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  1. Mineral resource of the month: natural and synthetic zeolites

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    Virta, Robert L.

    2008-01-01

    Volcanic rocks containing natural zeolites — hydrated aluminosilicate minerals that contain alkaline and alkaline-earth metals — have been mined worldwide for more than 1,000 years for use as cements and building stone. For centuries, people thought natural zeolites occurred only in small amounts inside cavities of volcanic rock. But in the 1950s and early 1960s, large zeolite deposits were discovered in volcanic tuffs in the western United States and in marine tuffs in Italy and Japan. And since then, similar deposits have been found around the world, from Hungary to Cuba to New Zealand. The discovery of these larger deposits made commercial mining of natural zeolite possible.

  2. Enhancement of Sudan Gasoline Octane Number by Natural and Synthetic Zeolites

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    *M. A. M. El Hassan

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The sample of natural zeolite is collected from the Sudan area, (scolecite from Buda desert. And the other one is synthetic zeolite (Y. The study characterized the natural zeolite (scolecite and synthetic (Y. Using thin sections for natural zeolite to recognize it. Beside different techniques as follow: Atomic absorption, x- ray diffraction (XRD, inferared spectroscopy (FTIR, acidity measured by pyridine FTIR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The study was carried out for selected natural zeolite (scolecite and synthetic zeolite (Y they are modification by two methods impregnation and ion exchange using ammonium chloride and platinum hydrochloride H2PtCl6 The Naphtha was obtained from the refinery of Khartoum Company (it has octane number40. Piona of naphtha was studied by GC. The natural and synthetic zeolites modification was applied on reforming process to increase the gasoline octane number. The study carried out fourteen experiments for each kind of zeolite with a variety of reactions conditions like liquid hour space velocity (LHSV, pressure and temperature, the optimal experiments with suitable conditions gave good results. Octane number increased in pressure rang 8-12 bar, liquid hour space velocity 2 and temperature 480- 5000C. The synthetic zeolite (Y raised the octane number from (40 to 93.5. The natural zeolite (scolecite also showed good properties and increased the octane number from (40 to 87.9. It needs more purification and modification to reach the synthetic. The study explained that the two zeolites (natural, synthetic are successful for application in reforming process.

  3. Removal of pyridine from liquid and gas phase by copper forms of natural and synthetic zeolites

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    Rehakova, Maria, E-mail: maria.rehakova@upjs.sk [Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, P.J. Safarik University, 041 54 Kosice (Slovakia); Fortunova, Lubica [Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, P.J. Safarik University, 041 54 Kosice (Slovakia); Bastl, Zdenek [J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, ASCR, v.v.i., 18223 Prague 8 (Czech Republic); Nagyova, Stanislava [Department of Physics, Electrotechnical Faculty, Technical University, 042 00 Kosice (Slovakia); Dolinska, Silvia [Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 043 53 Kosice (Slovakia); Jorik, Vladimir [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology, 81237 Bratislava (Slovakia); Jona, Eugen [Department of Chemistry and Technology of Inorganic Materials, Faculty of Industrial Technologies, Trencin University of Alexander Dubcek, 02032 Puchov (Slovakia)

    2011-02-15

    Zeoadsorbents on the basis of copper forms of synthetic zeolite ZSM5 and natural zeolite of the clinoptilolite type (CT) have been studied taking into account their environmental application in removing harmful pyridine (py) from liquid and gas phase. Sorption of pyridine by copper forms of zeolites (Cu-ZSM5 and Cu-CT) has been studied by CHN, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffractometry, FTIR spectroscopy, thermal analysis (TG, DTA and DTG) and analysis of the surface areas and the pore volumes by low-temperature adsorption of nitrogen. The results of thermal analyses of Cu-ZSM5, Cu-(py){sub x}ZSM5, Cu-CT and Cu-(py){sub x}CT zeolitic products with different composition (x depends on the experimental conditions of sorption of pyridine) clearly confirmed their different thermal properties as well as the sorption of pyridine. In the zeolitic pyridine containing samples the main part of the pyridine release process occurs at considerably higher temperatures than is the boiling point of pyridine, which proves strong bond and irreversibility of py-zeolite interaction. FTIR spectra of Cu-(py){sub x}zeolite samples showed well resolved bands of pyridine. The results of thermal analysis and FTIR spectroscopy are in a good agreement with the results of other used methods.

  4. Removal of pyridine from liquid and gas phase by copper forms of natural and synthetic zeolites.

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    Reháková, Mária; Fortunová, Lubica; Bastl, Zdeněk; Nagyová, Stanislava; Dolinská, Silvia; Jorík, Vladimír; Jóna, Eugen

    2011-02-15

    Zeoadsorbents on the basis of copper forms of synthetic zeolite ZSM5 and natural zeolite of the clinoptilolite type (CT) have been studied taking into account their environmental application in removing harmful pyridine (py) from liquid and gas phase. Sorption of pyridine by copper forms of zeolites (Cu-ZSM5 and Cu-CT) has been studied by CHN, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffractometry, FTIR spectroscopy, thermal analysis (TG, DTA and DTG) and analysis of the surface areas and the pore volumes by low-temperature adsorption of nitrogen. The results of thermal analyses of Cu-ZSM5, Cu-(py)(x)ZSM5, Cu-CT and Cu-(py)(x)CT zeolitic products with different composition (x depends on the experimental conditions of sorption of pyridine) clearly confirmed their different thermal properties as well as the sorption of pyridine. In the zeolitic pyridine containing samples the main part of the pyridine release process occurs at considerably higher temperatures than is the boiling point of pyridine, which proves strong bond and irreversibility of py-zeolite interaction. FTIR spectra of Cu-(py)(x)zeolite samples showed well resolved bands of pyridine. The results of thermal analysis and FTIR spectroscopy are in a good agreement with the results of other used methods.

  5. Evaluation of Some Natural Zeolites and Their Relevant Synthetic Types as Sorbents for Removal of Arsenic from Drinking Water

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    R Menhage-Bena

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to find a relatively inexpensive method for removal of arsenate and arsenite from drinking water. The capability of Iranian natural clinoptilolites, relevant synthetic zeolites A and P and Iron(П modified of them was investigated for the uptake of arsenic anions from drinking water. Data obtained from ion-exchange using batch (static technique showed that among the investigated zeolites, modified synthetic zeolite A was the most selective sorbent for removal of arsenic. In this study, the influence of factores including temperature, arsenic concentration, pH and zeolite particle size on removal of arsenic species from water was also determined and studied.

  6. Experimental study on the adsorptive-distillation for dehydration of ethanol-water mixture using natural and synthetic zeolites

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    Megawati, Wicaksono, D.; Abdullah, M. S.

    2017-03-01

    This research studied adsorptive-distillation (AD) for dehydration of ethanol-water mixture using natural and synthetic zeolites as adsorbent for ethanol purification. Especially, the effect of purification time is recorded and studied to evaluate performance of designed AD equipment. This AD was performed in a batch condition using boiling flask covered with heating mantle and it was maintained at 78°C temperature and 1 atm pressure. The initial ethanol volume was 300 mL with 93.8% v/v concentration. The synthetic zeolite type used was zeolite 3A. The flowed vapour was condensed using water as a cooling medium. Every 5 minutes of time duration the samples were collected until the vapour could not be condensed in that condition and then be analyzed its concentration using Gas-Chromatography. Experiment shows that the designed AD equipment could increase ethanol concentration at first 5 minutes with highest ethanol concentration achieved using synthetic zeolite (97.47% v/v). However, ethanol concentration from AD process using natural zeolite only reached 96.5% v/v. Thus, synthetic zeolite as adsorbent could pass azeotropic point, but natural zeolite fail. The ratio of adsorbed water per adsorbent for natural and synthetic zeolites are about 0.023 and 0.056 gwater/gads, respectively, at 50 minutes of time. Finally, synthetic zeolite (at 55 minutes the value of C/C0 is about 0.85 and the average outlet water concentration is 4.70 mole/L) as adsorbent for AD of ethanol water is better than natural zeolite (at 55 minutes the value of C/C0 is about 0.63 and the average outlet water concentration is 6.43 mole/L).

  7. Metal immobilization in soils using synthetic zeolites.

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    Oste, Leonard A; Lexmond, Theo M; Van Riemsdijk, Willem H

    2002-01-01

    In situ immobilization of heavy metals in contaminated soils is a technique to improve soil quality. Synthetic zeolites are potentially useful additives to bind heavy metals. This study selected the most effective zeolite in cadmium and zinc binding out of six synthetic zeolites (mordenite-type, faujasite-type, zeolite X, zeolite P, and two zeolites A) and one natural zeolite (clinoptilolite). Zeolite A appeared to have the highest binding capacity between pH 5 and 6.5 and was stable above pH 5.5. The second objective of this study was to investigate the effects of zeolite addition on the dissolved organic matter (DOM) concentration. Since zeolites increase soil pH and bind Ca, their application might lead to dispersion of organic matter. In a batch experiment, the DOM concentration increased by a factor of 5 when the pH increased from 6 to 8 as a result of zeolite A addition. A strong increase in DOM was also found in the leachate of soil columns, particularly in the beginning of the experiment. This resulted in higher metal leaching caused by metal-DOM complexes. In contrast, the free ionic concentration of Cd and Zn strongly decreased after the addition of zeolites, which might explain the reduction in metal uptake observed in plant growth experiments. Pretreatment of zeolites with acid (to prevent a pH increase) or Ca (to coagulate organic matter) suppressed the dispersion of organic matter, but also decreased the metal binding capacity of the zeolites due to competition of protons or Ca.

  8. Use of natural zeolite at different doses and dosage procedures in batch and continuous anaerobic digestion of synthetic and swine wastes

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    Montalvo, S. [Centro de Estudio de Tecnologias Energeticas Renovables (CETER), Instituto Superior Politecnico Jose Antonio Echeverria (ISPJAE), Avenida 127 s/n, CUJAE, Marianao, Ciudad de la Habana (Cuba); Guerrero, L. [Departamento de Procesos Quimicos, Biotecnologicos y Ambientales, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso (Chile); Borja, R.; Travieso, L.; Sanchez, E. [Instituto de la Grasa, CSIC, Avda Padre Garcia Tejero 4, 41012, Sevilla (Spain); Diaz, F. [Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, ISPJAE, Avenida 127 s/n, CUJAE, Marianao, Ciudad de la Habana (Cuba)

    2006-05-15

    The aim of the present work was to study the behavior of conventional digesters working while adding natural zeolite to the anaerobic treatment of swine wastes. High nitrogen concentrations (3g/l) were also applied when synthetic media was used as feed in anaerobic reactors operating in batch mode. Three sets of experiments were carried out. The first experiment was carried out in batch mode, in order to find the most appropriate zeolite doses for the digester operation. One gram per litre of zeolite was found to be the dose that produced the best reactor performance. The second experiment was carried out using three reactors operating with swine wastes at three different hydraulic retention times (HRT): 10, 20 and 30 days. From this experiment, an HRT of 20 days was selected for the following continuous experiments. For the third experiment, the digesters operated in four different ways using synthetic waste and a zeolite dose of 1g/l, with different procedures for zeolite addition: (1) not adding natural zeolite; (2) adding zeolite at the start-up of anaerobic digestion; (3) adding natural zeolite at the start-up of the anaerobic digestion and again when the steady-state was reached; (4) adding natural zeolite on a daily basis. Finally, from these results, a fourth experiment was carried out using swine waste and the same zeolite doses and digesters, operating: (1) without adding natural zeolite; (2) adding natural zeolite at the start-up of the digestion; (3) adding natural zeolite on a daily basis. It was found that the application of natural zeolite allowed for a 17-20% increase in organic matter removal with respect to the experiments carried out where natural zeolite was not added. A daily methane production increase of 11.1-30.8% with respect to the reactors working where no natural zeolite was added. The daily addition of zeolite with the influent fed to the digesters was found to be the most appropriate procedure for dosage of this material on the basis

  9. Metal immobilization in soils using synthetic zeolites

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    Osté, L.A.; Lexmond, T.M.; Riemsdijk, van W.H.

    2002-01-01

    In situ immobilization of heavy metals in contaminated soils is a technique to improve soil quality. Synthetic zeolites are potentially useful additives to bind heavy metals. This study selected the most effective zeolite in cadmium and zinc binding out of six synthetic zeolites (mordenite-type, fau

  10. Metal immobilization in soils using synthetic zeolites

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    Osté, L.A.; Lexmond, T.M.; Riemsdijk, van W.H.

    2002-01-01

    In situ immobilization of heavy metals in contaminated soils is a technique to improve soil quality. Synthetic zeolites are potentially useful additives to bind heavy metals. This study selected the most effective zeolite in cadmium and zinc binding out of six synthetic zeolites (mordenite-type,

  11. The use of clinoptilolite and synthetic zeolites for removal of petroleum substances

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    Bandura, L.; Panek, R.; Franus, W.

    2014-01-01

    In the present paper the sorption of petroleum substances such as diesel fuels on zeolite beds was investigated. A natural occurring zeolite clinoptilolite, and mixtures of clinoptilolite and synthetic zeolites Na-P1 and Na-X type, in the ratio 3:1, were used in this study. Natural zeolite acquired from the mine tuffs in Sokyrnytsya (Ukraine). In order to obtain synthetic zeolites, F-class fly ash (Kozienice Power Plant, Poland) with sodium hydroxide was u...

  12. The use of clinoptilolite olite and synthetic zeolites for removal of petroleum subtances

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    Bandura, L.; Panek, R.; Franus, W.

    2014-01-01

    In the present paper the sorption of petroleum substances such as diesel fuels on zeolite beds was investigated. A natural occurring zeolite clinoptilolite, and mixtures of clinoptilolite and synthetic zeolites Na-P1 and Na-X type, in the ratio 3:1, were used in this study. Natural zeolite acquired from the mine tuffs in Sokyrnytsya (Ukraine). In order to obtain synthetic zeolites, F-class fly ash (Kozienice Power Plant, Poland) with sodium hydroxide was used and later it under...

  13. Biogas cleaning and upgrading with natural zeolites from tuffs.

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    Paolini, Valerio; Petracchini, Francesco; Guerriero, Ettore; Bencini, Alessandro; Drigo, Serena

    2016-01-01

    CO2 adsorption on synthetic zeolites has become a consolidated approach for biogas upgrading to biomethane. As an alternative to synthetic zeolites, tuff waste from building industry was investigated in this study: indeed, this material is available at a low price and contains a high fraction of natural zeolites. A selective adsorption of CO2 and H2S towards CH4 was confirmed, allowing to obtain a high-purity biomethane (CO2 zeolites from tuffs may successfully be used in a pressure/vacuum swing adsorption process.

  14. Use of Natural Zeolite to Upgrade Activated Sludge Process

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    Hanife Büyükgüngör

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to achieve better efficiency of phosphorus removal in an enhanced biological phosphorus removal process by upgrading the system with different amounts of natural zeolite addition. The system performance for synthetic wastewater containing different carbon sources applied at different initial concentrations of phosphorus, as well as for municipal wastewater, was investigated. Natural zeolite addition in the aerobic phase of the anaerobic/aerobic bioaugmented activated sludge system contributed to a significant improvement of phosphorus removal in systems with synthetic wastewater and fresh municipal wastewater. Improvement of phosphorus removal with regard to the control reactors was higher with the addition of 15 than with 5 g/L of natural zeolite. In reactors with natural zeolite addition with regard to the control reactors significantly decreased chemical oxygen demand, ammonium and nitrate, while higher increment and better-activated sludge settling were achieved, without changes in the pH-values of the medium. It was shown that the natural zeolite particles are suitable support material for the phosphate-accumulating bacteria Acinetobacter calcoaceticus (DSM 1532, which were adsorbed on the particle surface, resulting in increased biological activity of the system. The process of phosphorus removal in a system with bioaugmented activated sludge and natural zeolite addition consisted of: metabolic activity of activated sludge, phosphorus uptake by phosphate-accumulating bacteria adsorbed on the natural zeolite particles and suspended in solution, and phosphorus adsorption on the natural zeolite particles.

  15. [Effects of natural zeolite-clinoptilollite on processes of removal of Cs-137 from the rat body].

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    Krasnopërova, A P; Lonin, A Iu

    1999-01-01

    The selectivity of natural and synthetic zeolites to 137Cs in experiments in vitro has been investigated. The influence of natural zeolite-clinoptilolite on the dynamics of withdrawal of 137Cs from rats' organism was estimated.

  16. Natural - synthetic - artificial!

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    Nielsen, Peter E

    2010-01-01

    The terms "natural," "synthetic" and "artificial" are discussed in relation to synthetic and artificial chromosomes and genomes, synthetic and artificial cells and artificial life.......The terms "natural," "synthetic" and "artificial" are discussed in relation to synthetic and artificial chromosomes and genomes, synthetic and artificial cells and artificial life....

  17. Antibacterial activity of heavy metal-loaded natural zeolite.

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    Hrenovic, Jasna; Milenkovic, Jelena; Ivankovic, Tomislav; Rajic, Nevenka

    2012-01-30

    The antibacterial activity of natural zeolitized tuffs containing 2.60wt.% Cu(2+), 1.47 Zn(2+) or 0.52 Ni(2+) were tested. Antibacterial activities of the zeolites against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus were tested after 1h and 24h of exposure to 1g of the zeolite in 100mL of three different media, namely Luria Bertani, synthetic wastewater and secondary effluent wastewater. The antibacterial activities of the zeolites in Luria Bertani medium were significantly lower than those in the other media and negatively correlated with the chemical oxygen demand of the media. The Ni-loaded zeolite showed high leaching of Ni(2+) (3.44-9.13wt.% of the Ni(2+) loaded) and weak antibacterial activity in the effluent water. Since Cu-loaded zeolite did not leach Cu(2+) and the leaching of Zn(2+) from Zn-loaded zeolite was low (1.07-1.61wt.% of the Zn(2+) loaded), the strong antibacterial activity classified the Cu- and Zn-loaded zeolite as promising antibacterial materials for disinfection of secondary effluent water.

  18. MnS clusters in natural zeolites

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    Iacomi, Felicia; Vasile, Aurelia; Polychroniadis, E.K

    2003-08-15

    FTIR, ESR, optical absorption, photoconductivity, and luminescence measurements are used to evidence the nature of MnS clusters, synthesized by treating the Mn{sup 2+} forms of natural zeolites with Na{sub 2}S.

  19. Potential applications of synthetic zeolites for in situ land reclamation

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    Rebedea, I.; Edwards, R. [Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom). School of Chemical and Physical Sciences Byrom Street; Lepp, N.W. [Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom). School of Biological and Earth Science Byrom Street; Lovell, A.J. [Crosfield Chemicals, Warrington, Cheshire (United Kingdom)

    1997-12-31

    The results of a detailed study on the use of synthetic zeolites for the amelioration of contaminated soils are presented. Binary exchange isotherms (25 C) for the systems Na/M (where M is Cd{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+}, Pb{sup 2+} and Zn{sup 2+}) and three synthetic zeolites have been derived. The zeolites studied, 4A, P and Y, showed a preference for the exchanging divalent metal cation over sodium. The effect of the three zeolites on the pool of plant available heavy metals of three contaminated soils (mine spoil and sewage sludge application) has been determined, with all three zeolites showing beneficial effects at differing levels of application. The phyto-toxicity and metal bioavailability in the soils, with and without zeolite application, was assessed by growing test species, Lolium perenne, Helianthus annuus and Zea mays and determining the resulting plant metal concentrations and plant biomass. The optimum application rates for the various zeolites were determined

  20. ADSORPTION MALACHITE GREEN ON NATURAL ZEOLITE

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    Eko Ariyanto

    2012-01-01

    A natural zeolite was employed as adsorbent for reducing of malachite green from aqueous solution. A batch system was applied to study the adsorption of malachite green in single system on natural zeolite. The adsorption studies indicate that malachite green in single component system follows the second-order kinetics and the adsorption is diffusion process with two stages for malachite green. Malachite green adsorption isotherm follows the Langmuir model.

  1. Progress in the remediation of hazardous heavy metal-polluted soils by natural zeolite.

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    Shi, Wei-yu; Shao, Hong-bo; Li, Hua; Shao, Ming-an; Du, Sheng

    2009-10-15

    Hazardous heavy metal pollution of soils is an increasingly urgent problem all over the world. The zeolite as a natural amendment has been studied extensively for the remediation of hazardous heavy metal-polluted soils with recycling. But its theory and application dose are not fully clear. This paper reviews the related aspects of theory and application progress for the remediation of hazardous heavy metal-polluted soils by natural zeolite, with special emphasis on single/co-remediation. Based on the comments on hazardous heavy metal behavior characteristics in leaching and rhizosphere and remediation with zeolite for heavy metal-polluted soils, it indicated that the research of rhizosphere should be strengthened. Theory of remediation with natural zeolite could make breakthroughs due to the investigation on synthetic zeolite. Co-remediation with natural zeolite may be applied and studied with more prospect and sustainable recycling.

  2. Enriched natural zeolites – mineral fertilizer

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    Rybárová Lucia

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Clinoptilolit belongs to the big group of minerals called zeolites. Chemically they are alumosilicates and have a very difficult crystal structure. Nature zeolites are used as sorbents, molecular sieves and catalyzators. Their application is also in agriculture and horticulture. Endeavour of all agricurtural subjects from the plant area is to reach a maximum efficiency and production.Charges for the fertilization are 14 – 40% of all charges depending on the structure of product, intensity of production and share of nutrition in soil. For the elimination of the loss in the nutrition matter, it is possible to use a „porter“, which secures a regular and inteligent supply of nutrition to plants.Regarding the physical and chemical properties is good to use natural zeolites as a „porter“.The experiments were made with enriched zeolites, and their influences an vegetables and flowers roots was reserched. Results were positive.

  3. Formulation of cracking catalyst based on zeolite and natural clays

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    Aliev, R.R.; Lupina, M.I.

    1995-11-01

    Domestically manufactured cracking catalysts are based on a synthetic amorphous aluminosilicate matrix and Y zeolite. A multistage {open_quotes}gel{close_quotes} technology is used in manufacturing the catalysts. The process includes mixing solutions of sodium silicate and acidic aluminum sulfate, forming, syneresis, and activation of the beaded gel. In the manufacture of bead catalysts, the next steps in the process are washing, drying, and calcining; in the manufacture of microbead catalysts, the next steps are dispersion and formation of a hydrogel slurry, spray-drying, and calcining. The Y zeolite is either introduced into the alumina-silica sol in the stage of forming the beads, or introduced in the dispersion stage. With the aim of developing an active and selective cracking catalyst based on Y zeolite and natural clays, with improved physicomechanical properties, the authors carried out a series of studies, obtaining results that are set forth in the present article.

  4. Characterization of natural and modified zeolites using ion beam analysis techniques

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    Andrade, E. [Instituto de Fisica, Departamento de Fisica Experimental, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 20-364, 01000 (Mexico)], E-mail: andrade@fisica.unam.mx; Solis, C. [Instituto de Fisica, Departamento de Fisica Experimental, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 20-364, 01000 (Mexico); Aceves, J.M.; Miranda, R. [Facultad de Estudios Superiores Cuautitlan Itzcalli, Departamento de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 1 de Mayo S/N, Cuatitlan Itzcalli, Edo. de Mexico, C.P. 74540 (Mexico); Cruz, J. [Instituto de Fisica, Departamento de Fisica Experimental, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 20-364, 01000 (Mexico); Rocha, M.F. [Escuela Superior de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, U.P. ' Adolfo Lopez Mateos' , Zacatenco, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico D.F. 07738 (Mexico); Zavala, E.P. [Instituto de Fisica, Departamento de Fisica Experimental, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apdo. Postal 20-364, 01000 (Mexico)

    2008-05-15

    Zeolites are very important materials in catalytic and industrial processes. Natural, modified and synthetic zeolites have a wide range of uses because of their good adsorption, ion exchange capacity and catalytic properties. Mexico is an import source of natural zeolites, however their utilization in the natural form is limited due to the presence of trace metallic impurities. For example, metals such as vanadium and chromium inhibit the elimination of sulfur in hydrocarbons. Therefore, it is important to know the precise composition of the zeolite material. In this work, we report the elemental characterization of zeolites using various IBA techniques. {sup 3}He{sup +} and {sup 2}H{sup +} beams were used to measure the major element concentrations (Si, Al, O, C) by RBS and NRA. PIXE and SEM-EDS were used to measure the total trace element content (V, Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Rb, Sr, Zr, Pb, etc). Additionally, XRD was used to study the zeolite crystal structure.

  5. USE OF SYNTHETIC ZEOLITES FOR ARSENATE REMOVAL FROM POLLUTANT WATER

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    Arsenic is known to be a hazardous contaminant in drinking water that causes arsenical dermatitis and skin cancer. In the present work, the potential use of a variety of synthetic zeolites for removal of arsenic from water below the current and proposed EPA MCL has been examined...

  6. Producing a synthetic zeolite from secondary coal fly ash.

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    Zhou, Chunyu; Yan, Chunjie; Zhou, Qi; Wang, Hongquan; Luo, Wenjun

    2016-11-01

    Secondary coal fly ash is known as a by-product produced by the extracting alumina industry from high-alumina fly ash, which is always considered to be solid waste. Zeolitization of secondary coal fly ash offers an opportunity to create value-added products from this industrial solid waste. The influence of synthesis parameters on zeolite NaA such as alkalinity, the molar ratio of SiO2/Al2O3, crystallization time and temperature was investigated in this paper. It was found that the types of synthetic zeolites produced were to be highly dependent on the conditions of the crystallization process. Calcium ion exchange capacity and whiteness measurements revealed that the synthesized product meets the standard for being used as detergent, indicating a promising use as a builder in detergent, ion-exchangers or selective adsorbents. Yield of up to a maximum of 1.54 g/g of ash was produced for zeolite NaA from the secondary coal fly ash residue. This result presents a potential use of the secondary coal fly ash to obtain a high value-added product by a cheap and alternative zeolitization procedure.

  7. Removal of metal contaminants and radionuclides with natural zeolites - competitive sorption and effects of zeolite modifications

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    Reddy, K.V.; Prakash, A. [The Univ. of Western Ontario, Dept. of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, London, ON (Canada); Vijayan, S. [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River, ON (Canada)

    2011-07-01

    Metal contaminants including radionuclides found in wastewaters must be reduced to acceptable levels before discharging the wastewater into receiving waters. These cations can accumulate in aquatic organisms causing toxicity and death, hence strict regulatory limits for their allowable discharge levels have been established over the years. This has also prompted the development of cost effective technologies that will permit the efficient removal of contaminants, while concentrating the contaminants in a form suitable for immobilization, storage and disposal. Removal requirements can be met by some inorganic zeolites, which can be natural or synthetic. The zeolites have a strong affinity for transition metal cations, and their cage-like structures offer large internal and external surface areas for ion exchange and adsorption. In view of these considerations, investigations with two low-cost natural zeolites (clinoptilolite and chabazite) were started, with the objective of developing a cost effective technology for column operations. Sorption tests of Cs{sup +}, Sr{sup 2+} and Cu{sup 2+} ions on chabazite and clinoptilolite were carried out using batch experiments in 125 mL vessels under various test conditions. Competitive sorption was studied in mixed cation solutions containing the commonly occurring non-toxic cations Ca{sup 2+} and Na{sup +}. The presence of these non-toxic cations inhibits removal of the targeted cations. Additional pretreatments and modifications of the 'as received' sorbent particles were also investigated, which are important in multiple cation systems, to enhance removal selectivity for the target contaminant cations. Sorption tests with chabazite and clinoptilolite showed that these two natural zeolites can be effectively used to remove cesium, strontium and copper ions from aqueous solutions. The performance can be controlled by maintaining the zeolite to waste volume ratio. The contaminant removal performance of chabazite was

  8. Hydrothermal synthesis of zeolites from natural stellerite

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    李酽; 汪信; 董元彩; 朱俊武

    2002-01-01

    Y and P zeolites were synthesized hydrothermally from natural stellerite under different conditions and were characterized via XRD and FT-IR.The results show that the higher crystallinity of Y zeolite can be obtained in hydrothermal system with low alkalinity,low Ca2+/Na+ ratio,and high SiO2/Al2O3 ratio.The lattice space of the samples decreases as crystallization time increases.P Zeolite is prompted under condition of higher alkalinity and higher Ca2+/Na+ ratio.The intensity and number of bands in the range of 400 cm-1~900 cm-1 increases with reaction time.Bands at 680 cm-1,760 cm-1 and 860 cm-1 corresponding to Y zeolite appear during the crystallization stage.Most of these bands shift to higher wavenumbers when SiO2/Al2O3 ratio increases generally.In the hydrothermal system with reverse condition above,bands at 600 cm-1,420 cm-1~470 cm-1 hardly change as the crystallization time increases and the main crystal phase of P zeolite is obtained.

  9. Studies of anions sorption on natural zeolites.

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    Barczyk, K; Mozgawa, W; Król, M

    2014-12-10

    This work presents results of FT-IR spectroscopic studies of anions-chromate, phosphate and arsenate - sorbed from aqueous solutions (different concentrations of anions) on zeolites. The sorption has been conducted on natural zeolites from different structural groups, i.e. chabazite, mordenite, ferrierite and clinoptilolite. The Na-forms of sorbents were exchanged with hexadecyltrimethylammonium cations (HDTMA(+)) and organo-zeolites were obtained. External cation exchange capacities (ECEC) of organo-zeolites were measured. Their values are 17mmol/100g for chabazite, 4mmol/100g for mordenite and ferrierite and 10mmol/100g for clinoptilolite. The used initial inputs of HDTMA correspond to 100% and 200% ECEC of the minerals. Organo-modificated sorbents were subsequently used for immobilization of mentioned anions. It was proven that aforementioned anions' sorption causes changes in IR spectra of the HDTMA-zeolites. These alterations are dependent on the kind of anions that were sorbed. In all cases, variations are due to bands corresponding to the characteristic Si-O(Si,Al) vibrations (occurring in alumino- and silicooxygen tetrahedra building spatial framework of zeolites). Alkylammonium surfactant vibrations have also been observed. Systematic changes in the spectra connected with the anion concentration in the initial solution have been revealed. The amounts of sorbed CrO4(2-), AsO4(3-) and PO4(3-) ions were calculated from the difference between their concentrations in solutions before (initial concentration) and after (equilibrium concentration) sorption experiments. Concentrations of anions were determined by spectrophotometric method.

  10. UTILITY OF SYNTHETIC ZEOLITES IN REMOVAL OF INORGANIC AND ORGANIC WATER POLLUTANTS

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    Zeolites are well known for their ion exchange and adsorption properties. Different inorganic and organic pollutants have been removed from water at room temperature using various zeolites. Synthetic zeolites like ZSM-5, Ferrierite, Beta and Faujasite Y have been used to remove i...

  11. Natural zeolite reactivity towards ozone: the role of compensating cations.

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    Valdés, Héctor; Alejandro, Serguei; Zaror, Claudio A

    2012-08-15

    Among indoor pollutants, ozone is recognised to pose a threat to human health. Recently, low cost natural zeolites have been applied as alternative materials for ozone abatement. In this work, the effect of compensating cation content of natural zeolite on ozone removal is studied. A Chilean natural zeolite is used here as starting material. The amount of compensating cations in the zeolite framework was modified by ion exchange using an ammonium sulphate solution (0.1 mol L(-1)). Characterisation of natural and modified zeolites were performed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption at 77K, elemental analysis, X-ray fluorescence (XRF), thermogravimetric analysis coupled with mass spectroscopy (TGA-MS), and temperature-programmed desorption of ammonia (NH(3)-TPD). Ozone adsorption and/or decomposition on natural and modified zeolites were studied by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). Results show that the zeolite compensating cation content affects ozone interaction with zeolite active sites. Ammonium ion-exchange treatments followed by thermal out-gassing at 823 K, reduces ozone diffusion resistance inside the zeolite framework, increasing ozone abatement on zeolite surface active sites. Weak and strong Lewis acid sites of zeolite surface are identified here as the main active sites responsible of ozone removal.

  12. Natural zeolite reactivity towards ozone: The role of compensating cations

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    Valdes, Hector, E-mail: hvaldes@ucsc.cl [Laboratorio de Tecnologias Limpias (F. Ingenieria), Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepcion, Alonso de Ribera 2850, Concepcion (Chile); Alejandro, Serguei; Zaror, Claudio A. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica (F. Ingenieria), Universidad de Concepcion, Concepcion (Chile)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Chemical and thermal treatment enhances catalytic activity of natural zeolite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Modified natural zeolite exhibits high stability after thermal treatment. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reducing the compensating cation content leads to an increase on ozone abatement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Surface active atomic oxygen was detected using the DRIFT technique. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The highest reactivity toward ozone was performed by NH4Z3 zeolite sample. - Abstract: Among indoor pollutants, ozone is recognised to pose a threat to human health. Recently, low cost natural zeolites have been applied as alternative materials for ozone abatement. In this work, the effect of compensating cation content of natural zeolite on ozone removal is studied. A Chilean natural zeolite is used here as starting material. The amount of compensating cations in the zeolite framework was modified by ion exchange using an ammonium sulphate solution (0.1 mol L{sup -1}). Characterisation of natural and modified zeolites were performed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption at 77 K, elemental analysis, X-ray fluorescence (XRF), thermogravimetric analysis coupled with mass spectroscopy (TGA-MS), and temperature-programmed desorption of ammonia (NH{sub 3}-TPD). Ozone adsorption and/or decomposition on natural and modified zeolites were studied by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS). Results show that the zeolite compensating cation content affects ozone interaction with zeolite active sites. Ammonium ion-exchange treatments followed by thermal out-gassing at 823 K, reduces ozone diffusion resistance inside the zeolite framework, increasing ozone abatement on zeolite surface active sites. Weak and strong Lewis acid sites of zeolite surface are identified here as the main active sites responsible of ozone removal.

  13. ZEOLITES: EFFECTIVE WATER PURIFIERS

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    Zeolites are known for their adsorption, ion exchange and catalytic properties. Various natural zeolites are used as odor and moisture adsorbents and water softeners. Due to their acidic nature, synthetic zeolites are commonly employed as solid acid catalysts in petrochemical ind...

  14. Adsorption of ions onto treated natural zeolite

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    Cristiane da Rosa Oliveira

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available This work presents studies of modification of a natural zeolite by activation with Na+ cations and functionalisation with Ba+2 and/or Cu2+ ions (FZ. The zeolite was characterized, modified and applied in adsorption studies of sulphate and isopropilxanthate ions as flocculated and powdered forms. The reuse of SO4Ba-FZ was investigated by adsorption-removal of either Ba2+ or sulphate ions in stages. Equilibrium data showed that the FZ, flocculated or as powder, provide considerable removal of sulphate ions (q mLangmuir: 1.15 and 1.35 meq.g-1, respectively and isopropilxanthate (q mLangmuir: 0.35 and 0.93 meq.g-1, respectively. The reuse of the SO4-FZ, either powdered or flocculated also uptake significant amount of Ba2+ or sulphate ions (q mLangmuir: 1.15 meq.g-1, providing a new alternative for the exhausted adsorbent. Thus the activated and functionalised zeolites create new options on the materials engineering area with applications in environmental applied adsorption processes.

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

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    Mentzel, Uffe Vie

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

  16. The effect of various treatment conditions on natural zeolites: ion exchange, acidic, thermal and steam treatments.

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    Ates, Ayten; Hardacre, Christopher

    2012-04-15

    Two different natural zeolites having different phase compositions were obtained from different regions of Turkey and modified by ion-exchange (0.5M NH(4)NO(3)) and acid leaching using 1M HCl. The natural and modified samples were treated at low temperature (LT), high temperature (HT) and steam (ST) conditions and characterised by XRF, XRD, BET, FTIR, DR-UV-Vis, NH(3)-TPD and TGA. Ion-exchange with NH(4)(+) of natural zeolites results in the exchange of the Na(+) and Ca(2+) cations and the partial exchange of the Fe(3+) and Mg(2+) cations. However, steam and acidic treatments cause significant dealumination and decationisation, as well as loss of crystalline, sintering of phases and the formation of amorphous material. The presence of mordenite and quartz phases in the natural zeolites increases the stability towards acid treatment, whereas the structure of clinoptilolite-rich zeolites is mostly maintained after high temperature and steam treatments. The natural and modified zeolites treated at high temperature and in steam were found to be less stable compared with synthetic zeolites, resulting in a loss of crystallinity, a decrease in the surface area and pore volume, a decrease in the surface acidity as well as dealumination, and decationisation.

  17. Formaldehyde removal from wastewater applying natural zeolite

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    Dovilė Kulikauskaitė

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Formaldehyde is one of the most chemically active compounds which is discharged with untreated or just partially treated industrial wastewater. It is hazardous for environment and humans. Formaldehyde vapors can strongly irritate skin, can cause damage to eyes and harm respiratory tract. As long as formaldehyde causes a toxic effect on environment and living organisms, it is necessary to remove it from wastewater which is directed to natural water. There are many methods used for formaldehyde removal from wastewater: biological method, evaporation, membrane separation method. Most of them have disadvantages. Adsorption method has many advantages: it is fast, cheap, and universal, and can be widely used, therefore it was chosen for this research. Experiment was carried out with natural zeolite in different contact time with different concentration formaldehyde solutions. Concentration of formaldehyde was determined applying the Photocolorimetric Method. Method is based on reaction of formaldehyde with chromotropic acid and determination of formaldehyde concentration. Determined average sorption efficiency was highest when formaldehyde concentration was lowest, e. g. 2 mg/l (45.94% after eight hours of contact time with adsorbent. Sorption efficiency was increasing when the contact time increased, but when the contact time increased to 12 hours, sorption efficiency stayed the same because of the saturation of zeolite.

  18. Spectroscopy Study of Synthetic Forsterite Obtained from Zeolite Precursors

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    Subotić, B.

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available Important ceramics materials are prepared from aluminosilicate based precursors using novel methods, offering at the same time a better control over many important properties. Forsterite, due to its good refractoriness with melting point at 2163 K, excellent electrical insulation properties even at high temperatures, low dielectric permittivity, thermal expansion and chemical stability, is a material of interest to engineers and designers especially as an active medium for tuneable laser and is also a material of interest to SOFC (Solid oxide fuel cells manufacturers. The aim of this study is to investigate the synthesis of crystalline forsterite using different zeolite precursors previously activated by ball milling. Synthetic forsterite was synthesized from different zeolite precursors and MgO combining highenergy ball milling and thermal treatment of the mixture under determined conditions of time and temperature for each operation. In this research are studied the solid-state phase transformations taking place at temperatures below 1273 K. The obtained products were characterized using different spectroscopy techniques in comparison with surface analysis method and X-ray diffraction.

  19. Enhanced chromium adsorption capacity via plasma modification of natural zeolites

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    Cagomoc, Charisse Marie D.; Vasquez, Magdaleno R., Jr.

    2017-01-01

    Natural zeolites such as mordenite are excellent adsorbents for heavy metals. To enhance the adsorption capacity of zeolite, sodium-exchanged samples were irradiated with 13.56 MHz capacitively coupled radio frequency (RF) argon gas discharge. Hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] was used as the test heavy metal. Pristine and plasma-treated zeolite samples were soaked in 50 mg/L Cr solution and the amount of adsorbed Cr(VI) on the zeolites was calculated at predetermined time intervals. Compared with untreated zeolite samples, initial Cr(VI) uptake was 70% higher for plasma-treated zeolite granules (50 W 30 min) after 1 h of soaking. After 24 h, all plasma-treated zeolites showed increased Cr(VI) uptake. For a 2- to 4-month period, Cr(VI) uptake increased about 130% compared with untreated zeolite granules. X-ray diffraction analyses between untreated and treated zeolite samples revealed no major difference in terms of its crystal structure. However, for plasma-treated samples, an increase in the number of surface defects was observed from scanning electron microscopy images. This increase in the number of surface defects induced by plasma exposure played a crucial role in increasing the number of active sorption sites on the zeolite surface.

  20. Natural zeolites in diet or litter of broilers.

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    Schneider, A F; Almeida, D S De; Yuri, F M; Zimmermann, O F; Gerber, M W; Gewehr, C E

    2016-04-01

    This study aims to analyse the influence of adding natural zeolites (clinoptilolite) to the diet or litter of broilers and their effects on growth performance, carcass yield and litter quality. Three consecutive flocks of broilers were raised on the same sawdust litter, from d 1 to d 42 of age, and distributed in three treatments (control with no added zeolites, addition of 5 g/kg zeolite to diet and addition of 100 g/kg zeolites to litter). The addition of zeolites to the diet or litter did not affect growth performance or carcass yield. The addition of zeolites to the diet did not influence moisture content of the litter, ammonia volatilisation was reduced only in the first flock and pH of litter was reduced in the second and third flock. However, the addition of zeolites to the litter reduced moisture content, litter pH and ammonia volatilisation in all flocks analysed. The addition of 5 g/kg zeolite to the diet in three consecutive flocks was not effective in maintaining litter quality, whereas the addition of 100 g/kg natural zeolites to sawdust litter reduced litter moisture and ammonia volatilisation in three consecutive flocks raised on the same litter.

  1. Synthesis of high capacity cation exchangers from a low-grade Chinese natural zeolite

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    Wang Yifei, E-mail: yifeiwang0206@yahoo.com.cn [College of Biology and Chemical Engineering, Jiaxing University, Jiaxing, Zhejiang 314001 (China); Department of Chemistry, XiXi Campus, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310028 (China); Lin Feng [Department of Chemistry, XiXi Campus, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310028 (China)

    2009-07-30

    The Chinese natural zeolite, in which clinoptilolite coexists with quartz was treated hydrothermally with NaOH solutions, either with or without fusion with NaOH powder as pretreatment. Zeolite Na-P, Na-Y and analcime were identified as the reacted products, depending on the reaction conditions such as NaOH concentration, reaction time and hydrothermal temperature. The products were identified by X-ray diffraction, and characterized by Fourier transform IR and ICP. With hydrothermal treatment after fusion of natural zeolite with NaOH, high purity of zeolite Na-Y and Na-P can be selectively formed, their cation exchange capacity (CEC) are 275 and 355 meq/100 g respectively, which are greatly higher than that of the natural zeolite (97 meq/100 g). Furthermore, the ammonium removal by the synthetic zeolite Na-P in aqueous solution was also studied. The equilibrium isotherms have been got and the influence of other cations present in water upon the ammonia uptake suggested an order of preference Ca{sup 2+} > K{sup +} > Mg{sup 2+}.

  2. Synthesis of high capacity cation exchangers from a low-grade Chinese natural zeolite.

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    Wang, Yifei; Lin, Feng

    2009-07-30

    The Chinese natural zeolite, in which clinoptilolite coexists with quartz was treated hydrothermally with NaOH solutions, either with or without fusion with NaOH powder as pretreatment. Zeolite Na-P, Na-Y and analcime were identified as the reacted products, depending on the reaction conditions such as NaOH concentration, reaction time and hydrothermal temperature. The products were identified by X-ray diffraction, and characterized by Fourier transform IR and ICP. With hydrothermal treatment after fusion of natural zeolite with NaOH, high purity of zeolite Na-Y and Na-P can be selectively formed, their cation exchange capacity (CEC) are 275 and 355 meq/100g respectively, which are greatly higher than that of the natural zeolite (97 meq/100g). Furthermore, the ammonium removal by the synthetic zeolite Na-P in aqueous solution was also studied. The equilibrium isotherms have been got and the influence of other cations present in water upon the ammonia uptake suggested an order of preference Ca(2+)>K(+)>Mg(2+).

  3. Cation diffusion in the natural zeolite clinoptilolite

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    Dyer, A.; White, K.J. [Science Research Institute, Chemistry Division, Cockcroft Building, University of Salford, Salford (United Kingdom)

    1999-12-14

    The natural zeolite clinoptilolite is mined commercially in many parts of the world. It is a selective exchanger for the ammonium cation and this has prompted its use in waste water treatment, swimming pools and in fish farming. It is also used to scavenge radioisotopes in nuclear waste clean-up. Further potential uses for clinoptilolite are in soil amendment and remediation. The work described herein provides thermodynamic data on cation exchange processes in clinoptilolite involving the NH{sub 4}, Na, K, Ca, and Mg cations. The data includes estimates of interdiffusion coefficients together with free energies, entropies and energies of activation for the cation exchanges studied. Suggestions are made as to the mechanisms of cation-exchanges involved.

  4. Nanomodified natural zeolite as a fertilizer of prolonged activity

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    G. Tsintskaladze

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Natural zeolites of sedimentary origin are widely used in agriculture both as individual fertilizer and a mix of mineral and organic fertilizers. Natural zeolites are crystalline nanoporous hydrated aluminosilicates. Fertilizer of prolonged activity enriched with macro- and microelements is obtained by fusing zeolite with dehydrated ammonium using nanotechnological method of modification. The structure and some physical and chemical properties of a novel nanomaterial were studied by the methods of X-ray diffraction, IR-spectroscopy, absorption and thermal analysis. It was shown that the obtained fertilizer may be used in both protected and open grounds.

  5. Preparation of a zeolite-modified polymer monolith for identification of synthetic colorants in lipsticks

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    Wang, Huiqi; Li, Zheng [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Niu, Qian [Jilin Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, Changchun 130062 (China); Ma, Jiutong [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China); Jia, Qiong, E-mail: jiaqiong@jlu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2015-10-30

    Graphical abstract: Poly(methacrylic acid-ethylene dimethacrylate) monolithic column embedded with zeolites was prepared and employed for the polymer monolith microextraction of colorants combined with HPLC. - Highlights: • Zeolite, as a kind of mesoporous material, was firstly combined with PMME. • Zeolite@poly(MAA-EDMA) monolith columns were prepared for the enrichment of colorants. • Zeolite@poly(MAA-EDMA) monolith columns demonstrated relatively high extraction capacity. - Abstract: A novel zeolite-modified poly(methacrylic acid-ethylenedimethacrylate) (zeolite@poly(MAA-EDMA)) monolithic column was prepared with the in situ polymerization method and employed in polymer monolith microextraction for the separation and preconcentration of synthetic colorants combined with high performance liquid chromatography. The polymer was characterized by scanning electronmicroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and thermo-gravimetric analysis. Various parameters affecting the extraction efficiency were investigated and optimized. Under the optimum experimental conditions, we obtained acceptable linearities, low limits of detection, and good intra-day/inter-day relative standard deviations. The method was applied to the determination of synthetic colorants in lipsticks with recoveries ranged from 70.7% to 109.7%. Compared with conventional methacrylic acid-based monoliths, the developed monolith exhibited high enrichment capacity because of the introduction of zeolites into the preparation process. The extraction efficiency followed the order: zeolite@poly(MAA-EDMA) > poly(MAA-EDMA) > direct HPLC analysis.

