toxicity. In the liver, the major site of benzene metabolism, benzene is converted by a cytochrome P-450-mediated pathway to phenol, the major metabolite, and the secondary metabolites, hydroquinone and catechol. The target organ of benzene toxicity, the hematopoietically active bone marrow, metabolizes benzene to a very limited extent. Phenol is metabolized in the marrow cells by a peroxidase-mediated pathway to hydroquinone and catechol, and ultimately to quinones, the putative toxic metabolites. Benzene and its metabolites appear to be nonmutagenic, but they cause myeloclastogenic effects such as micronuclei, chromosome aberrations, and sister chromatid exchange. It is unknown whether these genomic changes, or the ability of the quinone metabolites to form adducts with DNA, are involved in benzene carcinogenicity. Benzene, through its active metabolites, appears to exert its hematological effects on the bone marrow stromal microenvironment by preventing stromal cells from supporting hemopoiesis of the various progenitor cells. Recent advances in our understanding of the mechanisms by which benzene exerts its genotoxic, hematotoxic, and carcinogenic effects are detailed in this review.


    Liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry (LC/ESI/MS) was used to determine phospholipid profiles for five reference pseudomonad strains harboring distinct toluene catabolic pathways: Pseudomonas putida mt-2, Pseudomonas putida F1, Burkholderia cepacia G4, B...

  10. Modelling toluene oxidation : Incorporation of mass transfer phenomena

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    Hoorn, J.A.A.; van Soolingen, J.; Versteeg, G. F.


    The kinetics of the oxidation of toluene have been studied in close interaction with the gas-liquid mass transfer occurring in the reactor. Kinetic parameters for a simple model have been estimated on basis of experimental observations performed under industrial conditions. The conclusions for the m

  11. Developmental neurotoxicity after toluene inhalation exposure in rats

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


    Rats were exposed to 1200 ppm or 0 ppm toluene (CAS 108-88-3) for 6 h per day from day 7 of pregnancy until day 18 postnatally. Developmental and neurobehavioral effects in the offspring were investigated using a test battery including assessment of functions similar to those in the proposed OECD...

  12. Structural basis of enzymatic benzene ring reduction. (United States)

    Weinert, Tobias; Huwiler, Simona G; Kung, Johannes W; Weidenweber, Sina; Hellwig, Petra; Stärk, Hans-Joachim; Biskup, Till; Weber, Stefan; Cotelesage, Julien J H; George, Graham N; Ermler, Ulrich; Boll, Matthias


    In chemical synthesis, the widely used Birch reduction of aromatic compounds to cyclic dienes requires alkali metals in ammonia as extremely low-potential electron donors. An analogous reaction is catalyzed by benzoyl-coenzyme A reductases (BCRs) that have a key role in the globally important bacterial degradation of aromatic compounds at anoxic sites. Because of the lack of structural information, the catalytic mechanism of enzymatic benzene ring reduction remained obscure. Here, we present the structural characterization of a dearomatizing BCR containing an unprecedented tungsten cofactor that transfers electrons to the benzene ring in an aprotic cavity. Substrate binding induces proton transfer from the bulk solvent to the active site by expelling a Zn(2+) that is crucial for active site encapsulation. Our results shed light on the structural basis of an electron transfer process at the negative redox potential limit in biology. They open the door for biological or biomimetic alternatives to a basic chemical synthetic tool.

  13. TrgI, toluene repressed gene I, a novel gene involved in toluene-tolerance in Pseudomonas putida S12

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    Volkers, R.J.M.; Ballerstedt, H.; Ruijssenaars, H.; Bont, J.A.M. de; Winde, J.H. de; Wery, J.


    Pseudomonas putida S12 is well known for its remarkable solvent tolerance. Transcriptomics analysis of this bacterium grown in toluene-containing chemostats revealed the differential expression of 253 genes. As expected, the genes encoding one of the major solvent tolerance mechanisms, the solvent e

  14. Migration of styrene and ethylbenzene from virgin and recycled expanded polystyrene containers and discrimination of these two kinds of polystyrene by principal component analysis. (United States)

    Lin, Qin-Bao; Song, Xue-Chao; Fang, Hong; Wu, Yu-Mei; Wang, Zhi-Wei


    The migration of styrene and ethylbenzene from virgin and recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS) containers into isooctane was investigated using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). EPS containers were in two-sided contact with isooctane at temperatures of 25 and 40°C. It was shown that recycled EPS gave greater migration ratios compared with virgin EPS, which indicated that styrene and ethylbenzene migrated more easily from recycled EPS. In addition, an analytical method to distinguish between virgin and recycled EPS containers was established by GC-MS followed by principal component analysis (PCA). The relative peak area of the identified compounds was used as input data for PCA. Distinct separation between virgin and recycled EPS was achieved on a score plot. Extension of this method to other plastics may be of great interest for recycled plastics identification.

  15. Synthesis, characterization and application of a nano-manganese-catalyst as an efficient solid catalyst for solvent free selective oxidation of ethylbenzene, cyclohexene, and benzylalcohol (United States)

    Habibi, Davood; Faraji, Ali Reza


    The object of this study is to synthesize the heterogeneous Mn-nano-catalyst (MNC) which has been covalently anchored on a modified nanoscaleSiO2/Al2O3, and characterized by FT-IR, UV-Vis, CHN elemental analysis, EDS, TEM, and EDX. The method is efficient for the highly selective oxidation of ethylbenzene, cyclohexene, and benzylalcohol without the need to any solvents, using tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as an oxidant. Oxidation of ethylbenzene, cyclohexene, and benzylalcohol gave acetophenone, 2-cyclohexene-1-one and benzaldehyde, respectively, as major products. Reaction conditions have been optimized by considering the effect of various factors such as reaction time, amounts of substrates and oxidant, Mn-nano-catalyst and application of various solvents.

  16. Microcalorimetric Adsorption of Alumina Oxide Catalysts for Combination of Ethylbenzene dehydrogenation and carbon Dioxide Shift-reaction

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    GE Xin; SHEN Jian-yi


    Styrene (STY) is now produced industrially in fairly large quantities by the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene (EB) using promoted iron oxide catalyst with superheated steam.In this case, small amount of carbon dioxide formed as a by-product was known to inhibit the catalytic activity of commercial catalyst. Recently, there have been some reports which carbon dioxide showed positive effects to promote catalytic activities on the reaction over several catalysts.In this study, we attempted to combine the dehydrogenation of EB to STY with the carbon dioxide shift-reaction. The combine reaction (EB + CO2 → STY + H2O + CO) can be considered as one of the ways of using CO2 resources and can yield simultaneously STY and Carbon oxide.Alumina oxide catalysts such as Al2O3, Na2O/Al2O3 and K2O/Al2O3 were prepared by the usual impregnation method with an aqueous solution of NaNO3 and KNO3, and then calcined at 650℃ for 5 h in a stream of air. The reaction condition is 600℃, flow of CO2 38ml/mon and space velocity (EB) 1.28h-1.

  17. Studies on the behavior of selective electro-fluorination of toluene%甲苯选择电氟化的性能研究

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    李东东; 褚有群; 马淳安


    Electrochemical fluorination of toluene in Et3N · 3HF and the effect of solvent (CH,CN) were studied by cyclic voltammetry and potentiostatic electrolysis. The experimental results show that anodic fluorination of toluene is controlled by diffusion step. And the cyclic voltammetric behavior of toluene is greatly dependent on the concentration of Et3N · 3HF in CH3CN. The strongest voltammetric signal is obtained in CH3CN containing 1 mol/L Et3N · 3HF. However, the electrochemical fluorination of toluene is blocked by the insulated polymer film formed rapidly at the Pt anode in the existence of CH3CN. Three oxidative peaks can be found in the voltammetric curves obtained by the oxidation of toluene in neat Et3N · 3HF. It has been validated that the fluorination of toluene takes place firstly at methyl group to form mono-and di-fluoromethylbenzene at different anodic potentials. Thereafter, fluorination on benzene-ring occurs. Hereby, selective fluorination of toluene in neat Et3N · 3HF can be achieved by electrolyzing at different anodic potentials.%利用循环伏安法和恒电位电解技术研究了甲苯在三乙胺三氟化氢(Et3N·3HF)中的阳极氟化性能,并考察了溶剂(CH3 CN)对电极行为的影响.结果表明:甲苯在铂电极上的氟化过程受扩散控制;CHsCN对甲苯在铂电极上的氧化行为具有显著影响,含1 mol/L Et3N· 3HF的CH3 CN溶液具有最强的伏安响应性能,但CHsCN溶液体系的电解过程中阳极表面极易形成不导电的聚合物膜,从而使甲苯的氟化反应无法进行.纯的Et3N·3HF中甲苯在铂电极上的循环伏安曲线具有三个氧化峰;恒电位电解实验证实,甲苯的氟化反应首先发生在甲基上,生成单氟甲基苯和二氟化甲基苯,其后再发生苯环上的氟化.因此,通过控制电极电位在纯Et3N· 3HF中可实现甲苯的选择性电氟化.

  18. Evidence for very tight sequestration of BTEX compounds in manufactured gas plant soils based on selective supercritical fluid extraction and soil/water partitioning. (United States)

    Hawthorne, Steven B; Miller, David J


    Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, o-, m-, and p-xylenes (BTEX), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were extracted from eight manufactured gas plant (MGP) soils from sites that had been abandoned for several decades. Supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) with pure carbon dioxide demonstrated the presence of BTEX compounds that were highly sequestered in both coal gas and oil gas MGP soils and soots. Benzene was generally the slowest compound to extract from all samples and was even more difficult to extract than most two- to five-ring PAHs found on the same samples. Since the solubility of benzene in carbon dioxide is 2-5 orders of magnitude higher than the solubilities of PAHs, these results demonstrate that benzene was more tightly sequestered than toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, or the multi-ring PAHs. Additional evidence for very tight binding was based on the fact that BTEX concentrations determined using either SFE or with methylene chloride sonication were much higher than those obtained by the U.S. EPA purge-and-trap method, especially for benzene (whose concentration was underestimated by as much as 1000-fold by the EPA method). However, soil/water desorption showed little benzene mobility, and Kd values for benzene were 1-2 orders of magnitude higher than those calculated based on literature sorption K(OC) values. These results indicate that environmentally relevant concentrations of benzene may be better represented by mild extraction methods than by methods capable of extracting tightly bound benzene.

  19. [Materials for the substantiation of the biological MAC of benzene]. (United States)

    Ulanova, I P; Avilova, G G; Karpukhina, E A; Karimova, L K; Boĭko, V I; Makar'eva, L M


    Relatively great amount of benzene-originated phenol, the presence of a definite relationship between phenol amount in the urine and benzene content in the air indicate that it is reasonable to use a phenol sample as an exposure test. To determine the intensity of benzene exposure, data on phenol content in the urine of people working at some big-tonnage enterprises has been analyzed. On the basis of the national and foreign literature data on the correlation between the phenol urine concentration and the level of benzene exposure a regression equation was deduced, which has made it possible to calculate phenol content in the urine on the level of average working day benzene concentration adopted in the USSR. This value equals 15 mg/l, which was proposed as a biological benzene MAC.

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

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


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

  1. Flow, Transport and Biodegradation of Toluene During Bioventing

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    隋红; 徐世民; 李鑫钢; 姜斌; 黄国强


    Bioventing is conducted on one-dimensional soil columns. A numerical model is developed for simulating the mass exchange, adivective and dispersive transport and biodegradation of toluene. The model parameters are estimated independently through laboratory batch experiments, or from literature. Simulations are found to provide reasonable agreement with experimental data. Experimental results show that toluene removal due to biodegradiation is more important at the later stage. The total cleanup time when NAPL (non-aqueous phase liquid) phase exists was twice more than that without NAPL. Sensitivity analysis of parameters suggests that model predictions are mainly dependent on mass transfer coefficient and microbial parameters, such as the half-saturation coefficient and maximum specific substrate utilization rate.

  2. Effect of toluene on fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas Rafinesque) development

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    Devlin, E.W.; Brammer, J.D.; Puyear, R.L.


    The environmental levels of aromatic hydrocarbons present in freshwater systems have been poorly characterized. This study examines the effect of toluene, a major water-soluble component of petroleum fuels on teleost development under controlled conditions. The fathead minnow Pimephales promelas Rafinesque, was chosen as a model teleost for this study. Live embryos as well as serial sections of paraffin-embedded embryos were examined to determine effects of the toxicant. The toluene concentrations utilized ranged from 30 to 45 mg/L. Abnormalities noted under these conditions included distorted embryonic axis, abnormal heart and circulatory system development, hydration and swelling of the pericardial coelom, hemorrhaging an overall stunted appearance, microphthalmia, and a unique migration of the ventrally located yolk syncytial layer and its associated nuclei.

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

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    Bælum, Jesper; Døssing, M; Hansen, S H


    between the exposure schedules. In Study B, 32 males and 39 females aged between 31 and 50 years were exposed once to either clean air, constant or varying concentrations of toluene. Background excretion rate of HA was 0.97 +/- 0.75 mg/min (1.25 +/- 1.05 g/g creatinine) and rose to 3.74 +/- 1.40 mg/min (3.......90 +/- 1.85 g/g cr) during the last 3 h of exposure to 100 ppm toluene. The corresponding figures for O-cr were 0.05 +/- 0.05 micrograms/min (0.08 +/- 0.14 mg/g cr), and 2.04 +/- 0.84 micrograms/min (2.05 +/- 1.18 mg/g cr). The individual creatinine excretion rate was considerably influenced by sex, body...

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

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    Pedersen, A.R.; Arvin, E.


    A lab-scale trickling filter for treatment of toluene-containing waste gas was investigated. The filter performance was investigated for various loads of toluene. Two levels of the gas flow were examined, 322 m d(-1) and 707 m d(-1). The gas inlet concentrations were varied in the range from 0.6 ...... showed an almost even biofilm growth over the filter height, which was in accordance with a constant liquid concentration throughout the column. (C) 1997 IAWQ. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd....... and the surface removal rates estimated by parameter fitting corresponded to previously observed values. The effect of the gas flow on the mass transfer coefficient and the biological removal rate may be explained by different flow patterns of the gas and the liquid phases. A characterisation of the biofilm...

  5. Eco friendly nitration of toluene using modified zirconia

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    K.R. Sunaja Devi


    Full Text Available Nitration of toluene has been studied in the liquid phase over a series of modified zirconia catalysts.  Zirconia, zirconia- ceria (Zr0.98Ce0.02O2, sulfated zirconia and sulfated zirconia- ceria were synthesised by co precipitation method and were characterised by X-ray diffraction, BET surface area, Infra red spectroscopy analysis (FTIR, Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and Energy Dispersive X ray analysis (EDAX. The acidity of the prepared catalysts was determined by FTIR pyridine adsorption study. X-ray diffraction studies reveal that the catalysts prepared mainly consist of tetragonal phase with the crystallite size in the nano range and the tetragonal phase of zirconia is stabilized by the addition of ceria. The modified zirconia samples have higher surface area and exhibits uniform pore size distribution aggregated by zirconia nanoparticles. The onset of sulfate decomposition was observed around 723 K for sulfated samples. The catalytic performance was determined for the liquid phase nitration of toluene to ortho-, meta- and para- nitro toluene. The effect of reaction temperature, concentration of nitric acid, catalyst reusability and reaction time was also investigated. © 2013 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reservedReceived: 20th November 2012; Revised: 8th December 2012; Accepted: 7th January 2013[How to Cite: K. R. S. Devi, S. Jayashree, (2013. Eco friendly nitration of toluene using modified zirconia. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 7 (3: 205-214. (doi:10.9767/bcrec.7.3.4154.205-214][Permalink/DOI: ] View in  |

  6. Bathtub refinisher's lung: an unusual response to toluene diisocyanate. (United States)

    Fink, J N; Schlueter, D P


    Immunologic and inhalation challenge studies were performed on a patient engaged in bathtub refinishing who developed systemic and respiratory symptoms suggestive of hypersensitivity pneumonitis temporally related to his occupation. The refinishing process used a catalyst containing toluene diisocyanate, and all clinical features of the disorder were reproduced by challenge. No immunologic mechanism could be identified. A change of occupation resulted in complete relief of symptoms.

  7. Molecular characterization of a toluene-degrading methanogenic consortium. (United States)

    Ficker, M; Krastel, K; Orlicky, S; Edwards, E


    A toluene-degrading methanogenic consortium enriched from creosote-contaminated aquifer material was maintained on toluene as the sole carbon and energy source for 10 years. The species in the consortium were characterized by using a molecular approach. Total genomic DNA was isolated, and 16S rRNA genes were amplified by using PCR performed with kingdom-specific primers that were specific for 16S rRNA genes from either members of the kingdom Bacteria or members of the kingdom Archaea. A total of 90 eubacterial clones and 75 archaeal clones were grouped by performing a restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis. Six eubacterial sequences and two archaeal sequences were found in the greatest abundance (in six or more clones) based on the RFLP analysis. The relative abundance of each putative species was estimated by using fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), and the presence of putative species was determined qualitatively by performing slot blot hybridization with consortium DNA. Both archaeal species and two of the six eubacterial species were detected in the DNA and FISH hybridization experiments. A phylogenetic analysis of these four dominant organisms suggested that the two archaeal species are related to the genera Methanosaeta and Methanospirillum. One of the eubacterial species is related to the genus Desulfotomaculum, while the other is not related to any previously described genus. By elimination, we propose that the last organism probably initiates the attack on toluene.

  8. Ignition studies of n-heptane/iso-octane/toluene blends

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    Javed, Tamour


    Ignition delay times of four ternary blends of n-heptane/iso-octane/toluene, referred to as Toluene Primary Reference Fuels (TPRFs), have been measured in a high-pressure shock tube and in a rapid compression machine. The TPRFs were formulated to match the research octane number (RON) and motor octane number (MON) of two high-octane gasolines and two prospective low-octane naphtha fuels. The experiments were carried out over a wide range of temperatures (650–1250 K), at pressures of 10, 20 and 40 bar, and at equivalence ratios of 0.5 and 1.0. It was observed that the ignition delay times of these TPRFs exhibit negligible octane dependence at high temperatures (T > 1000 K), weak octane dependence at low temperatures (T < 700 K), and strong octane dependence in the negative temperature coefficient (NTC) regime. A detailed chemical kinetic model was used to simulate and interpret the measured data. It was shown that the kinetic model requires general improvements to better predict low-temperature conditions and particularly requires improvements for high sensitivity (high toluene concentration) TPRF blends. These datasets will serve as important benchmark for future gasoline surrogate mechanism development and validation. © 2016 The Combustion Institute

  9. Physiological and phylogenetic characterization of a stable chlorate-reducing benzene-degrading microbial community

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    Weelink, S.A.B.; Tan, N.C.G.; Broeke, ten H.; Doesburg, van W.C.J.; Langenhoff, A.A.M.; Gerritse, J.; Stams, A.J.M.


    stable anoxic enrichment culture was obtained that degraded benzene with chlorate as an electron acceptor. The benzene degradation rate was 1.65 mM benzene per day, which is similar to reported aerobic benzene degradation rates but 20¿1650 times higher than reported for anaerobic benzene degradation

  10. (Z-6-{2-[(E-2,4-Dihydroxybenzylideneamino]phenylaminomethylene}-3-hydroxycyclohexa-2,4-dienone toluene solvate

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    Hasan Zargoshi


    Full Text Available The bis-Schiff base title compound, C20H16N2O4·C7H8, crystallized as a toluene solvate. In the solid state, it is present as its prototropic tautomer formed by transfer of one of the ortho-hydroxyl H atoms. The proton transfer is accompanied by a shift of electron pairs, as is evident from the observed C—O and C—N bond distances of 1.305 (2 and 1.315 (2 Å, which are largely consistent with C=O and C—N distances. The actual molecule present in the solid state is thus the charge-neutral β-keto amine, with a small contribution of its zwitterionic valence tautomer via partial delocalization of electron pairs along the N—C—C—C—O atom chain. The dihedral angles between the central benzene ring and the two outer benzene rings of the Schiff base are 51.99 (8 and 12.95 (9°. Intramolecular O—H...N and N—H...O hydrogen bonds generate S(6 ring motifs, whereas intramolecular N—H...N hydrogen bonds generate S(5 ring motifs. In the crystal structure, O—H...O hydrogen bonds and weak C—H...O interactions link the molecules into one-dimensional zigzag chains along the b axis; these chains are further stacked by O—H...O and weak C—H...O interactions along the c axis, forming two-dimensional extended networks parallel to the bc plane. In addition, the crystal structure is further stabilized by weak C—H...π and π–π interactions.

  11. Draft Genome Sequence of Uncultivated Toluene-Degrading Desulfobulbaceae Bacterium Tol-SR, Obtained by Stable Isotope Probing Using [13C6]Toluene. (United States)

    Abu Laban, Nidal; Tan, BoonFei; Dao, Anh; Foght, Julia


    The draft genome of a member of the bacterial family Desulfobulbaceae (phylum Deltaproteobacteria) was assembled from the metagenome of a sulfidogenic [(13)C6]toluene-degrading enrichment culture. The "Desulfobulbaceae bacterium Tol-SR" genome is distinguished from related, previously sequenced genomes by suites of genes associated with anaerobic toluene metabolism, including bss, bbs, and bam.

  12. Supported manganese oxide on TiO{sub 2} for total oxidation of toluene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs): Characterization and catalytic activity

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    Aboukaïs, Antoine, E-mail: [Univ Lille Nord de France, 59000 Lille (France); Equipe Catalyse, UCEIV, EA 4492, MREI, ULCO, 59140 Dunkerque (France); Abi-Aad, Edmond [Univ Lille Nord de France, 59000 Lille (France); Equipe Catalyse, UCEIV, EA 4492, MREI, ULCO, 59140 Dunkerque (France); Taouk, Bechara [Laboratoire de Sécurité des procédés Chimiques (LSPC), EA 4704, INSA Rouen, Avenue de l' Université, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray (France)


    Manganese oxide catalysts supported on titania (TiO{sub 2}) were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation method in order to elaborate catalysts for total oxidation of toluene and PAHs. These catalysts have been characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), temperature programmed reduction (TPR) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD). It has been shown that for the 5%Mn/TiO{sub 2} catalyst the reducibility and the mobility of oxygen are higher compared, in one side, to other x%Mn/TiO{sub 2} samples and, in another side, to catalysts where TiO{sub 2} support was replaced by γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} or SiO{sub 2}. It has been shown that the content of manganese loading on TiO{sub 2} has an effect on the catalytic activity in the toluene oxidation. A maximum of activity was obtained for the 5%Mn/TiO{sub 2} catalyst where the total conversion of toluene was reached at 340 °C. This activity seems to be correlated to the presence of the Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} redox couple in the catalyst. When the Mn content increases, large particles of Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} appear leading then to the decrease in the corresponding activity. In addition, compared to both other supports, TiO{sub 2} seems to be the best to give the best catalytic activity for the oxidation of toluene when it is loaded with 5% of manganese. For this reason, the latter catalyst was tested for the abatement of some PAHs. The light off temperature of PAHs compounds increases with increasing of benzene rings number and with decreasing of H/C ratio. All of PAHs are almost completely oxidized and converted at temperatures lower than 500 °C. - Highlights: • Preparation of x%MnO{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} catalysts. • Catalytic oxidation tests of toluene and PAHs. • EPR, TPR and TPD characterizations of Mn(II) and Mn(IV) ions.

