Sample records for homologous nonionic surfactants

  1. Competitive adsorption of nonionic surfactant and nonionic polymer on silica

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    Postmus, B.R.; Leermakers, F.A.M.; Koopal, L.K.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.


    Competitive adsorption of the nonionic polymer poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and the nonionic surfactant of the type poly(ethylene oxide) alkyl ether from aqueous solutions on a silica surface is examined. From one-component solutions, both species readily adsorb onto silica and, in the bulk of mixed

  2. Enhanced oil recovery with modified nonionic surfactants

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    Capelle, A.; Littmann, W.


    Practically all work on chemical flooding, both in the laboratory and in the field, has been focused on petroleum sulphonates. However, as soon as the concentration of electrolyes, especially of divalent ions, exceeds a critical value, the use of this class of anionic surfactants becomes troublesome. Some of the difficulties may be overcome by the use of additives, preferably ether sulphates or ether sulphonates. Hence, the favourable properties of nonionic substances, such as excellent stability to electrolytes, have been combined with those of anionics, and thus the so-called modified nonionics are available for chemical flooding. These products offer the possibility of chemical adaption to the reservoir conditions, are very stable toward electrolytes, and their solubility does not depend on the temperature. The latter is a drawback of nonionic products (cloud point). The modified nonionics are essentially anionics based on ethene oxide derivatives of alcohols or alkylphenols, with subsequent incorporation of sulphate, sulphonate, carboxyl or phosphate groups. On the basis of the reservoir conditions, crude oil properties, and reservoir water, various processes have been screened for enhanced oil recovery in the Velebit reservoir. It was decided to simultaneously inject modified nonionic surfactants and polymers. In part of the reservoir, this process will be tested in two stages in a line drive with several injection wells and production wells. The total area is about 20,000 m/sup 3/. The first stage involves water flooding of about half the area, in order to collect additional data on the reservoir. During the second stage, simultaneous injection of surfactants and polymers will take place. The reservoir is described, and possible EOR processes, the flooding concept and selection of chemicals are discussed.

  3. Inactivation of Herpes Simplex Viruses by Nonionic Surfactants (United States)

    Asculai, Samuel S.; Weis, Margaret T.; Rancourt, Martha W.; Kupferberg, A. B.


    Nonionic surface-active agents possessing ether or amide linkages between the hydrophillic and hydrophobic portions of the molecule rapidly inactivated the infectivity of herpes simplex viruses. The activity stemmed from the ability of nonionic surfactants to dissolve lipid-containing membranes. This was confirmed by observing surfactant destruction of mammalian cell plasma membranes and herpes simplex virus envelopes. Proprietary vaginal contraceptive formulations containing nonionic surfactants also inactivated herpes simplex virus infectivity. This observation suggests that nonionic surfactants in appropriate formulation could effectively prevent herpes simplex virus transmission. Images PMID:208460

  4. Preparation and evaluation of sulphonamide nonionic surfactants

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    Ahmed, M. H. M.


    Full Text Available Alkyl (octyl, decyl and dodecyl; C8,C10 and C12 benzene sulphonyl chloride was used in the preparation of a novel series of nonionic surfactants (IV-VIa-c, (VII-IX a-c and (X-XIIa-c. The preparations were completed by reacting each alkyl (C8,C10 and C12 benzene sulphonyl chloride with ethanolamine to give (I-III respectively. The resulting products were reacted separately with ethylene oxide in the presence of different (base KOH, Lewis acid SnCl4 and k10 clay catalysts to produce different moles of nonionic surfactants (5, 7 and 9 in sequence corresponding to (IV-VIa-c, (VII-IX a-c and (X-XIIa-c respectively. The chemical structures of prepared nonionic surfactants were elucidated by IR and 1HNMR spectra. The surface activity, biodegradability and biological activities of the prepared compounds were investigated. The obtained data show that these compounds have good surface and biological activities as well as reasonable biodegradability properties.Cloruros de sulfonilbenceno alquilados (octil, decil, dodecil; C8, C10 y C12 fueron usados en la preparación de una nueva serie de surfactantes no iónicos (IV-VIa-c, (VII-IX a-c and (X-XIIa-c. Las preparaciones fueron completadas por reacción de cada cloruro de sulfonilbenceno alquilado (C8, C10 y C12 con etanolamina para dar los compuestos (IIII, respectivamente. Los anteriores productos reaccionaron separadamente con óxido de etileno en presencia de diferentes catalizadores (la base KOH, el ácido de Lewis SnCl4 y la arcilla k10 para producir secuencialmente diferentes surfactantes no iónicos con distintos moles de óxido de etileno (5, 7 y 9: (IV-VIa-c, (VII-IXa-c and (X-XIIa-c, respectivamente. La estructura química de los surfactantes no iónicos preparados fueron elucidadas mediante sus espectros de IR y 1H RMN. Las propiedades tensoactivas, biodegradabilidad y actividad biológica de los compuestos preparados fueron investigados. Los datos obtenidos muestran que estos compuestos tienen


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    BRACKMAN, JC; ENGBERTS, JBFN; Herb, CA; Prudhomme, RK


    The influence of the chemical structure and charge of the surfactant on polymer-micelle interaction has been studied using various ionic and non-ionic surfactants, and surfactants of which the charge can be varied by (de)protonation. Octylthioglucoside, dodecyldimethylamine-oxide, alkylphosphates,

  6. Small-angle neutron scattering studies of nonionic surfactant: Effect ...

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    concentration of sugar. The structure of micelles is almost independent of the different types of sugars used. Keywords. Small-angle neutron scattering; nonionic surfactant; micellar aggregation number. PACS Nos 61.12.Ex; 82.70.Uv. 1. Introduction. Surfactant molecules self assemble into aggregates in aqueous solution to ...

  7. Thermodynamics of micellization of nonionic saccharide-based N-acyl-N-alkylaldosylamine and N-acyl-N-alkylamino-1-deoxyalditol surfactants

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    Pestman, J.M.; Kevelam, J.; Blandamer, M.J.; Doren, H.A. van; Kellogg, R.M.; Engberts, J.B.F.N.


    Eight homologous series of nonionic carbohydrate-derived surfactants in which the alkyl chains are linked through N-acylated amine bonds were synthesized, and their critical micelle concentrations (cmc's) and standard enthalpies of micellization were determined using titration microcalorimetry.

  8. Complex phase behavior in solvent-free nonionic surfactants

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    Hillmyer, M.A.; Bates, F.S.; Almdal, K.


    was synthesized here. The general phase behavior in these materials resembles that of both higher molecular weight block copolymers and lower molecular weight nonionic surfactant solutions. Two of the block copolymers exhibited thermally induced order-order transitions and were studied in detail by small...

  9. The effect of electrolytes on emulsions stabilized by nonionic surfactants

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    Boomgaard, van den A.


    The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of high electrolyte concentrations on the stability of oil-in-water- emulsions stabilized by nonionic surfactants.

    In chapter 1 several stability mechanisms are briefly outlined and the distinction between coalescence and

  10. Ecotoxicological characterization of polyoxyethylene glycerol ester non-ionic surfactants and their mixtures with anionic and non-ionic surfactants. (United States)

    Ríos, Francisco; Fernández-Arteaga, Alejandro; Lechuga, Manuela; Fernández-Serrano, Mercedes


    This paper reports on a study that investigated the aquatic toxicity of new non-ionic surfactants derived from renewable raw materials, polyoxyethylene glycerol ester (PGE), and their binary mixtures with anionic and non-ionic surfactants. Toxicity of pure PGEs was determined using representative organisms from different trophic levels: luminescent bacteria (Vibrio fischeri), microalgae (Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata), and freshwater crustaceans (Daphnia magna). Relationships between toxicity and the structural parameters such as unit of ethylene oxide (EO) and hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) were evaluated. Critical micellar concentration (CMC) in the conditions of the toxicity test was also determined. It was found that the toxicity of the aqueous solutions of PGE decreased when the number of EO units in the molecule, HLB, and CMC increased. PGEs showed lower CMC in marine medium, and the toxicity to V. ficheri is lower when the CMC was higher. Given their non-polar nature, narcosis was expected to be the primary mode of toxic action of PGEs. For the mixture of surfactants, we observed that the mixtures with PGE that had the higher numbers of EO units were more toxic than the aqueous solutions of pure surfactants. Moreover, we found that concentration addition was the type of action more likely to occur for mixtures of PGE with lower numbers of EO units with non-ionic surfactants (alkylpolyglucoside and fatty alcohol ethoxylate), whereas for the mixture of PGE with lower EO units and anionic surfactant (ether carboxylic derivative), the most common response type was response addition. In case of mixtures involving amphoteric surfactants and PGEs with the higher numbers of EO units, no clear pattern with regard to the mixture toxicity response type could be observed.

  11. Photo-Fenton degradation of non-ionic surfactant and its mixture with cationic or anionic surfactant. (United States)

    Ono, Erina; Tokumura, Masahiro; Kawase, Yoshinori


    The oxidative degradation of non-ionic surfactants by the photo-Fenton process has been examined. The photo-Fenton degradation kinetics of mixtures of non-ionic surfactant and other type surfactants has been also investigated since mixtures of non-ionic and ionic surfactants are commonly used to utilize their synergistic effects in many practices. Effects of operating parameters such as dosages of Fenton reagents (iron and hydrogen peroxide) and UV light intensity on the degradation of commercial non-ionic surfactant Sannonic SS-90 (polyoxyethylene alkyl ether) were studied. Although the dosages of the Fenton reagents increased the degradation rate up to the optimum dosages, further addition of the reagents could not enhance the degradation rate. Excess dosages of Fe and H(2)O(2) caused excess OH radicals which could be a scavenger of OH radicals and as a result could not enhance the degradation of the surfactant. The increase in UV light intensity resulting in the faster photo-Fenton process or the enhancement of OH radical formation rate led to the increase in degradation rate of non-ionic surfactant. Although the existence of the anionic surfactant (sodium dodecylbenzene sulphonate) would inhibit the degradation of the non-ionic surfactant due to the formation of complex with Fe ion, the existence of cationic surfactant (dodecyltrimethyl ammonium chloride) affected insignificantly the photo-Fenton degradation process of the non-ionic surfactant.

  12. Impact of non-ionic surfactant chemical structure on morphology and stability of polystyrene nanocomposite latex

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    Greesh, N


    Full Text Available Polystyrene (PS) colloid particles in presence of non-ionic surfactant-modified clay particles were prepared by the free-radical polymerization of styrene monomers in emulsion. Three different types of non-ionic surfactants, sorbitan monopalmitate...

  13. Structure and Dynamics of Nonionic Surfactant Aggregates in Layered Materials. (United States)

    Guégan, Régis; Veron, Emmanuel; Le Forestier, Lydie; Ogawa, Makoto; Cadars, Sylvian


    The aggregation of surfactants on solid surfaces as they are adsorbed from solution is the basis of numerous technological applications such as colloidal stabilization, ore flotation, and floor cleaning. The understanding of both the structure and the dynamics of surfactant aggregates applies to the development of alternative ways of preparing hybrid layered materials. For this purpose, we study the adsorption of the triethylene glycol mono n-decyl ether (C10E3) nonionic surfactant onto a synthetic montmorillonite (Mt), an aluminosilicate clay mineral for organoclay preparation with important applications in materials sciences, catalysis, wastewater treatment, or as drug delivery. The aggregation mechanisms follow those observed in an analogous natural Mt, with the condensation of C10E3 in a bilayer arrangement once the surfactant self-assembles in a lamellar phase beyond the critical micelle concentration, underlining the importance of the surfactant state in solution. Solid-state 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) at fast magic-angle spinning (MAS) and high magnetic field combined with1H-13C correlation experiments and different types of 13C NMR experiments selectively probes mobile or rigid moieties of C10E3 in three different aggregate organizations: (i) a lateral monolayer, (ii) a lateral bilayer, and (iii) a normal bilayer. High-resolution 1H{27Al} CP-1H-1H spin diffusion experiments shed light on the proximities and dynamics of the different fragments and fractions of the intercalated surfactant molecules with respect to the Mt surface. 23Na and 1H NMR measurements combined with complementary NMR data, at both molecular and nanometer scales, precisely pointed out the location of the C10E3 ethylene oxide hydrophilic group in close contact with the Mt surface interacting through ion-dipole or van der Waals interactions.

  14. Refolding of SDS-Unfolded Proteins by Nonionic Surfactants. (United States)

    Kaspersen, Jørn Døvling; Søndergaard, Anne; Madsen, Daniel Jhaf; Otzen, Daniel E; Pedersen, Jan Skov


    The strong and usually denaturing interaction between anionic surfactants (AS) and proteins/enzymes has both benefits and drawbacks: for example, it is put to good use in electrophoretic mass determinations but limits enzyme efficiency in detergent formulations. Therefore, studies of the interactions between proteins and AS as well as nonionic surfactants (NIS) are of both basic and applied relevance. The AS sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) denatures and unfolds globular proteins under most conditions. In contrast, NIS such as octaethylene glycol monododecyl ether (C12E8) and dodecyl maltoside (DDM) protect bovine serum albumin (BSA) from unfolding in SDS. Membrane proteins denatured in SDS can also be refolded by addition of NIS. Here, we investigate whether globular proteins unfolded by SDS can be refolded upon addition of C12E8 and DDM. Four proteins, BSA, α-lactalbumin (αLA), lysozyme, and β-lactoglobulin (βLG), were studied by small-angle x-ray scattering and both near- and far-UV circular dichroism. All proteins and their complexes with SDS were attempted to be refolded by the addition of C12E8, while DDM was additionally added to SDS-denatured αLA and βLG. Except for αLA, the proteins did not interact with NIS alone. For all proteins, the addition of NIS to the protein-SDS samples resulted in extraction of the SDS from the protein-SDS complexes and refolding of βLG, BSA, and lysozyme, while αLA changed to its NIS-bound state instead of the native state. We conclude that NIS competes with globular proteins for association with SDS, making it possible to release and refold SDS-denatured proteins by adding sufficient amounts of NIS, unless the protein also interacts with NIS alone. Copyright © 2017 Biophysical Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Factors controlling leaching of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from petroleum source rock using nonionic surfactant

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    Akinlua, Akinsehinwa [Obafemi Awolowo Univ., Ile-Ife (Nigeria). Fossil Fuels and Environmental Geochemistry Group; Jochmann, Maik A.; Qian, Yuan; Schmidt, Torsten C. [Duisburg-Essen Univ., Essen (Germany). Instrumental Analytical Chemistry; Sulkowski, Martin [Duisburg-Essen Univ., Essen (Germany). Inst. of Environmental Analytical Chemistry


    The extraction of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from petroleum source rock by nonionic surfactants with the assistance of microwave irradiation was investigated and the conditions for maximum yield were determined. The results showed that the extraction temperatures and type of surfactant have significant effects on extraction yields of PAHs. Factors such as surfactant concentration, irradiation power, sample/solvent ratio and mixing surfactants (i.e., mixture of surfactant at specific ratio) also influence the extraction efficiencies for these compounds. The optimum temperature for microwave-assisted nonionic surfactant extraction of PAHs from petroleum source rock was 120 C and the best suited surfactant was Brij 35. The new method showed extraction efficiencies comparable to those afforded by the Soxhlet extraction method, but a reduction of the extraction times and environmentally friendliness of the new nonionic surfactant extraction system are clear advantages. The results also show that microwave-assisted nonionic surfactant extraction is a good and efficient green analytical preparatory technique for geochemical evaluation of petroleum source rock. (orig.)

  16. Effect of curcumin on the binding of cationic, anionic and nonionic surfactants with myoglobin (United States)

    Mondal, Satyajit; Ghosh, Soumen


    Interaction of a globular protein, myoglobin and different surfactants has been studied in the absence and presence of curcumin in phosphate buffer at pH = 7.4 by UV-VIS spectrophotometry, fluorimetry and fluorescence polarization anisotropy methods. Results show that heme environment of myoglobin is changed by cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and sodium N-dodecanoyl sarcosinate (SDDS). In the presence of curcumin, CTAB cannot change the heme; but SDDS can make change. Nonionic surfactant N-decanoyl-N-methylglucamine (Mega 10) cannot change the heme environment. Protein is unfolded by the surfactant. Curcumin can prevent the unfolding of protein in the low concentration region of ionic surfactants such as CTAB and SDDS. In nonionic surfactant media, curcumin accelerates the denaturation process. Due to myoglobin-curcumin complex formation, rotational motion of curcumin decreases in surfactant media and so anisotropy increases.

  17. Structural features of the nonionic surfactants stabilizing long-lived bubble nuclei (United States)

    Darrigo, J. S.


    A study of the effects of various electrolytes and one organic compound on bubble production in agarose gels is presented. Several preparations of ultrapure agarose were compared for 42 electrolytes and phenol to identify trends in bubble formation. The anion and cation sequences of bubble suppression are similar to processes for salting out of nonionic surfactants. The reduction of bubble number by polyvalent ions and 1% phenol suggests that the polar portions of these nonionic surfactants represent amide groups. The evidence for amide groups is consistent with the relative positions of Mg(2+) in all cation sequences; this result makes it unlikely that either linkages contribute to the hydrophilicity of the nonionic surfactants stabilizing bubble nuclei in the different aqueous gels tested.

  18. A combined binding mechanism of nonionic ethoxylated surfactants to bovine serum albumin revealed by fluorescence and circular dichroism. (United States)

    Iovescu, Alina; Băran, Adriana; Stîngă, Gabriela; Cantemir-Leontieş, Anca Ruxandra; Maxim, Monica Elisabeta; Anghel, Dan Florin


    The study systematically investigates aqueous mixtures of fixed bovine serum albumin (BSA) and various ethoxylated nonionic surfactants belonging to a homologous series or not. Mono-disperse tetra-(C12E4), hexa-(C12E6) and octa-ethyleneglycol mono-n-dodecyl ether (C12E8), and poly-disperse eicosa-ethyleneglycol mono-n-tetradecyl ether (C14EO20) are respectively employed. Fluorescence and circular dichroism measurements are performed at surfactant/protein molar ratios (rm)s lower and higher than one. We aim to get new insights into the binding mechanism of these species and to differentiate among the interaction abilities of these surfactants. The relative magnitude of the binding thermodynamic parameters by fluorescence, and the increase of α-helix prove that hydrogen bonding drives the interaction next to the hydrophobic attraction. C12En (n=4,6,8) develop more H bonds with the albumin than C14EO20 owing to a zigzag conformation of their short ethyleneoxide chains. Among the homologous surfactants, C12E6 has a slightly stronger interaction with BSA due to a maximal number of H bonds at a minimal hindering. Static fluorescence and dynamic fluorescence indicate an inter-conversion between the tryptophan (Trp) rotamers which happens around the surfactants critical micellar concentration. For C14EO20, the meander conformation of the polar group determines a less evident conversion of the Trp rotamers and smaller α-helix rise. Binding isotherms of the homologous surfactants and the fluorescence quenching mechanism by C12E6 are also provided. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Simulating pH titration of a single surfactant in ionic and nonionic surfactant micelles. (United States)

    Morrow, Brian H; Wang, Yuhang; Wallace, Jason A; Koenig, Peter H; Shen, Jana K


    Calculation of surfactant pK(a)'s in micelles is a challenging task using traditional electrostatic methods due to the lack of structural data and information regarding the effective dielectric constant. Here we test the implicit- and hybrid-solvent-based continuous constant pH molecular dynamics (CpHMD) methods for predicting the pK(a) shift of a lauric acid solubilized in three micelles: dodecyl sulfate (DS), dodecyltrimethylammonium (DTA), and dodecyltriethylene glycol ether (DE3). Both types of simulations are able to reproduce the observed positive pK(a) shifts for the anionic DS and nonionic DE3 micelles. However, for the cationic DTA micelle, the implicit-solvent simulation fails to predict the direction of the pK(a) shift, while the hybrid-solvent simulation, where conformational sampling is conducted in explicit solvent, is consistent with experiment, although the specific-ion effects remain to be accurately determined. Comparison between the implicit- and hybrid-solvent data shows that the latter gives a more realistic description of the conformational environment of the titrating probe. Surprisingly, in the DTA micelle, surfactants are only slightly attracted to the laurate ion, which diminishes the magnitude of the electrostatic stabilization, resulting in a positive pK(a) shift that cannot be explained by chemical intuition or other theoretical models. Our data underscores the importance of microscopic models and ionization-coupled conformational dynamics in quantitative prediction of the pK(a) shifts in micelles.

  20. Solubilization of sulfur compounds in the crude oil by nonionic surfactants

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    Lee, Suk Kyu; Han, Ji Won; Park, Sang Kwon; Lo, Jong Choo [Department of Chemical Engineering, Dongguk University, Seoul (Korea); Kim, Byung Hong; Shin, Pyung Gyun [Korea Institute of Science and Technology (Korea)


    In this study, polyoxyethylene(POE) nonionic surfactants were used in order ro enhance the solubilization of sulfur compounds contained in the crude oil and the solubilized sulfur contents in the aqueous surfactant solutions were measured by X-ray sulfur spectrometer. The most hydrophobic surfactant among used during this study showed the maximum solubilization capacity for the sulfur compounds in the crude oil and the solubilization of sulfur compounds was found to be increased with temperature and to be abruptly increased at above 1 wt % surfactant solutions. It was found that Tergitol series surfactants showed higher solubilizing capacity than Neodol series surfactants presumably due to the disruption of the regular packing in the hydrocarbon region of the surfactant aggregates. The addition of a cosurfactant such as alcohol and/or an electrolyte increased the solubilization of sulfur compound in the crude oil. It was found that preheating phenomena were shown to be significant with an hydrophobic surfactant at high temperature and the growth of sulfur reducing microorganisms was not greatly affected by the addition of nonionic surfactants. 21 ref s.,11 fig., 2 tabs.

  1. The modulation of haemolytic activity of non-ionic surfactants by oil ...

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    In the present study, we report of our investigations into the ability of some commercial non-ionic surfactants to produce o/w microemulsions with different oils and water or phosphate buffered saline (PBS), their physicochemical properties and modulation of haemolytic activity on human erythrocytes. The compositions over ...

  2. Nonionic polymers reverse inactivation of surfactant by meconium and other substances. (United States)

    William Taeusch, H; Lu, K W; Goerke, J; Clements, J A


    A variety of substances including human meconium have been found to affect adversely the surface tension-lowering activity of pulmonary surfactants, and this effect may be important in the pathogenesis of a number of human diseases. To find whether inactivation of surfactant could be prevented or reduced by nonionic polymers, we added dextrans, polyethylene glycols (PEGs), or polyvinylpyrrolidones (PVPs) of various molecular weights to pulmonary surfactants. One to 3% human meconium or other inactivating substances were then added to the mixtures, which were tested in a modified pulsating bubble surfactometer. Polymers (3.3-500 kD) in 1-10% concentrations enhanced the ability of a commercial surfactant replacement (Survanta) to lower the minimum surface tension in the presence of meconium, serum, or lysophosphatidylcholine. Similar effects were seen when polymers were added after mixing of surfactant and meconium or other inhibitors, indicating that polymers are capable of reversing the inactivation. Results from rat experiments indicate that total lung capacity is increased when PEG is first added to the Survanta, then mixed with meconium and instilled into the lungs. We postulate that polymers separate meconium-surfactant complexes, permitting surfactant components better access to the air-liquid interface. Taeusch HW, Lu KW, Goerke J, Clements JA. Nonionic polymers reverse inactivation of surfactant by meconium and other substances.

  3. Intercalation of a nonionic surfactant (C10E3) bilayer into a Na-montmorillonite clay. (United States)

    Guégan, Régis


    A nonionic surfactant, triethylene glycol mono-n-decyl ether (C(10)E(3)), characterized by its lamellar phase state, was introduced in the interlayer of a Na-montmorillonite clay at several concentrations. The synthesized organoclays were characterized by small-angle X-ray scattering in conjunction with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and adsorption isotherms. Experiments showed that a bilayer of C(10)E(3) was intercalated into the interlayer space of the naturally exchanged Na-montmorillonite, resulting in the aggregation of the lyotropic liquid crystal state in the lamellar phase. This behavior strongly differs from previous observations of confinement of nonionic surfactants in clays where the expansion of the interlayer space was limited to two monolayers parallel to the silicate surface and cationic surfactants in clays where the intercalation of organic compounds is introduced into the clay galleries through ion exchange. The confinement of a bilayer of C(10)E(3) nonionic surfactant in clays offers new perspectives for the realization of hybrid nanomaterials, since the synthesized organoclays preserve the electrostatic characteristics of the clays, thus allowing further ion exchange while presenting at the same time a hydrophobic surface and a maximum opening of the interlayer space for the adsorption of neutral organic molecules of important size with functional properties.

  4. Nonionic surfactant Brij35 effects on toluene biodegradation in a ...

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    regarded as the most adequate biochemical reaction model. For the biochemical reaction process, the biochemical reaction rate was also inhibited at higher surfactant content and the degree of inhibitive effect was more pronounced at lower inlet concentration. The biochemical reaction rate was also inhibited at higher inlet ...

  5. The influence of nonionic surfactant Brij 30 on biodegradation of ...

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    Zero-order kinetics with diffusion limitation was regarded as the most adequate biochemical reaction kinetic model. The microbial growth rate and biochemical reaction rate were inhibited at higher surfactant content and toluene inlet concentration. The degree of inhibitive effect was more pronounced at lower toluene inlet ...

  6. Packing states of multilamellar vesicles in a nonionic surfactant system

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    Le, T.D.; Olsson, U.; Mortensen, K.


    under shear. Here, we focused only in the MLV region, L-alpha(*), of a temperature sensitive surfactant system (C12E4-water) to investigate the packing of multilamellar vesicles as a function of temperature under constant shear. Two sets of temperature scan experiments were performed in the L...

  7. Nonionic surfactant Brij35 effects on toluene biodegradation in a ...

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    Oct 19, 2009 ... behaviors of hydrophobic toluene compounds in this composite bead biofilter. The effect of inlet concentration and surfactant content in this biofilter on the microbial growth rate and biochemical reaction rate are also studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Materials. Peat (industrial grade from KekkilaOyj, ...

  8. Enhanced photodegradation of pentachlorophenol by single and mixed nonionic and anionic surfactants using graphene-TiO₂ as catalyst. (United States)

    Zhang, Yaxin; He, Xin; Zeng, Guangming; Chen, Tan; Zhou, Zeyu; Wang, Hongtao; Lu, Wenjing


    The photodegradation of pentachlorophenol (PCP) in a surfactant-containing (single and mixed) complex system using graphene-TiO2 (GT) as catalyst was investigated. The objective was to better understand the behavior of surfactants in a GT catalysis system for its possible use in remediation technology of soil contaminated by hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs). In a single-surfactant system, surfactant molecules aggregated on GT via hydrogen bonding and electrostatic force; nonideal mixing between nonionic and anionic surfactants rendered GT surface with mixed admicelles in a mixed surfactant system. Both effects helped incorporating PCP molecules into surfactant aggregates on catalyst surface. Hence, the targeted pollutants were rendered easily available to photo-yielded oxidative radicals, and photodegradation efficiency was significantly enhanced. Finally, real soil washing-photocatalysis trials proved that anionic-nonionic mixed surfactant soil washing coupled with graphene-TiO2 photocatalysis can be one promising technology for HOC-polluted soil remediation.

  9. Competitive adsorption of monoclonal antibodies and nonionic surfactants at solid hydrophobic surfaces

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    Kapp, Sebastian J; Larsson, Iben; van de Weert, Marco


    , such as infusion bags and i.v. lines. Total internal reflection fluorescence and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring were used to follow and quantify this. Furthermore, the influence of the nonionic surfactant polysorbate 80 (PS80) on the adsorption process of these two antibodies...... was investigated. Despite belonging to two different IgG subclasses, both antibodies displayed comparable adsorption behavior. Both antibodies readily adsorbed in the absence of PS80, whereas adsorption was reduced in the presence of 30 mg/L surfactant. The sequence of exposure of the surfactant and protein...... to the surface was found to have a major influence on the extent of protein adsorption. Although only a fraction of adsorbed protein could be removed by rinsing with 30 mg/L surfactant solution, adsorption was entirely prevented when surfaces were pre-exposed to PS80. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc...

  10. Stabilization of human papillomavirus virus-like particles by non-ionic surfactants. (United States)

    Shi, Li; Sanyal, Gautam; Ni, Alex; Luo, Zheng; Doshna, Sarah; Wang, Bei; Graham, Tammy L; Wang, Ning; Volkin, David B


    Human papillomavirus (HPV) virus-like-particles (VLPs) produced by recombinant expression systems are promising vaccine candidates for prevention of cervical cancers as well as genital warts. At high protein concentrations, HPV VLPs, comprised of the viral capsid protein L1 and expressed and purified from yeast, are protected against detectable aggregation during preparation and storage by high concentrations of NaCl. At low protein concentrations, however, high salt concentration alone does not fully protect HPV VLPs from aggregation. Moreover, the analytical analysis of HPV VLPs proved to be a challenge due to surface adsorption of HPV VLPs to storage containers and cuvettes. The introduction of non-ionic surfactants into HPV VLP aqueous solutions provides significantly enhanced stabilization of HPV VLPs against aggregation upon exposure to low salt and protein concentration, as well as protection against surface adsorption and aggregation due to heat stress and physical agitation. The mechanism of non-ionic surfactant stabilization of HPV VLPs was extensively studied using polysorbate 80 (PS80) as a representative non-ionic surfactant. The results suggest that PS80 stabilizes HPV VLPs mainly by competing with the VLPs for various container surfaces and air/water interfaces. No appreciable binding of PS80 to intact HPV VLPs was observed although PS80 does bind to the denatured HPV L1 protein. Even in the presence of stabilizing level of PS80, however, an ionic strength dependence of HPV VLP stabilization against aggregation is observed indicating optimization of both salt and non-ionic surfactant levels is required for effective stabilization of HPV VLPs in solution. (c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  11. Mobilization of arsenic from contaminated sediment by anionic and nonionic surfactants. (United States)

    Liang, Chuan; Peng, Xianjia


    The increasing manufacture of surfactants and their wide application in industry, agriculture and household detergents have resulted in large amounts of surfactant residuals being discharged into water and distributed into sediment. Surfactants have the potential to enhance arsenic mobility, leading to risks to the environment and even human beings. In this study, batch and column experiments were conducted to investigate arsenic mobilization from contaminated sediment by the commercial anionic surfactants sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate (SDBS), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), sodium laureth sulfate (AES) and nonionic surfactants phenyl-polyethylene glycol (Triton X-100) and polyethylene glycol sorbitan monooleate (Tween-80). The ability of surfactants to mobilize arsenic followed the order AES>SDBS>SDS≈Triton X-100>Tween 80. Arsenic mobilization by AES and Triton X-100 increased greatly with the increase of surfactant concentration and pH, while arsenic release by SDBS, SDS and Tween-80 slightly increased. The divalent ion Ca2+ caused greater reduction of arsenic mobilization than Na+. Sequential extraction experiments showed that the main fraction of arsenic mobilized was the specifically adsorbed fraction. Solid phase extraction showed that arsenate (As(V)) was the main species mobilized by surfactants, accounting for 65.05%-77.68% of the total mobilized arsenic. The mobilization of arsenic was positively correlated with the mobilization of iron species. The main fraction of mobilized arsenic was the dissolved fraction, accounting for 70% of total mobilized arsenic. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  12. Effect of inorganic additives on solutions of nonionic surfactants III: CMC's and surface properties. (United States)

    Schott, H; Han, S K


    Continuing work on the interaction of inorganic additives with nonionic surfactants in aqueous solution dealt with their effect on the CMC and surface tension. The surfactants were octoxynol and polyoxyethylated oleyl alcohol, containing an average of 9.5 and 10 ethylene oxide units, respectively. Their CMC values were lowered by most electrolytes studied, representing salting out of the surfactants. The steepest reductions in the CMC were produced by the nitrates of sodium and potassium, which had been found to lower the cloud points of nonionic surfactants, salting them out because of the inability of their cations to form complexes with the ether oxygen linkages of the polyoxyethylene moieties. However, even electrolytes with cations such as hydrogen, lithium, calcium, nickel, lead, and aluminum capable of forming complexes with the ether oxygens, thereby increasing the cloud points of the surfactants, lowered their CMC values. In the presence of increasing concentrations of the latter electrolytes, the CMC values frequently went through minima and approached the CMC of the surfactant in the absence of additives. Increases in the CMC over the entire range of additive concentrations investigated were produced by cadmium nitrate for octoxynol, urea for polyoxyethylated oleyl alcohol, and magnesium nitrate for both. Net increases in the plateau or micellar surface tension of polyoxyethylated oleyl alcohol, i.e., in the constant surface tension of surfactant solutions above the CMC, were brought about by the nitrates of cadmium, aluminum, and magnesium at low concentrations only and by urea at all concentrations. This increase is interpreted as salting in. The area per surfactant molecule adsorbed at the air-water interface was reduced by all added electrolytes. Urea caused no such reduction.

  13. Ordered silica particles made by nonionic surfactant for VOCs sorption

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    Difallah, Oumaima; Hamaizi, Hadj, E-mail: [University of Oran, OranMenaouer (Algeria); Amate, Maria Dolores Urena; Socias-Viciana, Maria Del Mar [University of Almeria (Spain)


    Adsorption of light organic compounds such acetone, 1-propanol and carbon dioxide was tested by using mesoporous silica materials made from non ionic surfactant with long chain and silica sources as tetraethyl orthosilicate TEOS and modified Na-X and Li-A Zeolites. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were applied to characterize the silica particles of a variety prepared samples. Acetone, 1-propanol and CO{sub 2} adsorption at 298K was evaluated by a volumetric method and indicate a high sorption capacity of organic compounds depending essentially on the porous texture of adsorbents. An adsorption kinetic model was proposed to describe the adsorption of VOCs over template-free mesoporous silica materials. A good agreement with experimental data was found. (author)

  14. Micellar partitioning and its effects on Henry's law constants of chlorinated solvents in anionic and nonionic surfactant solutions. (United States)

    Zhang, Chunlong; Zheng, Gang; Nichols, Courtney M


    Micellar partitioning of volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons in surfactant solutions and its effects on vapor-liquid equilibrium is fundamental to the overall design and implementation of surfactant-enhanced aquifer remediation. Surfactant micelles greatly enhance contaminant recovery from the subsurface; however, the reduced volatility of organic compounds compromises the aboveground treatment of surfactant-laden wastewaters using air-stripping process. Batch equilibrium tests were performed to acquire micellar partition coefficients (Km) and apparent Henry's law constants (H*) of three prominent groundwater contaminants (tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, cis-dichlorethylene) in the presence of two anionic surfactants (sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS; sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, SDBS) and two nonionic surfactants (Triton X-100 and Tween 80). The H* values were significantly reduced in the presence of all four surfactants over their critical micelle concentrations (cmc's). On a cmc basis, the anionic surfactant SDS had the greatest effect on H*, followed by SDBS, Triton X-100, and Tween 80. Anionic surfactants decreased H* to an order of magnitude lower than nonionic surfactants, although nonionic surfactants decreased the H* at concentrations significantly lower than the anionic surfactants due to their lower cmc's. Nonionic surfactants present higher Km and molar solubilization ratio than anionic surfactants. Tetrachloroethylene has the highest Km values among three chlorinated solvents, which agrees well with the hydrophobicity (Kow) of these chemicals. An empirical correlation between log Km and log Kow is developed on the basis of data from this study and the Km values reported for a number of chlorinated and nonchlorinated hydrocarbons. Equilibrium data were also tested against three sets of models that describe the partitioning of volatile compounds in vapor-water-micelle phases. Applications of these models in experimentally determining Km from batch

  15. Modification of ceftibuten transport by the addition of non-ionic surfactants. (United States)

    Koga, K; Ohyashiki, T; Murakami, M; Kawashima, S


    The effects of non-ionic surfactants on the carrier-mediated transport of ceftibuten by rat intestinal brush-border membrane vesicles (BBMVs) were investigated. Ceftibuten uptake by BBMVs was measured by a rapid filtration technique. The concentration of surfactants for the uptake experiments was determined by a decrease in the turbidity of BBMV suspension and by the release of an impermeable probe, 2',7'-bis(carboxyethyl)-4(5)-carboxyfluorescein, from the vesicle inside. In fact, the surfactant concentration of 0. 03% (w/v) was selected to maintain the stability of BBMVs. The extent of ceftibuten uptake by BBMVs with various surfactants was correlated with their physicochemical properties, i.e. hydrophile-lipophile balance (HLB), critical micelle concentration (c.m.c.), average diameter of micelle colloid, and polydispersity determined by particle size distribution. The surfactants used were divided into two groups on the basis of polydispersity index (d(w)/d(n)), i.e. low polydispersity (d(w)/d(n) congruent with1) and high polydispersity d(w)/d(n)2). The ceftibuten uptake due to the addition of surfactants with low polydispersity increased with a decrease in the HLB number. These results indicate that the ceftibuten transport is modulated by the size distribution and hydrophobicity of surfactants. In addition, the effects of surfactants on the membrane lipid fluidity monitored by diphenylhexatriene (DPH) and trimethylammonium diphenylhexatriene (TMA-DPH) were investigated. There was significant correlation between ceftibuten uptake and the fluorescence anisotropy of TMA-DPH-labeled membranes due to the addition of surfactants with low polydispersity (r=-0.81, Pceftibuten transport by BBMVs, and that ceftibuten transport caused by surfactants with low polydispersity may be strongly dependent on the hydrophobic interaction.

  16. The Effect of Anionic, Cationic and Nonionic Surfactants on the Uncatalyzed Bromate Oscillator (United States)

    Grančičová, Ol'ga; Olexová, Anna; Zacher, Tomáš


    The response of an uncatalyzed bromate oscillator with phenol as substrate to the increasing concentrations of cationic (CTAN), anionic (SDS) and nonionic surfactants (Brij-30 and Triton X-100) was monitored at (25±0.1) °C under stirred batch conditions. Addition of the surfactants influenced the oscillatory parameters: a slight increase of the induction period of the first series of oscillations, a significant increase of the induction period of the second series of oscillations and a gradual decrease of the oscillation numbers of both series until complete disappearance at a certain surfactant concentration. The changes in the oscillatory parameters have been ascribed to solubilization of phenol and of bromination products in the micelles, to inhibition of bromination of the aromatic substrate due to bromine solubilization, and to the catalytic effect of the charged micelle surface.

  17. Synthesis, surface properties and antimicrobial activity of some germanium nonionic surfactants. (United States)

    Zaki, Mohamed F; Tawfik, Salah M


    Esterification reaction between different fatty acid namely; lauric, stearic, oleic and linoleic acids and polyethylene glycol-400 were performed. The produced polyethylene glycol ester were reacted with p-amine benzoic acid followed by condensation reaction with germanium dioxide in presence of sodium carbonate to form desired germinate surfactants. The chemical structures of the synthesized surfactants were determined using different spectra tools. The surface parameter including: the critical micelle concentration (CMC), effectiveness (π(cmc)), efficiency (Pc20), maximum surface excess (Γ(max)) and minimum surface area (A(min)), were calculated from the surface tension measurements. The synthesized surfactants showed higher surface activity. The thermodynamic parameters showed that adsorption and micellization processes are spontaneous. It is clear that the synthesized nonionic surfactants showed their tendency towards adsorption at the interfaces and also micellization in the bulk of their solutions. The synthesized surfactants were tested against different strain of bacteria using inhibition zone diameters. The synthesized surfactants showed good antimicrobial activities against the tested microorganisms including Gram positive, Gram negative as well as fungi. The promising inhibition efficiency of these compounds against the sulfate reducing bacteria facilitates them to be applicable as new categories of sulfate reducing bacteria biocides.

  18. Antimicrobial activity of electrochemical silver ions in nonionic surfactant solutions and in model dispersions. (United States)

    Scalzo, M; Perazzi, M E; Simonetti, N; Cerreto, F


    The microbicidal effectiveness against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria and Candida albicans of electrochemical silver ions in aqueous solutions containing nonionic surfactants was investigated. From the perspective of the possible use of anodic silver as a preservative in cosmetic or pharmaceutical preparations, microbicidal efficacy was also studied in oil/water model dispersions. Surfactants and botanical extracts partially inhibited the microbicidal effectiveness of anodic silver. Nevertheless in all the experimental conditions, silver ions reduced the microbial concentration up to 4 log units of the starting inoculum in less than 6 h. The wide microbicidal spectrum and the high rate of kill of silver ions appear, therefore, attractive enough to suggest a possible utilization of anodic silver as a preserving agent.

  19. Separation of cationic analytes by nonionic micellar electrokinetic chromatography using polyoxyethylene lauryl ether surfactants with different polyoxyethylene length. (United States)

    Quirino, Joselito P; Kato, Masaru


    Although nonionic micellar electrokinetic chromatography is used for the separation of charged compounds that are not easily separated by capillary zone electrophoresis, the effect of the hydrophilic moiety of the nonionic surfactant has not been studied well. In this study, the separation of ultraviolet-absorbing amino acids was studied in electrokinetic chromatography using neutral polyoxyethylene lauryl ether surfactants (Adekatol) in the separation solution. The effect of the polyethylene moiety (the number of repeating units was from 6.5 to 50) of the hydrophobic test amino acids (methionine, tryptophan, and tysorine) was studied using a 10 cm effective length capillary. The separation mechanism was based on hydrophobic as well as hydrogen bonding interactions at the micellar surface, which was made of the polyoxyethylene moiety. The length of the polyoxyethylene moiety of the surfactants was not important in nonionic micellar electrokinetic chromatography mode. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Determination of non-ionic and anionic surfactants in environmental water matrices. (United States)

    Gomez, Veronica; Ferreres, Laura; Pocurull, Eva; Borrull, Francesc


    Solid-phase extraction (SPE) combined with liquid chromatography electrospray mass spectrometry (LC-(ESI)MS) was used to determine 16 non-ionic and anionic surfactants in different environmental water samples at ng L(-1) levels. The proposed method is sensitive and simple and has good linear range and detection limits (less than 50 ng L(-1)) for most compound classes. The effect of ion suppression was studied in aqueous matrices from several treatment plants-including urban and industrial wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), drinking-water treatment plants (DWTPs) and seawater desalination plants (SWDPs)-and it was considered when quantifying our samples. In addition, conventional treatments and tertiary treatments that use advanced membrane technologies, such as ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) were evaluated in order to determine their efficiency in eliminating these compounds. The concentrations of non-ionic surfactants in the raw waters studied ranged from 0.2 to 100 μg L(-1). In effluents, the concentrations ranged from 0.1 to 5 μg L(-1), which reflects consistent elimination. Anionic surfactants were present in all waters studied at higher levels. Levels up to 3900μgL(-1) of linear alkylbenzene sulfonates (LASs) and 32,000 μg L(-1) of alkyl ethoxysulfates (AESs) were detected in urban WWTP influents, while levels up to 25 μg L(-1) of LASs and 114 μg L(-1) of AESs were found in drinking-water and desalination treatment plants. The results indicate that conventional processes alone are not sufficient to completely remove the studied surfactants from waste streams. Tertiary treatments that use advanced membrane technologies such as UF and RO can further reduce the amount of target compounds in the effluent water. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Desorption of hydrocarbon chains by association with ionic and nonionic surfactants under flow as a mechanism for enhanced oil recovery. (United States)

    Terrón-Mejía, Ketzasmin A; López-Rendón, Roberto; Goicochea, Armando Gama


    The need to extract oil from wells where it is embedded on the surfaces of rocks has led to the development of new and improved enhanced oil recovery techniques. One of those is the injection of surfactants with water vapor, which promotes desorption of oil that can then be extracted using pumps, as the surfactants encapsulate the oil in foams. However, the mechanisms that lead to the optimal desorption of oil and the best type of surfactants to carry out desorption are not well known yet, which warrants the need to carry out basic research on this topic. In this work, we report non equilibrium dissipative particle dynamics simulations of model surfactants and oil molecules adsorbed on surfaces, with the purpose of studying the efficiency of the surfactants to desorb hydrocarbon chains, that are found adsorbed over flat surfaces. The model surfactants studied correspond to nonionic and cationic surfactants, and the hydrocarbon desorption is studied as a function of surfactant concentration under increasing Poiseuille flow. We obtain various hydrocarbon desorption isotherms for every model of surfactant proposed, under flow. Nonionic surfactants are found to be the most effective to desorb oil and the mechanisms that lead to this phenomenon are presented and discussed.

  2. Stabilizing nanocellulose-nonionic surfactant composite foams by delayed Ca-induced gelation. (United States)

    Gordeyeva, Korneliya S; Fall, Andreas B; Hall, Stephen; Wicklein, Bernd; Bergström, Lennart


    Aggregation of dispersed rod-like particles like nanocellulose can improve the strength and rigidity of percolated networks but may also have a detrimental effect on the foamability. However, it should be possible to improve the strength of nanocellulose foams by multivalent ion-induced aggregation if the aggregation occurs after the foam has been formed. Lightweight and highly porous foams based on TEMPO-mediated oxidized cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) were formulated with the addition of a non-ionic surfactant, pluronic P123, and CaCO3 nanoparticles. Foam volume measurements show that addition of the non-ionic surfactant generates wet CNF/P123 foams with a high foamability. Foam bubble size studies show that delayed Ca-induced aggregation of CNF by gluconic acid-triggered dissolution of the CaCO3 nanoparticles significantly improves the long-term stability of the wet composite foams. Drying the Ca-reinforced foam at 60 °C results in a moderate shrinkage and electron microscopy and X-ray tomography studies show that the pores became slightly oblate after drying but the overall microstructure and pore/foam bubble size distribution is preserved after drying. The elastic modulus (0.9-1.4 MPa) of Ca-reinforced composite foams with a density of 9-15 kg/m(3) is significantly higher than commercially available polyurethane foams used for thermal insulation. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Competitive adsorption of monoclonal antibodies and nonionic surfactants at solid hydrophobic surfaces. (United States)

    Kapp, Sebastian J; Larsson, Iben; Van De Weert, Marco; Cárdenas, Marité; Jorgensen, Lene


    Two monoclonal antibodies from the IgG subclasses one and two were compared in their adsorption behavior with hydrophobic surfaces upon dilution to 10 mg/mL with 0.9% NaCl. These conditions simulate handling of the compounds at hospital pharmacies and surfaces encountered after preparation, such as infusion bags and i.v. lines. Total internal reflection fluorescence and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring were used to follow and quantify this. Furthermore, the influence of the nonionic surfactant polysorbate 80 (PS80) on the adsorption process of these two antibodies was investigated. Despite belonging to two different IgG subclasses, both antibodies displayed comparable adsorption behavior. Both antibodies readily adsorbed in the absence of PS80, whereas adsorption was reduced in the presence of 30 mg/L surfactant. The sequence of exposure of the surfactant and protein to the surface was found to have a major influence on the extent of protein adsorption. Although only a fraction of adsorbed protein could be removed by rinsing with 30 mg/L surfactant solution, adsorption was entirely prevented when surfaces were pre-exposed to PS80. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of dialkanolamides from castor oil (Ricinus communis) as nonionic surfactant (United States)

    Anwar, M.; Wahyuningsih, T. D.


    Nonionic surfactant of dialkanolamide derivates was synthesized and characterized from castor oil (Ricinus comunnis). Ricinoleic acid was isolated from castor oil by hydrolysis in alkaline (KOH) condition at 65 °C. Oxidation of ricinoleic acid by dilute potassium permanganate (KMnO4) in alkaline condition at 75-90 °C gave dicarboxylic acid which was then reacted with ethanolamine at 140-160 °C for 6 hours. The product was recrystallized with isopropanol, and the structure elucidation was performed by FTIR, 1HNMR spectrometer, and GC-MS with silylation method. Characterization of surfactants was carried out by surface tension measurement (capillary rise method), Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC) based on turbidity method and calculation of Hydrophilic-Lipophilic Balance (HLB) value with Griffin method and Bancroft rule. The result showed that ricinoleic acid in castor oil is 86.19 % and it is oxidation give an azelaic acid and octanedioic acid in 53.25 %. Amidation of a dicarboxylic acid and ethanolamine at 140-160 °C for 6 hours yielded of N1,N9-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)nona diamide in 49.35 %. Surfactant characterization indicates that dialkanolamide derivates can be used as a surfactant due to its ability to reduce the surface tension of ethanol with CMC at 1.2 g/L, HLB value is 5.58 and can be used as emulsifier water in oil (W/O).

  5. Corrosion Inhibition of X52 Pipeline Steel in Chloride Solutions Using Nonionic Surfactant (United States)

    Quej, L. M.; Contreras, A.; Aburto, J.

    Two concentrations of NPE-4 nonionic surfactant and corrosion inhibitor (CI) commercially available were added to NaCl (2.45 % and 3 %) and ocean water solutions (OWS) in order to study the corrosion process of API X52 pipeline steel. Corrosion inhibition of X52 pipeline steel in chloride solutions was evaluated by using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization curves. EIS analyses showed that 3 % NaCl was the more corrosive solution for X52 steel. Adding CI to 3 %NaCl solution improves the corrosion resistance of X52 steel; however, adding CI to OWS, the corrosion control of X52 steel was more evident preventing the pitting, salts embedding, and corrosion under deposits. X52 steel exposure to solutions adding surfactant as corrosion inhibitor after having been evaluated through polarization curves displayed low corrosion rates (0.88 mm/year). Standard free energy calculation suggested that surfactant is adsorbed physically into the X52 steel surface. Meanwhile, it was observed that CI was more difficult to adsorb on X52 steel surface, and consequently corrosion was higher than adding surfactant to chloride solutions.

  6. Natural Attenuation of Nonionic Surfactants Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids: Degradation Rates, Pathways, and Mechanisms. (United States)

    Heyob, Katie M; Blotevogel, Jens; Brooker, Michael; Evans, Morgan V; Lenhart, John J; Wright, Justin; Lamendella, Regina; Borch, Thomas; Mouser, Paula J


    Hydraulic fracturing fluids are injected into shales to extend fracture networks that enhance oil and natural gas production from unconventional reservoirs. Here we evaluated the biodegradability of three widely used nonionic polyglycol ether surfactants (alkyl ethoxylates (AEOs), nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEOs), and polypropylene glycols (PPGs)) that function as weatherizers, emulsifiers, wetting agents, and corrosion inhibitors in injected fluids. Under anaerobic conditions, we observed complete removal of AEOs and NPEOs from solution within 3 weeks regardless of whether surfactants were part of a chemical mixture or amended as individual additives. Microbial enzymatic chain shortening was responsible for a shift in ethoxymer molecular weight distributions and the accumulation of the metabolite acetate. PPGs bioattenuated the slowest, producing sizable concentrations of acetone, an isomer of propionaldehyde. Surfactant chain shortening was coupled to an increased abundance of the diol dehydratase gene cluster (pduCDE) in Firmicutes metagenomes predicted from the 16S rRNA gene. The pduCDE enzymes are responsible for cleaving ethoxylate chain units into aldehydes before their fermentation into alcohols and carboxylic acids. These data provide new mechanistic insight into the environmental fate of hydraulic fracturing surfactants after accidental release through chain shortening and biotransformation, emphasizing the importance of compound structure disclosure for predicting biodegradation products.

  7. Selective solubilization of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from multicomponent nonaqueous-phase liquids into nonionic surfactant micelles. (United States)

    Bernardez, Leticia A; Ghoshal, Subhasis


    This research investigates the equilibrium solubilization behavior of naphthalene and phenanthrene from multicomponent nonaqueous-phase liquids (NAPLs) by five different polyoxyethylene nonionic surfactants. The overall goal of the study was to achieve an improved understanding of surfactant-aided dissolution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from multicomponent NAPLs in the context of surfactant-enhanced remediation of contaminated sites. The extent of solubilization of the PAHs in the surfactant micelles increased linearly with the PAH mole fraction in the NAPL. The solubilization extent and micelle-water equilibrium partition coefficient of the PAHs increased with the size of the polar shell region of the micelles rather than the size of the hydrophobic core of the micelle. The presence of both PAHs in the shell region of the micelles was confirmed by 1H NMR analysis. This is an important observation because it is commonly assumed that in multi-solute systems the solutes with relatively greater hydrophobicity are solubilized only in the micellar core. A comparison of the 1H NMR spectra of pure surfactant solutions and solutions contacted with various NAPLs demonstrated that the distribution of PAHs between the shell and the core changed with the concentration of PAHs in the micelles and in the NAPL. Competitive solubilization of the PAHs was observed when both PAHs were present in the NAPL. For example, in surfactant solutions of Brij 35 and Tween 80, the solubilization of phenanthrene was decreased in the presence of naphthalene as compared to systems that contained phenanthrene as the only solute. In contrast, with micellar solutions of Tergitol NP-10 and Triton X-100, phenanthrene solubilization was enhanced in the presence of naphthalene. The activity coefficients of the PAHs in the micellar phase were generally found to increase with PAH concentrations in the micelle.

  8. Experimental investigation of wettability alteration on residual oil saturation using nonionic surfactants: Capillary pressure measurement

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    Full Text Available Introducing the novel technique for enhancing oil recovery from available petroleum reservoirs is one of the important issues in future energy demands. Among of all operative factors, wettability may be the foremost parameter affecting residual oil saturation in all stage of oil recovery. Although wettability alteration is one of the methods which enhance oil recovery from the petroleum reservoir. Recently, the studies which focused on this subject were more than the past and many contributions have been made on this area. The main objective of the current study is experimentally investigation of the two nonionic surfactants effects on altering wettability of reservoir rocks. Purpose of this work is to change the wettability to preferentially the water-wet condition. Also reducing the residual oil saturation (Sor is the other purpose of this work. The wettability alteration of reservoir rock is measured by two main quantitative methods namely contact angle and the USBM methods. Results of this study showed that surfactant flooding is more effective in oil-wet rocks to change their wettability and consequently reducing Sor to a low value. Cedar (Zizyphus Spina Christi is low priced, absolutely natural, and abundantly accessible in the Middle East and Central Asia. Based on the results, this material can be used as a chemical surfactant in field for enhancing oil recovery.

  9. Stability of emulsion at the presence of polycomplexes based on polyacrilic and polymethacrilyc acids and nonionic surfactant OP-10

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    K. Omarova


    Full Text Available Stability of straight and reverse emulsions based on polyacrilic and polymethacrilyc acids and nonionic surfactant OP-10 was studied. Detergency of these polycomplexes on oil substrate covered on solid surfaces of different nature were considered. The results obtained allow explain the mechanism of exlusion of non-polar liquids from capillary-porous systems.

  10. Using Nonionic Surfactants for Production of Semiconductor-type Carbon Nanotubes by Gel-based Affinity Chromatography

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    Varun Shenoy Gangoli


    characterization of the particulate suspension. Semiconductor- type SWCNTs are recovered in solid form by evaporating the suspension fluid, and heating the dried sample in air to a temperature just above the Pluronic decomposition temperature. Using Pluronic and other nonionic-type surfactants can aid the scalability of the chromatographic production of semiconducting SWCNT samples.

  11. Poly(vinyl acetate)–clay hybrids prepared via emulsion polymerization, assisted by a nonionic surfactant

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    Corobea, M.C.; Uricanu, V.I.; Donescu, D.; Radovici, C.; Serban, S.; Garea, S.; Iovu, H.


    Hybrid materials containing poly(vinyl acetate) and montmorillonite (MMT) were prepared using an one-batch emulsion polymerization recipe, assisted by a nonionic surfactant. To explain the results of our experiments, a thorough investigation of the specific interactions between the compounds was

  12. Activity coefficients and free energies of nonionic mixed surfactant solutions from vapor-pressure and freezing-point osmometry. (United States)

    MacNeil, Jennifer A; Ray, Gargi Basu; Leaist, Derek G


    The thermodynamic properties of mixed surfactant solutions are widely investigated, prompted by numerous practical applications of these systems and by interest in molecular association and self-organization. General techniques for measuring thermodynamic activities, such as isopiestic equilibration, are well-established for multicomponent solutions. Surprisingly, these techniques have not yet been applied to mixed surfactant solutions, despite the importance of the free energy for micelle stability. In this study, equations are developed for the osmotic coefficients of solutions of nonionic surfactant A + nonionic surfactant B. A mass-action model is used, with virial equations for the activity coefficients of the micelles and free surfactant monomer species. The equations are fitted to osmotic coefficients of aqueous decylsulfobetaine + dodecylsulfobetaine solutions measured by vapor-pressure and freezing-point osmometry. Equilibrium constants for mixed-micelle formation are calculated from the free monomer concentrations at the critical micelle concentrations. The derived activity coefficients of the micelles and free monomers indicate large departures from ideal solution behavior, even for dilute solutions of the surfactants. Stoichiometric activity coefficients of the total surfactant components are evaluated by Gibbs-Duhem integration of the osmotic coefficients. Relatively simple colligative property measurements hold considerable promise for free energy studies of multicomponent surfactant solutions. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  13. Comparison of Anionic, Cationic and Nonionic Surfactants as Dispersing Agents for Graphene Based on the Fluorescence of Riboflavin. (United States)

    Mateos, Rocío; Vera, Soledad; Valiente, Mercedes; Díez-Pascual, Ana María; San Andrés, María Paz


    Fluorescence quenching is a valuable tool to gain insight about dynamic changes of fluorophores in complex systems. Graphene (G), a single-layered 2D nanomaterial with unique properties, was dispersed in surfactant aqueous solutions of different nature: non-ionic polyoxyethylene-23-lauryl ether (Brij L23), anionic sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS), and cationic hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB). The influence of the surfactant type, chain length and concentration, G total concentration and G/surfactant weight ratio on the fluorescence intensity of vitamin B₂ (riboflavin) was investigated. The quality of the different G dispersions was assessed by scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM). A quenching phenomenon of the fluorescence of riboflavin was found for G dispersions in all the surfactants, which generally becomes stronger with increasing G/surfactant weight ratio. For dispersions in the ionic surfactants, the quenching is more pronounced as the surfactant concentration raises, whilst the non-ionic one remains merely unchanged for the different G/Brij L23 weight ratios. More importantly, results indicate that DTAB solutions are the optimum media for dispersing G sheets, leading to an up to 16-fold drop in the fluorescence intensity. Understanding the mechanism in fluorescence quenching of G dispersions in surfactants could be useful for several optical applications.

  14. Comparison of Anionic, Cationic and Nonionic Surfactants as Dispersing Agents for Graphene Based on the Fluorescence of Riboflavin

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    Rocío Mateos


    Full Text Available Fluorescence quenching is a valuable tool to gain insight about dynamic changes of fluorophores in complex systems. Graphene (G, a single-layered 2D nanomaterial with unique properties, was dispersed in surfactant aqueous solutions of different nature: non-ionic polyoxyethylene-23-lauryl ether (Brij L23, anionic sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS, and cationic hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB and dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB. The influence of the surfactant type, chain length and concentration, G total concentration and G/surfactant weight ratio on the fluorescence intensity of vitamin B2 (riboflavin was investigated. The quality of the different G dispersions was assessed by scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM. A quenching phenomenon of the fluorescence of riboflavin was found for G dispersions in all the surfactants, which generally becomes stronger with increasing G/surfactant weight ratio. For dispersions in the ionic surfactants, the quenching is more pronounced as the surfactant concentration raises, whilst the non-ionic one remains merely unchanged for the different G/Brij L23 weight ratios. More importantly, results indicate that DTAB solutions are the optimum media for dispersing G sheets, leading to an up to 16-fold drop in the fluorescence intensity. Understanding the mechanism in fluorescence quenching of G dispersions in surfactants could be useful for several optical applications.

  15. A Review on the Environmental Behavior of the Polyoxyethylene Type Nonionic Surfactants Adjuvants in Pesticides

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    KONG Xiang-ji


    Full Text Available Polyoxyethylene type nonionic surfactants such as alkylphenol ethoxylates(APEOs, alcohol ethoxylates(AEOs and alkylamine ethoxylates(ANEOs are typical pesticide adjuvants. Their unique environmental behavior characteristic is reflected in the parameters describing the fate e.g.distribution coefficient, adsorption to soil, degradation and effects of these substances. The major environmental problem related to these compounds is their part metabolites' relatively higher environmental risk. In views of their chemical structure, this paper outlined present knowledge on occurrence, fate and environment effect of the three adjuvants:AEOs, ANEOs and APEOs. The adsorption behaviour of ANEOs in contrast to AEOs was particularly variable and matrix dependent due to the ability of the compound to ionise at environmentally relevant pH. Probably because the compounds exceeded high soil adsorption and were easily degradable which were reflected in the low environmental concentrations generally found in monitoring studies.

  16. Thermodynamics of Micellization of Nonionic Surfactant Tween-40 in Presence of Additive Chloramine-T Using Clouding Phenomenon


    Patil, A. A.; Patil, T. J.


    The phenomenon of solubilization of nonionic surfactant Tween-40 has been studied through the influence of additive chloramine-T in aqueous medium by measuring the cloud points (CP) of the pure surfactant and with chloramine-T. The CP of pure surfactant was found to be increased with increasing concentration of Tween-40. The CP of mixed system shows increasing trends with increased chloramine-T. This is mainly due to increased micelle concentrations. The influence of chloramine-T on the cloud...

  17. Effects of non-ionic surfactants on cytochrome P450-mediated metabolism in vitro. (United States)

    Christiansen, Anne; Backensfeld, Thomas; Denner, Karsten; Weitschies, Werner


    The purpose of the study was to investigate the impact of commonly used non-ionic surfactants on cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4-mediated metabolism of testosterone and the CYP2C9-mediated metabolism of diclofenac. Polysorbate 80 (PS 80), D-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol (1000) succinate (TPGS), sucrose laurate, Cremophor EL (CR EL), and Cremophor RH 40 (Cr RH 40) were incubated with human liver microsomes at different concentrations to determine the IC(50) of the reduced metabolism of the model substrates. Inhibitory potential in case of all tested compounds could be observed already below their critical micelle concentrations (CMC) and in concentration-dependant manner. The IC(50) of the CYP 3A4-mediated 6β-hydroxylation of testosterone has been determined as 0.40 mM (PS 80), 0.15 mM (TPGS), 0.20mM (sucrose laurate), 0.60mM (CrEL), and 0.80 mM (CrRH40). The IC(50) concerning the CYP 2C9-mediated 4-hydroxylation of diclofenac has been calculated to be 0.04 mM (PS80), 0.30 mM (TPGS), 0.07 mM (sucrose laurate), 0.03 mM (CrEL), and 0.03 mM (Cr RH 40). The results indicate that these non-ionic surfactants are in vitro inhibitors of CYP-mediated metabolism and might have the potential to modify the pharmacokinetics of co-administered drugs, which are substrates of CYP, and thereby enhance their bioavailability. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Effect of the Presence of Nonionic Surfactant Brij35 on the Mobility of Metribuzin in Soil

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    Eman M. ElSayed


    Full Text Available Given the water scarcity becoming endemic to a large portion of the globe, arid region irrigation has resorted to the use of treated, partially treated, or even untreated wastewaters. Such waters contain a number of pollutants, including surfactants. Applied to agricultural lands, these surfactants could affect the fate and transport of other chemicals in the soil, particularly pesticides. A field lysimeter study was undertaken to investigate the effect of nonionic surfactant, Brij35, on the in-soil fate and transport of a commonly used herbicide, metribuzin [4-amino-6-tert-butyl-3-(methylthio-1,2,4-triazin-5(4H-one]. Nine PVC lysimeters, 1.0 m long × 0.45 m diameter, were packed with a sandy soil to a bulk density of 1.35 mg m−3. Antibiotic-free cattle manure was applied (10 mg ha−1 at the surface of the lysimeters. Metribuzin was then applied to the soil surface of all lysimeters at a rate of 1.00 kg a.i. ha−1. Each of three aqueous Brij35 solutions, 0, 0.5 and 5 mg L−1 (i.e., “good”, “poor” and “very poor” quality irrigation water were each applied to the lysimeters in triplicate. Analysis for metribuzin residues in samples of both soil and leachate, collected over a 90-day period, showed the surfactant Brij35 to have increased the mobility of metribuzin in soil, indicating that continued use of poor quality water could influence pesticide transport in agricultural soils, and increase the risk of groundwater contamination.

  19. Development of Drug Loaded Nanoparticles Binding to Hydroxyapatite Based on a Bisphosphonate Modified Nonionic Surfactant

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    Jiabin Zhang


    Full Text Available This study aimed at development of drug loaded nanoparticles which could bind to hydroxyapatite (HA to construct drug or growth factor releasing bone graft substitutes. To this end, the terminal hydroxyl group of a nonionic surfactant Brij 78 (polyoxyethylene (20 stearyl ether was first modified with pamidronate (Pa. Using Pa-Brij 78 as both a surfactant and an affinity ligand to HA, three different Pa surface functionalized nanoparticles were prepared, named as solid lipid nanoparticles (Pa-SNPs, nanoemulsions (Pa-NEMs, and PLGA nanoparticles (Pa-PNPs. A model drug curcumin was successfully encapsulated in the three nanoparticles. The sizes of Pa-NEM and Pa-PNP were around 150 nm and the size of Pa-SNP was around 90 nm with polydispersity indexes (PDIs less than 0.20. Drug encapsulation efficiencies of the three nanoparticles were all greater than 85%. Furthermore, the order of binding affinity of the nanoparticles to HA was Pa-PNP>Pa-NEM=Pa-SNP. After lyophilization, the sizes of the three nanoparticles were increased about 0.5–2.0-fold but their binding affinities to HA were almost the same as the fresh prepared nanoparticles. In conclusion, a Pa-modified Brij 78 was synthesized and used for fabrication of a series of drug loaded nanoparticles to construct drug-eluting HA-based bone graft substitutes.

  20. Modeling of the Critical Micelle Concentration (CMC) of Nonionic Surfactants with an Extended Group-Contribution Method

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    Mattei, Michele; Kontogeorgis, Georgios; Gani, Rafiqul


    of 150 experimental measurements covering a large variety of nonionic surfactants including linear, branched, and phenyl alkyl ethoxylates; alkanediols; alkyl mono- and disaccharide ethers and esters; ethoxylated alkyl amines and amides; fluorinated linear ethoxylates and amides; polyglycerol esters...... concentration, and in particular, the quantitative structure−property relationship models, the developed GC model provides an accurate correlation and allows for an easier and faster application in computer-aided molecular design techniques facilitating chemical process and product design....

  1. Photocatalytic degradation of nonionic surfactant, Brij 35 in aqueous TiO2 suspensions. (United States)

    Eng, Yong Yong; Sharma, Virender K; Ray, Ajay K


    The photocatalytic oxidation of nonionic surfactant, Brij 35 in aqueous TiO2 suspensions was investigated as a function of catalysts loading, light intensity (I), initial Brij 35 concentration [Brij](0), dissolved oxygen concentration [p(O2)], and pH. A monolithic swirl-flow photoreactor was used that allowed to perform a systematic analysis of rates at various loadings of TiO22 in order to distinguish "kinetic" and "transport" limited regimes for the photocatalytic degradation of Brij 35 in TiO2 suspensions. The optimal catalyst loading was determined to be 0.1 g L(-1) TiO2 at a neutral pH. The true kinetic dependences of the photocatalytic degradation on I and [Brij](0) were determined. A small increase in oxidation rate was observed with an increase in the partial pressure of the oxygen [p(O2)] in the system. The rates as a function of [Brij](0) and [p(O2)] were interpreted using a Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The complete photocatalytic degradation of Brij 35 was obtained in acidic to basic pH range, however, the removal of Brij 35 removal and subsequent decrease in TOC levels were more efficient at a neutral pH than acidic or basic pH. 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Application of lactobionic acid and nonionic surfactants as solubilizing agents for parenteral formulation of clarithromycin

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    Mohammad-Hosein Zarrintan


    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to enhance the solubility of clarithromycin (CLR using nonionic surfactants and some type of acids for preparation of the new formulations. Methods: Myrj 52 and chremophor (2.5 and 5% w/v were used in two concentrations. To investigate solubility, the formulations were shaken for 48 hours at room temperature. For stability test, lyophilized samples were maintained in refrigerator at 4° C, and in oven at 40° C. Drug analysis was performed by reverse phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC with ultraviolet detection. Results: Solubility tests indicated that lactobionic acid was the most effective to increase clarithromycin solubility and chremophor showed higher enhancing effect than myrj 52 on CLR solubility. The stability tests results also confirmed that shelf-lives of all formulations have been the equivalent to 24 months. Conclusion: On the whole, formulations described in this article may be very suitable for industrial-scale manufacturing and clinical application.