  6. La roca magica: uses of natural zeolites in agriculture and industry.

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    Mumpton, F A

    1999-03-30

    For nearly 200 years since their discovery in 1756, geologists considered the zeolite minerals to occur as fairly large crystals in the vugs and cavities of basalts and other traprock formations. Here, they were prized by mineral collectors, but their small abundance and polymineralic nature defied commercial exploitation. As the synthetic zeolite (molecular sieve) business began to take hold in the late 1950s, huge beds of zeolite-rich sediments, formed by the alteration of volcanic ash (glass) in lake and marine waters, were discovered in the western United States and elsewhere in the world. These beds were found to contain as much as 95% of a single zeolite; they were generally flat-lying and easily mined by surface methods. The properties of these low-cost natural materials mimicked those of many of their synthetic counterparts, and considerable effort has made since that time to develop applications for them based on their unique adsorption, cation-exchange, dehydration-rehydration, and catalytic properties. Natural zeolites (i.e., those found in volcanogenic sedimentary rocks) have been and are being used as building stone, as lightweight aggregate and pozzolans in cements and concretes, as filler in paper, in the take-up of Cs and Sr from nuclear waste and fallout, as soil amendments in agronomy and horticulture, in the removal of ammonia from municipal, industrial, and agricultural waste and drinking waters, as energy exchangers in solar refrigerators, as dietary supplements in animal diets, as consumer deodorizers, in pet litters, in taking up ammonia from animal manures, and as ammonia filters in kidney-dialysis units. From their use in construction during Roman times, to their role as hydroponic (zeoponic) substrate for growing plants on space missions, to their recent success in the healing of cuts and wounds, natural zeolites are now considered to be full-fledged mineral commodities, the use of which promise to expand even more in the future.

  7. Preparation of Natural Zeolite for Air Dehumidification in Food Drying

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    Mohamad Djaeni

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Drying with air dehumidification with solid adsorbent improves the quality of food product as well as energy efficiency. The natural zeolite is one of adsorbent having potential to adsorb the water.  Normally, the material was activated to open the pore, remove the organic impurities, and increase Si/Al rate. Hence, it can enhance the adsorbing capacity. This research studied the activation of natural zeolite mined from Klaten, Indonesia as air dehumidification for food drying. Two different methods were used involving activation by heat and NaOH introduction.  As indicators, the porosity and water loaded were evaluated. Results showed both methods improved the adsorbing capacity significantly. With NaOH, the adsorbing capacity was higher. The simple test in onion and corn drying showed the presence of activated natural zeolite can speed up water evaporation positively. This performance was also comparable with Zeolite 3A

  8. TITANIUM OXIDE DISPERSED ON NATURAL ZEOLITE (TiO2/ZEOLITE AND ITS APPLICATION FOR CONGO RED PHOTODEGRADATION

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    Is Fatimah

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The utilization of TiO2 dispersed on natural zeolite (TiO2/Zeolite for degradation of Congo Red photocatlytically has been performed. The TiO2/Zeolite was prepared by mechanically mixing of 100 g of natural zeolite, which it has been heated at 400oC, with TiO2 powder, the final weight ratio of the mixture was 5% (w/w. The mixture was then calcined at 400oC for 6 hours. The calcined product was characterized using x-ray diffractometry, x-ray fluorescence analysis and gas sorption analysis methods to determine its physicochemical properties changes caused by mixing and calcination. Investigation of Congo Red photodegradation using TiO2/Zeolite was carried out by mixing 25 mL 10-4 M solution of Congo Red with 25 mg of TiO2/Zeolite and irradiating the suspention with UV-light of 350 nm for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 minutes, respectively. The characterization results showed that dispertion of TiO2 on zeolite resulted in the increasing of titanium concentration on TiO2/Zeolite. The concentration of Ti on natural zeolite was found to be 0.15%(w/w, meanwhile on TiO2/Zeolite was 2.29% (w/w. From X-ray diffractometry analysis result no information was found that TiO2 was dipersed on natural zeolite. It was caused by overlapping of the reflections of zeolite with reflections of TiO2. On the otherhand, the gas sorption analysis result exhibited that the dispersion of TiO2 on zeolite resulted in the decreasing of total pore volume as well as specific surface area of the natural zeolite. The specific surface areas of natural zeolite and TiO2/Zeolite were 21.98 and 16.74 m2/g, respectively, meanwhile the total pore volumes of natural zeolite and TiO2/Zeolite were 20.10x10-3 and 13.47x10-3 mL/g. The simple kinetic of photodegradation of Congo Red exhibited that the rate of degradation followed a first order kinetic and the reaction rate constant was 0.0017 minute-1.   Keywords: natural zeolite, TiO2, photodegradation, Congo Red

  9. Blended Cements Produced With Synthetic Zeolite Made from Industrial By-Product

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    Vitoldas Vaitkevičius

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Zeolites are appropriate supplementary cementitious materials in cement and concrete industry. In the present work synthetic zeolites was used like supplementary material in hardened cement paste and some properties as well as its influence on Portland cement hydration was determinate. X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electronic microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy were used as investigation methods. The compressive strength of hardened cement paste was measured at day 3, 28 and 60. The instrumental analysis showed that zeolite A(Na dominates and unreacted Al(OH3 remains in investigated synthetics zeolites, made from thermal and mechanical treated AlF3 production waste. The Chapelle test showed that both zeolites have good pozzolanic properties. The samples compressive strength remained close to the control samples compressive strength, reducing the amount of Portland cement, i.e., changing it by zeolite. After 60 days, the compressive strength was the best in the samples where 5% of Portland cement was replaced by the 2-zeolite. The compressive strength of the samples increased by 9 % compared with control samples. This research provides a real opportunity to save cement thus disposing the waste.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.1.5635

  10. Removal of Ammonia from Air, using Three Iranian Natural Zeolites

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    H Asilian

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Ammonia in air can be hazardous to human and animal life and should be removed from the environment. Recently the removal of environmental pollutants such as ammonia by means of natural and modified zeolites has attracted a lot of attention and interests. In this study the capability of three Iranian natural zeolites (Clinoptilolite in point of view of removal of ammonia from air was investigated. Through this research, different zeolites from various regions of Iran including Semnan, Meyaneh, and Firoozkooh resources were considered to be studied. These samples of zeolites were ground and granulized into 425 µm to 4 mm and were utilized in dynamic sorption experiments. Curves of sorption were plotted and breakthrough and saturated points of zeolite samples were obtained. The adsorption capacities at different ammonia concentrations, temperatures, and flow – rates were also calculated. Results obtained showed that, the natural Iranian zeolite (Clinoptilolite was identified to be more efficient adsorbent than the others to remove ammonia from the air. In the same conditions, the obtained breakthrough time for clinoptilolite sample of Meyaneh was longer than the others ( 135min , while, the adsorption capacity of Semnan clinoptilolite was higher than adsorbents ( 6.30 mg /g (P<0.0001.

  11. Effect of natural zeolite on methane production for anaerobic digestion of ammonium rich organic sludge.

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    Tada, Chika; Yang, Yingnan; Hanaoka, Toshiaki; Sonoda, Akinari; Ooi, Kenta; Sawayama, Shigeki

    2005-03-01

    The effect of an inorganic additive on the methane production from NH(4+)-rich organic sludge during anaerobic digestion was investigated using different kinds of inorganic adsorbent zeolites (mordenite, clinoptilolite, zeolite 3A, zeolite 4A), clay mineral (vermiculite), and manganese oxides (hollandite, birnessite). The additions of inorganic materials resulted in significant NH4+ removals from the natural organic sludge ([NH4+]=1, 150 mg N/l), except for the H-type zeolite 3A and birnessite. However, an enhanced methane production was only achieved using natural mordenite. Natural mordenite also enhanced the methane production from the sludge with a markedly high NH4+ concentration (4500 mg N/l) during anaerobic digestion. Chemical analyses of the sludge after the digestion showed considerable increases in the Ca2+ and Mg2+ concentrations in the presence of natural mordenite, but not with synthetic zeolite 3A. The effect of Ca2+ or Mg2+ addition on the methane production was studied using Na(+)-exchanges mordenite and Ca2+ or Mg(2+)-enriched sludge. The simultaneous addition of Ca2+ ions and Na(+)-exchanged mordenite enhanced the methane production; the amount of produced methane was about three times greater than that using only the Na(+)-exchanged mordenite. In addition, comparing the methane production by the addition of natural mordenite or Ca2+ ions, the methane production with natural mordenite was about 1.7 times higher than that with only Ca2+ ions. The addition of 5% and 10% natural mordenite were suitable condition for obtaining a high methane production. These results indicated that the Ca2+ ions, which are released from natural mordenite by a Ca2+/NH4+ exchange, enhanced the methane production of the organic waste at a high NH4+ concentration. Natural mordenite has a synergistic effect on the Ca2+ supply as well on the NH4+ removal during anaerobic digestion, which is effective for the mitigation of NH4+ inhibition against methane production.

  12. Ammonium sorption from aqueous solutions by the natural zeolite Transcarpathian clinoptilolite studied under dynamic conditions.

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    Sprynskyy, Myroslav; Lebedynets, Mariya; Terzyk, Artur P; Kowalczyk, Piotr; Namieśnik, Jacek; Buszewski, Bogusław

    2005-04-15

    The scope of this study is ammonium-ion uptake from synthetic aqueous solutions onto raw and pretreated forms of the natural zeolite Transcarpathian clinoptilolite under dynamic conditions. Hydrogen ions displaced exchangeable cations on the clinoptilolite in distilled water (sodium ions) and hydrochloric acid (sodium, potassium, and calcium ions) and destroyed the zeolite framework structure in the last case. Ammonium uptake onto the zeolite occurs by exchange with Na(+), Ca(2+), and K(+) ions. Although Na(+) ions were observed to be more easily exchanged for both hydrogen and ammonium ions, the role of Ca(2+) ions increased with zeolite saturation by NH(+)(4) ions. The maximum sorption capacity of the clinoptilolite toward NH(+)(4) ions, estimated under dynamic conditions, is significantly higher than that measured under static conditions; proximity of the values of a distribution coefficient and a retardation factor for different conditions (215-265 dm(3)/kg and 979-1107, respectively) allows us to use these parameters to model ammonium uptake onto the clinoptilolite. Slowing down or interruption in filtration resulted in the improvement of ammonium sorption properties of the zeolite. The ammonium removal improves with use of the finer fractions of the clinoptilolite up to 0.35 mm. A recycling study results confirmed the importance of external diffusion for ammonium sorption by the clinoptilolite. Preliminary treatment of the sorbent confirmed the predominant importance of the ion-exchange mechanism. The advantage of prior NaCl treatment of the clinoptilolite in improvement of ammonium removal over the other techniques was shown.

  13. THE PREPARATION OF MAGNETICALLY MODIFIED SYNTHETETIC AND NATURAL ZEOLITES AND COMPARISON OF THEIR SOME PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

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    Zafer DİKMEN

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, magnetically modified zeolites (MMZ has been produced and their adsorption, ion-exchange and magnetic properties have been studied. In this study, natural zeolite mineral, clinoptilolite, which belongs to Gördes (Manisa regions and synthetic 13X zeolite, which has been produced by Sigma-Aldrich firm have been used. In order to modify the surface of these minerals, magnetite sample which belongs to Divriği (Sivas region has been used. The engagement of magnetite particles on zeolite particles has been studied. For this reason, measuring, visualization and analysis techniques as DTA-TG, XRD, XRF, SEM and EDX have been used. As a result of these procedures, it has been observed that magnetite particles get engaged on the surface of zeolite particles and magnetite contribu-tion on MMZ has changed adsorption, ion-exchange and magnetic properties.In order to determine how magnetite contribution affects adsorption, ion exchange and magnetic properties of MMZ, weightily magnetite contribution ratio (zeolite/magnetite has been applied in three different forms (1/1, 1/2, 1/3.As a result of nitrogen adsorption of MMZ, it has been observed that as the weightily magnetite contribution ratio goes up, specific surface area goes down and average pore diameter rises. It has been identified that total cation exchange capacity rises as the weightily magnetite contribution ratio goes up. It has been observed that pure zeolites, which have no magnetic properties, as a result of magnetically modification process, they have got magnetically character, and they change their magnetic properties positively as the weightily magnetite contribution goes up. It has been determined that as a result of magnetic measurements; the optimum value of applied outer magnetic field is 0.5T.

  14. Adsorption of aqueous Zn(II) species on synthetic zeolites

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    Badillo-Almaraz, Véronica; Trocellier, Patrick; Dávila-Rangel, Ignacio

    2003-09-01

    To supply a good quality drinkable water tends to become a strategic task in both developed and under development countries in the world due to the number of potential contamination sources. One of the major problems is derived from the presence of heavy toxic metals like zinc or lead resulting from industrial activities. Zeolites are known as very efficient mineral substrates for fixing aqueous ionic species through their wide range of channels present in the crystalline structure and due to their strong surface reactivity. MicroPIXE coupled with microRBS (3.05 MeV 4He + ions) have been used to quantify the incorporation of zinc within two commercial zeolites containing alkali elements (zeolite X and clinoptilolite) in the concentration range of: 0.0002-0.05 M at neutral pH. At the beginning of the interaction between zeolite and Zn(II) solution, the adsorption process exhibits a direct proportionality between the content of zinc fixed on the mineral substrate and the aqueous concentration up to 0.01 M. Beyond this point a saturation effect seems to occur, indicating the strong decrease of available adsorption sites. Sodium or potassium ions are probably exchanged with Zn(II) ions during this process. The compared behaviour of the two zeolites is then discussed in terms of kinetic effects based on ionic radius values. A co-adsorption test carried on with a 50-50% Zn(II) 0.001 M-Pb(II) 0.001 M solution shows that lead does not occupy the same sites as zinc because the content of zinc fixed on the zeolite sample exactly corresponds to the result obtained with a pure 0.001 M Zn(II) solution. All these data clearly showed that zeolite surface reactivity is greatly influenced by the mineral cage-like structure and particularly the presence of pockets, spaces and channels.

  15. Equilibrium CO2 adsorption on zeolite 13X prepared from natural clays

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    Garshasbi, Vahid; Jahangiri, Mansour; Anbia, Mansoor

    2017-01-01

    Zeolite 13X was successfully synthesized by hydrothermal treatment using natural clays extracted from Iranian resources. The preliminary natural materials and the final zeolite 13X samples were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier-Transfer Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm. The effects of various factors such as NaOH addition amount and aging time on the crystalline products were studied during the synthesis process. The optimum conditions related to the synthesis of zeolite 13X were set. Accordingly, NaOH concentration was equal to 4 M. It was further crystallized at 65 °C for 72 h after its homogenization by agitation at room temperature for 120 h. In this study, the zeolite 13X prepared from natural kaolin (13X-K) showed a high BET surface area of 591 m2/g with higher micropore volume (0.250 cm3/g) than other materials. Adsorption equilibrium isotherms of CO2 were investigated using a static, volumetric method. In addition, pressures for the pure component data extended up to 20 bar. The adsorption equilibrium data of CO2 was fitted to Langmuir, Freundlich, Lamgmuir-Freundlich, Toth and BET isotherm models. It was found that the Langmuir-Freundlich model was more suitable than other models for CO2 description. The results showed that the synthetic zeolite has higher equilibrium selectivity for CO2. Also, the CO2 uptake by zeolite 13X-K was equal to 6.9 mmol/g.

  16. To Investigate the Absorption, Dynamic Contact Angle and Printability Effects of Synthetic Zeolite Pigments in an Inkjet Receptive Coating

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    Jalindre, Swaraj Sunil

    Ink absorption performance in inkjet receptive coatings containing synthetic zeolite pigments was studied. Coating pigment pore and particle size distribution are the key parameters that influence in modifying media surface properties, thus affecting the rate of ink penetration and drying time (Scholkopf, et al. 2004). The primary objective of this study was: (1) to investigate the synthetic zeolite pigment effects on inkjet ink absorption, dynamic contact angle and printability, and (2) to evaluate these novel synthetic zeolite pigments in replacing the fumed silica pigments in conventional inkjet receptive coatings. In this research study, single pigment coating formulations (in equal P:B ratio) were prepared using microporous synthetic zeolite pigments (5A, Organophilic and 13X) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) binder. The laboratory-coated samples were characterized for absorption, air permeance, roughness, drying time, wettability and print fidelity. Based on the rheological data, it was found that the synthetic zeolite formulated coatings depicted a Newtonian flow behavior at low shear; while the industry accepted fumed silica based coatings displayed a characteristically high pseudoplastic flow behavior. Our coated samples generated using microporous synthetic zeolite pigments produced low absorption, reduced wettability and accelerated ink drying characteristics. These characteristics were caused due to the synthetic zeolite pigments, which resulted in relatively closed surface structure coated samples. The research suggested that no single selected synthetic zeolite coating performed better than the conventional fumed silica based coatings. Experimental data also showed that there was no apparent relationship between synthetic zeolite pigment pore sizes and inkjet ink absorption. For future research, above coated samples should be evaluated for pore size distribution using Mercury Porosimeter, which quantifies surface porosity of coated samples. This presented

  17. Synthetic Zeolites as Controlled-Release Delivery Systems for Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.

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    Khodaverdi, Elham; Soleimani, Hossein Ali; Mohammadpour, Fatemeh; Hadizadeh, Farzin

    2016-06-01

    Scientists have always been trying to use artificial zeolites to make modified-release drug delivery systems in the gastrointestinal tract. An ideal carrier should have the capability to release the drug in the intestine, which is the main area of absorption. Zeolites are mineral aluminosilicate compounds with regular structure and huge porosity, which are available in natural and artificial forms. In this study, soaking, filtration and solvent evaporation methods were used to load the drugs after activation of the zeolites. Weight measurement, spectroscopy FTIR, thermogravimetry and scanning electronic microscope were used to determine drug loading on the systems. Finally, consideration of drug release was made in a simulated gastric fluid and a simulated intestinal fluid for all matrixes (zeolites containing drugs) and drugs without zeolites. Diclofenac sodium (D) and piroxicam (P) were used as the drug models, and zeolites X and Y as the carriers. Drug loading percentage showed that over 90% of drugs were loaded on zeolites. Dissolution tests in stomach pH environment showed that the control samples (drug without zeolite) released considerable amount of drugs (about 90%) within first 15 min when it was about 10-20% for the matrixes. These results are favorable as NSAIDs irritate the stomach wall and it is ideal not to release much drugs in the stomach. Furthermore, release rate of drugs from matrixes has shown slower rate in comparison with control samples in intestine pH environment.

  18. Copper removal using bio-inspired polydopamine coated natural zeolites.

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    Yu, Yang; Shapter, Joseph G; Popelka-Filcoff, Rachel; Bennett, John W; Ellis, Amanda V

    2014-05-30

    Herein, for the first time, natural clinoptilolite-rich zeolite powders modified with a bio-inspired adhesive, polydopamine (PDA), have been systematically studied as an adsorbent for copper cations (Cu(II)) from aqueous solution. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) revealed successful grafting of PDA onto the zeolite surface. The effects of pH (2-5.5), PDA treatment time (3-24h), contact time (0 to 24h) and initial Cu(II) ion concentrations (1 to 500mgdm(-3)) on the adsorption of Cu(II) ions were studied using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and neutron activation analysis (NAA). The adsorption behavior was fitted to a Langmuir isotherm and shown to follow a pseudo-second-order reaction model. The maximum adsorption capacities of Cu(II) were shown to be 14.93mgg(-1) for pristine natural zeolite and 28.58mgg(-1) for PDA treated zeolite powders. This impressive 91.4% increase in Cu(II) ion adsorption capacity is attributed to the chelating ability of the PDA on the zeolite surface. Furthermore studies of recyclability using NAA showed that over 50% of the adsorbed copper could be removed in mild concentrations (0.01M or 0.1M) of either acid or base. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Gas-phase adsorption in dealuminated natural clinoptilolite and liquid-phase adsorption in commercial DAY zeolite and modified ammonium Y zeolite

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    Costa Hernandez, Alba Nydia

    The adsorption of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a very important tool for the material characterization. On the other hand, in separation and recovery technology, the adsorption of the CO2 is important to reduce the concentration of this gas considered as one of the greenhouse gases. Natural zeolites, particularly clinoptilolite, are widely applied to eliminate some pollutants from the environment. One of the goals of this research is to study the structure, composition and morphology of one natural clinoptilolite dealuminated with ammonium hexafluorosilicate (AHFi) and with orthophosphoric acid (H3PO4). Each modified sample was characterized using X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Carbon Dioxide adsorption at 0° C, Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), and Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (SEM-EDAX). In addition, the surface chemistry of the modified clinoptilolites was analyzed with Diffuse Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (DRIFTS). The adsorption measurements were also used to study of the interaction of CO2 molecule within the adsorption space of these modified clinoptilolites. It was concluded that one of the modified clinoptilolites, (CSW-HFSi-0.1M), showed a great quality as adsorbent and as catalytic comparable to commercial synthetic zeolites. As far as we know, the modification of clinoptilolite with HFSi to improve their adsorption properties had not been previously attempted. In the second part of this dissertation, the dynamic adsorption of three isomers of nitrophenols using as adsorbent a commercial DAY zeolite was investigated. Also, the dynamic adsorption of methanol in a less hydrophobic zeolite, Ammonium Y Zeolite was investigated. The obtained breakthrough curves showed that the commercial DAY zeolite could be a suitable adsorbent to the liquid-phase adsorption of the phenolic compounds. Notwithstanding the modified ammonium Y zeolite had a low Si/Al ratio (less hydrophobic) than commercial DAY zeolite; this

  20. Copper removal using bio-inspired polydopamine coated natural zeolites

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    Yu, Yang; Shapter, Joseph G. [Flinders Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park, Adelaide 5042, SA (Australia); Popelka-Filcoff, Rachel [School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park, Adelaide 5042, SA (Australia); Bennett, John W. [Centre for Nuclear Applications, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Lucas Heights 2234, NSW (Australia); Ellis, Amanda V., E-mail: Amanda.Ellis@flinders.edu.au [Flinders Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology, School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Flinders University, Sturt Road, Bedford Park, Adelaide 5042, SA (Australia)

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • Natural zeolites were modified with bio-inspired polydopamine. • A 91.4% increase in Cu(II) ion adsorption capacity was observed. • Atomic absorption and neutron activation analysis gave corroborative results. • Neutron activation analysis was used to provide accurate information on 30+ elements. • Approximately 90% of the adsorbed copper could be recovered by 0.1 M HCl treatment. - Abstract: Herein, for the first time, natural clinoptilolite-rich zeolite powders modified with a bio-inspired adhesive, polydopamine (PDA), have been systematically studied as an adsorbent for copper cations (Cu(II)) from aqueous solution. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) revealed successful grafting of PDA onto the zeolite surface. The effects of pH (2–5.5), PDA treatment time (3–24 h), contact time (0 to 24 h) and initial Cu(II) ion concentrations (1 to 500 mg dm{sup −3}) on the adsorption of Cu(II) ions were studied using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and neutron activation analysis (NAA). The adsorption behavior was fitted to a Langmuir isotherm and shown to follow a pseudo-second-order reaction model. The maximum adsorption capacities of Cu(II) were shown to be 14.93 mg g{sup −1} for pristine natural zeolite and 28.58 mg g{sup −1} for PDA treated zeolite powders. This impressive 91.4% increase in Cu(II) ion adsorption capacity is attributed to the chelating ability of the PDA on the zeolite surface. Furthermore studies of recyclability using NAA showed that over 50% of the adsorbed copper could be removed in mild concentrations (0.01 M or 0.1 M) of either acid or base.

  1. Dissolution of Iron During Biochemical Leaching of Natural Zeolite

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    Lengauer C.

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Natural zeolite, including clinoptilolite, often contains iron and manganese which decrease the whiteness of this sharp angular material.The biological treatment of zeolite enables its use as an substitute for tripolyphosphates in wash powders which have to comply with strict requirements as far as whiteness is concerned and rounded off grain content. Insoluble Fe3+ and Mn4+ in the zeolite could be reduced to soluble Fe2+ and Mn2+ by silicate bacteria of Bacillus spp. These metals were efficiently removed from zeolite as documented by Fe2O3 decrease (from 1.37% to 1.08% and MnO decrease (from 0.022% to 0.005% after bioleaching. The whiteness of zeolite was increased by 8%. The leaching effect, observed by scanning electron microscopy, caused also a chamfer of the edges of sharp angular grains. Despite the enrichment by fine-grained fraction, the decrease of the surface area of clinoptilolite grains from the value 24.94 m2/g to value 22.53 m2/g was observed. This fact confirms the activity of bacteria of Bacillus genus in the edge corrosion of mineral grains.Removal of iron and manganese as well as of sharp edges together with the whiteness increase would provide a product suitable for industrial applications.

  2. Phase transitions on dehydration of the natural zeolite thomsonite

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    Ståhl, Kenny

    2001-01-01

    The dehydration of the natural zeolite thomsonite, Na4CasAl20Si20O80 24H(2)O, has been studied using a combination of conventional and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. A preliminary in situ dehydration study revealed two distinct unit cell changes at approximately 540 and 570 K, respectively...

  3. Ion exchange of ammonium in natural and synthesized zeolites

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    Wang Yifei [College of Biology and Chemical Engineering, Jiaxing University, Jiaxin, Zhejiang 314001 (China); Department of Chemistry, XiXi Campus, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310028 (China)], E-mail: yifeiwang0206@yahoo.com.cn; Lin Feng [Department of Chemistry, XiXi Campus, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310028 (China); Pang Wenqin [Department of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Inorganic Synthesis and Preparative Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun, Jilin 130023 (China)

    2008-12-30

    In this study, zeolite Na-P and Na-Y was prepared by hydrothermal treatment of the Chinese natural clinoptilolite with NaOH. The ion exchange of NH{sub 4}{sup +} into the three zeolites in the temperature range of 288-333 K was also investigated, and the thermodynamic parameters were calculated. The selectivity sequence for NH{sub 4}{sup +} entering the sodium form of the three materials was Na-clinoptilolite > Na-Y > Na-P, as indicated by values of {delta}G{sup o}. The results demonstrated that the Si/Al molar ratio of zeolites determined the selectivity for NH{sub 4}{sup +}.

  4. Utilization of natural zeolite and perlite as landfill liners for in situ leachate treatment in landfills.

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    Ozel, Ummukulsum; Akdemir, Andaç; Ergun, Osman Nuri

    2012-05-01

    The potential long term environmental impacts of a landfill on groundwater quality depend on its liner material properties. In case synthetic liner materials are damaged during the construction or operation, many of the original chemical and biological constituents are removed by filtration and the adsorptive action of natural liner materials such as natural zeolite, perlite and bentonite minerals. Before leachate treatment, reduction of these constituents is important not only to leachate percolation, but also treatment cost and efficiency. In this study, the pollutant removal efficiency from the leachate was investigated for natural natural zeolite, expanded perlite and bentonite. Experimental studies was performed in boxes made of glass and with 1:10 sloping. Leachate quantity was determined and pH, electrical conductivity (EC), nitrate (NO(3)-N), ammonium-nitrogen (NH(4)-N), phosphate (PO(4)), chemical oxygen demand (COD) and organic matter in leachate samples were measured and the measurement was compared with control process (System 4). The results showed that natural zeolite was effective in removing NO(3), NH(4), PO(4), COD and organic matter with removal efficiencies of 91.20, 95.6, 95.5, 83.4 and 87.8%, respectively. Expanded perlite has high efficiency removing of NO(3), PO(4) and COD 83.2, 91.0 and 62.5%, respectively, but it was unsuccessful in reducing NH(4) (1.5%).

  5. Removal of phosphate ions from aqueous solution using Tunisian clays minerals and synthetic zeolite

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    Noureddine Hamdi; Ezzeddine Srasra

    2012-01-01

    Phosphate ions are usually considered to be responsible for the algal bloom in receiving water bodies and aesthetic problems in water.From the environmental point of view,the management of such contaminant and valuable resource is very important.The present work deals with the removal of phosphate ions from aqueous solutions using kaolinitic and smectic clay minerals and synthetic zeolite as adsorbent.The pH effect and adsorption kinetic were studied.It was found that phosphate could be efficiently removed at acidic pH (between 4 and 6) and the second order model of kinetics is more adopted for all samples.The isotherms of adsorption of phosphate ions by the two clays and the zeolite samples show that the zeolite has the highest rate of uptake (52.9 mg P/g).Equilibrium data were well fitted with Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm.

  6. Oxidative regeneration of toluene-saturated natural zeolite by gaseous ozone: the influence of zeolite chemical surface characteristics.

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    Alejandro, Serguei; Valdés, Héctor; Manéro, Marie-Hélène; Zaror, Claudio A

    2014-06-15

    In this study, the effect of zeolite chemical surface characteristics on the oxidative regeneration of toluene saturated-zeolite samples is investigated. A Chilean natural zeolite (53% clinoptilolite, 40% mordenite and 7% quartz) was chemically modified by acid treatment with hydrochloric acid and by ion-exchange with ammonium sulphate. Thermal pre-treatments at 623 and 823K were applied and six zeolite samples with different chemical surface characteristics were generated. Chemical modification of natural zeolite followed by thermal out-gassing allows distinguishing the role of acidic surface sites on the regeneration of exhausted zeolites. An increase in Brønsted acid sites on zeolite surface is observed as a result of ammonium-exchange treatment followed by thermal treatment at 623K, thus increasing the adsorption capacity toward toluene. High ozone consumption could be associated to a high content of Lewis acid sites, since these could decompose ozone into atomic active oxygen species. Then, surface oxidation reactions could take part among adsorbed toluene at Brønsted acid sites and surface atomic oxygen species, reducing the amount of adsorbed toluene after the regenerative oxidation with ozone. Experimental results show that the presence of adsorbed oxidation by-products has a negative impact on the recovery of zeolite adsorption capacity.

  7. Novel granular materials with microcrystalline active surfaces: waste water treatment applications of zeolite/vermiculite composites.

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    Johnson, Christopher D; Worrall, Fred

    2007-05-01

    The application of zeolites as adsorbents for waste water management is limited by the facts that only synthetic zeolites have sufficient capacity and only natural zeolites can be manufactured in practical sizes for application, i.e. synthetic zeolites have too small a grain size to be used and natural zeolites have low adsorption capacities. This study seeks to resolve this problem by the manufacture of synthetic zeolites upon an expanded lamella matrix (vermiculite). The synthesized composite was tested to show whether it combined the useful properties of both natural and synthetic zeolites. The study compared: hydraulic conductivity, adsorption capacity and rate of attainment of equilibrium of the synthetic composite in comparison to both a natural and a synthetic zeolite. The results demonstrate that the vermiculite-based composite shows the same hydraulic properties as a natural clinoptilolite with similar grain size (2-5mm), however, the rate of adsorption and maximum coverage were improved by a factor of 4.

  8. Processing of Radioactive Waste Solution with Zeolites (I) : Thermal-Transformations of Na, Cs and Sr Forms of Zeolites

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    Mimura, Hitoshi; KANNO, Takuji

    1980-01-01

    Thermal-transformations of several kinds of zeolites have been studied by means of differential thermal analysis (DTA), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) and X-ray powder diffraction. Some synthetic zeolites (A, X, Y, mordenite), natural mordenite and clinoptilolite were used. Sodium forms of A and X zeolites recrystallized above 1000℃ to nepheline (NaAlSiO_4) , whereas the structure of zeolite Y, synthetic and natural mordenites, and clinoptilolite collapsed above around 900℃ and did not rec...

  9. CR-100 synthetic zeolite adsorption characteristics toward Northern Banat groundwater ammonia.

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    Tomić, Željko; Kukučka, Miroslav; Stojanović, Nikoleta Kukučka; Kukučka, Andrej; Jokić, Aleksandar

    2016-10-14

    The adsorption characteristics of synthetic zeolite CR-100 in a fixed-bed system using continuous flow of groundwater containing elevated ammonia concentration were examined. The possibilities for adsorbent mass calculation throughout mass transfer zone using novel mathematical approach as well as zeolite adsorption capacity at every sampling point in time or effluent volume were determined. The investigated adsorption process consisted of three clearly separated steps indicated to sorption kinetics. The first step was characterized by decrease and small changes in effluent ammonia concentration vs. experiment time and quantity of adsorbed ammonia per mass unit of zeolite. The consequences of this phenomenon were showed in the plots of the Freundlich and the Langmuir isotherm models through a better linear correlation according as graphical points contingent to the first step were not accounted. The Temkin and the Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherm models showed the opposite tendency with better fitting for overall measurements. According to the obtained isotherms parameter data, the investigated process was found to be multilayer physicochemical adsorption, and also that synthetic zeolite CR-100 is a promising material for removal of ammonia from Northern Banat groundwater with an ammonia removal efficiency of 90%.

  10. Ammonium Ion Adsorption and Settleability Improvement Achieved in a Synthetic Zeolite-Amended Activated Sludge

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    Emilia Otal; Luís F. Vilches; Yolanda Luna; Rodrigo Poblete; Juan M. García-Maya; Constantino Fernández-Pereira

    2013-01-01

    Municipal wastewater treatment plants typically exhibit two classic problems:high ammonium concen-tration in water after conventional biological treatment and, in some cases, poor activated sludge sediment ability. Potential solutions to these problems were investigated by adding a synthetic zeolite obtained from coal fly ash to different steps of activated sludge treatment. The experimental results for ammonium removal fit well with the theo-retical adsorption isotherms of the Freundlich model with a maximum adsorption capacity of 13.72 mg·g−1. Utiliza-tion of this kind of zeolite to improve activated sludge sediment ability is studied for the first time in this work. It is found that the addition of the zeolite (1 g·L−1) to an activated sludge with settling problems significantly enhances its sediment ability and compact ability. This is confirmed by the sludge volume index (SVI), which was reduced from 163 ml·g−1 to 70 ml·g−1, the V60 value, which was reduced from 894 ml·L−1 to 427 ml·L−1, and the zeta poten-tial (ζ), which was reduced from−19.81 mV to−14.29 mV. The results indicate that the addition of this synthetic zeolite to activated sludge, as an additional waste management practice, has a positive impact on both ammonium removal and sludge settleability.

  11. Modified Asphalt Binder with Natural Zeolite for Warm Mix Asphalt

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, warm mix asphalt (WMA is becoming more and more used in the asphalt industry. WMA provide a whole range of benefits, whether economic, environmental and ecological. Lower energy consumption and less pollution is the most advantages of this asphalt mixture. The paper deals with the addition of natural zeolite into the sub base asphalt layers, which is the essential constituent in the construction of the road. Measurement is focused on basic physic – mechanical properties declared according to the catalog data sheets. The aim of this article is to demonstrate the ability of addition the natural zeolite into the all asphalt layers of asphalt pavement. All asphalt mixtures were compared with reference asphalt mixture, which was prepared in reference temperature.

  12. Structural simulation of natural zeolites; Simulacion estructural de zeolitas naturales

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    Sanchez P, E.; Carrera G, L.M. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    1997-07-01

    The application of X-ray diffraction (XRD) in the study of crystalline structures of the natural and modified zeolites allows the identification, lattice parameter determination and the crystallinity grade of the sample of interest. Until two decades ago, simulation methods of X-ray diffraction patterns were developed with which was possible to do reliable determinations of their crystalline structure. In this work it is presented the first stage of the crystalline structure simulation of zeolitic material from Etla, Oaxaca which has been studied for using it in the steam production industry and purification of industrial water. So that the natural material was modified for increasing its sodium contents and this material in its turn was put in contact with aqueous solutions of Na, Mg and Ca carbonates. All the simulations were done with the Lazy-Pulverix method. The considered phase was clinoptilolite. It was done the comparison with three clinoptilolite reported in the literature. (Author)

  13. Biogas Filter Based on Local Natural Zeolite Materials

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    Satriyo Krido Wahono; Wahyu Anggo Rizal

    2014-01-01

    UPT BPPTK LIPI has created a biogas filter tool to improve the purity of methane in the biogas. The device shaped cylindrical tube containing absorbent materials which based on local natural zeolite of Indonesia. The absorbent has been activated and modified with other materials. This absorbtion material has multi-adsorption capacity for almost impurities gas of biogas. The biogas  filter increase methane content of biogas for 5-20%. The biogas filter improve the biogas’s performance such as ...

  14. Oxidative regeneration of toluene-saturated natural zeolite by gaseous ozone: The influence of zeolite chemical surface characteristics

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    Alejandro, Serguei [Laboratorio de Tecnologías Limpias (F. Ingeniería), Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Alonso de Ribera 2850, Concepción (Chile); Núcleo de Energías Renovables (F. Ingeniería), Universidad Católica de Temuco, Rudecindo Ortega 02950, Temuco (Chile); Valdés, Héctor, E-mail: hvaldes@ucsc.cl [Laboratorio de Tecnologías Limpias (F. Ingeniería), Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Alonso de Ribera 2850, Concepción (Chile); Manéro, Marie-Hélène [Université de Toulouse (France); INPT, UPS (France); Laboratoire de Génie Chimique, 4, Allée Emile Monso, F–31030 Toulouse (France); CNRS (France); Laboratoire de Génie Chimique, F–31030 Toulouse (France); Zaror, Claudio A. [Departamento de Ingeniería Química (F. Ingeniería), Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Correo 3, Casilla 160–C (Chile)

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • Surface acidity of modified natural zeolite is related to its chemical reactivity. • Brønsted acid sites are associated to toluene adsorption. • Lewis acid sites could decompose ozone generating surface active oxygen species. • Infrared spectra evidence active atomic oxygen and oxidation by-product formation. • 2NH4Z1 sample shows the highest reactivity toward adsorbed toluene. - Abstract: In this study, the effect of zeolite chemical surface characteristics on the oxidative regeneration of toluene saturated-zeolite samples is investigated. A Chilean natural zeolite (53% clinoptilolite, 40% mordenite and 7% quartz) was chemically modified by acid treatment with hydrochloric acid and by ion-exchange with ammonium sulphate. Thermal pre-treatments at 623 and 823 K were applied and six zeolite samples with different chemical surface characteristics were generated. Chemical modification of natural zeolite followed by thermal out-gassing allows distinguishing the role of acidic surface sites on the regeneration of exhausted zeolites. An increase in Brønsted acid sites on zeolite surface is observed as a result of ammonium-exchange treatment followed by thermal treatment at 623 K, thus increasing the adsorption capacity toward toluene. High ozone consumption could be associated to a high content of Lewis acid sites, since these could decompose ozone into atomic active oxygen species. Then, surface oxidation reactions could take part among adsorbed toluene at Brønsted acid sites and surface atomic oxygen species, reducing the amount of adsorbed toluene after the regenerative oxidation with ozone. Experimental results show that the presence of adsorbed oxidation by-products has a negative impact on the recovery of zeolite adsorption capacity.

  15. Nature's chemicals and synthetic chemicals: comparative toxicology.

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    Ames, B N; Profet, M; Gold, L S

    1990-01-01

    The toxicology of synthetic chemicals is compared to that of natural chemicals, which represent the vast bulk of the chemicals to which humans are exposed. It is argued that animals have a broad array of inducible general defenses to combat the changing array of toxic chemicals in plant food (nature's pesticides) and that these defenses are effective against both natural and synthetic toxins. Synthetic toxins such as dioxin are compared to natural chemicals, such as indole carbinol (in brocco...

  16. Calcium Solubility In Zeolite Synthetic-Apatite Mixtures

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    Beiersdorfer, R.; Ming, D. W.

    1999-01-01

    Life support systems at a lunar or martian outpost will require the ability to produce food growing in 1) treated lunar or martian regolith; 2) a synthetic soil, or 3) some combination of both. Zeoponic soil, composed of NH4 (-) and K-exchanged clinoptilolite (Cp) and synthetic apatite (Ap), can provide slow-release fertilization via dissolution and ion-exchange. Equilibrium studies indicate that KNH4, P, and Mg are available to plants at sufficient levels, however, Ca is deficient. Ca availability can be increased by adding a second Ca-bearing mineral: calcite (Cal); dolomite (Dol); or wollastonite (Wol). Additions of Cal, Dol, and Wol systematically change the concentrations of Ca and P in solution. Cal has the greatest effect, Dol the least, and Wol is intermediate.

  17. Variation in performance of surfactant loading and resulting nitrate removal among four selected natural zeolites.

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    Guan, Huade; Bestland, Erick; Zhu, Chuanyu; Zhu, Honglin; Albertsdottir, Dora; Hutson, John; Simmons, Craig T; Ginic-Markovic, Milena; Tao, Xian; Ellis, Amanda V

    2010-11-15

    Surfactant modified zeolites (SMZs) have the capacity to target various types of water contaminants at relatively low cost and thus are being increasingly considered for use in improving water quality. It is important to know the surfactant loading performance of a zeolite before it is put into application. In this work we compare the loading capacity of a surfactant, hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HDTMA-Br), onto four natural zeolites obtained from specific locations in the USA, Croatia, China, and Australia. The surfactant loading is examined using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. We then compare the resulting SMZs performance in removing nitrate from water. Results show that TGA is useful to determine the HDTMA loading capacity on natural zeolites. It is also useful to distinguish between a HDTMA bi-layer and a HDTMA mono-layer on the SMZ surface, which has not been previously reported in the literature. TGA results infer that HDTMA (bi-layer) loading decreases in the order of US zeolite>Croatian zeolite>Chinese zeolite>Australian zeolite. This order of loading explains variation in performance of nitrate removal between the four SMZs. The SMZs remove 8-18 times more nitrate than the raw zeolites. SMZs prepared from the selected US and Croatian zeolites were more efficient in nitrate removal than the two zeolites commercially obtained from Australia and China.

  18. Formaldehyde removal from wastewater applying natural zeolite

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    Formaldehyde is one of the most chemically active compounds which is discharged with untreated or just partially treated industrial wastewater. It is hazardous for environment and humans. Formaldehyde vapors can strongly irritate skin, can cause damage to eyes and harm respiratory tract. As long as formaldehyde causes a toxic effect on environment and living organisms, it is necessary to remove it from wastewater which is directed to natural water. There are many methods used for formaldehyde...

  19. Effect of the Composite of Natural Zeolite and Fly Ash on Alkali-Silica Reaction

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    FENG Xiao-xin; FENG Nai-qian; HAN Dong

    2003-01-01

    The effect of the composite of natural zeolite and fly ash on alkali-silica reaction ( ASR ) was studied with natural alkali-reactive aggregate and quartz glass aggregate respecthvely. The expansive experiment of mortar bar and concrete prism was completed. The results show that ASR can be suppressed effectively by the composite of natural zeolite and fly ash.

  20. Zeolites

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    1992-01-01

    Zeolites are crystalline aluminosilicates that have complex framework structures. However, there are several features of zeolite crystals that make unequivocal structure determinations difficult. The acquisition of reliable structural information on zeolites is greatly facilitated by the availability of high-quality specimens. For structure determinations by conventional diffraction techniques, large single-crystal specimens are essential. Alternatively, structural determinations by powder profile refinement methods relax the constraints on crystal size, but still require materials with a high degree of crystalline perfection. Studies conducted at CAMMP (Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing) have demonstrated that microgravity processing can produce larger crystal sizes and fewer structural defects relative to terrestrial crystal growth. Principal Investigator: Dr. Albert Sacco

  1. Biogas Filter Based on Local Natural Zeolite Materials

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    Satriyo Krido Wahono

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available UPT BPPTK LIPI has created a biogas filter tool to improve the purity of methane in the biogas. The device shaped cylindrical tube containing absorbent materials which based on local natural zeolite of Indonesia. The absorbent has been activated and modified with other materials. This absorbtion material has multi-adsorption capacity for almost impurities gas of biogas. The biogas  filter increase methane content of biogas for 5-20%. The biogas filter improve the biogas’s performance such as increasing methane contents, increasing heating value, reduction of odors, reduction of corrosion potential, increasing the efficiency and stability of the generator.

  2. Determination of Surface Energy of Natural Zeolite by Inverse Gas Chromatography

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    Bilgiç, Ceyda; Karakehya, Naile

    2016-10-01

    In this study, surface energy of natural zeolite was investigated using inverse gas chromatography (IGC). Purified zeolite was prepared from natural zeolite applying decantation and centrifugation process together. For IGC studies, retention time of n-octane, n-nonane and n-decane were measured at infinite dilution conditions, between 250 and 280 °C. Dispersive component of the surface energy (γd S)of purified zeolite was calculated. γd S values calculated using Schultz et al methods decrease with temperature.

  3. Simultaneous ammonium and phosphate removal by metal inorganic salt modification of natural zeolite

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    Ventosa i Capell, Blanca

    2015-01-01

    Nutrients discharge into receiving waters can cause an environmental problem capable of deathly altering ecosystems. Natural zeolites are low cost resources with ion exchange capacity that have been widely studied. This study deals with simultaneous adsorption of nutrients; viz. ammonium and phosphate, onto different modifications of natural zeolite, clinoptilolite. Research has been focused on the optimization of surface modification procedures to raise clinoptilolite efficien...

  4. Study of Methylene Blue Degradation by Gold Nanoparticles Synthesized within Natural Zeolites

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    Ericka Rodríguez León; Eduardo Larios Rodríguez; César Rodríguez Beas; Germán Plascencia-Villa; Ramón Alfonso Iñiguez Palomares

    2016-01-01

    We carried out the in situ synthesis of gold nanoparticles inside a natural clinoptilolite-type zeolite matrix, using ascorbic acid as reducing agent. The microstructure of both zeolite and zeolite-gold nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM), and Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) techniques. Size distribution as assessed by STEM indicated that 60% of gold nanoparticles measured l...

  5. In situ green synthesis of Cu nanoparticles supported on natural Natrolite zeolite for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol, congo red and methylene blue.

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    Nasrollahzadeh, Mahmoud; Sajadi, S Mohammad; Maham, Mehdi; Dasmeh, Hamid Reza

    2017-08-01

    This study demonstrates a clean, non-toxic and environment friendly synthetic strategy for the preparation of the Natrolite zeolite/Cu nanoparticles (NPs) using Natrolite zeolite as a natural support and Anthemis xylopoda flowers aqueous extract as a reducing and stabilising agent for the synthesis of Cu NPs. Cu NPs with 20 nm diameter were immobilised homogeneously on the surface of Natrolite zeolite. The synthesised Natrolite zeolite/Cu NPs was used as an environmentally benign catalyst for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol, congo red and methylene blue in aqueous media at an ambient temperature. It has been found that the catalyst can be reused several times without any decrease in activity.

  6. CHARACTERIZATION OF NATURAL ZEOLITE AND DETERMINATION ITS ADSORPTION PROPERTIES

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    Full Text Available Pollution of water by toxic substances is one of the major reason concerning human health as well as the environmental quality. In terms of pollution, mining activities represent a serious threat. Countries of the middle Europe, where extraction of mineral resources takes place a long period, have to solve the problems of wastewater containing whole spectra of heavy metals, which are dangerous to the environment. Finding of the new and cheap ways of wastewater contaminated by heavy metals treatment can increase the quality of the environment in the affected localities and thus prevent adverse effects on fauna, flora or human beings. Sorption techniques belong to a cost effective methods that are able to effectively remove heavy metals. For the overall understanding of the sorption process, it is necessary to characterize and determine the properties of the used adsorbents. The paper deals with characterization of natural zeolite before and after sorption process under acidic conditions. The zeolite was characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X – ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms.

  7. Composting domestic sewage sludge with natural zeolites in a rotary drum reactor.

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    Villaseñor, J; Rodríguez, L; Fernández, F J

    2011-01-01

    This work aimed the influence of zeolites addition on a sludge-straw composting process using a pilot-scale rotary drum reactor. The type and concentration of three commercial natural zeolites were considered: a mordenite and two clinoptilolites (Klinolith and Zeocat). Mordenite caused the greatest carbon removal (58%), while the clinoptilolites halved losses of ammonium. All zeolites removed 100% of Ni, Cr, Pb, and significant amounts (more than 60%) of Cu, Zn and Hg. Zeocat displayed the greatest retention of ammonium and metals, and retention efficiencies increased as Zeocat concentration increased. The addition of 10% Zeocat produced compost compliant with Spanish regulations. Zeolites were separated from the final compost, and leaching studies suggested that zeolites leachates contained very low metals concentrations (zeolites could be separated from the compost prior to application. The different options have been discussed.