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

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    Alabi, Wahab


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

  14. Effects of Oxygen Transfer Limitation and Kinetic Control on Biomimetic Catalytic Oxidation of Toluene

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    罗伟平; 刘大为; 孙俊; 邓伟; 盛文兵; 刘强; 郭灿城


    Under oxygen transfer limitation and kinetic control, liquid-phase catalytic oxidation of toluene over metalloporphyrin was studied. An improved technique of measuring dissolved oxygen levels for gas-liquid reaction at the elevated temperature and pressure was used to take the sequential data in the oxidation of toluene catalyzed by metalloporphyrin. By this technique the corresponding control step of toluene oxidation could be obtained by varying reaction conditions. When the partial pressure of oxygen in the feed is lower than or equal to 0.070 MPa at 463 K, the oxidation of toluene would be controlled by oxygen transfer, otherwise the reaction would be controlled by kinetics. The effects of both oxygen transfer and kinetic control on the toluene conversion and the selectivity of benzaldehyde and benzyl alcohol in biomimetic catalytic oxidation of toluene were systematically investigated. Three conclusions have been made from the experimental results. Firstly, under the oxygen transfer limitation the toluene conversion is lower than that under kinetic control at the same oxidation conditions. Secondly, under the oxygen transfer limitation the total selectivity of benzaldehyde and benzyl alcohol is lower than that under kinetic control with the same conversion of toluene. Finally, under the kinetics control the oxidation rate of toluene is zero-order with respect to oxygen. The experimental results are identical with the biomimetic catalytic mechanism of toluene oxidation over metalloporphyrins.

  15. Análise por cromatografia gasosa de BTEX nas emissões de motor de combustão interna alimentado com diesel e mistura diesel-biodiesel (B10 Analysis of BTEX in the emissions from an internal combustion engine burning diesel oil and diesel-biodiesel mixture (B10 by gas chromatography

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    Sérgio L. Ferreira


    Full Text Available This paper describes the procedures for analysing pollutant gases emitted by engines, such as volatile organic compounds (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, o-xylene, m-xylene and p-xylene by using high resolution gas chromatography (HRGC. For IC engine burning, in a broad sense, the use of the B10 mixture reduces drastically the emissions of aromatic compounds. Especially for benzene the reduction of concentrations occurs at the level of about 24.5%. Although a concentration value below 1 µg mL-1 has been obtained, this reduction is extremely significant since benzene is a carcinogenic compound.

  16. Assessment of occupational exposure to BTEX compounds at a bus diesel-refueling bay: A case study in Johannesburg, South Africa. (United States)

    Moolla, Raeesa; Curtis, Christopher J; Knight, Jasper


    Of increasing concern is pollution by volatile organic compounds, with particular reference to five aromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and two isomeric xylenes; BTEX). These pollutants are classified as hazardous air pollutants. Due to the potential health risks associated with these pollutants, BTEX concentrations were monitored at a bus diesel-refueling bay, in Johannesburg, South Africa, using gas chromatography, coupled with a photo-ionization detector. Results indicate that o-xylene (29-50%) and benzene (13-33%) were found to be the most abundant species of total BTEX at the site. Benzene was within South African occupational limits, but above international occupational exposure limits. On the other hand, occupational concentrations of toluene, ethyl-benzene and xylenes were within national and international occupational limits throughout the monitoring period, based on 8-hour workday weighted averages. Ethyl-benzene and p-xylene concentrations, during winter, correspond to activity at the site, and thus idling of buses during refueling may elevate results. Overall, occupational air quality at the refueling bay is a matter of health concern, especially with regards to benzene exposure, and future reduction strategies are crucial. Discrepancies between national and international limit values merit further investigation to determine whether South African guidelines for benzene are sufficiently precautionary.

  17. An efficient synthesis of substituted benzene-1,2-dicarboxaldehydes

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    ZHU Peter C; WANG Dei-Haw; LU Kaitao; MANI Neelakandha


    Substituted-benzene-1,2-dicarbaldehydes were synthesized by the reaction of substituted-1,2-bis (dibromomethyl) benzenes with fuming sulfuric acid, followed by hydrolysis, The yields were significantly improved by introducing solid sodium bicarbonate into the reaction mixture before hydrolysis and workup.

  18. An efficient synthesis of substituted benzene-1,2-dicarboxaldehydes

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    ZHU; Peter; C; WANG; Der-Haw; MANI; Neelakandha


    Substituted-benzene-1,2-dicarbaldehydes were synthesized by the reaction of substituted-1,2-bis(dibromomethyl) benzenes with fuming sulfuric acid,followed by hydrolysis. The yields were signifi-cantly improved by introducing solid sodium bicarbonate into the reaction mixture before hydrolysis and workup.

  19. Benzene as a Chemical Hazard in Processed Foods (United States)

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


    This paper presents a literature review on benzene in foods, including toxicological aspects, occurrence, formation mechanisms, and mitigation measures and analyzes data reporting benzene levels in foods. Benzene is recognized by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) as carcinogenic to humans, and its presence in foods has been attributed to various potential sources: packaging, storage environment, contaminated drinking water, cooking processes, irradiation processes, and degradation of food preservatives such as benzoates. Since there are no specific limits for benzene levels in beverages and food in general studies have adopted references for drinking water in a range from 1–10 ppb. The presence of benzene has been reported in various food/beverage substances with soft drinks often reported in the literature. Although the analyses reported low levels of benzene in most of the samples studied, some exceeded permissible limits. The available data on dietary exposure to benzene is minimal from the viewpoint of public health. Often benzene levels were low as to be considered negligible and not a consumer health risk, but there is still a need of more studies for a better understanding of their effects on human health through the ingestion of contaminated food. PMID:26904662

  20. Benzene as a Chemical Hazard in Processed Foods

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    Vânia Paula Salviano dos Santos


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

  1. [Benzene in soft drinks: a study in Florence (Italy)]. (United States)

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


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

  2. Elucidating the Stereochemistry of Enzymatic Benzylsuccinate Synthesis with Chirally Labeled Toluene. (United States)

    Seyhan, Deniz; Friedrich, Peter; Szaleniec, Maciej; Hilberg, Markus; Buckel, Wolfgang; Golding, Bernard T; Heider, Johann


    Benzylsuccinate synthase is a glycyl radical enzyme that initiates anaerobic toluene metabolism by adding fumarate to the methyl group of toluene to yield (R)-benzylsuccinate. To investigate whether the reaction occurs with retention or inversion of configuration at the methyl group of toluene, we synthesized both enantiomers of chiral toluene with all three H isotopes in their methyl groups. The chiral toluenes were converted into benzylsuccinates preferentially containing (2) H and (3) H at their benzylic C atoms, owing to a kinetic isotope effect favoring hydrogen abstraction from the methyl groups. The configuration of the products was analyzed by enzymatic CoA-thioester synthesis and stereospecific oxidation using enzymes involved in benzylsuccinate degradation. Assessment of the configurations of the benzylsuccinate isomers based on loss or retention of tritium showed that inversion of configuration at the methyl group occurs when the chiral toluenes react with fumarate.

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

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


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

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

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


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

  5. Researches on oxidation of ethyl benzene in continuous micro-channel reactor%微通道反应器内乙苯连续氧化反应工艺研究

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    严生虎; 沈卫; 张跃; 刘建武; 沈介发


    The preparation of acetophenone by oxidation of ethyl benzene is investigated in "heart cell" microchannel reactor. The effects of mole ratio of catalyst to ethyl benzene, resident time, amount of solvent and reaction temperature on single conversion and product selectivity are performed. Under the typical conditions: 0. 13 of n(acetate cobalt)/n(ethyl-benzene) ,1. 75 of promoting agents Br/Co,10 of solvent/ethylbenzene,70 s of resident time and 100℃ of reaction temperature, the conversion of ethyl benzene reaches 30.7% and the acetophenone selectivity is 100%.%研究了在“心型”结构微通道反应器内乙苯与过氧化氢反应连续合成苯乙酮的氧化工艺过程,考察了乙苯与催化剂醋酸钴的摩尔比、停留时间、溶剂量、反应温度等对单程转化率及选择性的影响.在典型的工艺条件下,n(醋酸钴)∶n(乙苯)=13%.停留时间70 s,促进剂Br/Co=1.75,V(冰乙酸)/V(乙苯)=10∶1,温度为100℃,乙苯的转化率达到30.7%,苯乙酮的选择性达到100%.

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

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


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

  7. Toluene metabolism in isolated rat hepatocytes: effects of in vivo pretreatment with acetone and phenobarbital

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    Smith-Kielland, A.; Ripel, A. (National Inst. of Forensic Toxicology, Oslo (Norway))


    Hepatocytes isolated from control, acetone- and phenobarbital-pretreated rats were used to study the metabolic conversion of toluene to benzyl alcohol, benzaldehyde, benzoic acid and hippuric acid at low (<100 [mu]M) and high (100-500 [mu]M) toluene concentrations. The baseline formation rates of toluene metabolites (benzyl alcohol, benzoic acid and hippuric acid) were 2.9[+-]1.7 and 10.0[+-]2.3 nmol/mg cell protein/60 min at low and high toluene concentrations, respectively. In vivo pretreatment of rats with acetone and phenobarbital increased the formation of metabolites: at low toluene concentrations 3- and 5-fold, respectively; at high toluene concentrations no significant increase (acetone) and 8-fold increase (phenobarbital). Apparent inhibition by ethanol, 7 and 60 mM, was most prominent at low toluene concentrations: 63% and 69%, respectively, in control cells; 84% and 91% in acetone-pretreated cells, and 32% (not significant) and 51% in phenobarbital-pretreated cells. Ethanol also caused accumulation of benzyl alcohol. The apparent inhibition by isoniazid was similar to that of ethanol at low toluene concentrations. Control and acetone-pretreated cells were apparently resistant towards metyrapone; the decrease was 49% and 64% in phenobarbital-pretreated cells at low and high toluene concentrations, respectively. In these cells, the decrease in presence of combined ethanol and metyrapone was 95% (low toluene concentrations). 4-Methylpyrazole decreased metabolite formation extensively in all groups. Benzaldehyde was only found in the presence of an aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibitor. Increased ratio benzoic/hippuric acid was observed at high toluene concentrations. These results demonstrate that toluene oxidation may be studied by product formation in isolated hepatocytes. However, the influence of various enzymes in the overall metabolism could not be ascertained due to lack of inhibitor specificity. (orig.).

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

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    Roumporn Nikom


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

  9. Physical properties of (propyl propanoate + hexane + toluene) at 298.15 K

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    Freire, S. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultade de Ciencias, Universidade da Coruna, 15071 A Coruna (Spain)]. E-mail:; Segade, L. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultade de Ciencias, Universidade da Coruna, 15071 A Coruna (Spain); Cabeza, O. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultade de Ciencias, Universidade da Coruna, 15071 A Coruna (Spain); Jimenez, E. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultade de Ciencias, Universidade da Coruna, 15071 A Coruna (Spain)


    The aim of this paper is to report experimental densities, excess molar enthalpies and refractive indexes of the ternary system (propyl propanoate + hexane + toluene) and of the corresponding binary mixtures (propyl propanoate + toluene) and (hexane + toluene) at the temperature 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure, over the whole composition range. Also, the excess molar volumes and the changes in the refractive index on mixing have been calculated from the measured data for all mixtures.

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

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    Hanzlik, R.P.; Kahhiing John Ling (Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence (United States))


    Rat liver cytochrome P-450 hydroxylates toluene to benzyl alcohol plus o-, m-, and p-cresol. Deuterated toluenes were incubated under saturating conditions with liver microsomes from phenobarbital-pretreated rats, and product yields and ratios were measured. Stepwise deuteration of the methyl leads to stepwise decreases in the alcohol/cresol ratio without changing the cresol isomer ratios. Extensive deuterium retention in the benzyl alcohols from PhCH{sub 2}D and PhCHD{sub 2} suggests there is a large intrinsic isotope effect for benzylic hydroxylation. After replacement of the third benzylic H by D, the drop in the alcohol/cresol ratio was particularly acute, suggsting that metabolic switching from D to H within the methyl group was easier than switching from the methyl to the ring. Comparison of the alcohol/cresol ratio for PhCH{sub 3} vs PhCD{sub 3} indicated a net isotope effect of 6.9 for benzylic hydroxylation. From product yield data for PhCH{sub 3} and PhCD{sub 3}, {sup D}V for benzyl alcohol formation is only 1.92, whereas {sup D}V for total product formation is 0.67 (i.e., inverse). From competitive incubations of PhCH{sub 3}/PhCD{sub 3} mixtures {sup D}(V/K) isotope effects on benzyl alcohol formation and total product formation (3.6 and 1.23, respectively) are greatly reduced, implying strong commitment to catalysis. In contrast, {sup D}(V/K) for the alcohol/cresol ratio is 6.3, indicating that the majority of the intrinsic isotope effect is expressed through metabolic switching. Overall, these data are consistent with reversible formation of a complex between toluene and the active oxygen form of cytochrome P-450, which rearranges internally and reacts to form products faster than it dissociates back to release substrate.

  11. Urinary t,t-muconic acid, S-phenylmercapturic acid and benzene as biomarkers of low benzene exposure. (United States)

    Fustinoni, Silvia; Buratti, Marina; Campo, Laura; Colombi, Antonio; Consonni, Dario; Pesatori, Angela C; Bonzini, Matteo; Farmer, Peter; Garte, Seymour; Valerio, Federico; Merlo, Domenico F; Bertazzi, Pier A


    This research compared the capability of urinary trans,trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA), S-phenylmercapturic acid (S-PMA) and benzene excreted in urine (U-benzene) to monitor low benzene exposure and evaluated the influence of smoking habit on these indices. Gasoline attendants, urban policemen, bus drivers and two groups of referents working in two large Italian cities (415 people) were studied. Median benzene exposure was 61, 22, 21, 9 and 6 microg/m3, respectively, with higher levels in workers than in referents. U-benzene, but not t,t-MA and S-PMA, showed an exposure-related increase. All the biomarkers were strongly influenced by cigarette smoking, with values up to five-fold higher in smokers compared to non-smokers. In conclusion, in the range of investigated benzene exposure (<478 microg/m3 or <0.15 ppm), the smoking habit may be regarded as a major source of benzene intake; among the study indices, U-benzene is the marker of choice for the biological monitoring of occupational and environmental exposure.

  12. Evaluation of processing factors for selected organic contaminants during virgin olive oil production: Distribution of BTEXS during olives processing. (United States)

    López-Blanco, Rafael; Gilbert-López, Bienvenida; Rojas-Jiménez, Rubén; Robles-Molina, José; Ramos-Martos, Natividad; García-Reyes, Juan F; Molina-Díaz, Antonio


    The presence of BTEXS (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes and styrene) in virgin olive oils can be attributed to environmental contamination, but also to biological processes during oil lipogenesis (styrene). In this work, the processing factor of BTEXS from olives to olive oil during its production was evaluated at lab-scale with an Abencor system. Benzene showed the lowest processing factor (15%), whereas toluene and xylenes showed an intermediate behavior (with 40-60% efficiency), and ethylbenzene and styrene were completely transferred (100%). In addition, an attempt to examine the contribution of potential sources to olives contamination with BTEXS was carried out for the first time. Two types of olives samples were classified according to their proximity to the contamination source (road). Although higher levels of BTEXS were found in samples close to roads, the concentrations were relatively low and do not constitute a major contribution to BTEXS usually detected in olive oil.

  13. Tricarbonylbis(tricyclohexylphosphine-κPruthenium(0 toluene solvate

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    Andreas Nader


    Full Text Available The title compound, [Ru(C18H33P2(CO3]·C7H8, shows a distorted trigonal-bipyramdial coordination around the central Ru atom, with the two phosphine ligands occupying the axial positions. Two toluene molecules per asymmetric unit with site-occupation factors of 0.5 are observed. One of them forces two of the CO ligands to enclose a wider C—Ru—C bond angle [127.5 (3°] than in the solvent-free crystal structure of [Ru(PCy32(CO3] (Cy is cyclohexyl.

  14. Desorption of toluene from modified clays using supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Carneiro D. G. P.


    Full Text Available The main objective of this work is to study the regeneration capacity of modified clays using supercritical fluid. These modified clays are used as organic compound adsorvents. The experimental step was done using a packed column with the clay contaminated by toluene. The results obtained showed the influence of the density of the supercritical CO2 and of the organic modifier in the desorption process. These data were modeled with first- and second-order models. Better results were obtained using the second-order model. This study makes possible the scale-up of the desorption process for regeneration of solid matrices using supercritical fluids.

  15. Difunctionalization of Styrenes with Perfluoroalkyl and tert-Butylperoxy Radicals: Room Temperature Synthesis of (1-(tert-Butylperoxy)-2-perfluoroalkyl)-ethylbenzene. (United States)

    Shi, Erbo; Liu, Jiajun; Liu, Chunmei; Shao, Ying; Wang, Hanghang; Lv, Yuanzheng; Ji, Meishan; Bao, Xiaoguang; Wan, Xiaobing


    A novel strategy for the difunctionalization of styrenes was developed. This synthesis includes the use of electrophilic perfluoroalkyl and tert-butylperoxy radicals and produces (1-(tert-butylperoxy)-2-perfluoroalkyl)ethylbenzene at room temperature, which has been traditionally difficult to synthesize. With at least four radical species included in the transformation, its high chemoselectivity was extraordinary; the results were further elucidated using computational studies. The methodology also holds a good potential for application as a result of its mild reaction conditions, ease of further modification, and insensitivity to moisture and air.

  16. Ethylbenzene Disproportionation on HZSM-5 Zeolite : The Effect of Aluminum Content and Crystal Size on the Selectivity for p-Diethylbenzene

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    Velasco N.D.


    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to verify the effect of MFI aluminum content and crystal size on the selectivity for para-diethylbenzene during ethylbenzene disproportionation. It was observed that the para-diethylbenzene selectivity increased as MFI crystal size increased. The increase in aluminum content caused a decrease in the selectivity for para-diethylbenzene. However, for crystals larger than 8 m m, the decrease in aluminum content had little influence on the selectivity for para-diethylbenzene. The results can be explained by the number of active aluminum sites on the external surface of the crystals.

  17. A Quantum Monte Carlo Study of mono(benzene)TM and bis(benzene)TM Systems

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    Bennett, M Chandler; Mitas, Lubos


    We present a study of mono(benzene)TM and bis(benzene)TM systems, where TM={Mo,W}. We calculate the binding energies by quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) approaches and compare the results with other methods and available experiments. The orbitals for the determinantal part of each trial wave function were generated from several types of DFT in order to optimize for fixed-node errors. We estimate and compare the size of the fixed-node errors for both the Mo and W systems with regard to the electron density and degree of localization in these systems. For the W systems we provide benchmarking results of the binding energies, given that experimental data is not available.

  18. A quantum Monte Carlo study of mono(benzene) TM and bis(benzene) TM systems (United States)

    Bennett, M. Chandler; Kulahlioglu, A. H.; Mitas, L.


    We present a study of mono(benzene) TM and bis(benzene) TM systems, where TM = {Mo, W}. We calculate the binding energies by quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) approaches and compare the results with other methods and available experiments. The orbitals for the determinantal part of each trial wave function were generated from several types of DFT functionals in order to optimize for fixed-node errors. We estimate and compare the size of the fixed-node errors for both the Mo and W systems with regard to the electron density and degree of localization in these systems. For the W systems we provide benchmarking results of the binding energies, given that experimental data is not available.

  19. 蒸气顶空富集装置-自动顶空气相色谱法在海水中痕量苯系物检测中的应用%Determination of Benzene and Its Analogies in Sea Water with a Vapor Dynamic Headspace Enrichment Equipment and Automatic Headspace - Gas Chromatography

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    孙秀梅; 胡红美; 金衍健; 钟志; 尤炬炬; 陈雪昌; 郭远明


    BTEX(including benzene,toluene,ethylbenzene,p,m,o - xylene and styrene)in sea water determined by a vapor dynamic headspace enrichment euipment and automatic headspace - gas chromatography. The main operating parameters of this enrichment device,such as length of distillation tube,Enrichment conditions for the water preparation were optimized through a series of tests. The chromatography condition was optimized,and the method recoveries with the relative standard deviations were evaluated. The results showed that one liter of water sample could be concentrated to 10 mL throuth twice distillation and the sensitivity of traditional automatic headspace - gas chromatography could be improved 1 ~ 2 orders of magnitude. The range of average recovery was 83% ~ 113% ,the RSD was 1. 1% ~ 5. 4%(n =3),and the detection limit was 0. 02 ~ 0. 1 μg/ L for the determination of BTEX in seawater by the vapor dynamic headspace enrichment euipment and automatic headspace - gas chromatography. This proposed method offered a number of benefits including simple,rapid,good reproducibility,high recovery and suitable for determination of BTEX in sea water.%采用蒸气顶空富集-自动顶空气相色谱法,研究了海水中痕量苯系物(包括苯、甲苯、乙苯、对二甲苯、间二甲苯、邻二甲苯和苯乙烯)的测定方法,优化了蒸气富集作为海水中苯系物预处理方法的参数。对其精馏管长度、回收冷凝液体积、吸收介质等影响富集效果的关键因素进行了评价,并优化了色谱条件,考察方法的精密度和回收率。结果表明,大体积水样经过10 cm 长度冷凝管的二次冷凝富集,以水作为吸收剂,1 L 水样富集浓缩至10 mL 后,可使原有自动顶空气相色谱分析苯系物的灵敏度提高1~2个数量级。采用蒸气顶空富集-顶空气相色谱法测定海水中的苯系物的平均加标回收率为83%~113%,相对标准偏差为1.1%~5.4%(n =3);苯系

  20. Biodegradation of toluene using Candida tropicalis immobilized on polymer matrices in fluidized bed bioreactors. (United States)

    Song, JiHyeon; Namgung, HyeongKyu; Ahmed, Zubair


    A yeast strain, Candida tropicalis, was whole-cell-immobilized on polymer matrices of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and polyethylene glycol/activated carbon/alginate (PACA). The polymer matrices were used as fluidized materials in bubble-column bioreactors for the biodegradation of toluene. Simultaneously, another bubble-column bioreactor using granular activated carbon (GAC) and a conventional compost biofilter were operated for comparison. In the compost biofilter, the toluene removal efficiency gradually deteriorated due to the limitation of microbial activity. The toluene removal in the GAC bioreactor was relatively high because of an increase of toluene mass transfer. However, low toluene removal efficiencies were observed in the PEG bioreactor, presumably because the synthetic polymer alone was not suitable for yeast cell immobilization. In the PACA bioreactor, toluene removal was found to be greater than 95% overall. The CO(2) yield coefficient calculated at the highest toluene loading condition for the PACA bioreactor was found to be higher than those observed in the other bioreactors. Furthermore, almost complete elimination capacities were observed in the PACA bioreactor at short-term toluene loading up to 180 g/m(3)/h. In conclusion, the immobilization of C. tropicalis in the PACA matrix resulted in enhanced toluene biodegradation because of the increases of both mass transfer and microbial activity.

  1. New routes lead to benzene, propanal

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    Joseph Haggin


    An ongoing research program at Oxford University in England has resulted in two new schemes for direct catalytic conversion of methane. One scheme produces aromatics, principally benzene, by oligomerization. The second scheme produces propanal in high yield by the judicious combination of three catalytic processes that have all been used before. One of the most active research areas is the catalytic conversion of methane to methanol, but so far the best yield has been about 8%, much too low for commercial interest. Likewise, the direct catalytic conversion of methane to ethane and/or ethylene has yet to produce either yields or selectivities high enough to compete with these products from crude oil. The paper describes these two new processes and their improved yields.