  3. Surface and solution properties of anionic/nonionic surfactant mixtures of alkylbenzene sulfonate and triethyleneglycol decyl ether. (United States)

    Tucker, I; Penfold, J; Thomas, R K; Dong, C C; Golding, S; Gibson, C; Grillo, I


    The surface adsorption behavior and the solution microstructure of mixtures of the C(6) isomer of anionic surfactant sodium para-dodecyl benzene sulfonate, ABS, with nonionic surfactant monodecyl triethyleneglycol ether, C(10)E(3,) have been investigated using a combination of neutron reflectivity, NR, and small-angle neutron scattering, SANS. In solution, the mixing of C(10)E(3) and ABS results in the formation of small globular micelles over most of the composition range (100:0 to 20:80 ABS/C(10)E(3)). Planar aggregates (lamellar or unilamellar vesicles, ULV) are observed for solution compositions rich in the nonionic surfactant (>80 mol % nonionic). Prior to the transition to planar aggregates, the micelle aggregation number increases with increasing nonionic composition. The lamellar-phase region is preceded by a narrow range of composition over which mixtures of micelles and small unilamellar vesicles coexist. The variation in surface absorption behavior with solution composition shows a strong surface partitioning of the more surface-active component, C(10)E(3). This pronounced departure from ideal mixing is not readily explained by existing surfactant mixing theories. In the presence of Ca(2+) ions, a more complex evolution of solution phase behavior with solution composition is observed. The lamellar-phase region occurs over a broader range of solution compositions at the expense of the small-vesicle phase. The phase boundaries are shifted to lower nonionic compositions, and the extent to which the solution-phase diagrams are modified increases with increasing calcium ion concentration. The SANS data for the large planar aggregates are consistent with large polydisperse flexible unilamellar vesicles. In the presence of Ca(2+) ions, the surface adsorption patterns become more consistent with ideal mixing in the nonionic-rich region of the surface-phase diagram. However, in the ABS-rich regions the surface behavior is more complex because of the spontaneous

  4. High-efficiency extracellular release of free fatty acids from Aspergillus oryzae using non-ionic surfactants. (United States)

    Tamano, Koichi; Miura, Ai; Koike, Hideaki; Kamisaka, Yasushi; Umemura, Myco; Machida, Masayuki


    Free fatty acids (FFAs) are useful for generating biofuel compounds and functional lipids. Microbes are increasingly exploited to produce FFAs via metabolic engineering. However, in many microorganisms, FFAs accumulate in the cytosol, and disrupting cells to extract them is energy intensive. Thus, a simple cost-effective extraction technique must be developed to remove this drawback. We found that FFAs were released from cells of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus oryzae with high efficiency when they were cultured or incubated with non-ionic surfactants such as Triton X-100. The surfactants did not reduce hyphal growth, even at 5% (w/v). When the faaA disruptant was cultured with 1% Triton X-100, more than 80% of the FFAs synthesized de novo were released. When the disruptant cells grown without surfactants were incubated for 1h in 1% Triton X-100 solution, more than 50% of the FFAs synthesized de novo were also released. Other non-ionic surfactants in the same ether series, such as Brij 58, IGEPAL CA-630, and Tergitol NP-40, elicited a similar FFA release. The dry cell weight of total hyphae decreased when grown with 1% Triton X-100. The decrement was 4.9-fold greater than the weight of the released FFAs, implying release of other intracellular compounds. Analysis of the culture supernatant showed that intracellular lactate dehydrogenase was also released, suggesting that FFAs are not released by a specific transporter. Therefore, ether-type non-ionic surfactants probably cause non-specific release of FFAs and other intracellular compounds by increasing cell membrane permeability. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. One-step synthesis, wettability and foaming properties of high-performance non-ionic hydro-fluorocarbon hybrid surfactants (United States)

    Peng, Ying-ying; Lu, Feng; Tong, Qing-Xiao


    In this work, a series of non-ionic hydro-fluorocarbon hybrid surfactants (C9F19CONH(CH2)3N(CmH2m+1)2, abbreviated as C9F19AM (m = 1), C9F19AE (m = 2) and C9F19AB (m = 4) were easily synthesized by one-step reaction and characterized by 1HNMR, 19FNMR and MS spectroscopy. Unlike conventional non-ionic surfactants (most hydrophilic units consisted of hydroxy or ether groups), their hydrophilic groups were composed of amide group, an eco-friendly unit. The surface activity, wettability, thermal stability and foaming performance were investigated. The results showed that the C9F19AE (C9F19CONH(CH2)3N[CH2CH3]2) had superior surface and interface activities, which could reduce the surface tension of water down to 15.37 mN/m and the interfacial tension (cyclohexane/water/surfactants) to 5.8 mN/m with a low cmc (critical micelle concentration) of 0.12 mmol/L. Through the calculation of Amin (the minimum area occupied per-surfactant molecule), we speculated this higher surface activity was related to the compatibility between hydrocarbon and fluorocarbon chains. When used as wetting and foaming agents, the C9F19AE also outperformed great advantages over conventional non-ionic fluorocarbon and hydrocarbon surfactants, which could decrease the contact angle of water on PTFE plate from 107.7° to 3.6°, and increase the foam integrated value F to 536 500 ± 3066.5 mL s. Moreover, the decomposition temperature (Td) of C9F19AE could reach up to 173 °C. This work demonstrates a valuable strategy to develop a kind of high-efficiency foaming agent via facile synthesis.

  6. Screening Nonionic Surfactants for Enhanced Biodegradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Remaining in Soil After Conventional Biological Treatment. (United States)

    Adrion, Alden C; Nakamura, Jun; Shea, Damian; Aitken, Michael D


    A total of five nonionic surfactants (Brij 30, Span 20, Ecosurf EH-3, polyoxyethylene sorbitol hexaoleate, and R-95 rhamnolipid) were evaluated for their ability to enhance PAH desorption and biodegradation in contaminated soil after treatment in an aerobic bioreactor. Surfactant doses corresponded to aqueous-phase concentrations below the critical micelle concentration in the soil-slurry system. The effect of surfactant amendment on soil (geno)toxicity was also evaluated for Brij 30, Span 20, and POESH using the DT40 B-lymphocyte cell line and two of its DNA-repair-deficient mutants. Compared to the results from no-surfactant controls, incubation of the bioreactor-treated soil with all surfactants increased PAH desorption, and all except R-95 substantially increased PAH biodegradation. POESH had the greatest effect, removing 50% of total measured PAHs. Brij 30, Span 20, and POESH were particularly effective at enhancing biodegradation of four- and five-ring PAHs, including five of the seven carcinogenic PAHs, with removals up to 80%. Surfactant amendment also significantly enhanced the removal of alkyl-PAHs. Most treatments significantly increased soil toxicity. Only the no-surfactant control and Brij 30 at the optimum dose significantly decreased soil genotoxicity, as evaluated with either mutant cell line. Overall, these findings have implications for the feasibility of bioremediation to achieve cleanup levels for PAHs in soil.

  7. Applicability of the Gibbs Adsorption Isotherm to the analysis of experimental surface-tension data for ionic and nonionic surfactants. (United States)

    Martínez-Balbuena, L; Arteaga-Jiménez, Araceli; Hernández-Zapata, Ernesto; Márquez-Beltrán, César


    The Gibbs Adsorption Isotherm equation is a two-dimensional analogous of the Gibbs-Duhem equation, and it is one of the cornerstones of interface science. It is also widely used to estimate the surface excess concentration (SEC) for surfactants and other compounds in aqueous solution, from surface tension measurements. However, in recent publications some authors have cast doubt on this method. In the present work, we review some of the best available surface tension experimental data, and compare estimations of the SEC, using the Gibbs isotherm method (GIM), to direct measurements reported in the literature. This is done for both nonionic and ionic surfactants, with and without added salt. Our review leads to the conclusion that the GIM has a very solid agreement with experiments, and that it does estimate accurately the SEC for surfactant concentrations smaller than the critical micellar concentration (CMC). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Influence of ionic and nonionic surfactants on analytical parameters of ion-selective electrodes based on chelating active substances

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    Wardak, Cecylia [Department of Analytical and Instrumental Analysis, Faculty of Chemistry, M. Curie Sklodowska University, 20031 Lublin (Poland)]. E-mail:; Marczewska, Barbara [Department of Analytical and Instrumental Analysis, Faculty of Chemistry, M. Curie Sklodowska University, 20031 Lublin (Poland); Lenik, Joanna [Department of Analytical and Instrumental Analysis, Faculty of Chemistry, M. Curie Sklodowska University, 20031 Lublin (Poland)


    The effects of the cationic (tetrabutylammonium chloride, TBC), anionic (sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS) and nonionic (TRITON X-100) surfactants on the potentiometric properties of zinc- and cadmium-selective electrodes (ISEs) were investigated. The studies were carried out with plasticized PVC membranes doped with several new acidic chelating ionophores. The electrode basic analytical parameters, such as measurement range, slope characteristics, detection limit, response time and selectivity coefficients in relation to some inorganic cations in the presence and absence of surfactants, were investigated. As follows from the studies, the presence of surfactants in the sample is responsible first of all for the increase in response time and in detection limit, and a decrease in the characteristic slope as well as reduction of electrode selectivity.

  9. Simple one step synthesis of nonionic dithiol surfactants and their self-assembling with silver nanoparticles: Characterization, surface properties, biological activity

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    Abd-Elaal, Ali A., E-mail:; Tawfik, Salah M.; Shaban, Samy M.


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nonionic dithiol surfactants were synthesized by simple one step esterification. • The surface activity of the synthesized dithiol surfactants showed high tendency toward adsorption and micellization. • The nanostructure of the synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants with silver nanoparticles was prepared. • The silver nanoparticles enhanced the biological activity of the synthesized dithiol surfactants. - Abstract: Simple esterification of 2-mercaptoacetic acid and polyethylene glycol with different molecular weights was done to form the desired nonionic dithiol surfactants. The chemical structures of synthesized thiol surfactants were confirmed using FT-IR and {sup 1}H NMR spectra. The surface activity of the synthesized surfactants was determined by measurement of the surface tension at different temperatures. The surface activity measurements showed their high tendency towards adsorption and micellization. The thermodynamic parameters of micellization (ΔG{sub mic}, ΔH{sub mic} and ΔS{sub mic}) and adsorption (ΔG{sub ads}, ΔG{sub ads} and ΔS{sub ads}) showed their tendency toward adsorption at the interfaces and also micellization in the bulk of their solutions. The nanostructure of the synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants with silver nanoparticles was prepared and investigated using UV and TEM techniques. Screening tests of the synthesized dithiol surfactants and their nanostructure with silver nanoparticles, against gram positive bacteria (Bacillus subtilis and Microccus luteus), gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli and Bordatella pertussis) and fungi (Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans) showed that they are highly active biocides. The presence of silver nanoparticles enhancement the biological activities of the individual synthesized nonionic dithiol surfactants.

  10. Application of response surface methodology and spectroscopic approach for investigating of curcumin nanoencapsulation using natural biopolymers and nonionic surfactant. (United States)

    Sheikhzadeh, Shaghayegh; Alizadeh, Mohammad; Rezazad, Mahmoud; Hamishehkar, Hamed


    This study aimed at encapsulation of poor water-soluble curcumin so that it could be utilized in various food products as a functional ingredient. Biopolymer nanoparticles were assembled from sodium caseinate and gum arabic using electrostatic complexation in the presence of nonionic surfactant Tween 20. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to investigate the interactions of curcumin with protein, polysaccharide and surfactant. The effects of sodium caseinate (A), gum arabic (B), Tween 20 (C) and pH (D) on responses were studied using a three-level four-factor Box-Behnken design. For each response, a second-order polynomial model was developed. For optimum nanoencapsulation of curcumin, the variables concentration of sodium caseinate, concentration of gum arabic, pH and concentration of Tween 20 were 0.21, 0.5, 5 and 0.14 wt% respectively. The particles were characterized by ζ-potential measurement. Spectroscopic results and data modelling, showed interaction of curcumin with sodium caseinate, gum arabic and Tween 20. Also, the nonionic surfactant Tween 20, influenced the electrostatic interaction between sodium caseinate and gum arabic.

  11. Effect of Temperature on the Critical Micelle Concentration and Micellization Thermodynamic of Nonionic Surfactants: Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Fatty Acid Esters

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    Ehsan Mohajeri


    Full Text Available In this study, non-ionic surfactants, polyoxyethylene sorbitan fatty acid esters (polysorbate are chosen to examine the temperature effect on the CMC over a wide temperature range. The enthalpy and entropy of micelle formation are evaluated according to the phase separation model. The surface tension of solutions was determined by means of Du Nöuys ring. The CMC values were taken from the sharp breaks in the surface tension vs. logarithms of surfactant concentration plots. As the surfactants' chain length increases the CMC at a constant temperature decreases, which is directly related to the decrease of hydrophilicity of the molecules. For each surfactant, as the system temperature increases, the CMC initially decreases and then increases, owing to the smaller probability of hydrogen bond formation at higher temperatures. The onset of micellization tends to occur at higher concentrations as the temperature increases. To evaluate the enthalpy of micellization, the CMCs are first correlated by a polynomial equation. It is found that ∆Gºm decreases monotonically as the temperature increases over the whole temperature range. Both ∆Hºm and ∆Sºm appear to be decrease monotonically with an increase in temperature. The compensation temperature was found to be 42 ºC by linear regression over the whole temperature range and for all three surfactant systems together.

  12. Conductometric study of sodium dodecyl sulfate - nonionic surfactant (Triton X-100, Tween 20, Tween 60, Tween 80 or Tween 85 mixed micelles in aqueous solution

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    Ćirin Dejan M.


    Full Text Available The present study is concerned with the determination of the critical micelle concentration (cmc of mixed micelles of sodium dodecyl sulfate with one of five nonionic surfactants (Triton X-100, Tween 20, Tween 60, Tween 80 or Tween 85 from conductance measurements. Based on the calculated values of the β parameters we have noticed that SDS-nonionic surfactants mostly showed strong synergistic effect. It was found that nonionic surfactants with mainly longer and more hydrophobic tail show stronger interactions with hydrophobic part of SDS, thus expressing stronger synergism. In SDS-Tween 80 binary system the strongest synergistic effect was noticed. SDS-Tween 85 micellar system showed antagonistic effect, most probably because the presence of the double bond in its three hydrophobic tails (three C18 tails makes it sterically rigid.

  13. Synergetic effect of chelating agent and nonionic surfactant for benzotriazole removal on post Cu-CMP cleaning (United States)

    Yanlei, Li; Yuling, Liu; Chenwei, Wang; Yue, Li


    The cleaning of copper interconnects after chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) process is a critical step in integrated circuits (ICs) fabrication. Benzotriazole (BTA), which is used as corrosion inhibitor in the copper CMP slurry, is the primary source for the formation of organic contaminants. The presence of BTA can degrade the electrical properties and reliability of ICs which needs to be removed by using an effective cleaning solution. In this paper, an alkaline cleaning solution was proposed. The alkaline cleaning solution studied in this work consists of a chelating agent and a nonionic surfactant. The removal of BTA was characterized by contact angle measurements and potentiodynamic polarization studies. The cleaning properties of the proposed cleaning solution on a 300 mm copper patterned wafer were also quantified, total defect counts after cleaning was studied, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) review was used to identify types of BTA to confirm the ability of cleaning solution for BTA removal. All the results reveal that the chelating agent can effectively remove the BTA residual, nonionic surfactant can further improve the performance. Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province, China (No. F2015202267) and the Scientific Innovation Grant for Excellent Young Scientists of Hebei University of Technology (No. 2015007).

  14. Export of intracellular Monascus pigments by two-stage microbial fermentation in nonionic surfactant micelle aqueous solution. (United States)

    Hu, Zhiqiang; Zhang, Xuehong; Wu, Zhenqiang; Qi, Hanshi; Wang, Zhilong


    Microbial fermentation of intracellular product is usually limited by high intracellular product concentration inhibition and complex downstream product processing. Perstractive fermentation of intracellular Monascus pigments in the nonionic surfactant Triton X-100 aqueous solution was studied in the present work, in which the intracellular product was exported from the intracellular to the extracellular aqueous solution and consecutively extracted into the nonionic surfactant micelles. After the second stage perstractive fermentation in the two-stage operation mode, biomass increased from 5 to 24 g/l DCW. The corresponding extracellular concentrations of yellow, orange, and red pigments were 60, 49 and 26 AU. The increase of cell density and the final pigment concentration were difficult to occur in a conventional aqueous medium using the two-stage fermentation. This positive effect of perstractive fermentation was ascribed to low intracellular pigment density, which eliminated the product inhibition and prevented the product from further degradation. The high efficiency of perstractive fermentation was further confirmed by fed-batch operation mode, in which the final biomass reached 28 g/l DCW and the corresponding extracellular concentrations of yellow, orange, and red pigments were 130, 84 and 47 AU. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Thermodynamics of Micellization of Nonionic Surfactant Tween-40 in Presence of Additive Chloramine-T Using Clouding Phenomenon

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    A. A. Patil


    Full Text Available The phenomenon of solubilization of nonionic surfactant Tween-40 has been studied through the influence of additive chloramine-T in aqueous medium by measuring the cloud points (CP of the pure surfactant and with chloramine-T. The CP of pure surfactant was found to be increased with increasing concentration of Tween-40. The CP of mixed system shows increasing trends with increased chloramine-T. This is mainly due to increased micelle concentrations. The influence of chloramine-T on the cloud point of Tween-40 is a clear indication that the phenomenon of clouding is associated with the different micelles coalescing. Considering cloud point as threshold temperature of the solubility, the thermodynamic parameters of clouding process (ΔG0cl, ΔH0cl and ΔS0cl have been evaluated using “Phase Separation Model”. The phase separation results from micelle-micelle interaction. It was found that the overall clouding process was exothermic and ΔH0cl > TΔS0cl indicating that the process of clouding was guided by both enthalpy and entropy. This work supports the conjecture that the clouding is critical phenomenon rather than the growth of micelles. Findings of the present work supports to made the probable evidence of electrolyte-surfactant interactions in aqueous medium.

  16. Effects of ionic and nonionic surfactants on milk shell wettability during co-spray-drying of whole milk particles. (United States)

    Lallbeeharry, P; Tian, Y; Fu, N; Wu, W D; Woo, M W; Selomulya, C; Chen, X D


    Mixing surfactants with whole milk feed before spray drying could be a commercially favorable approach to produce instant whole milk powders in a single step. Pure whole milk powders obtained directly from spray drying often have a high surface fat coverage (up to 98%), rendering them less stable during storage and less wettable upon reconstitution. Dairy industries often coat these powders with lecithin, a food-grade surfactant, in a secondary fluidized-bed drying stage to produce instant powders. This study investigated the changes in wetting behavior on the surface of a whole milk particle caused by the addition of surfactants before drying. Fresh whole milk was mixed with 0.1% (wt/wt) Tween 80 or 1% (wt/wt) lecithin (total solids), and the wetting behavior of the shell formed by each sample was captured using a single-droplet drying device at intermediate drying stages as the shell was forming. The addition of surfactants improved shell wettability from the beginning of shell formation, producing more wettable milk particles after drying. The increase in surfactant loading by 10 times reduced the wetting time from around 30s to 30s). We proposed that Tween 80 could adsorb at the oil-water interface of fat globules, making the surface fat more wettable, whereas lecithin tends to combine with milk proteins to form a complex, which then competes for the air-water surface with fat globules. Spray-drying experiments confirmed the greatly improved wettability of whole milk powders by the addition of either 0.1% (wt/wt) Tween 80 or 1% (wt/wt) lecithin; wetting time was reduced from 35±4s to drying system has been used to elucidate the complex interactions between ionic or nonionic surfactants and milk components (both proteins and fat), as well as the resultant effect on the development of milk particle functionality during drying. Copyright © 2014 American Dairy Science Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Acute toxicity of anionic and non-ionic surfactants to aquatic organisms. (United States)

    Lechuga, M; Fernández-Serrano, M; Jurado, E; Núñez-Olea, J; Ríos, F


    The environmental risk of surfactants requires toxicity measurements. As different test organisms have different sensitivity to the toxics, it is necessary to establish the most appropriate organism to classify the surfactant as very toxic, toxic, harmful or safe, in order to establish the maximum permissible concentrations in aquatic ecosystems. We have determined the toxicity values of various anionic surfactants ether carboxylic derivatives using four test organisms: the freshwater crustacean Daphnia magna, the luminescent bacterium Vibrio fischeri, the microalgae Selenastrum capricornutum (freshwater algae) and Phaeodactylum tricornutum (seawater algae). In addition, in order to compare and classify the different families of surfactants, we have included a compilation of toxicity data of surfactants collected from literature. The results indicated that V. fischeri was more sensitive to the toxic effects of the surfactants than was D. magna or the microalgae, which was the least sensitive. This result shows that the most suitable toxicity assay for surfactants may be the one using V. fischeri. The toxicity data revealed considerable variation in toxicity responses with the structure of the surfactants regardless of the species tested. The toxicity data have been related to the structure of the surfactants, giving a mathematical relationship that helps to predict the toxic potential of a surfactant from its structure. Model-predicted toxicity agreed well with toxicity values reported in the literature for several surfactants previously studied. Predictive models of toxicity is a handy tool for providing a risk assessment that can be useful to establish the toxicity range for each surfactant and the different test organisms in order to select efficient surfactants with a lower impact on the aquatic environment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Self-assembly in dilute mixtures of non-ionic and anionic surfactants and rhamnolipid biosurfactants


    Liley, J; Penfold, J; Thomas, Jr., Emmett E.; Tucker, IM; Stevenson, PS; Banat, IM; Marchant, R.; Rudden, M; Terry, A.; Grillo, I.


    The self-assembly of dilute aqueous solutions of a ternary surfactant mixture and rhamnolipid biosurfactant/surfactant mixtures has been studied by small angle neutron scattering. In the ternary surfactant mixture of octaethylene glycol monododecyl ether, C12E8, sodium dodecyl 6-benzene sulfonate, LAS, and sodium dioxyethylene monododecyl sulfate, SLES, small globular interacting micelles are observed over the entire composition and concentration range studied. The modelling of the scattering...

  19. Effect of lipophilic tail architecture and solvent engineering on the structure of trehalose-based nonionic surfactant reverse micelles. (United States)

    Shrestha, Lok Kumar; Sato, Takaaki; Dulle, Martin; Glatter, Otto; Aramaki, Kenji


    We use small-angle X-ray scattering and dynamic light scattering to investigate the structural and dynamical properties of trehalose polyisostearate, abbreviated as TQ-n (n = 3, 5, and 7), in different organic solvents, where n represents the number of isosterate chains per surfactant molecule. TQ-n spontaneously assembles into reverse micelles without addition of water at 25 °C. We found that for TQ-5 and TQ-7, steric hindrance of the lipophilic surfactant tail causes significant reduction of the aggregation number, whose scheme is clearly distinguished from the modification of the critical packing parameter. Increasing the hydrocarbon chain length of oils from octane to hexadecane favors one-dimensional micellar growth, leading to the formation of rodlike micelles due to different penetration tendencies of oils into the lipophilic shell of the surfactant. Subtle differences in solvent polarity also plays a crucial role in the micellar size, which is decreased when liquid paraffin is replaced with squalene. A further decrease is attained in more polar mixed triglyceride oils. A rising temperature also results in the same direction. The extrapolated structure factor to the zero scattering vector, S(q → 0), for the TQ-3/decane systems almost exactly follows that predicted for hard spheres, demonstrating that osmotic compressibility of the system is well explained if accounting for the excluded volume. However, we found that the effective diffusion coefficient decreases with surfactant concentration, which is an opposite trend to what is expected for hard spheres. This apparent contradiction is likely to be due to the occurrence of transient interdigitation between the lipophilic tails of neighboring reverse micelles at higher concentration. Our data highlight the relevance of the concept of "tunable reverse micellar geometry" in the novel trehalose-based nonionic surfactant binary mixtures, in which lipophilic tail architecture, solvent engineering, concentration

  20. Determination of non-ionic surfactants and their biotransformation by-products adsorbed on alive activated sludge. (United States)

    Szymanski, Andrzej; Wyrwas, Bogdan; Lukaszewski, Zenon


    A procedure has been developed for the determination of non-ionic surfactants (NS) adsorbed on particles of alive and dead activated sludge. The procedure also enables the determination of adsorption of major biodegradation by-products: short-chained ethoxylates, long- and short-chained PEG. The basis of measurement is the determination of NS concentration in a slurry of activated sludge and in a solution phase. The difference between these two concentrations represents the NS adsorbed on activated sludge. Separation of NS and their biotransformation by-products from samples and then on narrower fractions was performed by a sequential liquid-liquid extraction and precipitation with modified Dragendorff reagent. The indirect tensammetric technique (ITT) was applied for the final determination. The developed method was checked using the example of the treatment of the surfactant C12E10 (oxyethylated fatty alcohol) (C12E10) in the continuous flow activated sludge facility. No statistically significant accumulation of C12E10 on the alive activated sludge was detected, probably because of faster C12E10 fission than its adsorption. However, significant adsorption of the short-chained ethoxylates (including free alcohol) on the alive activated sludge was found, as well as statistically significant adsorption of long- and short-chained PEG. The adsorption of surfactant C12E10 and its biodegradation by-products on dead activated sludge was found to be higher than the species adsorption on alive activated sludge.

  1. Electrodeposition of Pt-Ru nanoparticles on fibrous carbon substrates in the presence of nonionic surfactant: Application for methanol oxidation

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    Bauer, Alex; Gyenge, Elod L.; Oloman, Colin W. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia, 2360 East Mall, Vancouver, BC (Canada)


    Liquid crystalline and micellar aqueous solutions of the nonionic surfactant Triton X-100 were used to direct the electrodeposition of Pt-Ru nanoparticles onto graphite felts, which were investigated as novel anodes for the direct methanol fuel cell. The effects of surfactant concentration, current density and deposition time in the preparation of these three-dimensional electrodes were studied in a factorial experiment and the electrodes were characterized by SEM and ICP-AES. Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and chronopotentiometry were carried out to assess the activity of the catalyzed felts for methanol oxidation. The presence of Triton X-100 (40-60wt.%) coupled with an acidic plating solution were essential for the efficient co-electrodeposition of Ru in the presence of Pt to yield approximately a 1:1 Pt:Ru atomic ratio in the deposit. The highest mass specific activity, 24Ag{sup -1} at 298K (determined by chronoamperometry after 180s at 0V versus Hg/Hg{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, K{sub 2}SO{sub 4std}), was obtained for the Pt-Ru electrodeposited in the presence of 40wt.% Triton X-100 at 60Am{sup -2}, 298K for 90min. Surfactant mediated electrodeposition is a promising method for meso-scale (ca. 10-60nm diameter) catalyst particle preparation on three-dimensional electrodes. (author)

  2. Thinning of wetting films formed from aqueous solutions of non-ionic surfactant

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    Elisseeva, O.V.; Fokkink, R.G.; Besseling, N.A.M.; Koopal, L.K.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.


    We investigated the thinning of wetting films formed from aqueous solution of non-ionic triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 on the surface of silica using a home-made thin film balance and time-resolved ellipsometry. Imaging ellipsometry was used to visualize the film structures at subsequent stages of

  3. Evaluation of HLB values of mixed non-ionic surfactants on the stability of oil-in-water emulsion system (United States)

    Nursakinah, I.; Ismail, A. R.; Rahimi, M. Y.; Idris, A. B.


    Emulsion oil-in-water was prepared with combination of emulsifiers (non-ionic surfactants) following the HLB (hydrophylic-lipophylic balance) method developed by Griffin. The emulsions were prepared at HLB 10, 11, 12, 13 and 13.6 consisting blend of non-ionic emulsifiers fatty acid ethoxylate with 20 moles bound ethylene oxide and Dehydol LS 1 with 1 mole bound ethylene oxide. A mixture of palm-based methyl ester consisting of C6-10 and C12-18 fatty acid composition was used as palm-based solvent. The physicochemical parameters of the emulsion were characterized by accelerate stability tested at 45°C for two months, measurement of particle size and viscosity test. The result of accelerate test showed that all the emulsion at different HLB were found to be stable in the 2 months observation which assumed to be stable in 1 year of storage. Meanwhile, the particle size measurement data showed that the optimum stable particle size of the emulsion was HLB 12±1. The viscosity test of the emulsion tends to support the data from the particle size and have maximum viscosity 189.89 cP at HLB 12. The obtained results indicate that the optimum stable emulsions can be formulated by a combination of emulsifiers with HLB 12±1 which is compatible with that of required HLB of the oil phase.

  4. Cloud point extraction of vanadium in pharmaceutical formulations, dialysate and parenteral solutions using 8-hydroxyquinoline and nonionic surfactant. (United States)

    Khan, Sumaira; Kazi, Tasneem G; Baig, Jameel A; Kolachi, Nida F; Afridi, Hassan I; Wadhwa, Sham Kumar; Shah, Abdul Q; Kandhro, Ghulam A; Shah, Faheem


    A cloud point extraction (CPE) method has been developed for the determination of trace quantity of vanadium ions in pharmaceutical formulations (PF), dialysate (DS) and parenteral solutions (PS). The CPE of vanadium (V) using 8-hydroxyquinoline (oxine) as complexing reagent and mediated by nonionic surfactant (Triton X-114) was investigated. The parameters that affect the extraction efficiency of CPE, such as pH of sample solution, concentration of oxine and Triton X-114, equilibration temperature and time period for shaking were investigated in detail. The validity of CPE of V was checked by standard addition method in real samples. The extracted surfactant-rich phase was diluted with nitric acid in ethanol, prior to subjecting electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. Under these conditions, the preconcentration of 50 mL sample solutions, allowed raising an enrichment factor of 125-fold. The lower limit of detection obtained under the optimal conditions was 42 ng/L. The proposed method has been successfully applied to the determination of trace quantity of V in various pharmaceutical preparations with satisfactory results. The concentration ranges of V in PF, DS and PS samples were found in the range of 10.5-15.2, 0.65-1.32 and 1.76-6.93 microg/L, respectively. 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Cloud point extraction of vanadium in pharmaceutical formulations, dialysate and parenteral solutions using 8-hydroxyquinoline and nonionic surfactant

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    Khan, Sumaira, E-mail: [Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080 (Pakistan); Kazi, Tasneem G., E-mail: [Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080 (Pakistan); Baig, Jameel A., E-mail: [Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080 (Pakistan); Young Welfare Society Mughalabad, Near Akri, Taluka Faiz Ganj, District Khairpur Sindh (Pakistan); Kolachi, Nida F., E-mail: [Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080 (Pakistan); Afridi, Hassan I., E-mail: [Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080 (Pakistan); Wadhwa, Sham Kumar [Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080 (Pakistan); Shah, Abdul Q., E-mail: [Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080 (Pakistan); Kandhro, Ghulam A. [Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080 (Pakistan); Shah, Faheem, E-mail: [Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro 76080 (Pakistan)


    A cloud point extraction (CPE) method has been developed for the determination of trace quantity of vanadium ions in pharmaceutical formulations (PF), dialysate (DS) and parenteral solutions (PS). The CPE of vanadium (V) using 8-hydroxyquinoline (oxine) as complexing reagent and mediated by nonionic surfactant (Triton X-114) was investigated. The parameters that affect the extraction efficiency of CPE, such as pH of sample solution, concentration of oxine and Triton X-114, equilibration temperature and time period for shaking were investigated in detail. The validity of CPE of V was checked by standard addition method in real samples. The extracted surfactant-rich phase was diluted with nitric acid in ethanol, prior to subjecting electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. Under these conditions, the preconcentration of 50 mL sample solutions, allowed raising an enrichment factor of 125-fold. The lower limit of detection obtained under the optimal conditions was 42 ng/L. The proposed method has been successfully applied to the determination of trace quantity of V in various pharmaceutical preparations with satisfactory results. The concentration ranges of V in PF, DS and PS samples were found in the range of 10.5-15.2, 0.65-1.32 and 1.76-6.93 {mu}g/L, respectively.

  6. Surface-active properties of composite systems based on synthetic polyelectrolytes and non-ionic surfactants in saline medium

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    Kainzhamal Omarova


    Full Text Available For intensification of the imbibition process of porous systems and for displacing liquids by other liquids, particularly in secondary oil production, the polycomplexes based on synthetic polyelectrolytes and non-ionic surfactants are of interest. The surface activity of solutions of composite systems based on polyethyleneimine (PEI and ethoxylated isooctylphenol (OP-10, PEI and ethylene and propylene oxide block copolymer in pure and mineralized water at the water/air, water/oil interfaces have been studied. In comparison with pure water, a medium salinity causes the increase of solutions surface tension of the surfactants and their mixtures with PEI by 2-4 mJ/m2. The surface tension value increases weakly (by 1-4 mJ/m2 under the mineralization of water. At increased relative concentration of OP-10, ethylene and propylene oxide block copolymer, patterns of surface tension change are similar to those ones in pure water. The wetting action of salt solutions of PEI and block copolymer on the oil substrate formed on the glass plate surface was established.

  7. Cloud Point Extraction of Parabens Using Non-Ionic Surfactant with Cylodextrin Functionalized Ionic Liquid as a Modifier (United States)

    Noorashikin, Md Saleh; Raoov, Muggundha; Mohamad, Sharifah; Abas, Mhd Radzi


    A cloud point extraction (CPE) process using non-ionic surfactant (DC193C) to extract selected paraben compounds from water samples was investigated using reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC). The CPE process with the presence of β-cyclodextrin (βCD) functionalized ionic liquid as a modifier (CPE-DC193C-βCD-IL) is a new extraction technique that has been applied on the optimization of parameters, i.e., pH, βCD-IL concentration and phase volume ratio. This CPE-DC193C-βCD-IL method is facilitated at 30 °C, showing great losses of water content in the surfactant-rich phase, resulting in a high pre-concentration factor and high distribution coefficient. The developed method CPE-DC193C-βCD-IL did show enhanced properties compared to the CPE method without the modifier (CPE-DC193C). The developed method of CPE-DC193C-βCD-IL gives an excellent performance on the detection of parabens from water samples with the limit of detection falling in the range of 0.013–0.038 μg mL−1. Finally, the inclusion complex formation, hydrogen bonding, and π–π interaction between the βCD-IL, benzyl paraben (ArP), and DC 193C were proven using 1H NMR and 2D NOESY spectroscopy. PMID:24351832

  8. Cloud Point Extraction of Parabens Using Non-Ionic Surfactant with Cylodextrin Functionalized Ionic Liquid as a Modifier

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    Md Saleh Noorashikin


    Full Text Available A cloud point extraction (CPE process using non-ionic surfactant (DC193C to extract selected paraben compounds from water samples was investigated using reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC. The CPE process with the presence of β-cyclodextrin (βCD functionalized ionic liquid as a modifier (CPE-DC193C-βCD-IL is a new extraction technique that has been applied on the optimization of parameters, i.e., pH, βCD-IL concentration and phase volume ratio. This CPE-DC193C-βCD-IL method is facilitated at 30 °C, showing great losses of water content in the surfactant-rich phase, resulting in a high pre-concentration factor and high distribution coefficient. The developed method CPE-DC193C-βCD-IL did show enhanced properties compared to the CPE method without the modifier (CPE-DC193C. The developed method of CPE-DC193C-βCD-IL gives an excellent performance on the detection of parabens from water samples with the limit of detection falling in the range of 0.013–0.038 µg mL−1. Finally, the inclusion complex formation, hydrogen bonding, and π–π interaction between the βCD-IL, benzyl paraben (ArP, and DC 193C were proven using 1H NMR and 2D NOESY spectroscopy.

  9. Self-assembly in dilute mixtures of non-ionic and anionic surfactants and rhamnolipd biosurfactants. (United States)

    Liley, J R; Penfold, J; Thomas, R K; Tucker, I M; Petkov, J T; Stevenson, P S; Banat, I M; Marchant, R; Rudden, M; Terry, A; Grillo, I


    The self-assembly of dilute aqueous solutions of a ternary surfactant mixture and rhamnolipid biosurfactant/surfactant mixtures has been studied by small angle neutron scattering. In the ternary surfactant mixture of octaethylene glycol monododecyl ether, C12E8, sodium dodecyl 6-benzene sulfonate, LAS, and sodium dioxyethylene monododecyl sulfate, SLES, small globular interacting micelles are observed over the entire composition and concentration range studied. The modelling of the scattering data strongly supports the assumption that the micelle compositions are close to the solution compositions. In the 5-component rhamnolipid/surfactant mixture of the mono-rhamnose, R1, di-rhamnose, R2, rhamnolipids with C12E8/LAS/SLES, globular micelles are observed over much of the concentration and composition range studied. However, for solutions relatively rich in rhamnolipid and LAS, lamellar/micellar coexistence is observed. The transition from globular to more planar structures arises from a synergistic packing in the 5 component mixture. It is not observed in the individual components nor in the ternary C12E8/LAS/SLES mixture at these relatively low concentrations. The results provide an insight into how synergistic packing effects can occur in the solution self-assembly of complex multi-component surfactant mixtures, and give rise to an unexpected evolution in the phase behaviour. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Characterization of polysorbate 85, a nonionic surfactant, by liquid chromatography vs. ion mobility separation coupled with tandem mass spectrometry

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    Solak Erdem, Nilüfer; Alawani, Nadrah; Wesdemiotis, Chrys, E-mail:


    Graphical abstract: -- Highlights: •Liquid chromatography (LC) separates amphiphilic blends according to hydrophobicity. •Ion mobility (IM) spectrometry separates these blends based on molecular size/shape. •LC–MS provides the separation resolution needed for quantifying fatty acid content. •IM–MS enables rapid, solvent-free separation and the detection of trace components. •With either method, tandem MS allows to count the hydrophobic substituents. -- Abstract: Liquid chromatography (LC) and ion mobility (IM) separation have been coupled with mass spectrometry (MS) and tandem mass spectrometry (MS{sup 2}) to characterize a commercially important nonionic surfactant, polysorbate 85. The constituents of this amphiphilic blend contained a sorbitan or isosorbide core that was chain extended with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and partially esterified at the PEO termini with oleic acid or, to a lesser extent, other fatty acids. Using interactive LC in reverse-phase mode, the oligomers of the surfactant were separated according to their hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity balance. On the other hand, IM spectrometry dispersed the surfactant oligomers by their charge and collision cross section (i.e. size/shape). With either separation method, an increased number of fatty ester groups and/or lack of the polar sorbitan (or isosorbide) core led to higher retention/drift times, enabling the separation of isobaric species or species with superimposed isotope patterns, so that their ester content could be conclusively identified by MS{sup 2}. LC–MS and IM–MS permitted the detection of several byproducts besides the major PEO-sorbitan oleate oligomers. LC–MS provides the separation resolution needed for quantitative determination of the degree of esterification. IM–MS, which minimizes analysis time and solvent use, is ideally suitable for a fast, qualitative survey of samples differing in their minor constituents or impurities.

  11. Investigation on stabilization of CO2 foam by ionic and nonionic surfactants in presence of different additives for application in enhanced oil recovery (United States)

    Kumar, Sunil; Mandal, Ajay


    Application of foam in upstream petroleum industry specifically in enhanced oil recovery (EOR) has gained significant interest in recent years. In view of this, an attempt has been paid to design the suitable foaming agents (foamer) by evaluating the influence of three surfactants, five nanoparticles and several additives. Experimental investigations have been carried out in order to examine the mechanism of foam generation in presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and polysorbate 80 (Tween 80) as anionic, cationic and nonionic surfactants by using the CO2 as gaseous component. It has been found that ionic surfactants show the higher foam life compared to nonionic surfactant. Out of different nano particles used, namely alumina (Al2O3) zirconium oxide (ZrO2), calcium carbonate (CaCO3), boron nitride (BN) and silica (SiO2), boron nitride shows the maximum improvement of foam stability. The foam stability of surfactant-nanoparticles foam is further increased by addition of different additives viz. polymer, alcohol and alkali. The results show that, the designed foaming solution have nearly 2.5 times higher half-decay time (t1/2) compared to the simple surfactant system. Finally, it has been found that gas injection rate plays an important role in obtaining a uniform and stabilized foam.

  12. Sorption of a nonionic surfactant Tween 80 by minerals and soils. (United States)

    Kang, Soyoung; Jeong, Hoon Young


    Batch experiments were conducted to evaluate Tween 80 sorption by oxides, aluminosilicates, and soils. For oxides, the sorption by silica and alumina follow linear isotherms, and that by hematite follows a Langmuir isotherm. Considering isotherm type and surface coverage, Tween 80 may partition into the silica/alumina-water interface, whereas it may bind to hematite surface sites. Among aluminosilicates, montmorillonite shows the greatest sorption due to the absorption of Tween 80 into interlayers. For other aluminosilicates, it sorbs to surfaces, with the sorption increasing as plagioclasesurface sites: ≡NaOH, ≡CaOHtreated soils indicates that soil organic matter is a vital sorbent. The sorption hysteresis, contributed to by clay minerals and soil organic matter, is characterized by the greater sorption during the desorption than the sorption stages. This suggests the potential difficulty in removing surfactants from soils. Also, sorption of surfactants can adversely affect surfactant-enhanced remediation by decreasing the aquifer permeability and the availability of surfactants for micellar solubilization. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Sorption of a nonionic surfactant Tween 80 by minerals and soils

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    Kang, Soyoung, E-mail:; Jeong, Hoon Young, E-mail:


    Highlights: • Tween 80 sorption varies significantly among soil minerals. • Sorption mechanisms and atomic compositions explain to mineral-specific sorption. • Clay minerals and SOM in soils are the key contributors to Tween 80 sorption. • Hysteresis suggests the potential difficulty in removing residual surfactants. - Abstract: Batch experiments were conducted to evaluate Tween 80 sorption by oxides, aluminosilicates, and soils. For oxides, the sorption by silica and alumina follow linear isotherms, and that by hematite follows a Langmuir isotherm. Considering isotherm type and surface coverage, Tween 80 may partition into the silica/alumina–water interface, whereas it may bind to hematite surface sites. Among aluminosilicates, montmorillonite shows the greatest sorption due to the absorption of Tween 80 into interlayers. For other aluminosilicates, it sorbs to surfaces, with the sorption increasing as plagioclase < vermiculite < kaolinite. This results from the relative reactivity among surface sites: ≡NaOH, ≡CaOH << ≡SiOH < ≡AlOH. Experiments using dry- and wet-sieved soils reveal that fine-grained clay minerals, difficult to separate by dry-sieving, contribute significantly to Tween 80 sorption. The greater sorption by untreated soils than H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-treated soils indicates that soil organic matter is a vital sorbent. The sorption hysteresis, contributed to by clay minerals and soil organic matter, is characterized by the greater sorption during the desorption than the sorption stages. This suggests the potential difficulty in removing surfactants from soils. Also, sorption of surfactants can adversely affect surfactant-enhanced remediation by decreasing the aquifer permeability and the availability of surfactants for micellar solubilization.

  14. Sequential adsorption of an irreversibly adsorbed nonionic surfactant and an anionic surfactant at an oil/aqueous interface. (United States)

    Kirby, Stephanie M; Anna, Shelley L; Walker, Lynn M


    Aerosol-OT (AOT) and Tween 80 are two of the main surfactants in commercial dispersants used in response to oil spills. Understanding how multicomponent surfactant systems interact at oil/aqueous interfaces is crucial for improving both dispersant design and application efficacy. This is true of many multicomponent formulations; a lack of understanding of competition for the oil/water interface hinders formulation optimization. In this study, we have characterized the sequential adsorption behavior of AOT on squalane/aqueous interfaces that have been precoated with Tween 80. A microtensiometer is used to measure the dynamic interfacial tension of the system. Tween 80 either partially or completely irreversibly adsorbs to squalane/aqueous interfaces when rinsed with deionized water. These Tween 80 coated interfaces are then exposed to AOT. AOT adsorption increases with AOT concentration for all Tween 80 coverages, and the resulting steady-state interfacial tension values are interpreted using a Langmuir isotherm model. In the presence of 0.5 M NaCl, AOT adsorption significantly increases due to counterion charge screening of the negatively charged head groups. The presence of Tween 80 on the interface inhibits AOT adsorption, reducing the maximum surface coverage as compared to a clean interface. Tween 80 persists on the interface even after exposure to high concentrations of AOT.

  15. Tools to discover anionic and nonionic polyfluorinated alkyl surfactants by liquid chromatography electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry

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    Trier, Xenia; Granby, Kit; Christensen, Jan H.


    such as [M−H+solvent]− and [(M−H)(M−H+Na)n]− were used to confirm the identity of the precursor ions. In relation to quantification of PFASs, we discuss how their surfactancy influence the ESI processes, challenge their handling in solution and choices of precursor-to-product ions for MSMS of e.......g., structural PFAS isomers. The method has been used to discover PFASs in industrial blends and in extracts from food contact materials....

  16. Solubilization properties of nonionic surfactants. Part 1. Evolution of the ternary phase diagrams with temperature, salinity, HLB (hydrophile-lipophile balance), and ACN (alkane carbon number)

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    Buzier, M.; Ravey, J.C.


    From investigations of ternary systems with nonionic polyoxyethylene glycol alkyl ethers, brine, and alkanes, a classification of the oil-water solubilization properties of these surfactants can be made in terms of the evolution of the whole of the ternary diagrams. A simple relation between the different parameters characterizing the systems is proposed which uses the concepts of the equivalence between temperature and other parameters (HLB, alcane carbon number, salinity). 30 references.

  17. The effect of ionic and non-ionic surfactants on the growth, nitrate reductase and nitrite reductase activities of Spirodela polyrrhiza (L. Schleiden

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    Józef Buczek


    Full Text Available Inclusion into the medium of 5 mg•dm-3 of non-ionic (ENF or ionic (DBST surfactant caused 50-60% inhibition of nitrite reductase MR activity in S. polyrrhiza. At the same time, increased accumulation of NO2- in the plant tissues and lowering of the total and soluble protein contents were found. DBST also lowered the nitrate reductase (NR activity and the dry mass of the plants.

  18. Sediment toxicity of a rapidly biodegrading nonionic surfactant: Comparing the equilibrium partitioning approach with measurements in pore water. (United States)

    Droge, Steven T J; Postma, Jaap F; Hermens, Joop L M


    The equilibrium partitioning theory (EqP) assumes that the toxicity of nonionic surfactants in sediment can be predicted from water-only toxicity data as long as the effect concentrations are properly normalized for chemical activity. Therefore, in marine sediment toxicity tests with the model alcohol ethoxylate (AE), C12EO8, freely dissolved concentrations were both measured via solid-phase microextraction and predicted using sorption coefficients. In fully equilibrated test systems (including the overlying water), both methods showed that concentrations in the pore water of the spiked sediment layer causing 50% mortality (LC50) to the amphipod Corophium volutator were in the same range as LC50 values for amphipods exposed to AE in seawater only. In the sediment systems, AE concentrations in the pore water remained constant up to 15 days, while concentrations in the water overlying the sediment decreased to less than 1% of initial concentrations within 6 days due to biodegradation. In such disequilibrated test systems, C. volutator survived pore water dissolved concentrations that were above the LC50. Apparently, this burrowing amphipod is able to exploit the low chemical activity in the overlying water as a refuge from sediment exposure.

  19. Thermoreversible gel lubricants through universal supramolecular assembly of a nonionic surfactant in a variety of base lubricating liquids. (United States)

    Yu, Qiangliang; Fan, Mingjin; Li, Dongmei; Song, Zenghong; Cai, Meirong; Zhou, Feng; Liu, Weimin


    The present paper investigates a new type of thermoreversible gel lubricant obtained by supramolecular assembly of low-molecular-weight organic gelator (LMWG) in different base oils. The LMWG is a nonionic surfactant with polar headgroup and hydrophobic tail that can self-assemble through collective noncovalent intermolecular interactions (H-bonding, hydrophobic interaction) to form fibrous structures and trap base oils (mineral oils, synthetic oils, and water) in the as-formed cavities. The gel lubricants are fully thermoreversible upon heating-up and cooling down and exhibit thixotropic characteristics. This makes them semisolid lubricants, but they behave like oils. The tribological test results disclosed that the LMWG could also effectively reduce friction and wear of sliding pairs compared with base oils without gelator. It is expected that when being used in oil-lubricated components, such as gear, rolling bearing, and so on, gel lubricant may effectively avoid base oil leak and evaporation loss and so is a benefit to operation and lubrication failure for a long time.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Encapsulated Nanosilica Particles with an Acrylic Copolymer by in Situ Emulsion Polymerization Using Thermoresponsive Nonionic Surfactant

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    Daryoosh Vashaee


    Full Text Available Nanocomposites of encapsulated silica nanoparticles were prepared by in situ emulsion polymerization of acrylate monomers. The synthesized material showed good uniformity and dispersion of the inorganic components in the base polymer, which enhances the properties of the nanocomposite material. A nonionic surfactant with lower critical solution temperature (LCST was used to encapsulate the silica nanoparticles in the acrylic copolymer matrix. This in situ method combined the surface modification and the encapsulation in a single pot, which greatly simplified the process compared with other conventional methods requiring separate processing steps. The morphology of the encapsulated nanosilica particles was investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS and transmission electron microscopy (TEM, which confirmed the uniform distribution of the nanoparticles without any agglomerations. A neat copolymer was also prepared as a control sample. Both the neat copolymer and the prepared nanocomposite were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, thermal gravimetric analyses (TGA, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA and the flame resistance test. Due to the uniform dispersion of the non-agglomerated nanoparticles in the matrix of the polymer, TGA and flame resistance test results showed remarkably improved thermal stability. Furthermore, DMTA results demonstrated an enhanced storage modulus of the nanocomposite samples compared with that of the neat copolymer, indicating its superior mechanical properties.

  1. Preparation of stable tea seed oil nano-particle emulsions by a low energy method with non-ionic surfactants

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    M. Kanlayavattanakul


    Full Text Available Tea seed oil nano-particle emulsions were prepared. Non-ionic surfactants containing Tween 80 and Span 80 (1:1, w/w were mixed with propanol (3-9:1, w/w to give Smix, which was thereafter mixed with tea seed oil. The mixture was titrated with water at 150 rpm to give clear or bluish and bluish-white emulsions. Twelve nano-particle emulsions with 64.64 to 72.73% Smix, 16.66 to 27.27% oil and 9.09 to 16.67% water with particle sizes between 207.00 to 430.10 nm, PDI of 0 to 0.4, ζ-potential of -42.00 to -49.63 mV, pH of 7.04 to 7.32 and 151.33 to 241.93 cps, were stable following an accelerated stability test and long term storage at room temperature and 4 and 45 ºC for 90 days, although one system (16.66% oil and 66.67% Smix was separated. This nano-particle emulsion formulation is concise and feasible for an industrial development of topical products containing tea seed oil.

  2. Confinement of a nonionic surfactant membrane within a montmorillonite as a new way to prepare organoclay materials

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    Guegan, Regis, E-mail: [Universite d' Orleans (France); Giovanela, Marcelo [Universidade de Caxias do Sul (UCS), RS (Brazil)


    The aim of this study was to prepare and characterize a hybrid layered material (organoclay) with a Na-montmorillonite and the triethylene glycol mono-n-decyl ether (C{sub 10}E{sub 3} ) nonionic surfactant which forms a lamellar phase at room temperature. The synthesized organoclay was characterized by complementary techniques (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction). Experiments in conjunction with electron density analysis showed that a bilayer or membrane of C{sub 10}E{sub 3} was intercalated within the interlayer space of a naturally exchanged Na-montmorillonite. The intercalation of a bilayer of C{sub 10}E{sub 3} in a clay mineral offers new perspectives for the manufacturing of nanomaterials. While showing a hydrophobic surface and a large interlayer space value, the resulting organoclay preserves the compensating cations within the interlayer space allowing one to perform ion exchanges, making easier the intercalation of further organic molecules of important size with functional properties or for environmental purposes. (author)

  3. Investigation of surfactant/cosurfactant synergism impact on ibuprofen solubilization capacity and drug release characteristics of nonionic microemulsions. (United States)

    Djekic, Ljiljana; Primorac, Marija; Filipic, Slavica; Agbaba, Danica


    The current study investigates the performances of the multicomponent mixtures of nonionic surfactants regarding the microemulsion stabilisation, drug solubilization and in vitro drug release kinetic. The primary surfactant was PEG-8 caprylic/capric glycerides (Labrasol). The cosurfactants were commercially available mixtures of octoxynol-12 and polysorbate 20 without or with the addition of PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil (Solubilisant gamma 2421 and Solubilisant gamma 2429, respectively). The oil phase of microemulsions was isopropyl myristate. Phase behaviour study of the pseudo-ternary systems Labrasol/cosurfactant/oil/water at surfactant-to-cosurfactant weight ratios (K(m)) 40:60, 50:50 and 60:40, revealed a strong synergism in the investigated tensides mixtures for stabilisation of microemulsions containing up to 80% (w/w) of water phase at surfactant +cosurfactant-to-oil weight ratio (SCoS/O) 90:10. Solubilization of a model drug ibuprofen in concentration common for topical application (5%, w/w) was achieved at the water contents below 50% (w/w). Drug free and ibuprofen-loaded microemulsions M1-M6, containing 45% (w/w) of water phase, were prepared and characterized by polarized light microscopy, conductivity, pH, rheological and droplet size measurements. In vitro ibuprofen release kinetics from the microemulsions was investigated using paddle-over-enhancer cell method and compared with the commercial 5% (w/w) ibuprofen hydrogel product (Deep Relief, Mentholatum Company Ltd., USA). The investigated microemulsions were isotropic, low viscous Bingham-type liquids with the pH value (4.70-6.61) suitable for topical application. The different efficiency of the tensides mixtures for microemulsion stabilisation was observed, depending on the cosurfactant type and K(m) value. Solubilisant gamma 2429 as well as higher K(m) (i.e., lower relative content of the cosurfactant) provided higher surfactant/cosurfactant synergism. The drug molecules were predominantly

  4. Formulation and characterisation of self-microemulsifying drug delivery systems based on biocompatible nonionic surfactants

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    Đekić Ljiljana M.


    Full Text Available Development of self-dispersing drug delivery systems (SMEDDS is a modern strategy for oral delivery improvement of poorly soluble drugs. Self-microemulsifying drug delivery systems (SMEDDS are isotropic mixtures of oils and hydrophilic surfactants, which form oil-in-water (o/w microemulsions by dilution in aqueous media (e.g., gastrointestinal fluids. Formulation of SMEDDS carriers requires consideration of a large number of formulation parameters and their influences on process of self-microemulsifying and releasing of drug. The aim of this work was formulation and characterisation of SMEDDS for oral administration of ibuprofen. In the experimental work, two series of potential SMEDDS were prepared (M1-M10, using surfactant (Labrasol®, Gattefosse, cosurfactant (PEG-40 hydrogenated castor (Cremophor® RH40, and oil (medium chain triglycerides (Crodamol® GTCC and olive oil (Cropur® Olive, at surfactant-to-cosurfactant mass ratios (Km 9:1, 7:3, 5:5, 3:7, and 1:9, and 10 % or 20 % of the oil phase. Ibuprofen was dissolved in formulations in concentration of 10 %. Characterisation of the investigated formulations included evaluation of physical stability, self-microemulsification ability in 0,1M HCl (pH 1.2 and phosphate buffer pH 7.2 (USP and in vitro drug release. Formation of o/w microemulsions with the average droplet size (Z-ave up to 100 nm, was observed in dispersions of formulations prepared with 10% w/w of medium chain triglycerides, within the entire investigated range of the Km values (M1-M5. These formulations were selected as SMEDDS. Results of characterisation pointed out the importance of the type and concentration of the oil as well as the Km value for the self-microemulsying ability as well as drug release kinetics from the investigated SMEDDS. Ibuprofen relase was in accordance with the request of USP 30-NF 25 (at least 80 %, after 60 min from the formulations M1 (Km 9:1 and M5 (Km 1:9. Furthermore, ibuprofen release was

  5. Excitation energy transfer in europium chelate with doxycycline in the presence of a second ligand in micellar solutions of nonionic surfactants (United States)

    Smirnova, T. D.; Shtykov, S. N.; Kochubei, V. I.; Khryachkova, E. S.


    The complexation of Eu3+ with doxycycline (DC) antibiotic in the presence of several second ligands and surfactant micelles of different types is studied by the spectrophotometric and luminescence methods. It is found that the efficiency of excitation energy transfer in Eu3+-DC chelate depends on the nature of the second ligand and surfactant micelles. Using thenoyltrifluoroacetone (TTA) as an example, it is shown that the second ligand additionally sensitizes the europium fluorescence, and the possibility of intermediate sensitization of DC and then of europium is shown by the example of 1,10-phenanthroline. In all cases, the excitation energy transfer efficiency was increased due to the so-called antenna effect. The decay kinetics of the sensitized fluorescence of the binary and mixed-ligand chelates in aqueous and micellar solutions of nonionic surfactants is studied and the relative quantum yields and lifetimes of fluorescence are determined.

  6. Use of mixtures containing nonionic surfactants in the destabilization of petroleum emulsions

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    Mansur, Claudia R.E.; Mauro, Aparecida C.; Aquino, Aline S.; Lechuga, Fernanda C.; Gonzalez, Gaspar; Lucas, Elizabete F. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Macromoleculas; Gonzalez, Gaspar [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas (CENPES)


    During the petroleum dehydration process, it is necessary to used chemical demulsifiers in order to break the w/o emulsions that are formed in the oil field. These demulsifiers products are, in many cases, surfactants based poly(ethylene oxide-propylene oxide) block copolymers (PEO-PPO), with different EO/PO molar ratio. In this work were correlate the structure and the properties of PEO-PPO block copolymers with their performance as petroleum emulsion-destabilizing agent. Moreover, it was used an additive in the formulations, known as hydrotrope, in order to increase the solubility of these copolymers in aqueous solution. The results showed that the copolymer branched, whose hydrophilic segments (PEO and OH) are in an external adjacent position, present the higher solubility, in spite of to own EO/PO ratio similar to the others copolymers and the highest molar mass. Moreover, this copolymer presented the best efficiency in the emulsion destabilization. The addition of the hydrotrope NaBMGS to the PEO-PPO copolymers aqueous solutions caused the solubility increasing of these compounds in water. Such additive being used in the demulsifier formulation provoked an efficiency improving on the emulsion breaking process. (author)

  7. Fragment-based approach to calculate hydrophobicity of anionic and nonionic surfactants derived from chromatographic retention on a C18 stationary phase. (United States)

    Hammer, Jort; Haftka, Joris J-H; Scherpenisse, Peter; Hermens, Joop L M; de Voogt, Pim W P


    To predict the fate and potential effects of organic contaminants, information about their hydrophobicity is required. However, common parameters to describe the hydrophobicity of organic compounds (e.g., octanol-water partition constant [KOW ]) proved to be inadequate for ionic and nonionic surfactants because of their surface-active properties. As an alternative approach to determine their hydrophobicity, the aim of the present study was therefore to measure the retention of a wide range of surfactants on a C18 stationary phase. Capacity factors in pure water (k'0 ) increased linearly with increasing number of carbon atoms in the surfactant structure. Fragment contribution values were determined for each structural unit with multilinear regression, and the results were consistent with the expected influence of these fragments on the hydrophobicity of surfactants. Capacity factors of reference compounds and log KOW values from the literature were used to estimate log KOW values for surfactants (log KOWHPLC). These log KOWHPLC values were also compared to log KOW values calculated with 4 computational programs: KOWWIN, Marvin calculator, SPARC, and COSMOThermX. In conclusion, capacity factors from a C18 stationary phase are found to better reflect hydrophobicity of surfactants than their KOW values. Environ Toxicol Chem 2017;36:329-336. © 2016 The Authors. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of SETAC. © 2016 The Authors. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of SETAC.

  8. Enhancement of intestinal absorption of poorly absorbed hydrophilic compounds by simultaneous use of mucolytic agent and non-ionic surfactant. (United States)

    Takatsuka, Shinya; Kitazawa, Takeo; Morita, Takahiro; Horikiri, Yuji; Yoshino, Hiroyuki


    The effect of co-administration of a mucolytic agent with a penetration enhancer was assessed on the intestinal absorption of poorly absorbed hydrophilic compounds. Fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled dextran with average molecular weight of ca. 4.4 kDa (FD-4) was used as a model compound, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) was used as a mucolytic agent. Sodium caprate (C10), tartaric acid (TA), sodium taurodeoxycholate (TDC), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), p-t-octyl phenol polyoxyethylene-9.5 (Triton X-100, TX-100) were selected as penetration enhancers with different mechanisms of action. Various dosing solutions containing a penetration enhancer in the absence or in the presence of NAC were directly administered into the exposed rat jejunum, and the bioavailability of FD-4 up to 2 h was determined. The extent of improvement by co-administration was highly dependent on the penetration enhancer species applied. The observed enhancement was thought to result from the mucolytic activity of NAC, which can reduce the mucus viscosity and facilitate the penetration of FD-4 to mucosal membrane. Among the combinations tested, the simultaneous administration of NAC and TX-100 provided the highest enhancement (22.5-fold) of intestinal FD-4 absorption compared to the control. Although the detailed mechanism for the observed drastic improvement is unclear, one possible reason was thought to be due to the improved diffusivity of TX-100 micellar system in the mucus layer. All these results suggest that the combination of a mucolytic agent and a non-ionic surfactant may have potential as an enhancing system for peroral delivery of poorly absorbed hydrophilic compounds like protein and peptide drugs.

  9. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon oxidation by the white-rot fungus Bjerkandera sp. strain BOS55 in the presence of nonionic surfactants. (United States)

    Kotterman, M J; Rietberg, H J; Hage, A; Field, J A


    The effect of nonionic surfactants on the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) oxidation rates by the extracellular ligninolytic enzyme system of the white-rot fungus Bjerkandera sp. strain BOS55 was investigated. Various surfactants increased the rate of anthracene, pyrene, and benzo[a]pyrene oxidation by two to fivefold. The stimulating effect of surfactants was found to be solely due to the increased bioavailability of PAH, indicating that the oxidation of PAH by the extracellular ligninolytic enzymes is limited by low compound bioavailability. The surfactants were shown to improve PAH dissolution rates by increasing their aqueous solubility and by decreasing the PAH precipitate particle size. The surfactant Tween 80 was mineralized by Bjerkandera sp. strain BOS55; as a result both the PAH solubilizing activity of Tween 80 and its stimulatory effect on anthracene and pyrene oxidation rates were lost within 24 h after addition to 6-day-old cultures. It was observed that the surfactant dispersed anthracene precipitates recrystallized into larger particles after Tween 80 was metabolized. However, benzo[a]pyrene precipitates remained dispersed, accounting for a prolonged enhancement of the benzo[a]pyrene oxidation rates. Because the endogenous production of H2O2 is also known to be rate limiting for PAH oxidation, the combined effect of adding surfactants and glucose oxidase was studied. The combined treatment resulted in anthracene and benzo[a]pyrene oxidation rates as high as 1450 and 450 mg L-1 d-1, respectively, by the extracellular fluid of 6-day-old fungal cultures. Copyright 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  10. Surface active properties and biological activity of novel nonionic surfactants containing pyrimidines and related nitrogen heterocyclic ring systems

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    El-Sayed, R.


    Full Text Available A series of annelated pyrimidine derivatives has been synthesized via different heterocyclization reactions of suitably functionalized 6-(4-octadecyloxyphenyl-4-oxo-2- thioxo-1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrimidine-5-carbonitrile (4 with different electrophiles and nucleophiles. These heterocycles bear an active hydrogen atom (NH, OH or COOH which could be propoxylated using propylene oxide with different moles, 5, 10 and 15, to produce nonionic surfactant having a long alkyl chain with molecular weight suitable for becoming an amphiphilic molecule with correct hydrophilic-lypophilic balance which enhances solubility, biodegradability and hence lowers the toxicity to human beings and becomes environmentally friendly. In addition, the antimicrobial activities of these compounds were screened and it was found that some of these compounds have similar or higher activity compared with commercial antibiotic drugs (sulphadiazine, which make them suitable for diverse applications like the manufacturing of drugs, pesticides, emulsifiers, cosmetics, etc.Una serie de derivados pirimidínicos y relacionados han sido preparados vía diferentes reacciones de formación de heterociclos entre 6-(4-octadeciloxifenil-4-oxo-2-tioxo- 1,2,3,4-tetrahidropirimidina-5-carbonitrilo (4 y diferentes electrófilos y nucleófilos. Estos heterociclos tienen un átomo de hidrógeno activo (NH, OH, o COOH que fue propoxilado con diferentes moles de óxido de propileno (5, 10, o 15 para producir surfactantes no iónicos con una cadena alquílica larga y peso molecular apropiado para convertirse en una molécula anfifílica con un balance hidrofílico-lipofílico correcto que aumenta la solubilidad y la biodedradabilidad, decrece la toxicidad a los seres humanos, y se convierte en respetuoso con el medio ambiente. Además, las actividades antimicrobianas de estos compuestos fueron determinadas y se encontró que algunos de estos compuestos tuvieron una actividad similar o más alta que

  11. HPLC/ESI-quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometry for characterization and direct quantification of amphoteric and nonionic surfactants in aqueous samples (United States)

    Levine, Lanfang H.; Garland, Jay L.; Johnson, Jodie V.


    An amphoteric (cocamidopropylbetaine, CAPB) and a nonionic (alcohol polyethoxylate, AE) surfactant were characterized by electrospray ionization quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) as to their homologue distribution and ionization/fragmentation chemistry. Quantitative methods involving reversed-phase gradient HPLC and (+)ESI-MSn were developed to directly determine these surfactants in hydroponic plant growth medium that received simulated graywater. The predominant homologues, 12 C alkyl CAPB and 9 EO AE, were monitored to represent the total amount of the respective surfactants. The methods demonstrated dynamic linear ranges of 0.5-250 ng (r2 > 0.996) for CAPB and 8-560 ng (r2 > 0.998) for AE homologue mixture, corresponding to minimum quantification limits of 25 ppb CAPB and 0.4 ppm AE with 20-microL injections. This translated into an even lower limit for individual components due to the polydispersive nature of the surfactants. The procedure was successfully employed for the assessment of CAPB and AE biodegradation in a hydroponic plant growth system used as a graywater bioreactor.

  12. High-resolution Kendrick Mass Defect Analysis of Poly(ethylene oxide)-based Non-ionic Surfactants and Their Degradation Products. (United States)

    Fouquet, Thierry; Shimada, Haruo; Maeno, Katsuyuki; Ito, Kanako; Ozeki, Yuka; Kitagawa, Shinya; Ohtani, Hajime; Sato, Hiroaki


    Matrix assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) and the recently introduced high-resolution Kendrick mass defect (HRKMD) analysis are combined to thoroughly characterize non-ionic surfactants made of a poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) core capped by esters of fatty acids. A PEO monostearate surfactant is first analyzed as a proof of principle of the HRKMD analysis conducted with a fraction of EO as the base unit (EO/X with X being an integer) in lieu of EO for a regular KMD analysis. Data visualization is greatly enhanced and the distributions detected in the MALDI mass spectrum are assigned to a pristine (H, OH)-PEO as well as mono- and di-esterified PEO chains with palmitate and stearate end-groups in HRKMD plots computed with EO/45. The MALDI-HRMS/HRKMD analysis is then successfully applied to the more complex case of ethoxylated hydrogenated castor oil (EHCO) found to contain a large number of hydrogenated ricinoleate moieties (up to 14) in its HRKMD plot computed with EO/43, departing from the expected triglyceride structure. The exhaustiveness of the MALDI-HRMS/HRKMD strategy is validated by comparing the so-obtained fingerprints with results from alternative techniques (electrospray ionization MS, size exclusion and liquid adsorption chromatography, ion mobility spectrometry). Finally, aged non-ionic surfactants formed upon hydrolytic degradation are analyzed by MALDI-HRMS/HRKMD to easily assign the degradation products and infer the associated degradation routes. In addition to the hydrolysis of the ester groups observed for EHCO, chain scissions and new polar end-groups are observed in the HRKMD plot of PEO monostearate arising from a competitive oxidative ageing.

  13. Adsorption and Co-Adsorption of Polyaldehyde Dextran Nanoparticles and Nonionic Surfactant at an Air–Water Interface: Potential Implications for Pulmonary Drug Delivery

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    Jabłczyńska Katarzyna


    Full Text Available Measurements of dynamic surface tension were carried out in aqueous systems (water or 0.1 mM Triton X-100 comprising nanoparticles formed from chemically modified polyaldehyde dextran (PAD. The nanostructures, considered as potential drug carriers in aerosol therapy, were obtained from biocompatible polysaccharides by successive oxidation and reactive coiling in an aqueous solution. The dynamic surface tension of the samples was determined by the maximum bubble pressure (MBP method and by the axisymmetric drop shape analysis (ADSA. Experiments with harmonic area perturbations were also carried out in order to determine surface dilatational viscoelasticity. PAD showed a remarkable surface activity. Ward-Tordai equation was used to determine the equilibrium surface tension and diffusion coefficient of PAD nanoparticles (D = 2.3×10-6 m2/s. In a mixture with Triton X-100, PAD particles showed co-adsorption and synergic effect in surface tension reduction at short times (below 10 s. Tested nanoparticles had impact on surface rheology in a mixed system with nonionic surfactant, suggesting their possible interactions with the lung surfactant system after inhalation. This preliminary investigation sets the methodological approach for further research related to the influence of inhaled PAD nanoparticles on the lung surfactant and mass transfer processes in the respiratory system.