  8. Potential uses of natural zeolites for the development of new materials: short review

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    Petranovskii V.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Zeolites stand apart among the many families of porous materials. Due to their structure, they have a number of important practical properties such as a high adsorption capacity and the ability to cation exchange. However, the main feature distinguishing them from other porous bodies and inherent only for zeolites is the ordering of the pores in their size, orientation, and mutual locations. Pore diameters for the crystalline structures of various zeolites may vary from 0.25 to about 15 nanometers. The crystalline arrangement of these pores in space converts zeolites in the naturally existing nanostructured materials, possessing the unique property to present ordered location of stabilized nanoparticles.

  9. Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 Coating on Natural Feather Zeolite in Degradation of Orthomonochlorphenol

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    CHEN Liang; ZHANG Zhi-xiang; CHEN Dong-hui

    2006-01-01

    TiO2 coatings on natural feather zeolite are respectively prepared by a collosol (Sol-gel) method and two powder coating methods with deionized water or dehydrated ethanol as a dispersant. During degradation of orthomonochlorphenol solutions by ultraviolet, the strong adsorption capability of the zeolite results in increased concentration of substrate on its surface. The TiO2 film coated on feather zeolite further enhances the photocatalytic activity. The TiO2 film on the zeolite prepared by the Sol-gel method is found more effective as a catalyst than that by two powder coating methods.

  10. UV-Raman and NMR spectroscopic studies on the crystallization of zeolite A and a new synthetic route.

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    Ren, Limin; Li, Caijin; Fan, Fengtao; Guo, Qiang; Liang, Desheng; Feng, Zhaochi; Li, Can; Li, Shougui; Xiao, Feng-Shou

    2011-05-23

    UV-Raman and NMR spectroscopy, combined with other techniques, have been used to characterize crystallization of zeolite A. In situ UV-Raman spectroscopy shows that the starting gel for crystallization of zeolite A contains a lot of four-ring (4R) building units and the appearance of six-ring (6R) building blocks is the signal for crystal formation. (29)Si NMR spectroscopy results suggest that the starting gel is double four-ring (D4R) rich and during crystallization of zeolite A both α and β cages appear. (27)Al NMR spectroscopy results indicate the absence of Al (2Si) species in the starting gel, suggesting the absence of single 4R building units in the starting gel. Furthermore, composition analysis of both solid and liquid samples shows that the solid rather than liquid phase predominates for the crystallization of zeolite A. Therefore, it is proposed that the crystallization of zeolite A mainly occurs in the solid phase by self-assembly or rearrangement starting from the zeolite building units mainly consisting of D4R. The essential role of D4R is directly confirmed by successful conversion from a solution of D4R to zeolite A in the presence of NaCl, and the importance of solid phase is reasonably demonstrated by the successful synthesis of zeolite A from a dry aluminosilicate gel. By considering that the solid phase has a major contribution to crystallization, a novel route was designed to synthesizing zeolite A from the raw materials water glass (Na(2)SiO(3) in aqueous solution) and NaAlO(2), without additional water and NaOH; this route not only simplifies synthetic procedures, but reduces water consumption. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Integration of Natural Polymers and Synthetic Nanostructures

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    2014-11-20

    11/2014 Final Report August 15 2011- August 15 2014 INTEGRATION OF NATURAL POLYMERS AND SYNTHETIC NANOSTRUCTURES FA9550-11-1-0233 Vladimir V. Tsukruk...inorganic nanostructures . We employ fabrication techniques including layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition, vacuum-assisted self-assembly, and spin-assisted...writing. U U U UU 1 Final Performance Report August 2011 - August 2014 FA9550-11-1-0233: INTEGRATION OF NATURAL POLYMERS AND SYNTHETIC NANOSTRUCTURES

  12. Determinants of natural zeolite clinoptilolite adsorption capacity for removing NO2

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    Nabiollah Mansouri

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: NO2 is a poisonous gas that potential to cause major threat to human being health and the environment, as a result, removing this gas from environment seems to be essential. Methods: The study aimed to remove this gas from environment using Iranian natural zeolite, clinoptilolite. After crushing and preparing two sizes of 1 and 2 mm zeolite they were activated in 380 to 420 ºC for 20 minutes. NO2 was produced by reaction of copper (Cu and nitric acid (HNO3 and diluted with enough air to achieve desired concentration. A laboratory reactor set with different concentration of NO2 (20, 30, and, 45 ppm, flows through the zeolite absorbent bed was prepared. Different parameters affected No2 absorption, such as concentration, height, and diameter of zeolite bed, zeolite granulation, and activation temperature were examined.Results: In different condition, the adsorption range of the zeolite for NO2 was varied from 0.35% W for 2mm granulation and the 20 ppm concentration to 1.5% W using 1mm granulation and 45 ppm concentration of NO2. Activation temperature of 420 ºC for 20 min was the best condition removing NO2. Efficiency of 1mm granulation was higher than 2mm. Conclusion: Reducing parameters such as height and diameter of zeolite bed decreased but increasing concentration of gas flow increased adsorption capacity of zeolite. Using Iranian zeolite in gas masks still not recommended.

  13. New low temperature synthetic route to an ammonium zinc arsenate zeolite analogue with an ABW-type structure.

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    Johnson, Christopher D; Macphee, Donald E; Feldmann, Jörg

    2002-07-15

    The synthesis and stability of zeolite analogues are of potential interest to the waste management community as waste metals may be used in the framework of these materials. A new synthetic route to an ABW-type ammonium zinc arsenate is proposed. The stability of this material is then examined in an aqueous environment by quantitative X-ray diffraction and leach testing.

  14. Efficient removal of cesium from low-level radioactive liquid waste using natural and impregnated zeolite minerals

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    Borai, E.H., E-mail: emadborai@yahoo.com [Hot Laboratories and Waste Management Center, Atomic Energy Authority, Cairo 13759 (Egypt); Harjula, R.; Malinen, Leena; Paajanen, Airi [Chemistry Department, Laboratory of Radiochemistry, Helsinki University (Finland)

    2009-12-15

    The objective of the proposed work was focused to provide promising solid-phase materials that combine relatively inexpensive and high removal capacity of some radionuclides from low-level radioactive liquid waste (LLRLW). Four various zeolite minerals including natural clinoptilolite (NaNCl), natural chabazite (NaNCh), natural mordenite (NaNM) and synthetic mordenite (NaSM) were investigated. The effective key parameters on the sorption behavior of cesium (Cs-134) were investigated using batch equilibrium technique with respect to the waste solution pH, contacting time, potassium ion concentration, waste solution volume/sorbent weight ratio and Cs ion concentration. The obtained results revealed that natural chabazite (NaNCh) has the higher distribution coefficients and capacity towards Cs ion rather than the other investigated zeolite materials. Furthermore, novel impregnated zeolite material (ISM) was prepared by loading Calix [4] arene bis(-2,3 naphtho-crown-6) onto synthetic mordenite to combine the high removal uptake of the mordenite with the high selectivity of Calix [4] arene towards Cs radionuclide. Comparing the obtained results for both NaSM and the impregnated synthetic mordenite (ISM-25), it could be observed that the impregnation process leads to high improvement in the distribution coefficients of Cs{sup +} ion (from 0.52 to 27.63 L/g). The final objective in all cases was aimed at determining feasible and economically reliable solution to the management of LLRLW specifically for the problems related to the low decontamination factor and the effective recovery of monovalent cesium ion.

  15. Efficient removal of cesium from low-level radioactive liquid waste using natural and impregnated zeolite minerals.

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    Borai, E H; Harjula, R; Malinen, Leena; Paajanen, Airi

    2009-12-15

    The objective of the proposed work was focused to provide promising solid-phase materials that combine relatively inexpensive and high removal capacity of some radionuclides from low-level radioactive liquid waste (LLRLW). Four various zeolite minerals including natural clinoptilolite (NaNCl), natural chabazite (NaNCh), natural mordenite (NaNM) and synthetic mordenite (NaSM) were investigated. The effective key parameters on the sorption behavior of cesium (Cs-134) were investigated using batch equilibrium technique with respect to the waste solution pH, contacting time, potassium ion concentration, waste solution volume/sorbent weight ratio and Cs ion concentration. The obtained results revealed that natural chabazite (NaNCh) has the higher distribution coefficients and capacity towards Cs ion rather than the other investigated zeolite materials. Furthermore, novel impregnated zeolite material (ISM) was prepared by loading Calix [4] arene bis(-2,3 naphtho-crown-6) onto synthetic mordenite to combine the high removal uptake of the mordenite with the high selectivity of Calix [4] arene towards Cs radionuclide. Comparing the obtained results for both NaSM and the impregnated synthetic mordenite (ISM-25), it could be observed that the impregnation process leads to high improvement in the distribution coefficients of Cs+ ion (from 0.52 to 27.63 L/g). The final objective in all cases was aimed at determining feasible and economically reliable solution to the management of LLRLW specifically for the problems related to the low decontamination factor and the effective recovery of monovalent cesium ion.

  16. Controllability of expansion of light-weight aggregates with natural zeolites on firing. Tennen zeolite ni yoru keiryo kotsuzai no shoseiji no bochosei no control

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    Guo, Y. (Tsinghua University, Beijing, BJ (China))

    1993-07-01

    Light-weight aggregates were prepared by using raw materials of natural zeolites consisting mainly of clinoptilolites from Heilongjiang Province, China. Chemical analyses and ion exchange of the natural zeolite materials were carried out. By the ion exchange method, only chemical composition of the natural zeolite was able to be changed without destroying their structures. Changes in shape during firing and expansion of the prepared light-weight aggregates were illustrated. In addition, fracture surfaces were observed by using a scanning electron microscope. For the Ca type, Na type, and Ca-Na type zeolites obtained by the ion exchange, volume expansion took place at relatively low temperatures during their firing, and they exhibited high expansion coefficients. Consequently, it was found that expansion of the natural clinoptilolite during firing can be controlled by this preparation method. An optimum chemical composition range of zeolite was provided for obtaining the light-weight aggregates with high quality. 13 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  17. New Synthetic Methods for Hypericum Natural Products

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    Jeon, Insik [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2006-01-01

    Organic chemistry has served as a solid foundation for interdisciplinary research areas, such as molecular biology and medicinal chemistry. An understanding of the biological activities and structural elucidations of natural products can lead to the development of clinically valuable therapeutic options. The advancements of modern synthetic methodologies allow for more elaborate and concise natural product syntheses. The theme of this study centers on the synthesis of natural products with particularly challenging structures and interesting biological activities. The synthetic expertise developed here will be applicable to analog syntheses and to other research problems.

  18. Standardization for natural product synthetic biology.

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    Zhao, Huimin; Medema, Marnix H

    2016-08-27

    Standardization is one of the foundational features of modern-day engineering, and the use of standardized parts and processes is a key element that distinguishes bona fide synthetic biology from traditional genetic engineering. Here, we discuss the role of standardization in natural product synthetic biology, focusing on standardization of data on biosynthetic pathways and gene clusters, as well as the role of standardization in the process of biosynthetic gene cluster engineering.

  19. Removal of Cu(II) from leachate using natural zeolite as a landfill liner material.

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    Turan, N Gamze; Ergun, Osman Nuri

    2009-08-15

    All hazardous waste disposal facilities require composite liner systems to act as a barrier against migration of contaminated leachate into the subsurface environment. Removal of copper(II) from leachate was studied using natural zeolite. A serial of laboratory systems on bentonite added natural zeolite was conducted and copper flotation waste was used as hazardous waste. The adsorption capacities and sorption efficiencies were determined. The sorption efficiencies increased with increasing natural zeolite ratio. The pseudo-first-order, the pseudo-second-order, Elovich and the intra-particle diffusion kinetic models were used to describe the kinetic data to estimate the rate constants. The second-order model best described adsorption kinetic data. The results indicated that natural zeolite showed excellent adsorptive characteristics for the removal of copper(II) from leachate and could be used as very good liner materials due to its high uptake capacity and the abundance in availability.

  20. Effect of Zeolite Treatment on the Blooming Behavior of Paraffin Wax in Natural Rubber Composites

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    Bryan B. Pajarito

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The blooming behavior of paraffin wax in natural rubber (NR composites was studied as function of zeolite treatment. Three types of zeolite treatment were treated as factors: acid activation using hydrochloric acid (HCl solution, ion exchange using tetradecyldimethyl amine (TDA chloride salt, and organic modification using glycerol monostearate (GMS. The zeolite was treated according to a 23 full factorial design of experiment. Attenuated total reflectance – Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR spectroscopy was used to characterize the chemical structure of treated zeolite. Treated zeolite was applied as filler to NR composites deliberately compounded with high amount of paraff in wax. The amount of bloomed wax in surface of NR composite sheets was monitored with time at 50oC. Results show the bloom amount to be linear with the square root of time. NR composites reinforced with untreated, acid-activated, and ion-exchanged zeolite fillers indicate reduction in wax blooming as compared to unfilled NR. The bloom rate (slope and initial bloom (y-intercept were determined from the experimental plots. Analysis of variance (ANOVA shows the bloom rate to be signif icantly increased when zeolite fillers are treated with GMS. Meanwhile, initial bloom was significantly enhanced when zeolite fillers are treated with TDA chloride salt and GMS. The significant increase in bloom rate and initial bloom can be attributed to the softening of the NR matrix at high amounts of TDA chloride salt and GMS.

  1. Influence of natural zeolite and nitrification inhibitor on organics degradation and nitrogen transformation during sludge composting.

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    Zhang, Junya; Sui, Qianwen; Li, Kun; Chen, Meixue; Tong, Juan; Qi, Lu; Wei, Yuansong

    2016-01-01

    Sludge composting is one of the most widely used treatments for sewage sludge resource utilization. Natural zeolite and nitrification inhibitor (NI) are widely used during composting and land application for nitrogen conservation, respectively. Three composting reactors (A--the control, B--natural zeolite addition, and C--3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate (DMPP) addition) were established to investigate the influence of NI and natural zeolite addition on organics degradation and nitrogen transformation during sludge composting conducted at the lab scale. The results showed that, in comparison with the control, natural zeolite addition accelerated organics degradation and the maturity of sludge compost was higher, while the DMPP addition slowed down the degradation of organic matters. Meanwhile, the nitrogen transformation functional genes including those responses for nitrification (amoA and nxrA) and denitrification (narG, nirS, nirK, and nosZ) were quantified through quantitative PCR (qPCR) to investigate the effects of natural zeolites and DMPP addition on nitrogen transformation. Although no significant difference in the abundance of nitrogen transformation functional genes was observed between treatments, addition of both natural zeolite and DMPP increases the final total nitrogen content by 48.6% and 23.1%, respectively. The ability of natural zeolite for nitrogen conservation was due to the absorption of NH3 by compost, and nitrogen conservation by DMPP was achieved by the source reduction of denitrification. Besides, it was assumed that the addition of natural zeolite and DMPP may affect the activity of these genes instead of the abundance.

  2. ANAEROBIC DIGESTION OF WASTEWATER WITH HIGH SULFATE CONCENTRATION USING MICRO-AERATION AND NATURAL ZEOLITES

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    Full Text Available Abstract The behavior of anaerobic digestion in batch and UASB reactors using a microaerobic process and natural zeolites was studied. Laboratory assays were carried out across 4 sets of variables: different COD/SO42- ratios, different airflow levels, with and without natural zeolites and room and mesophilic controlled temperatures. The microaerobic process demonstrated hydrogen sulfide removal levels exceeding 90% in most cases, while maintaining the flammable condition of the generated biogas. The level of COD removal exceeded 75% in UASB reactors despite their operation under very low hydraulic retention times (2.8-4.8 hours. The effectiveness of natural zeolites in accelerating UASB reactor startup was demonstrated. Results showing the positive influence of zeolites on the granulation process in UASB reactors were also achieved.

  3. A study of chemical composition and radiation attenuation properties in clinoptilolite-rich natural zeolite from Turkey

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    Kurudirek, Murat, E-mail: mkurudirek@gmail.co [Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Ataturk University, 25240 Erzurum (Turkey); Ozdemir, Yueksel [Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Ataturk University, 25240 Erzurum (Turkey); Tuerkmen, Ibrahim [Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Inonu University, Malatya (Turkey); Levet, Aytac [Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Ataturk University, 25240 Erzurum (Turkey)

    2010-11-15

    Clinoptilolite, a type of natural zeolite, has been commonly used as pozzolanic additive in concrete. This type of natural zeolite is generally used as a mineral admixture by substitution in Portland cement to produce high performance concretes. In the present study, the major, minor and trace element levels present in the clinoptilolite-rich natural zeolite (CRNZ) have been determined using a wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. Also, the clinoptilolite-rich natural zeolite has been compared with Portland cement with respect to the radiation attenuation properties. From the results it can be concluded that due to the natural radioactive content of clinoptilolite-rich natural zeolite (CRNZ) even if it is in trace level and also due to the poorer X-ray attenuation compared with Portland cement, special care should be taken to use this type of natural zeolite as blend materials in cements, etc.

  4. A study of chemical composition and radiation attenuation properties in clinoptilolite-rich natural zeolite from Turkey

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    Kurudirek, Murat; Özdemir, Yüksel; Türkmen, İbrahim; Levet, Aytaç

    2010-11-01

    Clinoptilolite, a type of natural zeolite, has been commonly used as pozzolanic additive in concrete. This type of natural zeolite is generally used as a mineral admixture by substitution in Portland cement to produce high performance concretes. In the present study, the major, minor and trace element levels present in the clinoptilolite-rich natural zeolite (CRNZ) have been determined using a wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. Also, the clinoptilolite-rich natural zeolite has been compared with Portland cement with respect to the radiation attenuation properties. From the results it can be concluded that due to the natural radioactive content of clinoptilolite-rich natural zeolite (CRNZ) even if it is in trace level and also due to the poorer X-ray attenuation compared with Portland cement, special care should be taken to use this type of natural zeolite as blend materials in cements, etc.

  5. Standardization for natural product synthetic biology

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    Zhao, Huimin; Medema, Marnix H.

    2016-01-01

    Standardization is one of the foundational features of modern-day engineering, and the use of standardized parts and processes is a key element that distinguishes bona fide synthetic biology from traditional genetic engineering. Here, we discuss the role of standardization in natural product

  6. Raman spectrum of natural and synthetic stishovite

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    Hemley, R.J.; Mao, Ho-kwang; Chao, E.C.T.

    1986-01-01

    Raman spectra of natural and synthetic samples of stishovite have been measured with a micro-optical spectrometer system. These spectra have a pattern that is characteristic of rutile-structured oxides. The spectrum of synthetic stishovite is characterized by well-resolved bands at 231, 589, 753, and 967 cm-1, which are assigned as the B1g, Eg, A1g, and B2g fundamentals, respectively, of the first-order Raman spectrum of the ideal, ordered structure. Natural stishovite obtained from Meteor Crater, Arizona has a first-order Raman spectrum that is fully consistent with that of the synthetic material. The observed spectrum of the natural sample, however, is weaker and has bands in addition to those identified as fundamentals in the spectrum of the synthetic material. A broad band at ???475 cm-1 may be indicative of glass or contaminants derived from the extraction procedure. Alternatively, this band may arise from multiphonon scattering that is enhanced by poor crystallinity or structural disorder in the natural shocked sample. ?? 1986 Springer-Verlag.

  7. Na-noparticles of activated natural zeolite on textiles for protection and therapy

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    Ivančica Kovaček

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Activated natural zeolite clinoptilolite is microporous hydrated aluminosilicates crystals with well-defined structures containing AlO4 and SiO4 tetrahedral linked through the common oxygen atoms. It is to point out that zeolites act as strong adsorbents and ion-exchangers but having many other useful properties. Due to its cationexchange ability, zeolites have catalytic properties and, for that, multiple uses in medicine and industry, agriculture, water purification and detergents. Zeolites are nontoxic substance, excellent for UVR and microbes protection, for proteins and small molecules such as glucose adsorption. In this paper its positive effect on the metabolism of living organisms and its anticancerogenic, antiviral, antimetastatic and antioxidant effect. The activity of natural zeolite as natural immunostimulator was presented as well as its help in healing wounds. Therefore, the present paper is an attempt to modify cotton (by mercerization and polyester (by alkaline hydrolysis fabrics for summer clothing with addition of natural zeolite nanoparticles for achieving UV and antibacterial protective textiles

  8. Synthesis and characterization of zeolite A by hydrothermal transformation of natural Jordanian kaolin

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    Mousa Gougazeh

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of zeolite materials by hydrothermal transformation of natural Jordanian kaolin in NaOH solutions of various concentrations was investigated at 100 °C for 20 h. A mixture of zeolite A, quartz and hydroxysodalite (HS was obtained. Zeolite A was the main product with the NaOH concentrations of 1.50–3.50 M, which was confirmed by XRD, IR and SEM. Zeolite A can be obtained from natural kaolin under the conditions applied showing that metakaolinization can be observed at 650 °C which is much lower than the temperatures given in the previous works, 700–950 °C. The products obtained from the experiments were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR and scanning electron microscopy (SEM.

  9. Control of Natural Zeolite Properties by Mechanical Activation in Stirred Media Mill

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    Bohács K.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Due to the special characteristics of zeolites, they can be applied in a very wide range of industries, i.e. agricultural, environmental or water treatment purposes. Generally, high added value zeolite products are manufactured by micro- or nanogrinding. However, these processes require high energy input and cause significant wearing of the mill parts. Therefore, the optimization of zeolite grinding, as well as the control of its properties are of a great importance. In the present paper a Hungarian natural zeolite was mechanically activated in stirred media mill for various residence times in distilled water, meanwhile the particle size distribution and the grinding energy were measured. Additionally, on-line tube rheometer was used to study the rheology of the suspension during the grinding process. The particle interaction and the suspension aggregation stability were detected by zeta-potential measurements. Structural changes due to the mechanical activation process were monitored by FTIR. It was found that the material structure of the zeolite, as well as the rheological behaviour of the zeolite suspension and its aggregation stability had been altered due to the mechanical activation in the stirred media mill. It can be concluded that the zeolite product properties can be modified by mechanical activation in order to produce a high added value tailored material.

  10. The kinetics of citral hydrogenation over Pd supported on clinoptilolite rich natural zeolite

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    Yılmaz, Selahattin; Uçar, Şule; Artok, Levent; Güleç, Hilal

    2005-01-01

    The liquid phase hydrogenation of citral has been investigated over Pd (2.42%) supported on clinoptilolite rich natural zeolite catalyst for different reaction conditions. The zeolite support did not affect the active metal properties. This was attributed to the large size of Pd particles on the support. High selectivity (90%) to citronellal was obtained at complete conversion of citral. The catalytic activity increased with reaction temperature (80, 100, 120°C) following an Arrhenius behavio...

  11. USE OF NATURAL ZEOLITES (KLINOPTILOLIT IN WATER SOFTENING PROCESS

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    Yurdanur SABAH

    1999-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the potential for the elimination of hardness of the water by using zeolitic tuff (klinoptilolit obtained from the upper layer tuff of Balıkesir-Bigadiç, where the richest deposits are located in our country, has been investigated; as a means of water supply, daily usage water of campus, Selçuk University, was utilized to wich none of the pre-refining process was applied apart from chloring. At first, zeolite samples of -0.85+0.60 mm were regenerated by NaOH and the change in the hardness of water passing through zeolitic bad in ion exchange column at a constant rate was abserved. After optimizing the regeneration conditions in this way, the effect of the velocity of water fed into zeolitic bad and the water left in the column on the elimination of water hardness were also searched. As a result, the lowest value of water hardness was obtained by taking the water feeding rates at 10 ml/sec. and using zeolite regenerated with 0.75 M NaOH. Additionally, it was seen that the highest working capacity will be reached under these circumstances.

  12. Identification of natural zeolite from Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia: structure, chemical composition, morphology and molecular vibration

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    Wibowo, E.; Rokhmat, M.; Sutisna; Murniati, R.; Khairurrijal; Abdullah, M.

    2017-06-01

    Characterizations of natural zeolite from Sukabumi were carried out using x-ray diffraction spectroscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, the Brunauer-Emmet-Teller method and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy to identify the structure, chemical composition, morphology, surface area and molecular vibration of zeolite. We determined that the type of zeolite was clinoptilolite with a high degree of crystallinity and high specific surface area. The full width at half maximum, crystal size, strains, specific surface area, pore volume and pore diameter of zeolites were 0.85°, 18.94 nm, 0.009, 31 266 m2 g-1, 0.089 cc g-1, and 3.811 nm, respectively. The Si/Al ratio of  >4.0 (4.61) indicated that the zeolite had relatively high thermal resistance. Natural zeolite with a high degree crystallinity and high thermal resistance is suitable, activated through thermal process, for enhancing its sorption ability.

  13. Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue Using TiO2-Natural Zeolite as A Photocatalyst

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    Sri Wardhani

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available TiO2 - zeolite photocatalyst has been prepared by impregnation of TiO2 onto acid -activated natural zeolite. The XRD data confirmed that natural zeolite used in this work is predominated with mordenite and clinoplitolite types, whereas anatase type can be attributed to TiO2. The highest performance of TiO2 – zeolite, which is indicated by surface area of 13.304 m2/g and band gap energy of 3.15 eV, is obtained when 10 mmol of TiO2 is impregnated onto the zeolite. The ability of this photocatalyst is evaluated by examining degradation of methylene blue (MB in the presence of UV source. The effects of MB concentration, pH and UV irradiation time on the degradation are studied in a batch reactor. It is interesting since the addition of H2O2 can improve the degradation effeciency of MB. The optimum result is achieved at pH 11, duration of UV irradiation of 50 min, showing degradation amount of 98.25 %. Surprisingly, the chemical oxygen demand (COD in the degraded MB aqueous solution can be reduced about 77.9%, exhibiting the improvement of water quality. No loss of the activity of the degradation efficiency after reusability of this TiO2 - zeolite photocatalyst for at least 4 times.

  14. Utilization of Natural Zeolite and Perlite as Landfill Liners for in Situ Leachate Treatment in Landfills

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    Osman Nuri Ergun

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The potential long term environmental impacts of a landfill on groundwater quality depend on its liner material properties. In case synthetic liner materials are damaged during the construction or operation, many of the original chemical and biological constituents are removed by filtration and the adsorptive action of natural liner materials such as natural zeolite, perlite and bentonite minerals. Before leachate treatment, reduction of these constituents is important not only to leachate percolation, but also treatment cost and efficiency. In this study, the pollutant removal efficiency from the leachate was investigated for natural natural zeolite, expanded perlite and bentonite. Experimental studies was performed in boxes made of glass and with 1:10 sloping. Leachate quantity was determined and pH, electrical conductivity (EC, nitrate (NO3-N, ammonium-nitrogen (NH4-N, phosphate (PO4, chemical oxygen demand (COD and organic matter in leachate samples were measured and the measurement was compared with control process (System 4. The results showed that natural zeolite was effective in removing NO3, NH4, PO4, COD and organic matter with removal efficiencies of 91.20, 95.6, 95.5, 83.4 and 87.8%, respectively. Expanded perlite has high efficiency removing of NO3, PO4 and COD 83.2, 91.0 and 62.5%, respectively, but it was unsuccessful in reducing NH4 (1.5%.

  15. Characterization of natural zeolite clinoptilolite for sorption of contaminants

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    Xingu-Contreras, E., E-mail: nyleve-18@hotmail.com; García-Rosales, G., E-mail: gegaromx@yahoo.com.mx [Instituto Tecnológico de Toluca (Mexico); García-Sosa, I., E-mail: irma.garcia@inin.gob.mx; Cabral-Prieto, A., E-mail: agustin.cabral@inin.gob.mx; Solache-Ríos, M., E-mail: marcos.solache@inin.gob.mx [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Química (Mexico)

    2015-06-15

    The nanoparticles technology has received considerable attention for its potential applications in groundwater treatment for the removal of various pollutants as Cadmium. In this work, iron boride nanoparticles were synthesized in pure form and in presence of homo-ionized zeolite clinoptilolite, as support material. These materials were used for removing Cd (II) from aqueous solutions containing 10, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300 and 400 mg/L. The characterization of these materials was made by using X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Mössbauer Spectroscopy. Pure iron boride particles show a broad X-ray diffraction peak centered at 45{sup ∘} (2θ), inferring the presence of nanocrystals of Fe{sub 2}B as identified from Mössbauer Spectroscopy. The size of these Fe{sub 2}B particles was within the range of 50 and 120 nm. The maximum sorption capacities for Cd (II) of iron boride particles and supported iron boride particles in homo-ionized zeolitic material were nearly 100 %. For homo-ionized zeolite and homo-ionized zeolite plus sodium borohydride was ≥ 95 %.

  16. Characterization of natural zeolite clinoptilolite for sorption of contaminants

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    Xingu-Contreras, E.; García-Rosales, G.; García-Sosa, I.; Cabral-Prieto, A.; Solache-Ríos, M.

    2015-06-01

    The nanoparticles technology has received considerable attention for its potential applications in groundwater treatment for the removal of various pollutants as Cadmium. In this work, iron boride nanoparticles were synthesized in pure form and in presence of homo-ionized zeolite clinoptilolite, as support material. These materials were used for removing Cd (II) from aqueous solutions containing 10, 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 300 and 400 mg/L. The characterization of these materials was made by using X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Mössbauer Spectroscopy. Pure iron boride particles show a broad X-ray diffraction peak centered at 45∘ (2 𝜃), inferring the presence of nanocrystals of Fe2B as identified from Mössbauer Spectroscopy. The size of these Fe2B particles was within the range of 50 and 120 nm. The maximum sorption capacities for Cd (II) of iron boride particles and supported iron boride particles in homo-ionized zeolitic material were nearly 100 %. For homo-ionized zeolite and homo-ionized zeolite plus sodium borohydride was ≥ 95 %.

  17. The removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution using natural Jordanian zeolite

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    Taamneh, Yazan; Sharadqah, Suhail

    2016-02-01

    In this article, the adsorption process of cadmium and copper using natural Jordanian (NJ) zeolite as adsorbent has been experimentally estimated. The samples of NJ zeolite were obtained from Al Mafraq discrete, north east of Jordan. The influence of the bulk concentration (C o), contact time (t) and different adsorbent masses (m) of NJ zeolite on the removal of heavy metal were evaluated. These variables had a considerable function in promoting the sorption process of heavy metal using the NJ zeolite. The initial concentration of heavy metals in the stock solution was extended between 80 and 600 mg/L. The batch adsorption method was employed to investigate the adsorption process. The experimental data were correlated using Freundlich and Langmuir empirical formula. The ability of NJ zeolite to eliminate cadmium and copper was estimated according to Langmuir isotherm empirical formula and found 25.9 and 14.3 mg/g for cadmium and copper, respectively. The kinetics of adsorption of cadmium and copper have been analyzed and correlated by first-order and second-order reaction model. It was noticed that adsorption of cadmium and copper was better correlated with pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The results presented that NJ zeolite is practical adsorbent for removing cadmium and copper ion metal.

  18. The removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution using natural Jordanian zeolite

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    Taamneh, Yazan; Sharadqah, Suhail

    2017-07-01

    In this article, the adsorption process of cadmium and copper using natural Jordanian (NJ) zeolite as adsorbent has been experimentally estimated. The samples of NJ zeolite were obtained from Al Mafraq discrete, north east of Jordan. The influence of the bulk concentration ( C o), contact time ( t) and different adsorbent masses ( m) of NJ zeolite on the removal of heavy metal were evaluated. These variables had a considerable function in promoting the sorption process of heavy metal using the NJ zeolite. The initial concentration of heavy metals in the stock solution was extended between 80 and 600 mg/L. The batch adsorption method was employed to investigate the adsorption process. The experimental data were correlated using Freundlich and Langmuir empirical formula. The ability of NJ zeolite to eliminate cadmium and copper was estimated according to Langmuir isotherm empirical formula and found 25.9 and 14.3 mg/g for cadmium and copper, respectively. The kinetics of adsorption of cadmium and copper have been analyzed and correlated by first-order and second-order reaction model. It was noticed that adsorption of cadmium and copper was better correlated with pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The results presented that NJ zeolite is practical adsorbent for removing cadmium and copper ion metal.

  19. Efficacy of supplemental natural zeolite in broiler chickens subjected to dietary calcium deficiency

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    Erol Bintaş

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Natural zeolite, or sodium aluminosilicate, influences calcium (Ca and phosphorus (P utilisation in chicks. A 2×2 factorial arrangement of treatments was used to investigate the effect of dietary Ca (recommended and below recommended levels and zeolite (0 and 0.8% on growth, plasma, tibia and faeces in chickens from 1 to 42 days of age. Zeolite supplementation did not affect overall body weight (BW gain, feed intake (FI or feed conversion ratio (FCR of broiler chickens (P>0.05. Overall mortality of zeolite-fed chickens was lower than in untreated ones (P<0.01. Reduction of dietary Ca of approximately 10 to 18% decreased (P<0.05 BW at 14 and 42 days of age in association with reduced FI, but overall FCR was unchanged. Serum protein and sodium constituents were reduced in birds fed zeolite (P<0.05. Decreasing dietary Ca level increased (P<0.01 serum, total protein and glucose concentrations, but decreased Ca level. Zeolite decreased bone ash in birds fed a Ca-deficient diet while increased faecal excretion of ash, Ca, P and aluminum. However, zeolite increased tibia weight (P<0.05 and thickness (P<0.01. No significant response (P>0.05 in relative weight and gross lesion scores of liver or footpad lesion scores was found related to changes in dietary regimens. The results of the present study do not corroborate the hypothesis that the effectiveness of zeolite may be improved in Ca-deficient diets in association with its ion exchange capability.

  20. Improving the quality of patchouli oil by adsorption process using surfactant modified of natural zeolite

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    Kuntari, Purbaningtias, Tri Esti; Wiyantoko, Bayu; Kurniawati, Puji; Prasetyoko, Didik; Suprapto

    2017-03-01

    This research concerns with the development of natural material i.e. natural zeolite. Natural zeolite were modified by surfactant treatment. Material modification has been done using cetyltrimethyllammonium bromide as cationic surfactant for mesopore template. The physicochemical characters of natural material modified and unmodified was investigated by using XRD, FTIR, nitrogen physisorption, and SEM-EDX. The XRD was used to show crystallinity structure of natural material modified and unmodified. Surfactant treatment caused decreasing crystallinity of natural zeolite. The FTIR spectra showed characteristic peaks for natural zeolite modified and unmodified, the bands around 3400-3500 cm-1 and 1635-1641 cm-1 correspond to adsorbed water and bands around finger print area were characteristic for silica and alumina. Meanwhile physisorption nitrogen profiles gave information that the pore modification by surfactant. The morphologies of natural material modified and unmodified as well as chemical composition of the particles were shown by SEM-EDX. The usage of modified material decrease acidity number into 19.47% than unmodified material, which is 7,62%. The GC analysis showed that percentage of patchouli alcohol increases and new peaks were not identified indicated there was not any reaction appeared.

  1. Obtaining of iron particles of nanometer size in a natural zeolite; Obtencion de particulas de hierro de tamano nanometrico en una zeolita natural

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    Xingu C, E. G.

    2013-07-01

    The zeolites are aluminosilicates with cavities that can act as molecular sieve. Their crystalline structure is formed by tetrahedrons that get together giving place to a three-dimensional net, in which each oxygen is shared by two silicon atoms, being this way part of the tecto silicate minerals, its external and internal areas reach the hundred square meters for gram, they are located in a natural way in a large part of earth crust and also exist in a synthetic way. In Mexico there are different locations of zeolitic material whose important component is the clinoptilolite. In this work the results of three zeolitic materials coming from San Luis Potosi are shown, the samples were milled and sieved for its initial characterization, to know its chemical composition, crystalline phases, morphology, topology and thermal behavior before and after its homo-ionization with sodium chloride, its use as support of iron particles of nanometer size. The description of the synthesis of iron particles of nanometer size is also presented, as well as the comparison with the particles of nanometer size synthesized without support after its characterization. The characterization techniques used during the experimental work were: Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Infrared spectroscopy, specific area by means of BET and thermogravimetry analysis. (Author)

  2. Neutron Radiation Tests about FeCr Slag and Natural Zeolite Loaded Brick Samples

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    Vedat Veli Cay

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Neutron shielding performances of new brick samples are investigated. Brick samples including 10, 20, and 30 percentages of ferrochromium slag (FeCr waste and natural zeolite are prepared and mechanical properties are obtained. Total macroscopic cross sections are calculated by using results of 4.5 MeV neutron transmission experiments. As a result, neutron shielding capacity of brick samples increases with increasing FeCr slag and natural zeolite percentages. This information could be useful in the area of neutron shielding.

  3. Thermoluminescence of natural and synthetic diopside

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    Cano, N.F. [Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Rua do Matao, Travessa R, 187, CEP 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil)], E-mail: nilocano@dfn.if.usp.br; Yauri, J.M. [Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Rua do Matao, Travessa R, 187, CEP 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil); University of Alas Peruanas, Environmental Engineering, Arequipa (Peru); Watanabe, S. [Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Rua do Matao, Travessa R, 187, CEP 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Mittani, J.C.R. [Department of Physics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-3072 (United States); Blak, A.R. [Institute of Physics, University of Sao Paulo, Rua do Matao, Travessa R, 187, CEP 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2008-07-15

    Diopside, a natural silicate mineral of formula CaMgSi{sub 2}O{sub 6}, has been investigated concerning its thermoluminescence (TL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) properties. Glow curves and TL vs. {gamma}-dose were obtained irradiating natural samples to additional dose varying from 50 to 10,000 Gy. Except for a 410 deg. C peak found in the Al-doped artificial diopside, all the other peaks grow linearly with radiation dose, but saturate beyond {approx}1 kGy. To investigate high-temperature effect before irradiation, measurements of TL intensity in samples annealed at 500-900 deg. C and then irradiated to 1 kGy {gamma}-dose were carried out. Also the TL emission spectrum has been obtained. To compare with natural diopside, a synthetic pure polycrystal was produced and further those doped with iron, aluminum and manganese were also produced.

  4. Cupric natural zeolites as microbic ides;Zeolitas naturales cupricas como microbicidas

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    Contreras A, D.; Olguin G, M. T.; Alcantara D, D.; Burrola A, C., E-mail: teresa.olguin@inin.gob.m [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2009-07-01

    The Escherichia coli and the Candida albicans are considered contamination indicators for what these organisms reflect the water quality. The natural zeolites by their characteristics and properties, they could incorporate to a waters treatment system, as ion exchange, adsorbents and/or microbiocid agents, representing an alternative method of low cost. Inside this investigation work was found that depending on the microorganism type, it varies the quantity of cupric zeolite that is required to carry out the water disinfection, being great for the case of yeasts than the bacteria s. In addition to that marked differences are presented in the required time to reach this process. The characterization of the natural zeolite material, sodium and cupric, was realized by means of scanning electron microscopy, determining the elementary composition (Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy) of each one of them, and by X-ray diffraction. (Author)

  5. Synthetic and natural antioxidants: food quality protectors

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    Valenzuela, A.

    1996-06-01

    Full Text Available Oxidation of food lipid components, known as oxidative rancidity is one of the major deteriorative and quality-affecting reactions. Oxidative rancidity is initiated by oxygen free-radicals or by the reaction of molecular oxygen with pre-formed organic free-radicals from polyunsaturated fatty acids composing fats and oils. Oxidation may be prevented or delayed by antioxidants, these substances being organic molecules of either synthetic or natural origin which can scavenge the oxygen free-radicals involved in fatty acid oxidation. Synthetic antioxidants are the most popular and widely used antioxidants, however concerns about it safe to both human and animal health is encouraging research on substances from natural origin showing antioxidant properties. Few natural antioxidants have been proved to be effective when compared to synthetic products in the same experimental conditions. This work summarizes the main characteristics of the most important synthetic antioxidants, also discuss the principal characteristics of four natural antioxidants, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of using natural products compared to synthetic ones, and sight the future for natural products with antioxidant activity.

    La oxidación de los componentes lípidos de un alimento, conocida como rancidez oxidativa, es una de las reacciones que deteriora y afecta en forma más importante la calidad de un producto. La rancidez oxidativa es iniciada por radicales libres del oxígeno o por el ataque del oxígeno molecular a radicales libres pre-formados en los ácidos grasos poliinsaturados que forman las grasas y aceites. La oxidación puede ser prevenida o retrasada por los antioxidantes, sustancias orgánicas de origen sintético o natural que actúan como atrapadores de los radicales libres del oxígeno involucrados en la oxidación de los ácidos grasos. Los antioxidantes sintéticos son los más populares y ampliamente utilizados, sin embargo existe

  6. Surface effect of natural zeolite (clinoptilolite) on the photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}

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    Li Fangfei [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials (Jilin University), Ministry of Education, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China); Jiang Yinshan [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials (Jilin University), Ministry of Education, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China)]. E-mail: jiangyinshan@163.com; Yu Lixin [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials (Jilin University), Ministry of Education, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China); Yang Zhengwen [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials (Jilin University), Ministry of Education, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China); Hou Tianyi [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials (Jilin University), Ministry of Education, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China); Sun Shenmei [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials (Jilin University), Ministry of Education, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China)

    2005-12-15

    The surface interaction between TiO{sub 2} and natural zeolite, clinoptilolite, has been investigated by means of transmission electron microscope (TEM), atom force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) and far Fourier transform infrared ray (FTIR) spectroscopy. And the photocatalytic degradation (PCD) rate of methyl orange (MO), a model of recalcitrant azo dye, in aqueous system has been measured to compare the photocatalytic activities of different photocatalysts. A model has been carried out to explain the incorporation between TiO{sub 2} particles and natural zeolite. The results show that the TiO{sub 2} particles loaded on zeolite are 50 nm or so, smaller than the pure one, and combine with zeolite via chemical force. Since the reserved adsorption ability and the existence of electron trapper, the TiO{sub 2}-zeolite performed more efficient at low initial concentration and in the later period of PCD process, as compared with pure TiO{sub 2} nanopowders.

  7. Hellenic Natural Zeolite as a Replacement of Sand in Mortar: Mineralogy Monitoring and Evaluation of Its Influence on Mechanical Properties

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    Costas Sikalidis

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available HEU-type zeolite-rich volcaniclastic tuff (Hellenic natural zeolite is used as a raw material for the production of lighter mortars. The addition of natural zeolite in mortar mixtures of sand and Portland cement leads to a decrease of up to 18.35% unit weight. The increase of the natural zeolite proportions increases the porosity and water absorption of the mortar and, at the same time, decreases the uniaxial compressive strength. These variations in the mortar’s mechanical properties are due to the addition of natural zeolite, which causes incomplete hydration of C2S (2CaO.SiO2 and retardation of the mortar’s hardening.

  8. Pozzolanic activity of clinoptilolite: A comparative study with silica fume, fly ash and a non-zeolitic natural pozzolan

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    B. Uzal; L. Turanli; H. Yucel; M.C. Goncuoglu; A. Culfaz [Nigde University, Nigde (Turkey). Department of Civil Engineering

    2010-03-15

    Pozzolanic activity of clinoptilolite, the most common natural zeolite mineral, was studied in comparison to silica fume, fly ash and a non-zeolitic natural pozzolan. Chemical, mineralogical and physical characterizations of the materials were considered in comparative evaluations. Pozzolanic activity of the natural zeolite was evaluated with various test methods including electrical conductivity of lime-pozzolan suspensions; and free lime content, compressive strength and pore size distribution of hardened lime-pozzolan pastes. The results showed that the clinoptilolite possessed a high lime-pozzolan reactivity that was comparable to silica fume and was higher than fly ash and a non-zeolitic natural pozzolan. The high reactivity of the clinoptilolite is attributable to its specific surface area and reactive SiO{sub 2} content. Relatively poor strength contribution of clinoptilolite in spite of high pozzolanic activity can be attributable to larger pore size distribution of the hardened zeolite-lime product compared to the lime-fly ash system.

  9. Natural Jordanian zeolite: removal of heavy metal ions from water samples using column and batch methods.

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    Baker, Hutaf M; Massadeh, Adnan M; Younes, Hammad A

    2009-10-01

    The adsorption behavior of natural Jordanian zeolites with respect to Cd(2 + ), Cu(2 + ), Pb(2 + ), and Zn(2 + ) was studied in order to consider its application to purity metal finishing drinking and waste water samples under different conditions such as zeolite particle size, ionic strength and initial metal ion concentration. In the present work, a new method was developed to remove the heavy metal by using a glass column as the one that used in column chromatography and to make a comparative between the batch experiment and column experiment by using natural Jordanian zeolite as adsorbent and some heavy metals as adsorbate. The column method was used using different metal ions concentrations ranged from 5 to 20 mg/L with average particle size of zeolite ranged between 90 and 350 mum, and ionic strength ranged from 0.01 to 0.05. Atomic absorption spectrometry was used for analysis of these heavy metal ions, the results obtained in this study indicated that zeolitic tuff is an efficient ion exchanger for removing heavy metals, in particular the fine particle sizes of zeolite at pH 6, whereas, no clear effect of low ionic strength values is noticed on the removal process. Equilibrium modeling of the removal showed that the adsorption of Cd(2 + ), Cu(2 + ), Pb(2 + ), and Zn(2 + ) were fitted to Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Kaganer-Radushkevich (DKR). The sorption energy E determined in the DKR equation (9.129, 10.000, 10.541, and 11.180 kJ/mol for Zn(2 + ), Cu(2 + ), Cd(2 + ) and Pb(2 + ) respectively) which revealed the nature of the ion-exchange mechanism.

  10. Use of natural zeolites as a landfill liner.

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    Tuncan, Ahmet; Tuncan, Mustafa; Koyuncu, Hakan; Guney, Yucel

    2003-02-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate certain features of a novel material proposed to serve as an impervious liner in landfills. Various ratios of bentonites and zeolites (B/Z) compacted at optimum water content were tested to determine the strength parameters, permeability, pH, heavy metals and other properties. A B/Z ratio of 0.10 was found to be an ideal landfill liner material regarding its low hydraulic conductivity and high cation exchange capacity. The use of B/Z mixtures as an alternative to clay liners would provide potential to significantly reduce the thickness of base liner for landfills.

  11. Clinoptilolite: A natural zeolite. (Latest citations from the NTIS database). Published Search

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    1993-03-01

    The bibliography contains citations concerning clinoptilolite, a natural, inorganic zeolite. Citations discuss the applications of clinoptilolite as a selective ion exchange medium used mainly for the removal of ammonia from waste water and effluents, and the treatment and disposal of radioactive waste. Mineralogy of clinoptilolite deposits is also presented. (Contains a minimum of 91 citations and includes a subject term index and title list.)