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

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    Revalde, Gita, E-mail: [Institute of Technical Physics, Riga Technical University, P.Valdena 3, Riga LV 1050 (Latvia); Sholupov, Sergey; Ganeev, Alexander; Pogarev, Sergey; Ryzhov, Vladimir [St. Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya nab., 7/9, St. Petersburg 199034 (Russian Federation); Skudra, Atis [Institute of Atomic Physics and Spectroscopy, University of Latvia, Skunu 4, Riga (Latvia)


    A new analytical portable system is proposed for the direct determination of benzene vapor in the ambient air and natural gas, using differential absorption spectrometry with the direct Zeeman effect and innovative radiation sources: capillary mercury lamps with different isotopic compositions ({sup 196}Hg, {sup 198}Hg, {sup 202}Hg, {sup 204}Hg, and natural isotopic mixture). Resonance emission of mercury at a wavelength of 254 nm is used as probing radiation. The differential cross section of benzene absorption in dependence on wavelength is determined by scanning of magnetic field. It is found that the sensitivity of benzene detection is enhanced three times using lamp with the mercury isotope {sup 204}Hg in comparison with lamp, filled with the natural isotopic mixture. It is experimentally demonstrated that, when benzene content is measured at the Occupational Exposure Limit (3.2 mg/m{sup 3} for benzene) level, the interference from SO{sub 2}, NO{sub 2}, O{sub 3}, H{sub 2}S and toluene can be neglected if concentration of these gases does not exceed corresponding Occupational Exposure Limits. To exclude the mercury effect, filters that absorb mercury and let benzene pass in the gas duct are proposed. Basing on the results of our study, a portable spectrometer is designed with a multipath cell of 960 cm total path length and detection limit 0.5 mg/m{sup 3} at 1 s averaging and 0.1 mg/m{sup 3} at 30 s averaging. The applications of the designed spectrometer to measuring the benzene concentration in the atmospheric air from a moving vehicle and in natural gas are exemplified. - Highlights: • Portable benzene analyser is designed for direct benzene detection in air and gas. • Zeeman effect absorption spectrometry ensures very low benzene detection limits. • The Hg 2537 nm emission line from capillary mercury lamp is used for absorption. • The best sensitivity and selectivity is found using Hg 204 isotope light source. • Mercury influence is

  3. Project of Industrial Toluene Waste Gases Treatment by Fenton-Photocatalytic Oxidation Method%工业苯系物废气Fenton-光解组合处理工程

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    李甲亮; 张会


    为探索高效节能的以苯系物为主的工业异味气体处理工艺,在前期实验基础上,确定了针对苯系物有机废气的Fenton 氧化-光降解-碱洗组合工艺,并建设了废气处理示范工程。结果表明,在进气口甲苯浓度为163.50 mg/ m3情况下,示范工程排气口甲苯浓度为37.30 mg/ m3,对车间废气中甲苯去除率达77.19%,满足大气污染物综合排放标准(GB16297-1996)对苯系物最高允许排放浓度为60 mg/ m3的要求,具有一定推广意义。%In order to explore a high efficiency & energy saving process for industrial benzenes odor gas treatment, the combined process of Fenton oxidation - photodegradation - alkali washing was determined which based on the pre experiments, and the demonstration project was constructed. The result showed that the project’s removal rate for toluene can reach 77. 19% , and the exhaust outlet toluene concentration was 37. 30 mg / m3 in the cases of inlet toluene concentration of 163. 50 mg / m3 , which accorded with the requirement o fmaximum benzene allowable emission concentration standard (60 mg / m3 ) of air pollutants (GB16297-1996).

  4. Benzylation of Toluene over Iron Modified Mesoporous Ceria

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    K.J. Rose Philo


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

  5. Biotransformation of nitrobenzene by bacteria containing toluene degradative pathways

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    Haigler, B.E.; Spain, J.C. (Air Force Civil Engineering Support Agency, Tyndall AFB, FL (United States))


    Nonpolar nitroaromatic compounds have been considered resistant to attack by oxygenases because of the electron withdrawing properties of the nitro group. The authors have investigate the ability of seven bacterial strains containing toluene degradative pathways to oxidize nitrobenzene. Cultures were induced with toluene vapor prior to incubation with nitrobenzene, and products were identified by high-performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Pseudomonas cepacia G4 and a strain of Pseudomonas harboring the TOL plasmid (pTN2) did not transform nitrobenzene. Cells of Pseudomonas putida F1 and Pseudomonas sp. strain JS150 converted nitrobenzene to 3-nitrocatechol. Transformation of nitrobenzene in the presence of {sup 18}O{sub 2} indicated that the reaction in JS150 involved the incorporation of both atoms of oxygen in the 3-nitrocatechol, which suggests a dioxygenase mechanism. P. putida 39/D, a mutant strain of P. putida F1, converted nitrobenzene to a compound tentatively identified as cis-1, 2-dihydroxy-3-nitrocyclohexa-3, 5-diene. This compound was rapidly converted to 3-nitrocatechol by cells of strain JS150. Cultures of Pseudomonas mendocina KR-1 converted nitrobenzene to a mixture of 3- and 4-nitrophenol (10 and 63%, respectively). Pseudomonas pickettii PKO1 converted nitrobenzene to 3- and 4-nitrocatechol via 3- and 4-nitrophenol. The nitrocatechols were slowly degraded to unidentified metabolites. Nitrobenzene did not serve as an inducer for the enzymes that catalyzed its oxidation.

  6. Progression of neuropsychological deficits following toluene diisocyanate exposure. (United States)

    Singer, R; Scott, N E


    Three wharf workers were acutely exposed to toluene diisocyanate (TDI) during an accidental chemical spill. Toluene is neurotoxic as a solvent, while cyanates can cause nervous tissue injury or death by hypoxia. Chronic symptoms which occurred following the incident included headache, fatigue, concentration problems, irritability, depression, sleep disturbance, memory and sexual dysfunction. Compared with two months post-exposure, at 16 months post-exposure Full Scale IQ dropped an average of 23 points. Results from additional neuropsychological testing at 16 months post-exposure indicated severe deficits in all three subjects in memory, manual dexterity, visuomotor tracking, mental flexibility, ability to detect figure-ground relationships, and word fluency. Nerve conduction velocity testing indicated abnormal peripheral nervous system function in two of the three workers; however, its etiology is not certain. These results may be relevant to the neurotoxicity of methyl isocyanate exposure, such as occurred in Bhopal, India, where an increasing magnitude of depression, anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, and headaches 18 months post-exposure have been reported. In general, continuing decrement in mental function without concomitant environmental exposure should be considered in neuropsychological assessment of chemical toxicity.

  7. Hydrotreating of wheat straw in toluene and ethanol. (United States)

    Murnieks, Raimonds; Kampars, Valdis; Malins, Kristaps; Apseniece, Lauma


    In the present work, wheat straw was hydroliquefied at a temperature of 300°C for 4h in ethanol or toluene in order to obtain bio-components which are useful for fuel purposes. The experiments were performed in a 100mL batch reactor under hydrogen pressure of 70 bar. Typically, 2g of straw and 0.1g of catalyst (66%Ni/SiO2-Al2O3) were dispersed in 15 g of solvent. The main compounds of the oil produced during the liquefaction of hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin of wheat straw in both solvents are: tetrahydrofuran-2-methanol, 1,2-butanediol and butyrolactone. Besides the mentioned compounds, ethanol favoured the decomposition of bigger molecules to short-chain alcohols such as 1-butanol, 1,2-propanediol and 1,2-ethanediol. Toluene contributes to the production of furans and other cyclic compounds. The light fractions distilled together with the solvent also contain the following: 1-propanol, 2-methyl-cyclopentanone, acetic acid and ethyl acetate.

  8. Jet Fuel Exposure and Neurological Health in Military Personnel (United States)


    might be mostly due to rubber fumes measured as cyclohexane soluble matter ( CSM ; p,0.005), while among moulding workers dermal exposure to CSM seemed... carcinogenic aspects. Toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene(s), and to some degree, benzene, levels were determined as they represent the neurotoxicant components of...stress. Key words: telomere length; stress; occupational 099 PAH EXPOSURE, URINARY MUTAGENICITY AND DNA ADDUCTS IN RUBBER WORKERS S. Peters1, G

  9. Emission of chemical substances from office equipment


    Joanna Kowalska; Małgorzata Szewczyńska; Małgorzata Pośniak


    A number of potentially harmful pollutants are emitted from office equipment. Printers and copiers are sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which at least partly, are generated from the heated toner and paper dust during printing process. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, styrene, and formaldehyde were detected in the blended emissions emitted from printing devices. Office printing devices are recognized to be the major sources of indoor fine and ultrafi...

  10. Water-Aromatic Liquid-Liquid-Vapour Equilibrium Calculation Using a Cubic Equation of State

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    This paper presents an extension of the procedure developed in the case of water-alkane binaries to mixtures of water and benzene or toluene or xylene or ethylbenzene or diethylbenzene.The method used to calculate the equilibria is based on the Peng-Robinson cubic equation of state modified as regards the coefficient α(Tr)and on the use of a binary interaction coefficient kiw specific to binaries containing water.

  11. Assessing the distribution of volatile organic compounds using land use regression in Sarnia, "Chemical Valley", Ontario, Canada


    Luginaah Isaac N; Atari Dominic


    Abstract Background Land use regression (LUR) modelling is proposed as a promising approach to meet some of the challenges of assessing the intra-urban spatial variability of ambient air pollutants in urban and industrial settings. However, most of the LUR models to date have focused on nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. This study aimed at developing LUR models to predict BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, m/p-xylene and o-xylene) concentrations in Sarnia, 'Chemical Valley', Ontario,...

  12. Passive migration barriers using slow release oxygen compounds

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    Norris, R.D. [Eckenfelder, Inc., Nashville, TN (United States); Johnson, J. [GRAM, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Odencrantz, J. [TRI-S Environmental Corp., Newport Beach, CA (United States)] [and others


    This paper describes passive barriers for controlling downgradient plume migration in contaminated aquifers. Numerous field studies using migration barriers to control benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) plumes are briefly summarized. The barriers consist of a patented oxygen release compound placed in a row of wells transecting a BTEX plume. Oxygen is slowly released to the saturated zone, thus enhancing natural biodegradation. Migration is controlled by matching the oxygen release rate to the flux and oxygen demand of the dissolved contaminants.

  13. Benzene conversion by manganese dioxide assisted silent discharge plasma

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    LU Bin; JI Min; YU Xin; FENG Tao; YAO Shuiliang


    Non-thermal plasma technologies have shown their promising potential specially for the low concentration of volatile organic compound control in indoor air in recent years.But it is also high energy consuming.So,to improve the energy efficiency,adding catalysts which enhance the plasma chemical reactions to plasma reactors may be a good selection.Therefore,in this study the manganese dioxide assisted silent discharge plasma was developed for benzene conversion at a relatively high energy efficiency.The results show that MnO2 could promote complete oxidation of benzene with O2 and O3 produced in the plasma discharge zone.The energy efficiency of benzene conversion with MnO2 was two folds as much as that without catalysts.It was also found that the site of MnO2 in the reactor and the energy density had effects on benzene conversion.While the energy density was lower than 48 J/L,benzene conversion decreased with the increase in the distance between MnO2 bed and the plasma discharge zone.Whereas when the energy density was higher than 104 J/L,benzene conversion had an optimal value that was governed by the distance between MnO2 bed and the plasma discharge zone.The mechanism of benzene oxidation in plasma discharges and over MnO2 is discussed in detail.

  14. Benzene removal by a novel modification of enhanced anaerobic biostimulation. (United States)

    Xiong, Wenhui; Mathies, Chris; Bradshaw, Kris; Carlson, Trevor; Tang, Kimberley; Wang, Yi


    A novel modification of enhanced anaerobic bioremediation techniques was developed by using non-activated persulfate to accelerate the organic phosphorus breakdown and then stimulate benzene biodegradation by nitrate and sulfate reduction. Benzene concentrations in groundwater where nitrate, triethyl phosphate and persulfate were successfully injected were reduced at removal efficiencies greater than 77% to the levels below the applicable guideline. Soil benzene was removed effectively by the modification of the enhanced anaerobic bioremediation with removal efficiencies ranging between 75.9% and 92.8%. Geochemical analytical results indicated that persulfate effectively breaks down triethyl phosphate into orthophosphate, thereby promoting nitrate and sulfate utilization. Microbial analyses (quantitative polymerase chain reaction, denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and 16S ribosomal RNA) demonstrated that benzene was primarily biodegraded by nitrate reduction while sulfate reduction played an important role in benzene removal at some portions of the study site. Enrichment in the heavier carbon isotope ¹³C of residual benzene with the increased removal efficiency provided direct evidence for benzene biodegradation. Nitrogen, sulfur and oxygen isotope analyses indicated that both nitrate reduction and sulfate reduction were occurring as bioremediation mechanisms.

  15. Aryl hydrocarbon receptor mediates benzene-induced hematotoxicity. (United States)

    Yoon, Byung-Il; Hirabayashi, Yoko; Kawasaki, Yasushi; Kodama, Yukio; Kaneko, Toyozo; Kanno, Jun; Kim, Dae-Yong; Fujii-Kuriyama, Yoshiaki; Inoue, Tohru


    Benzene can induce hematotoxicity and leukemia in humans and mice. Since a review of the literature shows that the CYP2E1 knockout mouse is not known to possess any benzene toxicity, the metabolism of benzene by CYP2E1 in the liver is regarded to be prerequisite for its cytotoxicity and genotoxicity, although the mechanism is not fully understood yet. Because it was found some years ago that benzene was also a substrate for CYP1A1, we investigated the involvement of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) in benzene hematotoxicity using AhR wild-type (AhR(+/+)), heterozygous (AhR(+/-)), and homozygous (AhR(-/-)) male mice. Interestingly, following a 2-week inhalation of 300 ppm benzene (a potent dose for leukemogenicity), no hematotoxicity was induced in AhR(-/-) mice. Further, there were no changes in cellularity of peripheral blood and bone marrow (BM), nor in levels of granulocyte-macrophage colony-forming units in BM. This lack of hematotoxicity was associated with the lack of p21 overexpression, which was regularly seen in the wild-type mice following benzene inhalation. Combined treatment with two major benzene metabolites, phenol and hydroquinone, induced hemopoietic toxicity, although it was not known whether this happened due to a surprising lack of expression of CYP2E1 by AhR knockout, or due to a lack of other AhR-mediated CYP enzymes, including 1A1 (i.e., a possible alternative pathway of benzene metabolism). The former possibility, evaluated in the present study, failed to show a significant relationship between AhR and the expression of CYP2E1. Furthermore, a subsequent evaluation of AhR expression after benzene inhalation tended to show higher but less significant expression in the liver, and none in the BM, compared with sham control. Although this study failed to identify the more likely of the above-mentioned two possibilities, the study using AhR knockout mice on benzene inhalation presents the unique possibility that the benzene toxicity may be

  16. Nanoflake-assembled Al2O3-supported CeO2-ZrO2 as an efficient catalyst for oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene with CO2 (United States)

    Wang, Tehua; Guan, Xiaolin; Lu, Huiyi; Liu, Zhongwen; Ji, Min


    An Al2O3 material assembled by nanoflakes was used to prepare supported CeO2-ZrO2 catalyst via a deposition-precipitation method for oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene with CO2. Both unsupported and commercial Al2O3-supported CeO2-ZrO2 were prepared for comparison. It was found that the CeO2-ZrO2/nanoflake-assembled Al2O3 catalyst exhibited the best catalytic activity. The characterization results revealed that the slit-shape pores existing in nanoflake-assembled Al2O3 were responsible for the small particle size and high Ce/Zr surface ratio of supported CeO2-ZrO2 species. The dispersion of Ce1-xZrx(OH)4 precursors onto Al2O3 support surface during the deposition-precipitation process was proposed. The high dispersion and large numbers of surface oxygen vacancies of the CeO2-ZrO2 species on nanoflake-assembled Al2O3 contributed to the excellent catalytic performance in oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene with CO2. This kind of special Al2O3 is expected to be a promising support for preparing highly dispersed metal/metal oxide catalysts.

  17. Immobilization of metalloporphyrins on CeO2@SiO2 with a core-shell structure prepared via microemulsion method for catalytic oxidation of ethylbenzene

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    沈丹华; 吉琳韬; 付玲玲; 董旭龙; 刘志刚; 刘强; 刘世明


    CeO2@SiO2 core−shell nanoparticles were prepared by microemulsion method, and metalloporphyrins were immobilized on the CeO2@SiO2 core−shell nanoparticles surface via amide bond. The supported metalloporphyrin catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption−desorption isotherm (BET), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet and visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The results show that the morphology of CeO2@SiO2 nanoparticles is core−shell microspheres with about 30 nm in diameter, and metalloporphyrins are immobilized on the CeO2@SiO2 core−shell nanoparticles via amide bond. Especially, the core−shell structure contains multi CeO2 core and thin SiO2 shell, which may benefit the synergistic effect between the CeO2 core and the porphyrin anchored on the very thin SiO2 shell. As a result, this supported metalloporphyrin catalysts present comparably high catalytic activity and stability for oxidation of ethylbenzene with molecular oxygen, namely, ethylbenzene conversion remains around 12% with identical selectivity of about 80%for acetophenone even after six-times reuse of the catalyst.

  18. 影响特级苯纯度的原因分析及应对措施%Analysis of the Causes Affecting the Purity of the Premium Grade Benzene and the Relevant Control Measures

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    陈敏; 王爱青; 张荣梅; 崔晓芳


    通过定性定量实验,确定了影响特级苯纯度的主要杂质:环己烷、甲基环己烷、甲苯,并对杂质的性质、来源及分离方法进行研究;分析了工艺上影响特级苯纯度的几个关键操作过程,有针对性地制定了控制粗苯原料质量、提高溶剂质量、稳定加氢系统操作、调整脱重操作指标、调节萃取操作、降低纯苯塔塔底温度等措施;使纯苯纯度由原来的99.90%提高到99.95%以上,质量等级由优等品提高到特等品.%The qualitative and quantitative tests on the purity of the pure benzene showed that the main impurities affecting the purity of the premium grade benzene were as follows: cyclohexane, methylcyclohexane and toluene. The nature of the impurities, their source, and separation method were studied. Some key operation processes affecting the purity of the special grade benzene were analyzed. A lot of measures were worked out to control the quality of the raw materials for crude benzene production, improve the solvent quality, stabilize the operation of the hydrogenation system, adjust the heavy ends removal and extraction operation, decrease the bottom temperature of the pure benzene column, etc. Through such measures the benzene purity was improved from 99.90% to 99.95% and above, and the product quality was raised from the excellent grade to the premium grade.

  19. Experimental Study on the Absorption of Toluene from Exhaust Gas by Paraffin/Surfactant/Water Emulsion

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    Ping Fang


    Full Text Available A new paraffin/surfactant/water emulsion (PSW for volatile organic compounds (VOCs controlling was prepared and its potential for VOCs removal was investigated. Results indicated that PSW-5 (5%, v/v provided higher toluene absorption efficiency (90.77% than the other absorbents used. The saturation pressure, Henry’s constant, and activity coefficient of toluene in PSW-5 were significantly lower than those in water, and toluene solubility (1.331 g·L−1 in the PSW-5 was more than 2.5 times higher than the value in water. Several factors potentially affecting the toluene absorption efficiency were systematically investigated. The results suggested that concentration and pH of PSW, absorption temperature, and gas flow rate all had a strong influence on the toluene absorption, but the inlet concentration of toluene had little effect on the toluene absorption. There were different absorbing performances of PSW-5 on different VOCs, and the ketones, esters, and aromatics were more easily removed by the PSW-5 than the alkanes. Regeneration and reuse of the PSW were possible; after 3 runs of regeneration the absorption efficiency of PSW-5 for toluene also could reach 82.42%. So, the PSW is an economic, efficient, and safe absorbent and has a great prospect in organic waste gas treatment.

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

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    Pedersen, A.R.; Arvin, E.


    oligonucleotide 16S ribosomal RNA probe targeting the toluene-degrading species Pseudomonas putida, and by computer simulations (AQUASIM) of the biofilm growth based on a food web model. Biofilms were taken from a lab-scale trickling filter for treatment of toluene-polluted air. The biofilm growth...

  1. Response of solvent-exposed printers and unexposed controls to six-hour toluene exposure

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    Bælum, Jesper; Andersen, I B; Lundqvist, G R


    of intoxication, and irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. Furthermore, the subjects exposed to toluene showed decreased manual dexterity, decreased color discrimination, and decreased accuracy in visual perception. There was no significant difference in the effects of toluene on printers compared to those...

  2. Health risk assessment and applied action level of toluene. Final report

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    Reed, N.R.; Reed, W.A.; Weir, K.; Encomienda, I.; Beltran, L.M.


    The purpose of the document is to provide information on the toxicity of toluene and to estimate Applied Action Levels (AALs) for toluene in water, air, and soil. The information provided will aid the California Dept. of Health Services manage hazardous waste sites and protect the health of California residents.

  3. Toluene biodegradation and biofilm growth in an aerobic fixed-film reactor

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    Arcangeli, Jean-Pierre; Arvin, Erik


    Aerobic biodegradation of toluene in a biofilm system was investigated. Toluene is easily biodegradable, like several other aromatic compounds. The degradation was first order at bulk concentrations lower than 0.14 mg/l and zero order above 6–8 mg/l. An average yield coefficient of 1 mg biomass...

  4. 40 CFR 721.1850 - Toluene sulfonamide bis-phe-nol A epoxy adduct. (United States)


    ... epoxy adduct. 721.1850 Section 721.1850 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.1850 Toluene sulfonamide bis-phe-nol A epoxy adduct. (a) Chemical... as toluene sulfonamide bisphenol A epoxy adduct (PMN P-90-113) is subject to reporting under...

  5. Toluene-induced, Ca2+-dependent vesicular catecholamine release in rat PC12 cells

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    Westerink, R.H.S.; Vijverberg, H.P.M.


    Acute effects of toluene on vesicular catecholamine release from intact PC12 phaeochromocytoma cells have been investigated using carbon fiber microelectrode amperometry. The frequency of vesicles released is low under basal conditions and is enhanced by depolarization. Toluene causes an increase in

  6. Effect of trichloroethylene on the competitive behavior of toluene-degrading bacteria

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    Mars, Astrid E.; Prins, Gjalt T.; Wietzes, Pieter; Koning, Wim de; Janssen, Dick B.


    The influence of trichloroethylene (TCE) on a mixed culture of four different toluene-degrading bacterial strains (Pseudomonas putida mt-2, P. putida F1, P. putida GJ31, and Burkholderia cepacia G4) was studied with a fed-batch culture. The strains were competing for toluene, which was added at a ve


    In vitro, toluene disrupts the function of NMDA-glutamate receptors, indicating that effects on NMDA receptor function may contribute to toluene neurotoxicity. NMDA-glutamate receptors are widely present in the visual system and contribute to pattern-elicited visual evoked potent...

  8. Volatile organic compound constituents from an integrated iron and steel facility. (United States)

    Tsai, Jiun-Horng; Lin, Kuo-Hsiung; Chen, Chih-Yu; Lai, Nina; Ma, Sen-Yi; Chiang, Hung-Lung


    This study measured the volatile organic compound (VOC) constituents of four processes in an integrated iron and steel industry; cokemaking, sintering, hot forming, and cold forming. Toluene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, isopentane, m,p-xylene, 1-butene, ethylbenzene, and benzene were the predominant VOC species in these processes. However, some of the chlorinated compounds were high (hundreds ppbv), i.e., trichloroethylene in all four processes, carbon tetrachloride in the hot forming process, chlorobenzene in the cold forming process, and bromomethane in the sintering process. In the sintering process, the emission factors of toluene, benzene, xylene, isopentane, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, and ethylbenzene were over 9 g/tonne-product. In the vicinity of the manufacturing plant, toluene, isopentane, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, xylene and ethylbenzene were high. Toluene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, xylene, 1-butene and isopentane were the major ozone formation species. Aromatic compounds were the predominant VOC groups, constituting 45-70% of the VOC concentration and contributing >70% to the high ozone formation potential in the stack exhaust and workplace air. The sequence of VOC concentration and ozone formation potential was as follows: cold forming>sintering>hot forming>cokemaking. For the workplace air, cokemaking was the highest producer, which was attributed to the fugitive emissions of the coke oven and working process release.