  14. Improvement of the bioavailability of hydrocarbons by applying nonionic surfactants during the microbial remediation of a sandy soil

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    Loeser, C. [Bauer und Mourik Umwelttechnik GmbH and Co. Schrobenhausen (Germany); Seidel, H.; Zehnsdorf, A.; Hoffmann, P. [UFZ - Umweltforschungszentrum Leipzig-Halle GmbH, Sektion Sanierungsforschung Leipzig (Germany)


    During the microbial treatment of a sandy model soil artificially contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a large residual pollution was found. The remaining PAHs were sorbed into the micropores of the soil and were therefore not bioavailable. Using a lab-scale percolator, the microbially pretreated soil was subjected to aftertreatment with surfactants with the aim of further degradation of its pollution. Two commercial noionic surfactants of the polyethoxylate type, Praewozell F1214/5 N and Sapogenat T-300, were used. The surfactants differ both in their physicochemical properties (CMC value, PAH solubilization capacity, adsorption onto soil) and in their microbial degradability. During aftertreatment under permanently aerobic conditions, only a weak PAH accumulation in the liquid phase was observed, which was due to a low solubilization rate as well as to simultaneous microbial degradation of the dissolved PAHs. Temporary anaerobiosis successfully suppressed the microbial degradation of both the surfactant and the solubilized PAHs, resulting in a more intensive PAH accumulation. But the PAH content of the soil - the essential criterion for evaluating the efficiency of surfactant application - was not decreased to a larger extent with surfactants than without them. To find out why the surfactants failed to act, the surfactant and hydrocarbon distribution among the liquid and solid phases was studied in mixtures of phenanthrene-spiked soils and Praewozell-containing liquids; at heavy phenanthrene loading, the aqueous phase was saturated with PAH; at weak loading, it was unsaturated. Model-aided data analysis showed that the soil may contain PAH in two fractions: strongly sorbed into soil pores and, in the case of heavy loading, also weakly attached to the soil surface. The latter is easily extractable, resulting in a PAH-saturated liquid, while strongly adsorbed PAH is only partially dissolved due to competition between the micelles and the soil

  15. Cloud point extraction of vanadium in parenteral solutions using a nonionic surfactant (PONPE 5.0) and determination by flow injection-inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. (United States)

    Wuilloud, Gustavo M; de Wuilloud, Jorgelina C A; Wuilloud, Rodolfo G; Silva, Maria F; Olsina, Roberto A; Martinez, Luis D


    A preconcentration and determination methodology for vanadium at trace levels in parenteral solutions was developed. Cloud point extraction was successfully employed for the preconcentration of vanadium prior to inductively coupled plasma atomic optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) coupled to a flow injection (FI) system. The vanadium was extracted as vanadium-2-(5-bromo-2-pyridylazo)-5-diethylaminophenol [V-(5-Br-PADAP)] complex, at pH 3.7 mediated by micelles of the nonionic surfactant polyoxyethylene (5.0) nonylphenol (PONPE 5.0). The extracted surfactant-rich phase (100 mul) was mixed with 100 mul of ethanol and this final volume injected into ICP-OES for the vanadium determination. Under these conditions, the 50 ml sample solution preconcentration allowed raising an enrichment factor of 250-fold; however, it was possible to obtain a theoretical enrichment factor of 500-fold. The lower limit of detection (LOD) obtained under the optimal conditions was 16 ng l(-1). The precision for 10 replicate determinations at the 2.0 mug l(-1) V level was 2.3% relative standard deviation (RSD), calculated with the peak heights. The calibration graph using the preconcentration system for vanadium was linear with a correlation coefficient of 0.9996 at levels near the detection limits up to at least 50 mug l(-1). The method was successfully applied to the determination of vanadium in parenteral solution samples.

  16. Differential viability of phosphoglucose isomerase allozyme genotypes of marine snails in nonionic detergent and crude oil-surfactant mixtures

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    Lavie, B.; Nevo, E.; Zoller, U.


    The effects of a nonionic detergent and of crude oil-detergent mixtures in aqueous solutions on the allozyme frequencies of phosphoglucose isomerase (Pgi) genotypes were tested in the Mediterranean marine gastropods Monodonta turbinata and M. turbiformis. Our results indicate differential survivorship of electrophoretical Pgi allozyme genotypes for both detergent alone and for crude oil-detergent mixtures. These results reflect the adaptive nature of some Pgi genotypes in these marine gastropods and seem inconsistent with the neutral theory of allozyme polymorphisms. Furthermore, these findings suggest that allozyme variants demonstrate a differential tolerance to these organic pollutants and can, therefore, be used as detectors of organic pollutants in the sea.

  17. Discrete Fractional Component Monte Carlo Simulation Study of Dilute Nonionic Surfactants at the Air-Water Interface. (United States)

    Yoo, Brian; Marin-Rimoldi, Eliseo; Mullen, Ryan Gotchy; Jusufi, Arben; Maginn, Edward J


    We present a newly developed Monte Carlo scheme to predict bulk surfactant concentrations and surface tensions at the air-water interface for various surfactant interfacial coverages. Since the concentration regimes of these systems of interest are typically very dilute (≪10-5 mol. frac.), Monte Carlo simulations with the use of insertion/deletion moves can provide the ability to overcome finite system size limitations that often prohibit the use of modern molecular simulation techniques. In performing these simulations, we use the discrete fractional component Monte Carlo (DFCMC) method in the Gibbs ensemble framework, which allows us to separate the bulk and air-water interface into two separate boxes and efficiently swap tetraethylene glycol surfactants C10E4 between boxes. Combining this move with preferential translations, volume biased insertions, and Wang-Landau biasing vastly enhances sampling and helps overcome the classical "insertion problem", often encountered in non-lattice Monte Carlo simulations. We demonstrate that this methodology is both consistent with the original molecular thermodynamic theory (MTT) of Blankschtein and co-workers, as well as their recently modified theory (MD/MTT), which incorporates the results of surfactant infinite dilution transfer free energies and surface tension calculations obtained from molecular dynamics simulations.

  18. Effects of nonionic surfactants on pellet formation and the production of β-fructofuranosidases from Aspergillus oryzae KB. (United States)

    Kurakake, Masahiro; Hirotsu, Saya; Shibata, Miyuki; Takenaka, Yuta; Kamioka, Taiki; Sakamoto, Tatsuya


    Aspergillus oryzae KB produces two β-fructofuranosidases (F1 and F2). F1 has high transferring activity and produces fructooligosaccharides from sucrose. Mycelial growth pellets were altered by the addition of Tween 20, 40 and 80 (HLB=16.7, 15.6 and 15.0, respectively) in liquid medium cultures to form small spherical pellets. The particle size of the pellets decreased with the HLB value, which corresponds to an increase in surfactant hydrophobicity. Selective F1 production and pellet size were maximized using Tween 20. Adding polyoxyethylene oleyl ethers (POEs) with various degrees of polymerization (2, 7, 10, 20 and 50: HLB=7.7, 10.7, 14.7, 17.2 and 18.2, respectively) was investigated. A minimum mean particle size was obtained using a POE with DP=10, HLB=14.7. The POE surfactants had little effect on the selective production of F1. The formation of filamentous pellets depended on the surfactant HLB value, and F1 enzymes were produced most efficiently using Tween 20. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Tensammetric determination of non-ionic surfactants combined with the BiAS separation procedure Part 3. Determination in the presence of hydrocarbons. (United States)

    Wyrwas, B; Szymanski, A; Lukaszewski, Z


    A method for the determination of non-ionic surfactants (NS) in the presence of an excess of hydrocarbons is developed. The modified BiAS procedure combined with the indirect tensammetric method (BiAS-ITM) is applied for this purpose. The method consists of extraction of NS into ethyl acetate, precipitation of ethoxylates with modified Dragendorff reagent, removal of adsorbed hydrocarbons by washing with isooctane and the determination of NS in the dissolved precipitate by the ITM. The method is characterised by 96-100% recovery and RSD of 0.02-0.04 at a 1000-fold excess of hydrocarbons. The detection limit of the procedure is 1.5 mug and the linear dynamic range is 2-20 mug in the sample, which facilitates work within the range of 2-1000 mug through the use of aliquots. The non-modified version of the BiAS-ITM exhibits a loss of NS due to their extraction by droplets of residual hydrocarbons trapped in the precipitate. Isooctane as a washing agent is found to be the best among eight tested media: methanol, ethyl acetate, diisopropyl ether, chloroform, water, glacial acetic acid, benzene and isooctane.

  20. Millimeter-wave sensor based on a λ/2-line resonator for identification and dielectric characterization of non-ionic surfactants. (United States)

    Rodilla, H; Kim, A A; Jeffries, G D M; Vukusic, J; Jesorka, A; Stake, J


    Studies of biological and artificial membrane systems, such as niosomes, currently rely on the use of fluorescent tags, which can influence the system under investigation. For this reason, the development of label-free, non-invasive detection techniques is of great interest. We demonstrate an open-volume label-free millimeter-wave sensing platform based on a coplanar waveguide, developed for identification and characterization of niosome constituents. A design based on a λ/2-line resonator was used and on-wafer measurements of transmission and reflection parameters were performed up to 110 GHz. Our sensor was able to clearly distinguish between common niosome constituents, non-ionic surfactants Tween 20 and Span 80, measuring a resonance shift of 3 GHz between them. The complex permittivities of the molecular compounds have been extracted. Our results indicate insignificant frequency dependence in the investigated frequency range (3 GHz - 110 GHz). Values of permittivity around 3.0 + 0.7i and 2.2 + 0.4i were obtained for Tween 20 and Span 80, respectively.

  1. Effects of non-ionic surfactants on the interactions between cellulases and tannic acid: a model system for cellulase-poly-phenol interactions. (United States)

    Olsen, S N; Bohlin, C; Murphy, L; Borch, K; McFarland, K C; Sweeny, M D; Westh, P


    Addition of non-ionic surfactants (NIS) is known to accelerate enzymatic lignocellulose hydrolysis. The mechanism behind this accelerating effect is still not elucidated but has been hypothesized to originate from favorable NIS-lignin interactions which alleviate non-productive adsorption of cellulases to lignin. In the current work we address this hypothesis using tannic acid (TAN) as a general poly-phenolic model compound (for lignin and soluble phenolics) and measure the mutual interactions of cellulases (CBHI, CBHII, EGI, EGII and BG), TAN and NIS (Triton X-100) using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). The experimental results suggest rather strong enzyme-specific interactions with TAN in reasonable agreement with enzyme specific lignin inhibition found in the literature. Enzyme-TAN interactions were disrupted by the presence of NIS by a mechanism of strong TAN-NIS interaction. The presence of NIS also alleviated the inhibitory effect of TAN on cellulase activity. All together the current work provides strong indications that favorable NIS-poly-phenol interactions alleviate non-productive cellulase-poly-phenol interactions and hence may provide a mechanism for the accelerating effect of NIS on lignocellulose hydrolysis. Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  2. Electron beam irradiation of textile effluents and non-ionic ethoxylated surfactant for toxicity and color removal

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    Sole, Stephanie V. Del; Garcia, Vanessa S.G.; Boiani, Nathalia F.; Rosa, Jorge M.; Andrade e Silva, Leonardo G. de; Borrely, Sueli I., E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); SENAI, Faculdade de Tecnologia Antoine Skaf, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    Textile industry has an expressive scenario in the world economy and Brazil is the 5{sup th} in the textile production. By 2015, Brazilian textile production represented US $ 39.3 billion, accounting for more than 1.8 million tons of fabric (ABIT, 2017). The effluents from textile industry are highlighted by quantity of wastewater discharged and variety of substances (dyes, bleaching agents, surfactants, salts, acids, among others). Such compounds often prove to be toxic to aquatic biota. This present study aims to assess toxicity of whole effluents, before and after irradiation (by electron beam accelerator, EBI). In addition, the reduction of the effluent color after irradiation is also very important. Daphnia similis and Vibrio fischeri were the biological systems applied for toxicity evaluations. Previous results demonstrated the surfactant as the main toxic compound, in the untreated and irradiated forms, EC 50 = 0.44 ppm ± 0.02 (untreated); EC 50 = 0.46 % ± 0.07 (irradiated). The irradiation was effective in reducing the color of the effluent, starting from 0.5 kGy. EB radiation may be proposed as an alternative treatment for the final effluent from textile processing, mainly for reuse purposes. (author)


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    Established methods show low limit of detection, good precision and good correctness. The described full automatic method takes effect in short-time analysis, small sample volume required for testing and waste restriction. Proposed flow injection system comply with requirements and may be successfully applied in monitoring studies as well as in the routine laboratory analysis. Rapid determination of water and waste water quality by the SFA for the content of surfactants allows an adequate response in case of exceeding the permissible concentrations, even according to the most restricted requirements.

  4. Feeding liquid, non-ionic surfactant and cyclodextrin affect the properties of insulin-loaded poly(lactide-co-glycolide) microspheres prepared by spray-drying. (United States)

    Quaglia, Fabiana; De Rosa, Giuseppe; Granata, Elena; Ungaro, Francesca; Fattal, Elias; Immacolata La Rotonda, Maria


    The potential of spray-drying technique for the encapsulation in poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microspheres of bovine insulin, a poorly stable peptide, has been investigated. Insulin-loaded microspheres were prepared by spray-drying different feeding liquids containing insulin and PLGA, that is a S/O dispersion, a W/O emulsion or an acetic acid solution. In the case of the emulsion, insulin was also co-encapsulated with either non-ionic surfactants such as polysorbate 20 and poloxamer 188, or complexing agents such as HPbetaCD. In the microspheres prepared from the acetic acid solution of insulin and PLGA, HPbetaCD was tested. Microspheres containing surfactants were aggregated, whereas good quality particles displaying a mean diameter in the range 12.1-27.9 microm were produced in the other cases. Insulin was efficiently loaded inside microspheres except for S/O formulation (only 22% of total insulin content was entrapped). The impact of the microencapsulation process on insulin chemical and conformational stability was assessed by HPLC, circular dichroism and turbidimetry studies. Under the adopted manufacture conditions, insulin was encapsulated in the native state and its chemical and conformational stability was preserved along the fabrication process. The formulations containing only insulin displayed low burst effects (6-11%), whereas the addition of surfactants resulted in much higher burst effects (49-54%) and faster release rate. The co-encapsulation of HPbetaCD slowed down the overall release rate and, in the case of microspheres prepared from the emulsion, allowed a constant insulin release up to 45 days. The study of insulin stability along the release phase showed that insulin was released in the intact form and un-released insulin was stable inside all the microsphere formulations. We conclude that insulin can be effectively encapsulated in PLGA microspheres by the spray-drying technique. Additives with complexing properties such as HPbetaCD have

  5. Tensammetric determination of non-ionic surfactants combined with BiAS separation procedure (wickbold)-I. precipitation of different ethoxylates with modified Dragendorff reagent in the proposed and classical BiAS procedures. (United States)

    Wyrwas, B; Szymanski, A; Lukaszewski, Z


    The proposed procedure (BiAS-ITM) combines BiAS separation scheme of non-ionic surfactants with their determination by indirect tensammetric method (ITM). The method is based on (i) gas stripping separation of ethoxylates, (ii) their precipitation with modified Dragendorff reagent and (iii) determination of their concentration in the dissolved precipitate using ITM. Washing of the precipitate with glacial acetic acid, necessary in classical BiAS procedure which is a source of serious error, is omitted in the proposed separation scheme. The presented method determines the non-ionic surfactants instead of bismuth in the classical BiAS. The precipitation of 12 oxyethylated alcohols, four oxyethylated alkylphenols and four other ethoxylates were investigated according to the proposed procedure. Adsorptive stripping tensammery (AdST) was applied for additional control of investigated surfactants in the precipitate and in the filtrate. Simultaneously 13 ethoxylates were precipitated and determined according to classical BiAS procedure. The BiAS-ITM procedure shows significantly better recoveries and lower sensitivities vs. the chemical structure of the determined surfactants and thus BiAS-ITM is less sensitive to the composition of determined mixture than classical BiAS procedure. It enables the determination of ethoxylates having three or more oxyethylene subunits, while classical BiAS determines only those having five or more.

  6. Surfactants of biological origin: The role of Mo(VI) and microwaves in the synthesis of xylan-based non-ionic surfactants. (United States)

    Hricovíniová, Zuzana


    Microwave-assisted, phosphomolybdic acid (PMoA) catalyzed, glycosylation of unprotected d-xylose and d-lyxose, obtained after tandem Mo(VI)-catalyzed xylan hydrolysis-epimerization reaction, provides alkyl xylosides and lyxosides in short reaction times. A homologous series of amphiphilic alkyl pentosides varying in chain structure (C8-C14) was prepared in very good yields (38-73%). A new catalytic approach using the reusable heterogeneous PMoA/SiO2 catalyst provides benefits in terms of yields, environmental safety, operational simplicity, and thus opens new perspectives for the rational hemicellulose biomass utilization. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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    Sih Yuwanti


    Full Text Available The aim of this research was to determine the proportion of oil, surfactant and water which could produce a stable O/W microemulsion using combination of three nonionic surfactants with low, high and medium HLB values; and to determine the role of surfactant with a medium HLB value in O/W microemulsion formulation. The first group of microemulsions were prepared using combination of Tween 80, Span 80 and Span 40 (80 %:10 %:10 % with dif- ferent proportions of VCO:surfactant (1:3, 1:3.5 dan 1:4.  The second goups of microemulsion were prepared using combination of Tween 80, Span 80 and Span 40 (90 %:5 %:5 % with different proportions of VCO:surfactant 1:4,1:4.5 dan 1:5.  The stability of microemulsion was determined during storage at room temperature and after being ovened at 105 0C 5 hours and centrifuged at 2300 g 15 minutes. Microemulsion stability was determined by measur- ing absorbance of the microemulsion at 502 nm and then converted to turbidity (%.  In order to determine the role of surfactant with a medium HLB value in the formulation of O/W microemulsion, one set microemulsions were made without surfactant with a medium HLB value, and another set of microemulsions were prepared with different ratios of low and medium HLB surfactant (1:1, 2:1 and 1:2. The most stable microemulsion was achieved when the proportion of VCO:surfactant:water was 4:20:76 and combination of Tween 80:Span 80:Span 40 with the ratio of 90:3.33:6.67. A more stable O/W microemulsion could be obtained when surfactant with a medium HLB value was added to O/W microemulsion formulation. Surfactant with a medium HLB value would link the oil phase and water phase with sur- factant layer, interaction of surfactant-oil and surfactant-water increased. It provided a smooth transition between oil phase and water phase, and the microemulsion became more stable. ABSTRAK Tujuan dari penelitian ini adalah untuk menentukan proporsi minyak, surfaktan dan air yang dapat

  8. Use of organoclays obtained with nonionic surfactants for drilling fluids base organic; O uso de argilas organofilicas obtidas com tensoativo nao-ionico para fluidos de perfuracao base organica

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    Sousa, F.K.A. [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UATEC/UFCG), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academica de Tecnologia do Desenvolvimento], e-mail:; Neves, G.A.; Ferreira, H.C.; Silva, A.L. [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG/UAEMa), PB (Brazil). Unidade Academica de Engenharia de Materiais; Campos, L.F.A. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, DEMat/CCT/UFPB, PB (Brazil)


    This paper aims to use the compositions of organo clays obtained with nonionic surfactant for drilling fluids organic base containing additives, emulsifiers, brine, activator, reducer filtered, adensante and evaluate their rheological, filtration and electrical stability. Were studied through the mixture delineament, ten compositions of organo clays, and its performance is evaluated by means of the rheological behavior (flow curves, GI, GF, VA, VP and LE) and the tests recommended by API (PE, EE and VF). The results were compared with the standard PETROBRAS and showed that among the developed compositions, two compositions showed promising that met most of the properties and use the clay of inferior quality (Bofe and Verde-lodo) in greater quantity and minimum clay Chocolate UBM, considered the best clay in the region mines Boa Vista, PB. (author)

  9. Monitoring corrosion and corrosion control of iron in HCl by non-ionic surfactants of the TRITON-X series - Part II. Temperature effect, activation energies and thermodynamics of adsorption

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    Amin, Mohammed A., E-mail: [Materials and Corrosion Lab (MCL), Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Taif University, 888 Hawiya (Saudi Arabia); Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Ain shams University, 11566 Abbassia, Cairo (Egypt); Ahmed, M.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University, 888 Hawiya (Saudi Arabia); Arida, H.A. [Materials and Corrosion Lab (MCL), Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Taif University, 888 Hawiya (Saudi Arabia); Arslan, Taner [Department of Chemistry, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, 26480 Eskisehir (Turkey); Saracoglu, Murat [Faculty of Education, Erciyes University, 38039 Kayseri (Turkey); Kandemirli, Fatma [Department of Chemistry, Nigde University, 41000 Nigde (Turkey)


    Research highlights: TX-305 exhibits inhibiting properties for iron corrosion more than TX-165 and TX 100. Inhibition efficiency increases with temperature, suggesting chemical adsorption. The three tested surfactants act as mixed-type inhibitors with cathodic predominance. Validation of corrosion rates measured by Tafel extrapolation method is confirmed. - Abstract: The inhibition characteristics of non-ionic surfactants of the TRITON-X series, namely TRITON-X-100 (TX-100), TRITON-X-165 (TX-165) and TRITON-X-305 (TX-305), on the corrosion of iron was studied in 1.0 M HCl solutions as a function of inhibitor concentration (0.005-0.075 g L{sup -1}) and solution temperature (278-338 K). Measurements were conducted based on Tafel extrapolation method. Electrochemical frequency modulation (EFM), a non-destructive corrosion measurement technique that can directly give values of corrosion current without prior knowledge of Tafel constants, is also presented. Experimental corrosion rates determined by the Tafel extrapolation method were compared with corrosion rates obtained by the EFM technique and an independent method of chemical analysis. The chemical method of confirmation of the corrosion rates involved determination of the dissolved cation, using ICP-AES (inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry). The aim was to confirm validation of corrosion rates measured by the Tafel extrapolation method. Results obtained showed that, in all cases, the inhibition efficiency increased with increase in temperature, suggesting that chemical adsorption occurs. The adsorptive behaviour of the three surfactants followed Temkin-type isotherm. The standard free energies of adsorption decreased with temperature, reflecting better inhibition performance. These findings confirm chemisorption of the tested inhibitors. Thermodynamic activation functions of the dissolution process were also calculated as a function of each inhibitor concentration. All the results obtained from

  10. Adsorption of Anionic Surfactants in a Nonionic Polymer Brush: Experiments, Comparison with Mean-Field Theory, and Implications for Brush-Particle Interaction

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    Vos, de W.M.; Biesheuvel, P.M.; Keizer, de A.; Kleijn, J.M.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.


    The adsorption of the anionic surfactants sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) in poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) brushes was studied using a fixed-angle optical flow-cell reflectometer. We show that, just as in solution, there is a critical association concentration

  11. Nonionic emulsion-mediated synthesis of zeolite beta

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    Zeolite beta synthesis was first carried out in a newly developed emulsion system containing nonionic polyoxyethylated alkylphenol surfactant, which showed interesting non-conventional features. Compared to the conventional hydrothermal synthesis of zeolite beta, the reported nonionic emulsion system showed a faster ...

  12. An investigation of bubble coalescence and post-rupture oscillation in non-ionic surfactant solutions using high-speed cinematography. (United States)

    Bournival, G; Ata, S; Karakashev, S I; Jameson, G J


    Most processes involving bubbling in a liquid require small bubbles to maximise mass/energy transfer. A common method to prevent bubbles from coalescing is by the addition of surfactants. In order to get an insight into the coalescence process, capillary bubbles were observed using a high speed cinematography. Experiments were performed in solutions of 1-pentanol, 4-methyl-2-pentanol, tri(propylene glycol) methyl ether, and poly(propylene glycol) for which information such as the coalescence time and the deformation of the resultant bubble upon coalescence was extracted. It is shown in this study that the coalescence time increases with surfactant concentration until the appearance of a plateau. The increase in coalescence time with surfactant concentration could not be attributed only to surface elasticity. The oscillation of the resultant bubble was characterised by the damping of the oscillation. The results suggested that a minimum elasticity is required to achieve an increased damping and considerable diffusion has a detrimental effect on the dynamic response of the bubble, thereby reducing the damping. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Nonionic emulsion-mediated synthesis of zeolite beta

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    phobic chain of the surfactant, the butanol to lower the interfacial tension, and the surfactant (and butanol) to interact with the aluminosilicate species in solution via van der Waal's forces. The emulsion inducing rapid growth was also reported by Shantz et al when they investigated the nonionic-microemulsion mediated.

  14. A novel thiourea-based non-ionic surfacta

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    It was also characterized by cyclic and square wave voltammetry and found to be electrochemically active giving sharp signal in different pH media. Keywords. Synthesis; critical micelle concentration; non-ionic surfactant; spectroscopy; electrochemistry. 1. Introduction. Surfactants are organic substances which decrease the.

  15. Physico-chemical study of new non-ionic surfactants. Influence of ions on aggregation properties; Etude physico-chimique de nouveaux tensioactifs complexants thermoreversibles. Influence d'ions reconnus et non reconnus sur les proprietes d'agregation

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    Coulombeau, H


    New di-block thermo-sensitive metal chelating surfactants have been synthesised. They are based on polyethoxylated non-ionic surfactants (CiEj). A lysine block is linked either to the extremity of a CiEj (surfactant 2) or in a branched position (surfactant 1). These molecules retain the cloud point and the surface-active properties exhibited by the CiEj surfactants. Moreover they possess good complexing properties towards certain ions, which allows them to be successfully applied to cloud point extraction. In both cases, the cloud point and the area per headgroup at the air-water interface are higher than those of the analogous CiEj, which shows the hydrophilic contribution of the lysine block. Macroscopic properties (phase diagrams) and microscopic properties (shape of the aggregates and interactions between them) of the water-surfactant systems have been studied at ambient temperature. Small angle X-Rays scattering (SAXS) and small angle neutrons scattering (SANS) have shown that the new di-block surfactants form spherical micelles at low concentrations. The influence of non complexed salts on the new surfactants is the same as on classical CiEj: salting-in and salting-out phenomena occur according to the Hofmeister series. The effect of a complexed ion, uranyl cation, is however unusual: it leads to a sphere to rod transition, in turn lowering significantly the cloud point, which goes against the expectations on basis of the Hofmeister series. Finally, a preliminary study of ternary mixtures, water-surfactant 1-oil, is presented. It revealed the formation of microemulsions and pointed out that the surfactant film is then a lot more rigid than that formed with classical CiEj. (author)

  16. Gemini (dimeric) Surfactants

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    carboxylate, sulphonate), or nonionic (polyether, sugar). (iv) gemini surfactants. Symmetrical and nonsymmetrical GS are known (see[2]), that is, these mayor may not have two identical polar groups and two identical chains. (v) GS with three or more polar groups or chains are also known. Some representative examples [2] ...

  17. Surfactantes reativos não-iônicos em polimerização em emulsão de látices de acetato de vinila - vinil neodecanoato: influência nas propriedades de barreira à água Nonionic reactive surfactants in emulsion polymerization of vinyl acetate - vinyl neodecanoate latexes: influence on the water barrier properties

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    Jorge M. de Oliveira


    during the film formation. In this work vinyl acetate - vinyl neodecanoate (VeoVa 10® latexes, stabilized with conventional and reactive nonionic surfactant, were prepared and the performance of these films was evaluated. It was noted that latexes stabilized with nonionic polymerizable surfactants can bring, under certain conditions, better barrier properties.

  18. Pressure-induced structural transition of nonionic micelles

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    Abstract. We report dynamic light scattering and small angle neutron scattering stud- ies of the pressure-induced structural transition of nonionic micelles of surfactant poly- oxyethylene 10 lauryl ether (C12E10) in the pressure range 0 to 2000 bar. Measurements have been performed on 1 wt% C12E10 in aqueous solution ...

  19. Fungal growth on anion surfactant medium. (United States)

    Hamada, Nobuo; Abe, Niichiro


    Before the present study, no fungi using anion surfactant as a nutrient had been identified, although some fungi were known to use nonion surfactant. Washing water collected from 63 washing machines was inoculated onto 0.1% LAS (Sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate) anion surfactant media to identify fungi that can feed on anion-surfactant. Small dark colonies of fungi were found on several of the Petri-dishes from 12 days after inoculation. These were identified as Cladophialophora boppii and Exophiala spinifera using morphological features and rDNA data. A number of the isolates of C. boppii specifically were recognized as using anion surfactant as a nutrient. The growth characteristics of the two fungal species were examined on surfactant media of three kinds. Apart from anion surfactant, the fungi were also able to grow on nonion surfactant and on soap. The application of these fungi for environmental cleansing after detergent pollution is also discussed.

  20. Organofilização de argilas bentoníticas com tensoativos não- iônicos visando seu uso em fluidos de perfuração base óleo Nonionic surfactants organophilization bentonite clays aiming their use in oil base drilling fluids

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    I. A. Silva


    Full Text Available O uso de tensoativos não iônicos vem substituindo os tradicionais tensoativos iônicos dentre outros motivos pelo seu elevado potencial de resistência a degradação térmica. Assim, este trabalho tem por objetivo o desenvolvimento de argilas organofílicas através da incorporação de tensoativos não iônicos visando seu uso em fluidos de perfuração de poços de petróleo base óleo. Argilas bentoníticas natural, industrializadas e organofilizadas foram caracterizadas por análise química, difração de raios X e análises térmicas. Após a organofilização foi realizado o inchamento de Foster, visando a escolha dos tensoativos mais adequados aos meios líquidos orgânicos dispersantes: éster, diesel e parafina. Com as dispersões obtidas foram determinadas as propriedades reológicas através de viscosidades aparente e plástica. Os resultados evidenciaram que as argilas organofilicas apresentaram um aumento do espaçamento interlamelar e que as dispersões apresentaram propriedades reológicas dentro das especificações da Petrobrás, para uso como argilas organofílicas em fluidos de perfuração em base óleo.The nonionic surfactants use is replacing the traditional ionic surfactants among other reasons because of its high resistance to thermal degradation potential. This work aims the organoclays development through the nonionic surfactants incorporation in order to oil base drilling fluids use. The natural bentonite clay, and industrialized organophilizated were characterized by chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis. After, the clay organophilization was performed by Foster swelling, seeking the most appropriate choice of surfactants to the liquid media organic dispersants, ester, paraffin and diesel. With the obtained dispersions were determined by plastic and apparent viscosities the rheological properties. The results showed that organoclays increase in the interlayer spacing and that the dispersions

  1. Key interactions of surfactants in therapeutic protein formulations: A review. (United States)

    Khan, Tarik A; Mahler, Hanns-Christian; Kishore, Ravuri S K


    Proteins as amphiphilic, surface-active macromolecules, demonstrate substantial interfacial activity, which causes considerable impact on their multifarious applications. A commonly adapted measure to prevent interfacial damage to proteins is the use of nonionic surfactants. Particularly in biotherapeutic formulations, the use of nonionic surfactants is ubiquitous in order to prevent the impact of interfacial stress on drug product stability. The scope of this review is to convey the current understanding of interactions of nonionic surfactants with proteins both at the interface and in solution, with specific focus to their effects on biotherapeutic formulations. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Phosphine oxide surfactants revisited. (United States)

    Stubenrauch, Cosima; Preisig, Natalie; Laughlin, Robert G


    This review summarizes everything we currently know about the nonionic surfactants alkyl dimethyl (C(n)DMPO) and alkyl diethyl (C(n)DEPO) phosphine oxide (PO surfactants). The review starts with the synthesis and the general properties (Section 2) of these compounds and continues with their interfacial properties (Section 3) such as surface tension, surface rheology, interfacial tension and adsorption at solid surfaces. We discuss studies on thin liquid films and foams stabilized by PO surfactants (Section 4) as well as studies on their self-assembly into lyotropic liquid crystals and microemulsions, respectively (Section 5). We aim at encouraging colleagues from both academia and industry to take on board PO surfactants whenever possible and feasible because of their broad variety of excellent properties. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Interactions of water in ionic and nonionic hydrates

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    Kleeberg, H. (ed.)


    This softbound book contains a large number of typescript papers grouped under five headings: Hydration of Ions; Hydration of Nonionic Substances; Hydration of Biological and Macromolecular Substances; Water and Surfactants; and Methods, Models and Theories. For each of these subject headings, there is a plenary lecture of about 20 pages, as well as short reports of original research. The symposium that generated these was held in Marburg in 1987, to honor the 65th birthday of Werner A. P. Luck.

  4. Preliminary Testing For Anionic, Cationic and Non-ionic

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    Bokic, Lj.


    Full Text Available Detergents present a major environmental problem due to large quantities of surfactants released from laundries. For this reason, it is important to apply an appropriate analytical method for their determination. In this work, we propose two simple, fast and inexpensive analytical methods for anionic, cationic and non-ionic surfactant determination: thin layer chromatography (TLC separation for qualitative screening and quantitative potentiometric determination with ion-selective electrodes. These methods have been chosen because of their many advantages: rapidity, ease of operation, low cost of analysis and a wide variety of TLC application possibilities. The advantage of potentiometric titration is its very high degree of automation and very low detection limits obtained with different ion-selective electrodes applied for different surfactants.

  5. A Review on Progress in QSPR Studies for Surfactants (United States)

    Hu, Jiwei; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Wang, Zhengwu


    This paper presents a review on recent progress in quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) studies of surfactants and applications of various molecular descriptors. QSPR studies on critical micelle concentration (cmc) and surface tension (γ) of surfactants are introduced. Studies on charge distribution in ionic surfactants by quantum chemical calculations and its effects on the structures and properties of the colloids of surfactants are also reviewed. The trends of QSPR studies on cloud point (for nonionic surfactants), biodegradation potential and some other properties of surfactants are evaluated. PMID:20479997

  6. Solubilization of Hydrophobic Dyes in Surfactant Solutions

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    Ali Reza Tehrani-Bagha


    Full Text Available In this paper, the use of surfactants for solubilization of hydrophobic organic dyes (mainly solvent and disperse dyes has been reviewed. The effect of parameters such as the chemical structures of the surfactant and the dye, addition of salt and of polyelectrolytes, pH, and temperature on dye solubilization has been discussed. Surfactant self-assemble into micelles in aqueous solution and below the concentration where this occurs—the critical micelle concentration (CMC—there is no solubilization. Above the CMC, the amount of solubilized dye increases linearly with the increase in surfactant concentration. It is demonstrated that different surfactants work best for different dyes. In general, nonionic surfactants have higher solubilization power than anionic and cationic surfactants. It is likely that the reason for the good performance of nonionic surfactants is that they allow dyes to be accommodated not only in the inner, hydrocarbon part of the micelle but also in the headgroup shell. It is demonstrated that the location of a dye in a surfactant micelle can be assessed from the absorption spectrum of the dye-containing micellar solution.

  7. Phase Behavior of Laundry Surfactants in Polar Solvents

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    Stuart, Marc C.A.; Pas, John C. van de; Engberts, Jan B.F.N.


    Laundry surfactants are usually mixtures of ionic and nonionic detergents that exhibit a complex phase behavior. Here the ternary phase behavior of an isotropic and a liquid crystalline (LC) surfactant mixture has been examined in water/solvent systems. The size of the LC area in the ternary phase

  8. Surfactants as Microbicides and Contraceptive Agents: A Systematic In Vitro Study (United States)

    Vieira, Otilia V.; Oberdoerfer, Daniel; Baptista, Marta; Santos, Manuel A. S.; Almeida, Luis; Ramalho-Santos, João; Vaz, Winchil L. C.


    Background The urgent need for cheap and easy-to-use protection against both unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases has stimulated considerable interest in the use of surfactants as microbicides, anti-viral, and contraceptive agents in recent years. In the present study we report a systematic in vitro evaluation of the microbicidal, anti-viral and contraceptive potential of cationic, anionic, zwitterionic, and non-ionic surfactants. Methodology/Principal Findings Toxicity was evaluated in mammalian columnar epithelial (MDCK) cells, human sperm cells, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Streptococcus agalactiae and Enterococcus faecalis. The inhibition of adenovirus and lentivirus infection of MDCK cells was also tested. A homologous series of cationic surfactants, alkyl-N,N,N-trimethylammonium bromides (CnTAB), with varying alkyl chains were shown to be bactericidal and fungicidal at doses that were related to the surfactant critical micelle concentrations (CMC), all of them at concentrations significantly below the CMC. In general, bacteria were more susceptible to this surfactant group than C. albicans and this organism, in turn, was more susceptible than MDCK cells. This suggests that the CnTAB may be useful as vaginal disinfectants only in so far as bacterial and fungal infections are concerned. None of the surfactants examined, including those that have been used in pre-clinical studies, showed inhibition of adenovirus or lentivirus infection of MDCK cells or spermicidal activity at doses that were sub-toxic to MDCK cells. Conclusions/Significance The results of this study lead us to propose that systematic analysis of surfactant toxicity, such as we report in the present work, be made a mandatory pre-condition for the use of these substances in pre-clinical animal and/or human studies. PMID:18682796

  9. Surfactants as microbicides and contraceptive agents: a systematic in vitro study.

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    Otilia V Vieira

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The urgent need for cheap and easy-to-use protection against both unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases has stimulated considerable interest in the use of surfactants as microbicides, anti-viral, and contraceptive agents in recent years. In the present study we report a systematic in vitro evaluation of the microbicidal, anti-viral and contraceptive potential of cationic, anionic, zwitterionic, and non-ionic surfactants. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Toxicity was evaluated in mammalian columnar epithelial (MDCK cells, human sperm cells, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Streptococcus agalactiae and Enterococcus faecalis. The inhibition of adenovirus and lentivirus infection of MDCK cells was also tested. A homologous series of cationic surfactants, alkyl-N,N,N-trimethylammonium bromides (C(nTAB, with varying alkyl chains were shown to be bactericidal and fungicidal at doses that were related to the surfactant critical micelle concentrations (CMC, all of them at concentrations significantly below the CMC. In general, bacteria were more susceptible to this surfactant group than C. albicans and this organism, in turn, was more susceptible than MDCK cells. This suggests that the C(nTAB may be useful as vaginal disinfectants only in so far as bacterial and fungal infections are concerned. None of the surfactants examined, including those that have been used in pre-clinical studies, showed inhibition of adenovirus or lentivirus infection of MDCK cells or spermicidal activity at doses that were sub-toxic to MDCK cells. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The results of this study lead us to propose that systematic analysis of surfactant toxicity, such as we report in the present work, be made a mandatory pre-condition for the use of these substances in pre-clinical animal and/or human studies.

  10. Triblock Copolymers with Grafted Fluorine-Free Amphiphilic Non-Ionic Side Chains for Antifouling and Fouling-Release Applications

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    Y Cho; H Sundaram; C Weinman; M Paik; M Dimitriou; J Finlay; M Callow; J Callow; E Kramer; C Ober


    Fluorine-free, amphiphilic, nonionic surface active block copolymers (SABCs) were synthesized through chemical modification of a polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene-ran-butylene)-block-polyisoprene triblock copolymer precursor with selected amphiphilic nonionic Brij and other surfactants. Amphiphilicity was imparted by a hydrophobic aliphatic group combined with a hydrophilic poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) group-containing moiety. The surfaces were characterized by dynamic water contact angle, atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) analysis. In biofouling assays, settlement (attachment) of both spores of the green alga Ulva and cells of the diatom Navicula on SABCs modified with Brij nonionic side chains was significantly reduced relative to a PDMS standard, with a nonionic surfactant combining a PEG group and an aliphatic moiety demonstrating the best performance. Additionally, a fouling-release assay using sporelings (young plants) of Ulva and Navicula suggested that the SABC derived from nonionic Brij side chains also out-performed PDMS as a fouling-release material. Good antifouling and fouling-release properties were not demonstrated for the other two amphiphilic surfaces derived from silicone and aromatic group containing nonionic surfactants included in this study. The results suggest that small differences in chemical surface functionality impart more significant changes with respect to the antifouling settlement and fouling-release performance of materials than overall wettability behavior.

  11. The effect of postadded ethylene glycol surfactants on DNA-cationic surfactant/water mesophases. (United States)

    Leal, Cecilia; Bilalov, Azat; Lindman, Björn


    The addition of amphiphiles grafted with polyethylene glycol units to constructs of DNA-amphiphiles is of most relevance for applications demanding colloidal stability. In this work, we study the self-assembly behavior of a true ternary mixture comprising (i) an electroneutral complex of DNA and a cationic surfactant (dodecyltrimethylammonium, DTA), (ii) water, and (iii) nonionic surfactant (dodecyl tetraethylene glycol, C12EO4; and dodecyl octaethylene glycol, C12EO8). The phase diagrams of the two systems: DNA-DTA/C12EO4/water and DNA-DTA/C12EO8/water were carried out using 2H NMR, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). In both mixtures, the DNA-DTA complex incorporates the postadded nonionic surfactant and large liquid crystalline regions were found. The supramolecular assemblies evolve from a 2D hexagonal structure of the normal type to a lamellar phase as the content of nonionic surfactant is increased. The effect of ethylene glycol unit size in the phase behavior is discussed. We suggest that when longer ethylene glycol units (C12EO8 vs C12EO4) are used, the DNA-DTA aggregate gets saturated with the nonionic surfactant and there exists a coexistence of a fully swollen mesophase phase of C12EO8 alone presumably of the normal hexagonal type with the lamellar and hexagonal phases of DNA-DTA/C12EO8/water.

  12. Surfactants have multi-fold effects on skin barrier function. (United States)

    Lemery, Emmanuelle; Briançon, Stéphanie; Chevalier, Yves; Oddos, Thierry; Gohier, Annie; Boyron, Olivier; Bolzinger, Marie-Alexandrine


    The stratum corneum (SC) is responsible for the barrier properties of the skin and the role of intercorneocyte skin lipids, particularly their structural organization, in controlling SC permeability is acknowledged. Upon contacting the skin, surfactants interact with the SC components leading to barrier damage. To improve knowledge of the effect of several classes of surfactant on skin barrier function at three different levels. The influence of treatments of human skin explants with six non-ionic and four ionic surfactant solutions on the physicochemical properties of skin was investigated. Skin surface wettability and polarity were assessed through contact angle measurements. Infrared spectroscopy allowed monitoring the SC lipid organization. The lipid extraction potency of surfactants was evaluated thanks to HPLC-ELSD assays. One anionic and one cationic surfactant increased the skin polarity by removing the sebaceous and epidermal lipids and by disturbing the organization of the lipid matrix. Another cationic surfactant displayed a detergency effect without disturbing the skin barrier. Several non-ionic surfactants disturbed the lipid matrix organization and modified the skin wettability without any extraction of the skin lipids. Finally two non-ionic surfactants did not show any effect on the investigated parameters or on the skin barrier. The polarity, the organization of the lipid matrix and the lipid composition of the skin allowed describing finely how surfactants can interact with the skin and disturb the skin barrier function.

  13. Chemiluminescence determination of surfactant Triton X-100 in environmental water with luminol-hydrogen peroxide system

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    Liu, Xiaoyu; Li, Aifang; Zhou, Baohui; Qiu, Chaokun; Ren, Hongmin


    ... studied.The novel chemiluminescence method for the determination of non-ionic surfactant Triton X-100 was based on the phenomenon that Triton X-100 greatly enhanced the CL signal of the luminol-H2O2 system...

  14. Polymer vs. surfactant : competitive adsorption at the solid-liquid interface

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    Postmus, B.R.


    The research described in this thesis focuses on the competitive adsorption of nonionic polymer and nonionic surfactant on a silica surface. These type of systems are interesting from both an academical and a technological viewpoint. Our academic interest stems simply from the observation that we

  15. Tunable, antibacterial activity of silicone polyether surfactants. (United States)

    Khan, Madiha F; Zepeda-Velazquez, Laura; Brook, Michael A


    Silicone surfactants are used in a variety of applications, however, limited data is available on the relationship between surfactant structure and biological activity. A series of seven nonionic, silicone polyether surfactants with known structures was tested for in vitro antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli BL21. The compounds varied in their hydrophobic head, comprised of branched silicone structures with 3-10 siloxane linkages and, in two cases, phenyl substitution, and hydrophilic tail of 8-44 poly(ethylene glycol) units. The surfactants were tested at three concentrations: below, at, and above their Critical Micelle Concentrations (CMC) against 5 concentrations of E. coli BL21 in a three-step assay comprised of a 14-24h turbidometric screen, a live-dead stain and viable colony counts. The bacterial concentration had little effect on antibacterial activity. For most of the surfactants, antibacterial activity was higher at concentrations above the CMC. Surfactants with smaller silicone head groups had as much as 4 times the bioactivity of surfactants with larger groups, with the smallest hydrophobe exhibiting potency equivalent to sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). Smaller PEG chains were similarly associated with higher potency. These data link lower micelle stability and enhanced permeability of smaller silicone head groups to antibacterial activity. The results demonstrate that simple manipulation of nonionic silicone polyether structure leads to significant changes in antibacterial activity. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Nonionic organoclay: a 'Swiss Army knife' for the adsorption of organic micro-pollutants? (United States)

    Guégan, Régis; Giovanela, Marcelo; Warmont, Fabienne; Motelica-Heino, Mikael


    A Na exchanged montmorillonite (Mt) was used as a starting layered material for the preparation of two organoclays synthesized with benzyl decyltrimethyl ammonium (BDTA) cationic surfactant and the tri-ethylene glycol mono n-decyl ether(C10E3), a nonconventional nonionic surfactant. The adsorption of the surfactants was performed at an amount of 0.7 times the cation exchange capacity (CEC) for BDTA and below the critical micelle concentration (cmc) where C10E3 is in a monomer state, leading to the intercalation of a lateral monolayer surfactant arrangement within the interlayer space and about 5-7% organic carbon content in organoclays. The environmental properties of both nonionic (C10E3Mt) and cationic (BDTAMt) organoclays were compared to those of the starting Mt clay with the sorption of three micro-pollutants: benzene, dimethyl-phthalate and paraquat. The adsorption isotherms and the derivative data determined through the fitting procedure by using Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevitch equation models explicitly highlighted the importance of the chemical nature of the micropollutants, which play on the adsorbents efficiency. The adsorption data combined with FTIR and XRD supplementary results suggest that C10E3Mt nonionic organoclay, although being less efficient for the retention of the different micropollutants, turned out to be the most polyvalent adsorbent since such hybrid material could adsorb the entire studied organic compounds. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Small-angle neutron scattering studies of nonionic surfactant: Effect ...

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    It is found that the micellar structure significantly depends on the temperature and concentration of sugars. The micelles are found to be prolate ellipsoids at 30°C and the axial ratio of the micelle increases with the increase in temperature. The presence of lower concentration of sugar reduces the size of micelles and it ...

  18. Small angle neutron scattering study of two nonionic surfactants in ...

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    I(q)qr sin(qr)dq which yields the pair distance distribution function p(r), where r is the distance in real space. The point, at which the p(r) falls to zero, is indicative of the particle maximum dimension. 3. Results and discussion. Few scattering curves of C14E7+D2O as a function of temperature for concentration c = 0.17% ...

  19. The influence of nonionic surfactant Brij 30 on biodegradation of ...

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    Sep 6, 2010 ... kinetic behaviors of toluene in a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/peat/KNO3/ (granular activated carbon) GAC composite bead biofilter were ... organisms immobilized within a biofilm attached to the bed-packing material. ... volatile organic compounds; PVA, polyvinyl alcohol; PCP, pentachlorophenol; SDS, sodium ...

  20. Pulmonary surfactant adsorption is increased by hyaluronan or polyethylene glycol. (United States)

    Taeusch, H William; Dybbro, Eric; Lu, Karen W


    In acute lung injuries, inactivating agents may interfere with transfer (adsorption) of pulmonary surfactants to the interface between air and the aqueous layer that coats the interior of alveoli. Some ionic and nonionic polymers reduce surfactant inactivation in vitro and in vivo. In this study, we tested directly whether an ionic polymer, hyaluronan, or a nonionic polymer, polyethylene glycol, enhanced adsorption of a surfactant used clinically. We used three different methods of measuring adsorption in vitro: a modified pulsating bubble surfactometer; a King/Clements device; and a spreading trough. In addition we measured the effects of both polymers on surfactant turbidity, using this assay as a nonspecific index of aggregation. We found that both hyaluronan and polyethylene glycol significantly increased the rate and degree of surfactant material adsorbed to the surface in all three assays. Hyaluronan was effective in lower concentrations (20-fold) than polyethylene glycol and, unlike polyethylene glycol, hyaluronan did not increase apparent aggregation of surfactant. Surfactant adsorption in the presence of serum was also enhanced by both polymers regardless of whether hyaluronan or polyethylene glycol was included with serum in the subphase or added to the surfactant applied to the surface. Therefore, endogenous polymers in the alveolar subphase, or exogenous polymers added to surfactant used as therapy, may both be important for reducing inactivation of surfactant that occurs with various lung injuries.

  1. 29 CFR 1926.54 - Nonionizing radiation. (United States)


    ... 29 Labor 8 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Nonionizing radiation. 1926.54 Section 1926.54 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR... § 1926.54 Nonionizing radiation. (a) Only qualified and trained employees shall be assigned to install...

  2. Isothermal titration calorimetric analysis on solubilization of an octane oil-in-water emulsion in surfactant micelles and surfactant-anionic polymer complexes. (United States)

    Zhang, Hui; Zeeb, Benjamin; Salminen, Hanna; Weiss, Jochen


    Polymers may alter the ability of surfactant micelles to solubilize hydrophobic molecules depending on surfactant-polymer interactions. In this study, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) was used to investigate the solubilization thermodynamics of an octane oil-in-water emulsion in anionic sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS), nonionic polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate (Tween 80), cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant micelles and respective complexes formed by these micelles and an anionic polymer (carboxymethyl cellulose). Results indicated that the oil solubilization in single ionic micelles was endothermic, while in nonionic micelles or mixed ionic/nonionic micelles it was exothermic. The addition of carboxymethyl cellulose did not influence the solubilization behavior in these micelles, but affected the solubilization capacities of these systems. The solubilization capacity of cationic micelles or mixed cationic/nonionic micelles was enhanced while that of nonionic or anionic micelles was decreased. Based on the phase separation model, a molecular pathway mechanism driven by enthalpy was proposed for octane solubilization in surfactant micelles and surfactant-polymer complexes. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  3. Hyaluronan decreases surfactant inactivation in vitro. (United States)

    Lu, Karen W; Goerke, Jon; Clements, John A; Taeusch, H William


    Hyaluronan (HA) is an anionic polymer and a constituent of alveolar fluid that can bind proteins, phospholipids, and water. Previous studies have established that nonionic polymers improve the surface activity of pulmonary surfactants by decreasing inactivation of surfactant. In this work, we investigate whether HA can also have beneficial effects when added to surfactants. We used a modified pulsating bubble surfactometer to measure mixtures of several commercially available pulmonary surfactants or native calf surfactant with and without serum inactivation. Surface properties such as equilibrium surface tension, minimum and maximum surface tensions on compression and expansion of a surface film, and degree of surface area reduction required to reach a surface tension of 10 mN/m were measured. In the presence of serum, addition of HA dramatically improved the surface activities of all four surfactants and in some cases in the absence of serum as well. These results indicate that HA reduces inactivation of surfactants caused by serum and add evidence that endogenous HAs may interact with alveolar surfactant under normal and abnormal conditions.

  4. Capillary electrophoresis investigation on equilibrium between polymer-related and surfactant-related species in aqueous polymer-surfactant solutions. (United States)

    Wu, Yefan; Chen, Miaomiao; Fang, Yun; Zhu, Meng


    It was inferred from aqueous solution behavior of nonionic polymers and anionic surfactants that the formation of charged polymer-bound surfactant micelle above critical aggregation concentration (cac) and the formation of free surfactant micelle beyond polymer saturation point (psp), but there was still a lack of direct experimental evidence for the considered equilibrium chemical species. Three modes of capillary electrophoresis are applied in this paper to study the complexation between nonionic polymers, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or polyethylene glycol (PEG), and sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate (SDBS) by successfully distinguishing the imaginary charged polymer-bound SDBS micelle from nonionic polymer and SDBS molecule. Perhaps even more important, it is the action of SDBS as both a main surfactant and a UV probe that makes the free surfactant micelle emerged in electropherogram beyond psp, and thus makes it possible for the first time to provide the equilibrium relationship of the polymer-related and the surfactant-related species in the concentration regions divided into by cac and psp. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Influence of metacide - surfactant complexes on agricultural crops

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    Orynkul Esimova


    Full Text Available The complexes based on surfactants and polyhexamethyleneguanidine hydrochloride (metacide are important for agriculture. This paper considers compositions of known bactericidal metacide with different surfactants: anionic surfactant sodium dodecylsulphate (DDSNa and nonionic surfactant Tween 80 (monooleate of oxyethylenated anhydrosorbitols. The effect of individual components and associates of metacide and surfactants on productivity and infection of cereals was studied. According to the study, the highest productivity and infection rate were shown by the associate of metacide and Tween-80. At concentration of Tween-80 in aqueous solution equal to 0.001% in combination with metacide, efficiency was 98% at 0% infection. The surface tension and the wetting of metacide, DDSNa, Tween-80, and associates of metacide with surfactants were studied. In comparison with individual components, metacide-DDSNa and metacide-Tween-80 associates have higher surface activity.

  6. Medidas de tensão superficial pelo método de contagem de gotas: descrição do método e experimentos com tensoativos não-iônicos etoxilados Surface tension measurement by drop counting method: method description and experiments with etoxilated non-ionic surfactants

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    Érico Teixeira Neto


    Full Text Available Surface tension knowledge of surfactants aqueous solutions is important during amphiphilic molecule manufacturing and new product development, as feedback information to handle synthesis parameters to target performance. Drop counting method is an interesting simplification of drop weight method for surface tension measurements. A simple laboratory measurement device, with capability for temperature control, was assembled to allow investigation of ethoxylated surfactants. The implementation of the method was preceded by a detailed investigation of two factors that may affect the measured surface tension: drop formation velocity and surfactant ethoxylation degree. The limitations of the method are discussed on this basis.

  7. Directed homology

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    Fahrenberg, Uli


    We introduce a new notion of directed homology for semicubical sets. We show that it respects directed homotopy and is functorial, and that it appears to enjoy some good algebraic properties. Our work has applications to higher-dimensional automata.......We introduce a new notion of directed homology for semicubical sets. We show that it respects directed homotopy and is functorial, and that it appears to enjoy some good algebraic properties. Our work has applications to higher-dimensional automata....

  8. Pulmonary surfactant proteins and polymer combinations reduce surfactant inhibition by serum. (United States)

    Lu, Karen W; Pérez-Gil, Jesús; Echaide, Mercedes; Taeusch, H William


    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an inflammatory condition that can be associated with capillary leak of serum into alveoli causing inactivation of surfactant. Resistance to inactivation is affected by types and concentrations of surfactant proteins, lipids, and polymers. Our aim was to investigate the effects of different combinations of these three components. A simple lipid mixture (DPPC/POPG) or a more complex lipid mixture (DPPC/POPC/POPG/cholesterol) was used. Native surfactant proteins SP-B and SP-C obtained from pig lung lavage were added either singly or combined at two concentrations. Also, non-ionic polymers polyethylene glycol and dextran and the anionic polymer hyaluronan were added either singly or in pairs with hyaluronan included. Non-ionic polymers work by different mechanisms than anionic polymers, thus the purpose of placing them together in the same surfactant mixture was to evaluate if the combination would show enhanced beneficial effects. The resulting surfactant mixtures were studied in the presence or absence of serum. A modified bubble surfactometer was used to evaluate surface activities. Mixtures that included both SP-B and SP-C plus hyaluronan and either dextran or polyethylene glycol were found to be the most resistant to inhibition by serum. These mixtures, as well as some with either SP-B or SP-C with combined polymers were as or more resistant to inactivation than native surfactant. These results suggest that improved formulations of lung surfactants are possible and may be useful in reducing some types of surfactant inactivation in treating lung injuries. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Role of surfactants in the number of secondary droplet generation during drop coalescence (United States)

    Haldar, Krishnayan; Chakraborty, Sudipto

    The current study focuses on the variation in secondary droplet generation number with surfactant types and concentrations while surfactant laden drop impinges on a water pool. Cationic, anionic and non-ionic surfactant solutions of different concentrations are used as liquid drop. We observe from high speed imaging technique that secondary droplet generation number increases with increasing concentration for cationic and nonionic whereas it decreases for anionic surfactants. The variation of dimensionless viscosity to surface tension ratio of each surfactant determines the droplet generation number. Also the empirical relations between dimensionless coalescence time and Reynolds, Ohnesorge Number for the impinging drops reveal the dominance of viscous force over inertial and surface forces during the cascade. High viscous force, low inertial force and low surface force reduces the coalescence time. Hence, partial coalescence is faster for drops which high viscosity, low surface tension and low impact velocity and consequently the number of secondary droplet generation in the cascade will also increase.

  10. Detergent extraction of herpes simplex virus type 1 glycoprotein D by zwitterionic and non-ionic detergents and purification by ion-exchange high-performance liquid chromatography

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    Welling-Wester, S; Feijlbrief, M; Koedijk, DGAM; Welling, GW


    Detergents (surfactants) are the key reagents in the extraction and purification of integral membrane proteins. Zwitterionic and non-ionic detergents were used for the extraction of recombinant glycoprotein D (gD-1) of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) from insect cells infected with recombinant

  11. Effects of anthropogenic surfactants on the conversion of marine dissolved organic carbon and microgels. (United States)

    Shiu, Ruei-Feng; Lee, Chon-Lin


    The possible impact of three types of anthropogenic surfactants on the ability of marine dissolved organic carbon (DOC) to form self-assembled microgels was evaluated. The behavior of existing native microgels was also examined in the presence of surfactants. These results reveal that the release of surfactants even at low concentrations into the aquatic environment could effectively hinder the self-assembly of DOC polymers. The extent of the size reduction had the following order: anionic, cationic, and non-ionic. Furthermore, charged surfactants can disrupt existing native microgels, converting large assemblies into smaller particles. One possible mechanisms is that surfactants are able to enhance the stability of DOC polymers and disrupt aggregates due to their surface charges and protein-denaturing activities. These findings suggest that the ecological system is altered by anthropogenic surfactants, and provide useful information for ecological assessments of different types of surfactants and raise warnings about surfactant applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Switchable Surfactants

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    Yingxin Liu; Philip G. Jessop; Michael Cunningham; Charles A. Eckert; Charles L. Liotta


    .... We report that long-chain alkyl amidine compounds can be reversibly transformed into charged surfactants by exposure to an atmosphere of carbon dioxide, thereby stabilizing water/alkane emulsions...

  13. Synthesis and properties of green sustainable carbonate-type nonionics containing polyoxyethylene chains. (United States)

    Banno, Taisuke; Sato, Hiroshi; Tsuda, Takayuki; Matsumura, Shuichi


    A series of polyoxyethylene surfactants containing carbonate linkages as biodegradable and chemically recyclable segments was designed and synthesized by a green process. A two-step carbonate exchange reaction was used: dimethyl or diphenyl carbonate was reacted with 1-alkanol, and the product was reacted with poly (ethylene) glycol in the presence of a lipase or chemical catalyst. The obtained carbonate-type nonionics exhibited good surface-active properties such as a low critical micelle concentration value and a surface tension lowering action. They were readily biodegraded by activated sludge, furthermore, could be chemical recycled using a lipase.

  14. Non-Ionizing Radiation Used in Microwave Ovens (United States)

    ... in Microwave Ovens Non-Ionizing Radiation Used in Microwave Ovens Explore the interactive, virtual community of RadTown USA ! ... learn more About Non-Ionizing Radiation Used in Microwave Ovens Microwave Oven. Microwave ovens use electromagnetic waves that ...

  15. Nucleate pool boiling heat transfer in aqueous surfactant solutions (United States)

    Wasekar, Vivek Mahadeorao

    Saturated, nucleate pool boiling in aqueous surfactant solutions is investigated experimentally. Also, the role of Marangoni convection, driven both by temperature and surfactant concentration gradients at the vapor-liquid interface of a nucleating bubble is computationally explored. Experimental measurements of dynamic and equilibrium sigma using the maximum bubble pressure method indicate dynamic sigma to be higher than the corresponding equilibrium value, both at room and elevated temperatures. Also, nonionic surfactants (Triton X-100, Triton X-305) show larger sigma depression than anionic surfactants (SDS, SLES), and a normalized representation of their dynamic adsorption isotherms is shown to be helpful in generalizing the surfactant effectiveness to reduce surface tension. The dynamic sigma has a primary role in the modification of bubble dynamics and associated heat transfer, and is dictated by the adsorption kinetics of the surfactant molecules at boiling temperatures. In general, an enhancement in heat transfer is observed, which is characterized by an early incipience and an optimum boiling performance at or around the critical micelle concentration of the surfactant. The optimum performances, typically in the fully developed boiling regime ( q''w > 100 kW/m2), show a reverse trend with respect to surfactant molecular weights M, i.e., higher molecular weight additives promote lower enhancement. Normalized boiling performance using the respective solution's dynamic sigma correlates heat transfer coefficient by M-0.5 for anionics and M 0 for nonionics. This has been shown to be brought about by the surfactant concentration and its interfacial activity in a concentration sublayer around the growing vapor bubble, which governs the bubble growth behavior through the mechanism of dynamic sigma. The ionic nature of the surfactant influences the thickness and molecular makeup of the enveloping sublayer, thereby affecting the bubble dynamics and boiling heat

  16. 29 CFR 1910.97 - Nonionizing radiation. (United States)


    ... 29 Labor 5 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Nonionizing radiation. 1910.97 Section 1910.97 Labor... radiation. (a) Electromagnetic radiation—(1) Definitions applicable to this paragraph. (i) The term electromagnetic radiation is restricted to that portion of the spectrum commonly defined as the radio frequency...

  17. Immobilization of enzymes using non-ionic colloidal liquid aphrons (CLAs): Surface and enzyme effects. (United States)

    Ward, Keeran; Xi, Jingshu; Stuckey, David C


    The use of non-ionic colloidal liquid aphrons (CLAs) as a support for enzyme immobilisation was investigated. Formulation required the mixing of an aqueous-surfactant solution with a relatively non-polar solvent-surfactant solution, forming a solvent droplet surrounded by a thin stabilised aqueous film (soapy shell). Studies utilising anionic surfactants have showed increased retention, however, very little have been understood about the forces governing immobilisation. This study seeks to determine the effects of enzyme properties on CLA immobilisation by examining a non-ionic/non-polar solvent system comprised of two non-ionic surfactants, Tween 20 and 80, mineral oil and the enzymes lipase, aprotinin and α-chymotrypsin. From these results it was deduced that hydrophobic interactions strongly governed immobilisation. Confocal Scanning Laser Microscopy (CSLM) revealed that immobilisation was predominantly achieved by surface adsorption attributed to hydrophobic interactions between the enzyme and the CLA surface. Enzyme surface affinity was found to increase when added directly to the formulation (pre-manufacture addition), as opposed to the bulk continuous phase (post-manufacture addition), with α-chymotrypsin and aprotinin being the most perturbed, while lipase was relatively unaffected. The effect of zeta potential on immobilisation showed that enzymes adsorbed better closer to their pI, indicating that charge minimisation was necessary for immobilisation. Finally, the effect of increasing enzyme concentration in the aqueous phase resulted in an increase in adsorption for all enzymes due to cooperativity between protein molecules, with saturation occurring faster at higher adsorption rates. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Effect of different surfactants in biorelevant medium on the secretion of a lipophilic compound in lipoproteins using Caco-2 cell culture

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    Karpf, Ditte M; Holm, René; Garafalo, Carole


    The impact of a pharmaceutical relevant metabolizable, ionic surfactant or two synthetic, nonionic surfactants on the absorption and lipoprotein incorporation of a lipophilic drug, retinol, was studied in the Caco-2 cell culture. Filter-grown monolayers of Caco-2 cells were incubated for 20 h...

  19. Size separation of analytes using monomeric surfactants (United States)

    Yeung, Edward S.; Wei, Wei


    A sieving medium for use in the separation of analytes in a sample containing at least one such analyte comprises a monomeric non-ionic surfactant of the of the general formula, B-A, wherein A is a hydrophilic moiety and B is a hydrophobic moiety, present in a solvent at a concentration forming a self-assembled micelle configuration under selected conditions and having an aggregation number providing an equivalent weight capable of effecting the size separation of the sample solution so as to resolve a target analyte(s) in a solution containing the same, the size separation taking place in a chromatography or electrophoresis separation system.

  20. Use of surfactants for the remediation of contaminated soils: A review

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    Mao, Xuhui, E-mail: [School of Resource and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Jiang, Rui; Xiao, Wei [School of Resource and Environmental Science, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Yu, Jiaguo, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Material Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China)


    Highlights: • The recent advances in use of surfactant for soil remediation are reviewed. • The mechanisms of surfactant-based soil remediation are discussed. • A review on the application of different types of surfactants is made. • The future research direction of surfactant-based technologies is suggested. - Abstract: Due to the great harm caused by soil contamination, there is an increasing interest to apply surfactants to the remediation of a variety of contaminated soils worldwide. This review article summarizes the findings of recent literatures regarding remediation of contaminated soils/sites using surfactants as an enhancing agent. For the surfactant-based remedial technologies, the adsorption behaviors of surfactants onto soil, the solubilizing capability of surfactants, and the toxicity and biocompatibility of surfactants are important considerations. Surfactants can enhance desorption of pollutants from soil, and promote bioremediation of organics by increasing bioavailability of pollutants. The removal of heavy metals and radionuclides from soils involves the mechanisms of dissolution, surfactant-associated complexation, and ionic exchange. In addition to the conventional ionic and nonionic surfactants, gemini surfactants and biosurfactants are also applied to soil remediation due to their benign features like lower critical micelle concentration (CMC) values and better biocompatibility. Mixed surfactant systems and combined use of surfactants with other additives are often adopted to improve the overall performance of soil washing solution for decontamination. Worldwide the field studies and full-scale remediation using surfactant-based technologies are yet limited, however, the already known cases reveal the good prospect of applying surfactant-based technologies to soil remediation.

  1. Interaction of diazepam with surfactants. Spectrophotometric and spectrofluorometric study (United States)

    De La Guardia, M.; Rodilla, F.


    The interaction of diazepam with non-ionic, anionic and cationic surfactants has been studied spectrophotometrically and fluorometrically. It has been verified that the absorption spectrum of diazepam is not modified in micellar medium. However, a dramatic five-fold increase in fluorescence sensitivity is observed in the presence of sodium lauryl sulphate (SDS). The experimental conditions, temperature, pH and surfactant concentration have been optimized to improve the fluorometric determination of diazepam and a detection limit of 0,04 ppmhas been obtained.

  2. Effect of Surfactants on Mechanical, Thermal, and Photostability of a Monoclonal Antibody. (United States)

    Agarkhed, Meera; O'Dell, Courtney; Hsieh, Ming-Ching; Zhang, Jingming; Goldstein, Joel; Srivastava, Arvind


    The purpose of this work was to evaluate the effect of commonly used surfactants (at 0.01% w/v concentration) on mechanical, thermal, and photostability of a monoclonal antibody (MAb1) of IgG1 sub-class and to evaluate the minimum concentration of surfactant (Polysorbate 80) required in protecting MAb1 from mechanical stress. Surfactants evaluated were non-ionic surfactants, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 20, Pluronic F-68 (polyoxyethylene-polyoxypropylene block polymer), Brij 35 (polyoxyethylene lauryl ether), Triton X-100, and an anionic surfactant, Caprylic acid (1-Heptanecarboxylic acid). After evaluating effect of surfactants and determining stabilizing effect of Polysorbate 80 against mechanical stress without compromising thermal and photostability of MAb1, the minimum concentration of Polysorbate 80 required for mechanical stability was further examined. Polysorbate 80 concentration was varied from 0 to 0.02%. Mechanical stability was evaluated by agitation of MAb1 at 300 rotations per minute at room temperature for 72 h. Samples were analyzed for purity by SEC-HPLC, turbidity by absorbance at 350 nm, visible particles by visual inspection, and sub-visible particles by light obscuration technique on a particle analyzer. All non-ionic surfactants tested showed a similar effect in protecting against mechanical stress and did not exhibit any significant negative effect on thermal and photostability. However, Caprylic acid had a slightly negative effect on mechanical and photostability when compared to the non-ionic surfactants or sample without surfactant. This work demonstrated that polysorbate 80 is better than other surfactants tested and that a concentration of at least 0.005% (w/v) Polysorbate 80 is needed to protect MAb1 against mechanical stress.