  12. Studies on Natural CXN Zeolite:Modification, Framework De-alumination and lon-exchange

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    LONG,Ying-Cai(龙英才); XIA,Xiao-Hui(夏晓慧); YANG,Bo(杨波); ZHANG,Ling-Mei(张玲妹); ZHOU,Wei-Zheng(周伟正); GAO,Zhi-Long(曹智龙); LI,Cai-Yun(李彩云)

    2004-01-01

    A natural CXN zeolite (stilbite, type code-STI) discovered in China was modified with NH4+ exchange by using ammonium salt and calcinations (procedure Ⅰ), or with NH4+ exchange followed by treatment with acid (procedure Ⅱ). The coordination state of Si and Al atoms in the framework, the property of ion exchange, and the adsorption of the H-STI zeolite samples prepared by different modification procedure were investigated with XRD,EDX, 29Si and 27Al MAS NMR, Ag+ ion exchange and N2 adsorption. The results of the investigations indicate that different procedure of the modification made variety on the distribution of the framework Si atoms and Al atoms,the content of non-framework aluminum, and the blocking channels and the shielding effect to the positions of the exchangeable cations. The H-STI zeolite prepared by the procedure Ⅱ possesses high ion exchange capacity, open and perfect pore system, and high thermal stability.

  13. Selective catalytic reduction of nitric oxide by ammonia over Cu-exchanged Cuban natural zeolites

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    Moreno-Tost, Ramon; Santamaria-Gonzalez, Jose; Rodriguez-Castellon, Enrique; Jimenez-Lopez, Antonio [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Cristalografia y Mineralogia, Facultad de Ciencias, Unidad Asociada del Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica, CSIC, Universidad de Malaga, Campus de Teatinos, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Autie, Miguel A.; Glacial, Marisol Carreras [Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas, Ciudad de la Habana, La Habana (Cuba); Gonzalez, Edel [Instituto Superior Pedagogico ' Enrique Jose Varona' , La Habana (Cuba); Pozas, Carlos De las [Centro de Gerencia de Programas y Proyectos Priorizados, La Habana (Cuba)

    2004-07-15

    The catalytic selective reduction of NO over Cu-exchanged natural zeolites (mordenite (MP) and clinoptilolite (HC)) from Cuba using NH{sub 3} as reducing agent and in the presence of excess oxygen was studied. Cu(II)-exchanged zeolites are very active catalysts, with conversions of NO of 95%, a high selectivity to N{sub 2} at low temperatures, and exhibiting good water tolerance. The chemical state of the Cu(II) in exchanged zeolites was characterized by H{sub 2}-TPR and XPS. Cu(II)-exchanged clinoptilolite underwent a severe deactivation in the presence of SO{sub 2}. However, Cu(II)-exchanged mordenite not only maintained its catalytic activity, but even showed a slight improvement after 20h of reaction in the presence of 100ppm of SO{sub 2}.

  14. Natural zeolites: characteristic, properties and uses; Zeolitas naturales: caracteristicas, propiedades y usos

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    Bosch, P.; Bulbulian, S. [UNAM, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Olguin, M. T. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2011-07-01

    The zeolites are a crystalline aluminium silicates family of volcanic origin. It characterizes them a porous structure, nano metric, regular and homogeneous. Therefore, they turn out to be excellent molecular sieves besides exchangers of ions. This last property it has been extremely exploited, in order to retain the radioactive ions of the contaminated waters in the accident of Three Mile Island (USA), of Chernobyl (Russia) and Fukushima Daiichi (Japan). Nevertheless, the use of the zeolites goes but there ... these they can work as much as nutritional supplement for chickens and pigs, as well as for to retain odors or to separate gases. The construction industry has welcomed this mineral, when either using it as quarry or additive in the called pozzolanic cements. In this book the authors explain the zeolites formation in the nature, their structure and the main uses of these minerals that some authors have baptized as the magic rocks. (Author)

  15. Immobilizing of catalyst using Bayah's natural zeolite to reduce the chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total organic carbon (TOC)

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    Jayanudin, Kustiningsih, Indar; Sari, Denni Kartika

    2017-05-01

    Indonesia is rich of natural minerals, many of which had not been widely used. One potential natural mineral is zeolite from Bayah Banten that can be used to support catalyst in the process of waste degradation. The purpose of this research is to characterize the Bayah's zeolite and to figure out the effectiveness of the zeolite as supporting agent to the Fe catalyst in the process of phenol degradation, with the main purposes are to reduce the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and Total Organic Carbon (TOC). This research consists of three steps, activation of natural zeolite using 1M, 2M, and 3M NaOH solution, impregnation process with 0.025M, 0.05 M and 0.075M Fe(NO3)3.9H2O solution, and calcination at 500°C. Bayah's natural zeolite was characterize using Brauner-Emmet-Teller (BET) for its pore area, X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) for analyzing zeolite's component before and after activation process and after impregnation process, and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) for analyzing zeolite's morphology. The result showed that the highest pore area was 9Å, Fe metal from Fe(NO3)3.9H2O 0,075 M solution remained in zeolite pore was 7,73%, the reduction of COD and TOC was yielded at H2O2: phenol ratio of 1 : 6.

  16. A Laboratory Study of Natural Zeolite for Treatment of Fluorinated Water

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    Pandey, A.

    2015-12-01

    Fluoride contamination is mainly induced in ground water by chemical interaction between water and fluoride bearing rocks and natural fluoridation is further catalyzed by anthropogenic activities. Elevated fluoride concentrations in the water bodies above the permissible limits are not only degrading water for drinking purposes but also to the agricultural, industrial as well as daily household needs. Fluoride content in water has been constantly a subject of serious concern to the concerned authorities. It is significantly contributing in increasing tolls of arthritis, brain and kidney diseases, cancer, male fertility issues and cases of thyroid diseases. Hence, the present study has been conducted to investigate the possibility of treating fluorinated water using zeolites. The capabilities of natural zeolites are attributed to their catalytic, molecular sieve, adsorption and ion-exchange properties which have been utilized in our laboratory experiment. The experiment was carried out in two phases. In the first phase of the experiment, the properties of zeolites were tested in solid and liquid phases using ICP-OES, SEM, EDX and IC tests. Physio-chemical alterations induced by zeolites in the fluid chemistry were monitored by analyzing fluid sample regularly for pH, redox potential, electrical conductivity and total dissolved solids, and by conducting metal and anion tests. In second phase, zeolite was used for treatment of fluorinated water with known concentration of fluoride, and the geochemical processes associated with fluoride remediation were monitored by conducting non-invasive, invasive geochemical and physical measurements at regular time periods on the water samples collected from both control column and the experiment column. Results thus obtained in this study showed decrease in fluoride concentration over time, indicating the possibility of use of zeolites in treatment of fluorinated water.

  17. Modifications induced by adding natural zeolitic pozzolans to cement paste

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    Blanco-Varela, M. T.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Volcanic pozzolans owe their pozzolanic activity chiefly to the presence of vitreous or zeolitic material rich in SiO2, and Al20y compounds that react with the portlandite produced during cement hydration to generate amorphous gels with cementitious properties. The present study analyzes the modifications taking place in the composition, structure and micro structure of the hydra ted cement paste when 20% of the cement by weight is replaced by two finely ground zeolitic rocks from Cuban deposits. Hydrated cement pastes were prepared with a CEM I35 cement, as well as with mixes of the cement and two Cuban zeolitic rocks (20% by weight. After eight months of hydration, the pastes were characterized -mineralogically, chemically and microstructurally- with XRD, FTIR, 29Si and 27Al MAS NMR, DTA/TG, back scattered electron microscopy and mercury porosimetry techniques. The replacement of 20% by weight of the cement with two finely ground zeolitic rocks significantly modified the composition, structure, quantity and microstructure of the hydrated cement paste reaction product. The C-S-H gel formed in these pastes differed in quantity, which was larger, and composition from the original cement gel. Moreover, the gel formed in addition-free cement had a higher Ca and a lower Al content and shorter silicate chains than the C-S-H product formed in the pastes made with zeolitic rocks. Finally, the pastes with pozzolan additions had fewer and smaller pores.

    La actividad de las puzolanas de origen volcánico procede fundamentalmente de la presencia de material vitreo o zeolítico rico en SiO2 y Al2Oy que son los que reaccionan con la portlandita producida en la hidratación del cemento generando geles amorfos con propiedades cementantes. El objetivo del presente trabajo es estudiar las modificaciones que produce la sustitución del 20% en peso de cemento por dos

  18. FT-IR Studies of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles and Natural Zeolite Materials

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    Oana Lelia Pop

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available An emerging topic of our days is nanoscience and nanotechnology successfully applied in the food industry. Characteristics such as size, surface area and morphology can modify the basic properties and the chemical reactivity of the nanomaterials. The breakthrough of innovative materials, processes, and phenomena at the nanoscale, as well as the progress of new experimental and theoretical techniques for research, supply novel opportunities for the expansion of original nanosystems and nanostructured materials. These study examine two types of nanoparticles, namely cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NP and natural zeolites. In view of the importance of CeO2 NP in various biological applications, the primary objective of this study is to characterise four samples of CeO2 NP in order to understand the role of the synthesis process in the final product. Nanocrystalline natural zeolites are materials with interesting properties which allows them to be used as adjuvant in many therapies. The characterisation of CeO2 NP and two types of natural zeolites using Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR spectroscopy is described. Therefore, this study examined two types of nanomaterials, namely cerium oxide nanoparticles and zeolites, for further applications on microorganisms and living cells.

  19. ELIMINACIÓN DE COLORANTES CATIÓNICOS USANDO OZONO, ZEOLITA NATURAL Y OZONO/ZEOLITA CATIONIC DYES REMOVAL USING OZONE, NATURAL ZEOLITE, AND OZONE/ZEOLITE

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    Héctor Valdés

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se comparan resultados experimentales de remoción azul de metileno (MB utilizando tratamientos basados en la oxidación con ozono (O3, la adsorción con zeolita natural (ZN, y tratamiento simultáneo de adsorción y oxidación con ozono en presencia de zeolita natural (O3/ZN. Se evalúa, a escala de laboratorio, el efecto del pH (2-8 y la presencia de sustancias atrapadoras radicales libres (iones acetatos en la velocidad de remoción y en la eficiencia de los procesos. Los experimentos se realizaron en un reactor diferencial compuesto por un estanque de 1 dm³ y una columna de 19 cm³ de capacidad. El ozono fue generado a razón de 5 g O3/h. Los resultados mostraron que el sistema simultáneo de oxidación/adsorción O3/ZN incrementa la velocidad de remoción del MB con respecto a los procesos separados de ozonización y adsorción con zeolita. En presencia de sustancias atrapadoras de radicales, se observó un 70% de disminución en la velocidad de remoción de MB cuando se empleó el tratamiento con O3 y sólo un 25% cuando se utiliza el tratamiento combinado O3/ZN. Los resultados sugieren que la reacción de oxidación del MB en el sistema tiene lugar fundamentalmente sobre la superficie de la zeolita.This paper compares experimental results on methylene blue (MB removal systems based on ozone oxidation, zeolite adsorption, and simultaneous adsorption-oxidation using ozone in the presence of natural zeolite. The effect of pH (2-8, and the presence of radical scavengers (sodium acetate on process rates and removal efficiencies are assessed at laboratory scale. The experimental system consisted of a 1L differential circular flow reactor and an ozone generator rated at 5 g O3/h. Results show that ozone oxidation combined with zeolite adsorption increases the overall MB oxidation rate with respect to ozonation process and zeolite adsorption. In presence of free radical scavenger, only a 25% of reduction on MB removal rate are

  20. Abu Zenima synthetic zeolite for removing iron and manganese from Assiut governorate groundwater, Egypt

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    Farrag, Abd El Hay Ali; Abdel Moghny, Th.; Mohamed, Atef Mohamed Gad; Saleem, Saleem Sayed; Fathy, Mahmoud

    2016-06-01

    Groundwater in Upper Egypt especially in Assiut Governorate is considered the second source of fresh water and used for drinking, agriculture, domestic and industrial purposes. Unfortunately, it is characterized by high concentrations of iron and manganese ions. The study aimed at synthesizing zeolite-4A from kaolinite for removing the excess iron and manganese ions from Assiut Governorate groundwater wells. Therefor, the kaolinite was hydrothermally treated through the metakaolinization and zeolitization processes to produce crystalline zeolite-4A. The chemical composition of crystalline zeolite-4A and its morphology were then characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Then the column experiments were conducted to study the performance of crystalline salt-4A as ion exchange and investigate their operating parameters and regeneration conditions. Thomas and Yoon-Nelson models were applied to predict adsorption capacity and the time required for 50 % breakthrough curves. The effects of initial concentrations of 600 and 1000 mg L-1 for Fe2+ and Mn2+, feed flow rate of 10-30 ml/min, and height range of 0.4-1.5 cm on the breakthrough behavior of the adsorption system were determined. The obtained results indicated that the synthesized zeolite-A4 can remove iron and manganese ions from groundwater to the permissible limit according to the standards drinking water law.

  1. Removal of petroleum aromatic hydrocarbons by surfactant-modified natural zeolite: the effect of surfactant

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    Torabian, Ali; Seifi, Laleh; Bidhendi, Gholamreza Nabi; Azimi, Ali Akbar [Faculty of the Environment, University of Tehran (Iran); Kazemian, Hossein [SPAG Zeolite R and D Group, Technology Incubation Centre, Science and Technology Park of Tehran University, Tehran (Iran); Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario (Canada); Ghadiri, Seid Kamal [Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran)

    2010-01-15

    Monoaromatic hydrocarbons including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene isomers (BTEX) are a very important category of water pollutants. These volatile compounds are very hazardous because of their fast migration in soil and water bodies and their acute and chronic toxicities when inhaled or ingested, especially benzene which is a known carcinogenic molecule. In this study, a natural zeolite (i. e., clinoptilolite-rich tuffs) was modified by two cationic surfactants (i. e., hexadecyltrimethyl ammonium chloride (HDTMA-Cl), and N-cetylpyridinium bromide (CPB)). The prepared adsorbents were then characterized, and their adsorptive capabilities for BTEX examined at different experimental conditions. The results of adsorption tests at 24 h revealed that the adsorption capacity of the modified zeolites improved by increasing the surfactant loading (i. e., less than the critical micelle concentration (CMC), to higher than the CMC), which caused an increase in sorption capacity from 60 to 70% for HDTMA-modified samples, and from 47 to 99% for CPB-modified zeolite. Adsorption kinetic tests showed the optimum contact time was 48 h with an average BTEX removal of 90 and 93% for HDTMA-modified and CPB-modified zeolite, respectively. Results showed that by increasing of pH from 3 to 11, the sorption capacity of the adsorbent decreased markedly from 97 to 75%. Analyzing the influence of temperature showed that the adsorption efficiency of adsorbents for benzene reduced from 93% at 20 C to 10% at 4 C. However, the influence of temperature on other compounds was not remarkable. Overall, CPB-modified zeolite exhibited higher selectivity toward BTEX compounds at optimum experimental conditions. Although commercial powder activated carbon (PAC) showed a higher capacity for all BTEX compounds and faster adsorption kinetics, the adsorption capacity of the CPB-modified zeolite at optimized conditions was competitive with PAC results. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals

  2. Sulfuric acid dissolution of 4A and Na-Y synthetic zeolites and effects on Na-Y surface and particle properties

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    Wang, Xiaoyu, E-mail: xiaoyu.wang@uq.edu.au; Wang, Kunping; Plackowski, Chris A.; Nguyen, Anh V.

    2016-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Dissolution and recrystallization occurs in 4A and Na-Y zeolite treatment by H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. • Na-Y zeolite shows rapid dissolution/dealumination followed by Si recrystallization. • Changes in EN ratio follows BE shifts as the acid concentration increases. • Peak of particle size changes from 1124.7 to 399.4 μm after acid treatment. - Abstract: Sodium rich synthetic zeolites 4A and Na-Y have different silicon-to-aluminium (Si/Al) ratios and are widely used as molecular sieves, catalysts and adsorbents. This study investigates the changes in 4A and Na-Y synthetic zeolites treated by H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} at room temperature. Both zeolite types are examined before and after treatment by following the dissolution and re-crystallisation processes, and Na-Y by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and particle size analysis. Na-Y zeolite (high Si/Al ratio) has stronger acid-resistivity than 4A zeolite (low Si/Al ratio) and can be treated with H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} up to 5 M without complete dissolution, whereas 4A zeolite is completely dissolved by 0.5 M acid. For both zeolites, the treatment generates dissolution (of both Si and Al) of first order fast kinetics, followed by re-crystallization. XRD studies of Na-Y zeolite indicate that acid treatment leads to structural changes where cations are removed and as dissolution progresses de-alumination takes place, thereby altering the main tetrahedral structure. XPS analysis shows the Si/Al atomic ratio for Na-Y zeolite increases from 2.94 at 0 M to 8.18 at 0.1 M, and a significant binding energy (BE) shift of Si and O occurs even at a high Si/Al ratio. The acid treatment increases the surface intermediate electronegativity of Na-Y zeolite, and the BE of each main structural element changes in the same way as the electronegativity ratio (element electronegativity to total surface electronegativity) as the acid concentration increases. Particle size analysis

  3. The study of dehumidifying of carbon monoxide and ammonia adsorption by Iranian natural clinoptilolite zeolite

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    Tehrani, R. M. A.; Salari, A. A.

    2005-10-01

    The natural zeolite (clinoptilolite type) was obtained from the Neibagh region of Mianeh, the city in the west of Iran. The raw zeolite was tested for quality and quantity measurements including surface area and volumetric characteristics as well as thermogravimetry analysis. The acid activation process was used to increase the adsorption rate of zeolite and in order to obtain the optimum conditions: the effect of acid concentration, reaction time and the temperature were studied. A surface area measurement test was performed in each stage to get the best results. Thus, efficient condition was selected according to the produced highest surface area. The reaction was first obtained with hydrochloric acid, and then a comparison was made using the sulfuric acid. The hydrochloric reaction proved to be better. The result of activation was 2.5 times the increase in the surface area in relation to the raw sample. The result of elemental analysis conducted once again on the activated sample showed an increase in the ratio of Si/Al (approximately 0.6). Then, using CO, NH 3 and steam, the gas adsorption capacity of both the raw and activated samples was measured and compared. Since CO was not adsorbed at ambient temperature, but steam was adsorbed relatively well, the natural clinoptilolite zeolite of Iran was suggested as a suitable material for adsorbing humidity form carbon monoxide as well as synthesis gas (H 2 and CO mixture).

  4. Separation of Co(II) ions from water resources by natural zeolite (clinoptilolite)

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    Jakupi, Shaban; Lisickov, Kiril; Golomeova, Mirjana; Atkovska, Katerina; Marinkovski, Mirko

    2016-01-01

    The contemporary trends in green separation processes impose the need for application of natural, low-cost and high-efficiency selective adsorbents within the processes for the treatment of drinking water supplies. Lately, nano-porous inorganic sorbents represent an ongoing trend for elimination of heavy metals from water resources. Natural zeolite clinoptilolite was used as a potential raw material for the purpose of removal of Co ions from model solutions. The experimental results were obta...

  5. Treating Coalbed Natural Gas Produced Water for Beneficial Use By MFI Zeolite Membranes

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    Robert Lee; Liangxiong Li

    2008-03-31

    Desalination of brines produced from oil and gas fields is an attractive option for providing potable water in arid regions. Recent field-testing of subsurface sequestration of carbon dioxide for climate management purposes provides new motivation for optimizing efficacy of oilfield brine desalination: as subsurface reservoirs become used for storing CO{sub 2}, the displaced brines must be managed somehow. However, oilfield brine desalination is not economical at this time because of high costs of synthesizing membranes and the need for sophisticated pretreatments to reduce initial high TDS and to prevent serious fouling of membranes. In addition to these barriers, oil/gas field brines typically contain high concentrations of multivalent counter cations (eg. Ca{sup 2+} and SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}) that can reduce efficacy of reverse osmosis (RO). Development of inorganic membranes with typical characteristics of high strength and stability provide a valuable option to clean produced water for beneficial uses. Zeolite membranes have a well-defined subnanometer pore structure and extreme chemical and mechanical stability, thus showing promising applicability in produced water purification. For example, the MFI-type zeolite membranes with uniform pore size of {approx}0.56 nm can separate ions from aqueous solution through a mechanism of size exclusion and electrostatic repulsion (Donnan exclusion). Such a combination allows zeolite membranes to be unique in separation of both organics and electrolytes from aqueous solutions by a reverse osmosis process, which is of great interest for difficult separations, such as oil-containing produced water purification. The objectives of the project 'Treating Coalbed Natural Gas Produced Water for Beneficial Use by MFI Zeolite Membranes' are: (1) to conduct extensive fundamental investigations and understand the mechanism of the RO process on zeolite membranes and factors determining the membrane performance, (2) to improve

  6. Study of Methylene Blue Degradation by Gold Nanoparticles Synthesized within Natural Zeolites

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    Ericka Rodríguez León

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We carried out the in situ synthesis of gold nanoparticles inside a natural clinoptilolite-type zeolite matrix, using ascorbic acid as reducing agent. The microstructure of both zeolite and zeolite-gold nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM, and Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS techniques. Size distribution as assessed by STEM indicated that 60% of gold nanoparticles measured less than 2.5 nm. Determination of the surface area by the BET method revealed a specific value of 27.35 m2/g. The catalytic activity of zeolite-gold regarding methylene blue degradation under different light-exposing conditions was evaluated by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The results indicated that 50% degradation was achieved in only 11 min in presence of sunlight. This reaction was faster in comparison with those obtained using a white LED light. A notable aspect of this study is that catalysis was carried out without the addition of any strong reducing agents, such as sodium borohydride (NaBH4.

  7. Magnetic birefringence of natural and synthetic ferritin

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    Koralewski, M., E-mail: koral@amu.edu.pl [Optics Laboratory, Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Pochylski, M. [Optics Laboratory, Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Mitroova, Z.; Timko, M.; Kopcansky, P.; Melnikova, L. [Institute of Experimental Physics, SAS, Watsonova 47, 040 01 Kosice (Slovakia)

    2011-10-15

    Magnetically induced optical birefringence ({Delta}n) was measured for magnetoferritin (MFer), horse spleen ferritin (HSF) and nanoscale magnetite aqueous suspensions. The anisotropy of optical polarizability was calculated. The average magnetic dipole moment calculated assuming the Langevin model was about 20,000 and 8500 {mu}{sub B} per particle, for magnetite nanoparticle and magnetoferritin, respectively. Poor fitting results and the unphysical value of average magnetic moment per Fe ion for MFer excluded the use of the simple Langevin model for description of {Delta}n for this compound. It was deduced that for MFer the estimated average magnetic moment should be about 1125 {mu}{sub B} per molecule. A magnetic contribution from the protein shell was found to be negligible. Results from the low-field region permit the calculation of the Cotton-Mouton (C-M) constants and their comparison for the substances studied. It was shown that magnetic birefringence and C-M constant can be powerful parameters in identification of the magnetic core structure of ferritins, especially useful in biomedicine. - Highlights: > Magnetic birefringence of ferritins were studied and compared with nanoscale magnetite. > Magnetoferritin shows non-Langevin behaviour of magnetic birefringence in contrast to magnetite. > Cotton-Mouton constant of synthetic ferritin is four orders higher than that of the natural one. > Magnetic birefringence can be useful for identification of magnetic core of biogenic ferritins. > The described magnetooptical method can be of interest in biomedicine.

  8. Metal supported on natural zeolite as catalysts for conversion of ethanol to gasoline

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    Kristiani Anis

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A various of metal supported into natural zeolite was prepared via wet impregnation method. The transition metals impregnated are nickel, cobalt, copper and zinc. The catalytic properties both of physical and chemical properties were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD, Thermo Gravimetri Analysis (TGA-Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC, Surface Area Analyzer-Porositymeter and also gravimetry method for acidity measurement following by the adsorption of organic bases. The results showed that different metals impregnated into natural zeolite affected physical and chemical properties, i.e. crystalinity, surface area, pore size, pore volume and acidity. Their catalytic activity was tested for conversion ethanol to gasoline and showed high conversion up to 80-90% with the aromatics as major product.

  9. Identifying Optimal Zeolitic Sorbents for Sweetening of Highly Sour Natural Gas.

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    Shah, Mansi S; Tsapatsis, Michael; Siepmann, J Ilja

    2016-05-10

    Raw natural gas is a complex mixture comprising methane, ethane, other hydrocarbons, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water. For sour gas fields, selective and energy-efficient removal of H2 S is one of the crucial challenges facing the natural-gas industry. Separation using nanoporous materials, such as zeolites, can be an alternative to energy-intensive amine-based absorption processes. Herein, the adsorption of binary H2 S/CH4 and H2 S/C2 H6 mixtures in the all-silica forms of 386 zeolitic frameworks is investigated using Monte Carlo simulations. Adsorption of a five-component mixture is utilized to evaluate the performance of the 16 most promising materials under close-to-real conditions. It is found that depending on the fractions of CH4 , C2 H6 , and CO2 , different sorbents allow for optimal H2 S removal and hydrocarbon recovery.

  10. Possibility of Modification of Zeolites by Iron Oxides and its Utilization for Removal of Pb(II from Water Solutions

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    Michal Lovás

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Ion-exchange properties of cations from lattice and ions from solutions are characteristic for zeolites. Zeolites as sorbents are used in many branches of industry. Ion-exchange reactions of cations on zeolites have been a theme of many works. With the exception of using natural zeolites as the sorbent, a modification of surface of zeolites and preparation of synthetic zeolites has received interest lately. One of the common modification of zeolites is modification by iron oxides, which increases capacity of adsorption. In this work, we prepared a modified zeolite by the precipitation of magnetite on the surface of zeolite. This new adsorbent was used to remove of Pb(II from waste water. The maximum adsorption capacity was 73,25 mg/g from the solution of Pb with the concentration of 400 mg/l.

  11. Liquid and Gaseous Fuel from Waste Plastics by Sequential Pyrolysis and Catalytic Reforming Processes over Indonesian Natural Zeolite Catalysts

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    Mochamad Syamsiro

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the performance of several differently treated natural zeolites in a sequential pyrolysis and catalytic reforming of plastic materials i.e. polypropylene (PP and polystyrene (PS were investigated. The experiments were carried out on two stage reactor using semi-batch system. The samples were degraded at 500°C in the pyrolysis reactor and then reformed at 450°C in the catalytic reformer. The results show that the mordenite-type natural zeolites could be used as efficient catalysts for the conversion of PP and PS into liquid and gaseous fuel. The treatment of natural zeolites in HCl solution showed an increase of the surface area and the Si/Al ratio while nickel impregnation increased the activity of catalyst. As a result, liquid product was reduced while gaseous product was increased. For PP, the fraction of gasoline (C5-C12 increased in the presence of catalysts. Natural zeolite catalysts could also be used to decrease the heavy oil fraction (>C20. The gaseous products were found that propene was dominated in all conditions. For PS, propane and propene were the main components of gases in the presence of nickel impregnated natural zeolite catalyst. Propene was dominated in pyrolysis over natural zeolite catalyst. The high quality of gaseous product can be used as a fuel either for driving gas engines or for dual-fuel diesel engine.

  12. A Prebiotic Chemistry Experiment on the Adsorption of Nucleic Acids Bases onto a Natural Zeolite

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    Anizelli, Pedro R.; Baú, João Paulo T.; Gomes, Frederico P.; da Costa, Antonio Carlos S.; Carneiro, Cristine E. A.; Zaia, Cássia Thaïs B. V.; Zaia, Dimas A. M.

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    There are currently few mechanisms that can explain how nucleic acid bases were synthesized, concentrated from dilute solutions, and/or protected against degradation by UV radiation or hydrolysis on the prebiotic Earth. A natural zeolite exhibited the potential to adsorb adenine, cytosine, thymine, and uracil over a range of pH, with greater adsorption of adenine and cytosine at acidic pH. Adsorption of all nucleic acid bases was decreased in artificial seawater compared to water, likely due to cation complexation. Furthermore, adsorption of adenine appeared to protect natural zeolite from thermal degradation. The C=O groups from thymine, cytosine and uracil appeared to assist the dissolution of the mineral while the NH2 group from adenine had no effect. As shown by FT-IR spectroscopy, adenine interacted with a natural zeolite through the NH2 group, and cytosine through the C=O group. A pseudo-second-order model best described the kinetics of adenine adsorption, which occurred faster in artificial seawaters.

  13. A Prebiotic Chemistry Experiment on the Adsorption of Nucleic Acids Bases onto a Natural Zeolite.

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    Anizelli, Pedro R; Baú, João Paulo T; Gomes, Frederico P; da Costa, Antonio Carlos S; Carneiro, Cristine E A; Zaia, Cássia Thaïs B V; Zaia, Dimas A M

    2015-09-01

    There are currently few mechanisms that can explain how nucleic acid bases were synthesized, concentrated from dilute solutions, and/or protected against degradation by UV radiation or hydrolysis on the prebiotic Earth. A natural zeolite exhibited the potential to adsorb adenine, cytosine, thymine, and uracil over a range of pH, with greater adsorption of adenine and cytosine at acidic pH. Adsorption of all nucleic acid bases was decreased in artificial seawater compared to water, likely due to cation complexation. Furthermore, adsorption of adenine appeared to protect natural zeolite from thermal degradation. The C=O groups from thymine, cytosine and uracil appeared to assist the dissolution of the mineral while the NH2 group from adenine had no effect. As shown by FT-IR spectroscopy, adenine interacted with a natural zeolite through the NH2 group, and cytosine through the C=O group. A pseudo-second-order model best described the kinetics of adenine adsorption, which occurred faster in artificial seawaters.

  14. Removal of radiocesium from low level radioactive effluents by hexacyanoferrate loaded synthetic zeolite. Laboratory to pilot plant scale demonstration

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    Banerjee, Dayamoy; Rao, Manjula A.; Khot, Shantinath A.; Shah, Jayesh G.; Banerjee, Kalyan [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India). Nuclear Recycle Group; Pawaskar, Chandrahas S.; Gangadharan, Anand; Rao, Shankar N.; Jain, Savita [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai (India)

    2017-06-01

    Present paper reports removal of radiocesium from low level waste using a modified sorbent (13X-CFC) prepared by in-situ precipitation of potassium copper hexacyanoferrate(II) inside the macropores of a synthetic zeolite. The Cs exchange isotherm of the sorbent is established and it found to follow Fruendlich absorption isotherm equation. It is varified that presence of hexacyanoferrate on zeolite facilitates rapid Cs uptake performance. This is further confirmed in laboratory scale column tests, wherein excellent Cs removal performance from low level waste simulant was observed even at higher flow rates (40 bed volumes per hour). The utility of the sorbent is established through successful demonstration in a pilot scale (50 L) trial with almost complete removal of {sup 137}Cs from more than 14,000 bed volumes of actual low level waste. The sorbent, owing to its low cost and excellent {sup 137}Cs removal performance, is expected to find application in treatment of very low active waste streams.

  15. Benzene carboxylic acid derivatized graphene oxide nanosheets on natural zeolites as effective adsorbents for cationic dye removal.

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    Yu, Yang; Murthy, Bandaru N; Shapter, Joseph G; Constantopoulos, Kristina T; Voelcker, Nicolas H; Ellis, Amanda V

    2013-09-15

    Graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets were grafted to acid-treated natural clinoptilolite-rich zeolite powders followed by a coupling reaction with a diazonium salt (4-carboxybenzenediazoniumtetrafluoroborate) to the GO surface. Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) revealed successful grafting of GO nanosheets onto the zeolite surface. The application of the adsorbents for the adsorption of rhodamine B from aqueous solutions was then demonstrated. After reaching adsorption equilibrium the maximum adsorption capacities were shown to be 50.25, 55.56 and 67.56 mg g(-1) for pristine natural zeolite, GO grafted zeolite (GO-zeolite) and benzene carboxylic acid derivatized GO-zeolite powders, respectively. The adsorption behavior was fitted to a Langmuir isotherm and shown to follow a pseudo-second-order reaction model. Further, a relationship between surface functional groups, pH and adsorption efficiency was established. Results indicate that benzene carboxylic acid derivatized GO-zeolite powders are environmentally favorable adsorbents for the removal of cationic dyes from aqueous solutions.

  16. The role of natural zeolite and of zeolite modified with ammnonium ions to reduce the uptake of lead, zinc, copper and iron ions in Hieracium aurantium and Rumex acetosella grown on tailing ponds

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    Anca PETER

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this research is to determine if zeolite modified with ammonium ions has a higher capacity than natural zeolite to protect Hieracium aurantium and Rumex acetosella growing on tailing ponds, by reducing the quantity of metal ions these plants would accumulate in their roots and leaves. The influence of the amount of zeolite in the substrate (5% and 10% mass percentage was also studied. The experiments were carried out in laboratory and the concentration of the ions of heavy metal in roots and leaves, after 38 days of growth was established by Flame Atomic Adsorption Spectroscopy. The pH, conductivity and redox potential for each of the substrate considered were measured. The results were statistically processed using the one-way analysis of variance (one-way ANOVA. FTIR analyses were performed to establish the structural differences between the natural and modified zeolite. Hieracium aurantium and Rumex acetosella accumulate a smaller quantity of metal ions in roots and leaves in the presence of zeolite modified with ammonium ions than in the presence of natural zeolite. Laboratory tests showed that Hieracium aurantium is more tolerant to ions of heavy metals than Rumex acetosella, as demonstrated by their translocation factors.In terms of reducing the uptake of ions of heavy metals, only the zeolite modified with ammonium has a significant protective effecton Hieracium aurantium, while both natural zeolite and zeolite modified demonstrate a significant role for Rumex acetosella, asrevealed by statistical tests.

  17. STUDY OF EPOXIDE DECYCLISATION OF CARYOPHYLENE OXIDE WITH SYNTHETIC ZEOLITE AS CATALYSTS

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    Winarto Haryadi

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The reaction of epoxide ring opening of caryophillene oxide has been done using zeolite H-Y, H-sodalit, and H-ZSM-5 as catalysts. The reactions were done in two types, there were in dioxane solvent at temperature of 110 oC and without solvent at temperature of 175 oC. The catalyst weight was 10 % from caryophillene oxide weight, and the time of reaction was four hours. The product of reaction was analyzed using GC, FTIR, and GC-MS. The reactions of caryophillene oxide in dioxane solvent with the three kinds of zeolites did not give any targeted product. Whereas, the reactions without solvent gave three main products, there was one compound with one group of secondary hidroxyl (secondary alcohol, and two compounds of ketone from caryophillene. The reaction product of caryophillene oxide obtained without using solvent with the three type of catalysts were then compared. Conversion of three main products produced by H-ZSM-5 catalyst, H-sodalit catalyst and H-Y catalyst were 82.11 %, 54.92 % and 38.53 % respectively. For that reason, the transformation of caryophillene oxide using H-ZSM-5 catalyst was considered to be the best selective product. The alcohol product was resulted from reaction between caryophillene oxide and Bronsted acid, and  the ketone products was resulted from the reaction with Lewis acid in zeolite.   Keywords: Epoxide ring opening, HY, H-sodalit and HZSM-5

  18. The role of natural zeolite and of zeolite modified with ammnonium ions to reduce the uptake of lead, zinc, copper and iron ions in Hieracium aurantium and Rumex acetosella grown on tailing ponds

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    Anca PETER; Mihaly-Cozmuta, Leonard; Anca MIHALY-COZMUTA; Camelia NICULA

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this research is to determine if zeolite modified with ammonium ions has a higher capacity than natural zeolite to protect Hieracium aurantium and Rumex acetosella growing on tailing ponds, by reducing the quantity of metal ions these plants would accumulate in their roots and leaves. The influence of the amount of zeolite in the substrate (5% and 10% mass percentage) was also studied. The experiments were carried out in laboratory and the concentration of the ions of heavy m...

  19. The use of natural and synthetic phospholipids as pharmaceutical excipients*

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    van Hoogevest, Peter; Wendel, Armin

    2014-01-01

    In pharmaceutical formulations, phospholipids obtained from plant or animal sources and synthetic phospholipids are used. Natural phospholipids are purified from, e.g., soybeans or egg yolk using non-toxic solvent extraction and chromatographic procedures with low consumption of energy and minimum possible waste. Because of the use of validated purification procedures and sourcing of raw materials with consistent quality, the resulting products differing in phosphatidylcholine content possess an excellent batch to batch reproducibility with respect to phospholipid and fatty acid composition. The natural phospholipids are described in pharmacopeias and relevant regulatory guidance documentation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA). Synthetic phospholipids with specific polar head group, fatty acid composition can be manufactured using various synthesis routes. Synthetic phospholipids with the natural stereochemical configuration are preferably synthesized from glycerophosphocholine (GPC), which is obtained from natural phospholipids, using acylation and enzyme catalyzed reactions. Synthetic phospholipids play compared to natural phospholipid (including hydrogenated phospholipids), as derived from the number of drug products containing synthetic phospholipids, a minor role. Only in a few pharmaceutical products synthetic phospholipids are used. Natural phospholipids are used in oral, dermal, and parenteral products including liposomes. Natural phospholipids instead of synthetic phospholipids should be selected as phospholipid excipients for formulation development, whenever possible, because natural phospholipids are derived from renewable sources and produced with more ecologically friendly processes and are available in larger scale at relatively low costs compared to synthetic phospholipids. Practical applications: For selection of phospholipid excipients for pharmaceutical formulations, natural phospholipids are preferred

  20. Influence of mechanical activation on the properties of natural zeolites from Tokaj Mountain

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    Buzimov, A. Y.; Kulkov, S. N.; Kurovics, E.; Eckl, W.; Pappert, S.

    2017-02-01

    This paper presents the results of a study of the influence of mechanical activation on morphology, specific surface area and phase composition of natural zeolite of Tokaj Mountain. During the mechanical activation of zeolites powders with specific surface area of 19-20 square meters per grams, significant changes in chemical and mineralogical compositions can be observed. The laboratory experiments had shown an intensive increase of specific surface area at the beginning of mechanical activation; a further relatively slow decrease and reduction of BET surfaces were observed. By increasing the mechanical activation time the amount of quartz, cristobalite-low, orthoclase mineral components were not stable, and their content have varied not so strongly as a decrease smectite 15 A, clinoptilolite, illite 2M1 or calcite. In addition, during the mechanical activation occurred amorphization, which was increased from 13% to 52%.

  1. High-efficiency cogeneration boiler bagasse-ash geochemistry and mineralogical change effects on the potential reuse in synthetic zeolites, geopolymers, cements, mortars, and concretes

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    Malcolm W. Clark

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Sugarcane bagasse ash re-utilisation has been advocated as a silica-rich feed for zeolites, pozzolans in cements and concretes, and geopolymers. However, many papers report variable success with the incorporation of such materials in these products as the ash can be inconsistent in nature. Therefore, understanding what variables affect the ash quality in real mills and understanding the processes to characterise ashes is critical in predicting successful ash waste utilisation. This paper investigated sugarcane bagasse ash from three sugar mills (Northern NSW, Australia where two are used for the co-generation of electricity. Data shows that the burn temperatures of the bagasse in the high-efficiency co-generation boilers are much higher than those reported at the temperature measuring points. Silica polymorph transitions indicate the high burn temperatures of ≈1550 °C, produces ash dominated α −quartz rather than expected α-cristobilite and amorphous silica; although α-cristobilite, and amorphous silica are present. Furthermore, burn temperatures must be ≤1700 °C, because of the absence of lechatelierite where silica fusing and globulisation dominates. Consequently, silica-mineralogy changes deactivate the bagasse ash by reducing silica solubility, thus making bagasse ash utilisation in synthetic zeolites, geopolymers, or a pozzolanic material in mortars and concretes more difficult. For the ashes investigated, use as a filler material in cements and concrete has the greatest potential. Reported mill boiler temperatures discrepancies and the physical characteristics of the ash, highlight the importance of accurate temperature monitoring at the combustion seat if bagasse ash quality is to be prioritised to ensure a usable final ash product.

  2. Lead removal and recovery from battery wastewaters by natural zeolite clinoptilolite

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    Petruzzelli, D.; Pagano, M.; Tiravanti, G. [National Research Council, Bari (Italy). Ist. di Ricerca sulle Acque; Passino, R. [National Research Council, Rome (Italy). Ist. di Ricerca sulle Acque

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    Technical feasibility of an ion exchange process for removal and recovery of lead present in battery manufacturing wastewaters is demonstrated. In absence of aluminium and ferric species, lead is quantitatively removed and recovered ({approx}90%) from the neutralized wastewaters after elution on the natural zeolite clinoptilolite. Control of pH to 5.5--6 is necessary to minimize degradation of the exchanger material. Throughput volumes exceeding 2,700 bed volumes (BV) (flowrate: F{sub exh} = 10 BV/h) is obtained, when the initial Pb concentration is 4 mg/L, with the metal leakage steadily below the maximum allowable concentration (MAC < 0.2 mgPb/L) set by the EU for discharge in rivers, lakes, coastal seawater. Regeneration of the zeolite is carried out by controlled elution of limited amounts of 1M NaCl, pH 4.5 (40BV, F{sub reg} = 5 BV/h) to minimize in situ precipitation of metals and preserve the zeolite from degradation. From spent regeneration eluate /lead is recovered to the battery manufacturing operations. This latter operation is carried-out by precipitation in the form of hydroxycerussite (basic lead carbonate) or electrolysis as pure metal. In this way the environmental impact is minimized after waste disposal (no hazardous waste formation) and, at the same time, raw materials are recovered to the productive lines of origin (environmental protection and resource conservation). The exhausted mother liquors from lead precipitation operation are recycled to the subsequent zeolite regeneration step, after back-up of the initial regenerant concentration and solution pH.

  3. Biosynthesis of therapeutic natural products using synthetic biology.

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    Awan, Ali R; Shaw, William M; Ellis, Tom

    2016-10-01

    Natural products are a group of bioactive structurally diverse chemicals produced by microorganisms and plants. These molecules and their derivatives have contributed to over a third of the therapeutic drugs produced in the last century. However, over the last few decades traditional drug discovery pipelines from natural products have become far less productive and far more expensive. One recent development with promise to combat this trend is the application of synthetic biology to therapeutic natural product biosynthesis. Synthetic biology is a young discipline with roots in systems biology, genetic engineering, and metabolic engineering. In this review, we discuss the use of synthetic biology to engineer improved yields of existing therapeutic natural products. We further describe the use of synthetic biology to combine and express natural product biosynthetic genes in unprecedented ways, and how this holds promise for opening up completely new avenues for drug discovery and production. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Hemostatic potential of natural/synthetic polymer based hydrogels crosslinked by gamma radiation

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    Barba, Bin Jeremiah D.; Tranquilan-Aranilla, Charito; Abad, Lucille V.

    2016-01-01

    Various raw materials and hydrogels prepared from their combination were assessed for hemostatic capability using swine whole blood clotting analysis. Initial screening showed efficient coagulative properties from κ-carrageenan and its carboxymethylated form, and α-chitosan, even compared to commercial products like QuikClot Zeolite Powder. Blending natural and synthetic polymers formed into hydrogels using gamma radiation produced materials with improved properties. KC and CMKC hydrogels were found to have the lowest blood clotting index in granulated form and had the higher capacity for platelet adhesion in foamed form compared to GelFoam. Possible mechanisms involved in the evident thrombogenicity of the materials include adsorption of platelets and related proteins that aid in platelet activation (primary hemostasis), absorption of water to concentrate protein factors that control the coagulation cascade, contact activation by its negatively charged surface and the formation of gel-blood clots.

  5. Effects of aeration and natural zeolite on ammonium removal during the treatment of sewage by mesocosm-scale constructed wetlands.

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    Araya, F; Vera, I; Sáez, K; Vidal, G

    2016-01-01

    The objective was to evaluate the effects of intermittent artificial aeration cycles and natural zeolite as a support medium, in addition to the contribution of plants (Schoenoplectus californicus) on NH4(+)-N removal during sewage treatment by Constructed Wetlands (CW). Two lines of Mesocosm Constructed Wetland (MCW) were installed: (a) gravel line (i.e. G-Line) and (b) zeolite line (i.e. Z-Line). Aeration increased the NH4(+)-N removal efficiency by 20-45% in the G-Line. Natural zeolite increased the NH4(+)-N removal efficiency by up to 60% in the Z-Line. Plants contributed 15-30% of the NH4(+)-N removal efficiency and no difference between the G-Line and the Z-Line. Conversely, the NH4(+)-N removal rate was shown to only increase with the use of natural zeolite. However, the MCW with natural zeolite, the NH4(+)-N removal rate showed a direct relationship only with the NH4(+)-N influent concentration. Additionally, relationship between the oxygen, energy and area regarding the NH4(+)-N removal efficiency was established for 2.5-12.5 gO2/(kWh-m(2)) in the G-Line and 0.1-2.6 gO2/(kWh-m(2)) in the Z-Line. Finally, it was established that a combination of natural zeolite as a support medium and the aeration strategy in a single CW could regenerate the zeolite's adsorption sites and maintain a given NH4(+)-N removal efficiency over time.

  6. Synthetic glycosylated natural products have satisfactory activities.

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    Huang, Gangliang; Mei, Xinya

    2014-01-01

    Many natural products contain sugar residues, which are essential components for great medicinal importance. The sugar moieties can improve water-solubility of natural products and decrease their toxicity. At the same time, the glycosidic residues are crucial for the activities of natural products. Much effort has been expended over the past decades in developing novel and efficient methodologies to synthesize the glycosylated natural products. This review highlights recent developments in the synthesis of glycosylated natural products. The structure-activity relationships of some of these glycosylated natural products, together with the structure characteristics of their interaction with the biological targets, are also involved.

  7. [Mechanism of the cytotoxic action of the natural zeolite clinoptilolite].

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    Korkina, L G; Suslova, T B; Nikolova, S I; Kirov, G N; Velichkovskiĭ, B T

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    Interaction between the natural ceolite clinoptilolite and cell suspensions has been investigated using rat peritoneal macrophages and erythrocytes. The ceolite under study has been demonstrated to exhibit a high hemolytic activity and cytotoxicity. The viability of macrophages was evaluated from the incorporation of trypane blue. The ability of macrophages to phagocytosis was measured by chemiluminescence with luminol. The modification of clinoptilolite surface by ammonia ions led to a decrease in its cytotoxic properties. Ethanol, mannit and sodium azide did not affect whereas catalase appreciably reduced the ability of CPT to damage the membranes of macrophages and red cells. The role of hydrogen peroxide in the mechanism of cell membrane damage is discussed.

  8. Spotting a fake[Telling natural and synthetic diamonds apart

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    Lawson, S. [Diamond Trading Company, Maidenhead, Berkshire (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: simon.lawson@dtc.com

    2006-06-15

    Diamonds are highly prized for their dazzling appearance and hardness, but would you be able to spot one that had been created in the laboratory? Simon Lawson describes how physics-based techniques can distinguish between natural and synthetic stones. For the last 50 years or so we have been able to make synthetic diamonds that replicate the superlative physical and chemical properties of natural diamonds, and these are used largely for industrial applications. But in the mind of the consumer, there is far more to a diamond than its hardness or brilliance. Research commissioned by the Diamond Trading Company (DTC) has shown that 94% of women surveyed prefer natural diamonds over synthetic ones as a symbol of love, possibly as a result of the immense age of natural stones. One of the key research activities at the DTC is therefore to ensure that synthetic diamonds can be spotted easily. (U.K.)