  9. Association between genetic variants in VEGF, ERCC3 and occupational benzene haematotoxicity.

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    Hosgood 3rd, H.D.; Zhang, L.; Shen, M.; Berndt, S.I.; Vermeulen, R.; Li, G.; Yin, S.; Yeager, M.; Yuenger, J.; Rothman, N.; Chanock, S.; Smith, M.; Lan, Q.


    INTRODUCTION: Benzene is an established human haematotoxin, with substantial interindividual variation in benzene-induced toxicity. METHODS: To further examine if genetic variation contributes to benzene haematotoxicity, we analysed 1023 tagSNPs in 121 gene regions important for benzene metabolism,

  10. Electrochemical reduction of toluene to methylcyclohexane for use as an energy carrier (United States)

    Matsuoka, Koji; Miyoshi, Kota; Sato, Yasushi


    The electrochemical reduction of liquid toluene to methylcyclohexane (MCH) was investigated using a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) and high active-area catalysts commonly used in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC). The current density on Pt/C was higher than on PtRu/C, which was comparable to that of alkaline water electrolysis. The potential of hydrogen evolution was shifted negatively by the presence of toluene and MCH. Therefore, the toluene reduction reaction was almost perfectly separated from the hydrogen evolution reaction. Toluene was perfectly reduced to MCH at around 0 V vs. RHE on PtRu/C and no by-products were detected in the solutions after electrolysis. MCH was produced at a Faradaic efficiency of more than 96% by carefully keeping the potential above -30 mV vs. RHE. Through this electrolytic process, we were able to reduce the concentration of toluene from 100% to 7.6%.

  11. Toluene impurity effects on CO2 separation using a hollow fiber membrane for natural gas

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    Omole, Imona C.


    The performance of defect-free cross-linkable polyimide asymmetric hollow fiber membranes was characterized using an aggressive feed stream containing up to 1000ppm toluene. The membrane was shown to be stable against toluene-induced plasticization compared with analogs made from Matrimid®, a commercial polyimide. Permeation and sorption analysis suggest that the introduction of toluene vapors in the feed subjects the membrane to antiplasticization, as the permeance decreases significantly (to less than 30%) under the most aggressive conditions tested. Separation efficiencies reflected by permselectivities were less affected. The effect of the toluene on the membrane was shown to be reversible when the toluene was removed. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

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

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    G. Sarwar


    Full Text Available A new condensed toluene mechanism is incorporated into the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling system. Model simulations are performed using the CB05 chemical mechanism containing the existing (base and the new toluene mechanism for the western and eastern US for a summer month. With current estimates of tropospheric emission burden, the new toluene mechanism increases monthly mean daily maximum 8-h ozone by 1.0–3.0 ppbv in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, northeastern US, and Detroit compared to that with the base toluene chemistry. It reduces model mean bias for ozone at elevated observed ozone mixing ratios. While the new mechanism increases predicted ozone, it does not enhance ozone production efficiency. Sensitivity study suggests that it can further enhance ozone if elevated toluene emissions are present. While changes in total fine particulate mass are small, predictions of in-cloud SOA increase substantially.

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

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    G. Sarwar


    Full Text Available A new condensed toluene mechanism is incorporated into the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling system. Model simulations are performed using the CB05 chemical mechanism containing the existing (base and the new toluene mechanism for the western and eastern US for a summer month. With current estimates of tropospheric emission burden, the new toluene mechanism increases monthly mean daily maximum 8-h ozone by 1.0–3.0 ppbv in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, northeastern US, and Detroit compared to that with the base toluene chemistry. It reduces model mean bias for ozone at elevated observed ozone concentrations. While the new mechanism increases predicted ozone, it does not enhance ozone production efficiency. A sensitivity study suggests that it can further enhance ozone if elevated toluene emissions are present. While it increases in-cloud secondary organic aerosol substantially, its impact on total fine particle mass concentration is small.

  14. Intrinsic and enhanced biodegradation of benzene in strongly reduced aquifers

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    Heiningen, W.N.M. van; Rijnaarts, H.H.M; Langenhoff, A.A.M.


    Laboratory microcosm studies were performed to examine intrinsic and enhanced benzene bioremediation using five different sediment and groundwater samples from three deeply anaerobic aquifers sited in northern Netherlands. The influence of addition of nitrate, sulfate, limited amounts of oxygen, and

  15. Magnetically rotational reactor for absorbing benzene emissions by ionic liquids

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    Yangyang; Jiang; Chen; Guo; Huizhou; Liu


    A magnetically rotational reactor (MRR) has been developed and used in absorbing benzene emissions. The MRR has a permanent magnet core and uses magnetic ionic liquid [bmim]FeCl4 as absorbent. Benzene emissions were carried by N2 into the MRR and were absorbed by the magnetic ionic liquid. The rotation of the permanent magnet core provided impetus for the agitation of the magnetic ionic liquid, enhancing mass transfer and making benzene better dispersed in the absorbent. 0.68 g benzene emissions could be absorbed by a gram of [bmim]FeCl4, 0.27 and 0.40 g/ghigher than that by [bmim]PF6 and [bmim]BF4, respectively. The absorption rate increased with increasing rotation rate of the permanent magnet.

  16. Electronic structure of benzene adsorbed on Ni and Cu surfaces

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    Weinelt, M.; Nilsson, A.; Wassdahl, N. [Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)] [and others


    Benzene has for a long time served as a prototype adsorption system of large molecules. It adsorbs with the molecular plane parallel to the surface. The bonding of benzene to a transition metal is typically viewed to involve the {pi} system. Benzene adsorbs weakly on Cu and strongly on Ni. It is interesting to study how the adsorption strength is reflected in the electronic structure of the adsorbate-substrate complex. The authors have used X-ray Emission (XE) and X-ray Absorption (XA) spectroscopies to selectively study the electronic states localized on the adsorbed benzene molecule. Using XES the occupied states can be studies and with XAS the unoccupied states. The authors have used beamline 8.0 and the Swedish endstation equipped with a grazing incidence x-ray spectrometer and a partial yield absorption detector. The resolution in the XES and XAS were 0.5 eV and 0.05 eV, respectively.

  17. Non-Collinearity in Small Magnetic Cobalt-Benzene Molecules

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    González, J W; Delgado, F; Aguilera-Granja, F; Ayuela, A


    Cobalt clusters covered with benzene in the form of rice-ball structures have recently been synthesized using laser ablation. Here, we investigate the types of magnetic order such clusters have, and whether they retain any magnetic order at all. We use different density functional theory (DFT) methods to study the experimentally relevant three cobalt atoms surrounded by benzene rings. We found that the benzene rings induce a ground state with non-collinear magnetization, with the magnetic moments localized on the cobalt centers and lying on the plane formed by the three cobalt atoms. This is surprising because nanostructures and small clusters based on pure cobalt typically have a predominantly ferromagnetic order, and additional organic ligands such as benzene tend to remove the magnetization. We analyze the magnetism of such a cluster using an anisotropic Heisenberg model where the involved parameters are obtained by a comparison with the DFT results. Moreover, we propose electron paramagnetic resonance as ...

  18. Enhanced π-frustration in carbo-benzenic chromophores. (United States)

    Baglai, Iaroslav; Maraval, Valérie; Bijani, Christian; Saffon-Merceron, Nathalie; Voitenko, Zoia; Volovenko, Yulian M; Chauvin, Remi


    The synthesis, structure, and absorption spectra of highly π-frustrated carbo-benzenes with indolic enamine substituents more or less directly conjugated to the C18 macro-aromatic core are described, and their peculiar reactivity is analyzed.

  19. Positronium quenching in liquid and solid octanol and benzene

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    Shantarovich, V.P.; Mogensen, O.E.; Goldanskii, V.I.


    The lifetimes of orthopositronium in several solutions in liquid and solid octanol and benzene have been measured. The Ps-quenching constant was found to be two to thirty times higher in the solid than in the liquid phase....

  20. Which ornamental plant species effectively remove benzene from indoor air? (United States)

    Liu, Yan-Ju; Mu, Yu-Jing; Zhu, Yong-Guan; Ding, Hui; Crystal Arens, Nan

    Phytoremediation—using plants to remove toxins—is an attractive and cost effective way to improve indoor air quality. This study screened ornamental plants for their ability to remove volatile organic compounds from air by fumigating 73 plant species with 150 ppb benzene, an important indoor air pollutant that poses a risk to human health. The 10 species found to be most effective at removing benzene from air were fumigated for two more days (8 h per day) to quantify their benzene removal capacity. Crassula portulacea, Hydrangea macrophylla, Cymbidium Golden Elf., Ficus microcarpa var. fuyuensis, Dendranthema morifolium, Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, Dieffenbachia amoena cv. Tropic Snow; Spathiphyllum Supreme; Nephrolepis exaltata cv. Bostoniensis; Dracaena deremensis cv. Variegata emerged as the species with the greatest capacity to remove benzene from indoor air.

  1. Organometallic chemistry using partially fluorinated benzenes. (United States)

    Pike, Sebastian D; Crimmin, Mark R; Chaplin, Adrian B


    Fluorobenzenes, in particular fluorobenzene (FB) and 1,2-difluorobenzene (1,2-DiFB), are increasingly becoming recognised as versatile solvents for conducting organometallic chemistry and transition-metal-based catalysis. The presence of fluorine substituents reduces the ability to donate π-electron density from the arene and consequently fluorobenzenes generally bind weakly to metal centres, allowing them to be used as essentially non-coordinating solvents or as readily displaced ligands. In this context, examples of well-defined complexes of fluorobenzenes are discussed, including trends in binding strength with increasing fluorination and different substitution patterns. Compared to more highly fluorinated benzenes, FB and 1,2-DiFB typically demonstrate greater chemical inertness, however, C-H and C-F bond activation reactions can be induced using appropriately reactive transition metal complexes. Such reactions are surveyed, including catalytic examples, not only to provide perspective for the use of FB and 1,2-DiFB as innocent solvent media, but also to highlight opportunities for their exploitation in contemporary organic synthesis.

  2. Spectroscopic studies of cryogenic fluids: Benzene in argon and helium (United States)

    Nowak, R.; Bernstein, E. R.


    Energy shifts and bandwidths of the 610 vibronic feature of the 1B2u←1A1g optical absorption spectrum of benzene dissolved in supercritical argon and helium, and in liquid argon are reported as a function of pressure, temperature, and density. Benzene/Ar solutions display red shifts of the 610 transition with increasing density but the dependence is found to be nonlinear at high densities. Benzene/He solutions evidence blue shifts of the 610 transition as a function of increasing density which also becomes nonlinear at high densities. Only small spectral shifts are recorded if the density is kept constant and pressure and temperature are varied simultaneously. In addition, a small density independent temperature effect on the transition energy shift is identified. Experimental results are compared to dielectric (Onsager-Böttcher and Wertheim) and quantum statistical mechanical (Schweizer-Chandler) theories of solvent effects on solute absorption energy. Reasonably good agreement between experiment and theory is found only for the benzene/Ar system at relatively low densities. The theory fails to predict energy shifts for both the benzene/He and high density benzene/Ar systems. This result is different from the findings for the benzene/N2 and benzene/C3H8 solutions and can be interpreted qualitatively in terms of competition between dispersive attractive and repulsive interactions as a function of density. The failure of the theory to describe these transition energy shifts is attributed to the omission of explicit repulsive interactions terms in the theoretical models employed.

  3. Can Cooper pairs in benzene lead to Efimov states? (United States)

    Squire, R. H.; March, N. H.; Rubio, A.


    Cooper pairs have been experimentally verified in benzene at 38.3 eV. We have proposed previously that the six most loosely bound electrons in benzene form three equivalent Cooper pairs. We further propose in this manuscript that these three weakly interacting bosons (Cooper pairs) should form an infinite number of Efimov states (possibly Booromean rings) which is what a photon of high energy will then encounter.

  4. Chemical accuracy from quantum Monte Carlo for the Benzene Dimer


    Azadi, Sam; Cohen, R. E


    We report an accurate study of interactions between Benzene molecules using variational quantum Monte Carlo (VMC) and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. We compare these results with density functional theory (DFT) using different van der Waals (vdW) functionals. In our QMC calculations, we use accurate correlated trial wave functions including three-body Jastrow factors, and backflow transformations. We consider two benzene molecules in the parallel displaced (PD) geometry, and fin...

  5. Gas phase toluene isopropylation over high silica mordenite

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    Sreedevi Upadhyayula


    Mordenite (HM) catalysts with three different Si/Al ratios were compared for their activity and selectivities in gas phase toluene isopropylation with isopropanol. Catalyst with Si/Al ratio 44.9 offered better cumene selectivity, hence, it was chosen for detailed kinetic investigations. The influence of various process parameters like temperature, time-on-stream, weight hourly space velocity (WHSV), reactant mole ratio on this catalyst activity are discussed. The cymene selectivity was found to increase with reaction temperature and passed through a maximum at 473 K. The deactivation with time-onstream is almost negligible. Lower isopropyl alcohol concentration in the feed improved cymene selectivity. The conversion and selectivity to cymenes were compared with those of the large pore beta catalyst. The rate constant and activation energy were found to be 7.34 m3/kg h and 41.84 kJ/mol, respectively using homogeneous kinetic model.

  6. Time Domain Reflectometric and spectroscopic studies on toluene + butyronitrile solution (United States)

    Karthick, N. K.; Arivazhagan, G.; Kumbharkhane, A. C.; Joshi, Y. S.; Kannan, P. P.


    The dielectric parameters of toluene + butyronitrile solution have been obtained by time domain reflectometry (TDR) technique in the frequency range from 10 MHz to 30 GHz at 298 K. Spectroscopic (FTIR and 13C NMR) studies have also been carried out on the solution and the results of the studies show that neat butyronitrile is self-associative through C-H⋯N contacts and weak intermolecular forces of C-H⋯N and C-H⋯π type are operative in the solution. The obtained dielectric parameters such as Kirkwood correlation factor g, relaxation time τ etc. have been analyzed in view of these weak intermolecular forces. The weak non-covalent interactions between heteromolecules appear to have no influence on the ideality of ɛm vs X2 curve of the solution. Heteromolecular entities with weak intermolecular forces experience larger hindrance leading to longer relaxation time τ.

  7. Cultivating microbial dark matter in benzene-degrading methanogenic consortia. (United States)

    Luo, Fei; Devine, Cheryl E; Edwards, Elizabeth A


    The microbes responsible for anaerobic benzene biodegradation remain poorly characterized. In this study, we identified and quantified microbial populations in a series of 16 distinct methanogenic, benzene-degrading enrichment cultures using a combination of traditional 16S rRNA clone libraries (four cultures), pyrotag 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing (11 cultures), metagenome sequencing (1 culture) and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR; 12 cultures). An operational taxonomic unit (OTU) from the Deltaproteobacteria designated ORM2 that is only 84% to 86% similar to Syntrophus or Desulfobacterium spp. was consistently identified in all enrichment cultures, and typically comprised more than half of the bacterial sequences. In addition to ORM2, a sequence belonging to Parcubacteria (candidate division OD1) identified from the metagenome data was the only other OTU common to all the cultures surveyed. Culture transfers (1% and 0.1%) were made in the presence and absence of benzene, and the abundance of ORM2, OD1 and other OTUs was tracked over 415 days using qPCR. ORM2 sequence abundance increased only when benzene was present, while the abundance of OD1 and other OTUs increased even in the absence of benzene. Deltaproteobacterium ORM2 is unequivocally the benzene-metabolizing population. This study also hints at laboratory cultivation conditions for a member of the widely distributed yet uncultivated Parcubacteria (OD1).

  8. Behavioral effects of toluene in rats selectively bred for infantile vocalization rate. (United States)

    Bamat, Nicolas A; Brunelli, Susan A; Kron, Michelle M; Schulte, Andrew R; Zimmerberg, Betty


    Glue sniffing is epidemic among children living in poverty in Latin America. Previous research has shown that abused inhalants such as toluene share pharmacological properties with anxiolytic drugs, and that personality factors such as degree of anxiety have been proposed to modulate the effects of these drugs. To study this interaction in an animal model, rats selectively bred for high (High) or low (Low) rates of distress calls after maternal separation (ultrasonic vocalizations, USVs) were used to investigate toluene's acute and long-term effects on two measures of anxiety behavior. At ten days of age, neonatal subjects were administered toluene (1 g/kg i.p.) and USVs were recorded. The subjects were retested as juveniles on an elevated plus maze to examine sequela of earlier toluene exposure. Acute toluene administration reduced USVs relative to control groups in neonates of both lines, indicating anxiolysis. As expected, Lows had reduced USVs relative to Highs. At 28 days of age, Highs spent more time in the open arms of the elevated plus maze than Lows. However, prior neonatal toluene exposure blocked this reversal of behavioral phenotype. This suggests that early toluene exposure compromised a compensatory process occurring during this developmental period, which may have been maternally mediated. These results have implications for the effects of early drug exposure on plasticity in the developing nervous system.

  9. Biodegradation of toluene vapor in coir based upflow packed bed reactor by Trichoderma asperellum isolate. (United States)

    Gopinath, M; Mohanapriya, C; Sivakumar, K; Baskar, G; Muthukumaran, C; Dhanasekar, R


    In the present study, a new biofiltration system involving a selective microbial strain isolated from aerated municipal sewage water attached with coir as packing material was developed for toluene degradation. The selected fungal isolate was identified as Trichoderma asperellum by 16S ribosomal RNA (16S rRNA) sequencing method, and pylogenetic tree was constructed using BLASTn search. Effect of various factors on growth and toluene degradation by newly isolated T. asperellum was studied in batch studies, and the optimum conditions were found to be pH 7.0, temperature 30 °C, and initial toluene concentration 1.5 (v/v)%. Continuous removal of gaseous toluene was monitored in upflow packed bed reactor (UFPBR) using T. asperellum. Effect of various parameters like column height, flow rate, and the inlet toluene concentration were studied to evaluate the performance of the biofilter. The maximum elimination capacity (257 g m(-3) h(-1)) was obtained with the packing height of 100 cm with the empty bed residence time of 5 min. Under these optimum conditions, the T. asperellum showed better toluene removal efficiency. Kinetic models have been developed for toluene degradation by T. asperellum using macrokinetic approach of the plug flow model incorporated with Monod model.

  10. Activated carbon fibers impregnated with Pd and Pt catalysts for toluene removal. (United States)

    Liu, Zhen-Shu; Chen, Jian-Yuan; Peng, Yu-Hui


    Few studies have investigated the use of activated carbon fibers (ACFs) impregnated with noble metals for the catalytic oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This study determined the removal efficiency of toluene as a function of time over ACF-supported metal catalysts. Two catalysts (Pt and Pd), five reaction temperatures (120, 150, 200, 250, and 300°C), and three oxygen contents (6%, 10%, and 21%) were investigated to determine the removal of toluene. To study the effects of the characteristics of the catalysts on toluene removal, the composition and morphology of the ACFs were analyzed using the BET, XPS, ICP, and FE-SEM. The results showed that the 0.42%Pd/ACFs showed greater activity for toluene removal than did 2.68%Pt/ACFs at a reaction temperature of 200°C and an oxygen content of 10%. The main removal mechanism of toluene over the 2.68%Pt/ACFs at reaction temperatures less than 200°C was adsorption. The long-term catalytic activity of the 2.68%Pt/ACFs for toluene removal at a reaction temperature of 250°C and an oxygen content of 10% could be obtained. Furthermore, toluene removal over the 2.68%Pt/ACFs at 200°C could be enhanced with increasing oxygen content.

  11. Sarcosine attenuates toluene-induced motor incoordination, memory impairment, and hypothermia but not brain stimulation reward enhancement in mice

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    Chan, Ming-Huan [Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan (China); Institute of Neuroscience, National Changchi University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Chung, Shiang-Sheng [Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan (China); Department of Pharmacy, Yuli Veterans Hospital, Hualien, Taiwan (China); Stoker, Astrid K.; Markou, Athina [Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States); Chen, Hwei-Hsien, E-mail: [Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan (China); Division of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine, Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, Zhunan, Miaoli County, Taiwan (China)


    Toluene, a widely used and commonly abused organic solvent, produces various behavioral disturbances, including motor incoordination and cognitive impairment. Toluene alters the function of a large number of receptors and ion channels. Blockade of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors has been suggested to play a critical role in toluene-induced behavioral manifestations. The present study determined the effects of various toluene doses on motor coordination, recognition memory, body temperature, and intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) thresholds in mice. Additionally, the effects of sarcosine on the behavioral and physiological effects induced by toluene were evaluated. Sarcosine may reverse toluene-induced behavioral manifestations by acting as an NMDA receptor co-agonist and by inhibiting the effects of the type I glycine transporter (GlyT1). Mice were treated with toluene alone or combined with sarcosine pretreatment and assessed for rotarod performance, object recognition memory, rectal temperature, and ICSS thresholds. Toluene dose-dependently induced motor incoordination, recognition memory impairment, and hypothermia and lowered ICSS thresholds. Sarcosine pretreatment reversed toluene-induced changes in rotarod performance, novel object recognition, and rectal temperature but not ICSS thresholds. These findings suggest that the sarcosine-induced potentiation of NMDA receptors may reverse motor incoordination, memory impairment, and hypothermia but not the enhancement of brain stimulation reward function associated with toluene exposure. Sarcosine may be a promising compound to prevent acute toluene intoxications by occupational or intentional exposure. -- Highlights: ► Toluene induces impairments in Rotarod test and novel object recognition test. ► Toluene lowers rectal temperature and ICSS thresholds in mice. ► Sarcosine reverses toluene-induced changes in motor, memory and body temperature. ► Sarcosine pretreatment does not affect toluene

  12. Powdered activated carbon adsorption for water works to cope with the sudden pollution of ethylbenzene in raw water%粉末炭吸附处理给水厂原水突发乙苯污染研究

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    林明利; 赵志伟; 崔福义; 牛畅; 汪艳


    In order to improve waterworks' ability of emergency response to ethylbenzene pollution,the efficiency of ethylbenzene adsorption onto PAC was experimentally studied.Bench experiments were conducted to estimate the removal of chlorbenzene by conventional water treatment process and to determine isotherm and kinetics for ethylbenzene adsorption onto powdered activated carbon(PAC).A theoretical formula of PAC dose with initial concentration of ethylbenzene and adsorption time was established and verified by experimental results.The results show that it is difficult for conventional water treatment process to remove ethylbenzene effectively;PAC can adsorb ethylbenzene in raw water rapidly with 80% and 95% of the equilibrium adsorption capacity at 5 min and 30 min,respectively;PAC adsorption is an effective emergency drinking water treatment technology for water works to cope with ethylbenzene sudden pollution in raw water.%为提高城市给水厂应对原水突发乙苯污染的应急处理能力,进行粉末炭(PAC)对水中乙苯的吸附效能研究.通过小试,考察了常规工艺对水中乙苯的去除效果,测定了粉末炭(PAC)对水中乙苯的吸附等温线和吸附动力学曲线.在此基础上,建立了PAC投量与乙苯初始质量浓度和吸附时间之间的数学模型,并通过PAC吸附小试进行了验证.结果表明:常规工艺难以有效去除水中乙苯,向原水投加PAC可快速去除水中乙苯,可作为给水厂应对原水突发乙苯污染的一种有效应急处理技术.