  3. The study of The study of the influence of temperature on surfactants – polyethylene glycol layers The study of the influence of temperature on surfactants – polyethylene glycol layers on liquid-gas interface liquid-gas interfacethe influence of temperature on surfactants – polyethylene glycol layers on liquid-gas interfaceThe study of the influence of temperature on surfactants – polyethylene glycol layers on liquid-gas interface

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    Seryk Boloshaan


    Full Text Available The surface tension of compositions consisting of nonionic polyethylene glycol and surface active substances of different nature and influence of temperatures on properties of their adsorption layers were studied. To be taken into account the basics of classical chemical thermodynamics and colloidal chemistry, the thermodynamic parameters were determined for the adsorption of glycol, cetyl pyridinium bromide, Tween- 80 and sodium dodecyl sulfate. Adsorption speed was valuated By Kinetic curves of a liquid /gas interfaces. As a surfactants were taken the anionic surfactant – sodium dodecylsulphate, cationic surfactant cetylpyridinium bromide and nonionic Tween-80. The reason of using nonionic polyethyleneglycol as polymer is that the polymer is not toxic, biodegradable and it has no harm to the human body. That is why they are largely used in food industry, pharmaceutics, cosmetics and household chemical products.

  4. Identification of phases of various oil, surfactant/ co-surfactants and water system by ternary phase diagram. (United States)

    Syed, Haroon K; Peh, Kok K


    The objective of this study was to select appropriate surfactants or blends of surfactants and oil to study the ternary phase diagram behavior and identify various phases obtained from the oil and surfactant/surfactant mixture combinations of different HLB. The phases include conventional emulsion, gel/viscous and transparent/translucent microemulsion. Pseudoternary phase diagrams of water, oil and S/Smix of various HLB values range of 9.65-15 were constructed by using water titration method at room temperature. Visual analysis, conductivity and dye dilution test (methylene blue) were performed after each addition and mixing of water, to identify phases as microemulsion, o/w or w/o emulsion (turbid/milky) and transparent gel/turbid viscous. High gel or viscous area was obtained with Tween 80 and surfactant mixture of Tween 80 and Span 80 with all oils. The results indicated that non-ionic surfactants and PG of different HLB values exhibited different pseudoternary phase diagram characteristics but no microemulsions originated from mineral and olive oils. The w/o emulsion occupied a large area in the ternary phase triangle when HLB value of the surfactant/Smix decreased. The o/w emulsion area was large with increasing HLB value of surfactant/Smix.

  5. Cellobiohydrolase and endoglucanase respond differently to surfactants during the hydrolysis of cellulose

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    Hsieh, Chia-wen C.; Cannella, David; Jørgensen, Henning


    Background: Non-ionic surfactants such as polyethylene glycol (PEG) can increase the glucose yield obtained from enzymatic saccharification of lignocellulosic substrates. Various explanations behind this effect include the ability of PEG to increase the stability of the cellulases, decrease non-p...

  6. Modifications of surfactant distributions and surface morphologies in latex films due to moisture exposure (United States)

    Guizhen H. Xu; Jinping Dong; Steven J. Severtson; Carl J. Houtman; Larry E. Gwin


    Migration of surfactants in water-based, pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) films exposed to static and cyclic relative humidity conditions was investigated using confocal Raman microscopy (CRM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Studied PSA films contain monomers n-butyl acrylate, vinyl acetate, and methacrylic acid and an equal mass mixture of anionic and nonionic...

  7. The Biological Effects of Nonionizing Radiation. (United States)


    described by K.Ao Wickersheim and R.V. Alves. The sensor is a europium-activated gadolinium oxysulfide phosphor that emits two sharp fluorescent lines when...nodules were heated with u-sound, I to 3 MHz, applied to the skin, with or without chemo- therapy or radiotherapy . The depth to which the... radiotherapy and heat were given together. -11- _ _ _ _ _____ ____i C-12-81 III. PRE-THERMAL EFFECTS ON NONIONIZING RADIATIONS (1) Pre-Thermal

  8. Application of nanofiltration membranes for removal of surfactants from water solutions

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    Kowalska Izabela


    Full Text Available The objective of the study was to compare effectiveness of nanofiltration (NF process for treatment aqueous solutions containing various types of surfactants (anionic, cationic and non-ionic. The experiments were conducted with the use of Microdyn-Nadir® nanofiltration membranes (NP010 and NP030. The effect of surfactant type, its concentration and membrane cut-off on the process parameters (retention coefficient and permeate flux was assessed. The experiments showed that separation of anionic and cationic surfactants depended on their concentration in the feed solutions. The retention coefficient of anionic surfactant ranged from 54 to 81% (NP010 and from 64 to 80% (NP030, while rejection of cationic surfactant varied from 48 to 85% (NP010 and from 51 to 88% (NP030. The values of retention coefficient of non-ionic surfactant were in the range of 69-77% and 79-88% for NP010 and NP030, respectively; and to a much lesser extent were depended on its concentration in the feed solutions in comparison with anionic and cationic compounds. Membrane characterized by smaller value of cut-off (NP030 allowed to obtain higher retention coefficients of surfactants. The membrane permeability deterioration was observed with the increase of surfactants concentration in the treated solutions. In all experiments, a sharp decline of the permeate flux was noticed for concentration below the CMC values.

  9. Removal of 226Ra and 228Ra from TENORM sludge waste using surfactants solutions. (United States)

    Attallah, M F; Hamed, Mostafa M; El Afifi, E M; Aly, H F


    The feasibility of using surfactants as extracting agent for the removal of radium species from TENORM sludge produced from petroleum industry is evaluated. In this investigation cationic and nonionic surfactants were used as extracting agents for the removal of radium radionuclides from the sludge waste. Two surfactants namely cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and Triton X-100 (TX100) were investigated as the extracting agents. Different parameters affecting the removal of both (226)Ra and (228)Ra by the two surfactants as well as their admixture were studied by the batch technique. These parameters include effect of shaking time, surfactants concentration and temperature as well as the effect of surfactants admixture. It was found that, higher solution temperature improves the removal efficiency of radium species. Combined extraction of nonionic and cationic surfactants produces synergistic effect in removal both (226)Ra and (228)Ra, where the removals reached 84% and 80% for (226)Ra and (228)Ra, respectively, were obtained using surfactants admixture. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Effect of three representative surfactants on methane hydrate formation rate and induction time

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    Mostafa keshavarz Moraveji


    Full Text Available The effects of three types of surfactants on methane hydrate formation process were investigated. Three different classes of surfactants involving anionic (sodium dodecyl sulfonate, cationic (hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide and non-ionic (poly oxy ethylene (40 octyl phenyl ether have been used. Thermodynamics of hydrate formation, formation rate, kinetic constants and induction time in the presence of surfactants with various concentrations were analyzed. Critical micelle concentrations (CMCs of these surfactants in water were determined by induction time measurements in various concentrations under methane hydrate formation conditions. The critical micelle concentration (CMC at the methane hydrate formation conditions for SDS, HTABr and TritonX-405 solutions were obtained at 450, 380 and 950 ppm, respectively. The experimental results indicated that hydrate formation rate increased with the use of surfactants for all concentrations and induction time decreased. It was found that for surfactants, CMC at hydrate formation conditions was less than CMC at ambient conditions.

  11. Effects of various surfactants on the dispersion stability and electrical conductivity of surface modified graphene

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    Uddin, Md. Elias [WCU Program, Department of BIN Fusion Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Kuila, Tapas [Surface Engineering and Tribology, CSIR – Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur 721 302 (India); Nayak, Ganesh Chandra [Department of Applied Chemistry, ISM Dhanbad, Dhanbad 826 004, Jharkhand (India); Kim, Nam Hoon [Department of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Ku, Bon-Cheol [Institute of Advanced Composite Materials, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Dunsan-ri, Bongdong-eup, Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do 864-9 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Joong Hee, E-mail: [WCU Program, Department of BIN Fusion Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: ► Water dispersible graphene has been prepared using ionic and non-ionic surfactants. ► XPS and FTIR spectra analysis confirm surface modification and reduction of GO. ► The highest water dispersibility is observed in the graphene modified with of SDBS. ► The best properties of modified graphene is achieved with GO/surfactant ratio of two. -- Abstract: Ionic and non-ionic surfactant functionalized, water dispersible graphene were prepared to investigate the effects on the dispersion stability and electrical conductivity of graphene. In this study, sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS), sodium dodecyl sulfate and 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl) phenyl-polyethylene glycol (Triton X-100) were used as ionic and non-ionic surfactants. The effects of surfactant concentrations on the dispersibility and electrical conductivity of the surface modified graphene were investigated. The dispersion stability of SDBS functionalized graphene (SDBS-G) was found to be best in water at 1.5 mg ml{sup −1}. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis indicate that the presence of surfactants does not prevent the reduction of graphene oxide (GO). These measurements also demonstrated that the surfactants were present on the surface of graphene, resulting in the formation of functionalized graphene. The thickness of different functionalized graphene was measured by Atomic force microscopy and varied significantly with different surfactants. The thermal properties of the functionalized graphene were also found to be dependent on the nature of the surfactants. The electrical conductivity of SDBS-G (108 S m{sup −1}) was comparatively higher than SDS and Triton X-100 functionalized graphene.

  12. Surfactant and temperature effects on paraben transport through silicone membranes. (United States)

    Waters, Laura J; Dennis, Laura; Bibi, Aisha; Mitchell, John C


    This study investigates the effects of two surfactants (one anionic and one non-ionic) and controlled modifications in temperature (298-323K) on the permeation of two structurally similar compounds through a silicone membrane using a Franz diffusion cell system. In all cases the presence of an anionic surfactant, namely sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS), reduced the permeation of both compounds (methylparaben and ethylparaben) over a period of 24h. The degree of permeation reduction was proportional to the concentration of surfactant with a maximum effect observed, with an average reduction of approximately 50%, at the highest surfactant concentration of 20mM. Differences were seen around the critical micelle concentration (CMC) of SDS implying the effect was partially connected with the favoured formation of micelles. In contrast, the presence of non-ionic surfactant (Brij 35) had no effect on the permeation of methylparaben or ethylparaben at any of the concentrations investigated, both above and below the CMC of the surfactant. From these findings the authors conclude that the specific effects of SDS are a consequence of ionic surfactant-silicone interactions retarding the movement of paraben through the membrane through indirect modifications to the surface of the membrane. As expected, an increase in experimental temperature appeared to enhance the permeation of both model compounds, a finding that is in agreement with previously reported data. Interestingly, in the majority of cases this effect was optimum at the second highest temperature studied (45°C) which suggests that permeation is a temperature-dependent phenomenon. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Optimization of metalworking fluid microemulsion surfactant concentrations for microfiltration recycling. (United States)

    Zhao, Fu; Clarens, Andres; Skerlos, Steven J


    Microfiltration can be used as a recycling technology to increase metalworking fluid (MWF) life span, decrease procurement and disposal costs, and reduce occupational health risks and environmental impacts. The cost-effectiveness of the process can be increased by minimizing fouling interactions between MWFs and membranes. This paper reports on the development of a microfiltration model that establishes governing relationships between MWF surfactant system characteristics and microfiltration recycling performance. The model, which is based on surfactant adsorption/desorption kinetics, queueing theory, and coalescence kinetics of emulsion droplets, is verified experimentally. An analysis of the model and supporting experimental evidence indicates that the selection of surfactant systems minimally adsorb to membranes and lead to a high activation energy of coalescence results in a higher MWF flux through microfiltration membranes. The model also yields mathematical equations that express the optimal concentrations of anionic and nonionic surfactants with which microfiltration flux is maximized for a given combination of oil type, oil concentration, and surfactant types. Optimal MWF formulations are demonstrated for a petroleum oil MWF using a disulfonate/ ethoxylated alcohol surfactant package and for several vegetable oil MWFs using a disulfonate/ethoxylated glyceryl ester surfactant package. The optimization leads to flux increases ranging from 300 to 800% without impact on manufacturing performance. It is further shown that MWF reformulation efforts directed toward increasing microfiltration flux can have the beneficial effect of increasing MWF robustness to deterioration and flux decline in the presence of elevated concentrations of hardwater ions.

  14. Effect of surfactants on mechanical strength of polyacrylamide hydrogels: A rheological study (United States)

    Khandai, Santripti; Mithra, K.; Jena, Sidhartha S.


    We have investigated the effect of ionic and non - ionic surfactants on the structure and rheological properties of polyacrylamide hydrogels. With addition of ionic and non-ionic surfactants, just below and above their critical micellar concentration (CMC), there is a significant decrease in hydrogels mechanical strength as compared to the parent hydrogels alone. In oscillatory measurements, no frequency dependence is observed in the case of polyacrylamide hydrogels. However with the addition of surfactants, just below and above CMC, noticeable frequency dependence is observed.

  15. Enhancing plant-microbe associated bioremediation of phenanthrene and pyrene contaminated soil by SDBS-Tween 80 mixed surfactants. (United States)

    Ni, Hewei; Zhou, Wenjun; Zhu, Lizhong


    The use of surfactants to enhance plant-microbe associated dissipation in soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is a promising bioremediation technology. This comparative study was conducted on the effects of plant-microbe treatment on the removal of phenanthrene and pyrene from contaminated soil, in the presence of low concentration single anionic, nonionic and anionic-nonionic mixed surfactants. Sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) and Tween 80 were chosen as representative anionic and nonionic surfactants, respectively. We found that mixed surfactants with concentrations less than 150 mg/kg were more effective in promoting plant-microbe associated bioremediation than the same amount of single surfactants. Only about (m/m) of mixed surfactants was needed to remove the same amount of phenanthrene and pyrene from either the planted or unplanted soils, when compared to Tween 80. Mixed surfactants (soils. In the concentration range of 60-150 mg/kg, both ryegrass roots and shoots could accumulate 2-3 times the phenanthrene and pyrene with mixed surfactants than with Tween 80. These results may be explained by the lower sorption loss and reduced interfacial tension of mixed surfactants relative to Tween 80, which enhanced the bioavailability of PAHs in soil and the microbial degradation efficiency. The higher remediation efficiency of low dosage SDBS-Tween 80 mixed surfactants thus advanced the technology of surfactant-enhanced plant-microbe associated bioremediation. Copyright © 2014 The Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. [Exogenous surfactant therapy: new synthetic surfactants]. (United States)

    Lacaze-Masmonteil, Th


    There are numerous pulmonary conditions in which qualitative or quantitative anomalies of the surfactant system have been demonstrated. In premature newborns with immature lungs, a functional deficit in surfactant is the main physiopathologic mechanism of the neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). Since the landmark pilot study of Fujiwara, published more than 20 years ago, the efficacy of exogenous surfactant for the treatment of neonatal RDS has been established by numerous controlled studies and meta-analyses. Enlightened by a growing insight into both the structure and function of the different surfactant components, a new generation of synthetic surfactants has been developed. Various complementary approaches have confirmed the fundamental role of the two hydrophobic proteins, SP-B and SP-C, in the surfactant system, thus opening the way to the design of analogues, either by chemical synthesis or expression in a prokaryotic system. An example of these peptide-containing synthetic surfactant preparations, lucinactant (Surfaxin), has been recently tested in comparison to a synthetic surfactant that does not contain protein as well as to animal derived surfactant preparations. Major clinical outcomes between lucinactant and animal-derived surfactant preparations were fund similar in two randomized controlled trials, opening the way to a new generation of synthetic surfactants in the near future.

  17. Obtenção de argilas organofílicas purificadas através de tensoativos iônicos e não iônicos visando uso em fluidos de perfuração base óleo Getting purified organoclays by ionic and non-ionic surfactant aiming use in oil based drilling fluids

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    J. M. R. Costa


    Full Text Available Em perfurações de petróleo sensíveis ao contato com água, torna-se necessária a utilização de fluidos de perfuração base óleo. Nestes casos, utilizam-se argilas organofílicas, que são obtidas a partir de argilas bentoníticas purificadas e tratadas com a adição de tensoativos. A utilização do hidrociclone pode representar uma ferramenta eficiente e de custo acessível para purificar argilas naturais em escala industrial. Este trabalho tem por objetivo estudar a purificação de argilas bentoníticas utilizando-se um hidrociclone, visando o desenvolvimento de argilas organofílicas para uso em fluidos de perfuração base óleo. As caracterizações das amostras das argilas estudadas - Brasgel PA e Chocolate - foram efetuadas por meio das técnicas: análise granulométrica por difração de laser, difração de raios X (DRX e análise química por fluorescência de raios X. A caracterização das argilas organofílicas obtidas foi efetuada por meio dos seguintes métodos: DRX e por uma modificação do inchamento de Foster. Os resultados mostram que o processo de purificação foi eficiente na redução de impurezas presentes na bentonita e que a argila organofílica purificada tratada com Praepagen WB e Imidazolina Oléica Vegetal apresenta valores de inchamento de Foster em éster, óleo diesel e parafina superiores aos obtidos com argilas organofílicas sem purificação (natural, e evidenciando maior afinidade com o tensoativo Praepagen WB.Oil drilling in sensitive contact with water, becomes required the use of oil base drilling fluids. In these cases, organoclays are used, which are made from clay bentonite purified and treated with surfactants addition. The use of the hydrocyclone can be a effective tool and affordable for purifying clays in industrial scale. This work aims to study the purification of clays bentonite using a hydrocyclone, aiming to develop organoclays for use in oil base drilling fluids. The

  18. Effect of surfactant and surfactant blends on pseudoternary phase diagram behavior of newly synthesized palm kernel oil esters

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    Full Text Available Elrashid Saleh Mahdi1, Mohamed HF Sakeena1, Muthanna F Abdulkarim1, Ghassan Z Abdullah1,3, Munavvar Abdul Sattar2, Azmin Mohd Noor11Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, 2Department of Physiology, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Penang, Malaysia; 3Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, International Medical University, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaBackground: The purpose of this study was to select appropriate surfactants or blends of surfactants to study the ternary phase diagram behavior of newly introduced palm kernel oil esters.Methods: Nonionic surfactant blends of Tween® and Tween®/Span® series were screened based on their solubilization capacity with water for palm kernel oil esters. Tween® 80 and five blends of Tween® 80/Span® 80 and Tween® 80/Span® 85 in the hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB value range of 10.7–14.0 were selected to study the phase diagram behavior of palm kernel oil esters using the water titration method at room temperature.Results: High solubilization capacity was obtained by Tween® 80 compared with other surfactants of Tween® series. High HLB blends of Tween® 80/Span® 85 and Tween® 80/Span® 80 at HLB 13.7 and 13.9, respectively, have better solubilization capacity compared with the lower HLB values of Tween® 80/Span® 80. All the selected blends of surfactants were formed as water-in-oil microemulsions, and other dispersion systems varied in size and geometrical layout in the triangles. The high solubilization capacity and larger areas of the water-in-oil microemulsion systems were due to the structural similarity between the lipophilic tail of Tween® 80 and the oleyl group of the palm kernel oil esters.Conclusion: This study suggests that the phase diagram behavior of palm kernel oil esters, water, and nonionic surfactants is not only affected by the HLB value, but also by the structural similarity between palm kernel oil esters and the surfactant

  19. Characterization of polyoxyethylene tallow amine surfactants in technical mixtures and glyphosate formulations using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography and triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (United States)

    Tush, Daniel; Loftin, Keith A.; Meyer, Michael T.


    Little is known about the occurrence, fate, and effects of the ancillary additives in pesticide formulations. Polyoxyethylene tallow amine (POEA) is a non-ionic surfactant used in many glyphosate formulations, a widely applied herbicide both in agricultural and urban environments. POEA has not been previously well characterized, but has been shown to be toxic to various aquatic organisms. Characterization of technical mixtures using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) and mass spectrometry shows POEA is a complex combination of homologs of different aliphatic moieties and ranges of ethoxylate units. Tandem mass spectrometry experiments indicate that POEA homologs generate no product ions readily suitable for quantitative analysis due to poor sensitivity. A comparison of multiple high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and UHPLC analytical columns indicates that the stationary phase is more important in column selection than other parameters for the separation of POEA. Analysis of several agricultural and household glyphosate formulations confirms that POEA is a common ingredient but ethoxylate distributions among formulations vary.

  20. Homology, Analogy, and Ethology. (United States)

    Beer, Colin G.


    Because the main criterion of structural homology (the principle of connections) does not exist for behavioral homology, the utility of the ethological concept of homology has been questioned. The confidence with which behavioral homologies can be claimed varies inversely with taxonomic distance. Thus, conjectures about long-range phylogenetic…

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 35; Issue 2. Investigation of nonionic diazo ... Sudan black B (SBB) was used to investigate as the nonionic diazo dye-doped in polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) display, by polymerization-induced phase separation (PIPS) method. The maximum absorbance ...

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  3. Biocompatible fluorinated polyglycerols for droplet microfluidics as an alternative to PEG-based copolymer surfactants. (United States)

    Wagner, Olaf; Thiele, Julian; Weinhart, Marie; Mazutis, Linas; Weitz, David A; Huck, Wilhelm T S; Haag, Rainer


    In droplet-based microfluidics, non-ionic, high-molecular weight surfactants are required to stabilize droplet interfaces. One of the most common structures that imparts stability as well as biocompatibility to water-in-oil droplets is a triblock copolymer surfactant composed of perfluoropolyether (PFPE) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) blocks. However, the fast growing applications of microdroplets in biology would benefit from a larger choice of specialized surfactants. PEG as a hydrophilic moiety, however, is a very limited tool in surfactant modification as one can only vary the molecular weight and chain-end functionalization. In contrast, linear polyglycerol offers further side-chain functionalization to create custom-tailored, biocompatible droplet interfaces. Herein, we describe the synthesis and characterization of polyglycerol-based triblock surfactants with tailored side-chain composition, and exemplify their application in cell encapsulation and in vitro gene expression studies in droplet-based microfluidics.

  4. Surfactant selection for a liquid foam-bed photobioreactor. (United States)

    Janoska, Agnes; Vázquez, María; Janssen, Marcel; Wijffels, René H; Cuaresma, María; Vílchez, Carlos


    A novel liquid foam-bed photobioreactor has been shown to hold potential as an innovative technology for microalgae production. In this study, a foam stabilizing agent has been selected which fits the requirements of use in a liquid foam-bed photobioreactor. Four criteria were used for an optimal surfactant: the surfactant should have good foaming properties, should not be rapidly biodegradable, should drag up microalgae in the foam formed, and it should not be toxic for microalgae. Ten different surfactants (nonionic, cationic, and anionic) and two microalgae genera (Chlorella and Scenedesmus) were compared on the above-mentioned criteria. The comparison showed the following facts. Firstly, poloxameric surfactants (Pluronic F68 and Pluronic P84) have acceptable foaming properties described by intermediate foam stability and liquid holdup and small bubble size. Secondly, the natural surfactants (BSA and Saponin) and Tween 20 were easily biodegraded by bacteria within 3 days. Thirdly, for all surfactants tested the microalgae concentration is reduced in the foam phase compared to the liquid phase with exception of the cationic surfactant CTAB. Lastly, only BSA, Saponin, Tween 20, and the two Pluronics were not toxic at concentrations of 10 CMC or higher. The findings of this study indicate that the Pluronics (F68 and P84) are the best surfactants regarding the above-mentioned criteria. Since Pluronic F68 performed slightly better, this surfactant is recommended for application in a liquid foam-bed photobioreactor. © 2018 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Biotechnol. Prog., 2018. © 2018 American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

  5. Thermally cleavable surfactants (United States)

    McElhanon, James R.; Simmons, Blake A.; Zifer, Thomas; Jamison, Gregory M.; Loy, Douglas A.; Rahimian, Kamyar; Long, Timothy M.; Wheeler, David R.; Staiger, Chad L.


    Two new surfactant molecules are reported which contain thermally labile Diels-Alder adducts connecting the polar and non-polar sections of each molecule. The two surfactants possess identical non-polar dodecyl tail segments but exhibit different polar headgroups. The surfactants become soluble in water when anionic salts are formed through the deprotonation of the surfactant headgroups by the addition of potassium hydroxide. When either surfactant is exposed to temperature above about C., the retro Diels-Alder reaction occurs, yielding hydrophilic and hydrophobic fragments and the aqueous solutions of the surfactants subsequently exhibit loss of all surface-active behavior.

  6. Spreading of aqueous solutions of trisiloxanes and conventional surfactants over PTFE AF coated silicone wafers. (United States)

    Ivanova, Natalia; Starov, Victor; Johnson, Daniel; Hilal, Nidal; Rubio, Ramon


    Kinetics of spreading of aqueous trisiloxane surfactant T(n) (with n = 4, 6, and 8 ethoxy groups) solutions and conventional aqueous surfactant solutions (Tween 20, C12E4, SDS) over silicon wafers coated with PTFE AF is experimentally investigated. It has been found that trisiloxane solutions spread on highly hydrophobic PTFE AF coated silicone wafers; however, they do not show superspreading behavior on these highly hydrophobic substrates. Solutions of conventional nonionic surfactants investigated show kinetics of spreading similar to trisiloxanes. Three regimes of spreading have been identified (i) complete non-wetting during the spreading process at low concentrations, (ii) a transition from initial nonwetting to partial wetting at the end of the spreading process at intermediate concentrations, and (iii) partial wetting both at the beginning and the end of the spreading process at higher concentrations. Transition from the first regime (i) to the second regime (ii) takes place at the critical aggregation concentration (CAC) or critical micelle concentration (CMC), transition from regime (ii) to regime (iii) happens at the critical wetting concentration (CWC). In the case of regime (i) the spreading of nonionic surfactants solutions investigated on PTFE AF coated silicone wafers is slow and follows a theoretically predicted law (Starov; et al. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2000, 227 (1), 185). In the case of regimes (ii) and (iii), the spreading of the nonionic surfactant solutions investigated proceeds in two stages: the fast short first stage, which is followed by a much slower second stage. It is shown that the slow stage develops according to a previously described theoretical model. According to this theory the surfactant molecules adsorb in front of the moving three-phase contact line (autophilic phenomenon), which results in a partial hydrophilisation of an initially hydrophobic substrate and a spreading as a consequence. We assume that the first stage of

  7. Solubilization of octane in electrostatically-formed surfactant-polymer complexes. (United States)

    Zhang, Hui; Zeeb, Benjamin; Salminen, Hanna; Feng, Fengqin; Weiss, Jochen


    Polymers can be used to modulate the stability and functionality of surfactant micelles. The purpose of this study was to investigate the solubilization of an octane oil-in-water emulsion in mixtures of an anionic polymer (carboxymethyl cellulose) and anionic sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS), nonionic polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate (Tween 80) and cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant micelles using dynamic light scattering, microelectrophoresis and turbidity measurements. The results showed that the addition of anionic carboxymethyl cellulose accelerated octane solubilization in cationic CTAB and CTAB-Tween 80 micelles, but did not affect the solubilization behaviors of micelles that were nonionic and anionic. The surfactant-polymer interactions were also studied using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) to characterize different physiochemical interaction regions depending on surfactant concentration in surfactant-polymer systems. Upon octane solubilization in CTAB-carboxymethyl cellulose mixtures, shape transitions of polymer-micelle complexes may have taken place that altered light scattering behavior. Based on these results, we suggest a mechanism for oil solubilization in electrostatically-formed surfactant-polymer complexes. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Pyrene removal from contaminated soil using electrokinetic process combined with surfactant

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    Seyed Enayat Hashemi


    Full Text Available Background: Pyrene is one of the stable polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that is considered as an important pollutants, because of extensive distribution in the environment and carcinogenic and mutagenic properties. Among the various treatment techniques, electrokinetic method is an environmental- friendly process for organic and mineral pollutants adsorbed to soil with fine pore size the same as clay and low hydraulic conductivity soils. For improving the efficiency of pyrene removal from soil, soulobilization of pyrene from soil could be used by surfactants. Materials and Methods : In this study, clay soil was selected as model because of the specific properties. Combined method using surfactant and electrokinetic was applied for pyrene removal from soil. Experiments were designed using response surface methodology (RSM, and effect of three variables includes surfactant concentration, voltage and surfactant type were evaluated for pyrene removal from contaminated soil. Results: Pyrene removal using anionic surfactants(SDS and nonionic surfactants(TX100 as a solubilizing agents has high removal efficiency. In the optimum condition with 95% confidence coefficient, utilizing mixed surfactants of sodium dodecyl sulfate and triton X-100 with the same volume, induced of 18.54 volt and 6.53 percent surfactant concentration have 94.6% pyrene removal efficiency. Conclusion:: Results of this study shows that electrokinetic process combined with surfactant as solubilizing agent could be applied as an efficient method for treating the pyrene-contaminated soils.

  9. Facile Modification of Reverse Osmosis Membranes by Surfactant-Assisted Acrylate Grafting for Enhanced Selectivity. (United States)

    Baransi-Karkaby, Katie; Bass, Maria; Levchenko, Stanislav; Eitan, Shahar; Freger, Viatcheslav


    The top polyamide layer of composite reverse osmosis (RO) membranes has a fascinatingly complex structure, yet nanoscale nonuniformities inherently present in polyamide layer may reduce selectivity, e.g., for boron rejection. This study examines improving selectivity by in situ "caulking" such nonuniformities using concentration polarization-enhanced graft-polymerization with a surfactant added to the reactive solution. The surfactant appears to enhance both polarization (via monomer solubilization in surfactant micelles) and adherence of graft-polymer to the membrane surface, which facilitates grafting and reduces monomer consumption. The effect of surfactant was particularly notable for a hydrophobic monomer glycidyl methacrylate combined with a nonionic surfactant Triton X-100. With Triton added at an optimal level, close to critical micellization concentration (CMC), monomer gets solubilized and highly concentrated within micelles, which results in a significantly increased degree of grafting and uniformity of the coating compared to a procedure with no surfactant added. Notably, no improvement was obtained for an anionic surfactant SDS or the cationic surfactant DTAB, in which cases the high CMC of surfactant precludes high monomer concentration within micelles. The modification procedure was also up-scalable to membranes elements and resulted in elements with permeability comparable to commercial brackish water RO elements with superior boric acid rejection.

  10. Influence of nonionic branched-chain alkyl glycosides on a model nano-emulsion for drug delivery systems. (United States)

    Ahmad, Noraini; Ramsch, Roland; Llinàs, Meritxell; Solans, Conxita; Hashim, Rauzah; Tajuddin, Hairul Anuar


    The effect of incorporating new nonionic glycolipid surfactants on the properties of a model water/nonionic surfactant/oil nano-emulsion system was investigated using branched-chain alkyl glycosides: 2-hexyldecyl-β(/α)-D-glucoside (2-HDG) and 2-hexyldecyl-β(/α)-D-maltoside (2-HDM), whose structures are closely related to glycero-glycolipids. Both 2-HDG and 2-HDM have an identical hydrophobic chain (C16), but the former consists a monosaccharide glucose head group, in contrast to the latter which has a disaccharide maltose unit. Consequently, their hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB) is different. The results obtained have shown that these branched-chain alkyl glycosides affect differently the stability of the nano-emulsions. Compared to the model nano-emulsion, the presence of 2-HDG reduces the oil droplet size, whereas 2-HDM modify the properties of the model nano-emulsion system in terms of its droplet size and storage time stability at high temperature. These nano-emulsions have been proven capable of encapsulating ketoprofen, showing a fast release of almost 100% in 24h. Thus, both synthetically prepared branched-chain alkyl glycosides with mono- and disaccharide sugar head groups are suitable as nano-emulsion stabilizing agents and as drug delivery systems in the future. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Surfactant in airway disease. (United States)

    Enhorning, Goran


    Beta(2)-adrenergic agonists cause a release of pulmonary surfactant into lung airways. The surfactant phospholipids maintain the patency of the conducting airways, but this function is inhibited by plasma proteins entering an inflamed airway. The physical behavior of the surfactant can be studied with a pulsating bubble surfactometer and a capillary surfactometer. Calf lung surfactant extract was found to be inhibited by plasma proteins and by a lowering of temperature. Severe breathing difficulties and malfunctioning surfactant developed in BALB/c mice inhaling ozone or infected with respiratory syncytial virus, mainly as a result of proteins invading the airways. Patients with asthma were challenged with allergens in an area of one lung. BAL fluid (BALF) from such an area contained a surfactant that functioned poorly (ie, an inability to maintain airway openness) compared with BALF from the other lung or from the lungs of healthy volunteers. When proteins in the BALF were removed, surfactant performance clearly improved. Eosinophils, so prominent in asthmatic patients, synthesize the enzyme lysophospholipase, which, together with the enzyme phospholipase A(2), catalyzes the hydrolysis of the main component of the surfactant, phosphatidylcholine. Such hydrolysis incapacitates the ability of the surfactant to maintain airway patency. The treatment of asthma with beta(2)-adrenergic agonists and steroids will have a valuable effect on the surfactant system. It will cause a release of fresh surfactant into terminal airways. Surfactant can also be nebulized and inhaled, which has been shown to be an effective treatment.

  12. Surfactant-enhanced release of carbaryl and ethion from two long-term contaminated soils. (United States)

    Ahmad, Riaz; Kookana, Rai S; Alston, Angus M


    The potential of five nonionic surfactants, Triton X-100, Brij35, Ethylan GE08, Ethylan CD127, and Ethylan CPG660 for enhancing release of carbaryl and ethion from two long-term contaminated soils was evaluated using the batch method. Incorporation of the surfactants into soils enhanced the release of both pesticides to various extents, which could be related to the type of pesticides and type and the amount of surfactants added. Release of ethion was dramatically enhanced by aqueous concentrations of surfactants above their critical micelle concentration values. This was attributed to solubility enhancement through incorporation of the highly hydrophobic compound within surfactant micelles. A concentration of 10 g L(-1) of various surfactants released >70% of the total ethion from the soil irrespective of the surfactant. For carbaryl, the surfactants were effective at low concentrations and dependence on concentration was lower than in the case of ethion. The ethylan surfactants (GE08, CD127, and CPG660) had a higher potential than Triton X-100 and Brij35 for releasing the pesticides. However, there was still a significant portion of carbaryl (11% of the total) and ethion (17% of the total) left in the soil. Our study also showed that there must be an optimal concentration of each surfactant to maximize the mass transfer of pesticides. At some threshold concentration level, additional surfactant started to inhibit the mass transfer of solute from the soil into the water. The results suggested that surfactants could help remediation of soils polluted by pesticides. The choice of surfactant should be made based on the properties of pesticides.

  13. Sugar ester surfactants: enzymatic synthesis and applications in food industry. (United States)

    Neta, Nair S; Teixeira, José A; Rodrigues, Lígia R


    Sugar esters are non-ionic surfactants that can be synthesized in a single enzymatic reaction step using lipases. The stability and efficiency of lipases under unusual conditions and using non-conventional media can be significantly improved through immobilization and protein engineering. Also, the development of de novo enzymes has seen a significant increase lately under the scope of the new field of synthetic biology. Depending on the esterification degree and the nature of fatty acid and/or sugar, a range of sugar esters can be synthesized. Due to their surface activity and emulsifying capacity, sugar esters are promising for applications in food industry.

  14. A Freeze-Fracture Transmission Electron Microscopy and Small Angle X-Ray Diffraction Study of the Effects of Albumin, Serum, and Polymers on Clinical Lung Surfactant Microstructure


    Braun, Andreas; Stenger, Patrick C.; Warriner, Heidi E.; Zasadzinski, Joseph A.; Lu, Karen W.; Taeusch, H. William


    Freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy shows significant differences in the bilayer organization and fraction of water within the bilayer aggregates of clinical lung surfactants, which increases from Survanta to Curosurf to Infasurf. Albumin and serum inactivate all three clinical surfactants in vitro; addition of the nonionic polymers polyethylene glycol, dextran, or hyaluronic acid also reduces inactivation in all three. Freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy shows that ...

  15. Rheologycal properties of sodium carboxymethylcellulose in the presence of electrolyte and mixed micelle of surfactants

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    Sovilj Verica J.


    Full Text Available One of the most significant aspects of polymer-surfactant interaction, from the practical point of view, is that of rheology control and viscosity enhancement. In the oppositely charged polyelectrolyte-surfactant system strong ionic interaction often leads to precipitation of the formed complex yielding serious problems. In this paper the interaction between anionic polyelectrolyte - sodium carboxymethylcellulose (NaCMC and cationic surfactant - cethyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTMAB has been investigated by rheological measurements. Addition of electrolyte NaBr and nonionic surfactant - Tween 80 reduced the binding strength, prevented the precipitation of the complex and increased the viscosity of the system. It was found that rheological properties are strong influenced by NaCMC-CTMAB interaction and the system exhibits either pseudoplastic or thixotropic or rheopectic behavior according to the intensity of interaction.

  16. Effect of ionic surfactant on the self-assembly of triblock copolymer (United States)

    Ray, D.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Aswal, V. K.


    The effect of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) on the self-assembly of PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymer in aqueous solution has been studied using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The measurements have been carried out for fixed concentrations (1 wt%) of block copolymer and surfactant, and at varying temperatures between 20 to 80°C. Micelles of pure ionic surfactants show little change in their sizes with increasing temperature, whereas structures of the non-ionic micelles increase significantly (sphere-to-rod transition for some block copolymers). Contrast variation SANS measurement suggests addition of SDS to aqueous copolymer solutions leads to the formation of mixed micelles. Interestingly, the self-assembly of block copolymer is found to get completely arrested by the ionic surfactant in the mixed micelles which gives a control over the block copolymer phase behavior.

  17. Atypical effects of incorporated surfactants on stability and dissolution properties of amorphous polymeric dispersions. (United States)

    Al-Obaidi, Hisham; Lawrence, M Jayne; Buckton, Graham


    To understand the impact of ionic and non-ionic surfactants on the dissolution and stability properties of amorphous polymeric dispersions using griseofulvin (GF) as a model for poorly soluble drugs. Solid dispersions of the poorly water-soluble drug, griseofulvin (GF) and the polymers, poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) and poly(2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate) (PHPMA), have been prepared by spray drying and bead milling and the effect of the ionic and non-ionic surfactants, namely sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) and Tween-80, on the physico-chemical properties of the solid dispersions studied. The X-ray powder diffraction data and hot-stage microscopy showed a fast re-crystallisation of GF. While dynamic vapour sorption (DVS) measurements indicated an increased water uptake, slow dissolution rates were observed for the solid dispersions incorporating surfactants. The order by which surfactants free dispersions were prepared seemed critical as indicated by DVS and thermal analysis. Dispersions prepared by milling with SDS showed significantly better stability than spray-dried dispersions (drug remained amorphous for more than 6 months) as well as improved dissolution profile. We suggest that surfactants can hinder the dissolution by promoting aggregation of polymeric chains, however that effect depends mainly on how the particles were prepared. © 2016 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  18. Effect of synthetic surfactants, salinity and alkalinity on the properties of asphalt emulsions


    Márquez, G.; Martín, J. J.; Alejandre, F. J.; Fortes, J. C.; Prat, F.; Dávila, J. M.


    This paper studies the effect of salinity, alkalinity and amount of ionic and non-ionic synthetic surfactants in the aqueous emulsifier used to prepare oil-in-water or asphaltic emulsions on the performance of such substances as waterproofing on buildings. The emulsion systems studied here were prepared with Venezuelan extra heavy oil. The findings showed that the four variables modified viscosity, surface tension and mean particle size, physical properties that are instrumental to asphalt em...

  19. Dynamic Surface Tension of Heterogemini Surfactants with Quaternary Ammonium Salt and Gluconamide or Sulfobetaine Headgroups. (United States)

    Yoshimura, Tomokazu; Nyuta, Kanae


    Dynamic surface tensions of two types of heterogemini surfactants with nonidentical hydrophilic headgroups consisting of a quaternary ammonium salt (cationic) and a gluconamide (nonionic) or sulfobetaine (zwitterionic) group were measured using the maximum bubble pressure method. For these compounds, effects of alkyl chain length, structure of the hydrophilic groups, and surfactant concentration were investigated using diffusion coefficients and parameter x. The parameter x is related to the difference between the energies of adsorption and desorption of the surfactant. The values of x of heterogemini surfactants increased as the alkyl chain length increased, and they were slightly larger than that for the corresponding monomeric surfactant. This is because of an increase in hydrophobicity caused by two alkyl chains, as well as interactions between two different hydrophilic groups. Adsorption rate of the heterogemini surfactants decreased with increasing alkyl chain length, indicating slow dynamics, and inhibited adsorption to the air/water interface as the chain length increased. However, at higher concentrations, the heterogemini surfactants showed rapid and effective adsorption and increased adsorption rates at higher concentrations. Diffusion coefficients of the heterogemini surfactants decreased with increasing concentrations for all chain lengths, indicating diffusion of the solute molecules to the subsurface and adsorption of the solute from the subsurface to the surface.

  20. Lectures on functor homology

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    Touzé, Antoine


    This book features a series of lectures that explores three different fields in which functor homology (short for homological algebra in functor categories) has recently played a significant role. For each of these applications, the functor viewpoint provides both essential insights and new methods for tackling difficult mathematical problems. In the lectures by Aurélien Djament, polynomial functors appear as coefficients in the homology of infinite families of classical groups, e.g. general linear groups or symplectic groups, and their stabilization. Djament’s theorem states that this stable homology can be computed using only the homology with trivial coefficients and the manageable functor homology. The series includes an intriguing development of Scorichenko’s unpublished results. The lectures by Wilberd van der Kallen lead to the solution of the general cohomological finite generation problem, extending Hilbert’s fourteenth problem and its solution to the context of cohomology. The focus here is o...

  1. Green Cosmetic Surfactant from Rice: Characterization and Application

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    Ibrahim Hanno


    Full Text Available During recent years, microwave irradiation has been extensively used for performing green organic synthesis. The aim of this study was to synthesize, through a microwave-assisted irradiation process, a natural surfactant with O/W emulsifying properties. Our attention was focused on polyglycerol esters of fatty acids that are biocompatible and biodegradable non-ionic surfactants widely used in food and cosmetic products. The emulsifier was obtained using vegetable raw material from renewable sources: polyglycerol derived from vegetable glycerol and rice bran oil fatty acids. The natural emulsifier obtained was then characterized and evaluated for its emulsifying properties using different doses, oil phases, rheological additives, waxes, etc. The potential application in solar products, in comparison with other natural emulsifiers, was also evaluated.

  2. TiO2-Mediated Photocatalytic Mineralization of a Non-Ionic Detergent: Comparison and Combination with Other Advanced Oxidation Procedures

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    Péter Hegedűs


    Full Text Available Triton X-100 is one of the most widely-applied man-made non-ionic surfactants. This detergent can hardly be degraded by biological treatment. Hence, a more efficient degradation method is indispensable for the total mineralization of this pollutant. Application of heterogeneous photocatalysis based on a TiO2 suspension is a possible solution. Its efficiency may be improved by the addition of various reagents. We have thoroughly examined the photocatalytic degradation of Triton X-100 under various circumstances. For comparison, the efficiencies of ozonation and treatment with peroxydisulfate were also determined under the same conditions. Besides, the combination of these advanced oxidation procedures (AOPs were also studied. The mineralization of this surfactant was monitored by following the TOC and pH values, as well as the absorption and emission spectra of the reaction mixture. An ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC method was developed and optimized for monitoring the degradation of Triton X-100. Intermediates were also detected by GC-MS analysis and followed during the photocatalysis, contributing to the elucidation of the degradation mechanism. This non-ionic surfactant could be efficiently degraded by TiO2-mediated heterogeneous photocatalysis. However, surprisingly, its combination with the AOPs applied in this study did not enhance the rate of the mineralization. Moreover, the presence of persulfate hindered the photocatalytic degradation.

  3. Real Topological Cyclic Homology

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    Høgenhaven, Amalie

    , where O(2) is the semi-direct product of T, the multiplicative group of complex number of modulus 1, by the group G=Gal(C/R). We refer to this O(2)-spectrum as the real topological Hochschild homology. This generalization leads to a G-equivariant version of topological cyclic homology, which we call...... real topological cyclic homology. The first part of the thesis computes the G-equivariant homotopy type of the real topological cyclic homology of spherical group rings at a prime p with anti-involution induced by taking inverses in the group. The second part of the thesis investigates the derived G...

  4. Pulmonary surfactant therapy.


    Poulain, F R; Clements, J. A.


    Surfactant replacement therapy is now an integral part of the care of neonates since several clinical trials of natural surfactant extracts and synthetic preparations have shown efficacy in the treatment of infants with hyaline membrane disease. In these studies, early treatment with exogenous surfactant substantially reduced mortality and the incidence of air leak, although it did not appear to reduce the incidence of other complications, in particular bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Early repor...

  5. Surfactants in tribology

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    Biresaw, Girma


    Surface science and tribology play very critical roles in many industries. Manufacture and use of almost all consumer and industrial products rely on the application of advanced surface and tribological knowledge. The fourth in a series, Surfactants in Tribology, Volume 4 provides an update on research and development activities connecting surfactants and tribological phenomena. Written by renowned subject matter experts, the book demonstrates how improved design of surfactants can be harnessed to control tribological phenomena. Profusely illustrated and copiously referenced, the chapters also

  6. Effect of Non-Ionic Surfactants and Nano-Particles on the Stability of Foams


    Wang, Ruijia


    The thin film pressure balance (TFPB) technique were used to study the stability of single foam films produced in the presence of n-alkyl polyoxyethylene (CnEOm) homologues. The results showed that films thin faster than predicted by the classical DLVO theory, which considers contributions from the van der Waals-dispersion and double-layer forces to the disjoining pressure of the film. The discrepancy may be attributed to the presence of hydrophobic force, the magnitude of which has been esti...

  7. Surface modification of polypropylene nonwoven fabrics via covalent immobilization of nonionic sugar-based surfactants (United States)

    Xin, Zhirong; Yan, Shunjie; Ding, Jiaotong; Yang, Zongfeng; Du, Binbin; Du, Shanshan


    Amphiphilic N-alkyl-1-amino-1-deoxy-D-glucitol (CnAG, n = 8, 12) were successfully prepared. Polypropylene nonwoven fabrics (PPNWF) were grafted with glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) via a technique of UV-induced graft polymerization combined with plasma pre-treatment, and then PPNWF-g-GMA was used for the covalent immobilization of CnAG. The surface graft polymerization was confirmed by ATR-FTIR and XPS, respectively. Effect of grafting parameters, e.g., acetone content, monomer concentration and UV irradiation time on the grafting density of GMA was investigated. And the hemocompatibility of the modified PPNWF was evaluated by protein adsorption and platelet adhesion. It was founded that the CnAG-modified substrates greatly suppressed protein adsorption and platelet adhesion compared with the native and pGMA-grafted PPNWF.

  8. Surface modification of polypropylene nonwoven fabrics via covalent immobilization of nonionic sugar-based surfactants

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    Xin, Zhirong, E-mail:; Yan, Shunjie; Ding, Jiaotong; Yang, Zongfeng; Du, Binbin; Du, Shanshan


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Amphiphilic N-alkyl-1-amino-1-deoxy-D-glucitol were prepared. • The pGMA-grafted membranes were obtained via photo-grafting of glycidyl methacrylate. • Amphiphilic C{sub n}AG were covalent immobilized onto the pGMA-grafted membranes. • The C{sub n}AG-grafted membranes obviously suppressed protein adsorption and platelet adhesion. - Abstract: Amphiphilic N-alkyl-1-amino-1-deoxy-D-glucitol (C{sub n}AG, n = 8, 12) were successfully prepared. Polypropylene nonwoven fabrics (PP{sub NWF}) were grafted with glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) via a technique of UV-induced graft polymerization combined with plasma pre-treatment, and then PP{sub NWF}-g-GMA was used for the covalent immobilization of C{sub n}AG. The surface graft polymerization was confirmed by ATR-FTIR and XPS, respectively. Effect of grafting parameters, e.g., acetone content, monomer concentration and UV irradiation time on the grafting density of GMA was investigated. And the hemocompatibility of the modified PP{sub NWF} was evaluated by protein adsorption and platelet adhesion. It was founded that the C{sub n}AG-modified substrates greatly suppressed protein adsorption and platelet adhesion compared with the native and pGMA-grafted PP{sub NWF}.

  9. Fluctuation Modes Prior to Lamellar-Double Gyroid Transition of a Nonionic Surfactant/Water System


    川勝, 年洋


    Slow dynamics in complex systems : 3rd International Symposium on Slow Dynamics in Complex Systems, Sendai, Japan, 3-8 November 2003 / editors, Tokuyama Michio, Irwin Oppenheim ; sponsoring organizations, Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan

  10. Synthesis of nonionic surfactants with azole ring bearing N-glycosides and their antibacterial activity

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    Fawzia Taieb Brahimi


    Full Text Available Six azoles with n-pentyl side chain 6–9, 11 and 12 were synthesized from n-hexanoic acid. Three N-glycosides namely: 5-pentyl-2-(d-amino arabinoside-1,3,4-oxadiazole (13, 5-pentyl-2-(d-aminoglycoside-1,3,4-thiadiazole (14, and 3-pentyl-4-(d-amino xyloside-4H-1,2,4-triazole-5-thiol (15 were prepared from already synthesized n-pentyl azoles 6, 7 and 11, respectively. Surface activity properties of water soluble synthesized compounds 6, 7, and 11–15 were studied in terms of surface tension, cloud point and critical micelle concentration. The antibacterial activities were assessed using the paper disk diffusion and broth dilution methods against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Some of the synthetic compounds showed promising activity against microorganisms under test in comparison to commercially available antibiotics polymixine and oxytetracycline.

  11. Effects of non-ionic surfactants on the interactions between cellulases and tannic acid

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    Olsen, Søren Nymand; Bohlin, Christina Helena; Murphy, Leigh


    of cellulases to lignin. In the current work we address this hypothesis using tannic acid (TAN) as a general poly-phenolic model compound (for lignin and soluble phenolics) and measure the mutual interactions of cellulases (CBHI, CBHII, EGI, EGII and BG), TAN and NIS (Triton X-100) using isothermal titration...

  12. Towards unravelling surfactant transport (United States)

    Sellier, Mathieu; Panda, Satyananda


    Surfactant transport arises in many natural or industrial settings. Examples include lipid tear layers in the eye, pulmonary surfactant replacement therapy, or industrial coating flows. Flows driven by the surface tension gradient which arises as a consequence of surfactant concentration inhomogeneity, also known as Marangoni-driven flows, have attracted the attention of fluid dynamists for several decades and has led to the development of sophisticated models and the undeniable advancement of the understanding of such flows. Yet, experimental confirmation of these models has been hampered by the difficulty in reliably and accurately measuring the surfactant concentration and its temporal evolution. In this contribution, we propose a methodology which may help shed some light on surfactant transport at the surface of thin liquid films. The surface stress induced by surfactant concentration induces a flow at the free surface which is visible and measurable. In the context of thin film flows for which the lubrication approximation hold, we demonstrate how the knowledge of this free surface flow field provides sufficient information to reconstruct the surfactant tension field. From the surface tension and an assumed equation of state, the local surfactant concentration can also be calculated and other transport parameters such as the surfactant surface diffusivity indirectly inferred. In this contribution, the proposed methodology is tested with synthetic data generated by the forward solution of the governing partial differential equations in order to illustrate the feasibility of the algorithm and highlight numerical challenges.

  13. Interaction of biocompatible natural rosin-based surfactants with human serum albumin: A biophysical study

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    Ishtikhar, Mohd [Protein Biophysics Laboratory, Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India); Ali, Mohd Sajid [Surfactant Research Chair, Department of Chemistry, King Saud University, P.O. Box-2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Atta, Ayman M. [Surfactant Research Chair, Department of Chemistry, King Saud University, P.O. Box-2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Petroleum Application department, Egyptian Petroleum Research Institute, Ahmad Elzomor St., Nasr city, Cairo-11727 (Egypt); Al-Lohedan, H.A. [Surfactant Research Chair, Department of Chemistry, King Saud University, P.O. Box-2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Nigam, Lokesh; Subbarao, Naidu [Centre for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, School of Computational and Integrative Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067 (India); Hasan Khan, Rizwan, E-mail: [Protein Biophysics Laboratory, Interdisciplinary Biotechnology Unit, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002 (India)


    Biophysical insight into interaction of biocompatible rosin-based surfactants with human serum albumin (HSA) was studied at physiological conditions using various spectroscopic, calorimetric and molecular docking approaches. The binding constant (K{sub b}), enthalpy (ΔH{sup 0}), entropy (ΔS{sup 0}) and Gibbs free energy change (ΔG{sup 0}) were calculated by spectroscopic and calorimetric method. We have also calculated the probability of energy transfer by FRET analysis. The circular dichroism study showed that the cationic surfactant QRMAE significantly altered the secondary structure of HSA as compared to the nonionic rosin surfactants. The thermodynamic study was performed by ITC to determine binding constant as well as change in enthalpy of HSA in presence of rosin surfactants. It clearly showed that hydrogen binding and hydrophobic interaction play an important role in the binding of HSA to rosin surfactants. We have also performed molecular docking studies to locate the binding site on HSA and to visualize the mode of interaction. The present study provides a significant insight into HSA–rosin surfactants interaction, which also improves our understanding of the possible effect of rosin surfactants on human health. - Highlights: • RMPEG 750 has the highest Kb, Kq and Ksv value as compared to other rosin surfactants. • The probability of energy transfer from HSA to rosin surfactants was maximum in the case of RMPEG 750. • Cationic surfactant QRMAE significantly altered the secondary structure of the HSA as compared to other rosin surfactants. • Molecular docking and ITC experiment studies, to locate the binding site on HSA and to investigate the mode of interaction.

  14. Mechanisms to explain surfactant responses. (United States)

    Jobe, Alan H


    Surfactant is now standard of care for infants with respiratory distress syndrome. Surfactant treatments are effective because of complex metabolic interactions between surfactant and the preterm lung. The large treatment dose functions as substrate; it is taken up by the preterm lung and is reprocessed and secreted with improved function. The components of the treatment surfactant remain in the preterm lung for days. If lung injury is avoided, then surfactant inhibition is minimized. Prenatal corticosteroids complement surfactant to further enhance lung function. The magic of surfactant therapy results from the multiple interactions between surfactant and the preterm lung. Copyright (c) 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  15. Immunological criteria in risk assessment of nonionizing radiation

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    Batanov, G.V.; Trifonov, S.I.


    A survey is presented of the use of immunological criteria in determining safety limits for nonionizing radiation, in view of occupational, medical and background exposure to various sources of electromagnetic radiation. Many components of the immune system have been shown to be very labile to various external factors and, although experimental and clinical data are quite limited, nonionizing radiation has been demonstrated to affect certain components. For example, irradiation with low power flux density microwaves (to 1 mW/cm/sup 2/) has been shown to enhance certain specific and nonspecific immune responses, while microwaves in the 1-10 mW/cm/sup 2/ range have been shown to be immunosuppressive. In addition, therapeutic-intensity argon, cadmium, helium-neon and chemical HF lasers have been shown to alter serum immunoglobulin levels and antibody reactivity. Other factors of the immune system found susceptible to nonionizing radiation include phagocytic activity, immune cell function, complement activity, antibody formation, etc. 30 references.

  16. A PIV Study of Drop-interface Coalescence with Surfactants (United States)

    Weheliye, Weheliye Hashi; Dong, Teng; Angeli, Panagiota


    In this work, the coalescence of a drop with an aqueous-organic interface was studied by Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). The effect of surfactants on the drop surface evolution, the vorticity field and the kinetic energy distribution in the drop during coalescence were investigated. The coalescence took place in an acrylic rectangular box with 79% glycerol solution at the bottom and Exxsol D80 oil above. The glycerol solution drop was generated through a nozzle fixed at 2cm above the aqueous/oil interface and was seeded with Rhodamine particles. The whole process was captured by a high-speed camera. Different mass ratios of non-ionic surfactant Span80 to oil were studied. The increase of surfactant concentration promoted deformation of the interface before the rupture of the trapped oil film. At the early stages after film rupture, two counter-rotating vortices appeared at the bottom of the drop which then travelled to the upper part. The propagation rates, as well as the intensities of the vortices decreased at high surfactant concentrations. At early stages, the kinetic energy was mainly distributed near the bottom part of the droplet, while at later stages it was distributed near the upper part of the droplet. Programme Grant MEMPHIS, Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC).

  17. Comprehensive study of tartrazine/cationic surfactant interaction. (United States)

    Shahir, Afshin Asadzadeh; Javadian, Soheila; Razavizadeh, Bi Bi Marzieh; Gharibi, Hussein


    Interaction of a food dye, tartrazine, with some cationic conventional and gemini surfactants, tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide (TTAB), N,N'-ditetradecyl-N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-N,N'-butanediyl-diammonium dibromide (14,4,14), and N,N'-didodecyl-N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-N,N'-butanediyl-diammonium dibromide (12,4,12), were first investigated comprehensively employing conductometry, tensiometry, and UV-visible spectroscopy. Tartrazine was found to behave in the same manner as aromatic counterions. The formation of ion pairs reflected as a considerable increase of the surfactant efficiency in tensiometry plots and their stoichiometry were determined by Job's method of continuous variations. For the tartrazine/TTAB system, nonionic DS(3), ionic DS(2-), and/or DS(2)(-) ion pairs, their small premicelles, and tartrazine-rich micelles were constituted as well as dye-containing TTAB-rich micelles. Insoluble J-aggregates of DS(-) ion pairs and cylindrical surfactant-rich micelles were also formed in tartrazine/gemini surfactant systems and recognized by transmission electron microscopy. The zeta potential and the size of the aggregates were determined using dynamic light scattering and confirmed the suggested models for the processes happening in each system. Cyclic voltammetry was applied successfully to track all of these species using tartrazine's own reduction peak current for the first time.

  18. Evaluation and application of surfactants synthesized from asphalt components

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    E.R. Souaya


    Full Text Available The synthesis, characterization, surface activity and applications of nonionic surfactants derived from the asphalt components (maltenes M are presented. These compounds were synthesized by the sulfonation of (maltene, then the prepared maltene sulfonic acid (MS was reacted with hexadecylamine giving maltene sulfonamide product (A which undergoes an alkali-catalyzed ethoxylation at (135–150 °C. Several surfactants (M-10 to M-40 were formed with different ethylene oxide units (from 10 up to 40 and were characterized by molecular weight determinations, elemental analyses and FTIR analysis. Surface tension, as a function of concentration of the surfactants in the aqueous media, was measured at 25 °C. From these measurements, the critical micelle concentration (CMC, the maximum surface excess concentration (Гmax, Minimum area per molecule (Amin, effectiveness of surface reduction (ПCMC and the efficiency (pC20 were calculated. The prepared surfactants were applied as emulsifying agents for making asphalt emulsions. Storage stability, (Saybolt Furol viscosity, settlement (water content difference %, coating ability and water resistance were measured. The results indicated that M-20 (maltene sulfonamide ethoxylated with 20 units of ethylene oxides gives a maximum stability.

  19. Dynamic covalent surfactants

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    Minkenberg, C.B.


    In this thesis the development of surfactant aggregates with fast exchange dynamics between the aggregated and non-aggregated state is described. Dynamic surfactant exchange plays an important role in natural systems, for instance in cell signaling, cell division, and uptake and release of cargo.

  20. Irritant and sensitizing potential of eight surfactants commonly used in skin cleansers: an evaluation of 105 patients. (United States)

    Corazza, Monica; Lauriola, Maria Michela; Bianchi, Anna; Zappaterra, Mario; Virgili, Annarosa


    Irritation from surfactants contained in detergents is a frequent adverse reaction to cosmetics. Sensitization to surfactants is also possible. In the literature, comparative studies about irritant and sensitizing potential of different surfactants are heterogeneous and inconclusive about the best molecules to use. We compared the irritant and sensitizing potential of some surfactants that are usual components in marketed synthetic detergents (syndets) to obtain practical information regarding commonly used detergents. We patch-tested eight surfactants of the different types (anionic, cationic, amphoteric, and non-ionic) in 105 patients. Assessment of allergic reactions of tested surfactants was carried out in accordance with the recommendations of the International Contact Dermatitis Research Group; assessment of irritant power followed the amended Draize classification. None of the eight surfactants in our series gave positive allergic reactions. Only cocamidopropyl betaine from the Italian standard (Società Italiana di Dermatologia Allergologica, Professionale e Ambientale [SIDAPA]) series gave five positive reactions among 105 patients. None of the eight studied surfactants induced skin irritation. The most tolerated are two new mild anionics (sodium cocoyl glutamate and sodium lauroyl oat amino acids) and an amphoteric agent (disodium cocoamphodiacetate). From this study, we deduce that cosmetic companies' efforts to search for and market new products with very mild surfactants have been generally successful.

  1. Combined effects of polymers and KL(4) peptide on surface activity of pulmonary surfactant lipids. (United States)

    Lu, Karen W; Taeusch, H William


    Addition of ionic and nonionic polymers can improve the function of therapeutic surfactants in vitro and in vivo, especially under conditions that tend to inhibit surfactant activity. Since surfactant proteins also act to reduce surfactant inhibition, we studied the relative effects of a synthetic peptide (that mimics some of the properties of a surfactant protein), polymers, and their combination on function of surfactant phospholipid activity in vitro. We evaluated surface activity after adding polymers-polyethylene glycol or hyaluronan-to a lipid mixture with or without the synthetic peptide, sinapultide (KL(4)). Using a pulsating bubble surfactometer, we measured peptide/polymer effects separately or combined at two peptide concentrations. Phospholipid mixtures, with or without KL(4) or polymers, all demonstrated good surface activity. With serum present as an inhibiting agent, adding either concentration of KL(4) reduced inhibition. Mixtures containing the higher concentration of KL(4) required higher concentrations of serum for inhibition to occur. Adding either polymer to mixtures with KL(4) further decreased susceptibility to inhibition (required higher serum concentrations). In the presence of serum, high molecular weight hyaluronan with KL(4) at 0.4 mg/ml improved surface activity to a greater degree than 0.8 mg/ml KL(4) without polymer. If the beneficial effects of adding polymer to KL(4)-lipid mixtures are also borne out in the treatment of experimental lung injury, these peptide-polymer surfactant combinations may eventually prove useful in the treatment of some forms of acute lung injury in humans.

  2. Stabilizing two IgG1 monoclonal antibodies by surfactants: Balance between aggregation prevention and structure perturbation. (United States)

    Wang, Shujing; Wu, Guoliang; Zhang, Xinyi; Tian, Zhou; Zhang, Ning; Hu, Tao; Dai, Weiguo; Qian, Feng


    Surfactants are widely used as stabilizers in the biopharmaceutical formulations to minimize protein aggregation. Under a fixed stress condition, the protecting and destabilizing effects of surfactants are hypothesized to be highly dependent on the species and concentrations of surfactants and mAb. Therefore, we here studied the aggregation-prevention and structure-perturbation effects of eight commonly used surfactants (Tw20, Tw80, Brij35, Chaps, TrX-100, SDS, Pluronic F68 and F127) on two IgG1 solution formulations under agitation, using analytical methodologies including visual inspection, OD350 measurement, HPLC-SEC, circular dicroism, fluorescence spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. We found that: (1) With concentrations range from 0.02 to 2mg/mL, nonionic surfactants were found to offer efficient aggregation-prevention effect, which is superior than the ionic surfactants; and higher surfactant concentration prevented mAb aggregation better especially under prolonged stability test under stress conditions. (2) The surfactant induced structure-perturbation emerged when even higher surfactant concentration (≥2mg/mL) was used, and such effect was surfactant-property dependent; and (3) the two IgG1 demonstrated different aggregation mechanisms and surfactant dependency, especially at high mAb concentrations. In conclusion, surfactants usage in mAb formulations, including the types and concentrations, should strike an optimal balance between the desirable aggregation-prevention and the detrimental structure-perturbation effects, while the consideration of mAb aggregation mechanism and concentration is also required for surfactant assessment. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Homology, convergence and parallelism. (United States)

    Ghiselin, Michael T


    Homology is a relation of correspondence between parts of parts of larger wholes. It is used when tracking objects of interest through space and time and in the context of explanatory historical narratives. Homologues can be traced through a genealogical nexus back to a common ancestral precursor. Homology being a transitive relation, homologues remain homologous however much they may come to differ. Analogy is a relationship of correspondence between parts of members of classes having no relationship of common ancestry. Although homology is often treated as an alternative to convergence, the latter is not a kind of correspondence: rather, it is one of a class of processes that also includes divergence and parallelism. These often give rise to misleading appearances (homoplasies). Parallelism can be particularly hard to detect, especially when not accompanied by divergences in some parts of the body. © 2015 The Author(s).

  4. Pulmonary surfactant and lung transplantation

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    Erasmus, Michiel Elardus


    Pulmonary surfactant lowers the surface tension at the air-water interface inside the alveolus. This is achieved by adsorption of surfactant phospholipids at the air-water interface, a process controlled by surfactant-associated proteins, such as SP-A. In this way, surfactant prevents collapse of

  5. The Hazards of Non-Ionizing Radiation of Telecommunication Mast ...

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    This study therefore establishes that there are health implications of exposure to mast radiation and minimizing them will go a long way to improve healthy living. Keywords: Hazard, non-ionizing radiation, telecommunication, mast, electromagnetic radiation, radio-frequency radiation, exposure, wireless telephone, antenna.

  6. Metathesis depolymerizable surfactants (United States)

    Jamison, Gregory M.; Wheeler, David R.; Loy, Douglas A.; Simmons, Blake A.; Long, Timothy M.; McElhanon, James R.; Rahimian, Kamyar; Staiger, Chad L.


    A class of surfactant molecules whose structure includes regularly spaced unsaturation in the tail group and thus, can be readily decomposed by ring-closing metathesis, and particularly by the action of a transition metal catalyst, to form small molecule products. These small molecules are designed to have increased volatility and/or enhanced solubility as compared to the original surfactant molecule and are thus easily removed by solvent extraction or vacuum extraction at low temperature. By producing easily removable decomposition products, the surfactant molecules become particularly desirable as template structures for preparing meso- and microstructural materials with tailored properties.

  7. In vitro surfactant structure-toxicity relationships: implications for surfactant use in sexually transmitted infection prophylaxis and contraception.

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    Ângela S Inácio

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The need for woman-controlled, cheap, safe, effective, easy-to-use and easy-to-store topical applications for prophylaxis against sexually transmitted infections (STIs makes surfactant-containing formulations an interesting option that requires a more fundamental knowledge concerning surfactant toxicology and structure-activity relationships. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We report in vitro effects of surfactant concentration, exposure time and structure on the viability of mammalian cell types typically encountered in the vagina, namely, fully polarized and confluent epithelial cells, confluent but non-polarized epithelial-like cells, dendritic cells, and human sperm. Representatives of the different families of commercially available surfactants--nonionic (Triton X-100 and monolaurin, zwitterionic (DDPS, anionic (SDS, and cationic (C(nTAB (n = 10 to 16, C(12PB, and C(12BZK--were examined. Triton X-100, monolaurin, DDPS and SDS were toxic to all cell types at concentrations around their critical micelle concentration (CMC suggesting a non-selective mode of action involving cell membrane destabilization and/or destruction. All cationic surfactants were toxic at concentrations far below their CMC and showed significant differences in their toxicity toward polarized as compared with non-polarized cells. Their toxicity was also dependent on the chemical nature of the polar head group. Our results suggest an intracellular locus of action for cationic surfactants and show that their structure-activity relationships could be profitably exploited for STI prophylaxis in vaginal gel formulations. The therapeutic indices comparing polarized epithelial cell toxicity to sperm toxicity for all surfactants examined, except C(12PB and C(12BZK, does not justify their use as contraceptive agents. C(12PB and C(12BZK are shown to have a narrow therapeutic index recommending caution in their use in contraceptive formulations. CONCLUSIONS

  8. Influence of various surfactants on magnetic property of cobalt ferrite prepared by Co-precipitation technique (United States)

    Solanki, Neha; Khatri, Hemal; Jotania, R. B.


    Cobalt Ferrite (CoFe2O4) particles were synthesised using a Co-precipitation method. Influence of three different surfactants i.e. (1) Cationic - CTAB (Cetyl Tri-Methyl Ammonium Bromide), (2) Anionic - SDBS (Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulphonate) and (3) Nonionic - Triton X-100, on magnetic property of Cobalt Ferrite were investigated. Magnetic property of Cobalt ferrite powder was studied at room temperature using Vibrating Sample Measurements (VSM) technique under an applied magnetic field of 15kOe. The results show maximum value of saturation magnetization - Ms (81.87 emu/g) for the sample synthesised without surfactant and Coercivity value found maximum (2086 kOe) for the sample synthesized in presence of surfactant SDBS.