  9. Aflatoxin B1 adsorption by the natural aluminosilicates - concentrate of montmorillonite and zeolite

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    Marković Marija A.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aflatoxin B1 adsorption by the concentrate of bentonite clay - montmorillonite and the natural zeolite - clinoptilolite and was investigated at the initial toxin concentration 4 ppm, with different amonunts of solid phase in suspension (10, 5, 2 and 1 mg/10 mL and different pH values - 3, 7 and 9. Results indicated that for both minerals, decreasing the amount of solid phase in suspension, decrease the amount of active sites relevant for adsorption of aflatoxin B1. Thus, for concentrate of montnorillonite, at the lowest level of solid phase in suspension (1 mg/10 mL, aflatoxin B1 adsorption indexes were 97% at pH 3, 88% at pH 7 and 82% at pH 9, while for the natural zeolite, adsorption of toxin was 9% at pH 3 and 7% at pH 7 and 9. Since inorganic cations in minerals are mainly responsible for aflatoxin B1 adsorption, even the natural zeolite - clinoptilite has much higher cation exchange capacity (the content of inorganic exchangeable cations compared to the concentrate of montmorillonite, adsorption of aflatoxin B1 by this mineral is much lower. Comparing the molecular dimensions of aflatoxin B1 molecule with the dimension of channels of clinoptilolite and interlamellar space of montmorillonite it is obvious that this toxin is adsorbed only at the external surface of clinoptilolite while in the montmorillonite all active sites are equally available for its adsorption. Thus, the concentrate of montmorillonite posess by higher adsorption capacity for aflatoxin B1. Results presented in this paper confirmed the fact the differences in the structure of minerals led to their different efficiency for adsorption of aflatoxin B1. Mineralogical and chemical composition, determination of cation exchange capacity, etc., are very important parameters influencing the effectiveness of minerals as aflatoxin B1 adsorbents. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 451-03-2802-IP Tip1/142, br. 172018 i br. 34013

  10. Removal of Metal Iron from Groundwater Using Aceh Natural Zeolite and Membrane Filtration

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    Mulyati, S.; Arahman, N.; Syawaliah; Mukramah

    2017-03-01

    The adsorption and the ultrafiltration processes were combined for removal of Fe2+ in water sample solution. Aceh natural zeolite used as an adsorbent, and three kind of ultrafiltration membranes (M10K, M30K, and MPVP) were used in this study. The concentration of Fe2+ in the product of adsorption and ultrafiltration is about 0.254 mg/L. This value is below the permissible limit of ferrous metal (0.3 mg/L) in drinking water. The combination of adsorption and ultrafiltration can be used as an alternative treatment of excess iron content in groundwater

  11. Study on Inclusions in Natural and Synthetic Gems

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    李兆麟

    2001-01-01

    The characteristics of inclusions in natural and synthetic gems are distinct owing to their different forming mechanisms and can be utilized to distinguish gems from different locali ties. In addition, intensive studies on inclusion characteristics of natural gems could identify their geographical origins and provide valuable information on gem synthesis. In this paper syn thetic gems (synthetic star-spangled sapphire and emerald) and natural gems from various loca tions including natural sapphire from Thailand and Australia, and natural aquamerine from Mu fushan, Hunan Province, and Ailaoshan, Yunnan Province, were selected for the comparative study of inclusions. Significant research results have been achieved, thus providing the impor tant basis for distinguishing natural from synthetic gems.

  12. The influence of using Jordanian natural zeolite on the adsorption, physical, and mechanical properties of geopolymers products.

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    Yousef, Rushdi Ibrahim; El-Eswed, Bassam; Alshaaer, Mazen; Khalili, Fawwaz; Khoury, Hani

    2009-06-15

    Geopolymers consist of an amorphous, three-dimensional structure resulting from the polymerization of aluminosilicate monomers that result from dissolution of kaolin in an alkaline solution at temperatures around 80 degrees C. One potential use of geopolymers is as Portland cement replacement. It will be of great importance to provide a geopolymer with suitable mechanical properties for the purpose of water storage and high adsorption capacity towards pollutants. The aim of this work is to investigate the effect of using Jordanian zeolitic tuff as filler on the mechanical performance and on the adsorption capacity of the geopolymers products. Jordanian zeolitic tuff is inexpensive and is known to have high adsorption capacity. The results confirmed that this natural zeolitic tuff can be used as a filler of stable geopolymers with high mechanical properties and high adsorption capacity towards methylene blue and Cu(II) ions. The XRD measurements showed that the phillipsite peaks (major mineral constituent of Jordanian zeolite) were disappeared upon geopolymerization. The zeolite-based geopolymers revealed high compressive strength compared to reference geopolymers that employ sand as filler. Adsorption experiments showed that among different geopolymers prepared, the zeolite-based geopolymers have the highest adsorption capacity towards methylene blue and copper(II) ions.

  13. Effects of natural zeolite and ferric oxide to electromagnetic and reflection loss properties of polyurethane nanocomposite

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    Gultom, G.; Wirjosentono, B.; Ginting, M.; Sebayang, K.

    2017-07-01

    Microwave-absorptive polymeric composite materials are becoming important to protect interference of any communication systems due to increasing use of microwave-inducing devices. In this work, the microwave-absorptive polyurethane nanocomposites were prepared using natural zeolites of Sarulla North Sumatra and commercial ferric oxide as fillers. Weight ratios of the polyurethane to natural zeolite and ferric oxide were varied (90%:6%:4%; 80%:12%:8%; 70%:24%:6%) by weight. The fillers were prepared using ball milling technique and characterized for their particle size distributions using Particle Size Analyzer. The nanocomposites, prepared using in-situ reaction of polyethylene glycol, toluene diisocyanate and fillers. The complex permittivity (ε’and ε”) and complex permeability (μ’ and μ”) as electromagnetic properties were calculated using NRW method after collecting real and imaginary S parameter using Vector Network Analyzer measurement at X band frequency. Results show ratio of the fillers will affect the permeability, permittivity and reflection loss of the materials. The best reflection loss was shown -40.588 dB (>99 % absorption) at ratio for polyurethane : nanozeolite : ferric oxide (80%:12%:8%) by weight observed at 10.92 GHz. According to the measurement and calculation was shown the polyurethane filled with natural nanozeolite and ferric oxide is a good electromagnetic wave attenuation material.

  14. Reinvigorating natural product combinatorial biosynthesis with synthetic biology.

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    Kim, Eunji; Moore, Bradley S; Yoon, Yeo Joon

    2015-09-01

    Natural products continue to play a pivotal role in drug-discovery efforts and in the understanding if human health. The ability to extend nature's chemistry through combinatorial biosynthesis--altering functional groups, regiochemistry and scaffold backbones through the manipulation of biosynthetic enzymes--offers unique opportunities to create natural product analogs. Incorporating emerging synthetic biology techniques has the potential to further accelerate the refinement of combinatorial biosynthesis as a robust platform for the diversification of natural chemical drug leads. Two decades after the field originated, we discuss the current limitations, the realities and the state of the art of combinatorial biosynthesis, including the engineering of substrate specificity of biosynthetic enzymes and the development of heterologous expression systems for biosynthetic pathways. We also propose a new perspective for the combinatorial biosynthesis of natural products that could reinvigorate drug discovery by using synthetic biology in combination with synthetic chemistry.

  15. Protection by clinoptilolite or zeolite NaA against cadmium-induced anemia in growing swine.

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    Pond, W G; Yen, J T

    1983-07-01

    Weanling Landrace X Yorkshire swine were fed a basal diet or a diet containing 3% clinoptilolite (a natural zeolite) with or without 150 ppm CdCl2 or 3% zeolite NaA (a synthetic zeolite) with or without 150 ppm CdCl2 for 31 days. Hematocrit and hemoglobin were depressed significantly in animals fed Cd in the absence of zeolites, but not in their presence. Liver Cd concentration was increased dramatically by added dietary Cd but was significantly lower in animals fed clinoptilolite with Cd than in those fed Cd alone (11.4 vs 16.5 ppm). Liver Fe and Zn were decreased by dietary Cd; liver Fe was not affected significantly by clinoptilolite or zeolite NaA, but liver Zn was increased by zeolite NaA. Kidney dry matter, Zn, and Cd concentrations were increased by dietary Cd; neither clinoptilolite nor zeolite NaA affected kidney Cd concentration. Zeolite NaA increased kidney dry matter both in the presence and in the absence of dietary Cd. Plasma urea-N, K, Na, and Mg were unaffected by Cd or by either zeolite. The data illustrate the different effects of dietary clinoptilolite compared with zeolite NaA on blood plasma, liver, and kidney concentrations of minerals and provide evidence that both zeolites offer some protection against Cd-induced Fe-deficiency anemia; the magnitude of this protection and the effects of each zeolite on tissue concentrations of Cd and other materials need further quantification.

  16. Ammonium exchange in aqueous solution using Chinese natural clinoptilolite and modified zeolite.

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    Wang, Y-F; Lin, F; Pang, W-Q

    2007-04-02

    In this study, the Chinese natural clinoptilolite (sample 1) was fused with sodium hydroxide prior to hydrothermal reaction, and it was transformed to modified zeolite Na-Y (sample 2). The uptake of ammonium ion from aqueous solutions in the concentration range 50-250 mg NH(4)(+)/l on to the two samples was compared and the equilibrium isotherms have been got. The influence of other cations present in water upon the ammonia uptake was also determined. The cations studied were potassium, calcium and magnesium. In all cases the anionic counterion present was chloride. The results showed that sample 2 exhibited much higher uptake capacity compared with sample 1. At the initial concentration of 250 mg NH(4)(+)/l, the ammonium ion uptake value of sample 2 was 19.29 mg NH(4)(+)g(-1) adsorbent, while sample 1 was only 10.49 mg NH(4)(+)g(-1) adsorbent. For the natural clinoptilolite, the effect of the metal ions suggested an order of preference K(+)>Ca(2+)>Mg(2+). These contrasted with the modified zeolite, where the order appeared to be Mg(2+)>Ca(2+)>K(+).

  17. Preparation, Characterization and Methylene Blue Dye Adsorption Ability of Acid Activated-Natural Zeolite

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    Saputra, O. A.; Prameswari, M. D.; Kinanti, V. T. D.; Mayasari, O. D.; Sutarni, Y. D.; Apriany, K.; Lestari, W. W.

    2017-02-01

    The aim of this research was to prepare an acid-activated natural zeolite (Ac-Zeo) as a low-cost adsorbent material and to investigate their ability on methylene blue dye removal in aqueous solution. The natural zeolite was activated using hydrochloric acid and the final product was characterized using Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The adsorption process was carried out using the batch method. Some parameters like pH condition, contact time and varied dye initial concentration were studied to determine the adsorption ability of Ac-Zeo. In this study, kinetic adsorption was evaluated using pseudo-second order model approach and found that the kinetic adsorption rate constanta (k) and adsorption capacity at equilibrium are 0.1872 mg.g-1.min-1 and 14.94 mg.g-1, respectively. Moreover, Langmuir, Freundlich, and Dubinin–Kaganer–Radushkevich isotherm adsorption models as well as sorption mechanism were studied in this research.

  18. Natural and Synthetic Colloids in Veterinary Medicine.

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    Brooks, Aimee; Thomovsky, Elizabeth; Johnson, Paula

    2016-06-01

    This review article covers basic physiology underlying the clinical use of natural and artificial colloids as well as provide practice recommendations. It also touches on the recent scrutiny of these products in human medicine and how this may have an effect on their use in veterinary medicine. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Synthetic biological approaches to natural product biosynthesis.

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    Winter, Jaclyn M; Tang, Yi

    2012-10-01

    Small molecules produced in Nature possess exquisite chemical diversity and continue to be an inspiration for the development of new therapeutic agents. In their host organisms, natural products are assembled and modified using dedicated biosynthetic pathways. By rationally reprogramming and manipulating these pathways, unnatural metabolites containing enhanced structural features that were otherwise inaccessible can be obtained. Additionally, new chemical entities can be synthesized by developing the enzymes that carry out these complicated chemical reactions into biocatalysts. In this review, we will discuss a variety of combinatorial biosynthetic strategies, their technical challenges, and highlight some recent (since 2007) examples of rationally designed metabolites, as well as platforms that have been established for the production and modification of clinically important pharmaceutical compounds.

  20. Characterization of metal particles on supporting materials mordenite, ultra stable Y zeolita, and natural zeolit

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    Sesario, Rujito; Dwi, Khoirina; Rahmawati, Fitria; Heraldy, Eddy; Rachmadani

    2017-08-01

    This research aims to prepare, characterize, and determine the metal particles of Molybdenum (Mo) and Cobalt (Co) metal on the supporting material Mordenite, Ultra Stable Y-Zeolite (USY), and Natural Zeolite (ZAA). In this research the catalysts were prepared, activated, and characterized. The bimetallic catalysts CoMo/Mordenite, CoMo/USY, CoMo/ZAA were prepared by coimpregnation method with ratio amount of Co : Mo metals 1 : 2. Activation of the catalyst included calcination and reduction. The crystallinity was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), minerals present in the catalyst was analyzed using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF). The results based on characterization, it is known that catalyst CoMo/USY shows best amount metal impregnated (Co metal content is 0.09657 mmol/g and metal content of Mo is 0.62723 mmol/g). The CoMo/Mordenite and CoMo/USY metal particles contained of CoO, MoO3, CoMoO4, Co, Mo, and CoMo. Thus CoMo/ZAA metal particles consisted of CoO, MoO3, CoMoO4, Co, Mo, CoMo. Based on the characterization of the crystal structure and the metal content it is known that the CoMo/USY was the best sample compared to CoMo/Mordenite and CoMo/ZAA.

  1. Dynamics of the process of colour adsorption from waste waters after dyeing textile fibres on natural zeolites

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    Cibulić Violeta V.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study analyses the process of purifying waste waters from textile fibre dyeing by adsorption of colour on natural zeolites from “Nemetali” mine, Vranjska Banja, Serbia. The process has been analyzed in an adsorption column filled with natural zeolite as the adsorbent. Adsorbents are organic substances, i.e. colour residues from waste waters, left after textile fibres dyeing. The concentration change in waste waters is represented with the parameter of chemical oxygen demand (COD. Two models of diffusion have been considered: diffusion in pores and diffusion in adsorbent phase on solid adsorbent, for different input loads and two zeolite granulations (13 and 35 mm. It was found that the diffusion in zeolite pores that were in adsorbed phase is dominant in this case, which can be explained by large dimensions of used colours’ molecules. This is the reason why its adsorption in zeolite micro pores is minimal, and yet it diffuse well in already adsorbed phase on solid adsorbents. Since this process is slower, it will determine the overall rate of colour adsorption from waste waters. Specific equilibrium capacity, specific dynamic capacity, as well as the level of adsorbent utilization were determined by the use of mass transfer zone concept. It has been shown that the adsorption of organic substances from waste waters is satisfactory, and is around 80%. The highest degree of adsorbent utilization is obtained at the lowest flow of 0.167 cm3 s-1, while the lowest degree of utilization of 30%, is obtained at the highest flow of 3.27 cm3 s-1. Input load has significant influence on the degree of column utilization, while higher values of COD0 result in lower degrees of column utilization. Key words: waste waters, natural zeolite, adsorption, colour adsorption, textile dyes

  2. UTILITY OF ZEOLITES IN HAZARDOUS METAL REMOVAL FROM WATER

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    Zeolites are well known for their ion exchange, adsorption and acid catalysis properties. Different inorganic pollutants have been removed from water at room temperature by using synthetic zeolites. Zeolite Faujasite Y has been used to remove inorganic pollutants including arseni...

  3. Photocatalytical Inactivation of Enterococcus faecalis from Water Using Functional Materials Based on Natural Zeolite and Titanium Dioxide

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    Cornelia Bandas Ratiu; Corina Orha; Corina Misca; Carmen Lazau; Paula Sfirloaga; Sorin Olariu

    2014-01-01

    The functional materials based on natural zeolite (clinoptilolite), TiO2-zeolite and Ag-TiO2-zeolite have been successfully synthesized by solid-state reaction in fast-hydrothermal conditions. The obtained functional ma-terials were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared) spectroscopy, DRUV-VIS (diffuse reflectance ultraviolet-visible) spectroscopy, BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) and SEM/EDX (scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer) analyses. The XRD results indicated that the clinoptilo-lite structure has a good thermal stabilization after the fast-hydrothermal treatment. Also, the high specific surface area about 92.55 m2·g-1 was noticed for Ag-TiO2-zeolite functional material. The presence of dopants was evi-denced from EDX spectra. The enhanced bactericidal activity of Ag-TiO2-zeolite catalyst is proved through damag-ing of Enterococcus faecalis colonies under visible irradiation, at different material doses and irradiation times.

  4. Sorption Kinetics Of Selected Heavy Metals Adsorption To Natural And Fe(III Modified Zeolite Tuff Containing Clinoptilolite Mineral

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    Sirotiak Maroš

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In the research described in this paper, studied was sorption capacity of natural and ferric modification of zeolite tuff containing mineral clinoptilolite from the Nižný Hrabovec deposit to remove potentially toxic metals (ionic forms of chromium, nickel, copper and aluminium from their water solutions. We reported that the Fe (III zeolite has an enhanced ability to sorption of Cu (II, and a slight improvement occurs in the case of Cr (VI and Ni (II. On the other hand, the deterioration was observed in the case of Al (III adsorption.

  5. Sorption Kinetics Of Selected Heavy Metals Adsorption To Natural And Fe(III) Modified Zeolite Tuff Containing Clinoptilolite Mineral

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    Sirotiak, Maroš; Lipovský, Marek; Bartošová, Alica

    2015-06-01

    In the research described in this paper, studied was sorption capacity of natural and ferric modification of zeolite tuff containing mineral clinoptilolite from the Nižný Hrabovec deposit to remove potentially toxic metals (ionic forms of chromium, nickel, copper and aluminium) from their water solutions. We reported that the Fe (III) zeolite has an enhanced ability to sorption of Cu (II), and a slight improvement occurs in the case of Cr (VI) and Ni (II). On the other hand, the deterioration was observed in the case of Al (III) adsorption.

  6. Leaching and antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles loaded onto natural zeolite clinoptilolite by ion exchange and wet impregnation

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    Missengue, RNM

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to compare the leaching and antimicrobial properties of silver that was loaded onto the natural zeolite clinoptilolite by ion exchange and wet impregnation. Silver ions were reduced using sodium borohydride (NaBH(sub4...

  7. Arsenic removal from groundwater by MnO{sub 2}-modified natural clinoptilolite zeolite: Effects of pH and initial feed concentration

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    Camacho, Lucy M. [Chemical Engineering Department, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3805, 1040 S. Horseshoe St, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (United States); Parra, Ramona R. [Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3805, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (United States); Deng, Shuguang, E-mail: sdeng@nmsu.edu [Chemical Engineering Department, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3805, 1040 S. Horseshoe St, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (United States)

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    Adsorption of arsenic (As{sup 5+}) on natural and MnO{sub 2}-modified clinoptilolite-Ca zeolite adsorbents was investigated to explore the feasibility of removing arsenic from groundwater using natural zeolite adsorbents. The natural and MnO{sub 2}-modified clinoptilolite-Ca zeolite adsorbents were characterized with nitrogen adsorption at 77 K for pore textural properties, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence for morphology, elemental composition and distribution. Batch adsorption equilibrium experiments were conducted to study the effects of pH and initial feed concentration on arsenic removal efficiency. It was found that the amphoteric properties and arsenic removal efficiency of the natural clinoptilolite-Ca zeolite were significantly improved after modification with MnO{sub 2}. The MnO{sub 2}-modified zeolite could effectively remove arsenic from water at a wide pH range, and the arsenic removal efficiency that is basically independent of the pH of feed solutions varies slightly with the initial arsenic concentration in the feed solutions. The removal efficiency obtained on the modified zeolite was doubled as compared to that obtained on the unmodified zeolite. The MnO{sub 2}-modified clinoptilolite-Ca zeolite appears to be a promising adsorbent for removing trace arsenic amounts from water.

  8. Arsenic removal from groundwater by MnO2-modified natural clinoptilolite zeolite: effects of pH and initial feed concentration.

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    Camacho, Lucy M; Parra, Ramona R; Deng, Shuguang

    2011-05-15

    Adsorption of arsenic (As(5+)) on natural and MnO(2)-modified clinoptilolite-Ca zeolite adsorbents was investigated to explore the feasibility of removing arsenic from groundwater using natural zeolite adsorbents. The natural and MnO(2)-modified clinoptilolite-Ca zeolite adsorbents were characterized with nitrogen adsorption at 77K for pore textural properties, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray fluorescence for morphology, elemental composition and distribution. Batch adsorption equilibrium experiments were conducted to study the effects of pH and initial feed concentration on arsenic removal efficiency. It was found that the amphoteric properties and arsenic removal efficiency of the natural clinoptilolite-Ca zeolite were significantly improved after modification with MnO(2). The MnO(2)-modified zeolite could effectively remove arsenic from water at a wide pH range, and the arsenic removal efficiency that is basically independent of the pH of feed solutions varies slightly with the initial arsenic concentration in the feed solutions. The removal efficiency obtained on the modified zeolite was doubled as compared to that obtained on the unmodified zeolite. The MnO(2)-modified clinoptilolite-Ca zeolite appears to be a promising adsorbent for removing trace arsenic amounts from water.

  9. Catalytic Activities of Fe3+- and Zn2+-Natural Zeolite on the Direct Cyclisation-Acetylation of (R-(+-Citronellal

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    Edy Cahyono

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Characterisation and catalytic ativities investigation of modified natural zeolite on cyclisation acetylation reaction of (R-(+-citronellal was performed. The experimental work involved isolation of (R-(+-citronellal from Java Citronella oil (Cymbopogon winterianus by vacuum fractional distillation, determination of its enantiomer, preparation and characterisation of different catalysts i.e. H-natural zeolite (H-Za, Fe3+-natural zeolite (Fe3+-Za, and Zn2+-natural zeolite (Zn2+-Za, followed by examination of catalytic activity and selectivity. Isolated citronellal contained 88.21% ee of (R-(+-citronellal. The main products of cyclisation-acetylation of (R-(+-citronellal was IPA (isopulegyl acetate and NIPA (neo-isopulegyl acetate. Although the highest yield of IPA and NIPA was obtained by Fe3+-Za catalyst (78.69% at 80oC and 120 min, the stereoselectivity of Fe3+-Za slightly lower than that of Zn2+-Za. Structure elucidation of citronellal and products was carried out by means of GC and GC-MS. Lewis acidity plays the role of acetyl ionic formation from acetic anhydride. The Activity and stereoselectivity of catalysts depended on Lewis acidity and cation distribution on the catalyst surface. © 2014 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reservedReceived: 18th December 2013; Revised: 9th April 2014; Accepted: 17th April 2014[ How to Cite: Cahyono, E., Muchalal, M., Triyono, T., Pranowo, H.D. (2014. Catalytic Activities of Fe3+- and Zn2+-Natural Zeolite on the Direct Cyclisation-Acetylation of (R-(+-Citronellal. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 9 (2: 128-135. (doi:10.9767/bcrec.9.2.5936.128-135 ][ Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.9.2.5936.128-135 ] 

  10. Purification of natural zeolite-clinoptilolite for medical application-Extraction of lead

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    MAGDALENA TOMASEVIC-CANOVIC

    2005-11-01

    Full Text Available A series of experiments of the leaching of lead and other cations from three samples of natural zeolite–clinoptilolite, (Sample 1–deposit Zlatokop, Vranjska Banja, Serbia and Montenegro; Sample 2–deposit Bala Mare, Romania; Sample 3–Igros near Brus, Serbia and Montenegro using EDTA was conducted. The results of the experiments showed that the extraction efficiencies from the examined samples were different. If a suficiently large amount of EDTA was applied, most of the lead was extracted only from Sample 1–deposit Zlatokop. Similar effects were obtained for the leaching of iron. The differences in the extraction efficiencies may be due to the difference of the of lead and iron species present in the zeolite crystals. The effects of EDTAconcentration and solid/liquid ratio on the extraction of lead, iron and aluminum were studied.

  11. Comparison of natural and synthetic diamond X-ray detectors.

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    Lansley, S P; Betzel, G T; Metcalfe, P; Reinisch, L; Meyer, J

    2010-12-01

    Diamond detectors are particularly well suited for dosimetry applications in radiotherapy for reasons including near-tissue equivalence and high-spatial resolution resulting from small sensitive volumes. However, these detectors have not become commonplace due to high cost and poor availability arising from the need for high-quality diamond. We have fabricated relatively cheap detectors from commercially-available synthetic diamond fabricated using chemical vapour deposition. Here, we present a comparison of one of these detectors with the only commercially-available diamond-based detector (which uses a natural diamond crystal). Parameters such as the energy dependence and linearity of charge with dose were investigated at orthovoltage energies (50-250 kV), and dose-rate dependence of charge at linear accelerator energy (6 MV). The energy dependence of a synthetic diamond detector was similar to that of the natural diamond detector, albeit with slightly less variation across the energy range. Both detectors displayed a linear response with dose (at 100 kV) over the limited dose range used. The sensitivity of the synthetic diamond detector was 302 nC/Gy, compared to 294 nC/Gy measured for the natural diamond detector; however, this was obtained with a bias of 246.50 V compared to a bias of 61.75 V used for the natural diamond detector. The natural diamond detector exhibited a greater dependency on dose-rate than the synthetic diamond detector. Overall, the synthetic diamond detector performed well in comparison to the natural diamond detector.

  12. THE STUDY OF THE KINETIC OF NATURAL ZEOLITE GRANULES GROWTH AT DIFFERENT WAYS OF GRANULATION

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    Rybachuk VD

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Active substances and excipients used in the manufacture of medicines in tablet form, in most cases, have poor technological properties. This fact determines the need for prior granulation of mass before compression. Granulators of various sizes and designs, running on different modes, made the formation, growth and consolidation of the powder particles that lead to obtain pellets of different shapes and sizes. From the literature it is known that granulation leads to two forms of granules: isodiametric and nonisodiametric. The first group of particles forms has globular shape with a smooth surface and the proportion in which the length, thickness and height are about the same. They are usually made by fluidized bed granulation, spray drying, pelletizing and granulation in dragee pan. Granules of nonisodiametric form in which length is several times the width and height are made mostly by extrusion and compacting. The geometrical parameters of obtained granules are affected by the properties of raw materials, the granulation modes, type and amount of added humidifier and so on. The shape and size of granules, from a technological point of view, are the key factors that contribute, except organoleptic characteristics of the product, its technological properties such as particle size distribution, bulk volume, the ability of the material to shrinkage, porosity, fluidity, mechanical strength and so on. Properly selected for specific conditions granulation method is able to provide the finished product with the specified technological parameters depending on the needs. The aim of this work was to study the effect of granulation method and its conditions on the kinetics of growth of the natural zeolite granules and some quality characteristics of obtained granules. Material & methods. As objects of study served the natural zeolite pellets produced using 3%, 5%, 7% and 10% potato starch paste and solution of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP

  13. Recovery of ammonia from domestic wastewater effluents as liquid fertilizers by integration of natural zeolites and hollow fibre membrane contactors.

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    Sancho, I; Licon, E; Valderrama, C; de Arespacochaga, N; López-Palau, S; Cortina, J L

    2017-04-15

    The integration of up-concentration processes to increase the efficiency of primary sedimentation, as a solution to achieve energy neutral wastewater treatment plants, requires further post-treatment due to the missing ammonium removal stage. This study evaluated the use of zeolites as a post-treatment step, an alternative to the biological removal process. A natural granular clinoptilolite zeolite was evaluated as a sorbent media to remove low levels (up to 100mg-N/L) of ammonium from treated wastewater using batch and fixed bed columns. After being activated to the Na-form (Z-Na), the granular zeolite shown an ammonium exchange capacity of 29±0.8mgN-NH4(+)/g in single ammonium solutions and 23±0.8mgN-NH4(+)/g in treated wastewater simulating up-concentration effluent at pH=8. The equilibrium removal data were well described by the Langmuir isotherm. The ammonium adsorption into zeolites is a very fast process when compared with polymeric materials (zeolite particle diffusion coefficient around 3×10(-12)m(2)/s). Column experiments with solutions containing 100mgN-NH4(+)/L provide effective sorption and elution rates with concentration factors between 20 and 30 in consecutive operation cycles. The loaded zeolite was regenerated using 2g NaOH/L solution and the rich ammonium/ammonia concentrates 2-3g/L in NaOH were used in a liquid-liquid membrane contactor system in a closed-loop configuration with nitric and phosphoric acid as stripping solutions. The ammonia recovery ratio exceeded 98%. Ammonia nitrate and di-ammonium phosphate concentrated solutions reached up to 2-5% wt. of N.

  14. ESSENTIAL OILS AND NATURAL ZEOLITE INFLUENCE ON PRODUCTION AND HEALTH PERFORMANCE OF BROILERS, AND MICROBIOLOGICAL CONTAMINATION OF CHICKEN MEAT

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    Brigita Hengl

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Essential oils and their components, as a group of phytogenic feed additive, have great potential uses in broiler fattening. Due to their antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and effects on improved food digestibility their positive impact on animals the health status can be expected, and therefore better final fattening results. In this research we studied the impact of XTRACTTM (a combination of essential oils components carvacrol, cinnamaldehid and capsicum Oleoresin, Arom Korm ® (essential oil combination of Foeniculum vulgare and Citrus limon, zeolite and a combination of zeolite with XTRACTTM or Aroma Korma ® on the fattening performance of chickens, their immunostimulating effect, the impact on the antioxidant status of the blood and muscle tissue, the impact on intestine micropopulation of chickens, effect on microbial contamination of meat, the impact on processing performances of broiler chicken and meat properties, and impact on the sensory quality of the chicken meat. The experiment was conducted on Ross 308 broilers, divided into 6 groups (control and treatment groups depending on the different supplements of essential oils, zeolites, or combinations thereof. The fattening lasted 42 days and total of 288 both sex chicks were included (48 per in each group. Influence of the addition of essential oils and natural zeolite had a different impact on the observed individual values. Separately added XTRACTTM and Aroma Korm ® had a good effect on the observed properties of fattening, the technological properties of meat, chicken health status, antioxidant parameters of blood and meat, microbiological contamination and organoleptic properties. Zeolite, as a standalone supplement, had the lowest impact on the observed properties, but in combination with Aroma Korm ® or XTRACTTM, Zeolite improved their activity.

  15. Coagulation settling characteristics and eliminating pollution analysis of fine-grind natural zeolite in static and turbulent flow.

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    Zhu, Ruirui; Zhu, Jianzhong; Chen, Liang

    2014-05-01

    The phenomenon of coagulation settling in liquid suspensions has a variety of applications, including mineral processing, treatment of industrial effluents, and municipal sewage sludge purification. This study was to investigate the coagulation settling characteristics of fine-grind natural zeolite and evaluate the removal efficiency of contaminants simultaneously in static and turbulent flow. A series of column experiments were conducted to pattern the characteristics of spatial and temporal variation of coagulation settling and removal contaminants in static and turbulent flow. The results indicated that the suspended solid concentration presented an apparent exponential decay with coagulation settling time in static flow (R (2)  > 0.99), coagulation settling rate of the fine zeolite-suspended solid in static flow was between 0.005 and 0.05 cm/s obtained from the repeat depth suction method. The relation between average C/C 0 of pollutants and suspended solid concentration was exponential before the settlement for 24 h and that was the line after the settlement for 24 h. Several various models were presented to highlight the coagulation settling characteristics of fine-grind natural zeolite in static and turbulent flow. Compared to hydrostatic settling experiments, zeolite-suspended solid presented better removal efficiency of pollutants and greater removal rate of pollutants in turbulent flow.

  16. Removal of ammonia nitrogen from leachate of Muribeca municipal solid waste landfill, Pernambuco, Brazil, using natural zeolite as part of a biochemical system.

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    Lins, Cecilia Maria M S; Alves, Maria Cristina M; Campos, Juacyara C; Silva, Fabrícia Maria S; Jucá, José Fernando T; Lins, Eduardo Antonio M

    2015-01-01

    The inadequate disposal of leachate is one of the key factors in the environmental impact of urban solid waste landfills in Brazil. Among the compounds present in the leachates from Brazilian landfills, ammonia nitrogen is notable for its high concentrations. The purpose of this study was to assess the efficiency of a permeable reactive barrier filled with a natural zeolite, which is part of a biochemical system for the tertiary treatment of the leachate from Muribeca Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in Pernambuco, Brazil, to reduce its ammonia nitrogen concentration. This investigation initially consisted of kinetic studies and batch equilibrium tests on the natural zeolite to construct the sorption isotherms, which showed a high sorption capacity, with an average of 12.4 mg NH4+.L(-1), a value close to the sorption rates found for the aqueous ammonium chloride solution. A permeable reactive barrier consisting of natural zeolite, as simulated by the column test, was efficient in removing the ammonia nitrogen present in the leachate pretreated with calcium hydroxide. Nevertheless, the regenerated zeolite did not satisfactorily maintain the sorption properties of the natural zeolite, and an analysis of their cation-exchange properties showed a reduced capacity of 54 meq per 100 g for the regenerated zeolite compared to 150 meq per 100 g for the natural zeolite.

  17. Natural products in medicine: transformational outcome of synthetic chemistry.

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    Szychowski, Janek; Truchon, Jean-François; Bennani, Youssef L

    2014-11-26

    This review brings to the forefront key synthetic modifications on natural products (NPs) that have yielded successful drugs. The emphasis is placed on the power of targeted chemical transformations in enhancing the therapeutic value of NPs through optimization of pharmacokinetics, stability, potency, and/or selectivity. Multiple classes of NPs such as macrolides, opioids, steroids, and β-lactams used to treat a variety of conditions such as cancers, infections, inflammation are exemplified. Molecular modeling or X-ray structures of NP/protein complexes supporting the observed boost in therapeutic value of the modified NPs are also discussed. Significant advancement in synthetic chemistry, in structure determination, and in the understanding of factors controlling pharmacokinetics can now better position drug discovery teams to undertake NPs as valuable leads. We hope that the beneficial NPs synthetic modifications outlined here will reignite medicinal chemists' interest in NPs and their derivatives.

  18. Mexican natural zeolite, material for their possible use in the hydrogen storage;Zeolita natural mexicana, material para su posible uso en el almacenamiento de hidrogeno

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    Iturbe G, J. L.; Vazquez A, O., E-mail: joseluis.iturbe@inin.gob.m [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

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    In this work a study is presented on the use of a Mexican natural zeolite as possible alternative to storage hydrogen. This zeolite material comes from the Sonora State (Mexico), to which is diminished the particle size by means of a mill treatment with a mechanical alloyed system during 5 hours. Later on, the zeolite in powder form was characterized by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. It was also exposed to heating in a micro-reactor at 350 C and at the same time making empty during 2 hours, to eliminate humidity and possible gases that were caught in their structure. Soon after, it was diminished the temperature at 10 C and it was contacted with hydrogen of ultra high purity to a pressure of 10 bars during 10 minutes. The hydrogen analysis caught in the zeolite was realized through gas chromatography. The results by means of the chromatograms indicate that the zeolite adsorbed and liberate to hydrogen under conditions completely different to that reported in the literature, being understood that under our experimental conditions to low pressure and temperature, the hydrogen is adsorbed in this material type. (Author)

  19. INVESTIGATION OF CLINOPTILOLITE NATURAL ZEOLITE REGENERATION BY AIR STRIPPING FOLLOWED BY ION EXCHANGE FOR REMOVAL OF AMMONIUM FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS

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    A. R. Rahmani ، M. T. Samadi ، H. R. Ehsani

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to regenerate clinoptilolite natural zeolite by air stripping followed by removal of ammonium from aqueous solutions. The research was carried out in continuous system. The characteristics of graded clinoptilolite from Semnan (one of the central provinces in Iran mines were determined and then regeneration tests were done by contacting of 1 N NaCl solution with given weights of ammonium saturated zeolite. Then the brine of column was transferred to the air stripping column for regeneration. The pH of brine solution before entrance to a stripping column was increased to 11. Air stripped ammonia from the brine was converted to the ammonium ion by using acid scrubber. The outlet effluent from stripping column was collected for reuse. The results showed that the cation exchange capacities were 17.31 to 18.38 mg NH4+/g of zeolite weight. Regeneration efficiency of zeolite by NaCl solution and air stripping was in the range of 92%-97% under various operational conditions. However, the efficiency of acid absorption of released ammonia in stripping process was 55% with a major rejection of the surplus ammonia to the atmosphere. It could be concluded that the method studied may be considered as an advanced and supplementary process for treating effluents of aqueous solution and fishponds in existing treatment plants.

  20. Natural and synthetic polymers in fabric and home care applications

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    Paderes, Monissa; Ahirwal, Deepak; Fernández Prieto, Susana

    2017-07-01

    Polymers can be tailored to provide different benefits in Fabric & Home Care formulations depending on the monomers and modifications used, such as avoiding dye transfer inhibition in the wash, modifying the surface of tiles or increasing the viscosity and providing suspension properties to consumer products. Specifically, the rheology modification properties of synthetic and natural polymers are discussed in this chapter. The choice of a polymeric rheology modifier will depend on the formulation ingredients (charges, functional groups), the type and the amount of surfactants, the pH and the desired rheology modification. Natural polymeric rheology modifiers have been traditionally used in the food industry, being xanthan gum one of the most well-known ones. On the contrary, synthetic rheology modifiers are preferably used in paints & coats, textile printing and cleaning products.

  1. Action and fate of natural and synthetic antioxidants during frying

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    Marmesat, S; Morales, A.; Velasco, J.; Dobarganes, M.C.

    2011-07-01

    The action of antioxidants to delay lipid oxidation in fats and oils is well known although most of the information is related to their effects at room temperature during storage or at the moderate temperatures of the accelerated tests to measure oil stability. However, oxidation at the high temperatures of food processes like frying, is more complex because the availability of air is unknown and both oxidative and thermal reactions are simultaneously involved. In this review, the main studies defining the action of natural and synthetic antioxidants at frying temperatures are summarized. This review has been divided into two main parts concerning the information on natural antioxidants, i.e. tocopherols and other phenolic compounds present in specific oils like olive, sesame and rice bran oils, and on synthetic antioxidants, i.e. BHA, BHT and TBHQ. (Author).

  2. Interaction of Siglec-4 with naturally occurring and synthetic glycoconjugates

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    Koliwer-Brandl, Hendrik

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this work has been to provide insights into the structure-function relationship of Siglec-4 binding naturally occurring sialic acids as well as synthetic sialic acid derivatives. Structural information of the Siglec binding site and its interactions with glycoconjugates were obtained from homology modeling of the sialic acid binding domain and molecular docking calculations with several sialosides. Furthermore, the interaction of chemically synthesized sialic acid derivatives with ...

  3. Isotopic heterogeneity in synthetic and natural silicon carbide

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    Shiryaev, A. A.; Michael Wiedenbeck; Reutsky, V.; Polyakov, V.B.; Mel'nik, N. N.; Lebedev, A. A.; Yakimova, R.

    2008-01-01

    The distribution of both carbon and silicon isotopes in synthetic sublimation growth SiC wafers and in natural SiC grains was studied using secondary ion mass-spectrometry (SIMS). Significant variations in both isotopic ratios were observed which were broadly correlated with the crystalline perfection as documented by Raman microspectroscopy. Domains consisting of 15R (or with its admixture) are, on average, enriched in 12C isotope relative to 6H domains, and they also show larger scatter in ...

  4. Evaluation of natural zeolite clinoptilolite efficiency for the removal of ammonium and nitrate from aquatic solutions

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    Mozhdeh Murkani

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Surface water and groundwater pollution with various forms of nitrogen such as ammonium and nitrate ions is one of the main environmental risks. The major objectives of this study were to evaluate the capacity of natural zeolite (clinoptilolite to remove NO3– and NH4+ from polluted water under both batch and column conditions. Methods: The laboratory batch and column experiments were conducted to investigate the feasibility of clinoptilolite as the adsorbent for removal of nitrate (NO3– and ammonium (NH4+ ions from aqueous solution. The effects of pH, clinoptilolite dosage, contact time, and initial metal ion concentration on NO3– and NH4+ removal were investigated in a batch system. Results: Equilibrium time for NO3– and NH4+ ions exchange was 60 minutes and the optimum adsorbent dosage for their removal was 1 and 2.5 g/L, respectively. The adsorption isotherm of reaction (r> 0.9 and optimum entered concentration of ammonium and nitrate (30 and 6.5 mg/L, respectively were in accordance with Freundlich isotherm model. The ammonium removal rate increased by 98% after increasing the contact time. Conclusion: Our findings confirmed that natural Clinoptilolite can be used as one of effective, suitable, and low-costing adsorbent for removing ammonium from polluted waters.

  5. Modified natural zeolite as heterogeneous Fenton catalyst in treatment of recalcitrants in industrial effluent

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    Milton M. Arimi

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Industrial effluents with high recalcitrants should undergo post-treatment after biological treatment. The aim of this study was to use cheap and abundantly available natural materials to develop heterogeneous Fenton catalysts for the removal of colored recalcitrants in molasses distillery wastewater (MDW. The pellets of zeolite, which is naturally available in many countries, were modified by pre-treatment with sulphuric acid, nitric acid and hydrochloric acid, before embedding on them the ferrous ions. The effects of pH and temperature on heterogeneous Fenton were studied using the modified catalysts. The sulphuric acid-ferrous modified catalysts showed the highest affectivity which achieved 90% color and 60% TOC (total organic carbon removal at 150 g/L pellet catalyst dosage, 2 g/L H2O2 and 25 °C. The heterogeneous Fenton with the same catalyst caused improvement in the biodegradability of anaerobic effluent from 0.07 to 0.55. The catalyst was also applied to pre-treat the raw MDW and increased it's biodegradability by 4%. The color of the resultant anaerobic effluent was also reduced. The kinetics of total TOC removal was found to depend on operation temperature. It was best described by simultaneous first and second order kinetics model for the initial reaction and second order model for the rest of the reaction.

  6. PREPARATION MICRO-FILTRATION CERAMIC MEMBRANE FROM NATURAL ZEOLITE FOR PROCION RED MX8B AND METHYLENE BLUE FILTRATION

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    Dyah Choiriyah

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The study of ceramic membrane fabrication from natural zeolite and its utilization for filtration of procion red MX8B and methylene blue has been investigated. The purposes of this study are to determine the effect of pressure on membrane permeability and selectivity and utilize natural zeolite as ceramic membranes procion red MX8B and methylene blue filtration. The membrane was prepared by metide press pellets and then calcined at 850 oC. The membranes were characterized by mechanical test, flux and rejection of dye. The compression test of the membrane found the values of 1369.178 psi in dry conditions to 1388.933 psi in wet conditions. The flux test found that the higher the pressure applied, the flux was increase. However, the high pressure also decreased the selectivity. Rejection test found that the rejection of methylene blue filtration up to 70 %. Meanwhile, procion red MX8B filtration has rejectivity less than 20 %.

  7. Acid Activation of Natural Zeolite with High Content of Iron Oxides in Creation of Selective Sorbents and Catalysts

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    Kadirbekov Kairat

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper studies the influence of the nature of modifying acids (mineral, organic and heteropolyacids, and their combination on the composition and structure of the iron oxide rich clinoptilolit from Shankanay field in Kazakhstan for creation of selective catalysts in hydracarbon processing and sorbents for extracting ions of lanthanide and actinide elements. It is shown that sequential processing of natural zeolite in optimal conditions, by hydrochloric and sulfosalicylic acids lead to intensive decationization and dealumination, as well as maximum removal of iron ions from the zeolite framework without destroying it. It is found that the combination of activated clinoptilolite with hydrochloric acid and phosphotungstic heteropolyacid contributes to obtain catalyst system with high surface area and acidity.

  8. Regenesis how synthetic biology will reinvent nature and ourselves

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    Church, George M

    2012-01-01

    Imagine a future in which human beings have become immune to all viruses, in which bacteria can custom-produce everyday items, like a drinking cup, or generate enough electricity to end oil dependency. Building a house would entail no more work than planting a seed in the ground. These scenarios may seem far-fetched, but pioneering geneticist George Church and science writer Ed Regis show that synthetic biology is bringing us ever closer to making such visions a reality. In "Regenesis," Church and Regis explorethe possibilities--and perils--of the emerging field of synthetic biology. Synthetic biology, in which living organisms are selectively altered by modifying substantial portions of their genomes, allows for the creation of entirely new species of organisms. Until now, nature has been the exclusive arbiter of life, death, and evolution; with synthetic biology, we now have the potential to write our own biological future. Indeed, as Church and Regis show, it even enables us to revisit crucial points in th...

  9. CYCLISATION-ACETYLATION KINETIC OF (R-(+-CITRONELLAL BY Zn2+–NATURAL ZEOLITE AS SOLID SOLVENT CATALYST

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    Edy Cahyono

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Kinetic in cyclisation-acetylation of (R-(+-citronellal with acetic anhydride was investigated over Zn2+-Natural zeolite (Zn2+-Natzeo as a catalyst. (R-(+-citronellal has been isolated from citronella oil by fractional distillation under reducing pressure. Enantioselective capillary GC on a Supelco β-DEX 225 column has been used for analysis the enantiomers ratio of citronellal. Catalyst Zn2+-Natzeo has prepared through acid activation of natural zeolite from Malang using HF 1% and HCl 6 M, followed by ion-exchange with 3 M NH4Cl and calcination at 450 °C for 1 h under nitrogen to obtained H-natural zeolite (H-Natzeo. H-Natzeo was modified to Zn2+-Natzeo by ion exchange with 0.1 M ZnCl2. Cyclisation-acetylation reaction was carried out by heating (R-(+-citronellal (CIT, acetic anhydride (AA, and 1 g catalyst in glass batch reactor with vigorous stirring at 80 °C. Molar ratio CIT/AA that used, i.e. 0.25; 0.5; 1.0; 1.2 and 1.5. As the reaction proceeded, 1 mL sample was taken off at 10; 20; 30; 60; 120; 180 min and extracted using n-hexane for every molar ratio. Structure analysis of product was conducted by GC-MS. Kinetic of the cyclisation-acetylation reaction was analyzed according to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism. Increasing molar ratio of CIT/AA will decrease the isopulegyl acetate (IPA and neo-isopulegyl acetate (NIPA formation. Rate constant of cyclisation-acetylation reaction catalyzed by Zn2+-Natzeo was 30.964-47.619 mmol(min. g cat-1 at 80 °C, 30 min and the ratio  adsorption equilibrium constant KCIT/KAA was 7.09.   Keywords: Cyclisation-acetylation, (R-(+-citronellal, Zn2+-natural zeolite, kinetic

  10. Impacts of addition of natural zeolite or a nitrification inhibitor on antibiotic resistance genes during sludge composting.