  13. Ethylbenzene dehydrogenation over FeOx/(Mg,Zn)(Al)O catalysts derived from hydrotalcites: Role of MgO as basic sites

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    Balasamy, Rabindran J.


    A series of Mg3-xZnxFe0.5Al0.5 mixed oxide catalysts derived from hydrotalcites were tested in the ethylbenzene dehydrogenation to styrene in He atmosphere at 550 °C. The catalysts were prepared by coprecipitation from the nitrates of metal components followed by calcination to mixed oxides at 550 °C. A part of Mg2+ in Mg 3Fe0.5Al0.5 mixed oxide was replaced with Zn2+ to test the effect of MgO as the support. The mixed oxides were composed of periclase and spinel-type compounds with a high surface area of 100-180m2gcat-1. Mössbauer and XPS measurements indicated the presence of Fe3+ on the catalysts and H2-TPR measurement suggested that the dehydrogenation reaction is catalyzed by the reduction-oxidation between Fe3+/Fe2+. The activity of Mg3-xZnxFe0.5Al0.5 mixed oxide decreased with increasing x, indicating an important role of MgO on the activity. Both CO2-TPD measurements as well as IR measurements of adsorbed CO2 clearly indicated the presence of basic sites of Mg 2+O2- on the catalysts. It seems that the combination of Mg2+O2- and Fe3+ was essential for the catalytic activity. It is concluded that the surface base sites generated on O2- bound Mg2+ near Fe3+ sites are responsible for H+-abstraction; the dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene was initiated by the H+ abstraction on Mg2+O2- basic sites, and accelerated by the reduction-oxidation of Fe3+/Fe2+ active species. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  14. Enhancing ethylbenzene vapors degradation in a hybrid system based on photocatalytic oxidation UV/TiO{sub 2}-In and a biofiltration process

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    Hinojosa-Reyes, M. [Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica A.C., Division de Ciencias Ambientales, Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Lomas 4a seccion, CP. 78216, San Luis Potosi, S.L.P. (Mexico); Rodriguez-Gonzalez, V. [Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica A.C., Division de Materiales Avanzados, Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Lomas 4a seccion, CP. 78216, San Luis Potosi, S.L.P. (Mexico); Arriaga, S., E-mail: [Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica A.C., Division de Ciencias Ambientales, Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Lomas 4a seccion, CP. 78216, San Luis Potosi, S.L.P. (Mexico)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The best photocatalytic system for EB degradation was based on TiO{sub 2}-In 1%/365 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A maximum EC of 290 g m{sup -3} h{sup -1} for the hybrid system was obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The hybrid process enhanced 40% the overall EC of ethylbenzene. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An overall mineralization of 67% for EB degradation was reached in the hybrid system. - Abstract: The use of hybrid processes for the continuous degradation of ethylbenzene (EB) vapors has been evaluated. The hybrid system consists of an UV/TiO{sub 2}-In photooxidation coupled with a biofiltration process. Both the photocatalytic system using P25-Degussa or indium-doped TiO{sub 2} catalysts and the photolytic process were performed at UV-wavelengths of 254 nm and 365 nm. The experiments were carried out in an annular plug flow photoreactor packed with granular perlite previously impregnated with the catalysts, and in a glass biofilter packed with perlite and inoculated with a microbial consortium. Both reactors were operated at an inlet loading rate of 127 g m{sup -3} h{sup -1}. The greatest degradation rate of EB (0.414 ng m{sup -2} min{sup -1}) was obtained with the TiO{sub 2}-In 1%/365 nm photocatalytic system. The elimination capacity (EC) obtained in the control biofilter had values {approx}60 g m{sup -3} h{sup -1}. Consequently, the coupled system was operated for 15 days, and a maximal EC of 275 g m{sup -3} h{sup -1}. Thus, the results indicate that the use of hybrid processes enhanced the EB vapor degradation and that this could be a promising technology for the abatement of recalcitrant volatile organic compounds.

  15. Experimental Study on the Absorption of Toluene from Exhaust Gas by Paraffin/Surfactant/Water Emulsion


    Ping Fang; Zi-jun Tang; Xiong-bo Chen; Zhi-xiong Tang; Ding-sheng Chen; Jian-hang Huang; Wen-hao Zeng; Chao-ping Cen


    A new paraffin/surfactant/water emulsion (PSW) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) controlling was prepared and its potential for VOCs removal was investigated. Results indicated that PSW-5 (5%, v/v) provided higher toluene absorption efficiency (90.77%) than the other absorbents used. The saturation pressure, Henry’s constant, and activity coefficient of toluene in PSW-5 were significantly lower than those in water, and toluene solubility (1.331 g·L−1) in the PSW-5 was more than 2.5 times ...

  16. Characterization of micro-mesoporous materials from nitrogen and toluene adsorption: experiment and modeling. (United States)

    Ravikovitch, Peter I; Vishnyakov, Aleksey; Neimark, Alexander V; Ribeiro Carrott, Manuela M L; Russo, Patrícia A; Carrott, Peter J


    Universal mechanisms of adsorption and capillary condensation of toluene and nitrogen on ordered MCM-41 and PHTS materials are studied by means of high-resolution experiments and Monte Carlo molecular simulations. A molecular simulation model of toluene adsorption in silica nanopores, which accounts for surface heterogeneity, and a hybrid molecular-macsroscopic method for pore size distribution (PSD) calculations have been developed. For a range of reference materials, the PSD results obtained from toluene isotherms are consistent with the results of nitrogen adsorption using the nonlocal density functional theory method.

  17. Mechanism of reaction of phenol with toluene on a zeolite catalyst

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    Kozhevnikov, S.A.; Sibarov, D.A.; Proskuryakov, V.A.


    The high-molecular-weight products formed from phenol and toluene on zeolite-containing catalyst were isolated and studied. By independent synthesis, and by PMR, /sup 13/C NMR, IR, and TLC methods it was shown that these products are hydroxy- and dihydroxydiphenyl-methane type compounds. The role of hydroxy- and dihydroxydiphenylmethanes as intermediates in cresol formation from phenol and toluene and their high coking activity were proved. A probable mechanism of cresol formation was proposed with the participation of hydroxy- and dihydroxydiphenylmethanes in the reaction of phenol with toluene on zeolites.

  18. Toluene in alveolar air during controlled exposure to constant and to varying concentrations

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    Bælum, Jesper


    The concentration of toluene in the alveolar air was measured in 20 males and 17 females exposed for 7 h either to a constant exposure to 100 ppm toluene or to a varying exposure with the same time-weighted average, but with peaks of 300 ppm every 30 min. Both exposure schedules included 50 to 100......, while exercise delayed this increase by about 2 min, probably due to an altered distribution of toluene in the body. The average alveolar concentration was 16.5 +/- 6.8 ppm (mean +/- SD) at rest and 19.5 +/- 5.3 ppm in the period including exercise while there was no difference between constant...

  19. Analyzing tree cores to detect petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated groundwater at a former landfill site in the community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, eastern Canadian subarctic

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    Fonkwe, Merline L D; Trapp, Stefan


    This research examines the feasibility of analyzing tree cores to detect benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and m, p, o-xylene (BTEX) compounds and methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) in groundwater in eastern Canada subarctic environments, using a former landfill site in the remote community of Happy...... at a local control area suggest the migration of contaminants off-site. Tree species exhibit different concentrations of BTEX constituents, indicating selective uptake and accumulation. Toluene in wood exhibited the highest concentrations, which may also be due to endogenous production. Meanwhile, MTBE...

  20. Interfacial properties of asphaltenes at toluene-water interfaces. (United States)

    Zarkar, Sharli; Pauchard, Vincent; Farooq, Umer; Couzis, Alexander; Banerjee, Sanjoy


    Asphaltenes are "n-alkane insoluble" species in crude oil that stabilize water-in-oil emulsions. To understand asphaltene adsorption mechanisms at oil-water interfaces and coalescence blockage, we first studied the behavior in aliphatic oil-water systems in which asphaltenes are almost insoluble. They adsorbed as monomers, giving a unique master curve relating interfacial tension (IFT) to interfacial coverage through a Langmuir equation of state (EoS). The long-time surface coverage was independent of asphaltene bulk concentration and asymptotically approached the 2-D packing limit for polydisperse disks. On coalescence, the surface coverage exceeded the 2-D limit and the asphaltene film appeared to become solidlike, apparently undergoing a transition to a soft glassy material and blocking further coalescence. However, real systems consist of mixtures of aliphatic and aromatic components in which asphaltenes may be quite soluble. To understand solubility effects, we focus here on how the increased bulk solubility of asphaltenes affects their interfacial properties in comparison to aliphatic oil-water systems. Unlike the "almost irreversible" adsorption of asphaltenes where the asymptotic interfacial coverage was independent of the bulk concentration, an equilibrium surface pressure, dependent on bulk concentration, was obtained for toluene-water systems because of adsorption being balanced by desorption. The equilibrium surface coverage could be obtained from the short- and long-term Ward-Tordai approximations. The behavior of the equilibrium surface pressure with the equilibrium surface coverage was then derived. These data for various asphaltene concentrations were used to determine the EoS, which for toluene-water could also be fitted by the Langmuir EoS with Γ∞ = 3.3 molecule/nm(2), the same value as that found for these asphaltenes in aliphatic media. Asphaltene solubility in the bulk phase only appears to affect the adsorption isotherm but not the Eo

  1. Products of the Benzene + O(3P) Reaction

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    Taatjes, Craig A.; Osborn, David L.; Selby, Talitha M.; Meloni, Giovanni; Trevitt, Adam J.; Epifanovsky, Evgeny; Krylov, Anna I.; Sirjean, Baptiste; Dames, Enoch; Wang, Hai


    The gas-phase reaction of benzene with O(3P) is of considerable interest for modeling of aromatic oxidation, and also because there exist fundamental questions concerning the prominence of intersystem crossing in the reaction. While its overall rate constant has been studied extensively, there are still significant uncertainties in the product distribution. The reaction proceeds mainly through the addition of the O atom to benzene, forming an initial triplet diradical adduct, which can either dissociate to form the phenoxy radical and H atom, or undergo intersystem crossing onto a singlet surface, followed by a multiplicity of internal isomerizations, leading to several possible reaction products. In this work, we examined the product branching ratios of the reaction between benzene and O(3P) over the temperature range of 300 to 1000 K and pressure range of 1 to 10 Torr. The reactions were initiated by pulsed-laser photolysis of NO2 in the presence of benzene and helium buffer in a slow-flow reactor, and reaction products were identified by using the multiplexed chemical kinetics photoionization mass spectrometer operating at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Phenol and phenoxy radical were detected and quantified. Cyclopentadiene and cyclopentadienyl radical were directly identified for the first time. Finally, ab initio calculations and master equation/RRKM modeling were used to reproduce the experimental branching ratios, yielding pressure-dependent rate expressions for the reaction channels, including phenoxy + H, phenol, cyclopentadiene + CO, which are proposed for kinetic modeling of benzene oxidation.

  2. Developmental toxicity of toluene in male rats: effects on semen quality, testis morphology, and apoptotic neurodegeneration

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    Dalgaard, M.; Hossaini, A.; Hougaard, K.S.


    , the number of apoptotic cells in the hippocampus and cerebellum were counted after visualisation by means of the TUNEL assay. Mean body weight in pups of exposed darns was lower than in pops from control litters. This decrease was still statistically significant at PND 11, but at PND 21 and 90 the body...... in the toluene-exposed group. Thus, the granular cell layer in cerebellum is a highly relevant tissue with which to study toluene-induced apoptosis, because of the continuous migration of neurons and high frequency of neuronal apoptosis during the weaning period. In summary, it is concluded, that neither pre......- and postnatal exposure to 1200 ppm toluene nor prenatal exposure to 1800 ppm induced significant effects on the reproductive parameters investigated. However, prenatal exposure to 1800 ppm toluene did increase neuronal apoptosis in the cerebellum of weaned male rats, possibly by delaying postnatal migration...

  3. Effect of mineral matter and phenol in supercritical extraction of oil shale with toluene (United States)

    Abourriche, A.; Ouman, M.; Ichcho, S.; Hannache, H.; Pailler, R.; Naslain, R.; Birot, M.; Pillot, J.-P.


    In the present work, Tarfaya oil shale was subjected to supercritical toluene extraction. The experimental results obtained show clearly that the mineral matter and phenol have a significant effect on the yield and the composition of the obtained oil.

  4. Effect of mineral matter and phenol in supercritical extraction of oil shale with toluene

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    Abourriche, A.; Ouman, M.; Ichcho, S.; Hannache, H. [Universite Hassan II, Lab. des Materiaux Thermostructuraux, Faculte des Sciences Ben M' Sik, Casablanca (Morocco); Pailler, R.; Naslain, R. [Laboratoire des Composites Thermostructuraux (LCTS), 33 - Pessac (France); Birot, M.; Pillot, J.P. [Bordeaux-1 Univ., Lab. de Chimie Organique et Organometallique, UMR 5802 CNRS, 33 - Talence (France)


    In the present work, Tarfaya oil shale was subjected to supercritical toluene extraction. The experimental results obtained show clearly that the mineral matter and phenol have a significant effect on the yield and the composition of the obtained oil. The yield and the composition of oil obtained by toluene+phenol extraction were markedly different from that obtained by toluene. Higher yield and maturation of the obtained oil of the toluene+phenol extraction indicate that the phenol not only acts as an extraction solvent but also reacts with the molecules from kerogen. This can be explained by the presence of a very reactive O-H group able to react with the majority of the kerogen functions.

  5. Diffusion Characteristics of Toluene into Natural Rubber/Linear Low Density Polyethylene Blends

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    Henry C. Obasi


    Full Text Available The sorption and diffusion of toluene through blends of natural rubber (NR and linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE of varying compositions were studied at 35, 55, and 65°C by conventional weight-gain experiments. The effects of blend ratio on the diffusion, sorption, and permeation coefficients were determined. The sorption data were used to estimate the activation energies of diffusion and permeation, parameters which were found to show a decrease when the amount of NR or LLDPE was increased. The transport of toluene through most of the blends was anomalous, althouh at 35°C, the transport of toluene through the 60/40 blend was Fickian and at 35°C, pseudo-Fickian. The enthalpy of sorption of toluene obtained is positive and suggests a Henry's type sorption.

  6. Determination of benzene substances in waste water by headspace-gas chromatography%顶空-气相色谱法测定废水中残留苯系物的含量

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    The benzene series residues in water (benzene , toluene , o‐xylene , m‐xylene ,p‐xylene , cumene ,styrene ,a total of 8 kinds of benzene)can be analysed by headspace gas chromatography .The method uses headspace sampler as a sample pretreatment methods ,using INNOWAX column and hydro‐gen flame ionization detector ,8 kinds of benzene can be completely separated ,the determination of relative standard deviation are below 3.5% ,and the sample recovery rate is higher than 85% .This method is ac‐curate ,reproducible ,and can meet the analysis of benzene residues in wastewater .%采用顶空-气相色谱法可对废水中残留的苯系物(苯、甲苯、邻二甲苯、间二甲苯、对二甲苯、异丙苯、苯乙烯,共8种苯系物)进行分析。该方法采用顶空进样器作为样品预处理手段,INNOWAX色谱柱进行分离,氢火焰离子化检测器检测,8种苯系物可以被完全分离,测定相对标准偏差在3.5%以下,样品回收率均高于85%。此种方法测定苯系物残留量,简便、测定重复性好,完全能满足废水中残留苯系物的分析。

  7. 1-[(3-Benzyloxy-2-nitrophenoxymethyl]benzene

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    Hoong-Kun Fun


    Full Text Available The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C20H17NO4, consists of two crystallographically independent molecules. In one of the molecules, the central benzene ring forms dihedral angles of 2.26 (6 and 58.68 (6° with the terminal benzene rings and the dihedral angle between the terminal benzene rings is 56.45 (6°. The corresponding values for the other molecule are 35.17 (6, 70.97 (6 and 69.62 (6°, respectively. In the crystal, an inversion dimer linked by a pair of C—H...O hydrogen bonds occurs for one of the unique molecules. C—H...π and π–π [centroid–centroid distances = 3.7113 (8 and 3.7216 (7 Å] interactions link the components into a three-dimensional network.

  8. Renal effects of acute exposure to toluene. A controlled clinical trial

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    Nielsen, H K; Krusell, Lars Romer; Bælum, Jesper


    Urinary excretion rates of beta 2-microglobulin and albumin were measured in 43 male printing trade workers and 43 age-matched male controls before and during exposure to toluene, 382 mg/m3, for 6 1/2 hours in a climate chamber. There were no significant changes in renal excretion rates of albumin...... and beta 2-microglobulin during toluene exposure indicating that no causal relationship exists between moderate exposure to organic solvents and renal injury....

  9. Is the T-Shaped Toluene Dimer a Stable Intermolecular Complex?

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    Gervasio, Francesco; Chelli, Riccardo; Procacci, Piero; Schettino, Vincenzo


    By means of molecular mechanics and ab initio calculations, we show that toluene dimer can assume two different minimum energy structures. Both these arrangements are stacked with the methyl groups being parallel and anti-parallel to each other. Although our findings do not agree with the current opinion that one minimum energy structure is T-shaped, they appear to be consistent with available experiments on jet-cooled toluene.

  10. Toluene Dose-Response and Preliminary Study of Proteomics for Neuronal Cell Lines (United States)


    Index, 1989). It is widely used in commercial products for paints and paints thinner, nail polish, lacquers, and rust inhibitors. It is also a...fluorocarbon film bottom; this film is vapor permeable and allows toluene vapor to pass, thereby exposing the cells. For control exposures, the...use of vapor permeable Lumox® microplates as suitable culture vessels for toluene in the glass chamber. The quantitative proteomics identified

  11. Trichloroethylene degradation by Escherichia coli containing the cloned Pseudomonas putida F1 toluene dioxygenase genes.


    Zylstra, G J; Wackett, L P; Gibson, D T


    Toluene dioxygenase from Pseudomonas putida F1 has been implicated as an enzyme capable of degrading trichloroethylene. This has now been confirmed with Escherichia coli JM109(pDTG601) that contains the structural genes (todC1C2BA) of toluene dioxygenase under the control of the tac promoter. The extent of trichloroethylene degradation by the recombinant organism depended on the cell concentration and the concentration of trichloroethylene. A linear rate of trichloroethylene degradation was o...

  12. Retrospective exposure assessment for benzene in the Australian petroleum industry

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    Glass, D.C. [Deakin Univ., Occupational Hygiene Unit, Geelong, VIC (Australia); Melbourne Univ., Dept. of Public Health and Community Medicine, Carlton, VIC (Australia); Adams, G.G.; Manuell, R.W.; Bisby, J.A. [Melbourne Univ., Dept. of Public Health and Community Medicine, Carlton, VIC (Australia)


    An excess of lympho-haematopoietic (LH) cancers has been identified in the Australian petroleum industry through the Health Watch surveillance programme. A nested case-control study is being conducted to investigate this excess. This paper describes the methods used to provide quantitative estimates of benzene exposure for each of the subjects in the case-control study. Job histories were compiled for each subject from interviews and company employment records. Site visits and telephone interviews were used to identify the tasks included in each job title. Details about the tasks such as their frequency, the technology in use and about changes that had taken place over the years were also gathered. Exposure dated back to the late 1940s for a few subjects. Collaborating petroleum companies provided recent benzene exposure monitoring data. These were used to generate Base Estimates of exposure for each task, augmented with data from the literature where necessary. Past exposures were estimated from the Base Estimates by means of an exposure algorithm. The modifying effects of technological changes and changes to the product were used in the algorithm. The algorithm was then computed to give, for each job, for each subject, an estimate of average benzene exposure in ppm in the workplace atmosphere (Workplace Estimate). This value was multiplied by the years for which the job was held and these values summed to give an estimate of Cumulative Estimate of benzene in ppm-years. The occupational hygienists performing the exposure assessment did so without knowledge of the case or control status of subjects. Overall exposures to benzene in the Australian petroleum industry were low, and virtually all activities and jobs were below a time-weighted average of 5 ppm. Exposures in terminals were generally higher than at refineries. Exposures in upstream areas were extremely low. Estimates of Cumulative Estimate to benzene ranged from 0.005 to 50.9 ppm-years. (Author)

  13. Occupational Exposure of Gasoline Station Workers to BTEX Compounds in Bangkok, Thailand

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    S Nopparatbundit


    Full Text Available Background: Gasoline station workers are exposed to volatile organic compounds such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX. Objectives: To determine the level of exposure to BTEX compounds among gasoline station workers and measure the roadside concentrations of these compounds in the inner and outer areas of Bangkok, Thailand.Methods: 49 workers at 6 gasoline stations in the inner and outer areas of Bangkok participated in this study. Samples of ambient air were collected from the area near gas pumps at each station and at the roadside in front of the gas stations by charcoal tubes. All samples were analyzed for BTEX compounds by gas chromatography-flame ionized detector (GC-FID.Results: The mean BTEX concentration in gas stations was slightly higher than that of the roadside; there was no significant difference in the concentration between inner and outer areas. The mean lifetime cancer risks for workers exposed to benzene and ethylbenzene for 30 years were estimated at 1.75×10–4 and 9.55×10–7. The estimated hazard quotients for BTEX compounds were 0.600, 0.008, 0.007 and 0.002, respectively. The most prevalent symptoms of workers were headache (61%, fatigue (29% and throat irritation (11%, respectively. Exposure to benzene and toluene was significantly associated with fatigue (p<0.05.Conclusion: Exposure to BTEX compounds would increase the risk of cancer in gasoline station workers. Exposure to benzene and toluene may cause fatigue.

  14. Solubilization of benzene and cyclohexane by sodium deoxycholate micelles

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    Christian, S.D.; Smith, L.S.; Bushong, D.S.; Tucker, E.E.


    Vapor pressure-solubility data were obtained for the aqueous systems benzene-sodium deoxycholate and cyclohexane- sodium deoxycholate at 25/sup 0/C. The results are consistent with a mass action model similar to the BET equation. Equilibrium constants are inferred to characterize interactions of hydrocarbons with solubilization sites assumed to consist of units of four deoxycholate anions. Although addition of sodium chloride increases the middle aggregation number, solubilization results are affected very little by variation in salt concentration. When pure liquid hydrocarbon standard states are employed, solubilization results for benzene and cyclohexane (at varying salt concentrations) are quite similar. 26 references.

  15. Problem Definition Studies on Potential Environmental Pollutants. 4. Physical, Chemical, Toxicological, and Biological Properties of Benzene; Toluene; Xylenes; and para-Chlorophenyl Methyl Sulfide, Sulfoxide, and Sulfone (United States)


    undefined mixture of o-, i-, and p-xylene. 5. "... . . . but no quantitative data. References have been given for synthesis of those compounds...185:573-582 (1974). 26. Dansette, P. and D.M. Jerina, "A Facile Synthesis of Arene Oxides at the K. Regions of Polycyclic Hydrocarbons," !. Am. Chem...Silica L and Clinoptilolite Zeolites," in Molecular Series, edited by W.M. Meier and & U. Vytterhoeven, Advan. Chem. Ser., 121:291-298 (1973). 35

  16. 苯-甲苯双效精馏的优化计算%Optimization Calculation of Binary Distillation Column for Benzene-Toluene

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    杨德明; 匡华


    建立了苯-甲苯单塔精馏的MESH方程组,采用分割技术用计算机进行迭代求解,得到了塔内各理论板的气液流量、温度和浓度分布及塔顶和塔底热负荷,并计算了该过程的热力学效率为13.97%.在此基础上,提出了苯-甲苯的并流型双效精馏流程,并对该流程进行了工艺分析,确定了高压塔塔顶采出量及回流比为两个塔的协调变量.在规定各塔压和高压塔塔底流量的条件下,以综合效益为优化目标,以两塔的回流比为决策变量,采用一维定步长搜索给出决策变量改进值的方法进行优化计算,确定了双效精馏流程的工艺操作条件.优化计算结果表明,高压塔压力为34.34 N/cm2,回流比为1.1,低压塔压力为常压,回流比为3.2的双效精馏比单塔精馏可节约供热量32%,节约蒸汽用量28%,且双效精馏过程的热力学效率可提高4.39%,是一种非常有效的节能措施.