  9. Surfactant effect on the upconversion emission and decay time of ZrO{sub 2}:Yb-Er nanocrystals

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    Solis, D. [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A.P. 1-948, Leon, Gto. 37160 (Mexico); Lopez-Luke, T. [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A.P. 1-948, Leon, Gto. 37160 (Mexico); IIM, UMSNH, C.U., Morelia, Mich. 58060 (Mexico); De la Rosa, E. [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A.P. 1-948, Leon, Gto. 37160 (Mexico)], E-mail:; Salas, P. [Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A.P. 1-1010, Queretaro, Qro. 76000 (Mexico); Angeles-Chavez, C. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Cd. Mexico, D.F. 07730 (Mexico)


    Luminescent properties of doped ZrO{sub 2}:Er{sup 3+} and codoped ZrO{sub 2}:Yb{sup 3+}-Er{sup 3+} nanocrystals with average size {approx}54 nm were analyzed as a function of non-ionic surfactant (Pluronic F-127) concentration. Surfactant and non-surfactant samples were prepared by the sol-gel micelle process with hydrothermal aging and annealed at 1000 deg. C for 5 h. The introduction of the surfactant reduces the presence of impurities such as OH and CO{sub 2} on both samples, and increments the tetragonal phase for codoped nanocrystals. It induces an increment larger than 90% and 70% for doped and codoped, respectively, for an optimum molar ratio of 0.0082. The observed enlargement of fluorescence decay time is partly the result of the nanosize effect but is dominated by the reduction of impurities attached on the nanocrystalline surface.

  10. Adsorption of ionic surfactants at microscopic air-water interfaces using the micropipette interfacial area-expansion method

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    Kinoshita, Koji; Parra, Elisa; Needham, David


    The dynamic adsorption of ionic surfactants at air-water interfaces have been less-well studied than that of the simpler non-ionics since experimental limitations on dynamic surface tension (DST) measurements create inconsistencies in their kinetic analysis. Using our newly designed "Micropipette...... for the "ideal ionic activity", A±i, can renormalize both equilibrium and dynamic surface tension measurements and provide better estimates of the diffusion coefficient of ionic surfactants in aqueous media obtained from electroneutral models, namely extended Frumkin isotherm and Ward-Tordai adsorption models...

  11. Study of adjuvant effect of model surfactants from the groups of alkyl sulfates, alkylbenzene sulfonates, alcohol ethoxylates and soaps

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    Clausen, S K; Sobhani, S; Poulsen, O M


    The sodium salts of representatives of anionic surfactants, dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS), dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and coconut oil fatty acids, and a nonionic surfactant, dodecyl alcohol ethoxylate, were studied for adjuvant effect on the production of specific IgE antibodies in mice...... showed a statistically significant increase in OVA specific IgE levels. After two boosters, a statistically significant suppression in OVA-specific IgE production occurred with SDS (1000 mg/l), SDBS (1000 and 100 mg/l), coconut soap (1000 mg/l) and the alcohol ethoxylate (10 mg/l). This study suggests...

  12. The neuroleptic activity of haloperidol increases after its solubilization in surfactant micelles. Micelles as microcontainers for drug targeting. (United States)

    Kabanov, A V; Chekhonin, V P; Alakhov VYu; Batrakova, E V; Lebedev, A S; Melik-Nubarov, N S; Arzhakov, S A; Levashov, A V; Morozov, G V; Severin, E S


    It has been suggested to use surfactant micelles as microcontainers for increasing the efficiency of neuroleptic targeting from blood flow into the brain. The neuroleptic action of haloperidol, intraperitoneally injected into mice in micellar solution of non-ionic block copolymer surfactant (pluronic P-85) in water, increased several-fold if compared with that observed for haloperidol aqueous solution. Incorporation of brain-specific antibodies into haloperidol-containing micelles resulted in additional drastic increase (more than by 2 orders of magnitude) in the drug effect.

  13. Sequential application of chelating agents and innovative surfactants for the enhanced electroremediation of real sediments from toxic metals and PAHs. (United States)

    Hahladakis, John N; Lekkas, Nikolaos; Smponias, Andreas; Gidarakos, Evangelos


    This study focused on the sequential application of a chelating agent (citric acid) followed by a surfactant in the simultaneous electroremediation of real contaminated sediments from toxic metals and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). Furthermore, the efficiency evaluation of two innovative non-ionic surfactants, commercially known as Poloxamer 407 and Nonidet P40, was investigated. The results indicated a removal efficacy of approximately 43% and 48% for the summation of PAHs (SUM PAHs), respectively for the aforementioned surfactants, much better than the one obtained by the use of Tween 80 (nearly 21%). Individual PAHs (e.g. fluorene) were removed in percentages that reached almost 84% and 92% in the respective electrokinetic experiments when these new surfactants were introduced. In addition, the combined-enhanced sequential electrokinetic treatment with citric acid improved dramatically the removal of Zn and As, compared to the unenhanced run, but did not favor the other toxic metals examined. Since no improvement in metal removal percentages occurred when Tween 80 was used, significant contribution to this matter should also be attributed to the solubilization capacity of these innovative, in electrokinetic remediation, non-ionic surfactants. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Role of non-ionic surfactant in fatty acid phosphate gangue flotation from magnetite fines


    Kota, Hanumantha Rao


    Adsorption, contact angle and flotation of anionic Atrac and non-ionic ethaloxylated nonylphenol surfactant, and their mixture on apatite and magnetite were studied. The effect of calcium ions and sodium silicate on Atrac adsorption was investigated. The effect of Atrac adsorption on the contact angle data of apatite and magnetite in the presence and absence of sodium silicate was also examined. Wettability of solids depends on solids surface free energy and the surface energies of apatite an...

  15. Surfactant adsorption study in sandstone for enhanced oil recovery; Estudo da adsorcao de tensoativos em arenitos para recuperacao avancada de petroleo

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    Curbelo, Fabiola D.S.; Santanna, Vanessa C.; Barros Neto, Eduardo L. de; Dutra Junior, Tarcilio V.; Dantas Neto, Afonso A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Quimica; Garnica, Alfredo I.C. [Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFPB), Joao Pessoa, PB (Brazil). Dept. de Tecnologia Quimica e de Alimentos; Lucena Neto, Marciano [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil); Dantas, Tereza N.C. [Faculdade Natalense para o Desenvolvimento do RN (FARN), Natal, RN (Brazil)


    Adsorption of surfactants from aqueous solutions in porous media is very important in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) of oil reservoirs because surfactant loss due to adsorption on the reservoir rocks weakens the effectiveness of the injected chemical slug in reducing oil-water tension (IFT) and makes the process uneconomical. In this paper, two nonionic surfactants, such as alkyl phenol polyoxyethylene, with different ethoxylation degrees were studied, ENP95 and ENP150. The results of flow experiments of surfactant solutions in porous media showed that adsorption was higher for ENP95 because it has smaller ethoxylation degree than ENP150. This occurs what with increasing length of the head group, the molecules become more hydrophilic and, in associated structures, the steric hindrance between the head groups increases. Generally speaking, adsorption appears to be a cooperative process involving lateral interaction between surfactant and weak interaction with the solid surface. (author)

  16. Exploring the Effects of Different Types of Surfactants on Zebrafish Embryos and Larvae (United States)

    Wang, Yanan; Zhang, Yuan; Li, Xu; Sun, Mingzhu; Wei, Zhuo; Wang, Yu; Gao, Aiai; Chen, Dongyan; Zhao, Xin; Feng, Xizeng


    Currently, surfactants are widely distributed in the environment. As organic pollutants, their toxicities have drawn extensive attention. In this study, the effects of anionic [sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) ], cationic [dodecyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride (1227)] and non-ionic [fatty alcohol polyoxyethylene ether (AEO) ] surfactants on zebrafish larval behaviour were evaluated. Five behavioural parameters were recorded using a larval rest/wake assay, including rest total, number of rest bouts, rest bouts length, total activity and waking activity. The results revealed that 1227 and AEO at 1 μg/mL were toxic to larval locomotor activity and that SDS had no significant effects. Moreover, we tested the toxicities of the three surfactants in developing zebrafish embryos. AEO exposure resulted in smaller head size, smaller eye size and shorter body length relative to SDS and 1227. All three surfactants incurred concentration-dependent responses. Furthermore, in situ hybridisation indicated that smaller head size may be associated with a decreased expression of krox20. The altered expression of ntl demonstrated that the developmental retardation stemmed from inhibited cell migration and growth. These findings provide references for ecotoxicological assessments of different types of surfactants, and play a warning role in the application of surfactants. PMID:26053337

  17. Surfactant-Enhanced Desorption and Biodegradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Contaminated Soil (United States)

    Zhu, Hongbo; Aitken, Michael D.


    We evaluated two nonionic surfactants, one hydrophobic (Brij 30) and one hydrophilic (C12E8), for their ability to enhance the biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in contaminated soil after it had been treated in an aerobic bioreactor. The effects of each surfactant were evaluated at doses corresponding to equilibrium aqueous-phase concentrations well above the surfactant’s critical micelle concentration (CMC), slightly above the CMC, and below the CMC. The concentrations of all 3- and 4-ring PAHs were significantly lower in the soil amended with Brij 30 at the two lower doses compared to controls, whereas removal of only the 3-ring PAHs was significantly enhanced at the highest Brij 30 dose. In contrast, C12E8 did not enhance PAH removal at any dose. In the absence of surfactant, soil over an 18-d period. Brij 30 addition at the lowest dose significantly increased the desorption of most PAHs, whereas the addition of C12E8 at the lowest dose actually decreased the desorption of all PAHs. These findings suggest that the effects of the two surfactants on PAH biodegradation could be explained by their effects on PAH bioavailability. Overall, this study demonstrates that the properties of the surfactant and its dose relative to the corresponding aqueous-phase concentration are important factors in designing systems for surfactant-enhanced bioremediation of PAH-contaminated soils in which PAH bioavailability is limited. PMID:20586488

  18. Response of graywater recycling systems based on hydroponic plant growth to three classes of surfactants (United States)

    Garland, J. L.; Levine, L. H.; Yorio, N. C.; Hummerick, M. E.


    Anionic (sodium laureth sulfate, SLES), amphoteric (cocamidopropyl betaine, CAPB) and nonionic (alcohol polyethoxylate, AE) surfactants were added to separate nutrient film technique (NFT) hydroponic systems containing dwarf wheat (Triticum aestivum cv. USU Apogee) in a series of 21 day trials. Surfactant was added either in a (1). temporally dynamic mode (1-3 g surfactant m(-2) growing area d(-1)) as effected by automatic addition of a 300 ppm surfactant solution to meet plant water demand, or (2). continuous mode (2 g surfactant m(-2) growing area d(-1)) as effected by slow addition (10 mLh(-1)) of a 2000 ppm surfactant solution beginning at 4d after planting. SLES showed rapid primary degradation in both experiments, with no accumulation 24 h after initial addition. CAPB and AE were degraded less rapidly, with 30-50% remaining 24 h after initial addition, but CAPB and AE levels were below detection limit for the remainder of the study. No reductions in vegetative growth of wheat were observed in response to SLES, but biomass was reduced 20-25% with CAPB and AE. Microbial communities associated with both the plant roots and wetted hardware surfaces actively degraded the surfactants, as determined by monitoring surfactant levels following pulse additions at day 20 (with plants) and day 21 (after plant removal). In order to test whether the biofilm communities could ameliorate phytotoxicity by providing a microbial community acclimated for CAPB and AE decay, the continuous exposure systems were planted with wheat seeds after crop removal at day 21. Acclimation resulted in faster primary degradation (>90% within 24h) and reduced phytotoxicity. Overall, the studies indicate that relatively small areas (3-5m(2)) of hydroponic plant systems can process per capita production of mixed surfactants (5-10 g x person(-1)d(-1)) with minimal effects on plant growth.

  19. Surfactant-Induced Changes of Water Flow and Solute Transport in Soils (United States)

    Kinsey, E. N.; Korte, C.; Peng, Z.; Yu, C.; Powelson, D.; Jacobson, A. R.; Baveye, P. C.; Darnault, C. J. G.


    Surfactants are present in the environment due to agricultural practices such as irrigation with wastewater, biosolid soil amendments, and/or environmental engineering remediation. Furthermore, surfactants occur widely in soils due to the application of pesticides in surfactant solution sprays, or the application of surfactants as soil wetting agents. Surfactants, because they are amphiphilic and impact the surface tension of aqueous solutions and the contact angle between aqueous and solid phases have the potential to influence water flow in porous media and the physicochemical properties of soils. The objective of this study was to assess the impact of surfactant on the soil infiltration process. Four different soils were used in this study: two sandy loam soils (Lewiston and Greenson series) and two loamy sand soils (Sparta and Gilford series). Rainfall was simulated to flow through different columns filled with the four different types of soil and effluent samples were collected at the end of each column. Each type of soil had two columns, one with a non-ionic surfactant Aerosol®22 at twice the critical micelle concentration, in the rainfall solution and one without. A conservative tracer, potassium bromide, was added to all rainfalls to monitor the infiltration process in soil. Tracer breakthrough curves were used to characterize flow in soils. Flow rates were also recorded for each soil. The presence of surfactant decreased the flow rate by a significant amount in most soil types. The decrease in flow rate can be attributed to the effects on the soil properties of hydraulic conductivity and soil aggregates. A decrease in pore space from the swelling of the soil particles can decrease the hydraulic conductivity. The properties in surfactants also decrease the surface tension and therefore soil particles are able to be dislodged from soil aggregates and cause potential soil clogging.

  20. Micro-scale displacement of NAPL by surfactant and microemulsion in heterogeneous porous media (United States)

    Javanbakht, Gina; Arshadi, Maziar; Qin, Tianzhu; Goual, Lamia


    Industrial processes such as remediation of oil-contaminated aquifers and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) often utilize chemical additives to increase the removal of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) from subsurface formations. Although the majority of crude oils are classified as LNAPLs, they often contain heavy molecules (DNAPLs) such as asphaltenes that tend to adsorb on minerals and alter their wettability. Effective additives are therefore those that can reduce the threshold capillary pressure, thus mobilizing LNAPL inside pore spaces and solubilizing DNAPL from rock surfaces. Nonionic surfactants in brine have often been injected to oil or contaminated aquifer formations in order to enhance NAPL displacement through IFT reduction. Recent studies revealed that surfactant-based microemulsions have a higher tendency to alter the wettability of surfaces, compared to surfactants alone, leading to more effective NAPL removal. However, the impact of these additives on pore-scale displacement mechanisms and multi-phase fluid occupancy in porous media is, to date, still unclear. In this study, x-ray microtomography experiments were performed to investigate the impact of surfactants and microemulsions on the mobilization and solubilization of NAPL in heterogeneous rocks. Saturation profiles indicated that an incremental NAPL removal was attained by addition of microemulsion to brine, compared with surfactant. Residual cluster size distributions revealed that microemulsions could break up large clusters into smaller disconnected ones, improving their mobilization in the rock. In-situ contact angle measurements showed that microemulsions could reverse the wettability of rough contaminated surfaces to a higher extent than surfactants. Unlike surfactant alone, the surfactant-solvent blend in the carrier fluid of microemulsions was able to penetrate rough grain surfaces, particularly those of dolomite cement, and desorb asphaltenes in the form of small-emulsified NAPL droplets

  1. Dependence of carbon nanotubes dispersion kinetics on surfactants (United States)

    Ramos, Erika; Pardo, Wilmer A.; Mir, Mònica; Samitier, Josep


    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been the subject of many studies due to their unique structure and desirable properties. However, the ability to solubilize and separate single CNTs from the bundles they form is still a challenge that needs to be overcome in order to extend their applications in the field of Nanotechnology. Covalent interactions are designed to modify CNTs surface and so prevent agglomeration. Though, this method alters the structures and intrinsic properties of CNTs. In the present work, noncovalent approaches to functionalize and solubilize CNTs are studied in detail. A dispersion kinetic study was performed to characterize the ability of different type of surfactants (non-ionic, anionic, cationic and biopolymer) to unzip CNT bundles. The dispersion kinetic study performed depicts the distinct CNTs bundles unzipping behavior of the different type of surfactants and the results elucidate specific wavelengths in relation with the degree of CNT clustering, which provides new tools for a deeper understanding and characterization of CNTs. Small angle x-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy results are in agreement with UV-vis-NIR observations, revealing perfectly monodispersed CNTs for the biopolymer and cationic surfactant.

  2. Gorenstein homological dimensions

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    Holm, Henrik Granau


    In basic homological algebra, the projective, injective and 2at dimensions of modules play an important and fundamental role. In this paper, the closely related Gorenstein projective, Gorenstein injective and Gorenstein 2at dimensions are studied. There is a variety of nice results about Gorenstein...

  3. Degradative treatment of bispyribac sodium herbicide from synthetically contaminated water by colloidal MnO2 dioxide in the absence and presence of surfactants. (United States)

    Qamruzzaman; Nasar, Abu


    Bispyribac sodium (BS) is one of the most commonly used herbicides used to kill selectively unwanted herbs particularly in rice plantation. However, the increasing use of herbicides in agricultural field is associated with a potential risk to water resources and aquatic system. Thus, the treatment of such pesticides after fulfillment of their herbicidal activity is of quite interest to minimize the contamination of water. The degradation kinetics of BS from synthetic contaminated water by water-soluble colloidal MnO2 in acidic medium (HClO4) has been studied spectrophotometrically in the absence and presence of different surfactants. The degradation has been observed to be fractionally ordered in both BS and HClO4 under pseudo-first-order reaction condition with respect to MnO2. The anionic surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate) has been observed to be ineffective whereas the cationic surfactant (cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide) causes flocculation with oppositely charged colloidal MnO2 and therefore could not be studied further. However, the non-ionic surfactant (Triton X-100) has been observed to accelerate the reaction rate. The catalytic effect of this surfactant has been analyzed and discussed in the light of the available mathematical model. The kinetic data have been used to generate the various activation parameters accompanying the degradation process of BS in the absence and presence of the non-ionic surfactant, Triton X-100.

  4. Surfactant flooding with hard water: A case study solved by HLB gradient

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    Minssieux, L.


    Surfactant formulations were designed for field application of micellar processes in a salty environment on the basis of a mixture of one synthetic sulfonate with two types of nonionic agents. This formulation led to the required Winsor-III-type phase diagram in the presence of reservoir fluids at reservoir temperatures. The main difficulty in this study was the high level of surfactant retention in the reservoir rock. The sacrificial agents tested but did not reduce these surfactant losses significantly. The solution found to be efficient consisted of creating a hydrophile-lipophile balance (HLB) gradient of the additives used in situ by injecting a desorbing agent with high HLB behind the micellar slug containing the nonionic cosurfactants with lower HLB. The interpretation proposed for such a procedure shows that the mechanisms involved produce the same beneficial effects as the salinity gradient technique. The good results obtained indicate the potential importance of the HLB gradient when the salinity gradient cannot be used in the miscellar processes under consideration.

  5. Changes in hydration of the stratum corneum are the most suitable indicator to evaluate the irritation of surfactants on the skin. (United States)

    Fujimura, T; Shimotoyodome, Y; Nishijima, T; Sugata, K; Taguchi, H; Moriwaki, S


    Irritancy levels of surfactants on human skin have not been clarified completely. The relationships between skin damage and changes of skin properties caused by various surfactants were investigated using non-invasive measurements. Aqueous solutions of seven kinds of anionic, non-ionic, and amphoteric surfactants were exposed to the inside of forearm skin of 20 human subjects in two separate studies using the cup method. Hydration of the stratum corneum (SC), transepidermal water loss (TEWL), pH, skin surface roughness, and contents of the SC were measured before and after one exposure and after five and nine consecutive exposures to various surfactants. The discontinuation ratio of subjects for testing in each surfactant was determined by skin irritation symptoms and was defined as the degree of skin damage. Significant changes were observed only in hydration, TEWL, and natural moisturizing factors (NMF) content in the SC following surfactant exposure. A significant correlation was observed between the discontinuation ratio of each surfactant and the changes of hydration, TEWL, and NMF. Especially, the change of SC hydration showed an excellent correlation with the discontinuation ratio both for single (r = 0.942, P surfactants, and therefore is the most suitable indicator to evaluate the irritation of surfactants on the skin. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  6. Differences in the rheological properties and mixing compatibility with heparinoid cream of brand name and generic steroidal ointments: The effects of their surfactants. (United States)

    Kitagawa, Shuji; Yutani, Reiko; Kodani, Rhu-Ichi; Teraoka, Reiko


    Most steroidal ointments contain propylene glycol (PG) and surfactants, which improve the solubility of corticosteroids in white petrolatum. Surfactants aid the uniform dispersal of PG within white petrolatum. Since the surfactants used in generic ointments are usually different from those used in brand name ointments, we investigated the effects of surfactants on the rheological properties of three brand name ointments and six equivalent generic ointments. We detected marked differences in hardness, adhesiveness, and spreadability among the ointments. Further examinations of model ointments consisting of white petrolatum, PG, and surfactants revealed that the abovementioned properties, especially hardness and adhesiveness, were markedly affected by the surfactants. Since steroidal ointments are often admixed with moisturizing creams prior to use, we investigated the mixing compatibility of the ointments with heparinoid cream and how this was affected by their surfactants. We found that the ointments containing glyceryl monostearate demonstrated good mixing compatibility, whereas those containing non-ionic surfactants with polyoxyethylene chains exhibited phase separation. These results were also consistent with the findings for the model ointments, which indicates that the mixing compatibility of steroidal ointments with heparinoid cream is determined by the emulsifying capacity of the surfactants in their oily bases.

  7. Algebra V homological algebra

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    Shafarevich, I


    This book, the first printing of which was published as volume 38 of the Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences, presents a modern approach to homological algebra, based on the systematic use of the terminology and ideas of derived categories and derived functors. The book contains applications of homological algebra to the theory of sheaves on topological spaces, to Hodge theory, and to the theory of modules over rings of algebraic differential operators (algebraic D-modules). The authors Gelfand and Manin explain all the main ideas of the theory of derived categories. Both authors are well-known researchers and the second, Manin, is famous for his work in algebraic geometry and mathematical physics. The book is an excellent reference for graduate students and researchers in mathematics and also for physicists who use methods from algebraic geometry and algebraic topology.

  8. Performance of the Biocompatible Surfactant Tween 80, for the Formation of Microemulsions Suitable for New Pharmaceutical Processing

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    Cristina Prieto


    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to investigate the phase behaviour and the structure of the n-hexane/water emulsions based on a nonionic, nontoxic and biocompatible surfactant, Tween 80. This system is of interest for new pharmaceutical techniques based on supercritical fluids to form nano- and encapsulated particles. However, it showed a lack of stability denoted by large areas of macroemulsion. For this reason, the effect of additives (alcohols and brine and external variables (temperature were explored. The replacement of water by brine caused negligible impact due to the nonionic character of Tween 80. On the contrary, the presence of an alcohol (ethanol or 1-butanol enhanced the solubility of the surfactant in the oil phase and decreased the mixture viscosity, resulting in improved surface activity. Similar results were obtained by raising the temperature until the cloud point was reached (60°C. With these modifications, microemulsions at relatively low concentrations of surfactant (around 30% and within a broad interval of compositions could be obtained, widening their possible use in pharmaceuticals manufacturing (such as controlled drug delivery, enzymatic reactions, or excipient processing. The understanding of the surfactant performance could be further used to substitute the n-hexane by a greener solvent, such as supercritical CO2.

  9. Impact of model perfumes on surfactant and mixed surfactant self-assembly. (United States)

    Penfold, J; Tucker, I; Green, A; Grainger, D; Jones, C; Ford, G; Roberts, C; Hubbard, J; Petkov, J; Thomas, R K; Grillo, I


    The impact of some model perfumes on surfactant self-assembly has been investigated, using small-angle neutron scattering. A range of different model perfumes, with differing degrees of hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity, have been explored, and in order of increasing hydrophobicity include phenyl ethanol (PE), rose oxide (RO), limonene (LM), linalool (LL), and dihydrogen mercenol (DHM). The effect of their solubilization on the nonionic surfactant micelles of dodecaethylene monododecyl ether (C12EO12) and on the mixed surfactant aggregates of C12EO12 and the cationic dialkyl chain surfactant dihexadecyl dimethyl ammonium bromide (DHDAB) has been quantified. For PE and LL the effect of their solubilization on the micelle, mixed micelle/lamellar and lamellar regimes of the C12EO12/DHDAB mixtures, has also been determined. For the C12EO12 and mixed DHDAB/C12EO12 micelles PE is solubilized predominantly at the hydrophilic/hydrophobic interface, whereas the more hydrophobic perfumes, from RO to DHM, are solubilized predominantly in the hydrophobic core of the micelles. For the C12EO12 micelles, with increasing perfume concentration, the more hydrophobic perfumes (RO to DHM) promote micellar growth. Relatively modest growth is observed for RO and LM, whereas substantial growth is observed for LL and DHM. In contrast, for the addition of PE the C12EO12 micelles remain as relatively small globular micelles, with no significant growth. For the C12EO12/DHDAB mixed micelles, the pattern of behavior with the addition of perfume is broadly similar, except that the micellar growth with increasing perfume concentration for the more hydrophobic perfumes is less pronounced. In the Lbeta (Lv) region of the DHDAB-rich C12EO12/DHDAB phase diagram, the addition of PE results in a less structured (less rigid) lamellar phase, and ultimately a shift toward a structure more consistent with a sponge or bicontinuous phase. In the mixed L1/Lbeta region of the phase diagram PE induces a slight

  10. Gemini (dimeric) Surfactants

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    Home; Journals; Resonance – Journal of Science Education; Volume 9; Issue 3. Gemini (dimeric) Surfactants - The Two-Faced Molecules. B S Sekhon. General Article Volume 9 Issue 3 March 2004 pp 42-49. Fulltext. Click here to view fulltext PDF. Permanent link: ...

  11. Transport of biological molecules in surfactant-alginate composite hydrogels. (United States)

    Stoppel, Whitney L; White, Joseph C; Horava, Sarena D; Bhatia, Surita R; Roberts, Susan C


    Obstructed transport of biological molecules can result in improper release of pharmaceuticals or biologics from biomedical devices. Recent studies have shown that nonionic surfactants, such as Pluronic® F68 (F68), positively alter biomaterial properties such as mesh size and microcapsule diameter. To further understand the effect of F68 (incorporated at concentrations well above the critical micelle concentration (CMC)) in traditional biomaterials, the transport properties of BSA and riboflavin were investigated in F68-alginate composite hydrogels, formed by both internal and external cross-linking with divalent cations. Results indicate that small molecule transport (represented by riboflavin) was not significantly hindered by F68 in homogeneously (internally) cross-linked hydrogels (up to an 11% decrease in loading capacity and 14% increase in effective diffusion coefficient, D(eff)), while protein transport in homogeneously cross-linked hydrogels (represented by BSA) was significantly affected (up to a 43% decrease in loading capacity and 40% increase in D(eff)). For inhomogeneously cross-linked hydrogels (externally cross-linked by CaCl(2) or BaCl(2)), the D(eff) increased up to 50 and 83% for small molecules and proteins, respectively. Variation in the alginate gelation method was shown to affect transport through measurable changes in swelling ratio (30% decrease) and observable changes in cross-linking structure as well as up to a 3.6- and 11.8-fold difference in D(eff) for riboflavin and BSA, respectively. Aside from the expected significant changes due to the cross-linking method utilized, protein transport properties were altered due to mesh size restrictions (10-25 nm estimated by mechanical properties) and BSA-F68 interaction (DLS). Taken as a whole, these results show that incorporation of a nonionic surfactant at concentrations above the CMC can affect device functionality by impeding the transport of large biological molecules. Copyright © 2011

  12. Preparation and evaluation of some amide ether carboxylate surfactants

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    M.M.A. El-Sukkary


    Full Text Available A homologous series of new mild surfactants, namely: Alkyl amide ether carboxylates surfactants (AEC RCO–NHCH2CH2O (CH2CH2O6CH2COONa, were synthesized by esterification, amidation, ethoxylation and carboxymethylation reaction steps of fatty acids (Lauric, Myristic, palmitic, stearic, oleic or linoleic. The chemical structures of the prepared compounds were confirmed using different spectroscopic techniques, FTIR spectroscopy, mass spectra and HNMR. The surface properties including surface and interfacial tensions, foaming height, emulsification power, calcium ion stability, stability to hydrolysis and critical micelle concentration (cmc were determined. The study of their surface properties showed their stability in hard water and in acidic and alkaline media. These compounds have high calcium ion stability. The low foaming power could have an application in the dyeing auxiliary industry. The lower values of the interfacial tension values indicate the ability of using these surfactants in several applications as corrosion inhibitors and biocides. The data revealed various advantages and potentials as a main surfactant as well as co- surfactants.

  13. Effects of soluble surfactants on the deformation and breakup of stretching liquid bridges. (United States)

    Liao, Ying-Chih; Subramani, Hariprasad J; Franses, Elias I; Basaran, Osman A


    Surfactants are routinely used to control the breakup of drops and jets in many applications such as inkjet printing, crop spraying, and DNA or protein microarraying. The breakup of surfactant-free drops and jets has been extensively studied. By contrast, little is known about the closely related problem of interface rupture when surfactants are present. Solutions of a nonionic surfactant, pentaethylene glycol monododecyl ether, or C12E5, in water and in 90 wt % glycerol/water are used to show the effects of surfactant and viscosity on the deformation and breakup dynamics of stretching liquid bridges. Equilibrium surface tensions for both solutions can be fitted with the Langmuir-Szyskowski equation. All experiments have been done at 24 degrees C. The critical micelle concentrations for C12E5 are 0.04 and 0.4 mM in water and the glycerol/water solution, respectively. With high-speed imaging, the dynamic shapes of bridges held captive between two rods of 3.15 mm diameter are captured and analyzed with a time resolution of 0.1-1 ms. The bridge lengths are 3.15 mm initially and about 5-7 mm at pinch-off. Breakup occurs after stretching for about 0.2-0.3 s, depending on the solution viscosity and the surfactant concentration. When the liquid bridges break up, the volume of the sessile drop left on the bottom rod is about 3 times larger than that of the pendant drop left on the top rod. This asymmetry is due to gravity and is influenced by the equilibrium surface tensions. Surfactant-containing low-viscosity water bridges are shown to break up faster than surfactant-free ones because of the effect of gravity. With or without surfactant, water bridges form satellite drops. Surfactant-containing high-viscosity glycerol/water bridges break up more slowly than surfactant-free ones because of strong viscous effects. Moreover, the shapes of the sessile drops close to breakup exhibit a "pear-like" tip; whether a satellite forms depends on the surface age of the bridge before

  14. Surfactant-Assisted Growth of CdS Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Perkins, C. L.; Hasoon, F. S.


    A common non-ionic surfactant, Triton X-100, was used to modify the chemical bath deposition (CBD) of CdS "buffer" layers on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) thin films. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) data demonstrate that films produced with the surfactant have about the same levels of impurities as films grown without it. For thin, ~130 ..ANG.. CdS layers and relative to devices made without the surfactant, average absolute cell efficiencies were increased from 10.5% to 14.8%, or by a relative 41%. Visual inspection of the CdS depositions reveals one possible mechanism of the surfactant's effects: bubbles that form and adhere to the CIGS surface during the CBD reaction are almost completely eliminated with the addition of the TX-100. Thus, pinholes and thin areas in the CdS layers caused by poor wetting of the substrate surface are sharply reduced, leading to large increases in the open circuit voltage in devices produced with the surfactant.

  15. Effect of different surfactants on methane hydrate formation rate, stability and storage capacity

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    H. Ganji; M. Manteghian; K. Sadaghiani zadeh; M.R. Omidkhah; H. Rahimi Mofrad [Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran (Iran). Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering


    The effects of anionic surfactants sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and linear alkyl benzene sulfonate (LABS), cationic surfactant cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and non-ionic surfactant ethoxylated nonylphenol (ENP) on the formation, dissociation and storage capacity of methane hydrate have been investigated. Each surfactant was tested with 3 concentrations 300, 500 and 1000 ppm and it has been found that SDS, when prepared with these three concentrations speeds up the hydrate formation rate effectively. LABS increases the hydrate formation rate at 500 and 1000 ppm but decreases it at 300 ppm. CTAB and ENP have promotion effect on hydrate formation rate at 1000 ppm but decrease it at 300 and 500 ppm. Hydrate stability tests have been performed at three temperatures 268.2, 270.2 and 272.2 K with and without surfactant promoters. The results show that all tested additives increase the dissociation rate of methane hydrate below the ice point. CTAB has the minimum and LABS the maximum effect on the methane hydrate dissociation rate. Experimental results on hydrate gas content revealed that maximum storage capacity of 165 V/V is obtained with 1000 ppm of CTAB in water. 25 refs., 8 figs.

  16. Diseases of Pulmonary Surfactant Homeostasis (United States)

    Whitsett, Jeffrey A.; Wert, Susan E.; Weaver, Timothy E.


    Advances in physiology and biochemistry have provided fundamental insights into the role of pulmonary surfactant in the pathogenesis and treatment of preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome. Identification of the surfactant proteins, lipid transporters, and transcriptional networks regulating their expression has provided the tools and insights needed to discern the molecular and cellular processes regulating the production and function of pulmonary surfactant prior to and after birth. Mutations in genes regulating surfactant homeostasis have been associated with severe lung disease in neonates and older infants. Biophysical and transgenic mouse models have provided insight into the mechanisms underlying surfactant protein and alveolar homeostasis. These studies have provided the framework for understanding the structure and function of pulmonary surfactant, which has informed understanding of the pathogenesis of diverse pulmonary disorders previously considered idiopathic. This review considers the pulmonary surfactant system and the genetic causes of acute and chronic lung disease caused by disruption of alveolar homeostasis. PMID:25621661

  17. Non-ionic, thermo-responsive DEA/DMA nanogels: synthesis, characterization, and use for DNA separations by microchip electrophoresis. (United States)

    Lu, Xihua; Sun, Mingyun; Barron, Annelise E


    Thermo-responsive polymer "nanogels" (crosslinked hydrogel particles with sub-100 nm diameters) are intriguing for many potential applications in biotechnology and medicine. There have been relatively few reports of electrostatically neutral, thermosensitive nanogels comprising a high fraction of hydrophilic co-monomer. Here we demonstrate the syntheses and characterization of novel, non-ionic nanogels based on random N,N-diethylacrylamide (DEA)/N,N-dimethylacrylamide (DMA) copolymers, made by free-radical, surfactant-free dispersion polymerization. The volume-phase transition temperatures of these DEA/DMA nanogels are strongly affected by co-monomer composition, providing a way to "tune" the phase transition temperature of these non-ionic nanogels. While DEA nanogels (comprising no DMA) can be obtained at 70 °C by standard emulsion precipitation, DEA/DMA random co-polymer nanogels can be obtained only in a particular range of temperatures, above the initial phase transition temperature and below the critical precipitation temperature of the DEA/DMA copolymer, controlled by co-monomer composition. Increasing percentages of DMA in the nanogels raises the phase transition temperature, and attenuates and broadens it as well. We find that concentrated DEA/DMA nanogel dispersions are optically clear at room temperature. This good optical clarity was exploited for their use in a novel DNA sieving matrix for microfluidic chip electrophoresis. An ultrafast, high-efficiency dsDNA separation was achieved in less than 120 s for dsDNA ranging from 75 bp to 15,000 bp. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Using surfactants to increase the bioavailability of explosive compounds in low level contaminated soils within bioslurry systems

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    Harvey, S.; Zappi, M.; Fredrickson, H. [USAE Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS (United States)] [and others


    This study evaluated the use of the nonionic surfactant Tween 80 for increasing the bioavailability of explosives in a contaminated soils from a US Department of Defense site. Bioavailability was assessed by determining the respective equilibrium concentrations of the explosive compounds within soil-water slurries formulated by adding distilled water to the soil in a soil-to-water dry weight ratio of 30%. Increases in the amount of explosives desorbed due to surfactant addition were evaluated for statistical significance. The preliminary results indicated that surfactant dosages greater than 3% were significantly superior to the controls. These dosages increased the total amount of explosives and related by-products extracted by over 50%. However, the extent of improvement did not change appreciatively by increase the dosage beyond 3%.

  19. Mixed surfactant systems for enhanced oil recovery

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    Llave, F.M.; Gall, B.L.; Noll, L.A.


    The results of an evaluation of mixed surfactant systems for enhanced oil recovery are described. Several surfactant combinations have been studied. These include alkyl aryl sulfonates as primary surfactants and carboxymethylated ethoxylated (CME) surfactants and ethoxylated sulfonates (ES) as secondary surfactants. The ethoxylated surfactants increase the salinity tolerance of the primary surfactants and, in theory, allow tailoring of the surfactant system to match selected reservoir conditions. The experiments conducted included interfacial tension (IFT) measurements, phase behavior measurements, adsorption and/or chromatographic separation of mixed surfactant systems, measurements of solution properties such as the critical micelle concentration (CMC) of surfactant mixtures, and crude oil displacement experiments. The effects of temperature, surfactant concentration, salinity, presence of divalent ions, hydrocarbon type, and component proportions in the mixed surfactant combinations, and injection strategies on the performance potential of the targeted surfactant/hydrocarbon systems were studied. 40 refs., 37 figs., 8 tabs.

  20. Effect of anionic surfactants on grafting density of gelatin modified with PDMS-E. (United States)

    Xu, Jing; Xu, Zhen; Qiao, Cong-De; Li, Tian-Duo


    The effect of anionic surfactants on the interfacial compatibility in mono epoxy terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS-E) macromonomer and gelatin mixed system was studied by Gibbs free energy (ΔGM), which played a crucial role in deciding the grafting density of immiscible polymer in heterogeneous system. Aggregation behavior of gelatin chains at boundary between gelatin phase and solvent phase was investigated using viscosity, surface tension and conductivity measurements. Viscosity analysis showed a regular increase in viscosity with the increasing alkyl chain length from C7 to C16 of the homologous alkyl sulfate surfactants. Changes of surface tension exhibited the regular curves of polyelectrolyte-anionic surfactant for alkyl sulfate surfactant systems. The results demonstrated that aggregate structure of gelatin-sulfate surfactants was dominated by electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions, which resulted in a self-assembly process of the hydrophobic segments and hydrophilic segments among gelatin chains and surfactant molecules. However, the interactions between gelatin and alkyl sulfonate surfactants were mainly governed by hydrophobic interactions, which induced conformation change of gelatin molecules. Well-ordered arrangement of gelatin chains at a fluid interface has observed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). It is a key factor to contribute to the reduction of interfacial free energy, which mainly depends on the hydrophobic interaction between gelatin and alkyl sulfate/sulfonate surfactants. MD simulations conclusions are great agreement with our experimental results. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. A freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy and small angle x-ray diffraction study of the effects of albumin, serum, and polymers on clinical lung surfactant microstructure. (United States)

    Braun, Andreas; Stenger, Patrick C; Warriner, Heidi E; Zasadzinski, Joseph A; Lu, Karen W; Taeusch, H William


    Freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy shows significant differences in the bilayer organization and fraction of water within the bilayer aggregates of clinical lung surfactants, which increases from Survanta to Curosurf to Infasurf. Albumin and serum inactivate all three clinical surfactants in vitro; addition of the nonionic polymers polyethylene glycol, dextran, or hyaluronic acid also reduces inactivation in all three. Freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy shows that polyethylene glycol, hyaluronic acid, and albumin do not adsorb to the surfactant aggregates, nor do these macromolecules penetrate the interior water compartments of the surfactant aggregates. This results in an osmotic pressure difference that dehydrates the bilayer aggregates, causing a decrease in the bilayer spacing as shown by small angle x-ray scattering and an increase in the ordering of the bilayers as shown by freeze-fracture electron microscopy. Small angle x-ray diffraction shows that the relationship between the bilayer spacing and the imposed osmotic pressure for Curosurf is a screened electrostatic interaction with a Debye length consistent with the ionic strength of the solution. The variation in surface tension due to surfactant adsorption measured by the pulsating bubble method shows that the extent of surfactant aggregate reorganization does not correlate with the maximum or minimum surface tension achieved with or without serum in the subphase. Albumin, polymers, and their mixtures alter the surfactant aggregate microstructure in the same manner; hence, neither inhibition reversal due to added polymer nor inactivation due to albumin is caused by alterations in surfactant microstructure.

  2. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Oil-Detachment from the Hydroxylated Silica Surface: Effects of Surfactants, Electrostatic Interactions, and Water Flows on the Water Molecular Channel Formation. (United States)

    Tang, Jian; Qu, Zhou; Luo, Jianhui; He, Lanyan; Wang, Pingmei; Zhang, Ping; Tang, Xianqiong; Pei, Yong; Ding, Bin; Peng, Baoliang; Huang, Yunqing


    The detachment process of an oil molecular layer situated above a horizontal substrate was often described by a three-stage process. In this mechanism, the penetration and diffusion of water molecules between the oil phase and the substrate was proposed to be a crucial step to aid in removal of oil layer/drops from substrate. In this work, the detachment process of a two-dimensional alkane molecule layer from a silica surface in aqueous surfactant solutions is studied by means of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. By tuning the polarity of model silica surfaces, as well as considering the different types of surfactant molecules and the water flow effects, more details about the formation of water molecular channel and the expansion processes are elucidated. It is found that for both ionic and nonionic type surfactant solutions, the perturbation of surfactant molecules on the two-dimensional oil molecule layer facilitates the injection and diffusion of water molecules between the oil layer and silica substrate. However, the water channel formation and expansion speed is strongly affected by the substrate polarity and properties of surfactant molecules. First, only for the silica surface with relative stronger polarity, the formation of water molecular channel is observed. Second, the expansion speed of the water molecular channel upon the ionic surfactant (dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide, DTAB and sodium dodecyl benzenesulfonate, SDBS) flooding is more rapidly than the nonionic surfactant system (octylphenol polyoxyethylene(10) ether, OP-10). Third, the water flow speed may also affect the injection and diffusion of water molecules. These simulation results indicate that the water molecular channel formation process is affected by multiple factors. The synergistic effects of perturbation of surfactant molecules and the electrostatic interactions between silica substrate and water molecules are two key factors aiding in the injection and diffusion of water

  3. Modulation of the interfacial electrochemistry of surfactant-functionalised polypyrrole chemical sensor systems

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    Iftikhar, Faiza J. [Sensorlab, Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535 (South Africa); Baker, Priscilla G.L., E-mail: [Sensorlab, Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535 (South Africa); Baleg, Abdul M.; Ndangili, Peter M.; Mailu, Stephen N.; Iwuoha, Emmanuel I. [Sensorlab, Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535 (South Africa)


    Highlights: > In this study, the effects of anionic and neutral surfactants on the redox properties of electrochemically synthesized polypyrrole were investigated. > These surfactants were observed to contribute towards electrochemical kinetics of polypyrrole. > This observation was supported by calculating the rate constants and diffusion coefficients for the different systems under study. > The values for rate constants and diffusion coefficients obtained from cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were in good agreement. - Abstract: The redox properties of electro-polymerized polypyrrole (Ppy) doped with different surfactants were studied in acid medium. It was found out that the addition of different surfactants affect the redox properties as evidenced by diffusion coefficients and rate constants calculated from experimental data obtained from cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Three different surfactants were incorporated into polypyrrole matrix to form homogeneous composites i.e. anionic surfactant polyvinylsulphonic acid (PVSA) as well as non-ionic surfactants (polyethylene glycol p-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)-phenyl ether (Triton-X 100) and polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate (Tween 20). CV and EIS experiments were carried in the presence of the redox probe K{sub 3}[Fe(CN){sub 6}]. Diffusion coefficient was interpreted as a measure of electron movement within the composite polymer structure and rate constant was interpreted as a measure of the rate of oxidation and reduction of the redox probe. The highest value for diffusion coefficient and rate constant was obtained for Ppy/PVSA as 8.16 x 10{sup -12} cm{sup 2} s{sup -1} and 1.05 x 10{sup -5} cm s{sup -1} respectively. The values obtained by CV and EIS were in good agreement.

  4. Heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of phenanthrene in surfactant solution containing TiO{sub 2} particles

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    Zhang Yanlin, E-mail: [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou (China); Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment and Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong); Wong, J.W.C. [Sino-Forest Applied Research Centre for Pearl River Delta Environment and Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong (Hong Kong); Liu Peihong [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou (China); Yuan Min [Research Resources Center, South China Normal University, Guangzhou (China)


    Highlights: {yields} Degradation of phenanthrene in surfactant solution and the role of surfactant have been elucidated. {yields} Possible pathway of phenanthrene degradation in surfactant solution is proposed. {yields} The degradation of phenanthrene follows pseudo-second-order kinetics. {yields} It is proved that applying the surfactants as solubilizing agents to remove contaminants from soils followed by photocatalytic degradation is a promising strategy for soil remediation. - Abstract: Photocatalytic degradation of phenanthrene (PHE) over TiO{sub 2} in aqueous solution containing nonionic surfactant micelles was investigated. All photocatalytic experiments were conducted using a 253.7 nm mercury monochromatic ultraviolet lamp in a photocatalytic reactor. The surfactant micelles could provide a nonaqueous 'cage' to result in a higher degradation rate of PHE than in an aqueous solution, but the higher Triton X-100 concentration (more than 2 g/L) lowered the degradation ratio of PHE because the additional surfactant micelles hindered the movement of micelles containing PHE so as to reduce their adsorption onto titania. Pseudo-second-order kinetics was observed for the photocatalytic degradation of PHE. Alkaline solution environment was beneficial to the photocatalytic degradation of PHE. PHE degradation could mainly be attributed to the formation of hydroxyl radicals as evident from the comparison of degradation efficiencies when O{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and tert-butyl alcohol (TBA) were applied as oxidants or hydroxyl radical scavenger. Based on the GC/MS analysis of the intermediates, the possible pathways of the photocatalytic degradation of PHE were proposed.

  5. Inhibition of citral degradation in an acidic aqueous environment by polyoxyethylene alkylether surfactants. (United States)

    Maswal, Masrat; Dar, Aijaz Ahmad


    Citral is a flavour component widely used in food and cosmetic industries, but is chemically unstable and degrades over time in aqueous solutions due to acid-catalysed and oxidative reactions leading to loss of desirable flavour. The present study reveals the effect of non-ionic micellar solutions of Brij30 and Brij35 on the extent of solubilisation and stabilisation of citral. The rate of chemical degradation of citral in acidic aqueous solutions was found to be highest, which was subsequently reduced significantly within these studied surfactant systems, suggesting protection of citral from an acidic environment once it is incorporated into the micelles. The work concludes that polyoxyethylene alkylether surfactants with lower HLB value, less dense hydrophilic corona and more hydrophobic core volume are efficient in solubilising and stabilising citral against an acidic environment. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Preparation of surfactant-stabilized gold nanoparticle-peptide nucleic acid conjugates

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    Duy, Janice, E-mail: janice.duy@umit.maine.ed [University of Maine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (United States); Connell, Laurie B. [University of Maine, School of Marine Sciences (United States); Eck, Wolfgang [University of Heidelberg, Applied Physical Chemistry (Germany); Collins, Scott D. [University of Maine, Department of Chemistry (United States); Smith, Rosemary L. [University of Maine, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (United States)


    A simple, two-step method of producing stable and functional peptide nucleic acid (PNA)-conjugated gold nanoparticles using a surfactant stabilization step is presented. PNA are DNA analogs with superior chemical stability and target discrimination, but their use in metallic nanoparticle systems has been limited by the difficulty of producing stable colloids of nanoparticle-PNA conjugates. In this work, the nonionic surfactant Tween 20 (polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate) was used to sterically shield gold surfaces prior to the addition of thiolated PNA, producing conjugates which remain dispersed in solution and retain the ability to hybridize to complementary nucleic acid sequences. The conjugates were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and UV-visible absorbance spectroscopy. PNA attachment to gold nanoparticles was confirmed with an enzyme-linked immunoassay, while the ability of nanoparticle-bound PNA to hybridize to its complement was demonstrated using labeled DNA.

  7. Mesoporous silica-magnetite nanocomposite synthesized by using a neutral surfactant

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    Souza, K C; Sousa, E M B [Laboratorio de Biomateriais, Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, 30123-970 Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Salazar-Alvarez, G [Institut Catala de Nanotecnologia (ICN), Edifici CM7, Campus Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona) (Spain); Ardisson, J D; Macedo, W A A [Laboratorio de Fisica Aplicada, Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear, 30123-970 Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)], E-mail:


    Magnetite nanoparticles coated by mesoporous silica were synthesized by an alternative chemical route using a neutral surfactant and without the application of any functionalization method. The magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles were prepared by precipitation from aqueous media, and then coated with mesoporous silica by using nonionic block copolymer surfactants as the structure-directing agents. The mesoporous SiO{sub 2}-coated Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption isotherms, transmission electron microscopy, {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometry. Our results revealed that the magnetite nanoparticles are completely coated by well-ordered mesoporous silica with free pores and stable ({approx}8 nm thick) pore walls, and that the structural and magnetic properties of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles are preserved in the applied synthesis route.

  8. Evaluation of some vanillin-modified polyoxyethylene surfactants as additives for water based mud

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    M.M.A. El-Sukkary


    Full Text Available Water-based drilling fluids are increasingly being used for oil and gas exploration and are generally considered to be more environmentally acceptable than oil-based or synthetic-based fluids. In this study, new types of vanillin-modified polyoxyethylene surfactants were evaluated as additives in water-based mud. Their rheological properties in water-based mud were investigated which included the apparent viscosity, the plastic viscosity, the yield point, the gel strength, the thixotropy as well as the filtration properties. Also, the effect of high temperature on the rheology of the formulated water based mud was studied. The tested ethoxylated non-ionic surfactants showed good results when utilized in the formulation of water-based mud.

  9. Effect of Surfactants on Electrochemical Properties of Vanadium-Pentoxide Nanoparticles Synthesized via Hydrothermal Method. (United States)

    Nair, Devika P; Sakthivel, T; Nivea, R; Eshow, Jeena Susan; Gunasekaran, V


    Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) nanoparticles were synthesized via an anionic, cationic and non-ionic surfactant assisted hydrothermal method in which Ammonium metavanadate (NH4VO3) was used as precursor. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by using powder X-Ray Diffractometer, Scanning Electron Microscopy and UV-Vis spectroscopy. Crystalline nanoparticles were formed using different surfactants like Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS), Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide (CTAB), Polyvenylpyrollidone (PVP) and Sodium Dodecyl Benzene Sulfonate (SDBS). The specific capacitance of V2O5 was calculated in 0.5 M KCl and 0.5 M Na2SO4 aqueous electrolyte by using cyclic voltammetry (CV). Electrochemical impedance, and Chronocoulommetry studies revealed a good capacitive and charge-discharge behavior of the prepared V2O5, which is very promising for the application for next-generation high-performance electro-chemical supercapacitors.


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    Pirog T. Р.


    Full Text Available The review is devoted to surface-active glycolipids. The general characteristics, the physiological role of the rhamnolipids, trehalose lipids, sophorolipids, mannosylerythritol lipids and their traditional producers — the representatives of the genera Pseudozyma, Pseudomonas, Rhodococcus and Candida are given. The detailed analysis of the chemical structure, the stages of the biosynthesis and the regulation of some low molecular glycolipids are done. The own experimental data concerning the synthesis intensification, the physiological role and the practical use of Rhodococcus erythropolis IMV Ac-5017, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus IMV B-7241 and Nocardia vaccinii IMV B-7405 surfactants, which are a complex of the glyco-, phospho-, amino- and neutral lipids (glycolipids of all strains are presented by trehalose mycolates are summarized. It was found that R. erythropolis IMV Ac-5017, A. calcoaceticus IMV B-7241 and N. vaccinii IMV B-7405 surfactants have protective, antimicrobial and antiadhesive properties. It was shown that R. erythropolis IMV Ac-5017, A. calcoaceticus IMV B-7241 and N. vaccinii IMV B-7405 surfactants preparation of cultural liquid intensified the degradation of oil in water due to the activation of the natural petroleum-oxidizing microflora.


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    T. P. Pirog


    Full Text Available The classification and the chemical structure of the lipopeptides and their producers (bacteria of the genera Bacillus and Pseudomonas are given. The role of the lipopeptides in cells motility, biofilm formation, metal binding and xenobiotics degradation and their action on the cells of pro- and eukaryotes is summarized. The stages of the nonribosomal lipopeptides synthesis and the role of two-component (GacA/GacS, ComA/ComP and the quorum system regulation of this process are shown. The potential of lactic acid bacteria and marine microorganisms as alternative surfactants producers (glycolipids, lipopeptides, phospholipids and fatty acids, glycolipopeptides are discussed. Their productivity and advantages over traditional producers are given as well. The properties of surfactants synthesized by lactic acid bacteria (the reduction of the surface tension, the critical micelle concentration, the stability in a wide range of pH, the temperature, the biological activity are summarized. Surfactants of nonpathogenic probiotic bacteria could be used as effective antimicrobial agents and antiadhesive and marine producers which able to synthesize unique metabolites that are not produced by other microorganisms.

  12. Surfactants at the Design Limit. (United States)

    Czajka, Adam; Hazell, Gavin; Eastoe, Julian


    This article analyzes how the individual structural elements of surfactant molecules affect surface properties, in particular, the point of reference defined by the limiting surface tension at the aqueous cmc, γcmc. Particular emphasis is given to how the chemical nature and structure of the hydrophobic tails influence γcmc. By comparing the three different classes of surfactants, fluorocarbon, silicone, and hydrocarbon, a generalized surface packing index is introduced which is independent of the chemical nature of the surfactants. This parameter ϕcmc represents the volume fraction of surfactant chain fragments in a surface film at the aqueous cmc. It is shown that ϕcmc is a useful index for understanding the limiting surface tension of surfactants and can be useful for designing new superefficient surfactants.

  13. Ionizing and Nonionizing Radiation Protection. Module SH-35. Safety and Health. (United States)

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    This student module on ionizing and nonionizing radiation protection is one of 50 modules concerned with job safety and health. This module describes various types of ionizing and nonionizing radiation, and the situations in the workplace where potential hazards from radiation may exist. Following the introduction, 13 objectives (each keyed to a…

  14. Compositional Homology and Creative Thinking


    Tedesco, S.


    The concept of homology is the most solid theoretical basis elaborated by the morphological thinking during its history. The enucleation of some general criteria for the interpretation of homology is today a fundamental tool for life sciences, and for restoring their own opening to the question of qualitative innovation that arose so powerfully in the original Darwinian project. The aim of this paper is to verify the possible uses of the concept of compositional homology in order to provide o...

  15. Study of the interactions between poly(ethylene oxide) and anionic surfactants in elongational flow (United States)

    Smitter, Luis Manuel


    The rheology of polymer solutions is important in a wide variety of applications. In particular, solutions of high-molecular-weight, flexible polymers exhibit an increase in their apparent extensional viscosity with strain rate under extensional flow conditions. This extension thickening is due to formation of transient entanglements of polymer molecules. Certain commercial fluids contain both polymers and surfactants that might interact at the molecular level. These interactions affect the conformation of the polymer chain and, therefore, the rheological behavior of the solution. For instance, addition of anionic surfactants to solutions of nonionic polymers is known to induce increases in the shear viscosity of aqueous solution. This work investigates the behavior of aqueous solutions of a high-molecular-weight poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), a nonionic, flexible polymer, and the anionic surfactants sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) and a commercial alpha-olefin sulfonate (AOS) in extensional flows. The extensional rheology of polymer/surfactant solutions is studied in an opposed-jets device, which generates a flow field close to uniaxial extension. For PEO/SDS mixtures, the results show that formation of micellar aggregates of SDS along the PEO chains results in an increase in the strength of extension thickening of PEO solutions by promoting intermolecular interactions between polymer chains. The minimum PEO concentration required to form intermolecular entanglements is substantially reduced in the presence of micellar aggregates. In solutions containing NaCl, intramolecular interactions are observed at low PEO concentrations. These reduce the strength of extension thickening. Addition of a co-solvent is investigated. The presence of alcohols in the aqueous solutions affects their rheology by changing the solvent nature for both PEO and SDS. In particular, n-octanol promotes aggregation of SDS along the PEO chains, enhancing

  16. Grid diagrams and Khovanov homology

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    Droz, Jean-Marie; Wagner, Emmanuel


    We explain how to compute the Jones polynomial of a link from one of its grid diagrams and we observe a connection between Bigelow’s homological definition of the Jones polynomial and Kauffman’s definition of the Jones polynomial. Consequently, we prove that the Maslov grading on the Seidel–Smith...... symplectic link invariant coincides with the difference between the homological grading on Khovanov homology and the Jones grading on Khovanov homology. We give some evidence for the truth of the Seidel–Smith conjecture....

  17. Influence of salts on the coexistence curve and protein partitioning in nonionic aqueous two-phase micellar systems

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    A. M. Lopes


    Full Text Available Aqueous two-phase micellar systems (ATPMS can be exploited in separation science for the extraction/purification of desired biomolecules. Prior to phase separation the surfactant solution reaches a cloud point temperature, which is influenced by the presence of electrolytes. In this work, we provide an investigation on the cloud point behavior of the nonionic surfactant C10E4 in the presence of NaCl, Li2SO4 and KI. We also investigated the salts' influence on a model protein partitioning. NaCl and Li2SO4 promoted a depression of the cloud point. The order of salts and the concentration that decreased the cloud point was: Li2SO4 0.5 M > NaCl 0.5 M ≈ Li2SO4 0.2 M. On the other hand, 0.5 M KI dislocated the curve to higher cloud point values. For our model protein, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD, partitioning experiments with 0.5 M NaCl or 0.2 M Li2SO4 at 13.85 ºC showed similar results, with K G6PD ~ 0.46. The lowest partition coefficient was obtained in the presence of 0.5 M KI (K G6PD = 0.12, with major recovery of the enzyme in the micelle-dilute phase (%Recovery = 90%. Our results show that choosing the correct salt to add to ATPMS may be useful to attain the desired partitioning conditions at more extreme temperatures. Furthermore, this system can be effective to separate a target biomolecule from fermented broth contaminants.

  18. Methotrexate intercalated layered double hydroxides with the mediation of surfactants: Mechanism exploration and bioassay study

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    Dai, Chao-Fan; Tian, De-Ying; Li, Shu-Ping, E-mail:; Li, Xiao-Dong


    Methotrexatum intercalated layered double hydroxides (MTX/LDHs) hybrids were synthesized by the co-precipitation method and three kinds of nonionic surfactants with different hydrocarbon chain lengths were used. The resulting hybrids were then characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD and FTIR investigations manifest the successful intercalation of MTX anions into the interlayer of LDHs. TEM graphs indicate that the morphology of the hybrids changes with the variation of the chain length of the surfactants, i.e., the particles synthesized using polyethylene glycol (PEG-7) present regular disc morphology with good monodispersity, while samples with the mediation of alkyl polyglycoside (APG-14) are heavily aggregated and samples with the addition of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP-10) exhibit irregular branches. Furthermore, the release and bioassay experiments show that monodisperse MTX/LDHs present good controlled-release and are more efficient in the suppression of the tumor cells. - Highlights: • Surfactants could be used to modify the dispersing state of MTX/LDHs hybrids. • Surfactants have great effect on the morphology of MTX/LDHs hybrids. • MTX/LDHs with good monodisperse degree are more efficient in the suppression of the tumor cells.

  19. Effects of surfactants on graphene oxide nanoparticles transport in saturated porous media. (United States)

    Fan, Wei; Jiang, Xuehui; Lu, Ying; Huo, Mingxin; Lin, Shanshan; Geng, Zhi


    Transport behaviors of graphene oxide nanoparticles (GONPs) in saturated porous media were examined as a function of the presence and concentration of anionic surfactant (SDBS) and non-ionic surfactant (Triton X-100) under different ionic strength (IS). The results showed that the GONPs were retained obviously in the sand columns at both IS of 50 and 200mmol/L, and they were more mobile at lower IS. The presence and concentration of surfactants could enhance the GONP transport, particularly as observed at higher IS. It was interesting to see that the GONP transport was surfactant type dependent, and SDBS was more effective to facilitate GONP transport than Triton X-100 in our experimental conditions. The advection-dispersion-retention numerical modeling followed this trend and depicted the difference quantitatively. Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) interaction calculations also were performed to interpret these effects, indicating that secondary minimum deposition was critical in this study. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  20. "The effects of polysorbate surfactants on the structure of mucus Glycoproteins "

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    Sajadi Tabassi A


    Full Text Available A dynamic oscillatory technique was used to assess the effect of polysorbate non-ionic surfactants on mucus rheology. Adherent mucus gel was scraped from the surface mucosa of pig stomachs and purified by gel exclusion chromatography followed by ultrafiltration and gelation. Rheological measurements of this gel were carried out on a Carri-Med Controlled Stress Rheometer. Appropriate volumes of surfactant solution were added to weighed samples of mucus gel so that a final concentration of 20 mM surfactant was achieved in a gel containing 8% w/w solids content. Polysorbate 20 (PS20, polysorbate 40 (PS40, polysorbate 60 (PS60 and polysorbate 80 (PS80 all decreased both storage (elastic modulus G’ and loss (viscous modulus G’’ significantly at 10 Hz (PPS20>PS60>PS40. The mechanisms by which surfactants disturb the mucus structure are not fully understood, nonetheless, they could possibly affect the mucus gel properties by causing depletion of the glycoprotein constituents such as non-mucin proteins and mucin associated lipids. This might lead to the conclusion that polysorbates, by reducing the viscoelasticity of mucus gel could alleviate its barrier properties and facilitate the diffusion of concomitantly administered drugs via mucus gel.

  1. Inverted Micelle-in-Micelle Configuration in Cationic/Carbohydrate Surfactant Mixtures. (United States)

    Das, Saikat; Xu, Wenjin; Lehmler, Hans-Joachim; Miller, Anne-Frances; Knutson, Barbara L; Rankin, Stephen E


    Nuclear magnetic resonance is applied to investigate the relative positions and interactions between cationic and non-ionic carbohydrate-based surfactants in mixed micelles with D 2 O as the solvent. This is accomplished by using relaxation measurements [spin-lattice (T 1 ) and spin-spin (T 2 ) analysis] and nuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy (NOESY). This study focuses on the interactions of n-octyl β-d-glucopyranoside (C8G1) and β-d-xylopyranoside (C8X1) with the cationic surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (C 16 TAB). Whereas the interactions between carbohydrate and cationic surfactants are thermodynamically favorable, the NOESY results suggest that both of the sugar head groups are located preferentially at the interior core of the mixed micelles, so that they are not directly exposed to the bulk solution. The more hydrophilic sugar headgroups of C8G1 have more mobility than sugar heads of C8X1 owing to increased hydration. Herein, an inverted carbohydrate configuration in mixed micelles is proposed for the first time and supported by fluorescence spectroscopy experiments. This inverted carbohydrate headgroup configuration would limit the use of these mixed surfactants when access to the carbohydrate headgroup is important, but may present new opportunities where the carbohydrate-rich core of the micelles can be exploited. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Washing-resistant surfactant coated surface is able to inhibit pathogenic bacteria adhesion (United States)

    Treter, Janine; Bonatto, Fernando; Krug, Cristiano; Soares, Gabriel Vieira; Baumvol, Israel Jacob Rabin; Macedo, Alexandre José


    Surface-active substances, which are able to organize themselves spontaneously on surfaces, triggering changes in the nature of the solid-liquid interface, are likely to influence microorganism adhesion and biofilm formation. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate chemical non-ionic surfactants activity against pathogenic microbial biofilms and to cover biomaterial surfaces in order to obtain an anti-infective surface. After testing 11 different surfactants, Pluronic F127 was selected for further studies due to its non-biocidal properties and capability to inhibit up to 90% of biofilm formation of Gram-positive pathogen and its clinical isolates. The coating technique using direct impregnation on the surface showed important antibiofilm formation characteristics, even after extensive washes. Surface roughness and bacterial surface polarity does not influence the adhesion of Staphylococcus epidermidis, however, the material coated surface became extremely hydrophilic. The phenotype of S. epidermidis does not seem to have been affected by the contact with surfactant, reinforcing the evidence that a physical phenomenon is responsible for the activity. This paper presents a simple method of surface coating employing a synthetic surfactant to prevent S. epidermidis biofilm formation.

  3. Critical micelle concentration values for different surfactants measured with solid-phase microextraction fibers. (United States)

    Haftka, Joris J-H; Scherpenisse, Peter; Oetter, Günter; Hodges, Geoff; Eadsforth, Charles V; Kotthoff, Matthias; Hermens, Joop L M


    The amphiphilic nature of surfactants drives the formation of micelles at the critical micelle concentration (CMC). Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers were used in the present study to measure CMC values of 12 nonionic, anionic, cationic, and zwitterionic surfactants. The SPME-derived CMC values were compared to values determined using a traditional surface tension method. At the CMC of a surfactant, a break in the relationship between the concentration in SPME fibers and the concentration in water is observed. The CMC values determined with SPME fibers deviated by less than a factor of 3 from values determined with a surface tension method for 7 out of 12 compounds. In addition, the fiber-water sorption isotherms gave information about the sorption mechanism to polyacrylate-coated SPME fibers. A limitation of the SPME method is that CMCs for very hydrophobic cationic surfactants cannot be determined when the cation exchange capacity of the SPME fibers is lower than the CMC value. The advantage of the SPME method over other methods is that CMC values of individual compounds in a mixture can be determined with this method. However, CMC values may be affected by the presence of compounds with other chain lengths in the mixture because of possible mixed micelle formation. Environ Toxicol Chem 2016;35:2173-2181. © 2016 SETAC. © 2016 SETAC.


    Surfactants used to enhance remediation of soils by soil washing are often lost in the process. Neither the amount nor the cause of this loss is known. It is assumed that clays present in the soil are responsible for the loss of the surfactant. In this papere, adsorption prope...

  5. Novel Approaches to Surfactant Administration


    Gupta, Samir; Donn, Steven M.


    Surfactant replacement therapy has been the mainstay of treatment for preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome for more than twenty years. For the most part, surfactant is administered intratracheally, followed by mechanical ventilation. In recent years, the growing interest in noninvasive ventilation has led to novel approaches of administration. This paper will review these techniques and the associated clinical evidence.

  6. Immunomodulatory properties of surfactant preparations. (United States)

    Bersani, Iliana; Kunzmann, Steffen; Speer, Christian P


    Surfactant replacement significantly decreased acute pulmonary morbidity and mortality among preterm neonates with respiratory distress syndrome. Besides improving lung function and oxygenation, surfactant is also a key modulator of pulmonary innate and acquired immunity regulating lung inflammatory processes. In this review, we describe the immunomodulatory features of surfactant preparations. Various surfactant preparations decrease the proinflammatory cytokine and chemokine release, the oxidative burst activity, and the nitric oxide production in lung inflammatory cells such as alveolar neutrophils, monocytes and macrophages; they also affect lymphocyte proliferative response and immunoglobulin production, as well as natural killer and lymphokine-activated killer cell activity. In addition, surfactant preparations are involved in airway remodeling, as they decrease lung fibroblast proliferation capacity and the release of mediators involved in remodeling. Moreover, they increase cell transepithelial resistance and VEGF synthesis in lung epithelial cells. A number of different signaling pathways and molecules are involved in these processes. Because the inhibition of local immune response may decrease lung injury, surfactant therapeutic efficacy may be related not only to its biophysical characteristics but, at least in part, to its anti-inflammatory features and its effects on remodeling processes. However, further studies are required to identify which surfactant preparation ensures the highest anti-inflammatory activity, thereby potentially decreasing the inflammatory process underlying respiratory distress syndrome. In perspective, detailed characterization of these anti-inflammatory effects could help to improve the next generation of surfactant preparations.