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    Zhang, Junya; Chen, Meixue; Sui, Qianwen; Tong, Juan; Jiang, Chao; Lu, Xueting; Zhang, Yuxiu; Wei, Yuansong

    2016-03-15

    Composting is commonly used for the treatment and resource utilization of sewage sludge, and natural zeolite and nitrification inhibitors can be used for nitrogen conservation during sludge composting, while their impacts on ARGs control are still unclear. Therefore, three lab-scale composting reactors, A (the control), B (natural zeolite addition) and C (nitrification inhibitor addition of 3,4-dimethylpyrazole phosphate, DMPP), were established. The impacts of natural zeolite and DMPP on the levels of ARGs were investigated, as were the roles that heavy metals, mobile genetic elements (MGEs) and the bacterial community play in ARGs evolution. The results showed that total ARGs copies were enriched 2.04 and 1.95 times in reactors A and C, respectively, but were reduced by 1.5% in reactor B due to the reduction of conjugation and co-selection of heavy metals caused by natural zeolite. Although some ARGs (blaCTX-M, blaTEM, ermB, ereA and tetW) were reduced by 0.3-2 logs, others (ermF, sulI, sulII, tetG, tetX, mefA and aac(6')-Ib-cr) increased by 0.3-1.3 logs after sludge composting. Although the contributors for the ARGs profiles in different stages were quite different, the results of a partial redundancy analysis, Mantel test and Procrustes analysis showed that the bacterial community was the main contributor to the changes in ARGs compared to MGEs and heavy metals. Network analysis determined the potential host bacteria for various ARGs and further confirmed our results. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Natural minerals and synthetic materials for sorption of radioactive anions

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    Kang, Mun Ja; Chun, Kwan Sik; Kim, Seung Soo

    1998-07-01

    Technetium-99 and iodine-129 are fission products with long half-lives, and exist as highly soluble anionic species. Studies on natural and synthetic materials sorbing TcO{sub 4} and/or I have been performed by several researchers. The application of these materials as an additive in the high-level waste disposal has been considered. The iron- or sulfide-containing minerals such as metal iron, iron powder, stibnite and pyrrhotite show a high capacity for TcO{sub 4} sorption. And the small amounts of activated carbon are reported to have high distribution coefficients recently. In the iodine sorption studies, sulfide-, copper-, lead- or mercury-containing minerals can be a candidate. Pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, Cu{sub 2}S and CuS reveal a high capacity for I sorption. The synthetic materials were found to have high sorption capacity and compensate the defects of natural minerals, which contain hydrous oxides such as zirconium oxide, aluminium oxide and mercarbide. The mercarbide has the high distribution coefficients for the sorption of TcO{sub 4} and I. Recently it was proposed that the synthetic clay, hydrotalcite, could be useful for the fixation of anion. However, to determine the applicability of those natural and synthetic materials as an additive to a buffer or backfill material for sorption of TcO{sub 4} and/or I, the sorption behavior of the anions on those materials under the repository conditions should be identified. (author). 32 refs., 21 tabs., 10 figs

  12. Using natural Chinese zeolite to remove ammonium from rainfall runoff following urea fertilization of a paddy rice field.

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    Wang, Xiao-Ling; Qiao, Bin; Li, Song-Min; Li, Jian-Sheng

    2016-03-01

    The potential of natural Chinese zeolite to remove ammonium from rainfall runoff following urea applications to a paddy rice field is assessed in this study. Laboratory batch kinetic and isotherm experiments were carried out first to investigate the ammonium adsorption capacity of the natural zeolite. Field experiments using zeolite adsorption barriers installed at drain outlets in a paddy rice field were also carried out during natural rainfall events to evaluate the barrier's dynamic removal capacity of ammonium. The results demonstrate that the adsorption kinetics are accurately described by the Elovich model, with a coefficient of determination (R (2)) ranging from 0.9705 to 0.9709, whereas the adsorption isotherm results indicate that the Langmuir-Freundlich model provides the best fit (R (2) = 0.992) for the equilibrium data. The field experiments show that both the flow rate and the barrier volume are important controls on ammonium removal from rainfall runoff. A low flow rate leads to a higher ammonium removal efficiency at the beginning of the tests, while a high flow rate leads to a higher quantity of ammonium adsorbed over the entire runoff process.

  13. [The mutagenic action of the dust of natural zeolites and chrysotile asbestos].

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    Durnev, A D; Suslova, T B; Cheremisina, Z P; Dubovskaia, O Iu; Nigarova, E A; Korkina, L G; Seredenin, S B; Velichkovskiĭ, B T

    1990-01-01

    The cell chemiluminescence method was used to demonstrate the ability of asbest and zeolite dusts from 8 deposits of the USSR to induce generation of free oxygen radicals in the phagocytosing cells suspension. It has been found that asbest and zeolite (0.01 and 0.05 mg/ml) increase levels of cells with chromosome aberrations in human cell cultures. The cytogenetic effect of asbest was inhibited by superoxide dismutase (50 mg/ml). The damaging effect of zeolite was decreased by the pharmacological drug bemithyl (0.007-0.07 mM) and completely eliminated by catalase (20 mg/ml). The results obtained indicate that mutagenic effect of dust particles of asbest and zeolite is mediated by oxygen radicals.

  14. Chlorine-36 abundance in natural and synthetic perchlorate

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    Heikoop, Jeffrey M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dale, M [NON LANL; Sturchio, Neil C [UNIV OF ILLIONOIS; Caffee, M [PURDUE UNIV; Belosa, A D [UNIV OF ILLINOIS; Heraty, Jr., L J [UNIV OF ILLINOIS; Bohike, J K [RESTON, VA; Hatzinger, P B [SHAW ENIVIORNMENTAL C0.; Jackson, W A [TEXAS TECH; Gu, B [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    Perchlorate (ClO{sub 4}{sup -}) is ubiquitous in the environment. It occurs naturally as a product of atmospheric photochemical reactions, and is synthesized for military, aerospace, and industrial applications. Nitrate-enriched soils of the Atacama Desert (Chile) contain high concentrations of natural ClO{sub 4}{sup -}; nitrate produced from these soils has been exported worldwide since the mid-1800's for use in agriculture. The widespread introduction of synthetic and agricultural ClO{sub 4}{sup -} into the environment has complicated attempts to understand the geochemical cycle of ClO{sub 4}{sup -}. Natural ClO{sub 4}{sup -} samples from the southwestern United States have relatively high {sup 36}Cl abundances ({sup 36}Cl/Cl = 3,100 x 10{sup -15} to 28,800 x 10{sup -15}), compared with samples of synthetic ({sup 36}Cl/Cl = 0.0 x 10{sup -15} to 40 x 10{sup -15}) and Atacama Desert ({sup 36}Cl/Cl = 0.9 x 10{sup -15} to 590 x 10{sup -15}) ClO{sub 4}{sup -}. These data give a lower limit for the initial {sup 36}Cl abundance of natural ClO{sub 4}{sup -} and provide temporal and other constraints on its geochemical cycle.

  15. Combined used of natural zeolites and microalgaes for the denitrification of wastewater from fertilizer plants; Uso combinado de zeolitas naturales y microalgas en la denitrificacion de aguas residuales

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    Soca Olazabal, N.; Blanco Toledo, F.; Pizarro Camacho, D.

    1997-06-01

    In our work we investigated the process of denitrification of waster-water with high percentage of nitrate and ammonia using natural zeolites that can be used later in agricultures fertilizer, because of the nitrogen load received. This effluents was used for micro algae growth reducing the nitrate concentration, the micro algae was Chlorella Vulgaris. The zeolite reduced the NH``+{sub 4} concentration up to 5 mg/l. and the NH``+{sub 4} concentration in the zeolite, it si very important in the agriculture. The chlorella Vulgaris reduces 30 mg/l of nitrate in six hours in the steady state. (Author) 9 refs.

  16. Bacterial inactivation in water by means of a combined process of pulsed dielectric barrier discharge and silver-modified natural zeolite

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    Rodríguez-Méndez, B. G.; López-Callejas, R.; Olguín, M. T.; Hernández-Arias, A. N.; Valencia-Alvarado, R.; Peña-Eguiluz, R.; Mercado-Cabrera, A.; Alcántara-Díaz, D.; Muñoz-Castro, A. E.; de la Piedad-Beneitez, A.

    2014-06-01

    We propose a novel combined system of pulsed dielectric barrier discharges (PDBDs) and silver-modified natural zeolite (Ag-zeolite) in liquid in bubbles. The system was tested with the Escherichia coli bacteria immersed in water. In order to evaluate the efficiency of the system in bacterial inactivation a microbiological analysis was carried out; 9.82-ln of bacterial reduction was obtained using the combined system, whereas 0.43-ln of bacterial reduction was obtained using Ag-zeolite alone, and 6.26-ln with PDBD. The elapsed time was 10 minutes for the three treatments.

  17. Cellular lightweight concrete containing high-calcium fly ash and natural zeolite

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    Jitchaiyaphum, Khamphee; Sinsiri, Theerawat; Jaturapitakkul, Chai; Chindaprasirt, Prinya

    2013-05-01

    Cellular lightweight concrete (CLC) with the controlled density of approximately 800 kg/m3 was made from a preformed foam, Type-I Portland cement (OPC), fly ash (FA), or natural zeolite (NZ), and its compressive strength, setting time, water absorption, and microstructure of were tested. High-calcium FA and NZ with the median particle sizes of 14.52 and 7.72 μm, respectively, were used to partially replace OPC at 0, 10wt%, 20wt%, and 30wt% of the binder (OPC and pozzolan admixture). A water-to-binder mass ratio (W/B) of 0.5 was used for all mixes. The testing results indicated that CLC containing 10wt% NZ had the highest compressive strength. The replacement of OPC with NZ decreased the total porosity and air void size but increased the capillary porosity of the CLC. The incorporation of a suitable amount of NZ decreased the setting time, total porosity, and pore size of the paste compared with the findings with the same amount of FA. The total porosity and cumulative pore volume decreased, whereas the gel and capillary pores increased as a result of adding both pozzolans at all replacement levels. The water absorption increased as the capillary porosity increased; this effect depended on the volume of air entrained and the type or amount of pozzolan.

  18. Cr(VI) retention and transport through Fe(III)-coated natural zeolite.

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    Du, Gaoxiang; Li, Zhaohui; Liao, Libing; Hanson, Renee; Leick, Samantha; Hoeppner, Nicole; Jiang, Wei-Teh

    2012-06-30

    Cr(VI) is a group A chemical based on the weight of evidence of carcinogenicity. Its transport and retention in soils and groundwater have been studied extensively. Zeolite is a major component in deposits originated from volcanic ash and tuff after alteration. In this study, zeolite aggregates with the particle size of 1.4-2.4mm were preloaded with Fe(III). The influence of present Fe(III) on Cr(VI) retention by and transport through zeolite was studied under batch and column experiments. The added Fe(III) resulted in an enhanced Cr(VI) retention by the zeolite with a capacity of 82mg/kg. The Cr(VI) adsorption on Fe(III)-zeolite followed a pseudo-second order kinetically and the Freundlich adsorption isotherm thermodynamically. Fitting the column experimental data to HYDRUS-1D resulted in a retardation factor of 3 in comparison to 5 calculated from batch tests at an initial Cr(VI) concentration of 3mg/L. The results from this study showed that enhanced adsorption and retention of Cr(VI) may happen in soils derived from volcanic ash and tuff that contains significant amounts of zeolite with extensive Fe(III) coating. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Effect of oral drenching with zinc oxide or synthetic zeolite A on total blood calcium in dairy cows

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    Jørgensen, R J; Hansen, T; Jensen, M L

    2001-01-01

    Danish Holstein dairy cows in late lactation and milked in the morning only were used as a model for dry pregnant cows to determine the effect of oral drenching with zeolite A and zinc oxide, respectively, on total serum calcium. Ten cows were assigned randomly to two groups of five cows each...... values. Oral drenching with a single dose of zinc oxide of 100 mg/kg of body weight as well as with zeolite in doses of 500 g of zeolite/cow twice a day for 2.5 d was reflected in serum calcium levels. In the group given zeolite A, there was a depression in evening values of total serum calcium although...... was not followed by overshooting, indicating that the single treatment with zinc oxide did not stimulate the calcium homeostatic mechanisms. The perspective of this first attempt to reduce dry cow ration calcium availability may be seen in relation to difficulties in formulating dry cows rations from home grown...

  20. Energetics of glass fragmentation: Experiments on synthetic and natural glasses

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    Kolzenburg, S.; Russell, J. K.; Kennedy, L. A.

    2013-11-01

    Natural silicate glasses are an essential component of many volcanic rock types including coherent and pyroclastic rocks; they span a wide range of compositions, occur in diverse environments, and form under a variety of pressure-temperature conditions. In subsurface volcanic environments (e.g., conduits and feeders), melts intersect the thermodynamically defined glass transition temperature to form glasses at elevated confining pressures and under differential stresses. We present a series of room temperature experiments designed to explore the fundamental mechanical and fragmentation behavior of natural (obsidian) and synthetic glasses (Pyrex™) under confining pressures of 0.1-100 MPa. In each experiment, glass cores are driven to brittle failure under compressive triaxial stress. Analysis of the load-displacement response curves is used to quantify the storage of energy in samples prior to failure, the (brittle) release of elastic energy at failure, and the residual energy stored in the post-failure material. We then establish a relationship between the energy density within the sample at failure and the grain-size distributions (D-values) of the experimental products. The relationship between D-values and energy density for compressive fragmentation is significantly different from relationships established by previous workers for decompressive fragmentation. Compressive fragmentation is found to have lower fragmentation efficiency than fragmentation through decompression (i.e., a smaller change in D-value with increasing energy density). We further show that the stress storage capacity of natural glasses can be enhanced (approaching synthetic glasses) through heat treatment.

  1. Application of 119Sn CPMG MAS NMR for Fast Characterization of Sn Sites in Zeolites with Natural 119Sn Isotope Abundance

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    G. Kolyagin, Yury; V. Yakimo, Alexander; Tolborg, Søren

    2016-01-01

    119Sn CPMG MAS NMR is demonstrated to be a fast and efficient method for characterization of Sn-sites in Sn-containing zeolites. Tuning of the CPMG echo-train sequence decreases the experimental time by a factor of 5–40 in the case of as-synthesized and hydrated Sn-BEA samples and by 3 orders......-BEA zeolites with natural 119Sn isotope abundance using conventional MAS NMR equipment....

  2. Natural zeolites filling amygdales and veins in basalts from the British Tertiary Igneous Province on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

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    2012-10-01

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    Natural zeolites filling amygdales and veins in tertiary basaltic host rocks on the Isle of Skye (NW Scotland have been studied in some detail by transmitted light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques . The zeolites and associated minerals so identified in order of their relative time of formation from early to late were nontronite, amorphous silica phases, carbonate phases, chabazite, phillipsite, wairakite, thomsonite, analcime, natrolite and stilbite-type minerals . Zeolite formation in the Skye basalts began with low Si/Al ratio Na zeolites and a gradual increase in Ca content and Si/Al ratio, ending up as Ca zeolites . They were probably formed as a consequence of late-stage hydrothermal activity, although, locally, contact metamorphism may control the process of zeolite formation

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    Las zeolitas naturales como relleno en amígdalas y venas que ocurren en rocas basálticas Terciarias de la Isla de Skye (NW Escocia han sido estudiadas en detalle por técnicas de microscopía de luz transmitida, microscopía electrónica de barrido y difracción de rayos X. Las zeolitas y los minerales asociados identificados, en orden de su tiempo relativo de formación, son nontronita, fases de sílice amorfa, carbonatos, chabazita, filipsita, wairakita, thomsonita, analcima, natrolita y minerales tipo estilbita. La formación de zeolitas en los basaltos de Skye comenzó con una zeolita rica en Na de baja relación Si/Al y con el aumento gradual en el contenido de Ca y Si/Al, terminó con una zeolita rica en Ca Estas probablemente se formaron como consecuencia de una actividad hidrotermal tardía, aunque localmente un metamorfismo de contacto pudo controlar el proceso de formación de las zeolitas

  3. Uranium removal from groundwater by natural clinoptilolite zeolite: Effects of pH and initial feed concentration

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    Camacho, Lucy Mar [Department of Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3805, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (United States); Deng, Shuguang, E-mail: sdeng@nmsu.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3805, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (United States); Parra, Ramona R. [Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University, P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3805, Las Cruces, NM 88003 (United States)

    2010-03-15

    Adsorption of uranium (VI) on a natural clinoptilolite zeolite from Sweetwater County, Wyoming was investigated. Batch experiments were conducted to study the effects of pH and initial feed concentrations on uranium removal efficiency. It was found that the clinoptilolite can neutralize both acidic and low basic water solutions through its alkalinity and ion-exchange reactions with U within the solution, and adsorption of uranium (VI) species on clinoptilolite not only depends on the pH but also the initial feed concentration. The highest uranium removal efficiency (95.6%) was obtained at initial uranium concentration of 5 mg/L and pH 6.0. The Langmuir adsorption isotherm model correlates well with the uranium adsorption equilibrium data for the concentration range of 0.1-500 mg/L. From the experimental data obtained in this work, it was found that the zeolite sample investigated in this work is a mixture of clinoptilolite-Na zeolite and mineral impurities with a relatively large specific surface area (BET of 18 m{sup 2}/g) and promising adsorption properties for uranium removal from contaminated water.

  4. Formate Assimilation: The Metabolic Architecture of Natural and Synthetic Pathways.

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    Bar-Even, Arren

    2016-07-19

    Formate may become an ideal mediator between the physicochemical and biological realms, as it can be produced efficiently from multiple available sources, such as electricity and biomass, and serve as one of the simplest organic compounds for providing both carbon and energy to living cells. However, limiting the realization of formate as a microbial feedstock is the low diversity of formate-fixing enzymes and thereby the small number of naturally occurring formate-assimilation pathways. Here, the natural enzymes and pathways supporting formate assimilation are presented and discussed together with proposed synthetic routes that could permit growth on formate via existing as well as novel formate-fixing reactions. By considering such synthetic routes, the diversity of metabolic solutions for formate assimilation can be expanded dramatically, such that different host organisms, cultivation conditions, and desired products could be matched with the most suitable pathway. Astute application of old and new formate-assimilation pathways may thus become a cornerstone in the development of sustainable strategies for microbial production of value-added chemicals.

  5. Evolution of temperature and chemical parameters during composting of the pig slurry solid fraction amended with natural zeolite.

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    Venglovsky, J; Sasakova, N; Vargova, M; Pacajova, Z; Placha, I; Petrovsky, M; Harichova, D

    2005-01-01

    A 3-month experiment was conducted at a 300 kg scale to observe decomposition processes in pig slurry solids amended with two different doses of natural Slovak zeolite-clinoptilolite (substrates S1 and S2, 1% and 2% of zeolite by weight, respectively) in comparison with the control (unamended solids). The experimental and control substrates were stored outdoors in sheltered static piles at ambient temperatures ranging from 8.0 to 34.7 degrees C. The solid fraction (SF) of pig slurry was obtained by separation on vibration sieves prior to slurry treatment with activated sludge. The initial water content of the SF was 77.1% and no water was added to the piles during the storage. The temperature in the core of the piles was recorded throughout the experiment. By day 3 and 5 of storage (1% and 2% zeolite, resp.), the temperature in the substrates S1 and S2 exceeded 55 degrees C and remained above this level for 15 days while the highest temperature recorded in the control during the experiment was 29.8 degrees C. Samples from the core of the piles were taken periodically to determine pH, dry matter at 105 degrees C (DM), ash (550 degrees C/4 h), ammonia nitrogen (N-NH(4)(+)), nitrate nitrogen (N-NO(3)(-)), total nitrogen (N(t)), total phosphorus (P(t)); total organic carbon (TOC) was computed. The results showed that pH levels in S1 and S2 remained below that in the control for most of the thermophilic stage. This may be related to water-soluble ammonia and the affinity of zeolites to ammonium ions. A significant decrease in the level of ammonia nitrogen in water extracts from S1 and S2 was observed between days 5 and 35 in comparison with the control. The values of ash also differed and corresponded to the intensity of the decomposition processes in the respective substrates.

  6. Ammonia removal from high salt waste water using natural zeolite; Remocao de amonia de efluentes de alta salinidade utilizando zeolita natural

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    Geraldo, Lucia M.L. [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Arroyo, Pedro A. [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Centro de Pesquisas; Barros, Maria Angelica S.D.; Pazin, Elenice [Universidade Estadual de Maringa (UEM), PR (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Zola, Andreia S.; Zschornack, Marlon A. [Universidade Estadual de Maringa (UEM), PR (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica. Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia Quimica

    2008-07-01

    The present work aimed to study ammonium ion exchange using a fixed bed of natural zeolite clinoptilolite. First of all, it was carried out a bi component ion exchange of ammonium (150 mg/L) in the presence of K{sup +}, Ba{sup 2+}, Ca{sup 2+}, Sr{sup 2+} e Mg{sup 2+}. Thus, clinoptilolite showed a preference for strontium, barium and potassium cations, while there is a higher preference for Nh{sub 4}{sup +} cations instead calcium and magnesium. Secondly, it was studied the multicomponent ion exchange of ammonium (solution containing all cations). It was observed that the presence of competing cations decreases the content of ammonium retained in the bed until breakthrough point. Furthermore, it was also verified that multicomponent exchange in the presence of high salinity solution (60.000 mg/L of Na{sup +}), sodium influences the ion exchange mechanism, decreasing the up take capacity of ammonium for zeolitic bed. On the other hand, ammonium capture increases in the presence of natural effluent that possesses lower salinity (30.000 mg/L). Therefore, the results obtained evidence the application potentiality of clinoptilolite for ammonia up takes from industrial effluents, in what competition conditions by others cations are too severe and for that the zeolite natural presented good performance. (author)

  7. Hydraulic conductivity of compacted zeolites.

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    Oren, A Hakan; Ozdamar, Tuğçe

    2013-06-01

    Hydraulic conductivities of compacted zeolites were investigated as a function of compaction water content and zeolite particle size. Initially, the compaction characteristics of zeolites were determined. The compaction test results showed that maximum dry unit weight (γ(dmax)) of fine zeolite was greater than that of granular zeolites. The γ(dmax) of compacted zeolites was between 1.01 and 1.17 Mg m(-3) and optimum water content (w(opt)) was between 38% and 53%. Regardless of zeolite particle size, compacted zeolites had low γ(dmax) and high w(opt) when compared with compacted natural soils. Then, hydraulic conductivity tests were run on compacted zeolites. The hydraulic conductivity values were within the range of 2.0 × 10(-3) cm s(-1) to 1.1 × 10(-7) cm s(-1). Hydraulic conductivity of all compacted zeolites decreased almost 50 times as the water content increased. It is noteworthy that hydraulic conductivity of compacted zeolite was strongly dependent on the zeolite particle size. The hydraulic conductivity decreased almost three orders of magnitude up to 39% fine content; then, it remained almost unchanged beyond 39%. Only one report was found in the literature on the hydraulic conductivity of compacted zeolite, which is in agreement with the findings of this study.

  8. RESEARCH OF MICROWAVE DRYING OF NATURAL ZEOLITE GRANULES AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE TECHNOLOGICAL PROPERTIES

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    Rybachuk V.D.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The wet granulation technique is often used in the preparation of free-flowing granules in the manufacture of tablets and capsules. It is very important that granules obtained by this technology be dried before further processing. And also, it is important that the method of drying is entirely controlled and managed and the result is quite predictable. In recent years, microwave drying of granules make a considerable interest. Microwave drying is especially useful for moisture sensitive materials which are mostly pharmaceutical substances. Microwave drying technology is useful for dosage forms with high purity, since this method provides the possibility of drying in the same container production, which reduces the chance of cross contamination of matter and its direct contact with staff. The aim of this work was to study the effect of microwave radiation on the technological properties of natural zeolite peets compared to traditional convection method and to determine the optimal drying modes and specific humidity of the material. Material & methods. Granules were prepared by wet granulation technology by using a laboratory granulator NG-12. As the humidifier we used potato starch gel and PVP in an amount of 25% by weight of the dry product. The resulting granules were divided into two equal parts and subjected to drying in a microwave oven (Delfa D20MW of installed capacity (119 W, 280 W, 336 W, 462 W, ​​595 W and 700 W and shelf dryer to a residual moisture level of 0.01 g.w./g.d.m. or less. Determination of the specific humidity of granules was carried out by mass loss on drying. Fractional composition of granules was determined using a standard set of sieves with the diameter of the holes 2.0; 1.0; 0.5 and 0.25 mm. The friability of the granules was determined using friabilator Pharma Test PTF 10E / ER, Germany. To characterize the fluidity of granule Carr`s indicator (IC and coefficient Hausnera (HR. Results & discussion

  9. UTILITY OF ZEOLITES IN REMOVAL OF INORGANIC AND ORGANIC WATER POLLUTANTS

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    Zeolites are well known for their ion exchange, adsorption and acid catalysis properties. Different inorganic and organic pollutants have been removed from water at room temperature using various zeolites. Synthetic zeolite Faujasite Y has been used to remove inorganic pollutants...

  10. Natural and synthetic polymers for wounds and burns dressing.

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    Mogoşanu, George Dan; Grumezescu, Alexandru Mihai

    2014-03-25

    In the last years, health care professionals faced with an increasing number of patients suffering from wounds and burns difficult to treat and heal. During the wound healing process, the dressing protects the injury and contributes to the recovery of dermal and epidermal tissues. Because their biocompatibility, biodegradability and similarity to macromolecules recognized by the human body, some natural polymers such as polysaccharides (alginates, chitin, chitosan, heparin, chondroitin), proteoglycans and proteins (collagen, gelatin, fibrin, keratin, silk fibroin, eggshell membrane) are extensively used in wounds and burns management. Obtained by electrospinning technique, some synthetic polymers like biomimetic extracellular matrix micro/nanoscale fibers based on polyglycolic acid, polylactic acid, polyacrylic acid, poly-ɛ-caprolactone, polyvinylpyrrolidone, polyvinyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol, exhibit in vivo and in vitro wound healing properties and enhance re-epithelialization. They provide an optimal microenvironment for cell proliferation, migration and differentiation, due to their biocompatibility, biodegradability, peculiar structure and good mechanical properties. Thus, synthetic polymers are used also in regenerative medicine for cartilage, bone, vascular, nerve and ligament repair and restoration. Biocompatible with fibroblasts and keratinocytes, tissue engineered skin is indicated for regeneration and remodeling of human epidermis and wound healing improving the treatment of severe skin defects or partial-thickness burn injuries.

  11. Removal of Reactive Red 120 from aqueous solutions using surface modified natural zeolite

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    K. Naddafi

    2014-05-01

    Conclusion: The results of the study show that Iranian modified zeolite can be used effectively for removal of Reactive Red 120 in comparison with other parts of the world. Considering the cost, availability and ease of modification, it can be used to remove dye in industrial wastewater.

  12. Photoactive Nanomaterials Inspired by Nature: LTL Zeolite Doped with Laser Dyes as Artificial Light Harvesting Systems

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    Leire Gartzia-Rivero

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The herein reported work describes the development of hierarchically-organized fluorescent nanomaterials inspired by plant antenna systems. These hybrid materials are based on nanostructured zeolitic materials (LTL zeolite doped with laser dyes, which implies a synergism between organic and inorganic moieties. The non-interconnected channeled structure and pore dimensions (7.1 Å of the inorganic host are ideal to order and align the allocated fluorophores inside, inferring also high thermal and chemical stability. These artificial antennae harvest a broad range of chromatic radiation and convert it into predominant red-edge or alternatively white-light emission, just choosing the right dye combination and concentration ratio to modulate the efficiency of the ongoing energy transfer hops. A further degree of organization can be achieved by functionalizing the channel entrances of LTL zeolite with specific tailor-made (stopcock molecules via a covalent linkage. These molecules plug the channels to avoid the leakage of the guest molecules absorbed inside, as well as connect the inner space of the zeolite with the outside thanks to energy transfer processes, making the coupling of the material with external devices easier.

  13. INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR REMOVING NITROGEN COMPOUNDS FROM WATER OF RECIRCULATING AQUACULTURE SYSTEMS USING CLINOPTILOLITE NATURAL ZEOLITES

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    Carmen Georgeta Nicolae

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available From the constructive and functional point of view, a controlled aquaculture system can be assimilated with a classical water treatment system, functionally customized to the requirements of technology for intensive fish in confined spaces. A physicochemical process cheap, fast, secure which has the potential to replace the widespread technique of biologically removal of nitrogen compounds is based on the separation of nitrogen compounds from the water using zeolite. By using clinoptilolite, a zeolite with high affinity for nitrogen compounds, it was maintained in normal range the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate in a fish pound. The water recirculated in the controlled system was mechanically filtered and passed through the zeolite column. Clinoptilolite zeolite is an aluminosilicate from the microporous family solids which act as molecular sieve. The experiments were performed in the Laboratory of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Faculty of Animal Science, University of Agronomic Science and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest. Advantages of this approach include: low dependence on temperature and absence of dependence on chemical toxins and bacterial predators, do not require a start-up period, the system can be turned off or on at will, fish is grown in much lower bacterial concentrations, reducing the possibility of disease or flavour loss.

  14. Can the natural diversity of quorum sensing advance synthetic biology?

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    Rene Michele Davis

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Quorum-sensing networks enable bacteria to sense and respond to chemical signals produced by neighboring bacteria. They are widespread: over one hundred morphologically and genetically distinct species of eubacteria are known to use quorum sensing to control gene expression. This diversity suggests the potential to use natural protein variants to engineer parallel, input-specific, cell-cell communication pathways. However, only three distinct signaling pathways, Lux, Las, and Rhl, have been adapted for and broadly used in engineered systems. The paucity of unique quorum-sensing systems and their propensity for crosstalk limits the usefulness of our current quorum-sensing toolkit. This review discusses the need for more signaling pathways, roadblocks to using multiple pathways in parallel, and strategies for expanding the quorum-sensing toolbox for synthetic biology.

  15. IN SITU LEAD STABILIZATION USING NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC APATITE

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    T. Kaluđerović Radoičić

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available In this work, mineral apatite was investigated for the remediation of lead contamination. Two different apatite minerals were used: synthetic apatite, Ca10(PO46(OH2 (hereafter denoted as HAP and natural apatite from Lisina, near Bosilegrad, Serbia (hereafter denoted as LA. Phosphate ore from Lisina deposit consists of 43.3 % apatite in the form of fluorapatite, Ca10(PO46(F2. Sorption properties of HAP and LA were investigated. The results show that both of these minerals are effective in lead removal from the water solution. Sorption capacity of HAP obtained in this experiment is 0.216 mmol Pb/g HAP, while the value for LA is 0.162 mmol Pb/g LA. Modeling of these systems was conducted using Visual Minteq computer program. The values obtained from the computer simulation were compared to experimental values.

  16. Antimycobacterial and cytotoxicity activity of synthetic and natural compounds

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    Souza, Ana O. de [Instituto Butantan, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Lab. de Bioquimica e Biofisica]. E-mail: olivia@butantan.gov.br; Galetti, Fabio C.S.; Silva, Celio L. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Bioquimica e Imunologia] (and others)

    2007-07-01

    Antimycobacterial and cytotoxicity activity of synthetic and natural compounds. Secondary metabolites from Curvularia eragrostidis and Drechslera dematioidea, Clusia sp. floral resin, alkaloids from Pilocarpus alatus, salicylideneanilines, piperidine amides, the amine 1-cinnamylpiperazine and chiral pyridinium salts were assayed on Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv. N-(salicylidene)-2-hydroxyaniline was the most effective compound with a minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 8 {mu}mol/L. Dihydrocurvularin was moderately effective with a MIC of 40 {mu}mol/L. Clusia sp. floral resin and a gallocatechin-epigallocatechin mixture showed MIC of 0.02 g/L and 38 {mu}mol/L, respectively. The cytotoxicity was evaluated for N-(salicylidene)-2-hydroxyaniline, curvularin, dihydrocurvularin and Clusia sp. floral resin, and the selectivity indexes were > 125, 0.47, 0.75 and 5, respectively. (author)

  17. Action and fate of natural and synthetic antioxidants during frying

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    Marmesat, S.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The action of antioxidants to delay lipid oxidation in fats and oils is well known although most of the information is related to their effects at room temperature during storage or at the moderate temperatures of the accelerated tests to measure oil stability. However, oxidation at the high temperatures of food processes like frying, is more complex because the availability of air is unknown and both oxidative and thermal reactions are simultaneously involved. In this review, the main studies defining the action of natural and synthetic antioxidants at frying temperatures are summarized. This review has been divided into two main parts concerning the information on natural antioxidants, i.e. tocopherols and other phenolic compounds present in specific oils like olive, sesame and rice bran oils, and on synthetic antioxidants, i.e. BHA, BHT and TBHQ.

    La acción de antioxidantes para retrasar la oxidación en grasas y aceites es bien conocida aunque la mayor parte de la información está relacionada con su actividad a temperatura ambiente durante el almacenamiento o a las temperaturas moderadas de los ensayos de oxidación acelerada. Sin embargo, su efectividad a la temperatura elevada de procesos como la fritura es más compleja debido a la existencia de reacciones oxidativas y térmicas que tienen lugar simultáneamente. En esta revisión, se resumen los estudios principales que definen la acción de los antioxidantes naturales y sintéticos durante el proceso de fritura. Se ha dividido en dos partes que resumen la acción y los compuestos de degradación de los antioxidantes naturales, es decir, tocoferoles y otros compuestos fenólicos presentes en aceites de oliva, sésamo y salvado de arroz, y de los principales antioxidantes sintéticos como BHA, BHT y TBHQ.

  18. Oxygen and hydrogen isotope geochemistry of zeolites

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    Karlsson, Haraldur R.; Clayton, Robert N.

    1990-01-01

    Oxygen and hydrogen isotope ratios for natural samples of the zeolites analcime, chabazite, clinoptilolite, laumontite, mordenite, and natrolite have been obtained. The zeolite samples were classified into sedimentary, hydrothermal, and igneous groups. The ratios for each species of zeolite are reported. The results are used to discuss the origin of channel water, the role of zeolites in water-rock interaction, and the possibility that a calibrated zeolite could be used as a low-temperature geothermometer.

  19. Absorption and emission spectroscopy in natural and synthetic corundum

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    Spinolo, G.; Palanza, V.; Ledonne, A.; Paleari, A.

    2009-04-01

    In the frame of an extensive project on the optical characterization of the many varieties of corundum (see:www.gemdata.mater.unimib.it ) we reconsidered the current interpretation of the absorption spectra with particular attention to the bands attributed to the IVCT mechanism Fe2+→ Fe3+ and Fe2+→Ti4+. A detailed study was devoted to natural metamorphic and Verneuil synthetic pale blue sapphires . In that paper (I.Fontana et al 2008) we gave experimental evidence that the band at 17500 cm-1 often attributed to Fe2+→Ti4+ IVCT transitions is in reality due to the 4T2 crystal field transition of Cr3+ partially overlapped by the 2E of Ti3+. The results of radio and photoluminescence excitation experiments obtained there, led us to propose that the color of these sapphires is mainly due to Cr in its two valence states ; Ti 3+ and Fe3+ have a minor role. After those encouraging results, we decided to apply the same approach to the study of deep blue and yellow sapphires of magmatic origin. Evaluation of impurity ion concentration by EDXRF revealed that in all these samples the concentration of Fe is quite high (around 1%) while Cr and Ti are barely detectable. Characteristic of the absorption spectra of deep blue samples is the dominant presence of the 5E spin allowed transition of Fe2+; Fe3+ has a minor role due to the fact that all d5 transitions are spin forbidden and ,consequently, very weak. In yellow sapphires Fe is totally in its 3+ valence state. In these cases, the color from yellow to blue, sometimes even within the same sample, depends. on oxidizing or reducing growth conditions. Even if the concentrations of Cr and Ti are very low, their characteristic emissions are the only ones observable down to 10000 cm-1 in radio and photoluminescence spectra. This piece of evidence suggested us to propose for the absorption bands present in the 14000 to 21000 cm-1 range, often attributed to IVCT, the same attribution given to the analogous bands in metamorphic

  20. The Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2-Zeolite Composite for Degradation of Dye Using Synthetic UV and Jeddah Sunlight

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    Laila M. Al-Harbi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this research different composites of impregnated TiO2 with LTA or FAU zeolites were used as different weight% ratio for photodegradation of organic dye. Normal laboratory UV-lamps were used as a source of UV irradiation. In addition a setup of system of mirrors was used to collect real Jeddah sunlight. A comparison of UV and real sunlight photodegradation activity showed that the real sunlight enhances new centers of active sites exhibiting higher catalytic activity than that of UV irradiated samples.

  1. Synthetic

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    Anna Maria Manferdini

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Traditionally materials have been associated with a series of physical properties that can be used as inputs to production and manufacturing. Recently we witnessed an interest in materials considered not only as ‘true matter’, but also as new breeds where geometry, texture, tooling and finish are able to provoke new sensations when they are applied to a substance. These artificial materials can be described as synthetic because they are the outcome of various qualities that are not necessarily true to the original matter, but they are the combination of two or more parts, whether by design or by natural processes. The aim of this paper is to investigate the potential of architectural surfaces to produce effects through the invention of new breeds of artificial matter, using micro-scale details derived from Nature as an inspiration.

  2. Validation of bovine oestrous-specific synthetic molecules with trained scent dogs; similarities between natural and synthetic oestrous smell.

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    Fischer-Tenhagen, C; Johnen, D; Le Danvic, C; Gatien, J; Salvetti, P; Tenhagen, B A; Heuwieser, W

    2015-02-01

    Oestrous detection is crucial for successful dairy cow reproduction. Bulls identify cows in oestrus by oestrous-specific odours especially in urine and vaginal fluid. These have been used to train dogs to detect cows in heat. To improve and simplify the dog training, a spray containing synthetic oestrous molecules was developed. The objective of this study was to test the spray on similarities to the natural substance thus to assess its suitability as a training substance for heat detection dogs. Ten privately owned dogs of various breeds were trained. Dogs should be trained either to differentiate natural vaginal fluid from cows in oestrus and dioestrus (n = 5), or spray with or without synthetic oestrous molecules (n = 5). Dogs trained on natural fluid and on spray could detect the oestrous odour they had been trained on with an overall accuracy of 69.0% and 82.4%, respectively (p = 0.019). To validate the synthetic molecules, dogs trained with synthetic molecules had to detect oestrous odour in natural fluid without further training (accuracy 37.6%). Dogs trained on natural fluid detected the synthetic molecules with an accuracy of 50.0% (50% vs 37.4%, p cows in oestrus after they have been trained with synthetic oestrous molecules, but accuracy needs to be improved.

  3. Binding of Natural and Synthetic Polyphenols to Human Dihydrofolate Reductase

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    José Neptuno Rodríguez-López

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR is the subject of intensive investigation since it appears to be the primary target enzyme for antifolate drugs. Fluorescence quenching experiments show that the ester bond-containing tea polyphenols (--epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG and (--epicatechin gallate (ECG are potent inhibitors of DHFR with dissociation constants (KD of 0.9 and 1.8 μM, respectively, while polyphenols lacking the ester bound gallate moiety [e.g., (--epigallocatechin (EGC and (--epicatechin (EC] did not bind to this enzyme. To avoid stability and bioavailability problems associated with tea catechins we synthesized a methylated derivative of ECG (3-O-(3,4,5-trimethoxybenzoyl-(--epicatechin; TMECG, which effectively binds to DHFR (KD = 2.1 μM. In alkaline solution, TMECG generates a stable quinone methide product that strongly binds to the enzyme with a KD of 8.2 nM. Quercetin glucuronides also bind to DHFR but its effective binding was highly dependent of the sugar residue, with quercetin-3-xyloside being the stronger inhibitor of the enzyme with a KD of 0.6 μM. The finding that natural polyphenols are good inhibitors of human DHFR could explain the epidemiological data on their prophylactic effects for certain forms of cancer and open a possibility for the use of natural and synthetic polyphenols in cancer chemotherapy.

  4. Synthesis and physicochemical study of ZSM-5 high-silica zeolite from natural raw materials

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    Aliev, A. M.; Mamedova, U. A.; Samedov, Kh. R.; Sarydzhanov, A. A.; Agaeva, R. Yu.

    2011-02-01

    ZSM-5 high-silica zeolite was obtained from metakaolinite, Dzhenranchel'sk volcanic ash, and silica gel at T = 150-220°C, pH 9-13, and τ = 48-240 h with the use of an organic structure-forming additive, butanediol-1,4, in an alkaline solution. Optimum conditions for the synthesis of ZSM-5 zeolite were found ( T = 200°C, pH 10, τ = 144 h). The catalytic properties of its H-form in vapor-phase esterification of acetic acid ( I) with ethanol ( II) were studied at 140-180°C and a I: II molar ratio from 1 to 2. Synthesized HZSM-5 showed high activity and selectivity in this reaction.

  5. OPTIMATION OF TIME AND CATALYST/FEED RATIO IN CATALYTIC CRACKING OF WASTE PLASTICS FRACTION TO GASOLINE FRACTION USING Cr/NATURAL ZEOLITE CATALYST

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    Wega Trisunaryanti

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Optimation of time and catalyst/feed ratio in catalytic cracking of waste plastics fraction to gasoline fraction using Cr/Natural Zeolite catalyst has been studied.The natural zeolite was calcined by using nitrogen gas at 500 oC for 5 hours. The chromium supported on to the zeolite was prepared by ion exchange methode with Cr(NO33.9H2O solution with chromium/zeolite concentration of 1% (w/w. The zeolite samples were then calcined  with nitrogen gas at 500 oC for 2 hours, oxidyzed with oxygen gas and reduced with hydrogen at 400 oC for 2 hours. The characterization of the zeolite catalyst by means of Si/Al ratio by UV-Vis spectroscopy, acidity with pyridine vapour adsorption and Na, Ca and Cr contents by atomic adsorption spectroscopy (AAS. The catalyst activity test was carried out in the cracking process of waste plastics fraction with boiling point range of 150 - 250 °C (consisted of C12 - C16 hydrocarbons at 450 oC for 30 min, 60 min and 90 min, and catalyst/feed ratio 1/1, 1/2, 1/3, ¼ (w/w. The result of catalyst activity test  showed  that  the maximum number  conversion of gasoline fraction (C5-C11 is 53,27% with relatively low coke formation using 1/3 catalyst/feed ratio and the cracking time of 60 min.. This  catalyst has  Si/Al ratio = 1,21 (w/w , acidity = 0,16 mmol/g and Na content = 0,81%, Ca content = 0,15% and Cr content 0,24%.   Keywords: zeolite, catalytic cracking, gasoline, chromium.

  6. Natural Mexican zeolite, potential material for hydrogen storage; Zeolita natural mexicana, material para su posible uso en el almacenamiento de hidrogeno

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    Iturbe-Garcia, J. L.; Lopez Munoz, B. E. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (Mexico)]. E-mail: joseluis.iturbe@inin.gob.mx

    2009-09-15

    This work presents a study of the use of natural Mexican zeolite as a possible alternative for hydrogen storage. This zeolite material is from the state of Sonora. Its particle size was decreased using a grinding treatment with a mechanical alloying system for 5 hours. The mechanical alloying equipment was built in our Institute (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, ININ). Later, zeolite in powder form was characterized with x-ray diffraction and sweep electron microscopy. It was heated in a micro-reactor at 350 degrees Celsius, which was simultaneously emptied over 2 hours to eliminate humidity and possible gases trapped in its structure. Next, the temperature was reduce to 10 degrees Celsius and it was placed in contact with ultra-high pure hydrogen at a pressure of 10 bars for 10 minutes. The analysis of hydrogen trapped in the zeolite was conducted with gas chromatography. The results of the chromatograms indicate that the zeolite absorbed and liberated the hydrogen in completely different conditions than those reported in the literature. That is, with our experimental conditions at low pressure and temperature, the hydrogen was absorbed in this type of material. [Spanish] En este trabajo se presenta un estudio sobre el uso de una zeolita natural de origen mexicano como posible alternativa para almacenar hidrogeno. Este material zeolitico procede del Estado de Sonora, al cual se le disminuyo el tamano de particula mediante un tratamiento de molienda con un sistema de aleado mecanico durante 5 horas. El equipo de aleado mecanico se construyo en nuestro Instituto (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, ININ). Posteriormente, la zeolita en forma de polvo se caracterizo por medio de difraccion de rayos X y microscopia electronica de barrido. Se sometio a calentamiento en un micro-reactor a 350 grados Celsios y al mismo tiempo haciendo vacio durante 2 horas, para eliminar humedad y posibles gases que estuvieran atrapados en su estructura. En

  7. Anaerobic treatment of palm oil mill effluent in batch reactor with digested biodiesel waste as starter and natural zeolite for microbial immobilization

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    Setyowati, Paulina Adina Hari; Halim, Lenny; Mellyanawaty, Melly; Sudibyo, Hanifrahmawan; Budhijanto, Wiratni

    2017-05-01

    Palm oil mill effluent (POME) is the wastewater discharged from sludge separation, sterilization, and clarification process of palm oil industries. Each ton of palm oil produces about half ton of high organic load wastewater. Up to now, POME treatment is done in lagoon, leaving major problems in land requirement and greenhouse gasses release. The increasing of palm oil production provokes the urgency of appropriate technology application in treating POME to prevent the greenhouse gasses emission while exploit POME as renewable energy source. The purposes of this study were firstly to test the effectiveness of using the digested biodiesel waste as the inoculum and secondly to evaluate the effectiveness of natural zeolite addition in minimizing the inhibitory effect in digesting POME. It was expected that the oil-degrading bacteria in the inoculum would shorten the adaptation period in digesting POME. Furthermore, the consortium formation of anaerobic bacteria accelerated by natural zeolite powder addition would increase the microbial resistance to the inhibitors contained in the POME. The batch digesters, containing 0 (control); 17; 38; and 63 g natural zeolite/g sCOD substrate were observed for 43 days. The result showed that zeolite addition did not give significant effect on sCOD reduction (97.3-98.6% of initial sCOD). Moreover, addition of immobilization media up to 17 g natural zeolite/g stimulated the acidification and biogas production up to 10% higher than control. The purity of methane produced with various amount of immobilization media did not differ for each variation, i.e. 50-54% v/v methane. The increasing amount of natural zeolite up to 63 g/g sCOD did not significantly enhance biogas product rate nor methane content.

  8. Effect of the humic acids in the adsorption of U (Vi) in a Mexican natural zeolite; Efecto de los acidos humicos en la adsorcion de U (VI) en una zeolita natural mexicana

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    Sandoval G, H. A.; Lopez del R, H.; Davila R, J. I.; Mireles G, F., E-mail: hlopezdelrio@hotmail.com [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico)

    2012-10-15

    The uranium adsorption was studied in a Mexican natural zeolite of the clinoptilolite type in presence and absence of humic acids (Ha). The adsorption kinetics of the binary U-zeolite and ternary U-Ha-zeolite systems were compared, and the effect of the humic matter impregnated in the zeolite in the uranium removal in function of the solution ph was studied. The experiments were made to environmental conditions and lightly acid ph, with fixed concentrations of uranium and Ha of 1 x 10{sup -5} M and 20 ppm, respectively, and a reason m/V of 5 mg/ml. The uranium adsorption in absence of Ha was of 96% and decreased to 45% in the ternary system U-Ha-zeolite. The data of the binary system U-zeolite were analyzed with three kinetic models of adsorption (pseudo-first order, pseudo-second order and Elovich). By means of non lineal regression was found that the uranium adsorption obeys a kinetic of pseudo-second order. It was observed that the uranium adsorption in the zeolite impregnated with Ha is favored to more ph at 5. (Author)

  9. Characteristics of Color Produced by Awa Natural Indigo and Synthetic Indigo

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    Color of cloth dyed with Awa natural indigo is quantitatively compared with color of the cloth dyed with synthetic indigo. Results showed that: 1) color produced by Awa natural indigo is bluer and brighter than color produced by synthetic indigo; 2) a single Gaussian function fits the profile of the running of color produced by Awa natural indigo and the running of color produced by synthetic indigo prepared with sodium hydrosulfite approximates a linear sum of two Gaussian functions; 3) befo...