  17. Characterization of chlorinated tire-derived mesoporous activated carbon for adsorptive removal of toluene

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    Zhu, Jianzhong [College of Environment, HoHai University, Nanjing (China); Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO (United States); Liang, Hao [Logistic Department of Guangzhou Military District, Guangzhou (China); Fang, Jun [Delon Hampton and Associates District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, Washington, DC (United States); Zhu, Jianguo [Wistron NeWeb (Kunshan) Corporation, Kunshan, Jiangsu Province (China); Shi, Buchang [Department of Chemistry, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY (United States)


    A series of chlorinated mesoporous activated carbons were derived from waste tires by pyrolysis, activation, and chlorination at different temperatures. The physical and chemical properties of the samples were studied by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, Fourier Transform IR Spectroscopy (FT-IR), point of zero charge measurement, thermogravimetric analysis, and by testing their behavior as adsorbents for toluene removal. Our results showed that the tire-derived activated carbon samples have highly mesoporous volumes and surface areas, and chlorination treatment has a slight effect on the pore structure. Lewis acidity of the sample increases after chlorination and the chlorine content increases from 0.24 to 2.32% with chlorination temperature increasing from 50 to 400 C. The higher the chlorine content, the more is the toluene adsorption. In comparison with the commercial carbon (F-400), all the samples have significantly higher adsorption capacity for toluene due to the presence of mesopores, inductive effect of the partial positive chemisorbed chlorine and resonance effects of C-Cl structures. The mesopores probably render easier diffusion of toluene molecule to inner carbon matrix and the strong {pi}-{pi} interaction between toluene and C-Cl resonance structure in the carbon significantly affects the interplay bonding process thus enhances the toluene removal. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. Potential application of biocover soils to landfills for mitigating toluene emission. (United States)

    Su, Yao; Pei, Junshen; Tian, Baohu; Fan, Fengxi; Tang, Mengling; Li, Wei; He, Ruo


    Biocover soils have been demonstrated to be a good alternative cover material to mitigate CH4 emission from landfills. To evaluate the potential of biocover soil in mitigating emissions of non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) from landfills, simulated cover soil columns with the influx of toluene (chosen as typical of NMVOCs) concentrations of 102-1336 mg m(-3) in the presence or absence of the major landfill gas components (i.e., CH4 and CO2) were conducted in this study. In the two experimental materials (waste biocover soils (WBS) and landfill cover soils (LCS)), higher toluene reduction was observed in WBS with respect to LCS. After the introduction of landfill gas, an increase of microbial diversity and relative abundance of toluene-degrading bacteria and methanotrophs occurred in WBS. To illustrate the role of toluene-degrading activity in mitigating toluene emissions through landfill covers, an analytical model was developed by incorporating the steady-state vapor transport with the first-order kinetics of aerobic biodegradation limited by O2 availability. This study demonstrated that biocover soils have great potential in applying to landfills for mitigating toluene emission to the atmosphere.

  19. A Survev on Benzene Series Comoounds and Formaldehyde in Air Pollution of Domestic Viechles in Tangshan City%唐山市家用车车厢内空气苯系物及甲醛污染状况调查

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    王颖; 佟俊旺; 李君; 崔立华; 李清钊; 杨剑; 郝继东


    [Objective]To understand the situation of benzene series compounds and formaldehyde in air pollution of domestic viechles in Tangshan City and provide basis for formulating policies of preventing and controlling benzene series compounds and formaldehyde related air pollution.[Methods]A total of 122 domestic viechleswith various serving years were selected and the concentrations of benzene, toluene, xylene and formaldehyde were detected.The basic information situation oncar model, serving frequency, etc were collected using a questionnaire.[Results]The rate of benzene, toluene, xylene and formaldehyde exceeding current governmental regulation were 14.8%, 26.2%, 20.5%, 58.2% respectively.Higher concentration and higher exceeded rates of benzene, toluene, xylene and formaldehyde in the cars serving within six months were found.The concentration of benzene series compounds and formaldehyde decreased gradually after six months.The concentration of benzene,toluene and xylene were affected by using adsorbent, cars grade and seats material respectively, and the differences were significant when tested by rank sum test.The formaldehyde concentrations did not affected by using adsorbents, vehicle model, seats material and smoking habits in car.[Conclusion]Benzene series compounds and formaldehyde in air pollution of domestic cars were commonly detected in Tangshan City.The concentration of benzene series compounds in domestic cars were associated with serving time, using adsorbent, cars grade and seats material.%[目的]了解唐山市家用车车厢内空气苯系物及甲醛污染状况,为相关防制政策的制定提供依据.[方法]选择不同车龄的122辆家用车,分别测定车厢内空气中苯、甲苯、二甲苯及甲醛的浓度,同时通过问卷调查获得车型、车龄等基本信息.[结果]车内苯、甲苯、二甲苯及甲醛浓度的超标率分别为14.8%、26.2%、20.5%,58.%.车龄在6个月之内的车辆苯、甲苯、二甲苯及甲

  20. Effect of the C/O ratio on the C 60 and C 70 formation rates in soot synthesised by laser pyrolysis of benzene-based mixtures (United States)

    Ténégal, F.; Petcu, S.; Herlin-Boime, N.; Armand, X.; Mayne, M.; Reynaud, C.


    The effect of varying the C to O atomic ratio on the formation of fullerenes in sooting flames produced by the laser pyrolysis of benzene-based mixtures was investigated. Infrared spectra were recorded on soot toluene extracts and quantification of C 60 and C 70 was performed by High Performance Liquid Chromatography. A strong increase of the fullerenes yield (C 60+C 70) was observed with decreasing C/O ratio (2.2-1.2). The lowering of the C/O ratio was also found to influence dramatically the ratio of C 60 to C 70 through an increase of the C 60 yield faster than the C 70 one. These two effects can be fully interpreted by a kinetically based argument. A strong increase of the fullerenes content was also observed with decreasing residence time in the reaction flame, and a maximum total yield of 0.23% was reached with high conversion rates (from benzene to soot). Ponderable amounts of C 84 were also quantified.

  1. Characterization of changes in gene expression and biochemical pathways at low levels of benzene exposure

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    Thomas, Reuben; Hubbard, Alan E.; McHale, Cliona M.; Zhang, Luoping; Rappaport, Stephen M.; Lan, Qing; Rothman, Nathaniel; Vermeulen, Roel; Guyton, Kathryn Z.; Jinot, Jennifer; Sonawane, Babasaheb R.; Smith, Martyn T.


    Benzene, a ubiquitous environmental pollutant, causes acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Recently, through transcriptome profiling of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), we reported dose-dependent effects of benzene exposure on gene expression and biochemical pathways in 83 workers exposed across

  2. Metagenomic and proteomic analyses to elucidate the mechanism of anaerobic benzene degradation

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    Abu Laban, Nidal [Helmholtz (Germany)


    This paper presents the mechanism of anaerobic benzene degradation using metagenomic and proteomic analyses. The objective of the study is to find out the microbes and biochemistry involved in benzene degradation. Hypotheses are proposed for the initial activation mechanism of benzene under anaerobic conditions. Two methods for degradation, molecular characterization and identification of benzene-degrading enzymes, are described. The physiological and molecular characteristics of iron-reducing enrichment culture are given and the process is detailed. Metagenome analysis of iron-reducing culture is presented using a pie chart. From the metagenome analysis of benzene-degrading culture, putative mobile element genes were identified in the aromatic-degrading configurations. Metaproteomic analysis of iron-reducing cultures and the anaerobic benzene degradation pathway are also elucidated. From the study, it can be concluded that gram-positive bacteria are involved in benzene degradation under iron-reducing conditions and that the catalysis mechanism of putative anaerobic benzene carboxylase needs further investigation.

  3. Detection of hydroxyl radical in plasma reaction on toluene removal

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    GUO Yufang; LIAO Xiaobin; YE Daiqi


    A new method was introduced to detect the concentration of OH radical in dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reaction. A film, which was impregnated with salicylic acid, was used to detect OH radical in plasma reaction at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. Salicylic acid reacts with OH radical and produces 2,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid (2,5-DHBA). Then, a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was carded out to detect the concentration of 2,5-DHBA. Therefore, OH radical in nonthermal plasma reaction could be calculated. In this plasma reaction, the applied voltage was controlled at 10 kV, the initial concentration of toluene was 400 mg/m3, and the gas flow rate was 300 ml/min. It was observed that when the film was placed away from the plasma area, 2,5-DHBA could not be detected by HPLC, although the sampling thne lasted for 48 h. On the other hand, when the film was placed in the plasma area and the sampling time being too long ( 4 h), the concentration of 2,5-DHBA was also below detection limit, and it could not be detected by HPLC. However, when the fihn was placed in the plasma reaction field with the sampling time being 3 h, the concentration of OH radical was calculated to be 10.54 × 1012 cm-3. In addition, concentration of OH radical was investigated under different humidity, such as 0.2%, 0.4%, 0.6%, 0.8%, and 1.0%. The results showed that the amount of OH radical stayed at order of magnitude of 1012 cm-3 and increased with the increase of humidity.

  4. Purification and characterization of toluene 2-monooxygenase from Burkholderia cepacia G4. (United States)

    Newman, L M; Wackett, L P


    Recent in vivo studies indicate that ring monooxygenation is a widespread mechanism by which bacteria metabolize aromatic hydrocarbons and obtain carbon and energy. In this study, toluene 2-monooxygenase from Burkholderia (formerly Pseudomonas) cepacia G4 was purified to homogeneity and found to be a three-component enzyme system. The reconstituted enzyme system oxidized toluene to o-cresol and o-cresol to 3-methylcatechol, an important intermediate for growth of the bacterium on toluene. Steady-state kinetic parameters measured for the water-soluble substrate o-cresol were a Km of 0.8 microM and a Vmax of 131 nmol min-1 (mg of hydroxylase protein)-1. The three protein components were (1) a 40 kDa polypeptide containing one FAD and a [2Fe2S] cluster, (2) a 10.4 kDa polypeptide that contained no identifiable metals or organic cofactors, and (3) a 211 kDa alpha 2 beta 2 gamma 2 component containing five to six iron atoms. The 40 kDa flavo-iron-sulfur protein oxidized NADH and transferred electrons to cytochrome c, dyes, and the alpha 2 beta 2 gamma 2 component. It is analogous to other NADH oxidoreductase components found in a wide range of bacterial mono- and dioxygenases. The 10.4 kDa component, added to the other two components and NADH, increased toluene oxidation rates 10-fold. The alpha 2 beta 2 gamma 2 component was indicated to contain the site for toluene binding and hydroxylation by the following observations: (1) tight binding to a toluene affinity column; (2) oxidation of toluene after reduction of the protein with dithionite and adding O2; (3) H2O2-dependent toluene oxidation and catalase activity; and (4) spectroscopic studies of the iron atoms in the component. The alpha 2 beta 2 gamma 2 component had no significant absorbance in the visible region. EPR spectroscopy yielded a signal at g = 16 upon addition of > 2 equiv of electrons per 2 Fe atoms. Taken with the quantitation of five to six iron atoms, the data suggest that the alpha 2 beta 2 gamma 2

  5. Effect of benzene and benzene series on reproductive health of female workers%苯及苯系物对女工生殖健康影响的调查

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    孙少华; 李宗政; 周晓杰; 张树其


    [Objective]To understand the effect of benzene and benzene series on reproductive health of female workers, and provide scientific evidence for protection of female workers' health. [Methods]Cluster sampling method was used to select 296 female workers from 28 shoes manufacturers who were divided into exposure group and control group according to benzene , toluene and xy-lene exposure. Self-designed occupational health questionnaire was used for investigation. The results were input into Excel database and analyzed by SPSS 17.0. [Results] The alcohol consumption rate in exposure group was higher than that in control group (x2 =6.36, P <0.05) , and menstrual cycle in exposure group was obviously extended, with significant difference(x2=24.32, P < 0.01). The number of spontaneous abortions (within 12 weeks of pregnancy, ) , the number of abortions in control group was significantly less than that of exposure group, with significant difference(P < 0.01). [ Conclusion] Benzene and benzene content to the women workers in menstrual cycle is influential, can extend the female menstrual cycle, and can cause miscarriage number increase , on reproductive health impact, should strengthen the women workers labor protection and related research.%目的 了解苯及苯系物对女工生殖健康的影响,为保护女工身体健康提供科学依据.方法 采用整群抽样法,抽取高密市28家制鞋企业的女工296名,依据接触苯、甲苯和二甲苯与否,分为接触组和对照组.采用自制女工职业健康调查问卷,进行调查,调查表数据,录入Excel数据库,用SPSS 17.0软件进行分析.结果 接触组饮酒率高于对照组(x2 =6.36,P<0.05),接触组较对照组月经周期明显延长,差异有统计学意义(x2=24.32,P<0.01).对照组自然流产(妊娠12周以前自然流产)次数、人工流产次数明显少于接触组,经比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 苯及苯系物对女工的月经周期有影响,可以延长女

  6. Transcriptional Responses in Rat Brain Associated with Sub-Chronic Toluene Inhalation are Not Predicted by Effects of Acute Toluene Inhalation. (United States)

    ABSTRACT A primary public health concern regarding environmental chemicals is the potential for persistent effects from long-term exposure, and approaches to estimate these effects from short-term exposures are needed. Toluene, a ubiquitous air pollutant, exerts well-documented ...

  7. Are there Efimov trimers in hexafluorobenzene rather than in benzene vapor itself?

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    Squire, R.H., E-mail: [Department of Natural Sciences, West Virginia University – Institute of Technology, Montgomery, WV 25136 (United States); March, N.H. [Department of Physics, University of Antwerp, Groenborgerlaan 171, B-2020, Antwerp (Belgium); Oxford University, Oxford, England (United Kingdom); Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy)


    Is there a spectroscopic method to detect an Efimov state? Following our proposal of an Efimov state arising from three pseudo bosons (generalized Cooper pairs) in benzene, our spectroscopic studies have found no evidence of Efimov trimers (ET) in h{sub 6}- or d{sub 6}-benzene. However, hexafluoro-benzene has shown peaks that we attributed to ET and the pseudo bosons. The experimental evidence suggests that benzene pseudo bosons and subsequently ET are quite sensitive to the surroundings.

  8. Theoretical study of the solvent effect on the aromaticity of benzene: a NICS analysis. (United States)

    Junqueira, Georgia M A; Dos Santos, Hélio F


    Nucleus-independent chemical shift (NICS) quantities for benzene-benzene and benzene-water species were obtained and are discussed in gas phase and in solution. Besides standard polarizable continuum model (PCM) calculations, sequential Monte Carlo/quantum mechanics (S-MC/QM) were also performed. Benzene was shown to be slightly more aromatic in condensate phase when we considered the average solvent configuration (ASEC) approach with explicit molecules.

  9. Spectroscopic studies of cryogenic fluids: Benzene in nitrogen (United States)

    Nowak, R.; Bernstein, E. R.


    Energy shifts and bandwidths for the 1B2u←1A1g optical absorption of benzene in supercritical nitrogen are presented as a function of pressure, temperature, and density. The pressure and density dependence of energy shifts of room temperature emission of benzene in nitrogen fluid is also reported. Both absorption and emission spectra exhibit shifts to lower energy as a function of density, whereas almost no spectral shifts are observed if the density is kept constant and temperature and pressure varied simultaneously. Thus, density is the fundamental microscopic parameter for energy shifts of optical transitions in supercritical nitrogen. This result is analogous to the findings for the liquid benzene/propane system and can be interpreted qualitatively in terms of changes occurring in the intermolecular potential; however, in the benzene/supercritical nitrogen system an additional small density independent temperature effect on the transition energy has been identified. Experimental results are compared to dielectric (Onsager-Böttcher and Wertheim) and microscopic quantum statistical mechanical (Schweizer-Chandler) theories of solvent effects on solute electronic spectra. Reasonably good agreement between experiment and theory is found. The results demonstrate that liquid state theory can be used to describe the supercritical nitrogen fluid.

  10. 1,4-Bis[3-chloro-2-(chloromethylpropyl]benzene

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    Full Text Available The title molecule, C14H18Cl4, possesses a crystallographically imposed inversion centre, which coincides with the centre of benzene ring. In the absence of classical intermolecular interactions, van der Waals forces help the molecules to pack in the crystal.

  11. Effects of benzene inhalation on murine pluripotent stem cells. (United States)

    Cronkite, E P; Inoue, T; Carsten, A L; Miller, M E; Bullis, J E; Drew, R T


    Effects of benzene inhalation on mouse pluripotent hematopoietic stem cells have been evaluated. Male mice 8--12 wk old were exposed to 400 ppm benzene for 6 h/d, 5 d/wk, for up to 9 1/2 wk. At various time intervals exposed and control animals were killed, and cardiac blood was evaluated for changes in white blood cell (WBC) and red blood cell (RBC) content. In addition, femora and tibiae were evaluated for total marrow cellularity, stem cell content (as measured by the spleen colony technique), and the percent of stem cells in DNA synthesis (as determined by the tritiated thymidine cytocide technique). Exogenous spleen colonies grown from marrow of exposed animals were counted, identified, and scored by histological type. Exposure to benzene caused significant depressions of RBCs and WBCs throughout the exposure period, which continued for at least 14 d after exposure. Bone marrow cellularity and stem cell content were also depressed in exposed animals throughout the study. Tritiated thymidine cytocide of spleen colony-forming cells was generally increased in exposed animals, perhaps indicating a compensatory response to the reduction of circulating cells. Spleen colonies of all types were depressed after exposure to benzene. The significance of the reduction in cellularity, stem cell content, and changes in morphology of spleen colonies is discussed in relation to cellular toxicity and residual injury.

  12. The ototoxic effects of ethyl benzene in rats

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    Cappaert, N.L.M.; Klis, S.F.L.; Muijser, H.; Groot, J.C.M.J. de; Kulig, B.M.; Smoorenburg, G.F.


    Exposure to organic solvents has been shown to be ototoxic in animals and there is evidence that these solvents can induce hearing loss in humans. In this study, the effects of inhalation of the possibly ototoxic solvent ethyl benzene on the cochlear function and morphology were evaluated using thre

  13. Benzene Removal by Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Decorated Carbon Nanotubes

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    Aamir Abbas


    Full Text Available In this paper, carbon nanotubes (CNTs impregnated with iron oxide nanoparticles were employed for the removal of benzene from water. The adsorbents were characterized using scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, BET surface area, and thermogravimetric analysis. Batch adsorption experiments were carried out to study the adsorptive removal of benzene and the effect of parameters such as pH, contact time, and adsorbent dosage. The maximum removal of benzene was 61% with iron oxide impregnated CNTs at an adsorbent dosage 100 mg, shaking speed 200 rpm, contact time 2 hours, initial concentration 1 ppm, and pH 6. However, raw CNTs showed only 53% removal under same experimental conditions. Pseudo-first-order kinetic model was found well to describe the obtained data on benzene removal from water. Initial concentration was varied from 1 to 200 mg/L for isotherms study. Langmuir isotherm model was observed to best describe the adsorption data. The maximum adsorption capacities were 987.58 mg/g and 517.27 mg/g for iron oxide impregnated CNTs and raw CNTs, respectively. Experimental results revealed that impregnation with iron oxide nanoparticles significantly increased the removal efficiency of CNTs.

  14. Electronic states of 1,4-bis(phenylethynyl)benzene

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    Nguyen, Duy Duc; Jones, Nykola; Hoffmann, Søren Vrønning


    The electronic transitions of 1,4-bis(phenylethynyl)benzene (BPEB) were investigated by UV synchrotron radiation linear dichroism (SRLD) spectroscopy in the range 25,000 – 58,000 cm–1 (400 – 170 nm) on molecular samples aligned in stretched polyethylene. The investigation was supported by variable...

  15. Development of microbial engineered whole-cell systems for environmental benzene determination. (United States)

    Di Gennaro, P; Bruzzese, N; Anderlini, D; Aiossa, M; Papacchini, M; Campanella, L; Bestetti, G


    This paper reports the development of two recombinant bacterial systems that can be used to monitor environmental benzene contamination based on Escherichia coli, which carry genes coding for benzene dioxygenase and benzene dihydrodiol dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas putida MST. E. coli strains express these two enzymes under the control of the Ptac promoter or without any induction. These activities can be detected electrochemically or colorimetrically and used to monitor benzene pollution in environmental air samples collected from an oil refinery assessing benzene by different laboratory experimental procedures. The procedures involving whole-cell bioassays determine the concentration of benzene through benzene dioxygenase activity, which allows for direct correlation of oxygen consumption, and through the benzene dihydrodiol dehydrogenase that causes catechol accumulation and restores NADH necessary for the activity of the first enzyme. Oxygen consumption and catechol production deriving from both enzymatic activities are related to benzene concentration and their measurements determined the sensitivity of the system. The results indicated that the sensitivity was enough to detect the benzene vapor at a lower concentration level of 0.01 mM in about 30 min. The possibility for on-line monitoring of benzene concentration by our new recombinant cells results from the fact that no particular treatment of environmental samples is required. This is a major advantage over other biosensors or assays. Moreover, the development of microbial cells that did not require any addition or effectors for the transcription of the specific enzymes, allowed these systems to be more versatile in automated environmental benzene monitoring.

  16. Toxicogenomic analysis of gene expression changes in rat liver after a 28-day oral benzene exposure

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    Heijne, W.H.M.; Jonker, D.; Stierum, R.H.; Ommen, B. van; Groten, J.P.


    Benzene is an industrial chemical, component of automobile exhaust and cigarette smoke. After hepatic bioactivation benzene induces bone marrow, blood and hepatic toxicity. Using a toxicogenomics approach this study analysed the effects of benzene at three dose levels on gene expression in the liver

  17. Aromatic hydrocarbons associated with brines from geopressured wells. Annual report, fiscal 1985

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    Keeley, D.F.; Meriwether, J.R.


    Samples of cryocondensates - materials condensed at - 78.5/sup 0/C were taken on a regular basis from the gas stream for the USDOE geopressured wells. Most of the data has been taken from the Gladys McCall well as it has flowed on a regular and almost continous basis. The cryocondensates, not the ''condensate'' from gas wells, are almost exclusively aromatic hydrocarbons, primarily benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and the xylenes, but contain over 95 compounds, characterized using gas chromatographic-mass spectroscopy. The solubility in water and brine of benezene, toluene, ethylbenzene and o-xylene, some of the components of the cryocondensate, as well as distribution coefficients between water or brine and a standard oil have been measured. 25 refs.