  7. Effect of surfactants on the aggregation and sedimentation of zinc oxide nanomaterial in natural water matrices. (United States)

    Li, Xuankun; Yoneda, Minoru; Shimada, Yoko; Matsui, Yasuto


    The wide application of surfactants and engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) in industrial and consumer products lead to the high possibility of their co-presence in natural water environment, making it important to study the effect of surfactants on the environmental behavior and fate of ENMs. In this work, we selected an anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and a nonionic nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPEO, Tergitol NP-9) to study their effects on the aggregation and sedimentation of a 20nm ZnO ENM in different water matrices. The adsorption of SDS and NP-9 by ZnO ENM were fitted with Langmuir model, and the maximum adsorption capacities were 43.73±4.62mg/g and 13.79±1.09 respectively. As the surfactant concentration increased from 0 to 0.030% (m:v), SDS reduced the zeta potential of ZnO ENM from 17.56±2.13 to -27.96±2.59mV, whereas NP-9 did not affect the zeta potential. After a 24-h batch reactor experiment, SDS and NP-9 reduced 93.02% and 80.26% of the aggregate size of ZnO ENM (50mgL(-1)) in maximum at surfactant concentrations≥0.015%. The ZnO ENM was not stable in natural aqueous matrices, mainly because of the relatively high ionic strength. However, surfactants were found to reduce the aggregation and sedimentation of ZnO ENM in six natural water matrices in different degrees. With the presence of 0.030% SDS in tap water, maximum reduction rates of aggregate size and sedimentation were recorded as 69.54% and 26.69%, respectively. The results of this study indicate that the presence of surfactants may alter the behaviors and fate of ENMs in natural water environment. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Oxidative treatment of diclofenac via ferrate(VI) in aqueous media: effect of surfactant additives. (United States)

    Wang, Yingling; Ni, Tianjun; Yuan, Jianmei; Wang, Chunfeng; Liu, Guoguang


    The potential reaction of diclofenac (DCF) with ferrate(VI) and influences of coexisting surfactants have not been investigated in depth, and are the focus of this study. The results demonstrated that DCF reacted effectively and rapidly with Fe(VI) and approximately 75% of DCF (0.03 mM) was removed by excess Fe(VI) (0.45 mM) within 10 min. All of the reactions followed pseudo first-order kinetics with respect to DCF and Fe(VI), where the apparent second-order rate constant (kapp) was 5.07 M(-1) s(-1) at pH 9.0. Furthermore, the degradation efficiencies of DCF were clearly dependent on the concentrations of dissolved organic matter additives in the substrate solution. Primarily, inhibitory effects were observed with the samples that contained anionic (sodium dodecyl-benzene sulfonate, SDBS) or non-ionic (Tween-80) surfactants, which have been attributed to the side reactions between Fe(VI) and surfactants, which led to a reduction in the available oxidant for DCF destruction. Furthermore, the addition of a cationic surfactant (cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide, CTAB) and humic acid (HA) conveyed significantly promotional effects on the DCF-Fe(VI) reaction. The rate enhancement effect for CTAB might be due to micellar surface catalysis, through the Coulomb attraction between the reactants and positively charged surfactants, while the catalytic action for HA resulted from the additional oxidation of Fe(V)/Fe(IV) in the presence of HA. The results provided the basic knowledge required to understand the environmental relevance of DCF oxidation via Fe(VI) in the presence of surfactant additives.

  9. Innovation in surfactant therapy II: surfactant administration by aerosolization. (United States)

    Pillow, J Jane; Minocchieri, S


    Instilled bolus surfactant is the only approved surfactant treatment for neonatal respiratory distress syndrome. However, recent trends towards increased utilization of noninvasive respiratory support for preterm infants with surfactant deficiency have created a demand for a similarly noninvasive means of administering exogenous surfactant. Past approaches to surfactant nebulization met with varying success due to inefficient aerosol devices resulting in low intrapulmonary delivery doses of surfactant with variable clinical effectiveness. The recent development of vibrating membrane nebulizers, coupled with appropriate positioning of the interface device, indicates that efficient delivery of aerosolized surfactant is now a realistic goal in infants. Evidence of clinical effect despite low total administered dose in pilot studies, together with suggestions of enhanced homogeneity of pulmonary distribution indicate that this therapy may be applied in a cost-effective manner, with minimal patient handling and disruption. These studies need to be subjected to appropriately designed randomized controlled trials. Further work is also required to determine the optimum delivery route (mask, intranasal prong, nasopharyngeal or laryngeal), dosing amount and redosing interval. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  10. Mod two homology and cohomology

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    Hausmann, Jean-Claude


    Cohomology and homology modulo 2 helps the reader grasp more readily the basics of a major tool in algebraic topology. Compared to a more general approach to (co)homology this refreshing approach has many pedagogical advantages: It leads more quickly to the essentials of the subject, An absence of signs and orientation considerations simplifies the theory, Computations and advanced applications can be presented at an earlier stage, Simple geometrical interpretations of (co)chains. Mod 2 (co)homology was developed in the first quarter of the twentieth century as an alternative to integral homology, before both became particular cases of (co)homology with arbitrary coefficients. The first chapters of this book may serve as a basis for a graduate-level introductory course to (co)homology. Simplicial and singular mod 2 (co)homology are introduced, with their products and Steenrod squares, as well as equivariant cohomology. Classical applications include Brouwer's fixed point theorem, Poincaré duality, Borsuk-Ula...

  11. Homology theory on algebraic varieties

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    Wallace, Andrew H


    Homology Theory on Algebraic Varieties, Volume 6 deals with the principles of homology theory in algebraic geometry and includes the main theorems first formulated by Lefschetz, one of which is interpreted in terms of relative homology and another concerns the Poincaré formula. The actual details of the proofs of these theorems are introduced by geometrical descriptions, sometimes aided with diagrams. This book is comprised of eight chapters and begins with a discussion on linear sections of an algebraic variety, with emphasis on the fibring of a variety defined over the complex numbers. The n

  12. Compositional Homology and Creative Thinking

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    Salvatore Tedesco


    Full Text Available The concept of homology is the most solid theoretical basis elaborated by the morphological thinking during its history. The enucleation of some general criteria for the interpretation of homology is today a fundamental tool for life sciences, and for restoring their own opening to the question of qualitative innovation that arose so powerfully in the original Darwinian project. The aim of this paper is to verify the possible uses of the concept of compositional homology in order to provide of an adequate understanding of the dynamics of creative thinking.


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    T. P. Pirog


    Full Text Available It was shown literature and own experimental data concerning the use of microbial surface active glycolipids (rhamno-, sophoro- and trehalose lipids and lipopeptides for water and soil purification from oil and other hydrocarbons, removing toxic heavy metals (Cu2+, Cd2+, Ni2+, Pb2+, degradation of complex pollution (oil and other hydrocarbons with heavy metals, and the role of microbial surfactants in phytoremediation processes. The factors that limit the use of microbial surfactants in environmental technologies are discussed. Thus, at certain concentrations biosurfactant can exhibit antimicrobial properties and inhibit microorganisms destructing xenobiotics. Microbial biodegradability of surfactants may also reduce the effectiveness of bioremediation. Development of effective technologies using microbial surfactants should include the following steps: monitoring of contaminated sites to determine the nature of pollution and analysis of the autochthonous microbiota; determining the mode of surfactant introduction (exogenous addition of stimulation of surfactant synthesis by autochthonous microbiota; establishing an optimal concentration of surfactant to prevent exhibition of antimicrobial properties and rapid biodegradation; research both in laboratory and field conditions.

  14. An investigation of small-molecule surfactants to potentially replace pluronic F-68 for reducing bubble-associated cell damage. (United States)

    Hu, Weiwei; Rathman, James J; Chalmers, Jeffrey J


    It is well known that bubble rupture has a detrimental effect on mammalian cells. As a result, Pluronic F-68 (PF-68), a nonionic surfactant, is commonly used to reduce bubble-associated cell damage in sparged bioreactors. While PF-68 is currently effective, there is a concern with respect to its decrease in effectiveness as cell concentrations increase (Ma et al., 2004, Biotechnol Prog 20:1183-1191). In addition, having more than one effective surfactant for cell culture is also highly desirable. Given the empirical nature in which PF-68 was initially discovered as a cell culture additive, a structure-performance study of small molecule surfactants, a distinct group which have been previously investigated for other purposes, was performed in an attempt to find a replacement for PF-68. In this study, a generic platform was established to initially screen both the type and concentration of these surfactants for cytotoxicity. Promising candidates where then evaluated for their ability to rapidly lower the surface tension (dynamic surface tension) of culture media and their ability to prevent cell-bubble attachment in a specially developed bubble creation and collection system. Several promising small- molecule surfactants, and their effective concentration, were identified, which can reduce cell-bubble attachment efficiently without being harmful to cells.

  15. Physical Properties and Biological Activity of Poly(butyl acrylate–styrene) Nanoparticle Emulsions Prepared with Conventional and Polymerizable Surfactants (United States)

    Garay-Jimenez, Julio C.; Gergeres, Danielle; Young, Ashley; Dickey, Sonja; Lim, Daniel V.; Turos, Edward


    Recent efforts in our laboratory have explored the use of polyacrylate nanoparticles in aqueous media as stable emulsions for potential applications in treating drug-resistant bacterial infections. These emulsions are made by emulsion polymerization of acrylated antibiotic compounds in a mixture of butyl acrylate and styrene (7:3 w:w) using sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as a surfactant. Prior work in our group established that the emulsions required purification to remove toxicity associated with extraneous surfactant present in the media. This paper summarizes our investigations of poly(butyl acrylate-styrene) emulsions made using anionic, cationic, zwitterionic, and non-charged (amphiphilic) surfactants, as well as attachable surfactant monomers (surfmers), comparing the cytotoxicity and microbiological activity levels of the emulsion both before and after purification. Our results show that the attachment of a polymerizable surfmer onto the matrix of the nanoparticle neither improves nor diminishes cytotoxic or antibacterial effects of the emulsion, regardless of whether the emulsions are purified or not, and that the optimal properties are associated with the use of the non-ionic surfactants versus those carrying anionic, cationic, or zwitterionic charge. Incorporation of an N-thiolated β-lactam antibacterial agent onto the nanoparticle matrix via covalent attachment endows the emulsion with antibiotic properties against pathogenic bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), without changing the physical properties of the nanoparticles or their emulsions. PMID:19523413

  16. Tuning high aqueous phase uptake in nonionic water-in-oil microemulsions for the synthesis of Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles: phase behavior, characterization, and nanoparticle synthesis. (United States)

    Aubery, Carolina; Solans, Conxita; Sanchez-Dominguez, Margarita


    In this work, the formation of water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions with high aqueous phase uptake in a nonionic surfactant system is investigated as potential media for the synthesis of Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles. A comprehensive study based on the phase behavior of systems containing precursor salts, on one hand, and precipitating agent, on the other hand, was carried out to identify key regions on (a) pseudoternary phase diagrams at constant temperature (50 °C), and (b) pseudobinary phase diagrams at constant surfactant (S):oil(O) weight ratio (S:O) as a function of temperature. The internal structure and dynamics of microemulsions were studied systematically by conductivity and self-diffusion coefficient determinations (FT PGSE (1)H NMR). It was found that nonpercolated w/o microemulsions could be obtained by appropriate tuning of composition variables and temperature, with aqueous phase concentrations as high as 36 wt % for precursor salts and 25 wt % for precipitating agent systems. Three compositions with three different dynamic behaviors (nonpercolated and percolated w/o, as well as bicontinuous microemulsions) were selected for the synthesis of Mn-Zn ferrites, resulting in nanoparticles with different characteristics. Spinel structure and superparamagnetic behavior were obtained. This study sets firm basis for a systematic study of Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticle synthesis via different scenarios of microemulsion dynamics, which will contribute to a better understanding on the relationship of the characteristics of the obtained materials with the properties of the reaction media. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  17. Analysis of the Photophysical Behavior and Rotational-Relaxation Dynamics of Coumarin 6 in Nonionic Micellar Environments: The Effect of Temperature

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    Cristóbal Carnero Ruiz


    Full Text Available The photodynamics of Coumarin 6 have been investigated in three nonionic micellar assemblies, i.e., n-dodecyl-β-d-maltoside (β-C12G2, p-tert-octyl-phenoxy polyethylene (9.5 ether (Triton X-100 or TX100 and n-dodecyl-hexaethylene-glycol (C12E6, to assess their potential use as encapsulation vehicles for hydrophobic drugs. To evaluate the effect of the micellar size and hydration, the study used a broad temperature range (293.15–323.15 K. The data presented here include steady-state absorption and emission spectra of the probe, dynamic light scattering, together with fluorescence lifetimes and both steady-state, as well as time-resolved fluorescence anisotropies. The time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy data were analyzed on the basis of the well-established two-step model. Our data reveal that the molecular probe in all of the cases is solubilized in the hydration layer of micelles, where it would sense a relatively polar environment. However, the probe was found to undergo a slower rotational reorientation when solubilized in the alkylpolyglycoside surfactant, as a result of a more compact microenvironment around the probe. The behavior of the parameters of the reorientation dynamics with temperature was analyzed on the basis of both micellar hydration and the head-group flexibility of the surfactants.

  18. Combining Evidence from Homologous Datasets

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    Feng, Ao; Allan, James


    .... We argue that combining evidence from these "homologous" datasets can give us better representation of the original data, and our experiments show that a model combining all sources outperforms each...

  19. Determination of the Critical Micelle Concentration of Neutral and Ionic Surfactants with Fluorometry, Conductometry, and Surface Tension-A Method Comparison. (United States)

    Scholz, Norman; Behnke, Thomas; Resch-Genger, Ute


    Micelles are of increasing importance as versatile carriers for hydrophobic substances and nanoprobes for a wide range of pharmaceutical, diagnostic, medical, and therapeutic applications. A key parameter indicating the formation and stability of micelles is the critical micelle concentration (CMC). In this respect, we determined the CMC of common anionic, cationic, and non-ionic surfactants fluorometrically using different fluorescent probes and fluorescence parameters for signal detection and compared the results with conductometric and surface tension measurements. Based upon these results, requirements, advantages, and pitfalls of each method are discussed. Our study underlines the versatility of fluorometric methods that do not impose specific requirements on surfactants and are especially suited for the quantification of very low CMC values. Conductivity and surface tension measurements yield smaller uncertainties particularly for high CMC values, yet are more time- and substance consuming and not suitable for every surfactant.

  20. Application of Surfactant Micellar Solutions as Extractants and Mobile Phases for TLC-Determination of Purine Bases and Doping Agents in Biological Liquids

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    Daria Victorovna Yedamenko


    Full Text Available Separation of caffeine and its metabolites (theophylline and theobromine and doping agents (spironolactone, propranolol, and ephedrine and determination of caffeine in serum sample and propranolol and ephedrine in urine were studied on normal-phase thin layers (“Sorbfil-UV-254”. Aqueous organic solvents and aqueous micellar surfactant solutions were compared as the mobile phases for separation. The acceptable separation of purine bases and doping agents was achieved by micellar Thin Layer Chromatography and normal-phase Thin Layer Chromatography. Anionic surfactant solution with added 1-propanol was the best eluent as for caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine separation, as for doping agents. The best characteristics of caffeine extraction from serum, and propranolol and ephedrine from urine were achieved when micellar eluent based on non-ionic Tween-80 surfactant was used. DOI:

  1. Comparison of intravenous drip infusion excretory urography using ionic and non-ionic contrast media

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    Onitsuka, Hideo; Araki, Akiteru; Torii, Yoshikuni; Tsukuda, Masaaki; Murakami, Junji; Ino, Akihiro; Hashiguchi, Norihisa; Masuda, Kouji (Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)


    Ionic and non-ionic contrast media were compared for use in intravenous drip infusion excretory urography. Sixty consecutive cases were classified alternately into two groups, ionic and non-ionic, excluding cases which were known to have factors affecting contrast ability adversely, such as hydronephrosis, renal failure and so on. Each group consisted of 30 cases. A hundred ml of the ionic contrast medium (Diatrizoate-60% Urografin) or non-ionic contrast medium (Iopamidol-Iopamiron 300) was administered I.V. by drip infusion, each infusion taking less than 10 minutes, using a 18 G needle, and 0-minute, 10-minute and 20-minute films were obtained. Visibility of nephrogram, calyceal system, renal pelvis, ureters and bladder were evaluated, ranging from 0 to 3, by six radiologists who were not informed of the contrast medium used. Some detailed factors such as radiographic contrast and fullness of the collecting system and of the bladder were also analyzed. Visualization rate of the ureters was defined as the length of visualized ureters divided by the distance between the renal pelvis and the ureteral orifice of the bladder. There was no significant difference in visualization of nephrogram between the two groups. However, the non-ionic group was superior to the ionic group in visualization of the calyceal system and ureters with statistical significance, probably due to higher radiogrpahic contrast of non-ionic medium. There was no statistical significance between the two groups, in fullness of the calyceal system and visualization rate of the ureters, whereas the ionic group was superior to the non-ionic group in fullness of the bladder. In the ionic and non-ionic groups, side effects were seen in 6 and 2 cases, respectively, although this was not statistically significant. We conclude that non-ionic contrast medium is excellent for drip infusion excretory urography. (author).

  2. Health risk to non-ionizing radiation by the telecommunications networks in Peru


    Cruz, Víctor M.; Salud ambiental; Radiación no ionizante; Red de telecomunicaciones, Teléfono celular, Perú.


    We review the various studies on the potential impact of telecommunications networks on health, these studies relate to the possible health effects due to thermal effect of non-ionizing radiation produced greater increases in body temperature at 1 ºC. f urthermore, the studies were reviewed for assessment of exposure to non-ionizing radiation of telecommunications networks in Peru from 2000 to 2006 that include the measurement of more than 500 locations. The highest average levels of exposure...

  3. Interaction of n-octyl β,D-glucopyranoside with giant magnetic-fluid-loaded phosphatidylcholine vesicles: direct visualization of membrane curvature fluctuations as a function of surfactant partitioning between water and lipid bilayer. (United States)

    Ménager, Christine; Guemghar, Dihya; Cabuil, Valérie; Lesieur, Sylviane


    The present study deals with the morphological modifications of giant dioleoyl phosphatidylcholine vesicles (DOPC GUVs) induced by the nonionic surfactant n-octyl β,D-glucopyranoside at sublytic levels, i.e., in the first steps of the vesicle-to-micelle transition process, when surfactant inserts into the vesicle bilayer without disruption. Experimental conditions were perfected to exactly control the surfactant bilayer composition of the vesicles, in line with former work focused on the mechanical properties of the membrane of magnetic-fluid-loaded DOPC GUVs submitted to a magnetic field. The purpose here was to systematically examine, in the absence of any external mechanical constraint, the dynamics of giant vesicle shape and membrane deformations as a function of surfactant partitioning between the aqueous phase and the lipid membrane, beforehand established by turbidity measurements from small unilamellar vesicles.

  4. Treatment with exogenous surfactant stimulates endogenous surfactant synthesis in premature infants with respiratory distress syndrome

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    Bunt, JEH; Carnielli, VP; Janssen, DJ; Wattimena, JLD; Hop, WC; Sauer, PJ; Zimmermann, LJI


    Objective: Treatment of preterm infants with respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) with exogenous surfactant has greatly improved clinical outcome. Some infants require multiple doses, and it has not been studied whether these large amounts of exogenous surfactant disturb endogenous surfactant

  5. Chemistry and technology of surfactants

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    Farn, Richard J


    ... 2.3.1 Micelles and critical micelle concentration 2.3.2 Aggregate structures and shapes 2.4 Adsorption of surfactants at surfaces 2.4.1 Adsorption at liquid- gas and liquid- liquid interfaces 2.4....

  6. Immobilization of lipase from Candida rugosa into copolymer hydrogels of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-itaconic acid synthesized in the presence of surfactants

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    Full Text Available To overcome the problems of free enzyme application as catalysts in chemical reactions, i.e. high costs of isolation and purification processes, high sensitivity to process conditions, insufficient enzyme stability etc., a different immobilization techniques are to be used. Immobilization to/within solid support improves enzyme stability decreasing its denaturation. This paper deals with hydrogels of N-isopropylacrylamide and itaconic acid with incorporated nonionic surfactants (Triton X-100, Brij 30 and Tween 80 synthesized in distilled water at room temperature by free radical polymerization. These hydrogels were used as supports for immobilization of enzyme, lipase from Candida rugosa by post-entrapment method. The aim was to investigate the effect of the nonionic surfactants on the lipase binding capacity, as well as on its hydrolytic activity. In order to characterize the obtained hydrogels FT-IR analysis has been performed. Further, the swelling behaviour of these samples in buffer solution of pH 6.80 has been investigated. The dynamic - mechanical properties of hydrogels and detailed have been studied, too. The immobilized lipase showed somewhat reduced hydrolytic activity, as compared to the activity of free lipase as well as in comparison to the lipase immobilized to the reference sample (sample synthesized under the same polymerization conditions, but in the absence of surfactants. It was concluded that the addition of surfactants increased the hydrogel mesh size. The surfactant addition did not affect the dynamic - mechanical properties of the investigated hydrogels. The largest percentage of specific activity and yield of activity were presented by the reference sample, too. It is obvious that the absence of surfactants charged groups has no influence on the lipase binding capacity, and the obtained activity yields are to be expected.

  7. Enhanced secretion and low temperature stabilization of a hyperthermostable and Ca2+-independent alpha-amylase of Geobacillus thermoleovorans by surfactants. (United States)

    Uma Maheswar Rao, J L; Satyanarayana, T


    Selection of suitable surfactants for enhancing and stabilizing alpha-amylase of Geobacillus thermoleovorans. Geobacillus thermoleovorans was cultivated in shake flasks containing 50 ml of starch-yeast extract-tryptone (SYT) medium with/without surfactants. Titres of the enzyme in media were monitored. The enzyme was also preserved at 4 degrees C with/without surfactants and enzyme activities were determined. Among polyethylene glycol (PEGs) of different molecular weights, PEG 8000 (0.5%, w/v) caused a slight increase in the enzyme titre, while Tween-20, Tween-40 and Tween-60 (0.03%, w/v) exerted a significant stimulatory effect on enzyme secretion. In the presence of SDS, Tween-80 and cholic acid (0.03%, w/v), the enzyme production was nearly twofold higher than that in the control. The anionic (SDS, cholic acid) and non-ionic (Tweens) detergents increased the cell membrane permeability, and thus, enhanced alpha-amylase secretion. Furthermore, anionic surfactants exhibited stabilizing effect on the enzyme during preservation at 4 degrees C. PEG 8000 and the ionic detergents (SDS, cholic acid and Tween-80) were more effective in the solubilization of cell membrane components, and enhancing enzyme yields than the cationic detergents such as CTAB (N,Cetyl-N,N,N-trimethyl ammonium bromide). Further, these surfactants were found to stabilize the enzyme at 4 degrees C. The secretion of Ca2+-independent hyperthermostable alpha-amylase was enhanced in the presence of certain anionic and non-ionic detergents in the medium. Furthermore, the surfactants stabilized the enzyme during preservation at 4 degrees C. The use of this enzyme in starch hydrolysis eliminates the addition of Ca2+ in starch liquefaction and its subsequent removal by ion exchange from sugar syrups.

  8. Use of two-surfactants mixtures to attain specific HLB values for assisted TPH-diesel biodegradation. (United States)

    Torres, Luis G; Rojas, Neftalí; Iturbe, Rosario


    In a surfactant assisted biodegradation process, the choice of surfactant(s) is of crucial importance. The question is: does the type of surfactant (i.e. chemical family) affect the biodegradation process at fixed hidrophillic-lypofillic balance (HLB) values? Microcosm assessments were developed using contaminated soil, with around of 5000 mg/kg of hydrocarbons as TPH-diesel. Mixtures of three nonionic surfactants were employed to get a wide range of specific HLB values. Tween20 and Span20 were mixed in the appropriate proportions to get HLB values between 8.6 and 16.7. Tween/Span60 mixtures reached HLB values between 4.7 and 14.9. Finally, Tween/Span80 combinations yielded HLB values between 4.3 and 15. TPH-diesel biodegradation was measured at the beginning, and after 8 weeks, as well as the FCU/gr(soil), as a measure of microorganisms' development during the biodegradation period. A second aim of this work was to assess the use of guar gum as a biodegradation enhancer instead of synthetic products. The conclusions of this work are that surfactant chemical family, and not only the HLB value clearly affects the assisted biodegradation rate. Surfactant's synergism was clearly observed. Regarding the use of guar gum, no biodegradation enhancement was observed for the three assessed concentrations, i.e., 2, 20, and 200 mg/kg, respectively. On the contrary, TPH-diesel removal was lower as the gum concentration increased. It is quite possible that guar gum was used as a microbial substrate.

  9. The effect of surfactants on the ozonation of o-cresol in aqueous solutions in a rotating packed contactor. (United States)

    Ku, Young; Ji, Yan-Shiun; Chen, Hua-Wei; Chou, Yiang-Chen; Chang, Ching-Yuan


    Steady-state dissolved ozone concentrations were maintained relatively constant for experiments on ozone dissolution conducted in the presence of various amounts of sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) and Triton X-100 (TX-100), an anionic surfactant and a nonionic surfactant, respectively. Ozonation in a rotating packed contactor has been shown to be feasible for achieving nearly complete decomposition of o-cresol within about 10 minutes of reaction time for most experiments conducted. The temporal decomposition behaviour of o-cresol in aqueous solution by ozonation was described by a two-step pseudo-first-order reaction kinetics. Even though the presence of SDS and TX-100 slightly affected the decomposition rate constant of o-cresol by ozonation in the rotating packed contactor, the mineralization of total organic carbon was apparently reduced with the addition of SDS and TX-100.

  10. Hyaluronan with dextran added to therapeutic lung surfactants improves effectiveness in vitro and in vivo. (United States)

    Lu, Karen W; Taeusch, H William; Clements, John A


    Surfactants in current clinical use are largely ineffective in treating acute lung injury (ALI)/ acute respiratory distress syndrome. In part, this ineffectiveness is due to inactivation of surfactant by serum leakage into the alveoli. Previously, we reported that adding hyaluronan and some nonionic polymers to synthetic lipids combined with native SP-B and SP-C enhanced surface activity. In this study, we first tested two therapeutic lung surfactants and then retested after adding hyaluronan, polyethylene glycol or dextran alone or in two-polymer combinations including hyaluronan in the absence or presence of serum. Surface activities were measured in a modified bubble surfactometer. Results indicate that the inhibition threshold (defined as the amount of serum required to produce a minimum surface tension above 10 mN/m after 5 minutes of cycling) was 35 times higher with hyaluronan plus dextran added to Infasurf than with Infasurf alone, and better than all other mixtures tested. The threshold for Survanta with hyaluronan plus polyethylene glycol was 7 times higher than Survanta alone. We next tested selected surfactant mixtures in an animal model that mimicked ALI. All measurements of lung function showed significant improvement (P ≤ .05) with hyaluronan, or with hyaluronan and dextran added to Infasurf compared to Infasurf alone. Also, for these two groups, lung function was still improving at the end of the experiment. We conclude that certain polymers added to clinical surfactants can greatly increase resistance to inactivation in vitro, while in vivo, both Infasurf mixtures containing hyaluronan tended to normalize measures of lung function unlike other mixtures tested.

  11. Surfactant-modified yeast whole-cell biocatalyst displaying lipase on cell surface for enzymatic production of structured lipids in organic media. (United States)

    Hama, Shinji; Yoshida, Ayumi; Nakashima, Kazunori; Noda, Hideo; Fukuda, Hideki; Kondo, Akihiko


    The cell surface engineering system, in which functional proteins are genetically displayed on microbial cell surfaces, has recently become a powerful tool for applied biotechnology. Here, we report on the surfactant modification of surface-displayed lipase to improve its performance for enzymatic synthesis reactions. The lipase activities of the surfactant-modified yeast displaying Rhizopus oryzae lipase (ROL) were evaluated in both aqueous and nonaqueous systems. Despite the similar lipase activities of control and surfactant-modified cells in aqueous media, the treatment with nonionic surfactants increased the specific lipase activity of the ROL-displaying yeast in n-hexane. In particular, the Tween 20-modified cells increased the cell surface hydrophobicity significantly among a series of Tween surfactants tested, resulting in 8-30 times higher specific activity in organic solvents with relatively high log P values. The developed cells were successfully used for the enzymatic synthesis of phospholipids and fatty acid methyl esters in n-hexane, whereas the nontreated cells produced a significantly low yield. Our results thus indicate that surfactant modification of the cell surface can enhance the potential of the surface-displayed lipase for bioconversion.

  12. Biomimicry of surfactant protein C. (United States)

    Brown, Nathan J; Johansson, Jan; Barron, Annelise E


    Since the widespread use of exogenous lung surfactant to treat neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, premature infant survival and respiratory morbidity have dramatically improved. Despite the effectiveness of the animal-derived surfactant preparations, there still remain some concerns and difficulties associated with their use. This has prompted investigation into the creation of synthetic surfactant preparations. However, to date, no clinically used synthetic formulation is as effective as the natural material. This is largely because the previous synthetic formulations lacked analogues of the hydrophobic proteins of the lung surfactant system, SP-B and SP-C, which are critical functional constituents. As a result, recent investigation has turned toward the development of a new generation of synthetic, biomimetic surfactants that contain synthetic phospholipids along with a mimic of the hydrophobic protein portion of lung surfactant. In this Account, we detail our efforts in creating accurate mimics of SP-C for use in a synthetic surfactant replacement therapy. Despite SP-C's seemingly simple structure, the predominantly helical protein is extraordinarily challenging to work with given its extreme hydrophobicity and structural instability, which greatly complicates the creation of an effective SP-C analogue. Drawing inspiration from Nature, two promising biomimetic approaches have led to the creation of rationally designed biopolymers that recapitulate many of SP-C's molecular features. The first approach utilizes detailed SP-C structure-activity relationships and amino acid folding propensities to create a peptide-based analogue, SP-C33. In SP-C33, the problematic and metastable polyvaline helix is replaced with a structurally stable polyleucine helix and includes a well-placed positive charge to prevent aggregation. SP-C33 is structurally stable and eliminates the association propensity of the native protein. The second approach follows the same design

  13. Cost Effective Surfactant Formulations for Improved Oil Recovery in Carbonate Reservoirs

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    William A. Goddard; Yongchun Tang; Patrick Shuler; Mario Blanco; Yongfu Wu


    power is pre-treated to make the surface oil-wet. The next step is to add the pre-treated powder to a test tube and add a candidate aqueous surfactant formulation; the greater the percentage of the calcite that now sinks to the bottom rather than floats, the more effective the surfactant is in changing the solids to become now preferentially water-wet. Results from the screening test generally are consistent with surfactant oil recovery performance reported in the literature. The second effort is a more fundamental study. It considers the effect of chemical structures of different naphthenic acids (NA) dissolved in decane as model oils that render calcite surfaces oil-wet to a different degree. NAs are common to crude oil and are at least partially responsible for the frequent observation that carbonate reservoirs are oil-wet. Because pure NA compounds are used, trends in wetting behavior can be related to NA molecular structure as measured by solid adsorption, contact angle and our novel, simple flotation test with calcite. Experiments with different surfactants and NA-treated calcite powder provide information about mechanisms responsible for sought after reversal to a water-wet state. Key findings include: (1) more hydrophobic NA's are more prone to induce oil-wetting, and (2) recovery of the model oil from limestone core was better with cationic surfactants, but one nonionic surfactant, Igepal CO-530, also had favorable results. This portion of the project included theoretical calculations to investigate key basic properties of several NAs such as their acidic strength and their relative water/oil solubility, and relate this to their chemical structure. The third category of this project focused on the recovery of a light crude oil from West Texas (McElroy Field) from a carbonate rock (limestone outcrop). For this effort, the first item was to establish a suite of surfactants that would be compatible with the McElroy Field brine. Those were examined further for

  14. Hierarchical polymerized high internal phase emulsions synthesized from surfactant-stabilized emulsion templates. (United States)

    Wong, Ling L C; Villafranca, Pedro M Baiz; Menner, Angelika; Bismarck, Alexander


    In building construction, structural elements, such as lattice girders, are positioned specifically to support the mainframe of a building. This arrangement provides additional structural hierarchy, facilitating the transfer of load to its foundation while keeping the building weight down. We applied the same concept when synthesizing hierarchical open-celled macroporous polymers from high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) templates stabilized by varying concentrations of a polymeric non-ionic surfactant from 0.75 to 20 w/vol %. These hierarchical poly(merized)HIPEs have multimodally distributed pores, which are efficiently arranged to enhance the load transfer mechanism in the polymer foam. As a result, hierarchical polyHIPEs produced from HIPEs stabilized by 5 vol % surfactant showed a 93% improvement in Young's moduli compared to conventional polyHIPEs produced from HIPEs stabilized by 20 vol % of surfactant with the same porosity of 84%. The finite element method (FEM) was used to determine the effect of pore hierarchy on the mechanical performance of porous polymers under small periodic compressions. Results from the FEM showed a clear improvement in Young's moduli for simulated hierarchical porous geometries. This methodology could be further adapted as a predictive tool to determine the influence of hierarchy on the mechanical properties of a range of porous materials.

  15. Surfactant effects on the affinity of plant cuticles with organic pollutants. (United States)

    Li, Yungui; Chen, Baoliang; Chen, Zaiming; Zhu, Lizhong


    To precisely predict organics accumulation and crop safety, the affinity of fruit cuticles for naphthalene and 1-naphthol was investigated with the presence of three surfactants below and above the critical micelle concentration (CMC), including anionic sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS), cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTMAB), and nonionic polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate (Tween 20). Tomato and apple cuticles with distinct compositions were selected. With increasing SDBS concentrations, apparent sorption coefficients (K(d)*) of 1-naphthol by both cuticles first increased a bit and then decreased slightly. The K(d)* of naphthalene by tomato cuticle is sensitive to SDBS concentration with a sharp increase and then decrease, whereas SDBS has little effect on naphthalene K(d)* by apple cuticle. For CTMAB with lower CMC, the naphthalene K(d)* decreased more quickly. Tween 20 seems to be ineffective on naphthalene sorption by both cuticles. Nevertheless, the intrinsic sorption coefficients (K(d)) were almost promoted by the coexisting surfactants, resulting from the cuticle-sorbed surfactant's plasticizing effect.

  16. Phase Behavior of Salt-Free Polyelectrolyte Gel-Surfactant Systems. (United States)

    Andersson, Martin; Hansson, Per


    Ionic surfactants tend to collapse the outer parts of polyelectrolyte gels, forming shells that can be used to encapsulate other species including protein and peptide drugs. In this paper, the aqueous phase behavior of covalently cross-linked polyacrylate networks containing sodium ions and dodecyltrimethylammonium ions as counterions is investigated by means of swelling isotherms, dye staining, small-angle X-ray scattering, and confocal Raman spectroscopy. The equilibrium state is approached by letting the networks absorb pure water. With an increasing fraction of surfactant ions, the state of the water-saturated gels is found to change from being swollen and monophasic, via multiphasic states, to collapsed and monophasic. The multiphasic gels have a swollen, micelle-lean core surrounded by a collapsed, micelle-rich shell, or a collapsed phase forming a spheroidal inner shell separating two micelle-lean parts. It is shown that the transition between monophasic and core-shell states can be induced by variation of the osmotic pressure and variation of the charge of the micelles by forming mixed micelles with the nonionic surfactant octaethyleneglycol monododecylether. The experimental data are compared with theoretical predictions of a model derived earlier. In the calculations, the collapsed shell is assumed to be homogeneous, an approximation introduced here and shown to be excellent for a wide range of compositions. The theoretical results highlight the electrostatic and hydrophobic driving forces behind phase separation.

  17. Activity and biophysical inhibition resistance of a novel synthetic lung surfactant containing Super-Mini-B DATK peptide

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    Full Text Available Background/objectives. This study examines the surface activity, resistance to biophysical inhibition, and pulmonary efficacy of a synthetic lung surfactant containing glycerophospholipids combined with Super Mini-B (S-MB DATK, a novel and stable molecular mimic of lung surfactant protein (SP-B. The objective of the work is to test whether S-MB DATK synthetic surfactant has favorable biophysical and physiological activity for future use in treating surfactant deficiency or dysfunction in lung disease or injury.Methods. The structure of S-MB DATK peptide was analyzed by homology modeling and by FTIR spectroscopy. The in vitro surface activity and inhibition resistance of synthetic S-MB DATK surfactant was assessed in the presence and absence of albumin, lysophosphatidylcholine (lyso-PC, and free fatty acids (palmitoleic and oleic acid. Adsorption and dynamic surface tension lowering were measured with a stirred subphase dish apparatus and a pulsating bubble surfactometer (20 cycles/min, 50% area compression, 37 °C. In vivo pulmonary activity of S-MB DATK surfactant was measured in ventilated rabbits with surfactant deficiency/dysfunction induced by repeated lung lavages that resulted in arterial PO2 values <100 mmHg.Results. S-MB DATK surfactant had very high surface activity in all assessments. The preparation adsorbed rapidly to surface pressures of 46–48 mN/m at 37 °C (low equilibrium surface tensions of 22–24 mN/m, and reduced surface tension to <1 mN/m under dynamic compression on the pulsating bubble surfactometer. S-MB DATK surfactant showed a significant ability to resist inhibition by serum albumin, C16:0 lyso-PC, and free fatty acids, but surfactant inhibition was mitigated by increasing surfactant concentration. S-MB DATK synthetic surfactant quickly improved arterial oxygenation and lung compliance after intratracheal instillation to ventilated rabbits with severe surfactant deficiency.Conclusions. S-MB DATK is an active mimic

  18. Homological stability of diffeomorphism groups

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    Berglund, Alexander; Madsen, Ib Henning


    In this paper we prove a stability theorem for block diffeomorphisms of 2d -dimensional manifolds that are connected sums of S d ×S d . Combining this with a recent theorem of S. Galatius and O. Randal-Williams and Morlet’s lemma of disjunction, we determine the homology of the classifying space ...

  19. Synthesis of carbohydrate-based surfactants (United States)

    Pemberton, Jeanne E.; Polt, Robin L.; Maier, Raina M.


    The present invention provides carbohydrate-based surfactants and methods for producing the same. Methods for producing carbohydrate-based surfactants include using a glycosylation promoter to link a carbohydrate or its derivative to a hydrophobic compound.

  20. Incorporation of small quantities of surfactants as a way to improve the rheological and diffusional behavior of carbopol gels. (United States)

    Barreiro-Iglesias, R; Alvarez-Lorenzo, C; Concheiro, A


    This paper analyzes the effects of Tween 80, Pluronic F-127, sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS), and benzalkonium chloride on the macro and microviscosity of Carbopol 934NF (0.25-0.50 g/dl) pharmaceutical gels. Carbopol/surfactant interactions, which were reflected in changes in the intrinsic viscosity of the polymer and in shifts of IR spectra bands of films, considerably modified the rheological properties of the gel (flow and oscillatory rheometry) and the diffusion coefficients of polystyrene particles (dynamic light scattering, DLS). At pH 4, any surfactant at a concentration of 0.01 g/dl promoted interpolymer connections producing an open three-dimensional network with maximum viscous and elastic moduli, which does not disturb the diffusive movement of polystyrene particles. An increase in non-ionic surfactant (0.05-0.50 g/dl) gradually decreased viscosity and elasticity since there were more surfactant molecules to surround each carbopol particle, forming intrapolymeric micelles and breaking the interpolymer connections. This macroscopic effect is, however, not reflected in a decrease but in an increase in microviscosity (estimated by DLS) owing to the formation of larger carbopol/surfactant aggregates and free micelles that contribute significantly to the obstruction of the diffusional path. Both ionic surfactants decreased macroviscosity owing to ionic aggregation (benzalkonium chloride) or increase in ionic strength (mainly SDS), while the repercussion on the diffusion of polystyrene particles was dramatically different, and was hindered (due to the carbopol/surfactant aggregates) or enhanced (due to the shrinking of carbopol microgels), respectively. At pH 7.4, the ionization of the carboxylic groups produced an expansion of the polymer chains accompanied by a huge increase in viscosity and elasticity and a decrease in diffusion coefficients in comparison with those obtained at pH 4. The effects of the surfactants were similar to those observed at pH 4 but less

  1. Dissolution of anionic surfactant mesophases. (United States)

    Poulos, Andreas S; Jones, Christopher S; Cabral, João T


    Linear and circular solvent penetration experiments are used to study the dissolution of anionic SLE3S surfactant mesophases in water. We show that a lamellar (Lα) phase in contact with water will transit through a series of cubic, hexagonal, and micellar phase bands with sharp interfaces identified from their optical textures. In both linear and circular geometries, the kinetics of front propagation and eventual dissolution are well described by diffusive penetration of water, and a simple model applies to both geometries, with a different effective diffusion coefficient for water Df as the only fitting parameter. Finally, we show a surprising variation of dissolution rates with initial surfactant concentration that can be well explained by assuming that the driving force for solvent penetration is the osmotic pressure difference between neat water and the aqueous fraction of the mesophase that is highly concentrated in surfactant counterions.

  2. Dewetting acrylic polymer films with water/propylene carbonate/surfactant mixtures - implications for cultural heritage conservation. (United States)

    Baglioni, M; Montis, C; Brandi, F; Guaragnone, T; Meazzini, I; Baglioni, P; Berti, D


    The removal of hydrophobic polymer films from surfaces is one of the top priorities of modern conservation science. Nanostructured fluids containing water, good solvents for polymers, either immiscible or partially miscible with water, and surfactants have been used in the last decade to achieve controlled removal. The dewetting of the polymer film is often an essential step to achieve efficient removal; however, the role of the surfactant throughout the process is yet to be fully understood. We report on the dewetting of a methacrylate/acrylate copolymer film induced by a ternary mixture of water, propylene carbonate (PC) and C 9-11 E 6 , a nonionic alcohol ethoxylate surfactant. The fluid microstructure was characterised through small angle X-ray scattering and the interactions between the film and water, water/PC and water/PC/C 9-11 E 6 , were monitored through confocal laser-scanning microscopy (CLSM) and analised both from a thermodynamic and a kinetic point of view. The presence of a surfactant is a prerequisite to induce dewetting of μm-thick films at room temperature, but it is not a thermodynamic driver. The amphiphile lowers the interfacial energy between the phases and favors the loss of adhesion of the polymer on glass, decreasing, in turn, the activation energy barrier, which can be overcome by the thermal fluctuations of polymer film stability, initiating the dewetting process.

  3. Preparation of Melamine - Formaldehyde Microcapsules Containing Hexadecane as a Phase Change Material: The Effect of Surfactants Type and Concentration

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    Full Text Available Microcapsules containing n-hexadecane (HD as the core and melamineformaldehyde (MF prepolymer as the shell were prepared by in-situ dispersion polymerization. The effects of surfactants type and amount were studied in relation to the morphology and thermal properties of microcapsules. The morphology of the microcapsules was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM and thermal properties were detected by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. SEM images showed that the increase in the amount of Triton X-100 (non-ionic to SDS (ionic ratio resulted in the agglomeration of the prepared microcapsules. This increase led also to lower encapsulated hexadecane and thermal stability of microcapsules. As a result, the optimum composition of the above surfactants for obtaining higher thermal stability and proper morphology wasfound to be 20 wt% of Triton X-100 and 80 wt% of SDS in the recipe. The optimum total amounts of surfactants was 4 wt%, which resulted in spherical and separate microcapsules. DSC and TGA analyses revealed that a sample prepared with 4 wt% of surfactants was not only successful in encapsulation of hexadecane but also showedhigher thermal stability compared with other formulations.

  4. Influence of synthetic surfactants on the uptake of Pd, Cd and Pb by the marine macroalga, Ulva lactuca

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    Masakorala, Kanaji [School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA (United Kingdom); Turner, Andrew [School of Earth, Ocean and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA (United Kingdom)], E-mail:; Brown, Murray T. [School of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA (United Kingdom)


    Uptake of Pd, Cd and Pb by the marine macroalga, Ulva lactuca, has been studied in the presence of an anionic (sodium dodecyl sulphate, SDS), cationic (hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide; HDTMA) and non-ionic (Triton X-100; TX) surfactant. Compared with the surfactant-free system, metal sorption was reduced in the presence of SDS or TX. Neither surfactant, however, had any measurable impact on cell membrane permeability, determined by leakage of dissolved free amino acids (DFAA), or on metal internalisation. We attribute these observations to the stabilisation of aqueous Cd and Pb by SDS and the shielding of otherwise amenable sorption sites by TX. Presence of HDTMA resulted in a reduction in the extent of both sorption and internalisation of all metals and a significant increase in the leakage of DFAA. Thus, by enhancing membrane permeability, HDTMA exerts the greatest influence on metal behaviour in the presence of U. lactuca. - Synthetic surfactants exert a significant impact on the uptake and internalisation of metals by a marine macroalga.

  5. Quenching of fluorene fluorescence by single-walled carbon nanotube dispersions with surfactants: application for fluorene quantification in wastewater. (United States)

    Palencia, Sergio; Vera, Soledad; Díez-Pascual, Ana María; San Andrés, María Paz


    The fluorescence of fluorene in aqueous solutions of surfactants of different natures, anionic sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS), cationic cetyltrimethyl ammonium chloride (CTAC) and non-ionic polyoxyethylene-23-lauryl ether (Brij 35), as well as in single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) dispersions in these surfactants, has been studied and compared. A fluorescence quenching phenomenon has been observed in the presence of SWCNT, the effect being stronger for dispersions in CTAC, related to the improved dispersion capability of this surfactant as revealed by microscopic observations and its stronger adsorption onto the SWCNT surfaces as inferred from the Raman spectra. SWCNT interact with fluorene causing a fluorescence quenching. The fluorescence intensity ratio, calculated in the absence and in the presence of SWCNT, follows the Stern-Volmer equation. For the CTAC concentration that provides the highest quenching effect, the analytical characteristics of the fluorimetric method like sensitivity, detection and quantification limits, repeatability, reproducibility and robustness have been calculated. Results demonstrate that it is possible to determine fluorene in a fortified wastewater sample in aqueous solutions of CTAC and SWCNT/CTAC dispersions, showing recoveries close to 100 %. The quenching effect found in this work could be useful for the development of an optical device that uses SWCNT-based receptors for fluorene detection and quantification in aqueous surfactant solutions. Graphical abstract Distribution of fluorene between single-walled carbon nanotubes and micelles.

  6. Cationic surfactants as the hydrolytic micellar catalysts


    Janošcová, Petra


    Cationic surfactants as the hydrolytic micellar catalysts Petra Janošcová The effectiveness of hydrolytic cleavage of the pesticide fenitrothionin cationic surfactants micellar media has been tested. All used surfactants increased the rate of fenitrothionhydrolysis, which was the evidence of micellar catalysis. For some surfactants decreases has been evident at the highest rate of hydrolysis concentrations. It has been the result of a phenomenon called the effect of empty micelles. High hydro...

  7. Preparation of platinum nanoparticles on carbon black with mixed binary surfactants: Characterization and evaluation as anode catalyst for low-temperature fuel cell

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    Lim, Dong-Ha; Lee, Weon-Doo; Choi, Dong-Hyeok; Lee, Ho-In [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Research Center for Energy Conversion and Storage, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744 (Korea); Park, Dal-Ryung [Center for Gas Utilization Technology, KOGAS R and D Center, Ansan, Kyunggi 425-150 (Korea)


    Platinum nanoparticles supported on Vulcan XC-72R prepared by a surfactant-stabilized colloidal method exhibit excellent properties as an anode catalyst for a low-temperature fuel cell. A Pt/C catalyst prepared with a 10-fold critical micelle concentration of mixed non-ionic surfactants [polyoxyethylene (23) lauryl ether + polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monolaurate (Brij 35 + Tween 20)] shows the highest catalytic activity and the greatest electrochemical surface-active area among those prepared. The maximum current density of this catalyst is much higher than that of a commercial Pt/C catalyst (E-TEK). Moreover, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analyses reveal that Pt/C prepared with Brij 35 + Tween 20 has an average particle size of 2.4 nm with quite a narrow distribution between 2 and 3 nm, which is the smallest among all the catalysts prepared. This is attributed to the formation of more compact micelles. Mixtures of non-ionic and anionic surfactants result in less compact micelles. (author)

  8. Is the combination of cellulosic polymers and anionic surfactants a good strategy for ensuring physical stability of BCS Class II drug nanosuspensions? (United States)

    Bilgili, Ecevit; Li, Meng; Afolabi, Afolawemi


    Ensuring the physical stability of drug nanosuspensions prepared via wet media milling has been a challenge for pharmaceutical scientists. The aim of this study is to assess the combined use of non-ionic cellulosic polymers and anionic surfactants in stabilizing multiple drug nanosuspensions. Particle size of five drugs, i.e. azodicarbonamide (AZD), fenofibrate (FNB), griseofulvin (GF), ibuprofen (IBU) and phenylbutazone (PB) was reduced separately in an aqueous solution of hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC) with/without sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) via a stirred media mill. Laser diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, thermal analysis, rheometry and electrophoresis were used to evaluate the breakage kinetics, storage stability, electrostatic repulsion and stabilizer adsorption. Without SDS, drug particles exhibited aggregation to different extents; FNB and GF particles aggregated the most due to low zeta potential and insufficient steric stabilization. Although aggregation in all milled suspensions was reduced due to HPC-SDS combination, FNB and IBU showed notable growth during 7-day storage. It is concluded that the combination of non-ionic cellulosic polymers and anionic surfactants is generally viable for ensuring the physical stability of wet-milled drug nanosuspensions, provided that the surfactant concentration is optimized to mitigate the Ostwald ripening, whereas cellulosic polymers alone may provide stability for some drug suspensions.

  9. Surfactant adsorption to soil components and soils

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    Ishiguro, Munehide; Koopal, Luuk K.


    Soils are complex and widely varying mixtures of organic matter and inorganic materials; adsorption of surfactants to soils is therefore related to the soil composition. We first discuss the properties of surfactants, including the critical micelle concentration (CMC) and surfactant adsorption on


    A demonstration of surfactant-enhanced aquifer remediation was conducted during the spring of 1999 at Marine Corps Base, Camp LeJeune, NC. A PCE-DNAPL zone was identified and delineated by extensive soil sampling in 1997, and was further characteized by a partitioning interwell t...

  11. Protein denaturation due to the action of surfactants: a study by SAXS and ITC

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    Oseliero Filho, Pedro Leonidas; Oliveira, Cristiano Luis Pinto de [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil); Pedersen, Jan Skov; Otzen, Daniel Erik [University of Aarhus (Denmark)


    Full text: Proteins are the major constituent of biological systems along with carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids (DNA and RNA). According to their structure and composition, proteins perform several functions in the organism, starting from the macroscopic level, with participation on the olfaction of animals, down to the cellular level, allocated in the membrane and making the connection between extra and intracellular environment. The function of a protein (which may be enzymatic, hormonal, structural, energetic, transport etc) is related to several factors including its structure (primary, secondary, tertiary or quaternary). Denaturation occurs when the secondary structure and/or tertiary is lost, which is almost always followed by the loss of the associated biological function. Temperature, pH and the action of surfactants influence the process of the denaturation. The influence of surfactants to the protein structure and function is the aim of this work. Therefore we are using an isolated protein, {alpha}-lactalbumin, that is found in the milk and whose function is related to the synthesis of galactose. The purpose is to characterize, in a thermodynamic-structural point of view, the denaturation of alpha-lactalbumin in the presence of surfactants anionic (sodium dodecyl sulfate - SDS), cationic (tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide - TTAB), zwitterionic (2-diheptanoyl-sn-glycero-3- phosphocholine - DHPC) and nonionic (decyl-{beta}-D-Maltopyranoside - DM). The isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) technique, which provides information of structural changes from changes in energy, represents the starting point for the study, while the technique of small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) provides information about the structural characteristics of surfactant-protein complexes formed at each step of the denaturation process. The data analysis is in the initial stage, but it was possible to obtain general parameters related to the complex formed from the

  12. Kinetics of marine surfactant adsorption at an air water interface. Baltic Sea studies

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    Stanis³aw J. Pogorzelski


    Full Text Available The paper contains the results of studies of natural surface film adsorption kinetics carried out in inland waters and in shallow offshore regions of the Baltic Sea during 2000-01 under calm sea conditions. The novel approach presented here for the adsorption dynamics is based on the mixed kinetic-diffusion model and analyses of the surface pressure-time plots at short (t ->0 and long( t -> ∞ adsorption time intervals. Values of the effective relative diffusion coefficient Deff / D (= 0.008-0.607 and energy barrier for adsorption Ea / RT (= 0.49-7.10 agree well with the data reported for model non-ionic surfactant solutions of pre-cmc concentrations. Wind speed is one of the factors affecting the adsorption barrier via the increased surface pressure of the natural film exposed to wind shear stress (~ U102, and enters the relation Ea / RT = 1.70 U101/3.

  13. Use of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields for the treatment of cancer. (United States)

    Jimenez, Hugo; Blackman, Carl; Lesser, Glenn; Debinski, Waldemar; Chan, Michael; Sharma, Sambad; Watabe, Kounosuke; Lo, Hui-Wen; Thomas, Alexandra; Godwin, Dwayne; Blackstock, William; Mudry, Albert; Posey, James; O'Connor, Rodney; Brezovich, Ivan; Bonin, Keith; Kim-Shapiro, Daniel; Barbault, Alexandre; Pasche, Boris


    Cancer treatment and treatment options are quite limited in circumstances such as when the tumor is inoperable, in brain cancers when the drugs cannot penetrate the blood-brain-barrier, or when there is no tumor-specific target for generation of effective therapeutic antibodies. Despite the fact that electromagnetic fields (EMF) in medicine have been used for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes, the use of non-ionizing EMF for cancer treatment is a new emerging concept. Here we summarize the history of EMF from the 1890's to the novel and new innovative methods that target and treat cancer by non-ionizing radiation.

  14. Aerosol delivery of synthetic lung surfactant

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    Frans J. Walther


    Full Text Available Background. Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP is a widely accepted technique of non-invasive respiratory support in premature infants with respiratory distress syndrome due to lack of lung surfactant. If this approach fails, the next step is often intubation, mechanical ventilation (MV and intratracheal instillation of clinical lung surfactant.Objective. To investigate whether aerosol delivery of advanced synthetic lung surfactant, consisting of peptide mimics of surfactant proteins B and C (SP-B and SP-C and synthetic lipids, during nCPAP improves lung function in surfactant-deficient rabbits.Methods. Experimental synthetic lung surfactants were produced by formulating 3% Super Mini-B peptide (SMB surfactant, a highly surface active SP-B mimic, and a combination of 1.5% SMB and 1.5% of the SP-C mimic SP-Css ion-lock 1 (BC surfactant, with a synthetic lipid mixture. After testing aerosol generation using a vibrating membrane nebulizer and aerosol conditioning (particle size, surfactant composition and surface activity, we investigated the effects of aerosol delivery of synthetic SMB and BC surfactant preparations on oxygenation and lung compliance in saline-lavaged, surfactant-deficient rabbits, supported with either nCPAP or MV.Results. Particle size distribution of the surfactant aerosols was within the 1–3 µm distribution range and surfactant activity was not affected by aerosolization. At a dose equivalent to clinical surfactant therapy in premature infants (100 mg/kg, aerosol delivery of both synthetic surfactant preparations led to a quick and clinically relevant improvement in oxygenation and lung compliance in the rabbits. Lung function recovered to a greater extent in rabbits supported with MV than with nCPAP. BC surfactant outperformed SMB surfactant in improving lung function and was associated with higher phospholipid values in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid; these findings were irrespective of the type of ventilatory

  15. Surfactant gene polymorphisms and interstitial lung diseases

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    Pantelidis Panagiotis


    Full Text Available Abstract Pulmonary surfactant is a complex mixture of phospholipids and proteins, which is present in the alveolar lining fluid and is essential for normal lung function. Alterations in surfactant composition have been reported in several interstitial lung diseases (ILDs. Furthermore, a mutation in the surfactant protein C gene that results in complete absence of the protein has been shown to be associated with familial ILD. The role of surfactant in lung disease is therefore drawing increasing attention following the elucidation of the genetic basis underlying its surface expression and the proof of surfactant abnormalities in ILD.

  16. The late administration of surfactant

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    Arterial/alveolar oxygen ratio following administration of surfactant. Hours After Dosing. The outcome of infants receiving delayed SRT was good. The mean duration of ventilation of surviving infants was. 7,9 ± 4,3 days. Oxygen therapy post ventilation was required for a mean of 5,7 ± 4,5 days and infants were hospitalised ...

  17. Transport and Stability of Biological Molecules in Surfactant-Alginate Composite Hydrogels (United States)

    Stoppel, Whitney L.; White, Joseph C.; Horava, Sarena D.; Bhatia, Surita R.; Roberts, Susan C.


    Obstructed transport of biological molecules can result in improper release of pharmaceuticals or biologics from biomedical devices. Recent studies have shown that nonionic surfactants, such as Pluronic® F68 (F68), positively alter biomaterial properties, such as mesh size and microcapsule diameter. To further understand the effect of F68 (incorporated at concentrations well above the critical micelle concentration (CMC)) in traditional biomaterials, the transport properties of BSA and riboflavin were investigated in F68-alginate composite hydrogels. Results indicate that small molecule transport (represented by riboflavin) was not significantly hindered by F68 in homogeneously crosslinked hydrogels (up to an 11% decrease in loading capacity and 14% increase in effective diffusion coefficient, Deff), while protein transport in homogeneously crosslinked hydrogels (represented by BSA) was significantly affected (up to a 43% decrease in loading capacity and 40% increase in Deff). For inhomogeneously crosslinked hydrogels (CaCl2 or BaCl2 gelation), the Deff increased up to 50% and 83% for small molecule and proteins, respectively. Variation in the alginate gelation method was shown to affect transport through measurable changes in swelling ratio (30% decrease) and observable changes in crosslinking structure as well as up to a 3.6 and 11.8-fold difference in Deff for riboflavin and BSA, respectively. The change in protein transport properties is a product of mesh size restrictions (10–25 nm estimated by mechanical properties) and BSA-F68 interaction (DLS). Taken as a whole, these results show that incorporation of a nonionic surfactant at concentrations above the CMC can affect device functionality by impeding the transport of large biological molecules. PMID:21798381

  18. Surface free energy of the human skin and its critical surface tension of wetting in the skin/surfactant aqueous solution/air system. (United States)

    Krawczyk, J


    The purpose of these studies was to determine the surface free energy of the human skin and its critical surface tension of wetting in the skin--surfactant aqueous solution--air system in relation to different types of surfactants. The surface free energy of the skin and its components was calculated using the equilibrium advancing contact angle values of water, formamide, and diiodomethane on the forearm skin surface. Next, taking into account the measured values of the contact angle of aqueous solutions of SDDS, CTAB, TX-100 and TX-114 on the skin surface and data of their surface tension, the critical surface tension of the skin wetting was determined. We can classify the skin surface as low-energetic one. The critical surface tension of the skin wetting depends on the type of surfactant. It is possible to determine the critical surface tension of the human skin wetting on the basis of the values of the contact angle of aqueous solutions of surfactants and their surface tension. In this respect, nonionic surfactants seem to be the most appropriate. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  19. Novel serine-based gemini surfactants as chemical permeation enhancers of local anesthetics: A comprehensive study on structure-activity relationships, molecular dynamics and dermal delivery. (United States)

    Teixeira, Raquel S; Cova, Tânia F G G; Silva, Sérgio M C; Oliveira, Rita; do Vale, M Luísa C; Marques, Eduardo F; Pais, Alberto A C C; Veiga, Francisco J B


    This work aims at studying the efficacy of a series of novel biocompatible, serine-based surfactants as chemical permeation enhancers for two different local anesthetics, tetracaine and ropivacaine, combining an experimental and computational approach. The surfactants consist of gemini molecules structurally related, but with variations in headgroup charge (nonionic vs. cationic) and in the hydrocarbon chain lengths (main and spacer chains). In vitro permeation and molecular dynamics studies combined with cytotoxicity profiles were performed to investigate the permeation of both drugs, probe skin integrity, and rationalize the interactions at molecular level. Results show that these enhancers do not have significant deleterious effects on the skin structure and do not cause relevant changes on cell viability. Permeation across the skin is clearly improved using some of the selected serine-based gemini surfactants, namely the cationic ones with long alkyl chains and shorter spacer. This is noteworthy in the case of ropivacaine hydrochloride, which is not easily administered through the stratum corneum. Molecular dynamics results provide a mechanistic view of the surfactant action on lipid membranes that essentially corroborate the experimental observations. Overall, this study suggests the viability of these serine-based surfactants as suitable and promising delivery agents in pharmaceutical formulations. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  20. Determination of the critical premicelle concentration, first critical micelle concentration and second critical micelle concentration of surfactants by resonance Rayleigh scattering method without any probe (United States)

    Shi, Yan; Luo, Hong Qun; Li, Nian Bing


    The purpose of this work is to determine the values of critical premicelle concentration (CPMC), first critical micelle concentration (FCMC) and second critical micelle concentration (SCMC) of surfactants using a common spectrofluorophotometer by recording resonance Rayleigh scattering (RRS) signal without any probe. The plot of the RRS intensities at the maximum scattering wavelength ( IRRSmax) versus surfactant concentrations ( c) was constructed to obtain the IRRSmax-c curve. From the inflexions in IRRSmax-c curve, the CPMC, FCMC and SCMC values of a surfactant can be obtained sensitively. The FCMC of some anionic, cationic and nonionic surfactants such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS), cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), Tween-20, and Tween-80 were determined by RRS method and the values are in good agreement with those obtained from conductivity and surface tension measurements and literature values. The CPMC and SCMC of SDS and CTAB were also determined by RRS method respectively and the values conform to literature values too. Furthermore, RRS method can also be used to determine the FCMC of an amphiphilic macromolecule-hemoglobin, whose structure resembles a surfactant. From the experimental results, it is concluded that RRS method can be applied to the simultaneous determination of the CPMC, FCMC and SCMC values in a sensitive, accurate and no probe way.

  1. Interactions of surfactants with lipid membranes. (United States)

    Heerklotz, Heiko


    Surfactants are surface-active, amphiphilic compounds that are water-soluble in the micro- to millimolar range, and self-assemble to form micelles or other aggregates above a critical concentration. This definition comprises synthetic detergents as well as amphiphilic peptides and lipopeptides, bile salts and many other compounds. This paper reviews the biophysics of the interactions of surfactants with membranes of insoluble, naturally occurring lipids. It discusses structural, thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of membrane-water partitioning, changes in membrane properties induced by surfactants, membrane solubilisation to micelles and other phases formed by lipid-surfactant systems. Each section defines and derives key parameters, mentions experimental methods for their measurement and compiles and discusses published data. Additionally, a brief overview is given of surfactant-like effects in biological systems, technical applications of surfactants that involve membrane interactions, and surfactant-based protocols to study biological membranes.

  2. Solution self-assembly of the sophorolipid biosurfactant and its mixture with anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate. (United States)

    Penfold, Jeff; Chen, Minglei; Thomas, Robert K; Dong, Chuchuan; Smyth, Thomas J P; Perfumo, Amedea; Marchant, Roger; Banat, Ibrahim M; Stevenson, Paul; Parry, Alyn; Tucker, Ian; Grillo, I


    The self-assembly in aqueous solution of the acidic (AS) and lactonic (LS) forms of the sophorolipid biosurfactant, their mixtures, and their mixtures with anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate, LAS, has been studied using predominantly small-angle neutron scattering, SANS, at relatively low surfactant concentrations of <30 mM. The more hydrophobic lactonic sophorolipid forms small unilamellar vesicles at low surfactant concentrations, in the concentration range of 0.2 to 3 mM, and transforms via a larger unilamellar vesicle structure at 7 mM to a disordered dilute phase of tubules at higher concentrations, 10 to 30 mM. In marked contrast, the acidic sophorolipid is predominantly in the form of small globular micelles in the concentration range of 0.5 to 30 mM, with a lower concentration of larger, more planar aggregates (lamellar or vesicular) in coexistence. In mixtures of AS and LS, over the same concentration range, the micellar structure associated with the AS sophorolipid dominates the mixed-phase behavior. In mixtures of anionic surfactant LAS with the AS sophorolipid, the globular micellar structure dominates over the entire composition and concentration range studied. In contrast, mixtures of LAS with the LS sophorolipid exhibit a rich evolution in phase behavior with solution composition and concentration. At low surfactant concentrations, the small unilamellar vesicle structure present for LS-rich solution compositions evolves into a globular micelle structure as the solution becomes richer in LAS. At higher surfactant concentrations, the disordered lamellar structure present for LS-rich compositions transforms to small vesicle/lamellar coexistence, to lamellar/micellar coexistence, to micellar/lamellar coexistence, and ultimately to a pure micellar phase as the solution becomes richer in LAS. The AS sophorolipid surfactant exhibits self-assembly properties similar to those of most other weakly ionic or nonionic surfactants that have

  3. Bloom DNA helicase facilitates homologous recombination between diverged homologous sequences. (United States)

    Kikuchi, Koji; Abdel-Aziz, H Ismail; Taniguchi, Yoshihito; Yamazoe, Mitsuyoshi; Takeda, Shunichi; Hirota, Kouji


    Bloom syndrome caused by inactivation of the Bloom DNA helicase (Blm) is characterized by increases in the level of sister chromatid exchange, homologous recombination (HR) associated with cross-over. It is therefore believed that Blm works as an anti-recombinase. Meanwhile, in Drosophila, DmBlm is required specifically to promote the synthesis-dependent strand anneal (SDSA), a type of HR not associating with cross-over. However, conservation of Blm function in SDSA through higher eukaryotes has been a matter of debate. Here, we demonstrate the function of Blm in SDSA type HR in chicken DT40 B lymphocyte line, where Ig gene conversion diversifies the immunoglobulin V gene through intragenic HR between diverged homologous segments. This reaction is initiated by the activation-induced cytidine deaminase enzyme-mediated uracil formation at the V gene, which in turn converts into abasic site, presumably leading to a single strand gap. Ig gene conversion frequency was drastically reduced in BLM(-/-) cells. In addition, BLM(-/-) cells used limited donor segments harboring higher identity compared with other segments in Ig gene conversion event, suggesting that Blm can promote HR between diverged sequences. To further understand the role of Blm in HR between diverged homologous sequences, we measured the frequency of gene targeting induced by an I-SceI-endonuclease-mediated double-strand break. BLM(-/-) cells showed a severer defect in the gene targeting frequency as the number of heterologous sequences increased at the double-strand break site. Conversely, the overexpression of Blm, even an ATPase-defective mutant, strongly stimulated gene targeting. In summary, Blm promotes HR between diverged sequences through a novel ATPase-independent mechanism.

  4. Exceptional cosmetic surgeries on homology spheres


    Ravelomanana, Huygens C.


    The cosmetic surgery conjecture is a longstanding conjecture in 3-manifold theory. We present a theorem about exceptional cosmetic surgery for homology spheres. Along the way we prove that if the surgery is not a small seifert $\\mathbb{Z}/2\\mathbb{Z}$-homology sphere or a toroidal irreducible non-Seifert surgery then there is at most one pair of exceptional truly cosmetic slope. We also prove that toroidal truly cosmetic surgeries on integer homology spheres must be integer homology spheres.

  5. Mesoporous film of WO3-the "sunlight" assisted decomposition of surfactant in wastewater for voltammetric determination of Pb (United States)

    Krasnodębska-Ostręga, Beata; Bielecka, Agnieszka; Biaduń, Ewa; Miecznikowski, Krzysztof


    In this paper we present the application of "sunlight" assisted digestion in the presence of WO3 to the decomposition of dissolved organic matter, using the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and the nonionic surfactant (1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenyl-polyethylene glycol (Triton™X-114) in natural water samples, prior to the determination of traces residues of lead by stripping voltammetry methods. The results of the study showed firstly that the preparation of reproducible WO3 layers characterized by high mechanical and chemical resistance was possible, and secondly that it was also possible to obtain a high efficiency of decomposition, equal in efficiency to that of the reference method, which was the hydrogen peroxide oxidation assisted by UV, with evaporation nearly to dryness. The developed procedure is suggested to be a no-reagents method for the decomposition of added SDS, leading to 100% recovery of added Pb (II). The anodic stripping voltammetric curves recorded in solution after 4 h irradiation with UV assisted by WO3 were repeatable and increased linearly with standard additions, but the data finally obtained were incorrect. The curves recorded in solution after "sunlight" assisted digestion in the presence of WO3 were repeatable, and increased linearly with an increasing of concentration of standard additions (100% recovery of Pb). In the case of a nonionic surfactant, the decomposition time is at least 6 h. The advantage of the proposed method is the fact that the digestion process does not need the addition of any chemicals for the complete decomposition of organic matter.

  6. Discrete homology theory for metric spaces

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    H. Barcelo (Hélène); V. Capraro (Valerio); J. A. White; H. Barcelo (Hélène)


    htmlabstractWe define and study a notion of discrete homology theory for metric spaces. Instead of working with simplicial homology, our chain complexes are given by Lipschitz maps from an n n -dimensional cube to a fixed metric space. We prove that the resulting homology theory satisfies a

  7. Effect of nonionic and ionic contrast media on fibrinolysis in patients undergoing angiography

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    Giedrojc, J.; Radziwon, P.; Krupinski, K.; Kielpinska, K.; Galar, M.; Bielawiec, M. [Department of Hematology, Medical Academy, Bialystok (Poland)


    Radiological contrast media may influence processes of hemostasis resulting in increased thrombotic or bleeding tendency. A number of clinical case reports suggest that the use of nonionic contrast media is associated with thrombotic complications. In vitro studies have indicated that nonionic contrast media may induce generation of thrombin in blood whereas ionic contrast agents do not show such an effect. Not much is known about the effects of contrast media on the coagulation and fibrinolytic systems in vivo. The aim of this study was to evaluate the systemic effects of markers for activation of fibrinolysis with a nonionic contrast medium (Iopromid/Ultravist-300/Schering AG) and ionic contrast medium (Uropolinum, Polfa) in 82 patients undergoing angiography. We measured tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) and tissue plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI), using COA-SET, t-PA and COA-TEST PAI (Chromogenix). Fibrinogen concentration and euglobulin lysis time (ELT) were also estimated. Both contrast agents caused a significant decrease in fibrinogen concentrations. A marked difference was seen for PAI activity. A statistically significant increase was seen in the Iopromid group and no statistically significant rise was seen in the Uropolinum group. t-PA activity remained virtually unchanged in both groups. ELT has been significantly prolonged in patients who received Iopromid but not in those who received Uropolinum. It is likely that nonionic contrast medium could release PAI from platelets and endothelial cells. The changes in fibrinolysis may result from endothelial cell dysfunction. (author) 15 refs, 2 figs, 1 tab

  8. Activation of platelets by low-osmolar contrast media: differential effects of ionic and nonionic agents

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    Hardeman, M. R.; Konijnenberg, A.; Sturk, A.; Reekers, J. A.