  10. Environmental and energy performance of the biomass to synthetic natural gas supply chain

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    Miedema, Jan Hessels; Moll, Henri; Benders, Reinerus

    2016-01-01

    A quarter of the total primary energy demand in the European Union is met by natural gas. Synthetic natural gas produced through biomass gasification can contribute to a more sustainable energy supply system. A chain analysis of the energetic performance of synthetic natural gas where the upstream,

  11. EBSD Characterization of Dendrites in Synthetic and Natural Rocks

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    Hammer, J. E.; Tiley, J.; Shiveley, A.; Knox, S.; Viswanathan, G.

    2011-12-01

    Arborescent crystals in igneous rocks are associated with extreme crystallization environments: the protoplanary disk (chondrules), Earth's ultramafic Archean mantle (komatiite), and terrestrial submarine-erupted lavas (pillow basalts), although the role of morphological instabilities in more mundane settings such as magma reservoirs of modern oceanic islands is increasingly appreciated (see Welsch et al., V16). Fundamentals of dendrite formation are presumably well understood: branching morphologies belie crystal growth conditions in which the driving force for solidification produces a kinetic roughening transition, transforming an atomically smooth crystal-liquid interface into a rough, adhesive interface capable of extremely rapid advancement. However, not since photomicrograhic advances made possible close observations of snow crystals (Nakaya 1936), has there been a more promising set of analytical tools to characterize dendrites in natural and synthetic materials in pursuit of new insights. We are investigating clinopyroxene (cpx) in the quenched top of Fe-rich tholeiitic lava (Munro Township, Northeast Ontario; Fig. 1) and a synthetic basalt of similar character (Hammer 2006) with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), 3D reconstruction of optical serial sections, and TEM. Here we report intriguing phenomena observed with EBSD common to both samples. Severe thinning of dendrite trunks and repeated tip splitting destroys the self-similarity associated with classical dendrites and instead presages 'seaweed' morphology. Split tips manifest incremental trajectory deflections, producing gently arched trunks (Fig. 1A) as well as tightly curved (r, producing distinctive misorientation maps and pole figures (Fig. 1C). Parallel branches exhibit similar rotational trajectories, carving parallel arcs in the pole figure. The high incidence of side branching and tip splitting is consistent with very rapid growth velocity, associated with extremely high kinetic

  12. Hydration of portland cement, natural zeolite mortar in water and sulphate solution

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    Janotka, I.

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is to characterise sulphate resistance of mortars made from ordinary Portland cement ( PC and Portland-pozzolan cement with 35 wt.% of zeolite addition (zeolite-blended cement-ZBC . Mortars with two different cement types were tested in water and 5% sodium sulphate solution for 720 days. A favourable effect of zeolite on increased sulphate resistance of the cement is caused by decrease in free Ca(OH2 content of the mortar There is not sufficient of Ca(OH2 available for reacting with the sulphate solution to form voluminous reaction products. A decreased C3A, content due to 35 wt.% replacement of PC by zeolite is the next pronounced factor improving resistance of the mortar with such blended cement.

    El objetivo de este trabajo ha sido estudiar la resistencia a los sulfatos de morteros preparados con cemento portland ordinario (PC y cemento portland puzolánico, con un 35% en peso de zeolita (zeolite-blended cement (ZBC. Ambos tipos de morteros fueron conservados en agua y en una disolución de sulfato sódico al 5% durante 720 días. Se observó una mayor resistencia a los sulfatos en el mortero preparado con el cemento que contenía zeolita debido a su menor contenido en Ca(OH2. No hay cantidad suficiente de Ca(OH2 para que se produzca la reacción de los constituyentes de la pasta con la disolución de sulfato sódico y formar así productos de naturaleza expansiva. La disminución en el contenido de C,3A, debida a la sustitución de un 35% en peso de PC por zeolita, es el factor más determinante en el aumento de la resistencia del mortero en los cementos con adición.

  13. AN INTEGRATED REMEDIATION SYSTEM USING SYNTHETIC AND NATURAL ZEOLITES FOR TREATMENT OF WASTEWATER AND CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS

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    reproducirse en una mayor escala. Aunque esto se ha desarrollado para los sedimentos de canal, la estrategia de remediación se puede adaptar a diferentes cursos de agua tales como ríos. El desarrollo del sistema de remediación propuesto en un sitio experimental específico, representando la parte más importante de un parque de innovación, puede proporcionar grandes beneficios a la población que vive cerca de efluentes contaminados. Ofrece no sólo oportunidades para la mitigación del impacto ambiental, la mejora de la calidad del agua y la amenidad del paisaje, sino también varias oportunidades de recreación.

  14. Evolution of temperature and chemical parameters during composting of the pig slurry solid fraction amended with natural zeolite

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    Venglovsky, J.; Sasakova, N.; Vargova, M.; Pacajova, Z.; Placha, I.; Pretrovsky, M.; Harichova, D. [University of Veterinary Medicine, Kosice (Slovakia). Research Institute of Veterinary Medicine

    2005-01-01

    A 3-month experiment was conducted at a 300 kg scale to observe decomposition processes in pig slurry solids amended with two different doses of natural Slovak zeolite-clinoptilolite (substrates S1 and S2, 1% and 2% of zeolite by weight, respectively) in comparison with the control (unamended solids). The experimental and control substrates were stored outdoors in sheltered static piles at ambient temperatures ranging from 8.0 to 34.7{sup o}C. The solid fraction (SF) of pig slurry was obtained by separation on vibration sieves prior to slurry treatment with activated sludge. The initial water content of the SF was 77.1% and no water was added to the piles during the storage. The temperature in the core of the piles was recorded throughout the experiment. By day 3 and 5 of storage (1% and 2% zeolite, resp.), the temperature in the substrates S1 and S2 exceeded 55{sup o}C and remained above this level for 15 days while the highest temperature recorded in the control during the experiment was 29.8{sup o}C. Samples from the core of the piles were taken periodically to determine pH, dry matter at 105{sup o}C (DM), ash (550{sup o} C/4 h), ammonia nitrogen (N-NH{sub 4}{sup +}), nitrate nitrogen (N-NO{sub 3}{sup -}), total nitrogen (N{sub t}), total phosphorus (P{sub t}); total organic carbon (TOC) was computed. The results showed that pH levels in S1 and S2 remained below that in the control for most of the thermophilic stage. This may be related to water-soluble ammonia and the affinity of zeolites to ammonium ions. A significant decrease in the level of ammonia nitrogen in water extracts from S1 and S2 was observed between days 5 and 35 in comparison with the control. The values of ash also differed and corresponded to the intensity of the decomposition processes in the respective substrates. (author)

  15. Reproducing Natural Spider Silks’ Copolymer Behavior in Synthetic Silk Mimics

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    An, Bo; Jenkins, Janelle E.; Sampath, Sujatha; Holland, Gregory P.; Hinman, Mike; Yarger, Jeffery L.; Lewis, Randolph

    2012-01-01

    Dragline silk from orb-weaving spiders is a copolymer of two large proteins, major ampullate spidroin 1 (MaSp1) and 2 (MaSp2). The ratio of these proteins is known to have a large variation across different species of orb-weaving spiders. NMR results from gland material of two different species of spiders, N. clavipes and A. aurantia, indicates that MaSp1 proteins are more easily formed into β-sheet nanostructures, while MaSp2 proteins form random coil and helical structures. To test if this behavior of natural silk proteins could be reproduced by recombinantly produced spider silk mimic protein, recombinant MaSp1/MaSp2 mixed fibers as well as chimeric silk fibers from MaSp1 and MaSp2 sequences in a single protein were produced based on the variable ratio and conserved motifs of MaSp1 and MaSp2 in native silk fiber. Mechanical properties, solid-state NMR, and XRD results of tested synthetic fibers indicate the differing roles of MaSp1 and MaSp2 in the fiber and verify the importance of postspin stretching treatment in helping the fiber to form the proper spatial structure. PMID:23110450

  16. Reproducing natural spider silks' copolymer behavior in synthetic silk mimics.

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    An, Bo; Jenkins, Janelle E; Sampath, Sujatha; Holland, Gregory P; Hinman, Mike; Yarger, Jeffery L; Lewis, Randolph

    2012-12-10

    Dragline silk from orb-weaving spiders is a copolymer of two large proteins, major ampullate spidroin 1 (MaSp1) and 2 (MaSp2). The ratio of these proteins is known to have a large variation across different species of orb-weaving spiders. NMR results from gland material of two different species of spiders, N. clavipes and A. aurantia , indicates that MaSp1 proteins are more easily formed into β-sheet nanostructures, while MaSp2 proteins form random coil and helical structures. To test if this behavior of natural silk proteins could be reproduced by recombinantly produced spider silk mimic protein, recombinant MaSp1/MaSp2 mixed fibers as well as chimeric silk fibers from MaSp1 and MaSp2 sequences in a single protein were produced based on the variable ratio and conserved motifs of MaSp1 and MaSp2 in native silk fiber. Mechanical properties, solid-state NMR, and XRD results of tested synthetic fibers indicate the differing roles of MaSp1 and MaSp2 in the fiber and verify the importance of postspin stretching treatment in helping the fiber to form the proper spatial structure.

  17. Naturally and synthetic smart composite biomaterials for tissue regeneration.

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    Pérez, Román A; Won, Jong-Eun; Knowles, Jonathan C; Kim, Hae-Won

    2013-04-01

    The development of smart biomaterials for tissue regeneration has become the focus of intense research interest. More opportunities are available by the composite approach of combining the biomaterials in the form of biopolymers and/or bioceramics either synthetic or natural. Strategies to provide smart capabilities to the composite biomaterials primarily seek to achieve matrices that are instructive/inductive to cells, or that stimulate/trigger target cell responses that are crucial in the tissue regeneration processes. Here, we review in-depth, recent developments concerning smart composite biomaterials available for delivery systems of biofactors and cells and scaffolding matrices in tissue engineering. Smart composite designs are possible by modulating the bulk and surface properties that mimic the native tissues, either in chemical (extracellular matrix molecules) or in physical properties (e.g. stiffness), or by introducing external therapeutic molecules (drugs, proteins and genes) within the structure in a way that allows sustainable and controllable delivery, even time-dependent and sequential delivery of multiple biofactors. Responsiveness to internal or external stimuli, including pH, temperature, ionic strength, and magnetism, is another promising means to improve the multifunctionality in smart scaffolds with on-demand delivery potential. These approaches will provide the next-generation platforms for designing three-dimensional matrices and delivery systems for tissue regenerative applications. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. MSW to synthetic natural gas: System modeling and thermodynamics assessment.

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    Zhu, Lin; Zhang, Le; Fan, Junming; Jiang, Peng; Li, Luling

    2016-02-01

    To achieve environmental-friendly and energy-efficiency synthetic natural gas (SNG) production routing from municipal solid waste (MSW), a MSW-to-SNG process is unprecedentedly presented in this work, of which the designed configuration is developed and simulated with the aid of Aspen Plus. In addition, sensitivity analyses on major operation parameters, such as equivalence volume ratio (ER), steam-to-MSW mass ratio (S/M) and methanation pressure, are performed with the discussion of process efficiencies and SNG quality. In parallel, the comparison analysis is considered by adopting various MSW material. In this work, the composition of SNG mainly consists of 87.7% CH4, 2.9% CO2, 2.3% H2 and 7.1% N2. And lower heating value (LHV) together with Wobbe index of SNG are separately 31.66MJ/Nm(3) and 45.90MJ/Nm(3). Moreover, the wood-to-SNG, MSW-to-SNG and coal-to-SNG processes are carried out to demonstrate the superiority of the MSW-to-SNG process. The results reveal that the MSW-to-SNG process is a promising option to dispose MSW environmentally, meanwhile converting MSW to the valuable SNG.

  19. Sorption of Pesticides to Natural and Synthetic Nanoparticles

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    Guluzada, Leyla; Luo, Leilei; Pattky, Martin; Anwander, Reiner; Huhn, Carolin; Haderlein, Stefan

    2017-04-01

    Many organic pollutants tend to associate with particles in environment. Such interactions with solid surfaces may not only alter the reactivity and bioavailability of pesticides, but also their uptake. This alteration may occur both in the way and in the amount the compound enters the organisms. In its turn this may change the overall effects of these compounds on organisms and ecosystems. The main goal of the work presented here is to provide mechanistic information on the sorbate-sorbent interactions between nanoparticles and a set of pesticides under environmentally relevant and physiological conditions. As such, the work is part of the interdisciplinary graduate research program EXPAND at the University of Tübingen investigating molecular interactions between pesticides and particles to elucidate how such interactions impact the toxicological effects. To this end, natural and synthetic nanoparticles covering a wide range of physicochemical properties and pesticides for different target organisms were used. Sorption experiments were carried out with insecticides (imidacloprid; thiacloprid), fungicides (hexaconazole; propiconazole) and herbicides (glyphosate with its metabolite AMPA; glufosinate). The choice of the pesticides was based on their environmental significance and their mode of action. Both engineered nanoparticles with tailored surface properties and nanoparticles of natural origin were characterized and applied to cover various modes of sorptive interactions with the pesticides. The impact of various geochemical and physiological conditions including pH, temperature, ionic strength, background electrolytes and DOM (dissolved organic matter) on the sorption of the pesticides to nanoparticles was studied. Sorption kinetics and sorption isotherms were determined and the results are discussed in terms of predominant sorption mechanisms and the suitability of certain nanoparticles for toxicological studies in the framework of the EXPAND project.

  20. Advanced regeneration and fixed-bed study of ammonium and potassium removal from anaerobic digested wastewater by natural zeolite.

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    Guo, Xuejun; Zeng, Larry; Jin, Xin

    2013-05-01

    Highly efficient regeneration of natural zeolite was developed in conjunction with the removal of high concentrations of ammonia and potassium from the reverse osmosis effluent of anaerobic-digested wastewater by fixed-bed ion exchange. The elution and uptake behavior of ammonium and potassium in the fixed bed were studied. Both batch desorption tests and on-column regeneration were conducted to develop an optimum regeneration condition compatible with the wastewater requirements. The effectiveness of ammonium elution increased with increasing alkaline concentration. The increase of salt dose significantly enhanced the ammonium maximum in the elution solution. Complete ammonium elution was achieved in 6 bed volumes (BV) when the alkaline and salt concentrations were respectively 0.1 mol/L and 18.6 g/L at a flow rate of 2.5-3.0 BV/hr. Due to the higher affinity of potassium with natural clinoptilolite, complete potassium elution was not achieved in all cases.

  1. Leaching and antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles loaded onto natural zeolite clinoptilolite by ion exchange and wet impregnation.

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    Missengue, Roland N M; Musyoka, Nicholas M; Madzivire, Godfrey; Babajide, Omotola; Fatoba, Ojo O; Tuffin, Marla; Petrik, Leslie F

    2016-01-28

    This study aimed to compare the leaching and antimicrobial properties of silver that was loaded onto the natural zeolite clinoptilolite by ion exchange and wet impregnation. Silver ions were reduced using sodium borohydride (NaBH4). The leaching of silver from the prepared silver-clinoptilolite (Ag-EHC) nanocomposite samples and their antimicrobial activity on Escherichia coli Epi 300 were investigated. It was observed that the percentage of silver loaded onto EHC depended on the loading procedure and the concentration of silver precursor used. Up to 87% of silver was loaded onto EHC by wet impregnation. The size of synthesized silver nanoparticles varied between 8.71-72.67 nm and 7.93-73.91 nm when silver was loaded by ion exchange and wet impregnation, respectively. The antimicrobial activity of the prepared nanocomposite samples was related to the concentration of silver precursor used, the leaching rate and the size of silver nanoparticles obtained after reduction. However, only in the case of the nanocomposite sample (Ag-WEHC) obtained after loading 43.80 ± 1.90 µg of Ag per gram zeolite through wet impregnation was the leaching rate lower than 0.1 mg L(-1) limit recommended by WHO, with an acceptable microbial killing effect.

  2. Fluorescence labelling as tool for zeolite particle tracking in nanoremediation approaches

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    Gillies, Glenn; Mackenzie, Katrin; Kopinke, Frank-Dieter; Georgi, Anett

    2016-04-15

    Colloidal Fe-zeolites such as Fe-BEA-35 are currently under study as new adsorbent and catalyst materials for in-situ chemical oxidation with H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. As for nanoremediation in general, the availability of suitable particle detection methods is a requirement for successful process development and particle tracing. Detection and distinguishing between natural colloids and introduced particles with a similar composition are a challenge. By means of fluorescence labelling, a highly specific detection option for Fe-BEA-35 was developed. ‘Ship-in-a-bottle’ synthesis of fluorescein within the zeolite pores, which was applied for the first time for a BEA type zeolite, provides a product with stable and non-extractable fluorescence. When the fluorescent labelled zeolite is added at a concentration of 1 wt.% referring to the total zeolite mass, a very low detection limit of 1 mg/L of total zeolite is obtained. Compared to commonly applied turbidity measurements, detection via fluorescence labelling is much more specific and sensitive. Fluorescence is only marginally affected by carboxymethyl cellulose, which is frequently applied as stabilizer in application suspensions but will be depleted upon contact with H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. Transport properties of fluorescent labelled and non-labelled Fe-zeolite particles are in agreement as determined in a column study with quartz sand and synthetic groundwater (classified as very hard). - Highlights: • Fluorescent BEA zeolite was prepared for first time by ‘ship-in-a-bottle’ synthesis. • Fluorescein synthesized inside zeolite channels is stable and non-extractable. • Detection limit of Fe-zeolite particles in suspension with 1 wt.% fluorescent zeolite is 1 mg/L. • Transport properties of fluorescent and Fe-loaded BEA particles are identical.

  3. Characteristics of Color Produced by Awa Natural Indigo and Synthetic Indigo

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    Miyoko Kawahito

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Color of cloth dyed with Awa natural indigo is quantitatively compared with color of the cloth dyed with synthetic indigo. Results showed that: 1 color produced by Awa natural indigo is bluer and brighter than color produced by synthetic indigo; 2 a single Gaussian function fits the profile of the running of color produced by Awa natural indigo and the running of color produced by synthetic indigo prepared with sodium hydrosulfite approximates a linear sum of two Gaussian functions; 3 before and after washing, color is quantitatively more uneven when produced by Awa natural indigo than when produced by synthetic indigo; 4 the diffusion coefficient of Awa natural indigo is lower than that of synthetic indigo; 5 color superiority of Awa natural indigorelates to smaller diffusion coefficient, slower reduction, poorer penetration, and higher dye aggregation.

  4. Natrolite zeolite: A natural and reusable catalyst for one-pot synthesis of α-aminophosphonates under solvent-free conditions

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    Siavash Bahari

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    Full Text Available α-Aminophosphonates are synthesized efficiently by one-pot reaction of aldehydes or ketones, amines, trialkyl phosphites in the presence of Natrolite zeolite as a natural catalyst under solvent-free conditions. Furthermore, the catalyst can be reused several times without any significant loss of catalytic activity.

  5. Evaluation of the potentiality of a Mexican natural zeolite chabazite-type in the lead removal in water; Evaluacion de la potencialidad de una chabasita natural mexicana en la remocion de plomo en agua

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    Alvarado I, J.; Sotelo L, M.; Meza F, D.; Paz M, F. A. [Universidad de Sonora, Blvd. Luis Encinas y Rosales s/n, Col. Centro, Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico); Maubert F, M., E-mail: msotelo@guaymas.uson.mx [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Azcapotzalco, Av. San Pablo 180, Col. Reynosa-Tamaulipas, 02200 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2013-06-01

    The intention of this paper is to present the characterization of a natural zeolite, chabazite-type, from the Mexican reservoir La Palma, at Divisaderos, Sonora, where their potential use as ion exchange material to remove lead in water is assessed. The chabazite was characterized through X-ray diffraction, Icp-OES, Icp-Ms, EDX, Bet and TG/TGD. The results indicate the presence of Ba(1930 ppm) and Sr(1220 ppm), which are characteristic of aluminium rich phases. A chabazite modification treatment is proposed by using solutions of NaOH (0.1 M) and NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3} (1 M). The lead removal kinetics both in natural zeolite as in their chemically modified forms was obtained by using the ion exchange process in a batch reactor. The results show how unnecessary natural zeolite homo ionization is for the removal of lead, thereby obtaining the equilibrium concentration of unmodified zeolite for plotting the adsorption isotherm, which was adjusted to Langmuir model. The Langmuir isotherm has a good fit of the results at equilibrium (R{sup 2}=0.92), which demonstrates that natural zeolites studied, in its natural form, contains exchangeable cations required (Ca{sup +2}, Mg{sup 2+} and Na{sup +}) for potentially be used as an adsorbent material/ion exchanger for water treatment impacted by lead. (Author)

  6. EPR Study of Cr5+ and Cu2+ in Some Zeolites Introduced by Solid- and Liquid-State Reactions

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    Köksal, Fevzi; Ucun, Fatih; Kartal, İbrahim

    1996-04-01

    This study reports on the EPR of Cr5+ and Cu2+ ions, introduced by solid- and liquid-state reactions with the synthetic zeolites 3A, 4A and 5A, and the natural zeolite clinoptilolite. Cr3+ was oxidized to Cr5+ in the samples, the coordination around Cr5+ being square pyramidal. Super-hyperfine (shf) interaction of Cr5+ with 27Al nucleus was observed in both solid-and liquid-state-introduced 5A zeolite, whereas this shf could not be observed for the solid-state introduced 4A zeolite. The liquid-state Cr-introduced 4A zeolite needed a heat treatment at 473 K for ½ h for the appearance of shfs. Furthermore, it has been found that the coordination structure around the Cu2+ is square pyramidal in solid-state introduced samples, whereas it is octahedral in the liquid-state introduced ones.

  7. Application of natural and synthetic polymers in a production of paper

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    Jovanović Slobodan

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This work gives the review of most frequently used natural and synthetic polymers in production of paper, board and cardboard. Physical and chemical interaction of natural and synthetic polymers with cellulose fibers, and thus the way these polymers influence the improvement of both production process and the paper characteristics, have been presented.

  8. Discerning the Location and Nature of Coke Deposition from Surface to Bulk of Spent Zeolite Catalysts

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    Devaraj, Arun; Vijayakumar, Murugesan; Bao, Jie; Guo, Mond F.; Derewinski, Miroslaw A.; Xu, Zhijie; Gray, Michel J.; Prodinger, Sebastian; Ramasamy, Karthikeyan K.

    2016-11-01

    The formation of carbonaceous deposits (coke) in zeolite pores during catalysis leads to temporary deactivation of catalyst, necessitating regeneration steps, affecting throughput, and resulting in partial permanent loss of catalytic efficiency. Yet, even to date, the coke molecule distribution is quite challenging to study with high spatial resolution from surface to bulk of the catalyst particles at a single particle level. To address this challenge we investigated the coke molecules in HZSM-5 catalyst after ethanol conversion treatment by a combination of C K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), 13C Cross polarization-magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (CP-MAS NMR) spectroscopy, and atom probe tomography (APT). XAS and NMR highlighted the aromatic character of coke molecules. APT permitted the imaging of the spatial distribution of hydrocarbon molecules located within the pores of spent HZSM-5 catalyst from surface to bulk at a single particle level. 27Al NMR results and APT results indicated association of coke molecules with Al enriched regions within the spent HZSM-5 catalyst particles. The experimental results were additionally validated by a level-set–based APT field evaporation model. These results provide a new approach to investigate catalytic deactivation due to hydrocarbon coking or poisoning of zeolites at an unprecedented spatial resolution.

  9. Effect of the modification of a natural mexican zeolite in the sorption of cadmium and 4-chloro phenol; Efecto de la modificacion de una zeolita natural mexicana en la sorcion de cadmio y 4-clorofenol

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    Cortes M, R. [ININ, 52750 La Marquesa, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2007-07-01

    Clinoptilolite type zeolite is a material of relative abundance in Mexico, which possess ion exchange properties and it can be used in the removal of metal ions from polluted waters. The external surface of zeolites can be modified with cationic surfactants. This modification could have a negative effect on the removal of metal ions and provides to the material the capacity to adsorb phenolic compounds. For this reason, it is important to know the capability of the modified material on the sorption of metal ions and phenolic compounds, simultaneously. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of the external surface modification with surfactant of a Mexican zeolite over its sorption capacity of cadmium and 4-chloro phenol, in batch and column systems. To accomplish that, a clinoptilolite type zeolitic rock from a deposit located in the state of Sonora, Mexico, was used. It was ground, sieved and characterized with different techniques; and its external surface area was modified with hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (HDTMA-Br). A grain size fraction was selected to carry out sorption kinetics and equilibrium experiments, as well as packed column tests with zeolitic material and solutions of cadmium and 4-chloro phenol. There are different models proposed in literature that are used to describe sorption kinetics and equilibrium. In this work, the sorption experimental results were adjusted to some of these models to identify controlling mechanisms on the kinetics and equilibrium of the studied systems. The results showed that the cadmium adsorption on natural and modified zeolite was similar in batch systems. For the case of 4-chloro phenol sorption, it was observed that natural zeolite does not retain this compound, while in modified zeolite the sorption is better than other comparable materials. The results also showed that for the case of cadmium sorption, the mechanism involved was ion exchange; while for sorption of 4-chloro phenol, a partition mechanism

  10. Solubility properties of synthetic and natural meta-torbernite

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    Cretaz, Fanny; Szenknect, Stéphanie; Clavier, Nicolas; Vitorge, Pierre; Mesbah, Adel; Descostes, Michael; Poinssot, Christophe; Dacheux, Nicolas

    2013-11-01

    Meta-torbernite, Cu(UO2)2(PO4)2ṡ8H2O, is one of the most common secondary minerals resulting from the alteration of pitchblende. The determination of the thermodynamic data associated to this phase appears to be a crucial step toward the understanding the origin of uranium deposits or to forecast the fate and transport of uranium in natural media. A parallel approach based on the study of both synthetic and natural samples of meta-torbernite (H3O)0.4Cu0.8(UO2)2(PO4)2ṡ7.6H2O was set up to evaluate its solubility constant. The two solids were first thoroughly characterized and compared by means of XRD, SEM, X-EDS analyses, Raman spectroscopy and BET measurements. The solubility constant was then determined in both under- and supersaturated conditions: the obtained value appeared close to logKs,0°(298 K) = -52.9 ± 0.1 whatever the type of experiment and the sample considered. The joint determination of Gibbs free energy (ΔRG°(298 K) = 300 ± 2 kJ mol-1) then allowed the calculation of ΔRH°(298 K) = 40 ± 3 kJ mol-1 and ΔRS°(298 K) = -879 ± 7 J mol-1 K-1. From these values, the thermodynamic data associated with the formation of meta-torbernite (H3O)0.4Cu0.8(UO2)2(PO4)2ṡ7.6H2O were also evaluated and found to be consistent with those previously obtained by calorimetry, showing the reliability of the method developed in this work. Finally, the obtained data were implemented in a calculation code to determine the conditions of meta-torbernite formation in environmental conditions typical of a former mining site. SI=log({Q}/{Ks}) with Q=∏i( where νi is the stoichiometric coefficient (algebraic value) of species i and ai the nonequilibrium activity of i.

  11. Oil palm waste and synthetic zeolite: an alternative soil-less growth substrate for lettuce production as a waste management practice

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    Jayasinghe, G.Y.; Tokashiki, Y.; Kitou, M.; Kinjo, K. [Kagoshima University, Kagoshima (Japan). United Graduate School of Agricultural Science

    2008-12-15

    A study was conducted to assess the characteristics and the prospective utilization of oil palm waste (OP) and synthetic zeolite (SZ) developed by coal fly ash, as an alternative substrate to peat and commercial perlite for lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) production. The SZ, OP, sphagnum peat (PE), perlite (PL) and two different SZ-OP mixtures (v/v) at the ratio of 1 : 3 and 1 : 10 were utilized as the substrates under this study. The substrates formulated by mixing SZ with OP at the ratio of 1 : 3 and 1 : 10 showed improved substrate physical and chemical properties such as air space, bulk density, particle density, water-holding capacity, pH and electrical conductivity (EC), which were in the ideal substrate range when compared with PL. Furthermore, the water-holding capacity of the substrate having a 1 : 10 mixing ratio of SZ with OP was higher than that of the PL by 28.23%, whereas the bulk density was lower than that of PL by 35%. A greenhouse experiment was carried out to assess the influence of the substrates on the growth and development of lettuce. The results of the study suggest that the SZ-OP-based substrates and OP can be successfully utilized as alternatives to the commercial perlite and to substitute the conventional peat substrate for lettuce cultivation. In addition, this can be proposed as an alternative waste management practice.

  12. Synthetic biology for production of natural and new-to-nature terpenoids in photosynthetic organisms.

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    Arendt, Philipp; Pollier, Jacob; Callewaert, Nico; Goossens, Alain

    2016-07-01

    With tens of thousands of characterized members, terpenoids constitute the largest class of natural compounds that are synthesized by all living organisms. Several terpenoids play primary roles in the maintenance of cell membrane fluidity, as pigments or as phytohormones, but most of them function as specialized metabolites that are involved in plant resistance to herbivores or plant-environment interactions. Terpenoids are an essential component of human nutrition, and many are economically important pharmaceuticals, aromatics and potential next-generation biofuels. Because of the often low abundance in their natural source, as well as the demand for novel terpenoid structures with new or improved bioactivities, terpenoid biosynthesis has become a prime target for metabolic engineering and synthetic biology projects. In this review we focus on the creation of new-to-nature or tailor-made plant-derived terpenoids in photosynthetic organisms, in particular by means of combinatorial biosynthesis and the activation of silent metabolism. We reflect on the characteristics of different potential photosynthetic host organisms and recent advances in synthetic biology and discuss their utility for the (heterologous) production of (novel) terpenoids.

  13. Research concerning the influence of several factors on Pb2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions adsorption by natural zeolite tuff from Maramureş county, Northern Romania

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    Dan Costin

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research is to highlight the influence that certain parameters have on theremoval efficiency of Pb2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+ ions from industrial wastewater using natural zeolite tuff.Environmental and human health damage arising due to heavy metal content in surface water andgroundwater have been challenging for researchers to find the most effective treatment methods with ahigh yield and relatively low cost (Carland & Aplan 1995; Curkovic et al 1997; Inglezakis et al 2003;Inglezakis et al 2005. They may well be achieved by using natural zeolites whose properties such as:molecular sieves, adsorption, hydration-dehydration without modifying their structural network, whichgive them an important role in the removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater (Alvarez-Ayuso et al2003; Peric et al 2004. For this experiment the zeolite tuff sample was taken from a perimeter withvolcanic tuffs located in the Bârsana area, Maramures County, Romania. During the batch experiment theinfluence of certain factors on the ion exchange process was observed, like: particle diameter of zeolitetuff and the pH of the contact solution. After processing the data it was found that the highest levels ofspecific adsorption for all studied heavy metal ions has been obtained for the lowest average diameters(d = 0.037 mm of the ground natural zeolite used in the experiment and the best adsorption has beendone at the highest pH used in the experiment (pH = 4.

  14. Solubility properties of synthetic and natural meta-torbernite

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    Cretaz, Fanny [ICSM UMR 5257 CNRS/CEA/UM2/ENCSM, Site de Marcoule – Bât 426, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze (France); Szenknect, Stéphanie, E-mail: stephanie.szenknect@cea.fr [ICSM UMR 5257 CNRS/CEA/UM2/ENCSM, Site de Marcoule – Bât 426, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze (France); Clavier, Nicolas [ICSM UMR 5257 CNRS/CEA/UM2/ENCSM, Site de Marcoule – Bât 426, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze (France); Vitorge, Pierre [CEA, Nuclear Energy Division, DPC/SECR, Site de Saclay, Bât 391, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Mesbah, Adel [ICSM UMR 5257 CNRS/CEA/UM2/ENCSM, Site de Marcoule – Bât 426, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze (France); Descostes, Michael [AREVA Mines/DEXP/DR and D-projet Envir-Mines, La Défense, 92084 Paris (France); Poinssot, Christophe [CEA, Nuclear Energy Division, DRCP/DIR, CEA Marcoule – Bât 400, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze (France); Dacheux, Nicolas [ICSM UMR 5257 CNRS/CEA/UM2/ENCSM, Site de Marcoule – Bât 426, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze (France)

    2013-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Highlights: •Solubility of synthesized meta-torbernite (H{sub 3}O){sub 0.4}Cu{sub 0.8}(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}⋅7.6H{sub 2}O. •Solubility constant and thermodynamic data of formation were determined. •Comparison with a natural sample: same steady state reached for both samples. •Simulations performed under environmentally relevant conditions using the thermodynamic data obtained. -- Abstract: Meta-torbernite, Cu(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}⋅8H{sub 2}O, is one of the most common secondary minerals resulting from the alteration of pitchblende. The determination of the thermodynamic data associated to this phase appears to be a crucial step toward the understanding the origin of uranium deposits or to forecast the fate and transport of uranium in natural media. A parallel approach based on the study of both synthetic and natural samples of meta-torbernite (H{sub 3}O){sub 0.4}Cu{sub 0.8}(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}⋅7.6H{sub 2}O was set up to evaluate its solubility constant. The two solids were first thoroughly characterized and compared by means of XRD, SEM, X-EDS analyses, Raman spectroscopy and BET measurements. The solubility constant was then determined in both under- and supersaturated conditions: the obtained value appeared close to logK{sub s,0}{sup °}(298 K) = −52.9 ± 0.1 whatever the type of experiment and the sample considered. The joint determination of Gibbs free energy (Δ{sub R}G°(298 K) = 300 ± 2 kJ mol{sup −1}) then allowed the calculation of Δ{sub R}H°(298 K) = 40 ± 3 kJ mol{sup −1} and Δ{sub R}S°(298 K) = −879 ± 7 J mol{sup −1} K{sup −1}. From these values, the thermodynamic data associated with the formation of meta-torbernite (H{sub 3}O){sub 0.4}Cu{sub 0.8}(UO{sub 2}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}⋅7.6H{sub 2}O were also evaluated and found to be consistent with those previously obtained by calorimetry, showing the reliability of the method developed in

  15. Anaerobic digestion of palm oil mill effluent with lampung natural zeolite as microbe immobilization medium and digested cow manure as starter

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    Halim, Lenny; Mellyanawaty, Melly; Cahyono, Rochim Bakti; Sudibyo, Hanifrahmawan; Budhijanto, Wiratni

    2017-05-01

    Indonesia is well-known as the world's biggest palm oil producer with 32.5 million tons of annual production. Palm oil processing contributes to 60% wastewater, leading to environmental problem caused by excessive production of wastewater. This wastewater, i.e. Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME), has high organic content (40,000-60,000 mg COD/L) which is potential for biogas production. However, its low pH value and long chain fatty acid content likely inhibit the anaerobic digestion. Porous media might reduce the inhibitory effect during POME digestion since the media act as both immobilization media for bacteria and as inhibitor adsorbent. Excessive amount of porous media might interfere with the nutrient consumption by microbes. There will be an optimum amount of porous media added, which depends on the wastewater characteristics. This research studied Lampung natural zeolite as immobilization media in digesting POME. The batch experiment was conducted for 40 days with different amount of natural zeolite, i.e. 0; 45; 100; and 200 g/g COD. Digested cow manure was used as the starter inoculum, considering the abundance of anaerobic bacteria therein. Zeolite addition was proven to accelerate COD reduction and stabilized the volatile fatty acid as the intermediate product of anaerobic digestion. The addition of natural zeolite up to 45 g/g COD is considered enough to increase the COD removal (85.695 %), maintain the methane content up to 50%, and enhance the bacteria activity. However, larger amount of natural zeolite lowered the methane production and COD reduction, which indicated nutrient adsorption on to the media and hence caused decreasing nutrient access by the microbes.

  16. Discerning the Location and Nature of Coke Deposition from Surface to Bulk of Spent Zeolite Catalysts

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    Devaraj, Arun; Vijayakumar, Murugesan; Bao, Jie; Guo, Mond F.; Derewinski, Miroslaw A.; Xu, Zhijie; Gray, Michel J.; Prodinger, Sebastian; Ramasamy, Karthikeyan K.

    2016-11-23

    The nanoscale compositional mapping of fresh HZSM-5 catalyst synthesized using hydrothermal process as well as after just steaming and after ethanol conversion reaction for 72 hours at realistic catalytic conditions was investigated using atom probe tomography. Atom probe tomography permitted direct atomic scale imaging of non-uniform distribution of Al within the HZSM-5 as well as for the first time image the hydrocarbon coking after ethanol reaction. Clear evidences for existence of multiple C-H molecular species which appear to aggregate as clusters within the pores of spent HZSM-5 catalyst materials is provided. These results provide evidence for the ability of atom probe tomography, a powerful 3D characterization tool in interrogating the atomic scale chemistry of zeolite catalyst materials at industrially relevant catalytic conditions.

  17. The Effect of Zeolite on Aggregate Stability Indices

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    F. Sohrab

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Soil structural stability affects the profitability and sustainability of agricultural systems. Particle size distribution (PSD and aggregate stability are the important characteristics of soil. Aggregate stability has a significant impact on the development of the root system, water and carbon cycle and soil resistance against soil erosion. Soil aggregate stability, defined as the ability of the aggregates to remain intact when subject to a given stress, is an important soil property that affects the movement and storage of water, aeration, erosion, biological activity and growth of crops. Dry soil aggregate stability (Mean Weight Diameter (MWD, Geometric Mean Diameter (GMD and Wet Aggregate Stability (WAS are important indices for evaluating soil aggregate stability.To improve soil physical properties, including modifying aggregate, using various additives (organic, inorganic and chemicals, zeolites are among what has been studied.According to traditional definition, zeolites are hydratealuminosilicates of alkaline and alkaline-earth minerals. Their structure is made up of a framework of[SiO4]−4 and [AlO4]−5 tetrahedron linked to each other's cornersby sharing oxygen atoms. The substitution of Si+4 by Al+3 intetrahedral sites results inmore negative charges and a high cation exchange capacity.Zeolites, as natural cation exchangers, are suitable substitutes to remove toxic cations. Among the natural zeolites,Clinoptilolite seems to be the most efficient ion exchanger and ion-selective material forremoving and stabilizing heavy metals.Due to theexisting insufficient technical information on the effects of using different levels of zeolite on physical properties of different types of soils in Iran, the aim of this research was to assess the effects of two different types of zeolite (Clinoptilolite natural zeolite, Z4, and Synthetic zeolite, A4 on aggregate stability indicesof soil. Materials and Methods: In this study at first

  18. Maximizing ammonium nitrogen removal from solution using different zeolites.

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    Penn, Chad J; Warren, Jason G; Smith, Savannah

    2010-01-01

    Zeolite minerals are ideal for removing ammonium nitrogen (NH4(+)-N) from animal wastes, leachates, and industrial effluents. The objectives of this study were to compare NH4+ removal and kinetics among several commercially available zeolites under various conditions and determine if calorimetry could provide information regarding kinetics of NH4+ removal. Ammonium sorption onto potassium (K) saturated zeolites was compared using synthetic vs. natural swine effluent and with either traditional batch-shaken system or a "tea bag" approach in which zeolites were contained in a mesh sack and suspended in a solution of swine effluent. Ammonium sorption was measured at four retention times using a flow-through system, and the resulting heat response was measured using isothermal calorimetry. Ammonium removal was not significantly different in synthetic vs. natural swine effluent. Ammonium removal was lower in batch-stirred compared to batch-shaken systems, suggesting that diffusion between particles was rate-limiting in the former system. Flow-through cells possessing contact times > 100 s displayed greater NH4+ sorption than batch systems, suggesting that maintaining high NH4+ concentration in solution, removal of exchange products, and sufficient reaction time are critical to maximizing NH4+ removal by zeolites. Within 100 s after NH4+ addition, endothermic heat responses indicated that NH4(+)-K+ exchange had peaked; this was followed by significant heat rate reduction for 50 min. This confirmed findings of an initial fast NH4(+)-K+ exchange followed by a slower one and suggests the 100-s period of rapid reaction is an indicator of the minimum flow through retention time required to optimize NH4+ sorption to zeolites used in this study.

  19. 18 CFR 157.212 - Synthetic and liquefied natural gas facilities.

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    2010-04-01

    ... of the Natural Gas Act for Certain Transactions and Abandonment § 157.212 Synthetic and liquefied... liquefied natural gas and that are not “related jurisdictional natural gas facilities” as defined in § 153.2... natural gas facilities. 157.212 Section 157.212 Conservation of Power and Water Resources FEDERAL...

  20. Zeolitic volcanic tuffs from Macicas (Cluj County, natural raw materials used for NH4+ removal from wastewaters

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    Horea Bedelean

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Volcanic tuffs out cropping in Măcicaş area (Cluj County have been investigated and tested for their ammonium removal capacity. The zeolitic volcanic tuffs from Măcicaş are mainly represented by vitric and vitric crystal tuffs. In this region, significant amounts of volcanic glass in the pyroclastic sequence have been replaced by zeolites (between 50-80 %. The main zeolite species identified in volcanic tuffs from Măcicaş is clinoptilolite and subordinately mordenite. The zeolitic tuff samples considered in zeolitic sodium form (labeled M1-Na and M2-Na are tested in ammonium removal experiments. The ammonium ions were completely removed from 0.0716g/dm3 NH4+ solution onto 10g of zeolitic material in static regime. In dynamic regime, the ammonium ions were completely removed after 250 ml and 500 ml solution passed on M1-Na and M2-Na sample respectively. Also the zeolite exhaustion takes place after more than 1500 ml solution is processed in both cases. The ionic exchange properties suggest that the zeolitic tuff of the Măcicaş region can be used as a final stage (following the biological process in wastewater treatment plants in order to assure compliance with environmental standards.

  1. Local Environment and Nature of Cu Active Sites in Zeolite-Based Catalysts for the Selective Catalytic Reduction of NOx

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    Deka, U.; Lezcano-Gonzalez, I.; Weckhuysen, B.M.; Beale, A.M.

    2013-01-01

    Cu-exchanged zeolites have demonstrated widespread use as catalyst materials in the abatement of NOx, especially from mobile sources. Recent studies focusing on Cu-exchanged zeolites with the CHA structure have demonstrated them to be excellent catalysts in the ammonia-assisted selective catalytic r

  2. Simultaneous removal of iron and manganese of aqueous solutions using as adsorbent a Mexican natural zeolite;Remocion simultanea de hierro y manganeso de soluciones acuosas utilizando como sorbente una zeolita natural mexicana

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    Garcia M, A.; Solache R, M. J.; Olguin G, M. T., E-mail: agarciamendieta@yahoo.com.m [ININ, Departamento de Quimica, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2009-07-01

    In this work was evaluated the removal capacity of iron and manganese of aqueous solutions using a Mexican natural zeolite. It was observed that the Freundlich pattern describes the adsorption process appropriately and that a competitive effect exists between both metals by the exchange places of the zeolite, when it is starting of solutions that contain to both metals, impacting mainly in the manganese removal. A natural zeolite coming from the Puebla State, Mexico was used. The material was milled and sieved to a mesh size 30 and was conditioned with a solution 0.5 N of sodium chloride. Later on was characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

  3. Fortification of yogurts with different antioxidant preservatives: A comparative study between natural and synthetic additives.

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    Caleja, Cristina; Barros, Lillian; Antonio, Amilcar L; Carocho, Márcio; Oliveira, M Beatriz P P; Ferreira, Isabel C F R

    2016-11-01

    Consumers demand more and more so-called "natural" products and, therefore, the aim of this work was to compare the effects of natural versus synthetic antioxidant preservatives in yogurts. Matricaria recutita L. (chamomile) and Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (fennel) decoctions were tested as natural additives, while potassium sorbate (E202) was used as a synthetic additive. The fortification of yogurts with natural and synthetic antioxidants did not cause significant changes in the yoghurt pH and nutritional value, in comparison with control samples (yogurt without any additive). However, the fortified yogurts showed higher antioxidant activity, mainly the yogurts with natural additives (and among these, the ones with chamomile decoction). Overall, it can be concluded that plant decoctions can be used to develop novel yogurts, by replacing synthetic preservatives and improving the antioxidant properties of the final product, without changing the nutritional profile. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Um novo procedimento de síntese da zeólita A empregando argilas naturais A new procedure for a zeolite synthesis from natural clays

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    Reus T. Rigo

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This work proposes the synthesis of zeolite A by IZA standard proceedures starting from a natural clay. The clay was used in its natural form and after calcination at 900ºC. The resulting materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and porosity analysis by nitrogen adsorption. Results showed low surface area for Na-A zeolite in sodium form, but a higher one in CaA based on the nitrogen accessibility. The presence of cubic crystals for the A phase was observed in the SEM micrographies. The new procedure starting from natural clay favors the formation of sodalite while that using the calcinated clay gives A.

  5. Arsenic adsorption in pre-treatment natural zeolite with magnesium oxides; Adsorcion de arsenico en zeolita natural pretratada con oxidos de magnesio

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    Mejia Z, F. [Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Instituto de Ingenieria, Blvd. Benito Juarez s/n, 21900 Mexicali, Baja California (Mexico); Valenzuela G, J. L.; Aguayo S, S.; Meza F, D., E-mail: fleridam@iq.uson.m [Universidad de Sonora, Departamentos de Geologia e Ingenieria Quimica y Metalurgia, Blvd. Luis Encinas y Rosales s/n, Col. Centro, 83000 Hermosillo, Sonora (Mexico)

    2009-07-01

    A methodology was developed to modify a natural zeolite (chabazite) with magnesium oxide in order to remove arsenic (As{sup +5}) from water for human consumption. It is proposed a magnesium oxide while regarded as an efficient adsorbent for removing metals in water. X-ray diffraction analyses show significant changes in the chabazite due to the presence of oxides and amorphous hydroxides incorporated during the pre-treatment. Experimental design results show an efficiency greater than 90% of As{sup +5} adsorbed in five minutes. The results indicate that the most significant variables affecting the adsorption of As{sup +5} are the initial concentration of As and the solid/liquid ratio. Experimental data fitted better to Freundlich isotherm with a 20.17 mg/g adsorption capability. (Author)

  6. Quantitative Analysis of Water Confined in Ion-Exchanged Zeolites

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    Wang, J.; Neuhoff, P. S.

    2009-12-01

    Zeolites, which host large quantities of water, are among the most important rock-forming and environmental minerals in the surface and near-surface regions of the Earth. The physical properties and geochemical behavior of water confined in zeolites differs substantially from that of bulk liquid water, and the energectics of confined water exerts a profound influence on the stability and behavior of zeolites in natural and engineered systems. Because the cations and water molecules are both located in the zeolitic channels, changes in cation content can influence the amount and site occupancies of water molecules in zeolites. In order to find out the relationship between the behavior of confined water and cation composition in zeolites, thermogravimetric and calorimetric experiments were conducted on the mordenite (one of the most common zeolites) samples of mixing Na+ and K+. These mordenite solid solutions were generated by binary ion exchange between pure synthetic Na-mordenite (CBV 10A, obtained from Zeolyst International) and chloride solutions containing Na+ and K+ of different equivalent concentration ratios. The results from dehydration and hydration of the mordenite solid solutions show that when the mole fraction of K+ in mordenite increases, the maximum water content of mordenite decreases and the enthalpy of hydration becomes less exothermic. More importantly, both maximum water content and enthalpy of hydration of mordenite are demonstrated to change linearly with mole fraction of K+. Two energetically distinct sets of water molecules have been observed in mordenite: W1 (relatively less energetic) and W2 (relatively high energetic). Thermodynamic analysis on the hydration of W1 and W2 reveals that these two sets of water molecules behave differently when cation composition of mordenite changes. The water content of W2 is independent of cation composition, whereas W1 loses water with when mole fraction of K+ increases; the enthalpy of hydration of W1

  7. Fixation of tibial plateau fractures with synthetic bone graft versus natural bone graft: a comparison study.

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    Ong, J C Y

    2012-06-01

    The goal of this study was to determine differences in fracture stability and functional outcome between synthetic bone graft and natural bone graft with internal fixation of tibia plateau metaphyseal defects.