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    A. Rezaee ، Gh. H. Pourtaghi ، A. Khavanin ، R. Sarraf Mamoory ، M. T. Ghaneian ، H. Godini


    Full Text Available Volatile organic compounds are considered as a group of major environmental pollutants and toluene is recognized as one of the representatives. In this research, the photocatalytic activity for toluene removal was studied over TiO2 nanoparticles embeded on activated carbon. Laboratory-scale experiments were conducted in a fixed-bed reactor equipped with 4 w and 8 w UV lamps (peak wavelength at 365 nm to determine the oxidation rates of toluene. The photocatalyst was extensively characterized by means of X- ray diffraction and scan electronmicroscopy. Experiments were conducted under general laboratory temperature (25ºC±2 while the irradiation was provided by the UV lamps. The dependence of the reaction rate on light intensity as well as the deactivation of the catalyst were determined. The results indicated that the rate of the photocatalytic process increased with increasing the intensity of UV irradiation. Using the UV-A lamps, the decomposition rate of toluene was 98%. The stabilized photocatalyst presented remarkable stability (no deactivation and excellent repeatability. The catalyst could be regenerated by UV irradiation in the absence of gas phase. The control experiments confirmed that the photocatalytic effects of toluene onto the TiO2/activated carbon catalysts in the dark conditions were negligible. Reproducibility tests proved that the photocatalytic activity of the photocatalyst remains intact even after several experiments of new added toluene quantities. The study demonstrated that the TiO2/activated carbon catalyst may be a practical and promising way to degrade the toluene under ultraviolet irradiation.

  19. Co-metabolic conversion of toluene in anaerobic n-alkane-degrading bacteria. (United States)

    Rabus, Ralf; Jarling, René; Lahme, Sven; Kühner, Simon; Heider, Johann; Widdel, Friedrich; Wilkes, Heinz


    Diverse microorganisms have been described to degrade petroleum hydrocarbons anaerobically. Strains able to utilize n-alkanes do not grow with aromatic hydrocarbons, whereas strains able to utilize aromatic hydrocarbons do not grow with n-alkanes. To investigate this specificity in more detail, three anaerobic n-alkane degraders (two denitrifying, one sulfate-reducing) and eight anaerobic alkylbenzene degraders (five denitrifying, three sulfate-reducing) were incubated with mixtures of n-alkanes and toluene. Whereas the toluene degradationers formed only the characteristic toluene-derived benzylsuccinate and benzoate, but no n-alkane-derived metabolites, the n-alkane degraders formed toluene-derived benzylsuccinate, 4-phenylbutanoate, phenylacetate and benzoate besides the regular n-alkane-derived (1-methylalkyl)succinates and methyl-branched alkanoates. The co-metabolic conversion of toluene by anaerobic n-alkane degraders to the level of benzoate obviously follows the anaerobic n-alkane degradation pathway with C-skeleton rearrangement and decarboxylation rather than the β-oxidation pathway of anaerobic toluene metabolism. Hence, petroleum-derived aromatic metabolites detectable in anoxic environments may not be exclusively formed by genuine alkylbenzene degraders. In addition, the hitherto largely unexplored fate of fumarate hydrogen during the activation reactions was examined with (2,3-(2) H(2) )fumarate as co-substrate. Deuterium was completely exchanged with hydrogen at the substituted carbon atom (C-2) of the succinate adducts of n-alkanes, whereas it is retained in toluene-derived benzylsuccinate, regardless of the type of enzyme catalysing the fumarate addition reaction.

  20. Activity of toluene-degrading Pseudomonas putida in the early growth phase of a biofilm for waste gas treatment

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    Pedersen, A.R.; Møller, S.; Molin, S.


    in the biofilm. Based on the rRNA content, the in situ activity was estimated to be reduced to 20% of cells grown at maximum conditions in batch culture. The toluene degraded by P. putida was estimated to be a minor part (11%) of the overall toluene degradation. (C) 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.......A biological trickling filter for treatment of toluene-containing waste gas was studied. The overall kinetics of the biofilm growth was followed in the early growth phase. A rapid initial colonization took place during the first three days. The biofilm thickness increased exponentially, whereas...... the increase of active biomass and polymers was linear. In order to investigate the toluene degradation, various toluene degraders from the multispecies biofilm were isolated, and a Pseudomonas putida was chosen as a representative of the toluene-degrading population. A specific rRNA oligonucleotide probe...

  1. Experimental Study of the Dynamic Viscosity Deviations in the Binary Systems: Hexane + Ethylbenzene, + o-Xylene, + m-Xylene, + p-Xylene at 298.15 K (United States)

    Domínguez-Pérez, Montserrat; Franjo, Carlos; Pico, José; Segade, Luisa; Cabeza, Oscar; Jiménez, Eulogio


    In this study experimental measurements of the thermophysical properties of binary mixtures containing hexane + aromatic hydrocarbon are continued. Here experimental data of the dynamic viscosity, η, at 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure, over the complete composition range are presented. As noted, the second compound of all mixtures belong to the same aromatic family, with a benzene ring having one ethyl chain or two methyl chains placed at different sites of the benzene ring. So, the molar mass for all four second compounds is exactly the same. Thus, these measurements will provide information about the influence of the methyl chain positions on the viscosity when it is mixed with hexane. From the measured values of the dynamic viscosity, dynamic viscosity deviations of the binary mixtures are determined and the viscosity deviations are compared with other deviation results for similar mixtures, and among the different binary mixtures.

  2. Quantum Monte Carlo Study of π-Bonded Transition Metal Organometallics: Neutral and Cationic Vanadium-Benzene and Cobalt-Benzene Half Sandwiches. (United States)

    Horváthová, L; Dubecký, M; Mitas, L; Štich, I


    We present accurate quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations that enabled us to determine the structure, spin multiplicity, ionization energy, dissociation energy, and spin-dependent electronic gaps of neutral and positively charged vanadium-benzene and cobalt-benzene systems. From total/ionization energy, we deduce a sextet (quintet) state of neutral (cationic) vanadium-benzene systems and quartet (triplet) state of the neutral (cationic) cobalt-benzene systems. Vastly different energy gaps for the two spin channels are predicted for the vanadium-benzene system and broadly similar energy gaps for the cobalt-benzene system. For this purpose, we have used a multistage combination of techniques with consecutive elimination of systematic biases except for the fixed-node approximation in QMC. Our results significantly differ from the established picture based on previous less accurate calculations and point out the importance of high-level many-body methods for predictive calculations of similar transition metal-based organometallic systems.

  3. Separation of Nitration By-Products in Commercial-Grade Trinitro-Toluene by High Performance Liquid Chromatography. (United States)



  4. Simultaneous removal of hydrogen sulfide and toluene in a bioreactor:Performance and characteristics of microbial community

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    Min Gao; Lin Li; Junxin Liu


    We investigated the correlation between performance and the bacteria community composition by H2S and toluene co-treatment.Operation of the bioreactor was divided into four stages, in which the inlet concentration of toluene and H2S were gradually increased.In Stage Ⅰ, toluene was the sole target compound with an average removal efficiency of 86.49%.After adding H2S in Stage Ⅱ, removal efficiency of toluene decreased immediately and recovered gradually to 85.96%.When the inlet concentration of toluene and H2S was increased in Stage Ⅲ and Stage Ⅳ, respectively, the average removal efficiency for toluene increased continuously from 86.31% to 87.24%.The elimination capacities of toluene increased with increasing inlet loading rates of toluene and H2S.Results of the PCR-DGGE analysis showed a turnover growth and decline of the microbial populations in the bioreactor.In Stage Ⅰ, the dominant toluene-degrading bacteria mainly contained Pseudomonas sp.strain PS+ and Hydrogenophaga sp.In Stage Ⅳ, however, the dominant toluene-degrading bacteria was aciduric bacteria (Clostridium populeti).The dominant microbial community in the bioreactor enhanced the elimination capacity of toluene, and adding H2S changed the environment of microbial growth, thus resulted in an evolution of dominant microorganisms.Analyses of microbial community and their activities provides valuable information to efficiently enhance simultaneous removal of toluene and H2S in the bioreactor.

  5. (1RS,6SR-Ethyl 4-(4-chlorophenyl-6-(4-fluorophenyl-2-oxocyclohex-3-ene-1-carboxylate toluene hemisolvate

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    Grzegorz Dutkiewicz


    Full Text Available In the crystal structure of the title compound, C21H18ClFO3·0.5C7H8, the toluene solvent molecules occupy special positions on centres of symmetry, and consequently are disordered across this site. The cyclohexene ring has a slightly distorted sofa conformation; the two benzene rings are inclined by 72.90 (7° and their planes make dihedral angles of 30.09 (10 (chlorophenyl and 88.13 (6° (fluorophenyl with the approximately planar part of the cyclohexenone ring [maximum deviation from plane through five atoms is 0.030 (2 Å, the sixth atom is 0.672 (3Å out of this plane]. Weak intermolecular C—H...O and C—H...X (X = F, Cl interactions join molecules into a three-dimensional structure. Also, a relatively short and directional C—Cl...F—C contact is observed [Cl...F = 3.119 (2 Å, C—Cl...F = 157.5 (2° and C—F...Cl 108.3 (2°]. The solvent molecules fill the voids in the crystal structure and are kept there by relatively short and directional C—H...π interactions.

  6. Evaluation of the Parameters and Conditions of Process in the Ethylbenzene Dehydrogenation with Application of Permselective Membranes to Enhance Styrene Yield (United States)

    Araújo, Paulo Jardel P.; Leite, Manuela Souza; Kakuta Ravagnani, Teresa M.


    Styrene is an important monomer in the manufacture of thermoplastic. Most of it is produced by the catalytic dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene. In this process that depends on reversible reactions, the yield is usually limited by the establishment of thermodynamic equilibrium in the reactor. The styrene yield can be increased by using a hybrid process, with reaction and separation simultaneously. It is proposed using permselective composite membrane to remove hydrogen and thus suppress the reverse and secondary reactions. This paper describes the simulation of a dehydrogenation process carried out in a tubular fixed-bed reactor wrapped in a permselective composite membrane. A mathematical model was developed, incorporating the various mass transport mechanisms found in each of the membrane layers and in the catalytic fixed bed. The effects of the reactor feed conditions (temperature, steam-to-oil ratio, and the weight hourly space velocity), the fixed-bed geometry (length, diameter, and volume), and the membrane geometry (thickness of the layers) on the styrene yield were analyzed. These variables were used to determine experimental conditions that favour the production of styrene. The simulation showed that an increase of 40.98% in the styrene yield, compared to a conventional fixed-bed process, could be obtained by wrapping the reactor in a permselective composite membrane. PMID:27069982

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

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


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

  8. Characterization and performance of a toluene-degrading biofilm developed on pumice stones

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    Sacceddu Pasquale


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hydrocarbon-degrading biofilms in the treatment of contaminated groundwaters have received increasing attention due to the role played in the so-called "biobarriers". These are bioremediation systems in which a microbial consortium adherent to a solid support is placed across the flow of a contaminated plume, thus promoting biodegradation of the pollutant. Results A microbial consortium adherent to pumice granules (biofilm developed from a toluene-enriched microflora in a mini-scale system, following continuous supply of a mineral medium containing toluene, over a 12-month period. Observation by scanning electron microscopy, together with quantification of the biomass attached to pumice, evidenced the presence of abundant exopolymeric material surrounding the cells in the biofilm. Toluene removal monitored during 12-month operation, reached 99%. Identification of the species, based on comparative 16S ribosomal DNA (rDNA sequence analysis, revealed that Rhodococcus erythropolis and Pseudomonas marginalis were the predominant bacterial species in the microbial consortium. Conclusion A structurally complex toluene-degrading biofilm, mainly formed by Rhodococcus erythropolis and Pseudomonas marginalis, developed on pumice granules, in a mini-scale apparatus continuously fed with toluene.

  9. Flammability limits and explosion characteristics of toluene-nitrous oxide mixtures. (United States)

    Vandebroek, L; Van den Schoor, F; Verplaetsen, F; Berghmans, J; Winter, H; van't Oost, E


    Flammability limits and explosion characteristics of toluene-nitrous oxide mixtures are experimentally determined in an 8l spherical vessel, and are compared with corresponding values of toluene-air mixtures. The experiments, performed at atmospheric pressure and at an initial temperature of 70 degrees C, show that the flammable range of toluene in nitrous oxide (0.25-22.5 mol%) is about three times as wide as the corresponding range of toluene in air (1.3-7.1 mol%). Maximum values of the explosion pressure ratio and the deflagration index, K(G), are clearly higher when nitrous oxide is applied as an oxidizer. This can be attributed to the increased flame temperature and burning velocity of toluene-nitrous oxide flames. Moreover, extremely high values of K(G) for near-stoichiometric mixtures in combination with strong acoustic oscillations in the pressure signals of these mixtures indicate the existence of a flame accelerating mechanism. These phenomena are enhanced when an initial pressure of 6 bara is applied. Finally, when evaluating the lower flammability limit, it was found that pure nitrous oxide decomposes at pressures above 4.5 bara when applying an ignition energy of about 10 J.

  10. High formation of secondary organic aerosol from the photo-oxidation of toluene

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    L. Hildebrandt


    Full Text Available Toluene and other aromatics have long been viewed as the dominant anthropogenic secondary organic aerosol (SOA precursors, but the SOA mass yields from toluene reported in previous studies vary widely. Experiments conducted in the Carnegie Mellon University environmental chamber to study SOA formation from the photo-oxidation of toluene show significantly larger SOA production than parameterizations employed in current air-quality models. Aerosol mass yields depend on experimental conditions: yields are higher under higher UV intensity, under low-NOx conditions and at lower temperatures. The extent of oxidation of the aerosol also varies with experimental conditions, consistent with ongoing, progressive photochemical aging of the toluene SOA. Measurements using a thermodenuder system suggest that the aerosol formed under high- and low-NOx conditions is semi-volatile. These results suggest that SOA formation from toluene depends strongly on ambient conditions. An approximate parameterization is proposed for use in air-quality models until a more thorough treatment accounting for the dynamic nature of this system becomes available.

  11. PANI and Graphene/PANI Nanocomposite Films — Comparative Toluene Gas Sensing Behavior

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    Mitesh Parmar


    Full Text Available The present work discusses and compares the toluene sensing behavior of polyaniline (PANI and graphene/polyaniline nanocomposite (C-PANI films. The graphene–PANI ratio in the nanocomposite polymer film is optimized at 1:2. For this, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP solvent is used to prepare PANI-NMP solution as well as graphene-PANI-NMP solution. The films are later annealed at 230 °C, characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM as well Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and tested for their sensing behavior towards toluene. The sensing behaviors of the films are analyzed at different temperatures (30, 50 and 100 °C for 100 ppm toluene in air. The nanocomposite C-PANI films have exhibited better overall toluene sensing behavior in terms of sensor response, response and recovery time as well as repeatability. Although the sensor response of PANI (12.6 at 30 °C, 38.4 at 100 °C is comparatively higher than that of C-PANI (8.4 at 30 °C, 35.5 at 100 °C, response and recovery time of PANI and C-PANI varies with operating temperature. C-PANI at 50 °C seems to have better toluene sensing behavior in terms of response time and recovery time.

  12. Transport and phase equilibria of benzene in FAU type zeolites (United States)

    Saravanan, Chandra

    We have studied lattice models for self-diffusion of benzene in FAU type zeolites, to explore the effect of the thermodynamics of confined fluids on the transport properties of molecules in zeolites. Our model assumes that benzene molecules are located near Na+ ions in supercages, and in 12-ring windows separating adjacent supercages, respectively. The study was performed in three stages. First, to disentangle the effect of a vapor-liquid phase equilibria on diffusion in zeolites, the transport of benzene in Na-Y is modeled in the absence of attractive guest-guest interactions. The loading dependence of diffusion coefficient, Dtheta, at a constant temperature, referred to as a diffusion isotherm, is modeled with site-blocking effects using a mean field theory (MFT) that yields, Dq=16kq a2q, where atheta ≅ 11 A is the mean intercage jump length and 1/ktheta is the mean supercage residence time. A completely analytical expression is derived to calculate ktheta. The MFT is tested using a mean field approximation (MFA) where ktheta and atheta are calculated from kinetic Monte Carlo simulations yielding excellent qualitative agreement. Further calculations are performed to test MFA by calculating "exact" diffusion coefficients from mean square displacement (MSD) calculations also yielding excellent qualitative agreement. Next, by including guest-guest attractive interactions, we have performed lattice grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations of benzene adsorption in Na-X zeolite to determine whether strongly confined benzene molecules exhibit subcritical properties. We observe a phase transition from low to high density of adsorbed benzene, analogous to vapor-liquid equilibrium, at temperatures as high as 300 K and above. By performing thermodynamic integration to construct the coexistence curve, we obtain a critical point for benzene in Na-X at Tc = 370 +/- 20 K, thetac = 0.45 +/- 0.05 fractional coverage. We suggest that careful adsorption experiments should be

  13. Product formation from thiophene by a mixed bacterial culture. Influence of benzene as growth substrate

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    Rivas, Isabelle Marie; Mosbæk, Hans; Arvin, Erik


    The influence of benzene as a growth substrate on the cometabolic conversion of thiophene was investigated in batch systems with microorganisms originating from an creosote contaminated site. Benzene was shown to stimulate the conversion of thiophene with a first-order rate, during the initial...... phase of transformation. The microorganisms were able to transform thiophene in the absence of benzene at a zero-order rate. Thiophene was converted to five oxidation products, regardless of the presence of benzene. Benzene had no influence on the distribution of these oxidation products. The main...

  14. The Grand Canonical Monte Carlo Simulations of Benzene and Propylene in ITQ-1 Zeolite

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    Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulations have been performed to study the localization and adsorption behavior of benzene and propylene, in purely siliceous MWW zeolite (ITQ-1). By analyzing the locations of benzene and propylene in ITQ-1, it can be deduced that the alkylation of benzene and propylene will mainly happen in 12-MR supercages at the external surface or close to the external surface. The adsorption isotherms of benzene and propylene at 315K and 0~3.5kPa are predicted, and the results for benzene generally coincide with the trend from the experiments of a series of aromatic compounds.

  15. In-situ Investigation of BBr_3/benzene Solution by Fourier Transformation Infrared Spectroscopy

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    YU Li-li; GAI Li-gang; CUI De-Hang; WANG Qi-long


    By means of the in-situ Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy(FTIR), the properties of BBr_3/ benzene solution, which is usually used as the reactant and solution to synthesize BN by benzene-thermal method, have been investigated. The results show that there are some side reactions between BBr_3 and benzene: (1) BBr_3 as an electron-deficient molecule reacts with benzene at room temperature; (2) below 100℃, substitution of Br atom for H atom of benzene(ring-H) dominates in BBr_3/benzene solution; (3) cracking of benzene ring occurs at a temperature above 100℃; (4) decomposition of benzene molecules and formation of long-chain aliphatic compounds feature the spectra of BBr_3/benzene solution collected at above 160℃. They are unfavor for BN to form when BBr_3 is excessive in the synthesis of BN by benzene-thermal route. On the basis of the experimental results, a coordination reaction mechanism via a η~2-C_6H_6 binding mode in BBr_3/benzene solution is suggested.

  16. Benzene exposure and the effect of traffic pollution in Copenhagen, Denmark

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    Skov, H.; Hansen, A.B.; Andersen, H.V.; Loefstroem, P.; Christensen, C.S. [National Environmental Research Inst., Roskilde (Denmark). Dept. of Atmospheric Environment; Lorenzen, G. [Environmental Protection Agency, Copenhagen (Denmark)


    Benzene is a carcinogenic compound, which is emitted from petrol-fuelled cars and thus is found ubiquitous in all cities. As part of the project Monitoring of Atmospheric Concentrations of Benzene in European Towns and Homes (MACBETH) six campaigns were carried out in the Municipality of Copenhagen, Denmark. The campaigns were distributed over 1 year. In each campaign, the personal exposure to benzene of 50 volunteers (non-smokers living in non-smoking families) living and working in Copenhagen was measured. Simultaneously, benzene was measured in their homes and in an urban network distributed over the municipality. The Radiello diffusive sampler was applied to sample 5 days averages of benzene and other hydrocarbons. Comparison of the results with those from a BTX-monitor showed excellent agreement. The exposure and the concentrations in homes and in the urban area were found to be close to log-normal distribution. The annual averages of the geometrical mean values were 5.22, 4.30 and 2.90{mu}gm{sup -3} for personal exposure, home concentrations and urban concentrations, respectively. Two main parameters are controlling the general level of benzene in Copenhagen: firstly, the emission from traffic and secondly, dispersion due to wind speed. The general level of exposure to benzene and home concentrations of benzene were strongly correlated with the outdoor level of benzene, which indicated that traffic is an important source for indoor concentrations of benzene and for the exposure to benzene. (Author)

  17. Benzene-induced hematotoxicity and bone marrow compensation in B6C3F1 mice. (United States)

    Farris, G M; Robinson, S N; Gaido, K W; Wong, B A; Wong, V A; Hahn, W P; Shah, R S


    Long-term inhalation exposure of benzene has been shown to cause hematotoxicity and an increased incidence of acute myelogenous leukemia in humans. The progression of benzene-induced hematotoxicity and the features of the toxicity that may play a major role in the leukemogenesis are not known. We report the hematological consequences of benzene inhalation in B6C3F1 mice exposed to 1, 5, 10, 100, and 200 ppm benzene for 6 hr/day, 5 days/week for 1, 2, 4, or 8 weeks and a recovery group. There were no significant effects on hematopoietic parameters from exposure to 10 ppm benzene or less. Exposure of mice to 100 and 200 ppm benzene reduced the number of total bone marrow cells, progenitor cells, differentiating hematopoietic cells, and most blood parameters. Replication of primitive progenitor cells in the bone marrow was increased during the exposure period as a compensation for the cytotoxicity induced by 100 and 200 ppm benzene. In mice exposed to 200 ppm benzene, the primitive progenitor cells maintained an increased percentage of cells in S-phase through 25 days of recovery compared with controls. The increased replication of primitive progenitor cells in concert with the reported genotoxicity induced by benzene provides the components necessary for producing an increased incidence of lymphoma in mice. Furthermore, we propose this mode of action as a biologically plausible mechanism for benzene-induced leukemia in humans exposed to high concentrations of benzene.

  18. Benzene exposure and the effect of traffic pollution in Copenhagen, Denmark (United States)

    Skov, Henrik; Hansen, Asger B.; Lorenzen, Gitte; Andersen, Helle Vibeke; Løfstrøm, Per; Christensen, Carsten S.

    Benzene is a carcinogenic compound, which is emitted from petrol-fuelled cars and thus is found ubiquitous in all cities. As part of the project Monitoring of Atmospheric Concentrations of Benzene in European Towns and Homes (MACBETH) six campaigns were carried out in the Municipality of Copenhagen, Denmark. The campaigns were distributed over 1 year. In each campaign, the personal exposure to benzene of 50 volunteers (non-smokers living in non-smoking families) living and working in Copenhagen was measured. Simultaneously, benzene was measured in their homes and in an urban network distributed over the municipality. The Radiello diffusive sampler was applied to sample 5 days averages of benzene and other hydrocarbons. Comparison of the results with those from a BTX-monitor showed excellent agreement. The exposure and the concentrations in homes and in the urban area were found to be close to log-normal distribution. The annual averages of the geometrical mean values were 5.22, 4.30 and 2.90 μg m -3 for personal exposure, home concentrations and urban concentrations, respectively. Two main parameters are controlling the general level of benzene in Copenhagen: firstly, the emission from traffic and secondly, dispersion due to wind speed. The general level of exposure to benzene and home concentrations of benzene were strongly correlated with the outdoor level of benzene, which indicated that traffic is an important source for indoor concentrations of benzene and for the exposure to benzene.