    To determine the effects of an ionic low-osmolar contrast medium (ioxaglate) and two nonionic low-osmolar contrast media (iohexol and iopamidol) on human platelet activation in vitro. Flow cytometry analysis subsequent to reaction with fluorescence-labeled monoclonal antibodies was used to detect

  9. Semi-quantitative proteomics of mammalian cells upon short-term exposure to nonionizing electromagnetic fields

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    Kuzniar, A. (Arnold); C. Laffeber; B. Eppink (Berina); K. Bezstarosti (Karel); D.H. Dekkers (Dick); H. Woelders (Henri); A.P.M. Zwamborn; J.A.A. Demmers (Jeroen); J.H.G. Lebbink (Joyce); R. Kanaar (Roland)


    textabstractThe potential effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMFs), such as those emitted by power-lines (in extremely low frequency range), mobile cellular systems and wireless networking devices (in radio frequency range) on human health have been intensively researched and debated.

  10. Semi-quantitative proteomics of mammalian cells upon short-term exposure to nonionizing electromagnetic fields

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    Kuzniar, A.; Laffeber, C.; Eppink, B.; Bezstarosti, K.; Dekkers, D.; Woelders, H.; Zwamborn, A.P.M.; Demmers, J.; Lebbink, J.H.G.; Kanaar, R.


    The potential effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMFs), such as those emitted by power-lines (in extremely low frequency range), mobile cellular systems and wireless networking devices (in radio frequency range) on human health have been intensively researched and debated. However, how

  11. Semi-quantitative proteomics of mammalian cells upon short-term exposure to nonionizing electromagnetic fields

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    Kuzniar, Arnold; Laffeber, Charlie; Eppink, Berina; Bezstarosti, Karel; Dekkers, Dick; Woelders, Henri; Zwamborn, A.P.M.; Demmers, Jeroen; Lebbink, Joyce H.G.; Kanaar, Roland


    The potential effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMFs), such as those emitted by power-lines (in extremely low frequency range), mobile cellular systems and wireless networking devices (in radio frequency range) on human health have been intensively researched and debated. However,

  12. Catching homologies by geometric entropy (United States)

    Felice, Domenico; Franzosi, Roberto; Mancini, Stefano; Pettini, Marco


    A geometric entropy is defined in terms of the Riemannian volume of the parameter space of a statistical manifold associated with a given network. As such it can be a good candidate for measuring networks complexity. Here we investigate its ability to single out topological features of networks proceeding in a bottom-up manner: first we consider small size networks by analytical methods and then large size networks by numerical techniques. Two different classes of networks, the random graphs and the scale-free networks, are investigated computing their Betti numbers and then showing the capability of geometric entropy of detecting homologies.

  13. Structure and dynamics of water in nonionic reverse micelles: a combined time-resolved infrared and small angle x-ray scattering study. (United States)

    van der Loop, Tibert H; Panman, Matthijs R; Lotze, Stephan; Zhang, Jing; Vad, Thomas; Bakker, Huib J; Sager, Wiebke F C; Woutersen, Sander


    We study the structure and reorientation dynamics of nanometer-sized water droplets inside nonionic reverse micelles (water/Igepal-CO-520/cyclohexane) with time-resolved mid-infrared pump-probe spectroscopy and small angle x-ray scattering. In the time-resolved experiments, we probe the vibrational and orientational dynamics of the O-D bonds of dilute HDO:H(2)O mixtures in Igepal reverse micelles as a function of temperature and micelle size. We find that even small micelles contain a large fraction of water that reorients at the same rate as water in the bulk, which indicates that the polyethylene oxide chains of the surfactant do not penetrate into the water volume. We also observe that the confinement affects the reorientation dynamics of only the first hydration layer. From the temperature dependent surface-water dynamics, we estimate an activation enthalpy for reorientation of 45 ± 9 kJ mol(-1) (11 ± 2 kcal mol(-1)), which is close to the activation energy of the reorientation of water molecules in ice.

  14. Surfactants in tribology, v.3

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    Biresaw, Girma


    The manufacture and use of almost every consumer and industrial product rely on application of advanced knowledge in surface science and tribology. These two disciplines are of critical importance in major economic sectors, such as mining, agriculture, manufacturing (including metals, plastics, wood, computers, MEMS, NEMS, appliances), construction, transportation, and medical instruments, transplants, and diagnostic devices. An up-to-date reference with contributions by experts in surface science and tribology, Surfactants in Tribology, Volume 3 discusses some of the underlying tribological a

  15. Polysorbate 80 UV/vis spectral and chromatographic characteristics--defining boundary conditions for use of the surfactant in dissolution analysis. (United States)

    Wuelfing, W Peter; Kosuda, Kathryn; Templeton, Allen C; Harman, Amy; Mowery, Mark D; Reed, Robert A


    Polysorbate 80 is used in the pharmaceutical industry as an additive to enhance the solubility of non-polar compounds in formulation design and during dissolution analysis. In this paper we present the spectroscopic and chromatographic characteristics for a series of commercially available sources of this non-ionic surfactant. The large UV/vis absorbance and broad chromatographic elution of Polysorbate 80 often makes it difficult to accurately quantitate pharmaceutically active compounds in solutions where the surfactant is present. Boundary conditions have been established where analytical interferences can be avoided in spectrophotometric analysis by choice of analysis wavelength and solution concentrations. Chromatographic method development is also presented enabling the removal of Polysorbate interference in instances where spectroscopic interference is too great.

  16. The Homological Nature of Entropy

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    Pierre Baudot


    Full Text Available We propose that entropy is a universal co-homological class in a theory associated to a family of observable quantities and a family of probability distributions. Three cases are presented: (1 classical probabilities and random variables; (2 quantum probabilities and observable operators; (3 dynamic probabilities and observation trees. This gives rise to a new kind of topology for information processes, that accounts for the main information functions: entropy, mutual-informations at all orders, and Kullback–Leibler divergence and generalizes them in several ways. The article is divided into two parts, that can be read independently. In the first part, the introduction, we provide an overview of the results, some open questions, future results and lines of research, and discuss briefly the application to complex data. In the second part we give the complete definitions and proofs of the theorems A, C and E in the introduction, which show why entropy is the first homological invariant of a structure of information in four contexts: static classical or quantum probability, dynamics of classical or quantum strategies of observation of a finite system.

  17. Surfactant transport on viscous bilayers (United States)

    Matar, Omar; Craster, Richard; Warner, Mark


    We model the external delivery of surfactant to pulmonary airways, an integral part of Surfactant Replacement Therapy (SRT), a method of treatment of Respiratory Distress Syndrome in neonates. We examine the spreading dynamics of insoluble surfactant by Marangoni stresses along the mucus-perciliary liquid bilayers that line the inside of airways. The bilayer is modelled as a thin highly viscous mucus surface film (mucus) overlying a much less viscous perciliary liquid layer (PCL); this is appropriate for small airways. By exploiting this large viscosity constrast, a variant of standard lubrication theory is adopted wherein terms, which would have otherwise been neglected in the lubrication approximation, are promoted in order to model correctly the presence of the mucus. Inclusion of van der Waals forces in the model permit the study of the effect of this mucus 'skin' on the possibility of bilayer rupture, a potential cause of failure of SRT. We find that increasing the viscosity contrast and initial mucus layer thickness delays the onset of rupture, while increasing the relative significance of Marangoni stresses leads to more marked thinning and rapid bilayer rupture [1]. [1] O. K. Matar, R. V. Craster and M. R. Warner, submitted to J. Fluid Mech. (2001).

  18. Hydrodynamic size of DNA/cationic gemini surfactant complex as a function of surfactant structure. (United States)

    Devínsky, Ferdinand; Pisárcik, Martin; Lacko, Ivan


    The present study deals with the determination of hydrodynamic size of DNA/cationic gemini surfactant complex in sodium bromide solution using the dynamic light scattering method. Cationic gemini surfactants with polymethylene spacer of variable length were used for the interaction with DNA. The scattering experiments were performed at constant DNA and sodium bromide concentrations and variable surfactant concentration in the premicellar and micellar regions as a function of surfactant spacer length. It was found that the DNA conformation strongly depends on the polymethylene spacer length as well as on the surfactant concentration relative to the surfactant critical micelle concentration. Gemini surfactant molecules with 4 methylene groups in the spacer were found to be the least efficient DNA compacting agent in the region above the surfactant cmc. Gemini molecules with the shortest spacer length (2 methylene groups) and the longest spacer length (8 methylene groups) investigated showed the most efficient DNA compaction ability.

  19. Surfactant inhibition in acute respiratory failure : consequences for exogenous surfactant therapy

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    E.P. Eijking (Eric)


    textabstractThe neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is characterized by immaturity of the lung, resulting in relative or absolute absence of pulmonary surfactant. Worldwide, neonates suffering from RDS have been treated successfully with exogenous surfactant preparations. Currently,

  20. Integrated photochemical and biological treatment of a commercial textile surfactant: Process optimization, process kinetics and COD fractionation

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    Arslan-Alaton, Idil [Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, 34469 Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey)]. E-mail:; Cokgor, Emine Ubay [Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, 34469 Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey); Koban, Baris [Istanbul Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Environmental Engineering, 34469 Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey)


    The biodegradability of surfactants is a frequent and complex issue arising both at domestic as well as industrial treatment facilities. In the present experimental study, the integrated photochemical (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}/UV-C) and biochemical (activated sludge) treatment of a commercial grade nonionic/anionic textile surfactant formulation was investigated. Photochemical baseline experiments have shown that once the initial pH and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} dose were optimized, practically complete COD removal (COD{sub o} = 500 {+-} 30 mg L{sup -1}) could be achieved. Once the COD was elevated to values being typical for the textile fabric preparation stage, treatment efficiency was seriously retarded provided that the photochemical treatment conditions remained constant. Moreover, a definite relationship existed between H{sub 2}O{sub 2} consumption and COD removal for H{sub 2}O{sub 2}/UV-C advanced oxidation of the textile surfactant. In the second part of the study, COD abatement was modeled for the biodegradation of untreated and photochemically pretreated textile surfactant formulation according to their COD fractions. Results have indicated that the readily biodegradable and rapidly hydrolysable COD fractions of the textile surfactant solution could be appreciably increased upon exposure to an optimum H{sub 2}O{sub 2} concentration (60 mM; i.e. 2.1 g H{sub 2}O{sub 2} (g COD{sub o}){sup -1}) and extended UV-C irradiation times (i.e. 90 and 120 min)

  1. Improving Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Biodegradation in Contaminated Soil Through Low-Level Surfactant Addition After Conventional Bioremediation. (United States)

    Adrion, Alden C; Singleton, David R; Nakamura, Jun; Shea, Damian; Aitken, Michael D


    Efficacy of bioremediation for soil contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) may be limited by the fractions of soil-bound PAHs that are less accessible to PAH-degrading microorganisms. In previous test-tube-scale work, submicellar doses of nonionic surfactants were screened for their ability to enhance the desorption and biodegradation of residual PAHs in soil after conventional bioremediation in a laboratory-scale, slurry-phase bioreactor. Polyoxyethylene sorbitol hexaoleate (POESH) was the optimum surfactant for enhancing PAH removal, especially the high-molecular weight PAHs. This work extends that concept by treating the effluent from the slurry-phase bioreactor in a second-stage batch reactor, to which POESH was added, for an additional 7 or 12 days. Surfactant amendment removed substantial amounts of the PAHs and oxy-PAHs remaining after conventional slurry-phase bioremediation, including more than 80% of residual 4-ring PAHs. Surfactant-amended treatment decreased soil cytotoxicity, but often increased the genotoxicity of the soil as measured using the DT-40 chicken lymphocyte DNA damage response assay. Potential ecotoxicity, measured using a seed germination assay, was reduced by bioreactor treatment and was reduced further after second-stage treatment with POESH. Of bacteria previously implicated as potential PAH degraders under POESH-amended conditions in a prior study, members of the Terrimonas genus were associated with differences in high-molecular weight PAH removal in the current study. Research using submicellar doses of surfactant as a second-stage treatment step is limited and these findings can inform the design of bioremediation systems at field sites treating soil contaminated with PAHs and other hydrophobic contaminants that have low bioaccessibility.

  2. Aquifer washing by micellar solutions: 1. Optimization of alcohol-surfactant-solvent solutions (United States)

    Martel, Richard; Gélinas, Pierre J.; Desnoyers, Jacques E.


    Phase diagrams were used for the formulation of alcohol-surfactant-solvent and to identify the DNAPL (Dense Non Aqueous Phase Liquid) extraction zones. Four potential extraction zones of Mercier DNAPL, a mixture of heavy aliphatics, aromatics and chlorinated hydrocarbons, were identified but only one microemulsion zone showed satisfactory DNAPL recovery in sand columns. More than 90 sand column experiments were performed and demonstrate that: (1) neither surfactant in water, alcohol-surfactant solutions, nor pure solvent can effectively recover Mercier DNAPL and that only alcohol-surfactant-solvent solutions are efficient; (2) adding salts to alcohol-surfactant or to alcohol-surfactant-solvent solutions does not have a beneficial effect on DNAPL recovery; (3) washing solution formulations are site specific and must be modified if the surface properties of the solids (mineralogy) change locally, or if the interfacial behavior of liquids (type of oil) changes; (4) high solvent concentrations in washing solutions increase DNAPL extraction but also increase their cost and decrease their density dramatically; (5) maximum DNAPL recovery is observed with alcohol-surfactant-solvent formulations which correspond to the maximum solubilization in Zone C of the phase diagram; (6) replacing part of surfactant SAS by the alcohol n-butanol increases washing solution efficiency and decreases the density and the cost of solutions; (7) replacing part of n-butanol by the nonionic surfactant HOES decreases DNAPL recovery and increases the cost of solutions; (8) toluene is a better solvent than D-limonene because it increases DNAPL recovery and decreases the cost of solutions; (9) optimal alcohol-surfactant-solvent solutions contain a mixture of solvents in a mass ratio of toluene to D-limonene of one or two. Injection of 1.5 pore volumes of the optimal washing solution of n-butanol-SAS-toluene- D-limonene in water can recover up to 95% of Mercier DNAPL in sand columns. In the first

  3. Acute Pathophysiological Effects of Intratracheal Instillation of Budesonide and Exogenous Surfactant in a Neonatal Surfactant-depleted Piglet Model

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    Chia-Feng Yang


    Conclusions: Intratracheal instillation of surfactant or surfactant plus budesonide can improve oxygenation and pulmonary histologic outcome in neonatal surfactant-depleted lungs. The additional use of budesonide does not disturb the function of the exogenous surfactant. Intratracheal administration of a corticosteroid combined with surfactant may be an effective method for alleviating local pulmonary inflammation in severe RDS.

  4. Surfactant inhibition in acute respiratory failure : consequences for exogenous surfactant therapy


    Eijking, Eric


    textabstractThe neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is characterized by immaturity of the lung, resulting in relative or absolute absence of pulmonary surfactant. Worldwide, neonates suffering from RDS have been treated successfully with exogenous surfactant preparations. Currently, exogenous surfactant administration has been accepted as a valuable treatment for this syndrome. Nevertheless, many questions on exogenous surfactant treatment remain unanswered. It has been observed that...

  5. Degradation of soil-sorbed trichloroethylene by stabilized zero valent iron nanoparticles: effects of sorption, surfactants, and natural organic matter. (United States)

    Zhang, Man; He, Feng; Zhao, Dongye; Hao, Xiaodi


    Zero valent iron (ZVI) nanoparticles have been studied extensively for degradation of chlorinated solvents in the aqueous phase, and have been tested for in-situ remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. However, little is known about its effectiveness for degrading soil-sorbed contaminants. This work studied reductive dechlorination of trichloroethylene (TCE) sorbed in two model soils (a potting soil and Smith Farm soil) using carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) stabilized Fe-Pd bimetallic nanoparticles. Effects of sorption, surfactants and dissolved organic matter (DOC) were determined through batch kinetic experiments. While the nanoparticles can effectively degrade soil-sorbed TCE, the TCE degradation rate was strongly limited by desorption kinetics, especially for the potting soil which has a higher organic matter content of 8.2%. Under otherwise identical conditions, ∼ 44% of TCE sorbed in the potting soil was degraded in 30 h, compared to ∼ 82% for Smith Farm soil (organic matter content = 0.7%). DOC from the potting soil was found to inhibit TCE degradation. The presence of the extracted SOM at 40 ppm and 350 ppm as TOC reduced the degradation rate by 34% and 67%, respectively. Four prototype surfactants were tested for their effects on TCE desorption and degradation rates, including two anionic surfactants known as SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) and SDBS (sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate), a cationic surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA) bromide, and a non-ionic surfactant Tween 80. All four surfactants were observed to enhance TCE desorption at concentrations below or above the critical micelle concentration (cmc), with the anionic surfactant SDS being most effective. Based on the pseudo-first-order reaction rate law, the presence of 1 × cmc SDS increased the reaction rate by a factor of 2.5 when the nanoparticles were used for degrading TCE in a water solution. SDS was effective for enhancing degradation of TCE sorbed in Smith Farm soil, the

  6. Degradation of soil-sorbed trichloroethylene by stabilized zero valent iron nanoparticles: Effects of sorption, surfactants, and natural organic matter

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    Zhang, Man [Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; He, Feng [ORNL; Zhao, Dongye [Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama; Hao, Xiaodi [Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture


    Zero valent iron (ZVI) nanoparticles have been studied extensively for degradation of chlorinated solvents in the aqueous phase, and have been tested for in-situ remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. However, little is known about its effectiveness for degrading soil-sorbed contaminants. This work studied reductive dechlorination of trichloroethylene (TCE) sorbed in two model soils (a potting soil and Smith Farm soil) using carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) stabilized Fe-Pd bimetallic nanoparticles. Effects of sorption, surfactants and dissolved organic matter (DOC) were determined through batch kinetic experiments. While the nanoparticles can effectively degrade soil-sorbed TCE, the TCE degradation rate was strongly limited by desorption kinetics, especially for the potting soil which has a higher organic matter content of 8.2%. Under otherwise identical conditions, {approx}44% of TCE sorbed in the potting soil was degraded in 30 h, compared to {approx}82% for Smith Farm soil (organic matter content = 0.7%). DOC from the potting soil was found to inhibit TCE degradation. The presence of the extracted SOM at 40 ppm and 350 ppm as TOC reduced the degradation rate by 34% and 67%, respectively. Four prototype surfactants were tested for their effects on TCE desorption and degradation rates, including two anionic surfactants known as SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) and SDBS (sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate), a cationic surfactant hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA) bromide, and a non-ionic surfactant Tween 80. All four surfactants were observed to enhance TCE desorption at concentrations below or above the critical micelle concentration (cmc), with the anionic surfactant SDS being most effective. Based on the pseudo-first-order reaction rate law, the presence of 1 x cmc SDS increased the reaction rate by a factor of 2.5 when the nanoparticles were used for degrading TCE in a water solution. SDS was effective for enhancing degradation of TCE sorbed in Smith Farm

  7. Influence of surfactant on gas bubble stability. (United States)

    Hanwright, Jennifer; Zhou, James; Evans, Geoffrey M; Galvin, Kevin P


    Gas-bubble stability is achieved either by a reduction in the Laplace pressure or by a reduction in the permeability of the gas-liquid interface. Although insoluble surfactants have been shown definitively in many studies to lower the permeability of the gas-liquid interface and hence increase the resistance to interfacial mass transfer, remarkably little work has been done on the effects of soluble surfactants. An experimental system was developed to measure the effect of the soluble surfactant dodecyl trimethylammonium bromide on the desorption and absorption of carbon dioxide gas through a quiescent planar interface. The desorption experiments conformed to the model of non-steady-state molecular diffusion. The absorption experiments, however, produced an unexpected mass transfer mechanism, with surface renewal, probably because of instability in the density gradient formed by the carbon dioxide. In general, the soluble surfactant produced no measurable reduction in the rate of interfacial mass transfer for desorption or absorption. This finding is consistent with the conclusion of Caskey and Barlage that soluble surfactants produce a significantly lower resistance to interfacial mass transfer than do insoluble surfactants. The dynamic adsorption and desorption of the surfactant molecules at the gas-liquid interface creates short-term vacancies, which presumably permit the unrestricted transfer of the gas molecules through the interface. This surfactant exchange does not occur for insoluble surfactants. Gas bubbles formed in the presence of a high concentration of soluble surfactant were observed to dissolve completely, while those formed in the presence of the insoluble surfactant stearic acid did not dissolve easily, and persisted for very long periods. The interfacial concentration of stearic acid rises during bubble dissolution, as it is insoluble, and must eventually achieve full monolayer coverage and a state of compression, lowering the permeability of the

  8. Surfactant Therapy of ALI and ARDS (United States)

    Raghavendran, K; Willson, D; Notter, RH


    This article examines exogenous lung surfactant replacement therapy and its utility in mitigating clinical acute lung injury (ALI) and the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Biophysical research has documented that lung surfactant dysfunction can be reversed or mitigated by increasing surfactant concentration, and multiple studies in animals with ALI/ARDS have shown that respiratory function and pulmonary mechanics in vivo can be improved by exogenous surfactant administration. Exogenous surfactant therapy is a routine intervention in neonatal intensive care, and is life-saving in preventing or treating the neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (NRDS) in premature infants. In applications relevant for lung injury-related respiratory failure and ALI/ARDS, surfactant therapy has been shown to be beneficial in term infants with pneumonia and meconium aspiration lung injury, and in children up to age 21 with direct pulmonary forms of ALI/ARDS. However, extension of exogenous surfactant therapy to adults with respiratory failure and clinical ALI/ARDS remains a challenge. Coverage here reviews clinical studies of surfactant therapy in pediatric and adult patients with ALI/ARDS, particularly focusing on its potential advantages in patients with direct pulmonary forms of these syndromes. Also discussed is the rationale for mechanism-based therapies utilizing exogenous surfactant in combination with agents targeting other aspects of the multifaceted pathophysiology of inflammatory lung injury. Additional factors affecting the efficacy of exogenous surfactant therapy in ALI/ARDS are also described, including the difficulty of effectively delivering surfactants to injured lungs and the existence of activity differences between clinical surfactant drugs. PMID:21742216

  9. Surfactant-enhanced cellulose nanocrystal Pickering emulsions. (United States)

    Hu, Zhen; Ballinger, Sarah; Pelton, Robert; Cranston, Emily D


    The effect of surfactants on the properties of Pickering emulsions stabilized by cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) was investigated. Electrophoretic mobility, interfacial tension, confocal microscopy and three-phase contact angle measurements were used to elucidate the interactions between anionic CNCs and cationic alkyl ammonium surfactants didecyldimethylammonium bromide (DMAB) and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). Both surfactants were found to adsorb onto CNCs with concentration-dependent morphology. At low concentrations, individual surfactant molecules adsorbed with alkyl tails pointing outward leading to hydrophobic CNCs. At higher concentrations, above the surfactant's apparent critical micelle concentration, surfactant aggregate morphologies on CNCs were inferred and the hydrophobicity of CNCs decreased. DMAB, which has two alkyl tails, rendered the CNCs more hydrophobic than CTAB which has only a single alkyl tail, at all surfactant concentrations. The change in CNC wettability from surfactant adsorption was directly linked to emulsion properties; adding surfactant increased the emulsion stability, decreased the droplet size, and controlled the internal phase of CNC Pickering emulsions. More specifically, a double transitional phase inversion, from oil-in-water to water-in-oil and back to oil-in-water, was observed for emulsions with CNCs and increasing amounts of DMAB (the more hydrophobic surfactant). With CNCs and CTAB, no phase inversion was induced. This work represents the first report of CNC Pickering emulsions with surfactants as well as the first CNC Pickering emulsions that can be phase inverted. The ability to surface modify CNCs in situ and tailor emulsions by adding surfactants may extend the potential of CNCs to new liquid formulations and extruded/spray-dried materials. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Foamed surfactant solution as a template for self-setting injectable hydroxyapatite scaffolds for bone regeneration. (United States)

    Montufar, E B; Traykova, T; Gil, C; Harr, I; Almirall, A; Aguirre, A; Engel, E; Planell, J A; Ginebra, M P


    The application of minimally invasive surgical techniques in the field of orthopaedic surgery has created a growing need for new injectable synthetic materials that can be used for bone grafting. In this work a novel fully synthetic injectable calcium phosphate foam was developed by mixing alpha-tricalcium phosphate (alpha-TCP) powder with a foamed polysorbate 80 solution. Polysorbate 80 is a non-ionic surfactant approved for parenteral applications. The foam was able to retain the porous structure after injection provided that the foamed paste was injected shortly after mixing (typically 2.5 min), and set through the hydrolysis of alpha-TCP to a calcium-deficient hydroxyapatite, thus producing a hydroxyapatite solid foam in situ. The effect of different processing parameters on the porosity, microstructure, injectability and mechanical properties of the hydroxyapatite foams was analysed, and the ability of the pre-set foam to support osteoblastic-like cell proliferation and differentiation was assessed. Interestingly, the concentration of surfactant needed to obtain the foams was lower than that considered safe in drug formulations for parenteral administration. The possibility of combining bioactivity, injectability, macroporosity and self-setting ability in a single fully synthetic material represents a step forward in the design of new materials for bone regeneration compatible with minimally invasive surgical techniques. Copyright 2009 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Chemical stability of a cold-active cellulase with high tolerance toward surfactants and chaotropic agent

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    Thaís V. Souza


    Full Text Available CelE1 is a cold-active endo-acting glucanase with high activity at a broad temperature range and under alkaline conditions. Here, we examined the effects of pH on the secondary and tertiary structures, net charge, and activity of CelE1. Although variation in pH showed a small effect in the enzyme structure, the activity was highly influenced at acidic conditions, while reached the optimum activity at pH 8. Furthermore, to estimate whether CelE1 could be used as detergent additives, CelE1 activity was evaluated in the presence of surfactants. Ionic and nonionic surfactants were not able to reduce CelE1 activity significantly. Therefore, CelE1 was found to be promising candidate for use as detergent additives. Finally, we reported a thermodynamic analysis based on the structural stability and the chemical unfolding/refolding process of CelE1. The results indicated that the chemical unfolding proceeds as a reversible two-state process. These data can be useful for biotechnological applications.

  12. Cholesterol-mediated surfactant dysfunction is mitigated by surfactant protein A. (United States)

    Hiansen, Joshua Qua; Keating, Eleonora; Aspros, Alex; Yao, Li-Juan; Bosma, Karen J; Yamashita, Cory M; Lewis, James F; Veldhuizen, Ruud A W


    The ability of pulmonary surfactant to reduce surface tension at the alveolar surface is impaired in various lung diseases. Recent animal studies indicate that elevated levels of cholesterol within surfactant may contribute to its inhibition. It was hypothesized that elevated cholesterol levels within surfactant inhibit human surfactant biophysical function and that these effects can be reversed by surfactant protein A (SP-A). The initial experiment examined the function of surfactant from mechanically ventilated trauma patients in the presence and absence of a cholesterol sequestering agent, methyl-β-cyclodextrin. The results demonstrated improved surface activity when cholesterol was sequestered in vitro using a captive bubble surfactometer (CBS). These results were explored further by reconstitution of surfactant with various concentrations of cholesterol with and without SP-A, and testing of the functionality of these samples in vitro with the CBS and in vivo using surfactant depleted rats. Overall, the results consistently demonstrated that surfactant function was inhibited by levels of cholesterol of 10% (w/w phospholipid) but this inhibition was mitigated by the presence of SP-A. It is concluded that cholesterol-induced surfactant inhibition can actively contribute to physiological impairment of the lungs in mechanically ventilated patients and that SP-A levels may be important to maintain surfactant function in the presence of high cholesterol within surfactant. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Surfactant nebulisation : lung function, surfactant distribution and pulmonary blood flow distribution in lung lavaged rabbits

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    Dijk, Peter H.; Heikamp, A; Bambang Oetomo, Sidarto


    Objective: Surfactant nebulisation is a promising alternative to surfactant instillation in newborns with the respiratory distress syndrome. Although less surfactant is deposited in the lung, it improves gas exchange, probably due to a superior distribution. We hypothesize that a more uniform

  14. Photoisomerization of merocyanine 540 in polymer–surfactant ...

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    surfactant aggregate. 1. Introduction. Many biological and technological processes involve polymer-surfactant interaction 1–17. ... model' (figure 1), structure of the polymer-surfactant aggregate is like a necklace with .... group projected into bulk water.

  15. Aggregation and transport of nano-TiO2 in saturated porous media: effects of pH, surfactants and flow velocity. (United States)

    Godinez, Itzel G; Darnault, Christophe J G


    Transport of manufactured nano-TiO(2) in saturated porous media was investigated as a function of morphology characteristics, pH of solutions, flow velocity, and the presence of anionic and non-ionic surfactants in different concentrations. Surfactants enhanced the transport of nano-TiO(2) in saturated porous media while a pH approaching the point of zero charge of nano-TiO(2) limited their transport. The deposition process, a retention mechanism of nano-TiO(2) in saturated porous media was impacted by surfactant and pH. In Dispersion 1 systems (pH 7), the size of the nano-TiO(2) aggregates was directly related to the presence of surfactants. The presence of non-ionic surfactant (Triton X-100) induced a size reduction of nano-TiO(2) aggregates that was dependent on the critical micelle concentration. In Dispersion 2 systems (pH 9), the stability provided by the pH had a significant effect on the size of nano-TiO(2) aggregates; the addition of surfactants did impact the size of the nano-TiO(2) aggregates but in less significance as compared to Dispersion 1 systems. The electrostatic and steric repulsion forces in connection with the size of nano-TiO(2) aggregates and flow velocity impacted the single-collector efficiency and attachment efficiency which dictated the maximum transport distance of nano-TiO(2) for the Dispersion 1 and Dispersion 2 systems. By doubling the flow velocity at pH 9, the No Surfactant, 50% CMC Triton X-100, 100% CMC Triton X-100 and 100% CMC SDBS dispersion systems allowed nano-TiO(2) to attain maximum transport distances of 0.898, 2.17, 2.29 and 1.12 m, respectively. Secondary energy minima played a critical role in the deposition mechanisms of nano-TiO(2). Nano-TiO(2) deposited in the secondary energy wells may be released because of changes in solution chemistry. The deposition of nano-TiO(2) in primary and secondary energy minima, the reversibility of their deposition should be characterized to analyze the transport of nanoparticles in

  16. Effect of three kinds of surfactants and β-cyclodextrin on the phytoremediation of BDE-209 contaminated sediment (United States)

    Zhao, Liangyuan; Guo, Weijie; Zhao, Weihua; Long, Meng; Li, Huan


    Plant-accelerated removal of BDE-209 from sediment by aquatic macrophyte Scirpus validus Vahl in the presence of a cationic-surfactant (CTAB), an anionic-surfactant (SDS), a nonionic-surfactant (Tween 80) and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) at the concentrations ranged from 300 mg/kg to 1000 mg/kg were investigated. Significantly negative effect were not observed for the growth of S. validus in terms of plant height and stem diatemeter, which indicated that it is preferable for CTAB, SDS, Tween 80 and β-cyclodextrin to be utilized as the BDE-209 phytoremediation amendment. Furthermore, CTAB, SDS and Tween 80 in the certain concentrations significantly enhanced the phytoremediation efficiencies and 11.78-19.33% of increase in BDE-209 removal rates was obtained. Significantly enhance of BDE-209 phytoremediation efficiency was not observed in the added β-CD concentration ranges. Results obtained from this study provided some insight with regard to the feasibility of phytoremediation for BDE-209 contaminated sediments with addition of suitable solubilizers, especially Tween 80.

  17. Acid-Labile Surfactants Based on Poly(ethylene glycol, Carbon Dioxide and Propylene Oxide: Miniemulsion Polymerization and Degradation Studies

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    Markus Scharfenberg


    Full Text Available Partially degradable, nonionic AB and ABA type di- and triblock copolymers based on poly(propylene carbonate and poly(ethylene glycol blocks were synthesized via immortal copolymerization of carbon dioxide and propylene oxide, using mPEG or PEG as a macroinitiator, and (R,R-(salcy-CoOBzF5 as a catalyst in a solvent-free one-pot procedure. The amphiphilic surfactants were prepared with molecular weights (Mn between 2800 and 10,000 g·mol−1 with narrow molecular weight distributions (1.03–1.09. The copolymers were characterized using 1H-, 13C- and DOSY-NMR spectroscopy and size exclusion chromatography (SEC. Surface-active properties were determined by surface tension measurements (critical micelle concentration, CMC; CMC range: 1–14 mg·mL−1. Degradation of the acid-labile polycarbonate blocks was investigated in aqueous solution using online 1H-NMR spectroscopy and SEC. The amphiphilic polymers were used as surfactants in a direct miniemulsion polymerization for poly(styrene (PS nanoparticles with mean diameter of 270 to 940 nm. The usage of an acid-triggered precipitation of the emulsion simplified the separation of the particles from the surfactant and purification of the nanoparticles.

  18. Textural, structural and electrical properties of TiO2 nanoparticles using Brij 35 and P123 as surfactants

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    Dora Solís et al


    Full Text Available The effect of the use of the triblock copolymer Pluronic P123[(PEO20(PPO70(PEO20, Aldrich] and the non-ionic polyoxyethylene-lauryl ether Brij 35 as surfactants on the textural, structural and electrical properties of nanosized TiO2 is analyzed in this work. The as-obtained samples were thermally treated at 400 °C to eliminate the surfactant, promote dehydroxylation and crystallize the sample. The TiO2 samples were characterized by thermal analysis, N2 physisorption, x-ray diffraction analysis, micro-Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. To evaluate the TiO2 electrical features, I–V data were obtained. The x-ray diffraction results show that in the chemical synthesis using surfactants, the crystallite size is smaller than that of the commercial sample. The Raman spectroscopy results clearly indicate that, when P123 is used, the anatase phase of TiO2 is obtained, whereas when Brij 35 is used a mixture of the anatase and brookite phases is obtained. The specific surface area and crystallite size of the TiO2 prepared as indicated above are higher and smaller, respectively, than the corresponding properties found in commercial TiO2. The I–V plot showed a nonlinear behavior of the nanosized TiO2. The samples obtained with P123 showed the best electrical conductivity.

  19. Electrolyte addition to nonionic contrast media. Cardiac effects during experimental coronary arteriography. (United States)

    Pedersen, H K


    Although the incidence of serious adverse effects is low during clinical coronary arteriography, life-threatening cardiovascular complications occasionally occur. Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is most often seen during contrast media (CM) injection through a wedged catheter. A simulated wedged catheter model in dogs has therefore been developed. Further, patients with heart failure are at greater risk for CM-related side effects during coronary arteriography. Thus, an acute ischemic heart failure model has been used. The present thesis was designed to investigate the cardiac electrophysiologic and hemodynamic effects of CM during selective coronary arteriography in normal and failing hearts, and in particular the role of electrolyte addition to nonionic CM. The risk of spontaneously induced VF and the arrhythmogenic mechanisms were studied when using iso-osmolal and low-osmolal CM having different contents of electrolytes, and after pretreatment with antiarrhythmic drugs. Further, effects of adding electrolytes to nonionic CM during single and fast repeated injections in normal and failing hearts were studied. Also possible effects of oxygenating CM were studied. CM injection in a wedged catheter situation had a high risk for VF. Probably, VF was due to induced regional electrophysiologic changes in ventricular activation and repolarization. Pretreatment with antiarrhythmic drugs did not prevent VF. However, addition of low concentrations of electrolytes to nonionic CM reduced the risk for VF in a wedged catheter situation. The results indicate that side-effects of CM during coronary arteriography are related mainly to the passive washout of cardiac electrolytes. Electrolyte shifts during coronary arteriography may change the myocardial Na/Ca balance and cellular calcium control. The nonionic, iso-osmolal CM iodixanol, with a balanced content of sodium and calcium and the low-osmolal, nonionic CM iohexol, also with a balanced content of electrolytes, had about the

  20. Equivariant ordinary homology and cohomology

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    Costenoble, Steven R


    Filling a gap in the literature, this book takes the reader to the frontiers of equivariant topology, the study of objects with specified symmetries. The discussion is motivated by reference to a list of instructive “toy” examples and calculations in what is a relatively unexplored field. The authors also provide a reading path for the first-time reader less interested in working through sophisticated machinery but still desiring a rigorous understanding of the main concepts. The subject’s classical counterparts, ordinary homology and cohomology, dating back to the work of Henri Poincaré in topology, are calculational and theoretical tools which are important in many parts of mathematics and theoretical physics, particularly in the study of manifolds. Similarly powerful tools have been lacking, however, in the context of equivariant topology. Aimed at advanced graduate students and researchers in algebraic topology and related fields, the book assumes knowledge of basic algebraic topology and group act...

  1. Hemolysis by surfactants--A review. (United States)

    Manaargadoo-Catin, Magalie; Ali-Cherif, Anaïs; Pougnas, Jean-Luc; Perrin, Catherine


    An overview of the use of surfactants for erythrocyte lysis and their cell membrane action mechanisms is given. Erythrocyte membrane characteristics and its association with the cell cytoskeleton are presented in order to complete understanding of the erythrocyte membrane distortion. Cell homeostasis disturbances caused by surfactants might induce changes starting from shape modification to cell lysis. Two main mechanisms are hypothesized in literature which are osmotic lysis and lysis by solubilization even if the boundary between them is not clearly defined. Another specific mechanism based on the formation of membrane pores is suggested in the particular case of saponins. The lytic potency of a surfactant is related to its affinity for the membrane and the modification of the lipid membrane curvature. This is to be related to the surfactant shape defined by its hydrophobic and hydrophilic moieties but also by experimental conditions. As a consequence, prediction of the hemolytic potency of a given surfactant is challenging. Several studies are focused on the relation between surfactant erythrolytic potency and their physico-chemical parameters such as the critical micellar concentration (CMC), the hydrophile-lipophile balance (HLB), the surfactant membrane/water partition coefficient (K) or the packing parameter (P). The CMC is one of the most important factors considered even if a lytic activity cut-off effect points out that the only consideration of CMC not enough predictive. The relation K.CMC must be considered in addition to the CMC to predict the surfactant lytic capacity within the same family of non ionic surfactant. Those surfactant structure/lytic activity studies demonstrate the requirement to take into account a combination of physico-chemical parameters to understand and foresee surfactant lytic potency. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Homology and the nonlinear heat diffusion equation (United States)

    Burgan, J. R.; Munier, A.; Feix, M. R.; Fijalkow, E.


    A theorem is presented which generalizes the concept of homology, introduced by Munier et al. (1981), to a large class of nonlinear diffusion coefficients. Possible changes in both initial and boundary conditions induced by self-homologous transformations are investigated. In order to be consistent with previously established definitions, generalized homology is expressed in terms of a Baecklund transformation, the only remaining process to overstep self-similar transformations.

  3. Homology in Electromagnetic Boundary Value Problems

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    Pellikka Matti


    Full Text Available We discuss how homology computation can be exploited in computational electromagnetism. We represent various cellular mesh reduction techniques, which enable the computation of generators of homology spaces in an acceptable time. Furthermore, we show how the generators can be used for setting up and analysis of an electromagnetic boundary value problem. The aim is to provide a rationale for homology computation in electromagnetic modeling software.

  4. Complications of brachio-cephalic catheter-angiographies using a non-ionic contrast-medium

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    Gross-Fengels, W.; Moedder, U.; Beyer, D.; Neufang, K.F.R.; Godehardt, E.


    In 713 patients 749 catheter-arteriographies of aortic-arch and cerebral vessels were performed using non-ionic contrast media. The patients were examined either with DSA or conventional film techniques. In 80 examinations of 76 patients complications or side-effects were noted, which resolved completely within one hour in 69 cases, showed a duration up to 7 days in 6 cases, and persisted longer than 7 days in 5 patients. Neurological complications were seen in 6,4% of the studies. There was no death. Patients, who received anti-hypertensive drugs for or during angiography and patients with a pathological angiogram had a significantly higher complication-rate. The rising number of patients with atherosclerotic cerebrovascular disease showed an unfavorable effect upon the overall complication-rate. The use of a non-ionic contrast medium did not drastically lower the rate of neurological complications.

  5. Bio-effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields in context of cancer therapy. (United States)

    Saliev, Timur; Tachibana, Katsuro; Bulanin, Denis; Mikhalovsky, Sergey; Whitby, Ray D L


    Bio-effects mediated by non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) have become a hot topic of research in the last decades. This interest has been triggered by a growing public concern about the rapid expansion of telecommunication devices and possible consequences of their use on human health. Despite a feasibility study of potential negative impacts, the therapeutic advantages of EMF could be effectively harnessed for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. This review aims to examine recent findings relating to the mechanisms of action underlying the bio-effects induced by non-ionizing EMF. The potential of non-thermal and thermal effects is discussed in the context of possible applications for the induction of apoptosis, formation of reactive oxygen species, and increase of membrane permeability in malignant cells. A special emphasis has been put on the combination of EMF with magnetic nano-particles and ultrasound for cancer treatment. The review encompasses both human and animal studies.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of N-octanoyl-beta-D-glucosylamine, a new surfactant for membrane studies. (United States)

    Brenner-Hénaff, C; Valdor, J F; Plusquellec, D; Wróblewski, H


    The new nonionic glycosidic surfactant N-octanoyl-beta-D-glucosylamine (NOGA, molar mass 305.37 g) was synthesized through an easy and efficient two-step procedure. Specifically, beta-D-glucosylamine was obtained by the replacement of the anomeric hydroxyl of D-glucose by an amino group which was then selectively acylated. NOGA was finally purified by silica gel column chromatography and recrystallization. This compound is stable and soluble in water and usual buffers up to 80 mM at 4 degrees C and up to 0.2 M at 37 degrees C. NOGA solutions are also characterized by a low ultraviolet light absorbance above 250 nm (epsilon 280 approximately 1.5 M-1 cm-1). Due to its very high critical micelle concentration (CMC = 80 mM, as determined by spectrofluorimetry), this surfactant may easily be removed from samples by dialysis or, to a lesser extent, by adsorption onto hydrophobic beads. Furthermore, NOGA is colorimetrically titrable by the ninhydrin method and its weak interference in protein determination by the bicinchoninic acid method is easy to overcome. This surfactant exhibits a good solubilizing power toward membrane proteins, with a marked selectivity for spiralin, a bacterial surface antigen. Protein extraction started below the CMC, but was much more effective above this concentration threshold. NADH oxidase activity, ligand binding by the glycine betaine-binding protein, and antigenicity of more than 20 membrane or soluble proteins were not altered by NOGA. Thus, owing to its extraction efficacy and mildness toward protein structure and activity, NOGA should prove useful for membrane studies and offers the additional advantage of being easy to synthesize at low cost.

  7. A Surfactant-Induced Functional Modulation of a Global Virulence Regulator from Staphylococcus aureus.

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    Sukhendu Mandal

    Full Text Available Triton X-100 (TX-100, a useful non-ionic surfactant, reduced the methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus significantly. Many S. aureus proteins were expressed in the presence of TX-100. SarA, one of the TX-100-induced proteins, acts as a global virulence regulator in S. aureus. To understand the effects of TX-100 on the structure, and function of SarA, a recombinant S. aureus SarA (rSarA and its derivative (C9W have been investigated in the presence of varying concentrations of this surfactant using various probes. Our data have revealed that both rSarA and C9W bind to the cognate DNA with nearly similar affinity in the absence of TX-100. Interestingly, their DNA binding activities have been significantly increased in the presence of pre-micellar concentration of TX-100. The increase of TX-100 concentrations to micellar or post-micellar concentration did not greatly enhance their activities further. TX-100 molecules have altered the secondary and tertiary structures of both proteins to some extents. Size of the rSarA-TX-100 complex appears to be intermediate to those of rSarA and TX-100. Additional analyses show a relatively moderate interaction between C9W and TX-100. Binding of TX-100 to C9W has, however, occurred by a cooperative pathway particularly at micellar and higher concentrations of this surfactant. Taken together, TX-100-induced structural alteration of rSarA and C9W might be responsible for their increased DNA binding activity. As TX-100 has stabilized the somewhat weaker SarA-DNA complex effectively, it could be used to study its structure in the future.

  8. Effects of surfactant and polymerization method on the synthesis of magnetic colloidal polymeric nanoparticles (United States)

    Puentes-Vara, Luis A.; Gregorio-Jauregui, Karla M.; Bolarín, Ana M.; Navarro-Clemente, Ma. E.; Dorantes, Héctor J.; Corea, Mónica


    The addition of superparamagnetic iron nanoparticles into polystyrene matrix allows for the modification of the physical properties as well as the implementation of new features in the hybrid nanomaterials. These materials have excellent potential for biomedical and bioengineering applications. Nevertheless, it is necessary to achieve a good dispersion of magnetic nanoparticles for its successful incorporation into polymer particles. This can be obtained through the use of a stabilizer, which provides stability against aggregation. In this work, magnetic nanoparticles were dispersed using different stabilizers. Subsequently, ferrofluids stabilized using the mixture of ABEX/IGEPAL and acrylic acid (AA) were used to synthesize PS-Fe3O4 nanocomposites, through miniemulsion and emulsion polymerization conventional techniques. Semicontinuous and batch processes were compared, by varying surfactants and their concentrations. The PS-Fe3O4 nanoparticles were characterized by dynamic light scattering, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer. Magnetic nanoparticle dispersions show better results when the anionic and nonionic surfactants are used as a mixture rather than when used alone. Results of DLS showed that the semicontinuous process allowed obtaining monodisperse materials, whereas polidisperse systems are generated in batch process. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the presence of magnetite and polystyrene in the nanocomposites. PS-Fe3O4 nanoparticles showed superparamagnetic behavior with final magnetization of around 0.01 emu/g and low coercivity, properties that make them suitable for applications in wide fields of technology. Particle size (Dz), was lower than 300 nm in all cases. Moreover, the use of AA as stabilizer allows enhancing the PS-Fe3O4 composite properties. These findings showed that particle size, morphology, and agglomeration are directly influenced by the concentration and the type of surfactant employed.

  9. Effects of surfactant and polymerization method on the synthesis of magnetic colloidal polymeric nanoparticles

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    Puentes-Vara, Luis A.; Gregorio-Jauregui, Karla M. [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, ESIQIE, UPALM (Mexico); Bolarín, Ana M. [Universidad Autónoma Del Estado de Hidalgo (Mexico); Navarro-Clemente, Ma. E.; Dorantes, Héctor J.; Corea, Mónica, E-mail:, E-mail: [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, ESIQIE, UPALM (Mexico)


    The addition of superparamagnetic iron nanoparticles into polystyrene matrix allows for the modification of the physical properties as well as the implementation of new features in the hybrid nanomaterials. These materials have excellent potential for biomedical and bioengineering applications. Nevertheless, it is necessary to achieve a good dispersion of magnetic nanoparticles for its successful incorporation into polymer particles. This can be obtained through the use of a stabilizer, which provides stability against aggregation. In this work, magnetic nanoparticles were dispersed using different stabilizers. Subsequently, ferrofluids stabilized using the mixture of ABEX/IGEPAL and acrylic acid (AA) were used to synthesize PS-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposites, through miniemulsion and emulsion polymerization conventional techniques. Semicontinuous and batch processes were compared, by varying surfactants and their concentrations. The PS-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were characterized by dynamic light scattering, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer. Magnetic nanoparticle dispersions show better results when the anionic and nonionic surfactants are used as a mixture rather than when used alone. Results of DLS showed that the semicontinuous process allowed obtaining monodisperse materials, whereas polidisperse systems are generated in batch process. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the presence of magnetite and polystyrene in the nanocomposites. PS-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles showed superparamagnetic behavior with final magnetization of around 0.01 emu/g and low coercivity, properties that make them suitable for applications in wide fields of technology. Particle size (Dz), was lower than 300 nm in all cases. Moreover, the use of AA as stabilizer allows enhancing the PS-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite properties. These findings showed that particle size, morphology, and agglomeration are directly influenced by the

  10. Structured fluids polymers, colloids, surfactants

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    Witten, Thomas A


    Over the last thirty years, the study of liquids containing polymers, surfactants, or colloidal particles has developed from a loose assembly of facts into a coherent discipline with substantial predictive power. These liquids expand our conception of what condensed matter can do. Such structured-fluid phenomena dominate the physical environment within living cells. This book teaches how to think of these fluids from a unified point of view showing the far-reaching effects ofthermal fluctuations in producing forces and motions. Keeping mathematics to a minimum, the book seeks the simplest expl

  11. Surfactants and submicron sea spray generation

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    Sellegri, K.; O'Dowd, C.D.; Yoon, Y.J.; Jennings, S.G.; Leeuw, G. de


    Laboratory experiments have been carried out to elucidate the role of surfactants on the primary marine aerosol production of submicron marine aerosols. A synthetic surfactant SDS was used in conjunction with artificially generated seawater, and the resultant bubble-mediated aerosol produced was

  12. Surfactant Adsorption: A Revised Physical Chemistry Lab (United States)

    Bresler, Marc R.; Hagen, John P.


    Many physical chemistry lab courses include an experiment in which students measure surface tension as a function of surfactant concentration. In the traditional experiment, the data are fit to the Gibbs isotherm to determine the molar area for the surfactant, and the critical micelle concentration is used to calculate the Gibbs energy of micelle…

  13. Surfactant effects on soil aggregate tensile strength (United States)

    Little is known regarding a soil aggregate's tensile strength response to surfactants that may be applied to alleviate soil water repellency. Two laboratory investigations were performed to determine surfactant effects on the tensile strength of 1) Ap horizons of nine wettable, agricultural soils co...

  14. Comet assay as a procedure for detecting possible genotoxicity induced by non-ionizing radiation

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    Zsuzsanna Nemeth


    In our laboratory we use comet assay for testing genotoxicity of non-ionizing radiation for more than ten years. In the experiments we use whole blood samples (human or dog, cell lines (e.g. H295R cell line or 3 dimensional in vitro skin tissue (epidermis models. In our protocol a slightly modified alkaline Comet assay method of Singh et al. (1988 is used. On our poster there will be presented a brief summary of our experiments with exposure to different types of radiation (ELF, RF, and intermediate frequency. In our protocols the non-ionizing radiation was often combined with ionizing radiation to see whether the non-ionizing radiation can influence the repair of the DNA damage induced by ionizing radiation. For the evaluation of the slides mainly Komet 4.0 image analysis system software (Kinetic Imaging, Liverpool, UK was used, but as we got familiarized with other methods for slide evaluation like grading the comets by visual scoring into 5 categories or the CaspLab software, the comparison of these three methods will be also presented.

  15. [Diagnostic Significance of BAT in Anaphylaxis to Non-ionic Contrast Media]. (United States)

    Zhang, Hao-yue; Xu, Su-jun; Tang, Xiao-xian; Niu, Ji-jun; Guo, Xiang-jie; Gao, Cai-rong


    To investigate the diagnostic significance of basophil activation test (BAT) in anaphylaxis to non-ionic contrast media through testing the content of CD63, mast cell-carboxypeptidase A3 (MC-CPA3), and terminal complement complex SC5b-9 of the individuals by testing their levels in the normal immune group and the anaphylaxis groups to β-lactam drugs and non -ionic contrast media. The CD63 expression of basophilic granulocyte in blood was detected by flow cytometry. The levels of MC-CPA3 in blood serum and SC5b-9 in blood plasma were detected by ELISA. The CD63 expression of basophilic granulocyte in blood, the levels of MC-CPA3 and SC5b-9 of anaphylaxis to non-ionic contrast media and β-lactam drugs were significantly higher than that in normal immune group (P contrast media. BAT can be used to diagnose the anaphylaxis to non-ionic contrast media.

  16. [Investigation of non-ionizing radiation hazards from physiotherapy equipment in 16 medical institutions]. (United States)

    He, Jia-xi; Zhou, Wei; Qiu, Hai-li; Yang, Guang-tao


    To investigate the non-ionizing radiation hazards from physiotherapy equipment in medical institutions and to explore feasible control measures for occupational diseases. On-site measurement and assessment of ultra-high-frequency radiation, high-frequency electromagnetic field, microwave radiation, and laser radiation were carried out in 16 medical institutions using the methods in the Measurement of Physical Agents in Workplace (GBZ/T189-2007). All the investigated medical institutions failed to take effective protective measures against non-ionizing radiation. Of the 17 ultra-short wave therapy apparatus, 70.6%, 47.1%, and 17.64% had a safe intensity of ultra-high-frequency radiation on the head, chest, and abdomen, respectively. Of the 4 external high-frequency thermotherapy apparatus, 100%, 75%, and 75%had a safe intensity of high-frequency electromagnetic field on the head, chest, and abdomen, respectively. In addition, the intensities of microwave radiation and laser radiation produced by the 18 microwave therapy apparatus and 12 laser therapeutic apparatus met national health standards. There are non-ionizing radiation hazards from physiotherapy equipment in medical institutions, and effective prevention and control measures are necessary.

  17. Stability of p53 homologs.

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    Tobias Brandt

    Full Text Available Most proteins have not evolved for maximal thermal stability. Some are only marginally stable, as for example, the DNA-binding domains of p53 and its homologs, whose kinetic and thermodynamic stabilities are strongly correlated. Here, we applied high-throughput methods using a real-time PCR thermocycler to study the stability of several full-length orthologs and paralogs of the p53 family of transcription factors, which have diverse functions, ranging from tumour suppression to control of developmental processes. From isothermal denaturation fluorimetry and differential scanning fluorimetry, we found that full-length proteins showed the same correlation between kinetic and thermodynamic stability as their isolated DNA-binding domains. The stabilities of the full-length p53 orthologs were marginal and correlated with the temperature of their organism, paralleling the stability of the isolated DNA-binding domains. Additionally, the paralogs p63 and p73 were significantly more stable and long-lived than p53. The short half-life of p53 orthologs and the greater persistence of the paralogs may be biologically relevant.

  18. The future of exogenous surfactant therapy. (United States)

    Willson, Douglas F; Notter, Robert H


    Since the identification of surfactant deficiency as the putative cause of the infant respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) by Avery and Mead in 1959, our understanding of the role of pulmonary surfactant in respiratory physiology and the pathophysiology of acute lung injury (ALI) has advanced substantially. Surfactant replacement has become routine for the prevention and treatment of infant RDS and other causes of neonatal lung injury. The role of surfactant in lung injury beyond the neonatal period, however, has proven more complex. Relative surfactant deficiency, dysfunction, and inhibition all contribute to the disturbed physiology seen in ALI and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Consequently, exogenous surfactant, while a plausible therapy, has proven to be less effective in ALI/ARDS than in RDS, where simple deficiency is causative. This failure may relate to a number of factors, among them inadequacy of pharmaceutical surfactants, insufficient dosing or drug delivery, poor drug distribution, or simply an inability of the drug to substantially impact the underlying pathophysiology of ALI/ARDS. Both animal and human studies suggest that direct types of ALI (eg, aspiration, pneumonia) may be more responsive to surfactant therapy than indirect lung injury (eg, sepsis, pancreatitis). Animal studies are needed, however, to further clarify aspects of drug composition, timing, delivery, and dosing before additional human trials are pursued, as the results of human trials to date have been inconsistent and largely disappointing. Further study and perhaps the development of more robust pharmaceutical surfactants offer promise that exogenous surfactant will find a place in our armamentarium of treatment of ALI/ARDS in the future. 2011 Daedalus Enterprises

  19. Homotopic Chain Maps Have Equal s-Homology and d-Homology

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    M. Z. Kazemi-Baneh


    Full Text Available The homotopy of chain maps on preabelian categories is investigated and the equality of standard homologies and d-homologies of homotopic chain maps is established. As a special case, if X and Y are the same homotopy type, then their nth d-homology R-modules are isomorphic, and if X is a contractible space, then its nth d-homology R-modules for n≠0 are trivial.

  20. Homology Groups of a Pipeline Petri Net

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    A. A. Husainov


    Full Text Available Petri net is said to be elementary if every place can contain no more than one token. In this paper, it is studied topological properties of the elementary Petri net for a pipeline consisting of n functional devices. If the work of the functional devices is considered continuous, we can come to some topological space of “intermediate” states. In the paper, it is calculated the homology groups of this topological space. By induction on n, using the Addition Sequence for homology groups of semicubical sets, it is proved that in dimension 0 and 1 the integer homology groups of these nets are equal to the group of integers, and in the remaining dimensions are zero. Directed homology groups are studied. A connection of these groups with deadlocks and newsletters is found. This helps to prove that all directed homology groups of the pipeline elementary Petri nets are zeroth.

  1. Exogenous Pulmonary Surfactant as a Vehicle for Antimicrobials: Assessment of Surfactant-Antibacterial Interactions In Vitro

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    Alexei Birkun


    Full Text Available Owing to its unique surface-active properties, an exogenous pulmonary surfactant may become a promising drug delivery agent, in particular, acting as a vehicle for antibiotics in topical treatment of pneumonia. The purpose of this study was to assess a mutual influence of natural surfactant preparation and three antibiotics (amikacin, cefepime, and colistimethate sodium in vitro and to identify appropriate combination(s for subsequent in vivo investigations of experimental surfactant/antibiotic mixtures. Influence of antibiotics on surface-active properties of exogenous surfactant was assessed using the modified Pattle method. Effects of exogenous surfactant on antibacterial activity of antimicrobials against Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were evaluated using conventional microbiologic procedures. Addition of amikacin or cefepime to surfactant had no significant influence on surface-active properties of the latter. Obvious reduction of surface-active properties was confirmed for surfactant/colistimethate composition. When suspended with antibiotics, surfactant either had no impact on their antimicrobial activity (amikacin or exerted mild to moderate influence (reduction of cefepime bactericidal activity and increase of colistimethate bacteriostatic activity against S. aureus and P. aeruginosa. Considering favorable compatibility profile, the surfactant/amikacin combination is advisable for subsequent investigation of joint surfactant/antibacterial therapy in animals with bacterial pneumonia.

  2. Weak and saturable protein-surfactant interactions in the denaturation of apo-alpha-lactalbumin by acidic and lactonic sophorolipid

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    Kell K Andersen


    Full Text Available Biosurfactants are of growing interest as sustainable alternatives to fossil-fuel-derived chemical surfactants, particularly for the detergent industry. To realize this potential, it is necessary to understand how they affect proteins which they may encounter in their applications. However knowledge of such interactions is limited. Here we present a study of the interactions between the model protein apo-alpha-lactalbumin and the biosurfactant sophorolipid (SL produced by the yeast Starmerella bombicola. SL occurs both as an acidic and a lactonic form; the lactonic form (lactSL is sparingly soluble and has a lower critical micelle concentration than the acidic form (acidSL. We show that acidSL affects apo-aLA in a similar way to the related glycolipid biosurfactant rhamnolipid (RL, with the important difference that RL is also active below the cmc in contrast to acidSL. Using isothermal titration calorimetry data, we show that acidSL has weak and saturable interactions with apo-aLA at low concentrations; due to the relatively low cmc of acidSL (which means that the monomer concentration is limited to ca. 0-1 mM SL, it is only possible to observe interactions with monomeric acidSL at high apo-aLA concentrations. However, the denaturation kinetics of apo-aLA in the presence of acidSL are consistent with a collaboration between monomeric and micellar surfactant species, similar to RL and nonionic or zwitterionic surfactants. Inclusion of lactSL as mixed micelles with acidSL lowers the cmc and this effectively reduces the rate of unfolding, emphasizing that SL like other biosurfactants is a gentle anionic surfactant. Our data highlight the potential of these biosurfactants for future use in the detergent industry.

  3. A study of surfactant-assisted waterflooding

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    Scamehorn, J F; Harwell, J H


    In surfactant-assisted waterflooding, a surfactant slug is injected into a reservoir, followed by a brine spacer, followed by second surfactant slug. The charge on the surfactant in the first slug has opposite sign to that in the second slug. When the two slugs mix in the reservoir, a precipitate or coacervate is formed which plugs the permeable region of the reservoir. Subsequently injected water or brine is forced through the low permeability region of the reservoir, increasing sweep efficiency of the waterflood, compared to a waterflood not using surfactants. In this part of the work, two major tasks are performed. First, core floods are performed with oil present to demonstrate the improvement in incremental oil production, as well as permeability modification. Second, a reservoir simulation model will be proposed to further delineate the optimum strategy for implementation of the surfactant-assisted waterflooding, as well as indicate the reservoir types for which it would be most effective. Surfactants utilized were sodium dodecyl sulfate and dodecyl pyridinium chloride. 44 refs., 17 figs., 3 tabs.

  4. Surfactants tailored by the class Actinobacteria

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    Johannes H Kügler


    Full Text Available Gloablly, the drive towards the establishment of a bio-based economy has resulted in an increased need for bio-based applications. This, in turn, has served as a driving force for the discovery and application of novel biosurfactants. The class Actinobacteria represents a vast group of microorganisms with the ability to produce a diverse range of secondary metabolites, including surfactants. Understanding the extensive nature of the biosurfactants produced by actinobacterial strains can assist in finding novel biosurfactants with new potential applications. This review therefore presents a comprehensive overview of the knowledge available on actinobacterial surfactants, the chemical structures that have been completely or partly elucidated, as well as the identity of the biosurfactant-producing strains. Producer strains of not yet elucidated compounds are discussed, as well as the original habitats of all the producer strains, which seems to indicate that biosurfactant production is environmentally driven. Methodology applied in the isolation, purification and structural elucidation of the different types of surface active compounds, as well as surfactant activity tests, are also discussed. Overall, actinobacterial surfactants can be summarized to include the dominantly occurring trehalose-comprising surfactants, other non-trehalose containing glycolipids, lipopeptides and the more rare actinobacterial surfactants. The lack of structural information on a large proportion of actinobacterial surfactants should be considered as a driving force to further explore the abundance and diversity of these compounds. This would allow for a better understanding of actinobacterial surface active compounds and their potential for biotechnological application.

  5. Gemini surfactants from natural amino acids. (United States)

    Pérez, Lourdes; Pinazo, Aurora; Pons, Ramon; Infante, Mrosa


    In this review, we report the most important contributions in the structure, synthesis, physicochemical (surface adsorption, aggregation and phase behaviour) and biological properties (toxicity, antimicrobial activity and biodegradation) of Gemini natural amino acid-based surfactants, and some potential applications, with an emphasis on the use of these surfactants as non-viral delivery system agents. Gemini surfactants derived from basic (Arg, Lys), neutral (Ser, Ala, Sar), acid (Asp) and sulphur containing amino acids (Cys) as polar head groups, and Geminis with amino acids/peptides in the spacer chain are reviewed. © 2013.

  6. Mechanism of bacterial inactivation by cationic surfactants

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    Pavlova, I.B.; Samoylenko, I.I.


    The mechanism of bacteriocidal action of the cationic surfactant dimethylbenzylammonium chloride was studied on exposure of Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli to different concentrations of the agent and determinations of survival plots. The data showed that the surfactant was bacteriocidal for all the bacteria tested at a concentration of 0.0001%, but more efficient in the case of the gram positives. Electron microscopy showed considerable damage and dissarrangement of the cytoplasmic membrane, indicating that the killing mechanism involved this organelle. It appears that cationic surfactants may constitute effective disinfectant preparations. 9 references, 2 figures.

  7. Lung surfactant levels are regulated by Ig-Hepta/GPR116 by monitoring surfactant protein D.

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    Taku Fukuzawa

    Full Text Available Lung surfactant is a complex mixture of lipids and proteins, which is secreted from the alveolar type II epithelial cell and coats the surface of alveoli as a thin layer. It plays a crucial role in the prevention of alveolar collapse through its ability to reduce surface tension. Under normal conditions, surfactant homeostasis is maintained by balancing its release and the uptake by the type II cell for recycling and the internalization by alveolar macrophages for degradation. Little is known about how the surfactant pool is monitored and regulated. Here we show, by an analysis of gene-targeted mice exhibiting massive accumulation of surfactant, that Ig-Hepta/GPR116, an orphan receptor, is expressed on the type II cell and sensing the amount of surfactant by monitoring one of its protein components, surfactant protein D, and its deletion results in a pulmonary alveolar proteinosis and emphysema-like pathology. By a coexpression experiment with Sp-D and the extracellular region of Ig-Hepta/GPR116 followed by immunoprecipitation, we identified Sp-D as the ligand of Ig-Hepta/GPR116. Analyses of surfactant metabolism in Ig-Hepta(+/+ and Ig-Hepta(-/- mice by using radioactive tracers indicated that the Ig-Hepta/GPR116 signaling system exerts attenuating effects on (i balanced synthesis of surfactant lipids and proteins and (ii surfactant secretion, and (iii a stimulating effect on recycling (uptake in response to elevated levels of Sp-D in alveolar space.

  8. Outcomes of premedication for non-ionic radio-contrast media hypersensitivity reactions in Korea

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    Kim, Sae-Hoon, E-mail: [Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (Korea, Republic of); Lee, So-Hee, E-mail: [Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sang-Min, E-mail: [Department of Internal Medicine, The Korean Armed Force Capital Hospital, Seongnam (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Hye-Ryun, E-mail: [Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Heung-Woo, E-mail: [Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sun-Sin, E-mail: [Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Sang-Heon, E-mail: [Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Background: Radio-contrast media (CM)-related adverse reactions are important clinical problems that may cause fatal anaphylaxis. Accordingly, it has been common practice to premedicate patients who have had previous reactions to CM with corticosteroids, antihistamines, and H2 blockers to prevent hypersensitive reactions. However, the effectiveness of premedication has not been properly demonstrated, especially in cases related to non-ionic CM. In this study, we evaluated the effectiveness of premedication at preventing of non-ionic CM immediate-type hypersensitivity reactions. Methods: A total of 30 patients who had been pretreated with corticosteroid and H1 antihistamines and/or H2 blockers in a 3-year period were enrolled. The results of premedication were evaluated in terms of clinical characteristics and the features of breakthrough reactions. Results: Hypersensitivity reactions were not prevented in 5 of the 30 patients who had experienced prior CM reactions (overall recurrence rate after premedication 16.7%; 4/17 patients with mild previous reactions, and 1/13 patients with severe previous reactions). The recurrence rate after premedication was significantly higher in patients with mild previous reactions than in those with severe reactions (23.5% vs. 7.7%; p < 0.001). The breakthrough reactions were similar to the prior reactions in terms of severity and clinical manifestations. Conclusion: Premedication with corticosteroid and H1 antihistamines and/or H2 blockers effectively prevent non-ionic CM-related adverse events in most patients who have had severe previous reactions to CM. However, physicians should be aware of the possibility of premedication failing and of breakthrough reactions, even in cases in which the previous reactions were mild.

  9. Aggregation of sulfosuccinate surfactants in water

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    Magid, L.J.; Daus, K.A.; Butler, P.D.; Quincy, R.B.


    The aggregation of sodium di-n-alkyl sulfosuccinates in water (H/sub 2/O and D/sub 2/O at 45/sup 0/C) has been investigated. A self-consistent picture of the dependence of sodium ion binding on surfactant concentration is obtained from emf measurements, conductimetry, and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements. The concentration dependence of the micellar agregation number for the sulfosuccinates and related double-tailed surfactants depends markedly on surfactant solubility. A sphere-to-disk transition in micellar shape, which might have been expected as a precursor to formation of a lamellar mesophase, was not observed as the surfactant concentration was increased. 8 figures, 2 tables.

  10. Enhanced Oil Recovery with Surfactant Flooding

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    Sandersen, Sara Bülow

    behavior inside the reservoir can be manipulated by the injection of surfactants and co-surfactants, creating advantageous conditions in order to mobilize trapped oil. Correctly designed surfactant systems together with the crude oil can create microemulsions at the interface between crude oil and water...... at constant salinity (6.56 %), constant surfactant-alcohol ratio (SAR) but with varying water-oil ratios (WOR). At all temperatures it was very clear that the effect of pressure was significant. The system changed from the two phase region, Winsor II, to the three phase region, Winsor III, as pressure...... characterization of the two crude oils using gas chromatography and SARA analysis confirmed that the heavier components in the crude oils, (in the case of the Latin American crude oil), are correlated to the observed decrease of viscosity, where the viscosity decrease may be explained from change of the shape...

  11. Exposure to electromagnetic fields (non-ionizing radiation) and its relationship with childhood leukemia: A systematic review

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    Calvente, I.; Fernandez, M.F. [Laboratory of Medical Investigations, San Cecilio University Hospital, CIBER de Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP) (Spain); Department of Radiology, University of Granada, Granada (Spain); Villalba, J. [Department of Radiology, University of Granada, Granada (Spain); Olea, N. [Laboratory of Medical Investigations, San Cecilio University Hospital, CIBER de Epidemiologia y Salud Publica (CIBERESP) (Spain); Department of Radiology, University of Granada, Granada (Spain); Nunez, M.I., E-mail: [Department of Radiology, University of Granada, Granada (Spain)


    Childhood exposure to physical contamination, including non-ionizing radiation, has been implicated in numerous diseases, raising concerns about the widespread and increasing sources of exposure to this type of radiation. The primary objective of this review was to analyze the current state of knowledge on the association between environmental exposure to non-ionizing radiation and the risk of childhood leukemia. Scientific publications between 1979 and 2008 that include examination of this association have been reviewed using the MEDLINE/PubMed database. Studies to date have not convincingly confirmed or ruled out an association between non-ionizing radiation and the risk of childhood leukemia. Discrepancies among the conclusions of the studies may also be influenced by confounding factors, selection bias, and misclassification. Childhood defects can result from genetic or epigenetic damage and from effects on the embryo or fetus, which may both be related to environmental exposure of the parent before conception or during the pregnancy. It is therefore critical for researchers to define a priori the type and 'window' of exposure to be assessed. Methodological problems to be solved include the proper diagnostic classification of individuals and the estimated exposure to non-ionizing radiation, which may act through various mechanisms of action. There appears to be an urgent need to reconsider exposure limits for low frequency and static magnetic fields, based on combined experimental and epidemiological research into the relationship between exposure to non-ionizing radiation and adverse human health effects.

  12. Medical uses non-ionizing radiation; Uso medicos de radiaciones no ionizantes

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    Ubeda Maeso, A.; Trillo Ruiz, M. A.


    This article reviews various clinical applications of non-ionizing radiation, focusing on the Hz-GHz frequency range. Depending on the signal characteristics, the applications cover several therapeutic areas, including osteology and traumatology, tissue regeneration, physiotherapy, chronic pain treatment, neurology, cardiology, urology and oncology. Electromagnetic therapies have proved simple, safe, low cost, devoid of side effects and able to treat the underlying pathology rather than simply alleviate the symptoms. Therefore, it is predictable that these therapies will have as serious impact on public health and associated costs. (Author)

  13. Current situation of the non-Ionizing electromagnetic contamination in Colombia


    Torres Osorio, Javier Ignacio; Agudelo Sánchez, Luz Elena


    En este trabajo se realiza un análisis de la situación actual de la contaminación electromagnética no ionizante (EM-NI), abarcándola desde el punto de vista técnico, ambiental y legislativo y entendiendo esta contaminación de forma sistémica. También se plantean las necesidades presentes para continuar el estudio del tema de contaminación EM-NI, como factor conexo al desarrollo tecnológico de Colombia. In this work was performed an analysis of the current situation of the non-Ionizing E...

  14. Transient partial amnesia complicating cardiac and peripheral arteriography with nonionic contrast medium

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    Yildiz, A.; Yencilek, E.; Apaydin, F.D.; Duce, M.N.; Oezer, C. [Dept. of Radiology, Mersin Ueniv. Tip Fakueltesi Sokak Mersin (Turkey); Atalay, A. [Dept. of Cardiology, Mersin Ueniv. Tip Fakueltesi Sokak Mersin (Turkey)


    The aim of this study was to present a case of disruption of the blood-brain barrier during the coronary and lower extremity angiographies with radiological and clinical findings. This condition was secondary to intraarterial use of a nonionic, monomeric contrast medium. A total of 450 cc contrast media was used. Computed tomography examination showed contrast enhancement of the right occipital and frontoparietal cortical regions, which returned to normal one day after. The patient also fully recovered from the neurological symptoms within 24 h. We discussed the possible mechanism for blood-brain barrier disruption in this case. (orig.)

  15. Acute Severe Thrombocytopenia Following Non-Ionic Low-Osmolarity Intravenous Contrast Medium Injection

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    Bata Pal; Domonkos, Adam; Tamoki, David Laszio; Horvath, Evelin; Berczi, Viktor; Szalay, Ferenc [Semmelweis University, Budapest (Hungary)


    Intravenous contrast medium (ICM) rarely induces anaphylactic reactions, including urticaria, hypotension and respiratory failure. Even the most modern ICM may cause such adverse events. Thrombocytopenia has been reported as an extreme rare consequence of ICM. Here we report on a case of a 72-year-old male patient with a self-limiting severe acute thrombocytopenia following administration of intravenous non-ionic low-osmolarity contrast medium. No such low platelet count has ever been reported. We also present a review of the literature.

  16. Non-ionic iodinated contrast media related immediate reactions: A mechanism study of 27 patients. (United States)

    Zhai, Liqin; Guo, Xiangjie; Zhang, Haoyue; Jin, Qianqian; Zeng, Qiang; Tang, Xiaoxian; Gao, Cairong


    The underlying mechanism of non-ionic iodinated contrast media-related immediate reactions was evaluated in this study. Patients presenting at least grade II immediate reactions after non-ionic iodinated contrast media injection were enrolled. Basophil activation was evaluated by flow cytometry. The plasma concentration of human terminal complement complex SC5b-9, as well as concentrations of serum chymase, tryptase, human mast cell carboxypeptidase A3, human prostaglandin D2, and total IgE were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The basophil activation percentage was significantly higher in the study group than in the control group (17.94±21.06% vs 3.45±1.49%). The plasma concentration of human terminal complement complex SC5b-9 and concentrations of serum chymase, human mast cell carboxypeptidase A3, prostaglandin D2, tryptase, and total IgE were also significantly increased (236.99±318.21 vs 49.70±30.41ng/mL, 0.41±0.49 vs 0.09±0.06ng/mL, 1.17±0.67 vs 0.30±0.17ng/mL, 203.52±137.27 vs 102.28±48.72pg/mL, 3.81±0.22 vs 2.70±0.16ng/mL, 102.00±51.84 vs 19.97±2.75ng/mL, respectively). Both mast cells and basophils were activated in non-ionic iodinated contrast media to mediate immediate hypersensitivity, and mast cells may be involved. Different mechanisms, including IgE-dependent, complement-dependent, and direct membrane effects, contributed to mast cell and basophil activation. Individual patients may use a single or combined mechanism involving single or combined mast cells and basophils. Immediate reactions following non-ionic iodinated contrast media injection may be a mechanically heterogenous disease. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  17. Chemiluminescence of phthalhydrazide derivatives in organized media: Interactions with surfactants and cyclodextrins

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    Maeztu, Raquel [Departamento de Quimica y Edafologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Navarra, 31080 Pamplona (Spain); Gonzalez-Gaitano, Gustavo, E-mail: gaitano@unav.e [Departamento de Quimica y Edafologia, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Navarra, 31080 Pamplona (Spain); Tardajos, Gloria [Departamento de Quimica-Fisica I, Facultad de CC. Quimicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Stilbs, Peter [Division of Physical Chemistry and Industrial NMR Centre, Department of Chemistry, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-10044, Stockholm (Sweden)


    The chemiluminescent oxidation of some phthalhydrazide derivatives, luminol (LUM), isoluminol (ISOL), N-(4-aminobutyl)-N-ethylisoluminol (ABEI) and N-(6-aminohexyl)-N-ethylisoluminol (AHEI), has been carried out in micellar media and in the presence of natural cyclodextrins (CDs), using Co(II) as catalyst and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} as oxidant. The cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and, in a lesser extent, the anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) produce quenching in the chemiluminescence (CL) of all the luminophores at concentrations above the cmc, whereas slight enhancements are attained with the non-ionic pentaethylene glycol monododecyl ether (C{sub 12}E{sub 5}). On the contrary, the incorporation of the CDs to the reaction produces a remarkable intensification of the CL. Binding of the luminophores to the macrocycles and the micelles has been studied by Pulsed-Gradient-Spin-Echo-NMR (PGSE-NMR) and fluorescence anisotropy. The cationic CTAB decreases the emission mainly due to charge compensation as a result of the association of the luminophores and the luminescent intermediates to the micelles. The presence of the alkyl substituents of ABEI and AHEI provides an additional hydrophobic contribution to the binding process. SDS quenches this reaction as the micelles retain Co(II) on their anionic layer. The protection and stabilization of these luminophores or their luminescent intermediates provided by the cavities of the CDs make this family of cyclic oligosaccharides much more suitable agents than the surfactants for enhancing the CL in aqueous media for this specific reaction. - Research highlights: Natural cyclodextrins act as boosters of the chemiluminescence of luminol and its derivatives. Cyclodextrins can be successfully employed for improving the possibilities of those applications that make use of the CL of luminol and its derivatives as a detection or quantification method. Ionic and non-ionic surfactants do not either enhance or even quench the

  18. Evaluation of Surfactant Effects on Newborns


    N. Khalessi; K. Kamerani


    Introduction & Objective: One of the standard therapies in neonates with severe respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is surfactant administration in early course of therapy that cause reduction in mortality, pneumothorax and need to mechanical ventilation. In this study that was carried out in Aliasghar Hospital NICU in 1994-1995 & 2001-2002, the goal was to compare two groups of neonates with severe RDS that had been ventilated in the first 24 hours but one group had received surfactant and ...

  19. Dualities in Persistent (Co)Homology

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    de Silva, Vin; Morozov, Dmitriy; Vejdemo-Johansson, Mikael


    We consider sequences of absolute and relative homology and cohomology groups that arise naturally for a filtered cell complex. We establishalgebraic relationships between their persistence modules, and show that they contain equivalent information. We explain how one can use the existingalgorithm for persistent homology to process any of the four modules, and relate it to a recently introduced persistent cohomology algorithm. Wepresent experimental evidence for the practical efficiency of the latter algorithm.

  20. Evaluation of Surfactant Effects on Newborns

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    N. Khalessi


    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: One of the standard therapies in neonates with severe respiratory distress syndrome (RDS is surfactant administration in early course of therapy that cause reduction in mortality, pneumothorax and need to mechanical ventilation. In this study that was carried out in Aliasghar Hospital NICU in 1994-1995 & 2001-2002, the goal was to compare two groups of neonates with severe RDS that had been ventilated in the first 24 hours but one group had received surfactant and the other group (7 years ago was deprived of this substance. Materials & Methods: In our study, 36 neonates that received surfactant and 52 neonates with only mechanical ventilation therapy were compared. Data collected and analyzed using SPSS.Results: We found that mortality in patients with surfactant administration was significantly lower compared to the second group who did not receive surfactant. There were not any significant differences in incidences of HIV, pneumothorax, sepsis, and PDA and also course of hospitalization and need to ventilation between two groups. Conclusion: As a result, all of these findings reflect obligatory surfactant administration in sever RDS in NICU under observation of an educated expert.

  1. [Deficiency of surfactant protein: Case report]. (United States)

    Milet, María Beatriz; Mena N, Patricia; Pérez, Héctor I; Espinoza, Tatiana

    Congenital surfactant deficiency is a condition infrequently diagnosed in newborns. A clinical case is presented of surfactant protein B deficiency. A review is performed on the study, treatment and differential diagnosis of surfactant protein deficiencies and infant chronic interstitial lung disease. The case is presented of a term newborn that developed respiratory distress, recurrent pulmonary opacification, and a transient response to the administration of surfactant. Immunohistochemical and genetic studies confirmed the diagnosis of surfactant protein B deficiency. Pulmonary congenital anomalies require a high index of suspicion. Surfactant protein B deficiency is clinically progressive and fatal in the majority of the cases, similar to that of ATP binding cassette subfamily A member 3 (ABCA3) deficiency. Protein C deficiency is insidious and may present with a radiological pulmonary interstitial pattern. Due to the similarity in the histological pattern, genetic studies help to achieve greater certainty in the prognosis and the possibility of providing adequate genetic counselling. Copyright © 2016 Sociedad Chilena de Pediatría. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  2. Interactions of organic contaminants with mineral-adsorbed surfactants (United States)

    Zhu, L.; Chen, B.; Tao, S.; Chiou, C.T.


    Sorption of organic contaminants (phenol, p-nitrophenol, and naphthalene) to natural solids (soils and bentonite) with and without myristylpyridinium bromide (MPB) cationic surfactant was studied to provide novel insight to interactions of contaminants with the mineral-adsorbed surfactant. Contaminant sorption coefficients with mineral-adsorbed surfactants, Kss, show a strong dependence on surfactant loading in the solid. At low surfactant levels, the Kss values increased with increasing sorbed surfactant mass, reached a maximum, and then decreased with increasing surfactant loading. The Kss values for contaminants were always higher than respective partition coefficients with surfactant micelles (Kmc) and natural organic matter (Koc). At examined MPB concentrations in water the three organic contaminants showed little solubility enhancement by MPB. At low sorbed-surfactant levels, the resulting mineral-adsorbed surfactant via the cation-exchange process appears to form a thin organic film, which effectively "adsorbs" the contaminants, resulting in very high Kss values. At high surfactant levels, the sorbed surfactant on minerals appears to form a bulklike medium that behaves essentially as a partition phase (rather than an adsorptive surface), with the resulting Kss being significantly decreased and less dependent on the MPB loading. The results provide a reference to the use of surfactants for remediation of contaminated soils/sediments or groundwater in engineered surfactant-enhanced washing.

  3. Surfactant Supplementation to Enhance the Production of Vitamin K2 Metabolites in Shake Flask Cultures Using Escherichia sp. Mutant FM3-1709

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    Yan Liu


    Full Text Available The effects of the addition of various surfactants on the cell growth and production of vitamin K2 metabolites, such as intracellular menaquinone-4 (MK-4, extracellular MK-4, intracellular MK-6 and extracellular MK-6, were studied in the submerged culture of Escherichia sp. All of the added surfactants caused the extension of the exponential phase. Betaine, polyoxyethylene oleyl ether and Tween-80 were favourable to the cell growth of Escherichia sp. mutant strain FM3-1709. The highest cell growth (Xmax, biomass production rate (Qx and biomass yield (Yx/s were (12.6±0.2 g/L, (0.21±0.01 g/(L·h and (2.42± 0.02 g/g, respectively. The results show that the addition of all surfactants led to a lower production of intracellular MK-4, whereas the production of extracellular MK-4 increased remarkably. Among the five investigated surfactants, the addition of the nonionic surfactant polyoxyethylene oleyl ether (1.0 g/L led to the highest production of extracellular MK-4 ((33.6±0.4 mg/L, MK-6 ((2.56±0.07 mg/L and the highest yield of total MK-4 ((47.6±0.4 mg/L and MK-6 ((6.0±0.1 mg/L. The addition of polyoxyethylene oleyl ether proved to be more beneficial for the secretion of MK-4 than MK-6.

  4. Mesoporous film of WO{sub 3}–the “sunlight” assisted decomposition of surfactant in wastewater for voltammetric determination of Pb

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    Krasnodębska-Ostręga, Beata, E-mail:; Bielecka, Agnieszka; Biaduń, Ewa; Miecznikowski, Krzysztof, E-mail:


    Highlights: • The “sun light” decomposed of surfactants: Sodium dodecyl sulfate and Triton™X-114 in the presence of WO{sub 3}. • Mesoporous WO{sub 3} films use for the degradation of surfactant without any reagents. • The developed procedure is suggested to be a no-reagents method of decomposition of added SDS leads to 100% recovery of added Pb (II). - Abstract: In this paper we present the application of “sunlight” assisted digestion in the presence of WO{sub 3} to the decomposition of dissolved organic matter, using the anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and the nonionic surfactant (1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenyl-polyethylene glycol (Triton™X-114) in natural water samples, prior to the determination of traces residues of lead by stripping voltammetry methods. The results of the study showed firstly that the preparation of reproducible WO{sub 3} layers characterized by high mechanical and chemical resistance was possible, and secondly that it was also possible to obtain a high efficiency of decomposition, equal in efficiency to that of the reference method, which was the hydrogen peroxide oxidation assisted by UV, with evaporation nearly to dryness. The developed procedure is suggested to be a no-reagents method for the decomposition of added SDS, leading to 100% recovery of added Pb (II). The anodic stripping voltammetric curves recorded in solution after 4 h irradiation with UV assisted by WO{sub 3} were repeatable and increased linearly with standard additions, but the data finally obtained were incorrect. The curves recorded in solution after “sunlight” assisted digestion in the presence of WO{sub 3} were repeatable, and increased linearly with an increasing of concentration of standard additions (100% recovery of Pb). In the case of a nonionic surfactant, the decomposition time is at least 6 h. The advantage of the proposed method is the fact that the digestion process does not need the addition of any chemicals for the

  5. Surfactant nebulization versus instillation during high frequency ventilation in surfactant-deficient rabbits

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    Dijk, Peter H.; Heikamp, A; Bambang Oetomo, Sidarto


    Surfactant nebulization improves lung function at low alveolar doses of surfactant. However, efficiency of nebulization is low, and lung deposition seems to depend on lung aeration. High frequency ventilation (HFV) has been shown to improve lung aeration. We hypothesize that the combination of HFV

  6. Investigating homology between proteins using energetic profiles.

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    James O Wrabl


    Full Text Available Accumulated experimental observations demonstrate that protein stability is often preserved upon conservative point mutation. In contrast, less is known about the effects of large sequence or structure changes on the stability of a particular fold. Almost completely unknown is the degree to which stability of different regions of a protein is generally preserved throughout evolution. In this work, these questions are addressed through thermodynamic analysis of a large representative sample of protein fold space based on remote, yet accepted, homology. More than 3,000 proteins were computationally analyzed using the structural-thermodynamic algorithm COREX/BEST. Estimated position-specific stability (i.e., local Gibbs free energy of folding and its component enthalpy and entropy were quantitatively compared between all proteins in the sample according to all-vs.-all pairwise structural alignment. It was discovered that the local stabilities of homologous pairs were significantly more correlated than those of non-homologous pairs, indicating that local stability was indeed generally conserved throughout evolution. However, the position-specific enthalpy and entropy underlying stability were less correlated, suggesting that the overall regional stability of a protein was more important than the thermodynamic mechanism utilized to achieve that stability. Finally, two different types of statistically exceptional evolutionary structure-thermodynamic relationships were noted. First, many homologous proteins contained regions of similar thermodynamics despite localized structure change, suggesting a thermodynamic mechanism enabling evolutionary fold change. Second, some homologous proteins with extremely similar structures nonetheless exhibited different local stabilities, a phenomenon previously observed experimentally in this laboratory. These two observations, in conjunction with the principal conclusion that homologous proteins generally conserved

  7. Remediation of a hexachlorobenzene-contaminated soil by surfactant-enhanced electrokinetics coupled with microscale Pd/Fe PRB. (United States)

    Wan, Jinzhong; Li, Zhirong; Lu, Xiaohua; Yuan, Songhu


    Treatment of soils contaminated with chlorinated hydrophobic organic compounds (CHOCs) remains a challenge for environmental scientists worldwide. In this study surfactant-enhanced electrokinetics (SEEK) was coupled with permeable reactive barrier (PRB) composed of microscale Pd/Fe to treat a hexachlorobenzene (HCB)-contaminated soil. A nonionic surfactant, Triton X-100 (TX-100), was selected as the solubility-enhancing agent. Five bench-scale tests were conducted to investigate the performance of EK-PRB on HCB removal from soils. Results showed that the HCB removal was generally increased by a factor of 4 by EK coupled with PRB compared with EK alone (60% versus 13%). In the EK-PRB system, HCB was removed from soil through several sequential processes: the movement driven by electroosmotic flow (EOF) in the anode column, the complete adsorption/degradation by the reactive Pd/Fe particles in PRB, and the consequent movement by EOF and probable electrochemical reactions in the cathode column. TX-100 was supposed to be a superior enhancement agent for HCB removal, not only in the EOF movement process but also in the Pd/Fe degradation process. This study indicates that the combination of SEEK and Pd/Fe PRB is efficient and promising to remove CHOCs from contaminated soils. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Molecular Aggregates in Stable Aqueous Three-Phase Surfactant Systems and Their use in Producing CdS Nanowires (United States)

    Dong, Renhao; Zhou, Liang; Wang, Dong; Hao, Jingcheng


    Aqueous three-phase surfactant systems (A3PS) are important, multicomponent, stable three-phase equilibria with coexisting forms in a common colloid solution, but have been largely ignored regarding further characterization and application. Mixing simple, commercially available, single-tailed anionic/nonionic or anionic/cationic surfactants in water can spontaneously produce stable A3PS with coexisting multiscale self-assembled structures including discs, lamellas, micelles and vesicles. As with conventional aqueous two-phase systems (A2PS), A3PS can be applied in partition and extraction processes. Here, the A3PS was also used as a mild media for one-step synthesis of multiscale CdS nanowires. Particularly, the A3PS does not change and simultaneously separates the CdS nanowires with the comparable size in one phase, which provides a facile strategy for collection of monodisperse nanomaterials. We expect that this present work can expand recognition of A3PS for use in theoretical and applied studies.

  9. Effect of presence of benzene ring in surfactant hydrophobic chain on the transformation towards one dimensional aggregate

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    Rabah A. Khalil


    Full Text Available The formation of wormlike micelle and the following significant changes in rheological properties suffer misunderstanding from both theoretical and fundamental aspects. Recently, we have introduced a theory for interpreting such important phenomenon which is referred to as critical intermolecular forces (CIF. The theory has stated that the hydrophobic effect is the main factor for the formation of worm-like aggregates. Therefore, it seems interesting to check out the validity of this new physical insight through investigating the presence of benzene ring as less hydrophobic group in contrast to that of alkyl in surfactant tail. The mixture of anionic sodium dodecylbenzenesulphonate (SDBS and cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB shows a high dynamic viscosity peak at the ratio of 80/20 of 3 wt.% CTAB/SDBS indicating the formation of wormlike micelles. The thermodynamic properties have been evaluated for this mixture exhibiting good agreement with the rheological changes. Interestingly, the results show the presence of benzene ring (in SDBS causing a negative effect towards the formation of one dimensional aggregate in contrast to previous results which support the proposed CIF theory. The presence of nonionic surfactant TritonX-100 in binary and ternary systems of SDBS and CTAB prohibits the formation of wormlike micelles.

  10. Dilute Surfactant Methods for Carbonate Formations

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    Kishore K. Mohanty


    There are many fractured carbonate reservoirs in US (and the world) with light oil. Waterflooding is effective in fractured reservoirs, if the formation is water-wet. Many fractured carbonate reservoirs, however, are mixed-wet and recoveries with conventional methods are low (less than 10%). The process of using dilute anionic surfactants in alkaline solutions has been investigated in this work for oil recovery from fractured oil-wet carbonate reservoirs both experimentally and numerically. This process is a surfactant-aided gravity drainage where surfactant diffuses into the matrix, lowers IFT and contact angle, which decrease capillary pressure and increase oil relative permeability enabling gravity to drain the oil up. Anionic surfactants have been identified which at dilute concentration of 0.05 wt% and optimal salinity can lower the interfacial tension and change the wettability of the calcite surface to intermediate/water-wet condition as well or better than the cationic surfactant DTAB with a West Texas crude oil. The force of adhesion in AFM of oil-wet regions changes after anionic surfactant treatment to values similar to those of water-wet regions. The AFM topography images showed that the oil-wetting material was removed from the surface by the anionic surfactant treatment. Adsorption studies indicate that the extent of adsorption for anionic surfactants on calcite minerals decreases with increase in pH and with decrease in salinity. Surfactant adsorption can be minimized in the presence of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. Laboratory-scale surfactant brine imbibition experiments give high oil recovery (20-42% OOIP in 50 days; up to 60% in 200 days) for initially oil-wet cores through wettability alteration and IFT reduction. Small (<10%) initial gas saturation does not affect significantly the rate of oil recovery in the imbibition process, but larger gas saturation decreases the oil recovery rate. As the core permeability decreases, the rate of oil recovery reduces

  11. Adsorption of alkyltrimethylammonium bromides at water/alkane interfaces: competitive adsorption of alkanes and surfactants. (United States)

    Fainerman, V B; Mucic, N; Pradines, V; Aksenenko, E V; Miller, R


    The adsorption of members of the homologous series of alkyl trimethylammonium bromides (C(n)TAB) is studied at water/alkane interfaces by drop profile analysis tensiometry. The results are discussed in terms of a competitive adsorption process of alkane and surfactant molecules. A thermodynamic model, derived originally for the adsorption of surfactant mixtures, is adapted such that it describes a competitive adsorption of the surfactant molecules from the aqueous phase and alkane molecules from the oil phase. This new model involves the interspecies attraction coefficient, which mutually increases the adsorption activities of the alkane and C(n)TAB. The effects of the alkyl chain length n of C(n)TABs and the influence of the number of C atoms in the alkane chain are discussed, and the physical quantities are compared to those determined at the aqueous solution/air interface. The new theoretical model for aqueous solution/oil interfaces is also compared to a theory that does not consider the adsorption of alkane. The proposed new model demonstrates good agreement with the experimental data.

  12. On the hodological criterion for homology

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    Macarena eFaunes


    Full Text Available Owen’s pre-evolutionary definition of a homologue as the same organ in different animals under every variety of form and function and its redefinition after Darwin as the same trait in different lineages due to common ancestry entail the same heuristic problem: how to establish sameness. Although different criteria for homology often conflict, there is currently a generalized acceptance of gene expression as the best criterion. This gene-centered view of homology results from a reductionist and preformationist concept of living beings. Here, we adopt an alternative organismic-epigenetic viewpoint, and conceive living beings as systems whose identity is given by the dynamic interactions between their components at their multiple levels of composition. We posit that there cannot be an absolute homology criterion, and instead, homology should be inferred from comparisons at the levels and developmental stages where the delimitation of the compared trait lies. In this line, we argue that neural connectivity, i.e., the hodological criterion, should prevail in the determination of homologies between brain supra-cellular structures, such as the vertebrate pallium.

  13. Detection of poly(ethylene glycol) residues from nonionic surfactants in surface water by1h and13c nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (United States)

    Leenheer, J.A.; Wershaw, R. L.; Brown, P.A.; Noyes, T.I.


    ??? Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) residues were detected in organic solute isolates from surface water by 1H nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR), 13C NMR spectrometry, and colorimetric assay. PEG residues were separated from natural organic solutes in Clear Creek, CO, by a combination of methylation and chromatographic procedures. The isolated PEG residues, characterized by NMR spectrometry, were found to consist of neutral and acidic residues that also contained poly(propylene glycol) moieties. The 1H NMR and the colorimetric assays for poly(ethylene glycol) residues were done on samples collected in the lower Mississippi River and tributaries between St. Louis, MO, and New Orleans, LA, in July-August and November-December 1987. Aqueous concentrations for poly(ethylene glycol) residues based on colorimetric assay ranged from undetectable to ???28 ??g/L. Concentrations based on 1H NMR spectrometry ranged from undetectable to 145 ??g/L.

  14. Syntheses of surfactants from oleochemical epoxides

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    Warwel Siegfried


    Full Text Available Sugar-based surfactants were obtained in good yields (up to 100% under mild conditions (70°C, methanol or mixtures of methanol and water by ring-opening of terminal epoxides with aminopolyols, derived from glucose. Reaction of N-methyl glucamine with epoxides from even-numbered C4-C18 alpha-olefins or from terminal unsaturated fatty acid methyl esters leads to linear products, while corresponding reactions with N-dodecyl glucamine or glucamine yield surfactants with different Y-structures. Products obtained by conversion of omega-epoxy fatty acid methyl esters were saponificated with NaOH or hydrolyzed enzymatically to sodium salts or free acids respectively, which are amphoteric surfactants. Studies of the surfactants at different pH-values demonstrate different surface active properties in aqueous solutions. Critical micelle concentrations (c.m.c. in a range between 2 and 500mg/l and surface tensions of 25-40mN/m were measured for several of the synthesized sugar-based surfactants. The ring-opening products are rather poor foamers, whereas some of the corresponding hydrobromides show good foaming properties.

  15. Recovering hydrocarbons with surfactants from lignin

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    Naae, D.G.; Whittington, L.E.; Ledoux, W.A.; Debons, F.E.


    This patent describes a method of recovering hydrocarbons from an underground hydrocarbon formation penetrated by at least one injection well and at least one production well, which comprises: injecting into the formation through an injection well a surfactant slug comprising about 0.1% to about 10% by weight of surfactants produced from lignin, the surfactants produced by placing lignin in contact with water, converting the lignin into low molecular weight lignin phenols by reducing the lignin in the presence of a reducing agent of carbon monoxide or hydrogen creating a reduction reaction mixture comprising oil soluble lignin phenols, the reduction occurring at a temperature greater than about 200/sup 0/C and a pressure greater than about 100 psi, recovering the oil soluble lignin phenols from the reduction mixture, and converting the lignin phenols into lignin surfactants by a reaction selected from the group consisting of alkoxylation, sulfonation, sulfation, aklylation, sulfomethylation, and alkoxysulfation; injecting into the formation through the injection well a drive fluid to push the surfactant slug towards a production well; and recovering hydrocarbons at the production well.

  16. Surfactant effects on SF6 hydrate formation. (United States)

    Lee, Bo Ram; Lee, Ju Dong; Lee, Hyun Ju; Ryu, Young Bok; Lee, Man Sig; Kim, Young Seok; Englezos, Peter; Kim, Myung Hyun; Kim, Yang Do


    Sulfur hexafluoride (SF(6)) has been widely used in a variety of industrial processes, but it is one of the most potent greenhouse gases. For this reason, it is necessary to separate or collect it from waste gas streams. One separation method is through hydrate crystal formation. In this study, SF(6) hydrate was formed in aqueous surfactant solutions of 0.00, 0.01, 0.05, 0.15 and 0.20 wt% to investigate the effects of surfactants on the hydrate formation rates. Three surfactants, Tween 20 (Tween), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and linear alkyl benzene sulfonate (LABS), were tested in a semi-batch stirred vessel at the constant temperature and pressures of 276.2 K and 0.78 MPa, respectively. All surfactants showed kinetic promoter behavior for SF(6) hydrate formation. It was also found that SF(6) hydrate formation proceeded in two stages with the second stage being the most rapid. In situ Raman spectroscopy analysis revealed that the increased gas consumption rate with the addition of surfactant was possibly due to the increased gas filling rate in the hydrate cavity.

  17. How nanobubbles lose stability: Effects of surfactants (United States)

    Xiao, Qianxiang; Liu, Yawei; Guo, Zhenjiang; Liu, Zhiping; Zhang, Xianren


    In contrast to stability theories of nanobubbles, the molecular mechanism of how nanobubbles lose stability is far from being understood. In this work, we try to interpret recent experimental observations that the addition of surfactants destabilizes nanobubbles with an unclear mechanism. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we identify two surfactant-induced molecular mechanisms for nanobubbles losing stability, either through depinning of a contact line or reducing vapor-liquid surface tension. One corresponds to the case with significant adsorption of surfactants on the substrates, which causes depinning of the nanobubble contact line and thus leads to nanobubble instability. The other stresses surfactant adsorption on the vapor-liquid interface of nanobubbles, especially for insoluble surfactants, which reduces the surface tension of the interface and leads to an irreversible liquid-to-vapor phase transition. Our finding can help improve our understanding in nanobubble stability, and the insight presented here has implications for surface nanobubbles involving with other amphiphilic molecules, such as proteins and contaminations.

  18. Parallelism, deep homology, and evo-devo. (United States)

    Hall, Brian K


    Parallelism has been the subject of a number of recent studies that have resulted in reassessment of the term and the process. Parallelism has been aligned with homology leaving convergence as the only case of homoplasy, regarded as a transition between homologous and convergent characters, and defined as the independent evolution of genetic traits. Another study advocates abolishing the term parallelism and treating all cases of the independent evolution of characters as convergence. With the sophistication of modern genomics and genetic analysis, parallelism of characters of the phenotype is being discovered to reflect parallel genetic evolution. Approaching parallelism from developmental and genetic perspectives enables us to tease out the degree to which the reuse of pathways represent deep homology and is a major task for evolutionary developmental biology in the coming decades. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Relative K-homology and normal operators

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    Manuilov, Vladimir; Thomsen, Klaus


    -term exact sequence which generalizes the excision six-term exact sequence in the first variable of KK-theory. Subsequently we investigate the relative K-homology which arises from the group of relative extensions by specializing to abelian $C^*$-algebras. It turns out that this relative K-homology carries...... substantial information also in the operator theoretic setting from which the BDF theory was developed and we conclude the paper by extracting some of this information on approximation of normal operators....

  20. Fullerene surfactants and their use in polymer solar cells (United States)

    Jen, Kwan-Yue; Yip, Hin-Lap; Li, Chang-Zhi


    Fullerene surfactant compounds useful as interfacial layer in polymer solar cells to enhance solar cell efficiency. Polymer solar cell including a fullerene surfactant-containing interfacial layer intermediate cathode and active layer.

  1. Synthesis of mesoporous nano-hydroxyapatite by using zwitterions surfactant (United States)

    Mesoporous nano-hydroxyapatite (mn-HAP) was successfully synthesized via a novel micelle-templating method using lauryl dimethylaminoacetic acid as zwitterionic surfactant. The systematic use of such a surfactant in combination with microwave energy inputenables the precise contr...

  2. Polyelectrolyte surfactant aggregates and their deposition on macroscopic surfaces

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    Voisin, D


    Oppositely charged surfactant and polyelectrolyte are present in hair shampoos and conditioners, together with particles (e.g. anti-dandruff agents for scalp) and droplets (e.g. silicone oil for the hair). These are normally formulated at high surfactant concentrations, beyond the flocculation region for the polyelectrolyte concentration used. However, on dilution with water, during application, flocs are formed which carry the particles and droplets to the scalp and hair. The addition of an anionic surfactant to an aqueous solution of cationic polyelectrolyte, at a given concentration, can lead to the formation of polyelectrolyte-surfactant 'particles', in which the surfactant 'binds' to the polyelectrolyte. This occurs from the critical association concentration (CAC), up to the surfactant concentration corresponding to maximum binding. Within this range of surfactant concentrations, the surfactant bound to the polyelectrolyte is thought to associate to form what might be termed 'internal micelles'. Each po...

  3. Enzymatic hydrolysis and ethanol yields of combined surfactant and dilute ammonia treated sugarcane bagasse. (United States)

    Cao, Shuo; Aita, Giovanna M


    Tween 80, Tween 20, PEG 4000 or PEG 6000 was used in combination with ammonium hydroxide for the pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse. Pretreatment was carried out by mixing sugarcane bagasse, ammonium hydroxide (28% v/v solution), and water at a ratio of 1:0.5:20, adding 3% (w/w) surfactant based on the weight of dry biomass, and heating the mixture to 160 °C for 1 h. Fibers were hydrolyzed using two concentrations of commercially available enzymes, Spezyme CP and Novozyme 188. The results indicated that PEG 4000 and Tween 80 gave the highest cellulose digestibilities (62%, 66%) and ethanol yields (73%, 69%) as compared to the use of only dilute ammonia (38%, 42%) or water (27%, 26%) as catalysts, respectively. The enhanced digestibilities of non-ionic surfactant–dilute ammonia treated biomass can be attributed to delignification and reduction of cellulose crystallinity as confirmed by FTIR, TGA and XRD analysis. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Physicochemical perspectives (aggregation, structure and dynamics) of interaction between pluronic (L31) and surfactant (SDS). (United States)

    Prameela, G K S; Phani Kumar, B V N; Pan, A; Aswal, V K; Subramanian, J; Mandal, A B; Moulik, S P


    The influence of the water soluble non-ionic tri-block copolymer PEO-PPO-PEO [poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide)] i.e., E2P16E2 (L31) on the microstructure and self-aggregation dynamics of the anionic surfactant sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) in aqueous solution was investigated using cloud point (CP), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements. CP provided the thermodynamic information on the Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, entropy and heat capacity changes pertaining to the phase separation of the system at elevated temperature. The ITC and NMR self-diffusion measurements helped to understand the nature of the binding isotherms of SDS in the presence of L31 in terms of the formation of mixed aggregates and free SDS micelles in solution. EPR analysis provided the micro-viscosity of the spin probe 5-DSA in terms of rotational correlation time. The SANS study indicated the presence of prolate ellipsoidal mixed aggregates, whose size increased with the increasing addition of L31. At a large [L31], SANS also revealed the progressive decreasing size of the ellipsoidal mixed aggregates of SDS-L31 into nearly globular forms with the increasing SDS addition. Wrapping of the spherical SDS micelles by L31 was also corroborated from (13)C NMR and SANS measurements.

  5. Carnitine alkyl ester bromides as novel biosourced ionic liquids, cationic hydrotropes and surfactants. (United States)

    Häckl, Katharina; Mühlbauer, Andrea; Ontiveros, Jesús F; Marinkovic, Sinisa; Estrine, Boris; Kunz, Werner; Nardello-Rataj, Véronique


    In contrast to anionic and nonionic amphiphilic substances, bio-based cationic ones are very rare. Cationic amphiphiles are mostly based on quaternary ammonium, pyridinium or imidazolium groups that are either badly biodegradable or have toxic residues even after degradation. In the search for green alternatives to cationic hydrotropes and amphiphiles, natural l-carnitine could be a promising candidate for a cationic headgroup. By esterification of carnitine in one step and with low cost, cationic molecules with alkyl chain length of n=2-14 could be obtained. Their thermal properties, aggregation behaviour and cytotoxicity were determined. Hydrophobic compounds were solubilized in their aqueous solutions and the PIT-slope method was applied to determine a relative hydrophilicity. It was found that some pure carnitine ester bromides were liquid at room temperature and thus can be classified as ionic liquids. They are highly water-soluble, and in aqueous solutions, they showed hydrotrope or surfactant behaviour depending on their alkyl chain length. Their high hydrotropic efficiency was demonstrated by solubilizing Disperse Red 13, while also biomolecules, like vanillin, could be dissolved in reasonable amounts. In all tests, they performed at least as good as the tested reference substances, while showing similar cytotoxicity towards human skin keratinocytes, thus demonstrating their potential as green functional amphiphilic molecules of positive charge. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  6. Effect of synthetic surfactants, salinity and alkalinity on the properties of asphalt emulsions

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    Prat, F.


    Full Text Available This paper studies the effect of salinity, alkalinity and amount of ionic and non-ionic synthetic surfactants in the aqueous emulsifier used to prepare oil-in-water or asphaltic emulsions on the performance of such substances as waterproofing on buildings. The emulsion systems studied here were prepared with Venezuelan extra heavy oil. The findings showed that the four variables modified viscosity, surface tension and mean particle size, physical properties that are instrumental to asphalt emulsion stability.Este trabajo estudia la influencia de las variables salinidad, alcalinidad y cantidad de surfactantes sintéticos, tanto iónicos como no iónicos, existentes en el emulsivo acuoso empleado para formular emulsiones asfálticas, con vistas a la aplicación de las mismas como recubrimientos impermeabilizantes en edificaciones. Para la preparación de los sistemas emulsionados objeto de estudio, se utilizó como producto bituminoso un crudo extrapesado procedente de Venezuela. En tal sentido, los resultados obtenidos muestran cómo las cuatro variables de formulación anteriormente mencionadas modifican una serie de propiedades físicas (viscosidad, tensión superficial y diámetro promedio de partícula muy determinantes para la estabilidad de las referidas emulsiones asfálticas.

  7. Effects of surfactants on the formation of gelatin nanofibres for controlled release of curcumin. (United States)

    Deng, Lingli; Kang, Xuefan; Liu, Yuyu; Feng, Fengqin; Zhang, Hui


    This work studied the effects of non-ionic Tween 80, anionic sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS) and cationic cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactants on the morphology of electrospun gelatin nanofibres, and on the release behaviour, antioxidant activity and antimicrobial activity of encapsulated curcumin. Scanning electron micrographs showed that addition of SDS significantly increased the nanofibre diameter. Fourier transform infrared and differential scanning calorimetry analysis indicated that gelatin and SDS intimately interacted via electrostatic and hydrophobic interactions. However, these interactions inhibited the release of curcumin from the nanofibres with SDS, while CTAB and Tween 80 both facilitated the release. SDS and Tween 80 showed protective effects on curcumin from the attack of 2,2-diphenyl-1-picryl-hydrazyl-hydrate (DPPH) radicals, and the increased release of curcumin from nanofibres with CTAB or Tween 80 resulted in a higher reducing power. The antimicrobial activity results suggested that the curcumin encapsulated gelatin nanofibres with CTAB exhibited effective inhibition against Staphylococcus aureus. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Nanocomposite formation between alpha-glucosyl stevia and surfactant improves the dissolution profile of poorly water-soluble drug. (United States)

    Uchiyama, Hiromasa; Tozuka, Yuichi; Nishikawa, Masahiro; Takeuchi, Hirofumi


    The formation of a hybrid-nanocomposite using α-glucosyl stevia (Stevia-G) and surfactant was explored to improve the dissolution of flurbiprofen (FP). As reported previously, the dissolution amount of FP was enhanced in the presence of Stevia-G, induced by the formation of an FP and Stevia-G-associated nanostructure. When a small amount of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) was present with Stevia-G, the amount of dissolved FP was extremely enhanced. This dissolution-enhancement effect was also observed with the cationic surfactant of dodecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide, but not with the non-ionic surfactant of n-octyl-β-D-maltopyranoside. To investigate the dissolution-enhancement effect of Stevia-G/SDS mixture, the pyrene I(1)/I(3) ratio was plotted versus the Stevia-G concentration. The pyrene I(1)/I(3) ratio of Stevia-G/SDS mixture had a sigmoidal curve at lower Stevia-G concentrations compared to the Stevia-G solution alone. These results indicate that the Stevia-G/SDS mixture provides a hydrophobic core around pyrene molecules at lower Stevia-G concentrations, leading to nanocomposite formation between Stevia-G and SDS. The nanocomposite of Stevia-G/SDS showed no cytotoxicity to Caco-2 cells at a mixture of 0.1% SDS and 1% Stevia-G solution, whereas 0.1% SDS solution showed high toxicity. These results suggest that the nanocomposite formation of Stevia-G/SDS may be useful way to enhance the dissolution of poorly water-soluble drugs without special treatment. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Recent food applications of microbial surfactants. (United States)

    Nitschke, Marcia; Silva, Sumária Sousa E


    Owing to their natural origin and environmental compatibility, interest in microbial surfactants or biosurfactants has gained attention during last few years. These characteristics fulfill the demand of regulatory agencies and society to use more sustained and green chemicals. Microbial-derived surfactants can replace synthetic surfactants in a great variety of industrial applications as detergents, foaming, emulsifiers, solubilizers, and wetting agents. Change in the trend of consumers toward natural from synthetic additives and the increasing health and environmental concerns have created demand for new "green" additives in foods. Apart from their inherent surface-active properties, biosurfactants have shown antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activities against food pathogens; therefore, biosurfactants can be versatile additives or ingredients of food processing. These interesting applications will be discussed in this review.

  10. Natural surfactants used in cosmetics: glycolipids. (United States)

    Lourith, N; Kanlayavattanakul, M


    Cosmetic surfactant performs detergency, wetting, emulsifying, solubilizing, dispersing and foaming effects. Adverse reactions of chemical synthesis surfactant have an effect on environment and humans, particularly severe in long term. Biodegradability, low toxicity and ecological acceptability which are the benefits of naturally derived surfactant that promises cosmetic safety are, therefore, highly on demand. Biosurfactant producible from microorganisms exhibiting potential surface properties suitable for cosmetic applications especially incorporate with their biological activities. Sophorolipids, rhamnolipids and mannosylerythritol lipids are the most widely used glycolipids biosurfactant in cosmetics. Literatures and patents relevant to these three glycolipids reviewed were emphasizing on the cosmetic applications including personal care products presenting the cosmetic efficiency, efficacy and economy benefits of glycolipids biosurfactant.


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    Full Text Available The literature and own experimental data on the synthesis of microbial surfactants of different chemical nature (rhamnolipids, sophorolipids, manozylerythritollipids, lipopeptides at various waste (vegetable oil and fat, sugar, dairy industry, agriculture, forestry, biodiesel, as well as waste — fried vegetable oils are presented. Most suitable substrates for the synthesis of microbial surfactants are oil containing waste that, unlike, for example, lignocellulose, whey, technical glycerol do not require pre-treatment and purification. Replacing traditional substrates for the biosynthesis of surfactant with industrial waste will help to reduce the cost of technology by several times, dispose of unwanted waste, solve the problem of storage or disposal of large amounts of waste from the food industry, agricultural sector and companies that produce biodiesel, which spent large amount of energy and money for such needs

  12. Microstructure, morphology and lifetime of armored bubbles exposed to surfactants


    Subramaniam, Anand Bala; Mejean, Cecile; Abkarian, Manouk; Stone, Howard A.


    We report the behavior of particle-stabilized bubbles (armored bubbles) when exposed to various classes and concentrations of surfactants. The bubbles are non-spherical due to the jamming of the particles on the interface and are stable to dissolution prior to the addition of surfactant. We find that the dissolving bubbles exhibit distinct morphological, microstructural, and lifetime changes, which correlate with the concentration of surfactant employed. For low concentrations of surfactant a...

  13. Complexation of Cu(II) by original tartaric acid-based ligands in nonionic micellar media: thermodynamic study and applications. (United States)

    Dupont-Leclercq, Laurence; Giroux, Sébastien; Parant, Stéphane; Khoudour, Leïla; Henry, Bernard; Rubini, Patrice


    The complexation of Cu(II) with original alkylamidotartaric acids (C(x)T) is investigated in homogeneous aqueous medium and in the presence of nonionic micelles of Brij 58 (C16EO20), thanks to various analytical techniques such as NMR self-diffusion experiments, CD and UV-vis spectroscopy, ESI mass spectrometry, pHmetry and micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF). First, a complete speciation study proves the formation of dimeric complexes in water and provides their formation constants. Second, a similar study is led in the presence of nonionic micelles. It underlines a modification of the apparent equilibrium constants in micellar medium and demonstrates that the structure of the complexes is slightly modified in the presence of micelles. This thermodynamic and structural study is applied to modelize the evolution of the extraction yields of Cu(II) by the micelles as a function of pH and to identify the complexes extracted in the micelles. The effects of the chain length of the ligand (C3T vs C8T) on the solubilization properties are put into relief and discussed. Anionic species are proved to be more incorporated in the nonionic micelles than the cationic species. The extracting system constituted of octylamidotartaric acid (CsT) solubilized in nonionic micelles of Brij 58 is demonstrated to be very efficient for the extraction of Cu(II) by MEUF, this technique being an interesting green alternative to traditional solvent extraction.

  14. Hemodynamic effects and image quality of low-osmolar ionic and nonionic contrast media during pulmonary angiography

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    Smit, E. M.; van Beek, E. J.; Bakker, A. J.; Reekers, J. A.


    RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: We compared the hemodynamic responses to ionic and nonionic low-osmolar contrast media of patients who underwent pulmonary angiography. METHODS: Ninety-nine consecutive patients with suspected pulmonary emboli were randomly assigned to receive either 40 ml iohexol or 40 ml

  15. Estimation of radiofrequency power leakage from microwave ovens for dosimetric assessment at nonionizing radiation exposure levels. (United States)

    Lopez-Iturri, Peio; de Miguel-Bilbao, Silvia; Aguirre, Erik; Azpilicueta, Leire; Falcone, Francisco; Ramos, Victoria


    The electromagnetic field leakage levels of nonionizing radiation from a microwave oven have been estimated within a complex indoor scenario. By employing a hybrid simulation technique, based on coupling full wave simulation with an in-house developed deterministic 3D ray launching code, estimations of the observed electric field values can be obtained for the complete indoor scenario. The microwave oven can be modeled as a time- and frequency-dependent radiating source, in which leakage, basically from the microwave oven door, is propagated along the complete indoor scenario interacting with all of the elements present in it. This method can be of aid in order to assess the impact of such devices on expected exposure levels, allowing adequate minimization strategies such as optimal location to be applied.

  16. Estimation of Radiofrequency Power Leakage from Microwave Ovens for Dosimetric Assessment at Nonionizing Radiation Exposure Levels

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    Peio Lopez-Iturri


    Full Text Available The electromagnetic field leakage levels of nonionizing radiation from a microwave oven have been estimated within a complex indoor scenario. By employing a hybrid simulation technique, based on coupling full wave simulation with an in-house developed deterministic 3D ray launching code, estimations of the observed electric field values can be obtained for the complete indoor scenario. The microwave oven can be modeled as a time- and frequency-dependent radiating source, in which leakage, basically from the microwave oven door, is propagated along the complete indoor scenario interacting with all of the elements present in it. This method can be of aid in order to assess the impact of such devices on expected exposure levels, allowing adequate minimization strategies such as optimal location to be applied.

  17. Interpolymer reactions of nonionic polymers with polyacrylic acid in aqueous solutions

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    E. Shaikhutdinov


    Full Text Available Results of fundamental investigations in the intermacromolecular reactions and interpolymer complexes to be performed by authors with co-workes within last 20 years have been intergrated and summarized in the present review. The raw of fundamental regularities in the effect of factors of different nature (pH, ionic strength, temperature, hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance of macrochain, etc. on the complexation of nonionic polymers with polycarboxylic acids in aqueous solutions has been revealed. Critical pH upon complexation (pHcrit. has been used for evaluation of the complexing ability of the polymers. It was shown tha tdepending on pHcrit. all systems can be divided into 2 groups, namely, weak complexing and strongly complexing. The existence of two critical pH upon complexation responsible for formation typical interpolymer complexes and hydrophilic associations has been demonstrated by the method of luminescence spectroscopy.

  18. Partitioning regularity of non-ionic organic mixtures in organic phase/water system

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    The partitioning regularity of nonionic organic mixtures in organic phase/water system is revealed. The equation for calculating the partition coefficients of mixtures (KMD), together with the determination model, is derived from the equilibrium partitioning models (EPMs). Based on these derived equations, the KMD values of 20 mixtures conraining halogenated benzenes are obtained. The results show that stronger hydrophobicity of an individual chemical in the mixture results in the stronger hydrophobicity of the mixture and the greater the proportion of this chemical, the stronger the hydrophobicity of the mixture will be. This partitioning regularity is helpful to the study of the toxicity for mixtures and the environmental behavior, such as transfer or accumuiation, for mixed organic pollutants.``

  19. Non-ionizing radiation protection summary of research and policy options

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    Karipidis, Ken


    This book explains the characteristics of all forms of electromagnetic non-ionizing radiation (NIR) and analyzes the relationship between exposure and its biological effects, as well as the known dose-response relationships associated with each. Taking a uniquely holistic approach to the concept of health that builds upon the WHO definition to include not only absence of disease, but the physical, mental and social well-being of individuals and the population, it reviews established and potential risks and protections, along with regulatory issues associated with each. The risks to public health of NIR, whether in the form of UV light, radio waves from wireless devices, or electric and magnetic fields associated with electrical power systems, is currently a cause of great concern among members of the public and lawmakers. But in order to separate established science from speculation and make informed decisions about how to mitigate the risks of NIR and allocate precious resources, policymakers, manufacturers...

  20. Surfactant therapy in late preterm infants

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    Murat Yurdakök


    Full Text Available Late preterm (LPT neonates are at a high risk for respiratory distress soon after birth due to respiratory distress syndrome (RDS, transient tachypnea of the newborn, persistent pulmonary hypertension, and pneumonia along with an increased need for surfactant replacement therapy, continuous positive airway pressure, and ventilator support when compared with the term neonates. In the past, studies on outcomes of infants with respiratory distress have primarily focused on extremely premature infants, leading to a gap in knowledge and understanding of the developmental biology and mechanism of pulmonary diseases in LPT neonates. Surfactant deficiency is the most frequent etiology of RDS in very preterm and moderately preterm infants, while cesarean section and lung infection play major roles in RDS development in LPT infants. The clinical presentation and the response to surfactant therapy in LPT infants may be different than that seen in very preterm infants. Incidence of pneumonia and occurrence of pneumothorax are significantly higher in LPT and term infants. High rates of pneumonia in these infants may result in direct injury to the type II alveolar cells of the lung with decreasing synthesis, release, and processing of surfactant. Increased permeability of the alveolar capillary membrane to both fluid and solutes is known to result in entry of plasma proteins into the alveolar hypophase, further inhibiting the surface properties of surfactant. However, the oxygenation index value do not change dramatically after ventilation or surfactant administration in LPT infants with RDS compared to very preterm infants. These finding may indicate a different pathogenesis of RDS in late preterm and term infants. In conclusion, surfactant therapy may be of significant benefit in LPT infants with serious respiratory failure secondary to a number of insults. However, optimal timing and dose of administration are not so clear in this group. Additional

  1. The Inhibiting or Accelerating Effect of Different Surfactants on ...

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    The course of differential capacity curves of the electric double layer at the mercury electrode/surfactant solution interface was described for three different surfactants from different groups. Using square-wave voltammetry (SWV) it was found that the surfactants had a varying effect on the kinetics of electroreduction of Zn2+ ...

  2. Surfactant phosphatidylcholine metabolism in preterm infants studied with stable isotopes

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    J.E.H. Bunt (Jan Erik)


    textabstractAIM OF THE STUDIES 1. To develop and use a novel method to study surfactant metabolism in preterm and older infants. (chapters 3 and 4). 2. To study endogenous surfactant synthesis in relation to prenatal glucocorticosteroids. (chapters 5 and 6). 3. To study the influence of surfactant


    Chen, Ciara Chun; Kuo, Dave Ta Fu


    This study presents a bioconcentration model for non-ionic, polar, and ionizable organic compounds in amphipod based on first-order kinetics. Uptake rate constant k1 is modeled as log k1=10.81logKOW+0.15 (root mean square error, RMSE = 0.52). Biotransformation rate constant kM is estimated using an existing polyparameter linear free energy relationship model. Respiratory elimination k2 is calculated as modeled k1 over theoretical biota-water partition coefficient Kbiow considering the contributions of lipid, protein, carbohydrate and water. With negligible contributions of growth and egestion over typical amphipod bioconcentration experiment, bioconcentration factor (BCF) is modeled as k1 /(kM  + k2 ) (RMSE = 0.68). The proposed model performs well for non-ionic organic compounds (log KOW range: 3.3-7.62) within 1 log-unit error margin. Approximately 12% of the BCFs are underpredicted for polar and ionizable compounds. However, over 50% of the estimated k2 's are found to exceed the total depuration rate constants. Analyses suggest that these excessive k2 's and underpredicted BCFs reflect underestimation in Kbiow , which may be improved by incorporating exoskeleton as a relevant partitioning component and refining membrane-water partitioning model. The immediate needs to build up high-quality experimental kM 's, explore the sorptive role of exoskeleton, and investigate the prevalence of k2 overestimation in other bioconcentration models are also identified. The resulting BCF model can support, within its limitations, the ecotoxicological and risk assessment of emerging polar and ionizable organic contaminants in aquatic environments, and advance bioaccumulation science of invertebrates. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  4. A History of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection. (United States)

    Repacholi, M H


    Concern about health risks from exposure to non-ionizing radiation (NIR) commenced in the 1950s after tracking radars were first introduced during the Second World War. Soon after, research on possible biological effects of microwave radiation in the former Soviet Union and the U.S. led to public and worker exposure limits being much lower in Eastern European than in Western countries, mainly because of different protection philosophies. As public concern increased, national authorities began introducing legislation to limit NIR exposures from domestic microwave ovens and workplace devices such as visual display units. The International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA) was formed in 1966 to represent national radiation protection societies. To address NIR protection issues, IRPA established a Working Group in 1974, then a Study Group in 1975, and finally the International NIR Committee (INIRC) in 1977. INIRC's publications quickly became accepted worldwide, and it was logical that it should become an independent commission. IRPA finally established the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), chartering its remit in 1992, and defining NIR as electromagnetic radiation (ultraviolet, visible, infrared), electromagnetic waves and fields, and infra- and ultrasound. ICNIRP's guidelines have been incorporated into legislation or adopted as standards in many countries. While ICNIRP has been subjected to criticism and close scrutiny by the public, media, and activists, it has continued to issue well-received, independent, science-based protection advice. This paper summarizes events leading to the formation of ICNIRP, its key activities up to 2017, ICNIRP's 25th anniversary year, and its future challenges.

  5. Cell biology of homologous recombination in yeast

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    Eckert-Boulet, Nadine Valerie; Rothstein, Rodney; Lisby, Michael


    Homologous recombination is an important pathway for error-free repair of DNA lesions, such as single- and double-strand breaks, and for rescue of collapsed replication forks. Here, we describe protocols for live cell imaging of single-lesion recombination events in the yeast Saccharomyces...

  6. GPCR Homology Model Generation for Lead Optimization. (United States)

    Tautermann, Christofer S


    The vast increase of recently solved GPCR X-ray structures forms the basis for GPCR homology modeling to atomistic accuracy. Nowadays, homology models can be employed for GPCR-ligand optimization and have been reported as invaluable tools for drug design in the last few years. Elucidation of the complex GPCR pharmacology and the associated GPCR conformations made clear that different homology models have to be constructed for different activation states of the GPCRs. Therefore, templates have to be chosen accordingly to their sequence homology as well as to their activation state. The subsequent ligand placement is nontrivial, as some recent X-ray structures show very unusual ligand binding sites and solvent involvement, expanding the space of the putative ligand binding site from the generic retinal binding pocket to the whole receptor. In the present study, a workflow is presented starting from the selection of the target sequence, guiding through the GPCR modeling process, and finishing with ligand placement and pose validation.

  7. Homological stability for unordered configuration spaces

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    Randal-Williams, Oscar


    This paper consists of two related parts. In the first part we give a self-contained proof of homological stability for the spaces C_n(M;X) of configurations of n unordered points in a connected open manifold M with labels in a path-connected space X, with the best possible integral stability ran...

  8. Homological algebra in n-abelian categories

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    In this paper, we study the homological theory in n -abelian categories. First, we prove some useful properties of n -abelian categories, such as ( n + 2 ) × ( n + 2 ) -lemma, 5-lemma and n -Horseshoes lemma. Secondly, we introduce the notions of right(left) n -derived functors of left(right) n -exact functors, n -(co)resolutions, ...

  9. Threading homology through algebra selected patterns

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    Boffi, Giandomenico


    Aimed at graduate students and researchers in mathematics, this book takes homological themes, such as Koszul complexes and their generalizations, and shows how these can be used to clarify certain problems in selected parts of algebra, as well as their success in solving a number of them.

  10. Homology modeling of γ-aminobutyrateaminotransferase, a ...

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    γ-Aminobutyrate aminotransferase (GABA-AT) is a pyridoxal phosphate dependent homodimeric enzyme of 50-kD subunits. It is a potential drug target against epilepsy. The three-dimensional structure of GABA-AT is not experimentally known, and we thus resorted to homology modelling to build a model based on x-ray ...

  11. Nash equilibria via duality and homological selection

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    Keywords. Nash equilibria; Dold–Thom theorem; homological selection. 2010 Mathematics Subject Classification. Primary: 55M05, 55N45, 91A10. 1. Introduction. The main topological problem addressed in this paper is the following: Let X be a metric space and Subk(X) denote the collection of subsets of X with at most.

  12. On the homology length spectrum of surfaces


    Massart, Daniel; Parlier, Hugo


    On a surface with a Finsler metric, we investigate the asymptotic growth of the number of closed geodesics of length less than L which minimize length among all geodesic multicurves in the same homology class. An important class of surfaces which are of interest to us are hyperbolic surfaces.

  13. Dynamic surface activity of phenylalanine glycerol-ether surfactant solutions measured by a differential maximum bubble pressure tensiometer. (United States)

    Kalogianni, Eleni P; Varka, Evi M; Karapantsios, Thodoris D; Pegiadou, Sofia


    A refined differential maximum bubble pressure tensiometer was used for measuring the dynamic surface tension at various concentrations of a nonconventional surfactant, a member of a new homologous series of phenylalanine glycerol-ether amphiphiles, with 10 carbon atoms to the hydrophobic alkyl chain (C(10)-PhGE). The effective bubble formation frequency for the examined surfactant concentrations was varied from 2 bubbles per second to 1 bubble per 20 s. The variation of equilibrium surface tension with concentration as well as the critical micelle concentration were determined by a Wilhelmy plate technique. Comparisons between dynamic and equilibrium surface tension values demonstrate that, under the employed surface deformation rates, the equilibrium surface tension is a misleading indicator of surface activity. This is also supported by simple surface rheology considerations. Results based on a diffusion-controlled kinetic analysis provide further evidence on the strong dependence of surface activity on the particular time scale of deformation.

  14. 2D and 3D characterization of a surfactant-synthesized TiO2-SiO2 mesoporous photocatalyst obtained at ambient temperature. (United States)

    Pinho, Luís; Hernández-Garrido, Juan C; Calvino, Juan J; Mosquera, Maria J


    A mesoporous TiO(2)-SiO(2) nanocomposite photocatalyst has been prepared from TiO(2) nanoparticles and ethoxysilane oligomers in the presence of a non-ionic surfactant (n-octylamine). The 2D and 3D structure properties of the resulting nanomaterial are described. The use of 3D techniques, particularly HAADF-STEM electron tomography, together with 3D reconstructions and atomic force microscopy, provides insight into the fine structure of these materials. We find that n-octylamine creates a mesoporous silica structure in which titania nanoparticles are embedded, and that some of the titania is retained on the outer surface of the material. Rapid photodegradation of methylene blue dye is facilitated, due to the synergistic effect of: (1) its adsorption into the composite mesoporous structure, and (2) its photodegradation by the superficial TiO(2).

  15. Integration of vanadium-mixed addenda Dawson heteropolytungstate within poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) and poly(2,2'-bithiophene) films by electrodeposition from the nonionic micellar aqueous medium

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    Goral, Monika [Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw (Poland); Jouini, Mohamed, E-mail: jouini@univ-paris-diderot.f [Laboratory Interfaces, Traitements, Organisation et DYnamique des Systemes (ITODYS) UMR 7086, Universite Paris Diderot Paris 7 Batiment Lavoisier, 15 Rue Jean Antoine de Baif, 75205 Paris Cedex 13 (France); Perruchot, Christian [Laboratory Interfaces, Traitements, Organisation et DYnamique des Systemes (ITODYS) UMR 7086, Universite Paris Diderot Paris 7 Batiment Lavoisier, 15 Rue Jean Antoine de Baif, 75205 Paris Cedex 13 (France); Miecznikowski, Krzysztof; Rutkowska, Iwona A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw (Poland); Kulesza, Pawel J., E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw (Poland)


    A comparative study describing immobilization of the Dawson type mixed addenda heteropolyanion, [P{sub 2}W{sub 17}VO{sub 62}]{sup 8-} into conducting polymer films of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), PEDOT, and poly(2,2'-bithiophene), PBT, is reported. Electrosynthesis of these hybrid films was performed using a micellar aqueous solution of the nonionic surfactant, polyethylene glycol tert-octylphenyl ether (Triton X-100). Deposited composite films were characterised electrochemically and, on the whole, they exhibited fast electron transfer (ET) properties and relatively high stability towards continuous potential cycling in acidic media. In particular, PEDOT composite showed relatively faster ET properties in comparison to PBT composite. Their permeability was investigated in the presence of cationic and anionic redox probes. Our results implied good mediating capabilities of the [P{sub 2}W{sub 17}V{sup 4+}O{sub 62}]{sup 8-} anion (within the [P{sub 2}W{sub 17}V{sup 4+}O{sub 62}]{sup 8-}-PEDOT hybrid film) towards the iron (III) reduction. The specific electrocatalytic (reductive) capabilities of hybrid films were also studied by probing the reduction of bromate. The films were further characterised by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to establish their interfacial elemental composition. Moreover, their surface morphology was imaged by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Results have shown that physicochemical properties of the investigated hybrid films were affected by polymer hydrophobicity.

  16. Biophysical properties of protein-free, totally synthetic pulmonary surfactants, ALEC and Exosurf, in comparison with surfactant TA. (United States)

    Takahashi, A; Nemoto, T; Fujiwara, T


    An artificial pulmonary surfactant prepared from chloroform-methanol extract of bovine pulmonary surfactant (surfactant TA) has been shown to be effective in both the prevention and the treatment of respiratory distress syndrome in premature babies. Recently, two types of protein-free totally synthetic surfactants, artificial lung expanding compound (ALEC) and Exosurf, have been evaluated in clinical trials of surfactant therapy. Artificial lung expanding compound was used initially as a dry powder, but is now prepared as a crystalline suspension in saline at 4 degrees C. In this study we compared the biophysical properties of three different forms of ALEC (dry powder, crystalline suspension at 4 degrees C and 37 degrees C), Exosurf and surfactant TA (Surfacten) using a modified Wilhelmy surface balance and a pulsating bubble surfactometer. Surface activity of a crystalline suspension of ALEC in cold saline was no better than the dry powder of ALEC. Surfactant activity of ALEC was improved by addition of hydrophobic surfactant protein B and C (SP-B, SP-C) which are important constituents of surfactant TA. Surface properties of ALEC in any form and Exosurf were not superior to those of surfactant TA. These results suggest that a surfactant which contains SP-B and SP-C does not necessarily have to be dry or crystalline for an effective exogenous surfactant.

  17. Efficient Interfacially Driven Vehiculization of Corticosteroids by Pulmonary Surfactant. (United States)

    Hidalgo, Alberto; Salomone, Fabrizio; Fresno, Nieves; Orellana, Guillermo; Cruz, Antonio; Perez-Gil, Jesus


    Pulmonary surfactant is a crucial system to stabilize the respiratory air-liquid interface. Furthermore, pulmonary surfactant has been proposed as an effective method for targeting drugs to the lungs. However, few studies have examined in detail the mechanisms of incorporation of drugs into surfactant, the impact of the presence of drugs on pulmonary surfactant performance at the interface under physiologically meaningful conditions, or the ability of pulmonary surfactant to use the air-liquid interface to vehiculise drugs to long distances. This study focuses on the ability of pulmonary surfactant to interfacially vehiculize corticosteroids such as beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) or Budesonide (BUD) as model drugs. The main objectives have been to (a) characterize the incorporation of corticosteroids into natural and synthetic surfactants, (b) evaluate whether the presence of corticosteroids affects surfactant functionality, and (c) determine whether surfactant preparations enable the efficient spreading and distribution of BDP and BUD along the air-liquid interface. We have compared the performance of a purified surfactant from porcine lungs and two clinical surfactants: Poractant alfa, a natural surfactant of animal origin extensively used to treat premature babies, and CHF5633, a new synthetic surfactant preparation currently under clinical trials. Both, natural and clinical surfactants spontaneously incorporated corticosteroids up to at least 10% by mass with respect to phospholipid content. The presence of the drugs did not interfere with their ability to efficiently adsorb into air-liquid interfaces and form surface active films able to reach and sustain very low surface tensions (<2 mN/m) under compression-expansion cycling mimicking breathing dynamics. Furthermore, the combination of clinical surfactant with corticosteroids efficiently promoted the active diffusion of the drug to long distances along the air-liquid interface. This effect could not be

  18. Pulmonary surfactant proteins and polymer combinations reduce surfactant inhibition by serum


    Lu, Karen W.; Pérez-Gil, Jesús; Echaide, Mercedes; Taeusch, H. William


    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an inflammatory condition that can be associated with capillary leak of serum into alveoli causing inactivation of surfactant. Resistance to inactivation is affected by types and concentrations of surfactant proteins, lipids, and polymers. Our aim was to investigate the effects of different combinations of these three components. A simple lipid mixture (DPPC/POPG) or a more complex lipid mixture (DPPC/POPC/POPG/cholesterol) was used. Native surfac...

  19. Surfactant-anti-surfactant immune complexes in infants with respiratory distress syndrome.


    Strayer, D. S.; Merritt, T A; Lwebuga-Mukasa, J.; Hallman, M


    The authors sought to determine whether treatment of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) with human surfactant resulted in the formation of detectable circulating immune complexes. Preterm infants with severe RDS were divided into two groups: one group received human surfactant by intratracheal instillation and the other group did not. Both groups received ventilatory management involving intermittent mandatory ventilation. Plasma samples were drawn from these babies prior to treatment and at...

  20. Palm oil based surfactant products for petroleum industry (United States)

    Permadi, P.; Fitria, R.; Hambali, E.


    In petroleum production process, many problems causing reduced production are found. These include limited oil recovery, wax deposit, asphaltene deposit, sludge deposit, and emulsion problem. Petroleum-based surfactant has been used to overcome these problems. Therefore, innovation to solve these problems using surfactant containing natural materials deserves to be developed. Palm oil-based surfactant is one of the potential alternatives for this. Various types of derivative products of palm oil-based surfactant have been developed by SBRC IPB to be used in handling problems including surfactant flooding, well stimulation, asphaltene dissolver, well cleaning, and wax removal found in oil and gas industry.