  19. Non-invasive toluene sensor for early diagnosis of lung cancer (United States)

    Saxena, Rahul; Srivastava, Sudha


    Here we present, quantification of volatile organic compounds in human breath for early detection of lung cancer to increase survival probability. Graphene oxide nanosheets synthesized by modified Hummer's method were employed as a sensing element to detect the presence of toluene in the sample. Optical and morphological characterization of synthesized nanomaterial was performed by UV-Visible spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) respectively. Spectroscopic assay shows a linearly decreasing intensity of GO absorption peak with increasing toluene concentration with a linear range from 0-200 pM. While impedimetric sensor developed on a graphene oxide nanosheetsmodified screen printed electrodes displayed a decreasing electron transfer resistance increasing toluene with much larger linear range of 0-1000 pM. Reported techniques are advantageous as these are simple, sensitive and cost effective, which can easily be extended for primary screening of other VOCs.

  20. Screen and Capacity of Predominant Strain for Toluene Biodegradation in Groundwater

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    ZHANG Lan-ying; LIN Xue-yu; Taboure Aboubacar; LIU Rui; ZHANG Yu-ling


    The soil nearby a gas station was collected, from which we isolated a series of strains by means of enrichment and screening technigues. The most effective strain for the degradation of toluene, i.e. , JYZ0315was screened by the further mutation of the above strains. The degradation capacity experiment was carried out in simulated groundwater. Under the optimal conditions, the degradation rate could reach 93. 5%. During the extend application experiments with a percolation tank, the degradation of toluene reached 87.3% in 11 d and 95.2% in 15 d, which was close to that of the microenvironment, and this proves that JYZ0315 is one of the predominant strains to degrade toluene in groundwater.

  1. Depolymerization of Poly(bisphenol A carbonate) in Subcritical and Supercritical Toluene

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    The depolymerization of poly(bisphenol A carbonate)(PC) in subcritical and supercritical toluene was studied. The experimental parameters, which influence the depolymerization reaction such as temperature (570-633 K), pressure (4.0-7.0 MPa), reaction time (5-60 min), and toluene to PC weight ratio (3.0-11.0), were investigated, and the reaction products were determined by GC, GC/MS and FT-IR spectrometer. It was found that the main product of the depolymerization reaction was bisphenol A(BPA). BPA accounted for over 55.7% of the depolymerization products at reaction temperature 613 K, pressure 5.0-6.0 MPa, reaction time 15 min and toluene/PC weight ratio of around 7.0.

  2. Synthesis of Pharmaceutical Intermediates by Toluene Benzylation over Heteropoly Acids on Different Support

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    V. V. Bokade; G.D. Yadav


    Selective formation of pharmaceutical intermediates like diphenylmethane, dimethyldiphenylmethane, benzyl toluene and benzoic acid by liquid phase, toluene benzylation with benzyl chloride as a benzylating agent, was systematically studied over plane clay (K-10, montmorillonite),plane H-Beta, plane MFI structured titanosilicate (TS-1) and heteropoly acids [HPA, namely dodecasupported on clay, H-beta and TS-1. The 20%TPA/Clay, 30%TPA/H-Beta and 30%TPA/TS-1, were observed to be the best catalyst samples over plane clay, plane H-Beta and plane TS-1. The catalyst samples are compared with respect to benzyl chloride conversion and selectivities for diphenylmethane,dimethyl-diphenylmethane, benzyl toluene and benzoic acid. The reaction follows the pseudo-first order rate power law model. The apparent rate constants are calculated and compared with the reported ones.

  3. Toluene Oxidation by Non-Thermal Plasma Combined with Palladium Catalysts

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    Monica eMagureanu


    Full Text Available The oxidation of toluene in air was investigated using a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD combined with a Pd/Al2O3 catalyst. When using only plasma, rather low selectivity towards CO2 was obtained: 32-35%. By filling the DBD reactor with Pd/Al2O3 catalyst the CO2 selectivity was significantly enhanced (80-90%, however, a large amount of toluene was desorbed from the catalyst when the discharge was operated. By filling a quarter of the discharge gap with catalyst and placing the rest of the catalyst downstream of the plasma reactor, an important increase of CO2 selectivity (~75% and a 15% increase in toluene conversion were achieved as compared to the results with plasma alone. The catalyst exhibited a very good stability in this reaction.

  4. [Neurotoxic effect of toluene on background of prenatal hypoxic brain damage to white rats]. (United States)

    Vokina, V A; Sosedova, L M; Rukavishnikov, V S; Iakimova, N L; Lizarev, A V


    Comparative study covered influence of toluene on behavioral parameters, cognitive abilities and brain bioelectric activity in white rats with normal embryonic development or with prenatal hypoxia. Prenatal hypoxia was simulated by subcutaneous injection of 50 mg/kg sodium nitrite into female white rats on day 13-14 of gestation. The offspring at the age of 2, 5-3 months was exposed to toluene (concentration of 560 mg/m3, 4 hours per day, 5 days per week, over 4 weeks). After the exposure, the animals were estimated for individual and intraspecific behaviour in "open fields and "resident-intruder" tests, for cognitive abilities in "radial maze" training, EEG with visual and auditory evoked potentials. Acute hypoxia at early stages of organogenesis appeared to be burdening factor and to influence consequences of toluene intoxication.

  5. Biomarkers of internal dose for the assessment of environmental exposure to benzene. (United States)

    Lovreglio, Piero; D'Errico, Maria Nicolà; Fustinoni, Silvia; Drago, Ignazio; Barbieri, Anna; Sabatini, Laura; Carrieri, Mariella; Apostoli, Pietro; Soleo, Leonardo


    The urinary excretion of t,t-muconic acid (t,t-MA), S-phenylmercapturic acid (SPMA) and urinary benzene and the influence of a smoking habit and of exposure to urban traffic on the urinary excretion of these biomarkers were investigated in 137 male adults from the general population. All subjects were not occupationally exposed to benzene and resident in two cities in Puglia (Southern-Italy). Environmental exposure to benzene was measured using passive personal samplers. The biomarkers t,t-MA, SPMA and urinary benzene were determined in urine samples collected from each subject at the end of the environmental sampling. The percentage of cases above the limit of detection was higher for SPMA and urinary benzene in smokers than in non-smokers, and for airborne benzene and urinary benzene in subjects exposed to urban traffic. Airborne benzene was correlated with the time spent in urban traffic during the environmental sampling. Among the biomarkers, urinary benzene was found to be correlated with airborne benzene only in non-smokers, and with the time spent in urban traffic, both in smokers and non-smokers considered together, and in non-smokers only. Finally, multiple regression analysis showed that the urinary excretion of all the biomarkers was dependent on the number of cigarettes smoked per day and, for urinary benzene, also on the time spent in urban traffic. In conclusion, urinary benzene seems to be a more valid biomarker than t,t-MA and SPMA to assess environmental exposure to extremely low concentrations of benzene. Cigarette smoking prevailed over traffic exhaust fumes in determining the internal dose of benzene.

  6. Modulation of the immune response to Listeria monocytogenes by benzene inhalation. (United States)

    Rosenthal, G J; Snyder, C A


    Benzene is a potent bone marrow toxicant. While all blood cell types are targets for benzene poisoning, lymphocytes are particularly sensitive. The immunotoxic consequences of benzene or its metabolites have been demonstrated in a number of in vitro studies; however, little data exist regarding the effects of benzene on host resistance to infectious agents. This investigation examined the effects of benzene on murine resistance to an infectious agent, Listeria monocytogenes. Four concentrations of benzene were employed, 10, 30, 100, and 300 ppm. To determine recovery from the effects of benzene, two exposure regimens were employed: 5 days prior to infection (preexposure), or 5 days prior to and 7 days during infection (continuous exposure). Appropriate air controls were maintained. Splenic bacterial counts and immune responsive cell populations were determined from mice killed at Days 1, 4, and 7 of infection. Preexposure to benzene produced increased bacterial numbers at Day 4 of the infection only at the highest benzene concentration (300 ppm). In contrast, continuous exposure produced increased bacterial numbers at Day 4 of infection at all but the lowest benzene concentration (10 ppm). Bacteria counts were not increased in any benzene-treated group at Day 1 or Day 7 of infection. The increased bacterial numbers at Day 4 suggest an effect on cell-mediated immune responses. Both T and B lymphocytes were particularly sensitive to benzene exhibiting reductions at all concentrations greater than or equal to 30 ppm for both exposure regimens. Esterase-positive cells, however, were relatively resistant to benzenes effects. The results point to a benzene-induced delay in the immune response to L. monocytogenes.

  7. Gene expression profile in bone marrow and hematopoietic stem cells in mice exposed to inhaled benzene

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    Faiola, Brenda; Fuller, Elizabeth S.; Wong, Victoria A.; Recio, Leslie


    Acute myeloid leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia are associated with benzene exposure. In mice, benzene induces chromosomal breaks as a primary mode of genotoxicity in the bone marrow (BM). Benzene-induced DNA lesions can lead to changes in hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) that give rise to leukemic clones. To gain insight into the mechanism of benzene-induced leukemia, we investigated the DNA damage repair and response pathways in total bone marrow and bone marrow fractions enriched for HSC from male 129/SvJ mice exposed to benzene by inhalation. Mice exposed to 100 ppm benzene for 6 h per day, 5 days per week for 2 week showed significant hematotoxicity and genotoxicity compared to air-exposed control mice. Benzene exposure did not alter the level of apoptosis in BM or the percentage of HSC in BM. RNA isolated from total BM cells and the enriched HSC fractions from benzene-exposed and air-exposed mice was used for microarray analysis and quantitative real-time RT-PCR. Interestingly, mRNA levels of DNA repair genes representing distinct repair pathways were largely unaffected by benzene exposure, whereas altered mRNA expression of various apoptosis, cell cycle, and growth control genes was observed in samples from benzene-exposed mice. Differences in gene expression profiles were observed between total BM and HSC. Notably, p21 mRNA was highly induced in BM but was not altered in HSC following benzene exposure. The gene expression pattern suggests that HSC isolated immediately following a 2 weeks exposure to 100 ppm benzene were not actively proliferating. Understanding the toxicogenomic profile of the specific target cell population involved in the development of benzene-associated diseases may lead to a better understanding of the mechanism of benzene-induced leukemia and may identify important interindividual and tissue susceptibility factors.

  8. The isolation and analysis of benzene homologues by capillary gas chromatography with n-alkanes as internal standard%气相色谱-正构烷烃多内标法分离和检测苯系物

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    闫秀丽; 徐森彪


    建立气相色谱-正构烷烃多内标法准确检测苯系物的新方法,研究苯系物色谱分离多个内标物选择的依据,优化实验条件.样品经二硫化碳解吸30 m in ,毛细管气相色谱火焰离子化检测器检测,保留时间定性,正构烷烃辅助定性,以正庚烷为内标定量.苯、甲苯和二甲苯的线性范围分别为0.0175~0.7012 mg/mL、0.0173~0.6935 mg/mL和0.0172~0.6889mg/mL ;相关系数分别为0.9996、0.9997和0.9999(以正庚烷为内标).苯、甲苯和二甲苯的最低检测限分别为0.14μg/mL、2.49μg/mL、1.45μg/mL ;相对标准偏差分别为0.9%~1.0%、0.1%~3.8%和0.2%~1.5%之间.试验结果表明该方法可消除复杂基体的干扰,定性定量准确,简便快速、实用性强,可用于室内空气、胶水和油漆等多种样品中苯系物的监测.%To develop a new method for the seperation and quantification of the benzene homologues by GC with n-alkanes as internal standard .The experiment conditions were optimized and the advantages of n-alkanes as internal standard were discussed .Benzene homologues were desorbed by carbon disulfide for 30 min and analyzed by GC-FID . Retention time was used for qualitative analysis and peak area was for quantitative analysis with n-alkanes as internal standard .The linear ranges of benzene ,toluene and xylenes were 0 .017 5-0 .701 2 mg/mL ,0 .017 3-0 .693 5 mg/mL and 0 .017 2-0 .688 9 mg/mL with correlation coefficients 0 .999 6 ,0 .999 7 and 0 .999 9 respectively (n-heptane as internal standard material) ,also the detection limits of benzene ,toluene and xylenes were 0 .14 μg/mL ,2 .49 μg/mL and 1 .45 μg/mL respectively .When adding standard material of benzene , toluene and xylenes at low , middle and high concentrations , the relative standard deviation (RSD ) were 0 .9% -1 .0% ,0 .1% -3 .8% and 0 .2% -1 .5% . Results indicated that the proposed method

  9. A kinetic study of several aromatic compounds oxidation: applied to pollutants formation in car engines; Etude cinetique de l'oxydation de composes aromatiques: application a la formation de polluants dans les moteurs automobiles

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    Pengloan, G.


    Commercial fuels contain a multitude of chemical compounds. Their incomplete combustion in car engines leads to pollutants emission. The aim of this study is to improve our knowledge of oxidation kinetic mechanisms at high temperature for aromatic hydrocarbons because of their importance in fuels composition. Kinetics of benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene and styrene combustion was studied, at equivalence ratio in the range 0.5 to 1.5, by means of two experimental apparatus: a jet-stirred reactor (JSR) and a shock tube (ST). In the JSR, reactive mixtures, diluted by N{sub 2}, were oxidized at atmospheric pressure in the temperature range 950 to 1400 K. Concentration profiles of sampled stable species were measured, at a steady residence time, by gas chromatography (GC/MS, GC/FID/TCD). In the ST, temperature and pressure ranges were higher: 1300 < T(K) < 2000, 1 < P(bar) < 20. Ignition delays were measured by recording OH emission profiles at 306 nm. A detailed kinetic reaction mechanism for the oxidation of aromatic hydrocarbons at high temperature was proposed. This mechanism includes 936 reactions and 125 species. It's based on the kinetic scheme of Ristori et al. (2001),It was further validated in the present work by modeling the ignition of benzene and toluene. Ethyl-benzene and styrene sub-mechanisms were developed. The agreement between the simulations and JSR experimental data is satisfactory. The ignition delays are well simulated. However, the modeling of concentration profiles needs improvements: defaults in the mechanism of benzene have repercussions on the predicted reactivity of ethyl-benzene and styrene which is higher than observed in the experiments. (author)

  10. Molecular Dynamics Investigation of Benzene in Supercritical Water

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    Microscopic structure and diffusion properties of benzene in ambient water (298 K, 0.1 MPa) and super critical water (673-773 K, 25-35 MPa) are investigated by molecular dynamics simulation with site-site models. It is found that at the ambient condition, the water molecules surrounding a benzene molecule form a hydrogen bond network. The hydrogen bond interaction between supercritical water molecules decreases dramatically under supercritical conditions. The diffusion coefficients of both the solute molecule and solvent molecule at supercritical conditions increase by 30-180 times than those at the ambient condition. With the temperature approaching the critical temperature, the change of diffusion coefficient with pressure becomes pronounced.

  11. Electronic Conductivity of Polypyrrole−Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate Complexes

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    West, Keld; Bay, Lasse; Nielsen, Martin Meedom


    The electronic conductivity of the electroactive polymer polypyrrole-dodecyl benzene sulfonate (PPy-DBS) has been characterized as function of the redox level. The polymer was synthesized with different isomers of the dopant anions: the common mixed DBS tenside and three well-defined synthetic...... dodecyl isomers (with the benzene group at positions 1, 2 and 6). The conductivity was measured both by van der Pauw measurements on PPy-DBS in the oxidized, dry state as function of temperature, and by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy as function of potential in 0.1 M NaCl aqueous electrolyte...... carriers is at a minimum. The conductivity is further reduced because of the uptake of water at low potentials, creating electrolytic domains that separate the electronic domains and inhibit hopping. There is a pronounced hysteresis in the conductivity as a function of potential. However, the major part...

  12. Overtone spectroscopy of benzene derivatives using thermal lensing (United States)

    Vipin Prasad, J.; Rai, S. B.; Thakur, S. N.


    The vibrational overtones of CH stretching oscillators are reported as observed by conventional IR spectroscopy and dual-beam thermal lensing spectroscopy for benzene, fluorobenzene, chlorobenzene, bromobenzene and benzonitrile in the liquid phase at room temperature. The stretching frequency ω e, the anharmonicity constant ω eχ e and the change in CH bond length on substitution in benzene have been determined for all these molecules under the local-mode approximation. Effects of substitution on the change in CH stretching frequency have been discussed in terms of the electronegativity of the substituents as well as the inductive part of the Hammett σ. Variation of thermal lensing signal with chopping frequency and laser power has also been studied.

  13. Modeling formation and distribution of toluene-2,4-diamine (TDA) after spillage of toluene-2,4-diisocyanate (TDI) into a river. (United States)

    Schupp, Thomas


    Toluene diisocyanate (TDI) is a large volume chemical used for the production of polyurethanes. It is sparingly soluble in water, but hydrolyses instantaneously liberating toluene diamine (TDA), which is highly reactive to TDI. The ecotoxicity of TDI is dominated by TDA. The hydrolysis of TDI under static and dynamic conditions was investigated previously. Previously published data on TDI hydrolysis were re-visited, and based on these data a model was developed that allows a conservative and quick estimation of TDA concentrations in rivers following a major incident with TDI. As earlier published model experiments indicate, the maximum achievable TDA concentration is about 30 mg/L. Model simulations based on these experiments indicate that the TDA concentrations in a river after TDI discharge may be up to three orders of magnitude lower.

  14. Statistical Comparison of Carcinogenic Effects and Dose-Response Relationships in Rats and Mice for 2,4-Toluene Diamine to those Ascribed to Toluene Diisocyanate (United States)

    Sielken, Robert L.; Bretzlaff, Robert S.; Valdez-Flores, Ciriaco; Parod, Ralph


    The U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) conducted 2-year bioassays of commercial grade toluene diisocyanate (TDI) (80% 2,4-TDI and 20% 2,6-TDI) and 2,4-toluene diamine (TDA) and concluded that both were carcinogenic in rodents. In the TDI study, there was an unproven but likely formation of TDA either because of flawed test-substance handling and storage conditions and/or the atypical exposure conditions employed. Although the carcinogenic responses in both studies were qualitatively similar, several statistical analyses were performed to substantiate this possibility more rigorously. Seven different statistical approaches combine to yield a robust and consistent conclusion that, if only a small fraction (approximately 5%) of the dose of TDI were hydrolyzed to TDA in the TDI study, then that would be sufficient to explain the observed carcinogenic responses in the TDI study. PMID:23172986

  15. Densities, speeds of sound, and refractive indices of the ternary mixtures (toluene + methyl acetate + butyl acetate) and (toluene + methyl acetate + methyl heptanoate) at 298.15 K

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    Mariano, Alejandra [Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400 (8300) Neuquen (Argentina); Postigo, Miguel [Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400 (8300) Neuquen (Argentina)]. E-mail:; Gonzalez-Salgado, Diego [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Universidad de Vigo, Facultad de Ciencias del Campus de Ourense, E 32004 Ourense (Spain); Romani, Luis [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Universidad de Vigo, Facultad de Ciencias del Campus de Ourense, E 32004 Ourense (Spain)


    Density, {rho}, speed of sound, u, and refractive index, n {sub D}, at 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure have been measured over the entire composition range for (toluene + methyl acetate + butyl acetate) and (toluene + methyl acetate + methyl heptanoate) systems. Excess molar volumes, V {sup E}, isentropic compressibility, {kappa} {sub s}, isentropic compressibility deviations, {delta}{kappa} {sub s}, and changes of refractive index on mixing, {delta}n {sub D}, for the above systems, have been calculated from experimental data and fitted to Cibulka, Singh et al., and Nagata and Sakura equations, standard deviations from the regression lines are shown. Geometrical solution models, Tsao and Smith, Kholer, Jacob and Fitzner, Rastogi et al. were also applied to predict ternary properties from binary contributions.

  16. 乙苯与二甲苯在超临界压力下的热裂解研究%Study for Pyrolysis of Ethylbenzene and Xylene under Supercritical Pressure

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    王丹丹; 巩春明; 朱权; 王健礼; 李象远


    Under the supercritical pressure, the pyrolysis reactions of ethylbenzene and xylene were investigated by using the continuous flow device. At the pressure of 4 MPa and the different temperatures of 700, 750 and 780 °C, the pyrolysis gaseous products were analyzed by online gas chromatography for ethylbenzene and xylene, while their liquid products were quantitatively analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). It is found that the gaseous products of ethylbenzene decomposition are similar to those of xylene, while the liquid products of ethylbenzene and xylene decomposition are quite different, of which the major products are aromatic hydrocarbons. The experiment reveals that the higher the pyrolysis temperature is, the higher the conversion ratio will be for ethylbenzene and xylene. On the other hand, the conversion ratio of ethylbenzene is higher than that of xylene at the same temperature in experiment. From the experimental observation, we conclude that the pure aromatic hydrocarbon does not cause serious coking during the cracking process, owing to the low pyrolysis. Theoretical calculations are performed to obtain the bond energies for the different C-C or C-H bond types in side alkyl groups of ethylbenzene and xylene, by using density functional theory (DFT) method at the BHandHLYP/6-31 + G(d, p) level. The bond energies calculated in this study agree well with those available from literature. It is found that the weakest bond is the C-C bond in the ethyl group of ethylbenzene, with a bond energy of 313.1 kJ/mol. This value is much smaller than the smallest bond energy of 393.2 kJ/mol of the C-H bond in the substituted methyl group in xylene. The weakness of the C-C bond in ethylbenzene thus leads to the fact that the pyrolysis of ethylbenzene is much easier than that of xylene. The theoretical results predict a higher conversion ratio of ethylbenzene than that of xylene. So the calculation gives a good explanation for the experimental

  17. Pure Benzene Will Be Serous Short of Supply

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    John Zheng


    @@ Benzene is one of the important ba-sic raw materials for petrochemicals.It can be used to synthesize a seriesof important chemical products suchas synthetic rubbers, synthetic resins,synthetic fibers, pharmaceuticals,pesticides, explosives and dyestuffs.It can also be used as a solvent forcoatings and rubbers and as a blend-ing agent to increase gasoline's oc-tane number in the refining sector.

  18. Adsorption isotherms for benzene on diatomites from China

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    YANG, Yu-Xianga; WU, Jie-Da; JIANG, Zhong-Liang; HUANG, Meng-Jian; CHEN, Rong-San; DAI, An-Bang


    In this paper, benzene adsorption isotherm and their hysteresis on two important local diatomites were determined at 25℃, ani their silicon hydroxyl group (SiOH) nunber was determined, their properties were reported, and the relationship between surface structure, surface SiOH number per nm2and adsorption isotherm with hysteresis was discussed. The specific surface was also calculated from the isotherms, and pore-size distribution was determined.

  19. 2-Phenylimidazolium hemi(benzene-1,3-dicarboxylate monohydrate

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    Wen-Yu Zhang


    Full Text Available The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C9H9N2+·0.5C8H4O4−·H2O, contains one 2-phenylimidazolium cation, half a benzene-1,3-dicarboxylate anion and one water molecule. In the crystal, components are connected by N—H...O and O—H...O hydrogen-bonding interactions into a three-dimensional network.

  20. Influence of Gold on Hydrotalcite-like Compound Catalysts for Toluene and CO Total Oxidation

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    Eric Genty


    Full Text Available X6Al2HT500 hydrotalcites, where X represents Mg, Fe, Cu or Zn were synthetized and investigated before and after gold deposition for toluene and CO total oxidation reactions. The samples have been characterized by specific areas, XRD measurements and Temperature Programmed Reduction. Concerning the toluene total oxidation, the best activity was obtained with Au/Cu6Al2HT500 catalyst with T50 at 260 °C. However, catalytic behavior of Au/X6Al2HT500 sample in both reactions depends mainly on the nature of the support.