  8. An EPR Study on VO2+ and Mn2+ Ions in Some Zeolites

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    Ucun, F.; Köksal, F.

    1996-02-01

    The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) of hydrated VOSO4 ·3H2O and MnCl2 · 2H2O, adsorbed on the synthetic zeolites 3A, 4A, 5A and 13X of pore diameters 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, and 1.0 nm, respectively, and the natural zeolites heulandite and clinoptilolite was investigated. The spectra indicated that the coordination structures are VO(H2O)52+ and Mn(H2O)62+ , and that their EPR line widths vary with the pore diameters and the surface areas of the zeolites. The spectra of VO(H2O)52+ in natural zeolites at room temperature display an isotropic behavior and therefore indicate that the water ligands are mobile. The EPR spin Hamiltonian parameters, the molecule orbital constant ß2*2 , and the Fermi contact term Keff were determined and are discussed. The spectra of Mn(H2O)62+ for narrow-pore zeolites indicate the existence of mobile and immobile water, whereas for wide-pore and natural zeolites they indicated the existence of only mobile water. The obtained Mn(H2O)62+ spectra are discussed.

  9. Advanced regeneration and fixed-bed study of ammonium and potassium removal from anaerobic digested wastewater by natural zeolite

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    Xuejun Guo; Larry Zeng; Xin Jin

    2013-01-01

    Highly efficient regeneration of natural zeolite was developed in conjunction with the removal of high concentrations of ammonia and potassium from the reverse osmosis effluent of anaerobic-digested wastewater by fixed-bed ion exchange.The elution and uptake behavior of ammonium and potassium in the fixed bed were studied.Both batch desorption tests and on-column regeneration were conducted to develop an optimum regeneration condition compatible with the wastewater requirements.The effectiveness of ammonium elution increased with increasing alkaline concentration.The increase of salt dose significantly enhanced the ammonium maximum in the elution solution.Complete ammonium elution was achieved in 6 bed volumes (BV) when the alkaline and salt concentrations were respectively 0.1 mol/L and 18.6 g/L at a flow rate of 2.5-3.0 BV/hr.Due to the higher affinity of potassium with natural clinoptilolite,complete potassium elution was not achieved in all cases.

  10. A minimalist fragment approach for the design of natural-product-like synthetic scaffolds.

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    Genis, Dmitry; Kirpichenok, Mikhail; Kombarov, Roman

    2012-11-01

    Chemistry groups involved in drug discovery continue to devote their efforts to improving compound design with the aim of identifying new drug candidates. Many crucial factors must be considered, including: chemical stability, synthetic difficulty, chemical complexity and diversity, ADMET properties, cost, chemical novelty and intellectual property issues, and 'biological appropriateness'. With regard to the latter point, natural products offer an outstanding source of biologically active molecules that provide many useful features that enable us to design innovative, biologically biased, synthetic compounds. This article outlines the recent approaches in this area and suggests a simple metric to assess synthetic compounds for natural product likeness.

  11. Engineering synthetic vaccines using cues from natural immunity

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    Irvine, Darrell J.; Swartz, Melody A.; Szeto, Gregory L.

    2013-11-01

    Vaccines aim to protect against or treat diseases through manipulation of the immune response, promoting either immunity or tolerance. In the former case, vaccines generate antibodies and T cells poised to protect against future pathogen encounter or attack diseased cells such as tumours; in the latter case, which is far less developed, vaccines block pathogenic autoreactive T cells and autoantibodies that target self tissue. Enormous challenges remain, however, as a consequence of our incomplete understanding of human immunity. A rapidly growing field of research is the design of vaccines based on synthetic materials to target organs, tissues, cells or intracellular compartments; to co-deliver immunomodulatory signals that control the quality of the immune response; or to act directly as immune regulators. There exists great potential for well-defined materials to further our understanding of immunity. Here we describe recent advances in the design of synthetic materials to direct immune responses, highlighting successes and challenges in prophylactic, therapeutic and tolerance-inducing vaccines.

  12. Effects of Adding of Two Commercial Absorbent Materials and Natural Zeolite to the Diets Contaminated with Aflatoxin B1 on Broiler Performance and their

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    J. Azimi; M.A Karimi Torshizi; A Allameh; H. Ahari

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    This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of adding of two commercial absorbent products in feeds and to compare the results with the effect of adding of natural zeolite in reducing the adverse effects of aflatoxin B1 on broiler growth, performance and immune system. In this study, 200 one day old Arian 386 broiler chickens were used in a completely randomized design with 5 treatments, 4 replications and 10 chicks per each treatment. Experimental groups were as follows: negative control...

  13. Effect of Nitrogen Level and Natural Zeolite on Qualitative and Quantitative Function of Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni in Ahvaz Climatic Condition

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    Full Text Available Introduction Nowadays due to population growth and higher levels of welfare, one of the main social problems is providing appropriate food resources. In this regard, finding the alternative food resources, improvement of existing technologies and providing new technologies seem inevitable. Although sugar is a very important substance and has special place in household’s basket and economy, the harmful effects of excessive consumption of sugar should not be neglected. Stevia is a plant with a widespread root system which has a couple of years lifetime. The stems of Stevia are brittle and small and produce elliptical leaves. At first the leaves will be dried and then they will be powdered or wetted in the water and will be used for sweetening of beverages, sweet drinks, chewing gums, chocolates, cakes, etc. Stevia is one of 950 genera belonging to the family of Asteraceae plant. Stevia leaves are used for sweetening foods. Sweetness of Stevia comes from the d. terpenoides glycosides that exist in different parts of the plant. Glycosides are the result of secondary metabolism in the plants. In different components of the Stevia body, there are about 10 major glycoside compositions which the steviozede and Rbadiozide glycosides have more importance in sweetening property of Stevia compared to other sweet glycosides. Nitrogen is considered as one of the key elements in the nutrition of crops and the most important element in limiting the plant growth. Due to increased cation exchange capacity and a high tendency to absorb and retain ammonium, use of clinoptilolite on agricultural lands can have an effective role in reduction of nutrient washing especially nitrogen from soil. Materials and Methods In order to investigate the effect of different levels of nitrogen and natural zeolite on qualitative and quantitative yield of Stevia in Ahvaz climate, a trial agricultural research field was selected at the farm of agricultural and natural resources of

  14. Antimicrobial peptides: natural templates for synthetic membrane-active compounds.

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    Giuliani, A; Pirri, G; Bozzi, A; Di Giulio, A; Aschi, M; Rinaldi, A C

    2008-08-01

    The innate immunity of multicellular organisms relies in large part on the action of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) to resist microbial invasion. Crafted by evolution into an extremely diversified array of sequences and folds, AMPs do share a common amphiphilic 3-D arrangement. This feature is directly linked with a common mechanism of action that predominantly (although not exclusively) develops upon interaction of peptides with cell membranes of target cells. This minireview reports on current understanding of the modes of interaction of AMPs with biological and model membranes, especially focusing on recent insights into the folding and oligomerization requirements of peptides to bind and insert into lipid membranes and exert their antibiotic effects. Given the potential of AMPs to be developed into a new class of anti-infective agents, emphasis is placed on how the information on peptide-membrane interactions could direct the design and selection of improved biomimetic synthetic peptides with antibiotic properties.

  15. Characterization of calcium isotopes in natural and synthetic barite

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    Griffith, E.M.; Schauble, E.A.; Bullen, T.D.; Paytan, A.

    2008-01-01

    The mineral barite (BaSO4) accommodates calcium in its crystal lattice, providing an archive of Ca-isotopes in the highly stable sulfate mineral. Holocene marine (pelagic) barite samples from the major ocean basins are isotopically indistinguishable from each other (??44/40Ca = -2.01 ?? 0.15???) but are different from hydrothermal and cold seep barite samples (??44/40Ca = -4.13 to -2.72???). Laboratory precipitated (synthetic) barite samples are more depleted in the heavy Ca-isotopes than pelagic marine barite and span a range of Ca-isotope compositions, ??44/40Ca = -3.42 to -2.40???. Temperature, saturation state, a Ba2 + / a SO42 -, and aCa2+/aBa2+ each influence the fractionation of Ca-isotopes in synthetic barite; however, the fractionation in marine barite samples is not strongly related to any measured environmental parameter. First-principles lattice dynamical modeling predicts that at equilibrium Ca-substituted barite will have much lower 44Ca/40Ca than calcite, by -9??? at 0 ??C and -8??? at 25 ??C. Based on this model, none of the measured barite samples appear to be in isotopic equilibrium with their parent solutions, although as predicted they do record lower ??44/40Ca values than seawater and calcite. Kinetic fractionation processes therefore most likely control the extent of isotopic fractionation exhibited in barite. Potential fractionation mechanisms include factors influencing Ca2+ substitution for Ba2+ in barite (e.g. ionic strength and trace element concentration of the solution, competing complexation reactions, precipitation or growth rate, temperature, pressure, and saturation state) as well as nucleation and crystal growth rates. These factors should be considered when investigating controls on isotopic fractionation of Ca2+ and other elements in inorganic and biogenic minerals. ?? 2008 Elsevier Ltd.

  16. Chemical communication between synthetic and natural cells: a possible experimental design.

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    Livia Leoni

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The bottom-up construction of synthetic cells is one of the most intriguing and interesting research arenas in synthetic biology. Synthetic cells are built by encapsulating biomolecules inside lipid vesicles (liposomes, allowing the synthesis of one or more functional proteins. Thanks to the in situ synthesized proteins, synthetic cells become able to perform several biomolecular functions, which can be exploited for a large variety of applications. This paves the way to several advanced uses of synthetic cells in basic science and biotechnology, thanks to their versatility, modularity, biocompatibility, and programmability. In the previous WIVACE (2012 we presented the state-of-the-art of semi-synthetic minimal cell (SSMC technology and introduced, for the first time, the idea of chemical communication between synthetic cells and natural cells. The development of a proper synthetic communication protocol should be seen as a tool for the nascent field of bio/chemical-based Information and Communication Technologies (bio-chem-ICTs and ultimately aimed at building soft-wet-micro-robots. In this contribution (WIVACE, 2013 we present a blueprint for realizing this project, and show some preliminary experimental results. We firstly discuss how our research goal (based on the natural capabilities of biological systems to manipulate chemical signals finds a proper place in the current scientific and technological contexts. Then, we shortly comment on the experimental approaches from the viewpoints of (i synthetic cell construction, and (ii bioengineering of microorganisms, providing up-to-date results from our laboratory. Finally, we shortly discuss how autopoiesis can be used as a theoretical framework for defining synthetic minimal life, minimal cognition, and as bridge between synthetic biology and artificial intelligence.

  17. New insights into alkylammonium-functionalized clinoptilolite and Na-P1 zeolite: Structural and textural features

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    Muir, Barbara; Matusik, Jakub; Bajda, Tomasz

    2016-01-01

    The area of zeolites' application could be expanded by utilizing their surfaces. Zeolites are frequently modified to increase their hydrophobicity and to generate the negative charge of the surface. The main objective of the study was to investigate and compare the features of natural clinoptilolite and synthetic zeolite Na-P1 modified by selected surfactants involving quaternary ammonium salts. The FTIR study indicates that with increasing carbon chain length in the surfactant attached to the zeolites surface the molecules adopt a more disordered structure. FTIR was also used to determine the efficiency of surface modification. Thermal analysis revealed that the presence of surfactant results in additional exothermic effects associated with the breaking of electrostatic bonds between zeolites and surfactants. The mass losses are in line with ECEC and CHN data. The textural study indicates that the synthetic zeolite Na-P1 has better sorption properties than natural clinoptilolite. The modification process always reduces the SBET and porosity of the material. With an increasing carbon chain length of surfactants all the texture parameters decrease.

  18. SO2 REMOVAL FROM FLUE GASES USING UTILITY SYNTHESIZED ZEOLITES

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    MICHAEL GRUTZECK

    1998-10-31

    It is well known that natural and synthetic zeolites (molecular sieves) can adsorb gaseous SO2 from flue gas and do it more efficiently than lime based scrubbing materials. Unfortunately their cost ($500-$800 per ton) has deterred their use in this capacity. It is also known that zeolites are easy to synthesize from a variety of natural and man-made materials. The overall objective of the current work has been to evaluate the feasibility of having a utility synthesize its own zeolites, on-site, from fly ash and other recycled materials and then use these zeolites to adsorb SO2 from their flue gases. Work to date has shown that the efficiency of the capture process is related to the degree of crystallinity and the type of zeolite that forms in the samples. Normally, those samples cured at 150°C contained a greater proportion of zeolite and as such were more SO2 adsorptive than their low-temperature counterparts. However, in order for the project to be successful, on site synthesis must remain an option, i.e. _100°C synthesis. In light of this, the experimental focus now has two aspects. First, compositions of the starting materials are being altered by blending the current suite of fly ashes with other fly ashes, ground glass cullet and silica fume to promote the formation and growth of well crystallized and highly adsorptive zeolites. Second, greater degrees of reaction at significantly lower temperatures are being promote by ball milling the fly ash prior to use, by the use of more concentrated caustic solutions, and by the addition of zeolite seeds to the reactants. In all cases studies will focus on the effect of structure type and degree of conversion on SO2 adsorption. Future work will concentrate on the study of the effect of weathering on the suitability of converting fly ash into zeolites. This is an especially important study, considering the acres of fly ash now in storage throughout the country.

  19. SO2 REMOVAL FROM FLUE GASES USING UTILITY SYNTHESIZED ZEOLITES

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    Michael Grutzeck

    1999-04-30

    It is well known that natural and synthetic zeolites (molecular sieves) can adsorb gaseous SO{sub 2} from flue gas and do it more efficiently than lime based scrubbing materials. Unfortunately their cost ($500-$800 per ton) has deterred their use in this capacity. It is also known that zeolites are easy to synthesize from a variety of natural and man-made materials. The overall objective of the current work has been to evaluate the feasibility of having a utility synthesize its own zeolites, on-site, from fly ash and other recycled materials and then use these zeolites to adsorb SO{sub 2} from their flue gases. Work to date has shown that the efficiency of the capture process is related to the degree of crystallinity and the type of zeolite that forms in the samples. Normally, those samples cured at 150 C contained a greater proportion of zeolite and as such were more SO{sub 2} adsorptive than their low-temperature counterparts. However, in order for the project to be successful, on site synthesis must remain an option, i.e. 100 C synthesis. In light of this, the experimental focus now has two aspects. First, compositions of the starting materials are being altered by blending the current suite of fly ashes with ground glass cullet and silica fume to promote the formation and growth of well crystallized and highly adsorptive zeolites. Second, greater degrees of reaction at significantly lower temperatures are being promote by ball milling the fly ash prior to use, by the use of more concentrated caustic solutions, and by the addition of zeolite seeds to the reactants. In all cases studies will focus on the effect of structure type and degree of conversion on SO{sub 2} adsorption. Future work will concentrate on the study of the effect of weathering on the suitability of converting fly ash into zeolites. This is an especially important study, considering the acres of fly ash now in storage throughout the US.

  20. Remoção de metais pesados de efluentes aquosos pela zeólita natural escolecita - influência da temperatura e do pH na adsorção em sistemas monoelementares Heavy metals removal from wastewater by the natural zeolite scolecite - temperature and pH influence in single-metal solutions

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    Ricardo Sarti Jimenez

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Cation exchange capabilities of a Brazilian natural zeolite, identified as scolecite, were evaluated for application in wastewater control. We investigated the process of sorption of chromium(III, nickel(II, cadmium(II and manganese(II in synthetic aqueous effluents, including adsorption isotherms of single-metal solutions. The natural zeolite showed the ability to take up the tested heavy metals in the order Cr(III > Cd(II > Ni(II > Mn(II, and this could be related to the valence and the hydration radius of the metal cations. The influence of temperature (25, 40 and 60 ºC and initial pH value (from 4 to 6 was also evaluated. It was found that the adsorption increased substantially when the temperature was raised to 60 ºC and that maximum adsorption capacity was observed at pH 6. These results demonstrate that scolecite can be used for removal of heavy metals from aqueous effluents, under optimized conditions.

  1. Effect of microwave power on EPR spectra of natural and synthetic dental biocompatible materials

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    Adamczyk Jakub

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Paramagnetic centers in the two exemplary synthetic and natural dental biocompatible materials applied in implantology were examined by the use of an X-band (9.3 GHz electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR spectroscopy. The EPR spectra were measured in the range of microwave power 2.2–70 mW. The aims of this work were to compare paramagnetic centers concentrations in different dental biocompatible materials and to determine the effect of microwave power on parameters of their EPR spectra. It is the very first and innovatory examination of paramagnetic centers in these materials. It was pointed out that paramagnetic centers existed in both natural (~1018 spin/g and synthetic (~1019 spin/g dental biocompatible materials, but the lower free radical concentration characterized the natural sample. Continuous microwave saturation of EPR spectra indicated that faster spin-lattice relaxation processes existed in synthetic dental biocompatible materials than in natural material. Linewidths (ΔBpp of the EPR spectra of the natural dental material slightly increased for the higher microwave powers. Such effect was not observed for the synthetic material. The broad EPR lines (ΔBpp: 2.4 mT, 3.9 mT, were measured for the natural and synthetic dental materials, respectively. Probably strong dipolar interactions between paramagnetic centers in the studied samples may be responsible for their line broadening. EPR spectroscopy is the useful experimental method in the examination of paramagnetic centers in dental biocompatible materials.

  2. Environmental and Energetic Performance of the Biomass to Synthetic Natural Gas Supply Chain

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    Jan H. Miedema

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A quarter of the total primary energy demand in the European Union is met by natural gas. Synthetic natural gas produced through biomass gasification can contribute to a more sustainable energy supply system. A chain analysis of the energetic performance of synthetic natural gas where the upstream, midstream and downstream part are included has not been found in literature. The energy performance of the possible large-scale application of synthetic natural gas is therefore unsure. A model was designed to analyse the performance of the biomass to synthetic natural gas chain and to estimate the effect of 1% synthetic natural gas in the energy system. A break-even distance is introduced to determine whether it is energetically feasible to apply pretreatment. Results show that torrefaction and pelleting are energetically unfeasible within the European Union. Emissions can be reduced with almost 70% compared to a fossil reference scenario. Over 1.2 Mha is required to fulfil 0.25% of the total primary energy demand in the European Union.

  3. A history of sweeteners--natural and synthetic.

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    Inglett, G E

    1976-09-01

    Sweetness for the prehistoric man was the taste sensation obtained from sweet berries and honey. Man's quest for other sweet things led to sucose, starch-derived sugars, and synthetic sweeteners. An unusual source of sweet taste is a West African berry known as miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum). This fruit possesses a taste-modifying substance that causes sour foods--e.g., lemons, limes, or grapefruit--to taste sweet. The active principle was found to be a glycoprotein. Until this time, only small molecules were considered sweet-evoking substances, but now macromolecules are considered capable of participating in taste perception. The intense sweetener of the fruit of Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii, called the serendipity berry, was revealed to be a protein. The intensely sweet principle of Thaumatococcus daniellii, called katemfe, was reported in 1972 to contain two proteins having intense sweetness. Since intensely sweet protein sweeteners act directly on taste buds as a probe, a peptide linkage analogous to the aspartic acid sweeteners may be partly responsible for their sweetness.

  4. Strategies for cloning and manipulating natural and synthetic chromosomes.

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    Karas, Bogumil J; Suzuki, Yo; Weyman, Philip D

    2015-02-01

    Advances in synthetic biology methods to assemble and edit DNA are enabling genome engineering at a previously impracticable scale and scope. The synthesis of the Mycoplasma mycoides genome followed by its transplantation to convert a related cell into M. mycoides has transformed strain engineering. This approach exemplifies the combination of newly emerging chromosome-scale genome editing strategies that can be defined in three main steps: (1) chromosome acquisition into a microbial engineering platform, (2) alteration and improvement of the acquired chromosome, and (3) installation of the modified chromosome into the original or alternative organism. In this review, we outline recent progress in methods for acquiring chromosomes and chromosome-scale DNA molecules in the workhorse organisms Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We present overviews of important genetic strategies and tools for each of the three organisms, point out their respective strengths and weaknesses, and highlight how the host systems can be used in combination to facilitate chromosome assembly or engineering. Finally, we highlight efforts for the installation of the cloned/altered chromosomes or fragments into the target organism and present remaining challenges in expanding this powerful experimental approach to a wider range of target organisms.

  5. Reading polymers: sequencing of natural and synthetic macromolecules.

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    Mutlu, Hatice; Lutz, Jean-François

    2014-11-24

    The sequencing of biopolymers such as proteins and DNA is among the most significant scientific achievements of the 20th century. Indeed, modern chemical methods for sequence analysis allow reading and understanding the codes of life. Thus, sequencing methods currently play a major role in applications as diverse as genomics, gene therapy, biotechnology, and data storage. However, in terms of fundamental science, sequencing is not really a question of molecular biology but rather a more general topic in macromolecular chemistry. Broadly speaking, it can be defined as the analysis of comonomer sequences in copolymers. However, relatively different approaches have been used in the past to study monomer sequences in biological and manmade polymers. Yet, these "cultural" differences are slowly fading away with the recent development of synthetic sequence-controlled polymers. In this context, the aim of this Minireview is to present an overview of the tools that are currently available for sequence analysis in macromolecular science. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Effect of combining the metals of group VI supported on H-ZSM-5 zeolite as catalysts for non-oxidative conversion of natural gas to petrochemicals

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    A.K.Aboul-Gheit; A.E.Awadallah

    2009-01-01

    The most prestigious catalyst applied in natural gas (methane) non-oxidative conversion to petrochemicals is 6%Mo/H-ZSM-5.Chromium,molybdenum and tungsten are the group VI metals.Hence,in this work,6%Mo/H-ZSM-5 was correlated with 3%Cr+3%Mo/H-ZSM-5 and 3%W+3%Mo/H-ZSM-5 as catalysts to examine their promoting or inhibiting effects on the various reactions taking place during methane conversion.The catalytic activities of these catalysts were tested in a continuous flow fixed bed reactor at 700℃ and a GHSV of 1500 ml·g-1 ·h-1. Characterization of the catalysts using XRD,TGA and TPD were investigated.XRD and NH3-TPD showed greater interaction between the W-phase and the Bronsted acid sites in the channels of the zeolite than between Cr-phase and the acid sites in the zeolite.

  7. Studies on the biodegradation of natural and synthetic polyethylene ...

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    ABSTRACT: The current article makes a comparative analysis between the biodegradation of natural and ... after incubation in the culture medium were compared and the percentage of degradation was calculated. ... The active enzymes produced by the bacteria caused .... mass adhering to the polyethylene surface was.

  8. Oil palm waste and synthetic zeolite: an alternative soil-less growth substrate for lettuce production as a waste management practice.

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    Jayasinghe, Guttila Y; Tokashiki, Yoshihiro; Kitou, Makato; Kinjo, Kazutoshi

    2008-12-01

    A study was conducted to assess the characteristics and the prospective utilization of oil palm waste (OP) and synthetic zeolite (SZ) developed by coal fly ash, as an alternative substrate to peat and commercial perlite for lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) production. The SZ, OP, sphagnum peat (PE), perlite (PL) and two different SZ-OP mixtures (v/v) at the ratio of 1 : 3 and 1 : 10 were utilized as the substrates under this study. The substrates formulated by mixing SZ with OP at the ratio of 1 : 3 and 1 : 10 showed improved substrate physical and chemical properties such as air space, bulk density, particle density, water-holding capacity, pH and electrical conductivity (EC), which were in the ideal substrate range when compared with PL. Furthermore, the water-holding capacity of the substrate having a 1 : 10 mixing ratio of SZ with OP was higher than that of the PL by 28.23%, whereas the bulk density was lower than that of PL by 35%. A greenhouse experiment was carried out to assess the influence of the substrates on the growth and development of lettuce. The shoot fresh weight, shoot dry weight, root fresh weight, root dry weight and number of leaves per plant of the lettuce grown in the 1 : 10 mixing ratio of SZ and OP were the highest, which showed increased values compared with that of PL by 11.56, 9.77, 3.48, 17.35 and 16.53%, respectively. The shoot fresh weight, shoot dry weight, root fresh weight, root dry weight and number of leaves per plant of the lettuce grown in the 1 : 10 mixing ratio of SZ and OP showed increased percentages compared with that of PE by 12.12, 11.37, 3.74, 23.66 and 17.50%, respectively. In addition, the growth and yield parameters of lettuce grown in the 1 : 3 mixing ratio and the OP did not show any significant difference with PL and PE but differed from the 1 : 10 mixing ratio. The results of the study suggest that the SZ-OP-based substrates and OP can be successfully utilized as alternatives to the commercial perlite and to

  9. for zeolite coating

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    Carlos Renato Rambo

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Biotemplating is the processing of microcellular ceramics by reproduction of natural morphologies, where the microstructural features of the biotemplate are maintained in the biomorphic ceramic. Different biotemplates with distinct pore anatomies were used to produce biomorphic supports for the zeolite coating: wood, cardboard, sea-sponge and sisal. The biomorphic ceramics were produced by distinguished processing routes: Al-gas infiltration-reaction, liquid-metal infiltration, dip-coating and sol-gel synthesis, in order to produce nitrides, carbides and oxides, depending on the processing conditions. The zeolite coating was performed by hydrothermal growth of MFI-type (Silicalite-1 and ZSM-5 zeolite crystals onto the internal pore walls of the biomorphic templates. The final biomorphic ceramic-zeolite composites were physically characterized, evaluated in terms of their gas adsorption capabilities and correlated to their microstructure and specific pore anatomy. The combination of the properties of the biomorphic ceramics with the adsorption properties of zeolites results in materials with distinct properties as potential candidates for adsorption and catalytic applications due to their characteristic porosity, molecular sieving capabilities and high thermo-mechanical strength.

  10. Synthetic biology tools for bioprospecting of natural products in eukaryotes.

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    Unkles, Shiela E; Valiante, Vito; Mattern, Derek J; Brakhage, Axel A

    2014-04-24

    Filamentous fungi have the capacity to produce a battery of natural products of often unknown function, synthesized by complex metabolic pathways. Unfortunately, most of these pathways appear silent, many in intractable organisms, and their products consequently unidentified. One basic challenge is the difficulty of expressing a biosynthesis pathway for a complex natural product in a heterologous eukaryotic host. Here, we provide a proof-of concept solution to this challenge and describe how the entire penicillin biosynthesis pathway can be expressed in a heterologous host. The method takes advantage of a combination of improved yeast in vivo cloning technology, generation of polycistronic mRNA for the gene cluster under study, and an amenable and easily manipulated fungal host, i.e., Aspergillus nidulans. We achieve expression from a single promoter of the pathway genes to yield a large polycistronic mRNA by using viral 2A peptide sequences to direct successful cotranslational cleavage of pathway enzymes.

  11. Natural Cinnamic Acids, Synthetic Derivatives and Hybrids with Antimicrobial Activity

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    Juan David Guzman

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Antimicrobial natural preparations involving cinnamon, storax and propolis have been long used topically for treating infections. Cinnamic acids and related molecules are partly responsible for the therapeutic effects observed in these preparations. Most of the cinnamic acids, their esters, amides, aldehydes and alcohols, show significant growth inhibition against one or several bacterial and fungal species. Of particular interest is the potent antitubercular activity observed for some of these cinnamic derivatives, which may be amenable as future drugs for treating tuberculosis. This review intends to summarize the literature data on the antimicrobial activity of the natural cinnamic acids and related derivatives. In addition, selected hybrids between cinnamic acids and biologically active scaffolds with antimicrobial activity were also included. A comprehensive literature search was performed collating the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC of each cinnamic acid or derivative against the reported microorganisms. The MIC data allows the relative comparison between series of molecules and the derivation of structure-activity relationships.

  12. Synthetic Chemicals with Potential for Natural Attenuation (Postprint)

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    Distribution Code 20: JOURNAL ARTICLES; DTIC USERS ONLY. Document contains color images. Published in Bioremediation Journal 1 (1): 1-9 (1997...Natural attenuation of petroleum hydrocarbons is predictable and self-sustaining because bacteria able to use the contaminants as growth substrates are...petroleum hydrocarbons is predictable and self-sustaining because bacteria able to use the contaminants as growth substrates are widely distributed. In

  13. Anticancer steroids: linking natural and semi-synthetic compounds.

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    Salvador, Jorge A R; Carvalho, João F S; Neves, Marco A C; Silvestre, Samuel M; Leitão, Alcino J; Silva, M Manuel C; Sá e Melo, M Luisa

    2013-02-01

    Steroids, a widespread class of natural organic compounds occurring in animals, plants and fungi, have shown great therapeutic value for a broad array of pathologies. The present overview is focused on the anticancer activity of steroids, which is very representative of a rich structural molecular diversity and ability to interact with various biological targets and pathways. This review encompasses the most relevant discoveries on steroid anticancer drugs and leads through the last decade and comprises 668 references.

  14. Natural and Synthetic Macrocyclic Inhibitors of the Histone Deacetylase Enzymes

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    Maolanon, Alex; Kristensen, Helle; Leman, Luke

    2017-01-01

    Inhibition of histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymes has emerged as a target for development of cancer chemotherapy. Four compounds have gained approval for clinical use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US, and several are currently in clinical trials. However, none of these compounds...... HDAC enzymes may hold an advantage over traditional hydroxamic acid-containing inhibitors, which rely on chelation to the conserved active site zinc ion. Here, we review the literature on macrocyclic HDAC inhibitors obtained from natural sources and structure-activity relationship studies inspired...

  15. TOPICAL REVIEW Advances in principal factors influencing carbon dioxide adsorption on zeolites

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    Danielle Bonenfant et al

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the advances in the principal structural and experimental factors that might influence the carbon dioxide (CO2 adsorption on natural and synthetic zeolites. The CO2 adsorption is principally govern by the inclusion of exchangeable cations (countercations within the cavities of zeolites, which induce basicity and an electric field, two key parameters for CO2 adsorption. More specifically, these two parameters vary with diverse factors including the nature, distribution and number of exchangeable cations. The structure of framework also determines CO2 adsorption on zeolites by influencing the basicity and electric field in their cavities. In fact, the basicity and electric field usually vary inversely with the Si/Al ratio. Furthermore, the CO2 adsorption might be limited by the size of pores within zeolites and by the carbonates formation during the CO2 chemisorption. The polarity of molecules adsorbed on zeolites represents a very important factor that influences their interaction with the electric field. The adsorbates that have the most great quadrupole moment such as the CO2, might interact strongly with the electric field of zeolites and this favors their adsorption. The pressure, temperature and presence of water seem to be the most important experimental conditions that influence the adsorption of CO2. The CO2 adsorption increases with the gas phase pressure and decreases with the rise of temperature. The presence of water significantly decreases adsorption capacity of cationic zeolites by decreasing strength and heterogeneity of the electric field and by favoring the formation of bicarbonates. The optimization of the zeolites structural characteristics and the experimental conditions might enhance substantially their CO2 adsorption capacity and thereby might give rise to the excellent adsorbents that may be used to capturing the industrial emissions of CO2.

  16. Review of biological transformations of anionic synthetic detergents in natural waters

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    Irkha, N.I.; Priiman, R.A.

    1979-01-01

    A review of biological transformations of anionic synthetic detergents in natural waters, based on data from studies of detergent transformation under natural and model conditions, covers the biodegradation of alkyl sulfates; colorimetric determination of such detergents; carbon dioxide evolution methods; intermediate products of decomposition; monitoring of biodegradation by luminous fluxes; the role of microorganisms in biodegradation; toxicity; and the rate of self-purification of natural water bodies from such detergents.

  17. Hierarchy concepts: classification and preparation strategies for zeolite containing materials with hierarchical porosity.

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    Schwieger, Wilhelm; Machoke, Albert Gonche; Weissenberger, Tobias; Inayat, Amer; Selvam, Thangaraj; Klumpp, Michael; Inayat, Alexandra

    2016-06-13

    'Hierarchy' is a property which can be attributed to a manifold of different immaterial systems, such as ideas, items and organisations or material ones like biological systems within living organisms or artificial, man-made constructions. The property 'hierarchy' is mainly characterised by a certain ordering of individual elements relative to each other, often in combination with a certain degree of branching. Especially mass-flow related systems in the natural environment feature special hierarchically branched patterns. This review is a survey into the world of hierarchical systems with special focus on hierarchically porous zeolite materials. A classification of hierarchical porosity is proposed based on the flow distribution pattern within the respective pore systems. In addition, this review might serve as a toolbox providing several synthetic and post-synthetic strategies to prepare zeolitic or zeolite containing material with tailored hierarchical porosity. Very often, such strategies with their underlying principles were developed for improving the performance of the final materials in different technical applications like adsorptive or catalytic processes. In the present review, besides on the hierarchically porous all-zeolite material, special focus is laid on the preparation of zeolitic composite materials with hierarchical porosity capable to face the demands of industrial application.

  18. Mixed-linker zeolitic imidazolate framework mixed-matrix membranes for aggressive CO2 separation from natural gas

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    Thompson, Joshua A.

    2014-07-01

    Zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF) materials are a promising subclass of metal-organic frameworks (MOF) for gas separations. However, due to the deleterious effects of gate-opening phenomena associated with organic linker rotation near the limiting pore apertures of ZIFs, there have been few demonstrations of improved gas separation properties over pure polymer membranes when utilizing ZIF materials in composite membranes for CO2-based gas separations. Here, we report a study of composite ZIF/polymer membranes, containing mixed-linker ZIF materials with ZIF-8 crystal topologies but composed of different organic linker compositions. Characterization of the mixed-linker ZIFs shows that the mixed linker approach offers control over the porosity and pore size distribution of the materials, as determined from nitrogen physisorption and Horváth-Kawazoe analysis. Single gas permeation measurements on mixed-matrix membranes reveal that inclusion of mixed-linker ZIFs yields membranes with better ideal CO2/CH4 selectivity than membranes containing ZIF-8. This improvement is shown to likely occur from enhancement in the diffusion selectivity of the membranes associated with controlling the pore size distribution of the ZIF filler. Mixed-gas permeation experiments show that membranes with mixed-linker ZIFs display an effective plasticization resistance that is not typical of the pure polymeric matrix. Overall, we demonstrate that mixed-linker ZIFs can improve the gas separation properties in composite membranes and may be applicable to aggressive CO2 concentrations in natural gas feeds. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Synthesis and testing of nanosized zeolite Y

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    Karami, Davood

    This work focuses on the synthesis and testing of nanosized zeolite Y. The synthesis formulations of faujasite-type structure of zeolite Y prepared in nanosized form are described. The synthetic zeolite Y is the most widely employed for the preparation of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts. The synthesis of zeolite Y is very complicated process. The mean particle size of zeolite Y is 1800 nm. The major challenge of this work involved reducing this average particle size to less than 500 nm. The preliminary experiments were conducted to obtain the pure zeolite Y using the soluble silicates as a silica source. This was achieved by applying the experimental design approach to study the effects of many parameters. The ageing time turned out to be the most significant variable affecting product purity. Based on the preliminary results, a detailed investigation was carried out to determine the effects of silica-alumina precursor preparations on zeolite Y synthesis. Aluminosilicate precursors were prepared by gelling and precipitation of soluble silicate. The as-prepared precursors were used for the hydrothermal synthesis of zeolite Y. The procedure of the precipitation of soluble silicate yielded pure zeolite Y at the conventional synthesis conditions. The extent of purity of zeolite Y depends on the surface areas of aluminosilicate precursors. A novel approach to zeolite Y synthesis was employed for the preparation of the pure nanosized zeolite Y. This was achieved by applying the method of impregnation of precipitated silica. This novel method of impregnation for zeolite Y preparation allows eliminating the vigorous agitation step required for the preparation of a homogeneous silica solution, thereby simplifying the synthesis of zeolite Y in one single vessel. In case of the synthesis of nanosized zeolite Y, the effect of varying the organic templates on the formation of nanosized particles of zeolite Y was investigated, while all other reaction parameters were

  20. Understanding the dissolution of zeolites.

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    Hartman, Ryan L; Fogler, H Scott

    2007-05-08

    Scientific knowledge of how zeolites, a unique classification of microporous aluminosilicates, undergo dissolution in aqueous hydrochloric acid solutions is limited. Understanding the dissolution of zeolites is fundamental to a number of processes occurring in nature and throughout industry. To better understand the dissolution process, experiments were carried out establishing that the Si-to-Al ratio controls zeolite framework dissolution, by which the selective removal of aluminum constrains the removal of silicon. Stoichiometric dissolution is observed for Type 4A zeolite in HCl where the Si-to-Al ratio is equal to 1.0. Framework silicon dissolves completely during Type 4A dissolution and is followed by silicate precipitation. However, for the zeolite analcime which has a Si-to-Al ratio of 2.0 dissolves non-stoichiometrically as the selective removal of aluminum results in partially dissolved silicate particles followed by silicate precipitation. In Type Y zeolite, exhibiting a Si-to-Al ratio of 3.0, there is insufficient aluminum to weaken the structure and cause silicon to dissolve in HCl. Thus, little or no precipitation is observed, and amorphous undissolvable silicate particles remain intact. The initial dissolution rates of Type Y and 4A zeolites demonstrate that dissolution is constrained by the number of available reaction sites, and a selective removal rate parameter is applied to delineate the mechanism of particle dissolution by demonstrating the kinetic influence of the Si-to-Al ratio. Zeolite framework models are constructed and used to undergird the basic dissolution mechanism. The framework models, scanning electron micrographs of partially dissolved crystals, and experimentally measured dissolution rates all demonstrate that a zeolite's Si-to-Al framework ratio plays a universal role in the dissolution mechanism, independent of framework type. Consequently, the unique mechanism of zeolite dissolution has general implications on how petroleum

  1. Tratamiento oral del síndrome diarreico en terneros con zeolita natural (Oral treatment of the diarrhea syndrome in calves with natural zeolite

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    Mario Cuesta Mazorra

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Se evaluó la eficacia de la zeolita natural en el tratamiento del síndrome diarreico en terneros. La evaluación se realizó en unestudio controlado, aleatorizado y multicéntrico. La hipótesis de trabajo contempló que la terapia experimental sería equivalente a la del control con polvo antidiarreico, formulado comercial utilizado comúnmente en Cuba para el tratamiento de esta entidad. Se incluyeronen el ensayo 120 terneros de ambos sexos, mestizos Holstein x Cebú, de edades entre 1 a 90 días, por lo que el universo de estudio omprendió animales pertenecientes a grandes unidades (vaquerías y recrías de cinco empresas pecuarias de la provincia de Villa Clara,sometidos a sistema intensivo de explotación y manejo. Los ratamientosestudio y control fueron administrados oralmente con una frecuencia de dos veces al día, preferiblemente en la mañana y en la tarde durante 5 días como máximo, al cabo de los cuales se efectuóla evaluación clínica final y se indicó el estudio de laboratorio final 5 días después de finalizar el tratamiento. En las condiciones del ensayo la zeolita natural tuvo una eficacia del 68,3%, menor a lagrupo control (96,7% con diferencias significativas (p < 0,05. Sin embargo, un balance del costo-beneficio permite recomendar la utilización de la zeolita natural como una buena alternativa en eltratamiento de estos procesos. The effectiveness of the natural zeolite in the treatment of the diarrhea syndrome in calves was evaluated. The evaluation wascarried out in a controlled, randomized and multicentric study. The working hypothesis contemplated that the experimental therapy would be equivalent to that of the control with powder astringent formulated commercial utilized commonly in Cuba for the treatment ofthis entity. In the assay were included 120 calves of both sexes, crossbreed Holstein x Zebu, of ages between 1 to 90 days, forwhat the universe of study understood animals belonging to big units (dairies and

  2. Purification of metal electroplating waste waters using zeolites.

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    Alvarez-Ayuso, E; García-Sánchez, A; Querol, X

    2003-12-01

    The sorption behaviour of natural (clinoptilolite) and synthetic (NaP1) zeolites has been studied with respect to Cr(III), Ni(II), Zn(II), Cu(II) and Cd(II) in order to consider its application to purify metal finishing waste waters. The batch method has been employed using metal concentrations in solution ranged from 10 to 200 mg/l and solid/liquid ratios ranged from 2.5 to 10 g/l. The Langmuir model was found to describe well all sorption processes, allowing to establish metal sorption sequences from which the main retention mechanism involved for each metal has been inferred. Synthetic zeolite exhibited about 10 times greater sorption capacities (b(Cr)=0.838 mmol/g, b(Ni)=0.342 mmol/g, b(Zn)=0.499 mmol/g, b(Cu)=0.795 mmol/g, b(Cd)=0.452 mmol/g) than natural zeolite (b(Cr)=0.079 mmol/g, b(Ni)=0.034 mmol/g, b(Zn)=0.053 mmol/g, b(Cu)=0.093 mmol/g, b(Cd)=0.041 mmol/g), appearing, therefore, as most suitable to perform metal waste water purification processes. This mineral showed the same high sorption capacity values when used in the purification of metal electroplating waste waters.

  3. Synthetic Applications of Asymmetric Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons Condensations: Approaches to Marine Natural Products

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    Tullis, Joshua S.; Helquist, Paul; Rein, Tobias

    1999-01-01

    Asymmetric HWE condensations of meso-dialdehyde 1 with chiral phosphonates containing 8-phenylmenthol very directly generate chiral moieties that are seen in a number of cytotoxic natural products. The HWE reactions proceed in good yields with synthetically useful geometric and diastereoselectivi...

  4. Comparative study of the electronic structure of natural and synthetic rubies using XAFS and EDAX analyses

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    P Parikh; D M Bhardwaj; R P Gupta; N L Saini; S Fernandes; R K Singhal; D C Jain; K B Garg

    2002-12-01

    We have studied the Cr–K-edge XANES and EXAFS in natural Indian rubies from two sources and a synthetic ruby at ESRF. Weight % of various constituents in them is determined using EDAX measurements. Taking the results from the three techniques together we are able to demonstrate their feasibility in quantitative study of precious stones.

  5. γ Actinorhodin a natural and attorney source for synthetic dye to detect acid production of fungi

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    Manikprabhu, Deene; K. Lingappa

    2013-01-01

    Colors from natural sources are gaining popularity because synthetic colors are carcinogenic. Natural colors are obtained from plants or microorganisms. Pigments produced by microorganisms have advantages over plant pigments, due to their ease of use and reliability. In the present study, a blue pigment producing actinomycete klmp33 was isolated from the Gulbarga region in India. The isolate was identified based on morphologic, microscopic, and biochemical characterization, and 16S rRNA seque...

  6. Semi-Natural And Synthetic Chiral Cycloketo-Porphyrin Systems - Approaching Novel Photosensitizers

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    2009-01-01

    Several semi-natural and synthetic cycloketo-porphyrins were synthesized and their properties and usability for different applications was subjected to detailed investigations. It was dealt with porphyrin systems with an exocyclic connection of a meso-position or -substituent to a beta-pyrrolic position of the macrocycle formally originating from an acylation reaction to give a ketone functionality. Such systems can be found in nature amongst the chlorophylls. Thus, derivatives of chlorophyll...

  7. High performance nano-titania photocatalytic paper composite. Part I: Experimental design study for TiO{sub 2} composite sheet using a natural zeolite microparticle system and its photocatalytic property

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    Ko, Seonghyuk, E-mail: sko@ncat.ed [Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (United States); Pekarovic, Jan; Fleming, Paul D. [Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (United States); Ari-Gur, Pnina [Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (United States)

    2010-01-25

    Nanosized titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) photocatalytic papers were successfully prepared using a natural zeolite microparticle retention aid in papermaking. Applying a factorial experimental design, natural zeolite has been demonstrated to be the most significant and interactive factor for increasing the TiO{sub 2} retention rate in paper stock. The photocatalysis of as-prepared sheets was evaluated with toluene as one of the representative volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Under UV irradiation, it was shown to be effective in removing gaseous toluene by photodecomposition, assisted by adsorption. It was revealed that natural zeolite plays an important role in both increasing retention rate of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and enhancing photocatalytic efficiency of the paper. The photocatalytic paper can be potentially applied for environmental purification.

  8. Effects of Adding of Two Commercial Absorbent Materials and Natural Zeolite to the Diets Contaminated with Aflatoxin B1 on Broiler Performance and their

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    J. Azimi

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of adding of two commercial absorbent products in feeds and to compare the results with the effect of adding of natural zeolite in reducing the adverse effects of aflatoxin B1 on broiler growth, performance and immune system. In this study, 200 one day old Arian 386 broiler chickens were used in a completely randomized design with 5 treatments, 4 replications and 10 chicks per each treatment. Experimental groups were as follows: negative control fed basal diet; positive control fed basal diet plus 1 mg aflatoxin B1 kg-1 diet; and three other groups fed 25g/kg Milbond-TX, Polysorb and Zeolite with 1 mg/kg aflatoxin B1, respectively. Feed intake did not significantly differ between the groups. The body weight gain and feed conversion ratio of birds fed contaminated diets were significantly decreased and increased, respectively but adding of the absorbent materials to contaminated feed caused a significant improvement in body weight gain and feed conversion. Among the internal organs, the spleen relative weights increased by consumption of aflatoxin B1contaminated feed. Aflatoxin B1 use without absorbent materials significantly decreased antibody production against Newcastle disease vaccine in 21 day. In addition, produced antibodies against sheep red blood cells in 35 day of age in birds fed aflatoxin B1 contaminated diets were reduced. The results of this study showed that the adding of natural zeolite and commercial absorbents in feeds contaminated with aflatoxin B1 causes improved performance and immune system compared with the group that received the aflatoxin B1 alone.

  9. The effect of natural zeolite as microbial immobilization media in anaerobic digestion at various concentrations of palm oil mill effluent (POME)

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    Ayu, Erika Dyah; Halim, Lenny; Mellyanawaty, Melly; Sudibyo, Hanifrahmawan; Budhijanto, Wiratni

    2017-05-01

    Anaerobic digestion is one of the solutions in POME treatment because it generates energy in the form of biogas. Nevertheless, high concentration of POME fed into the digester will cause high acidification level and eventually cause process failure. The failure can also be affected by high inhibitor concentration contained in POME, one of which is long chain fatty acid. The addition of immobilization media is commonly used to increase the bacteria resistance to inhibitor. Natural zeolite is considered as appropriate immobilization media for waste treatment purpose since it is cheap, has high mechanical strength, high immobilization capacity, and its ability as cation exchanger. The digested biodiesel waste was used as starter inoculum for its good capability in digesting oil-containing feed such as POME. This research was conducted to evaluate critical concentration of POME fed to digester where the natural zeolite could not reduce the inhibitory effect. The concentrations of POME evaluated were 10,000 mg sCOD/L and 17,000 mg sCOD/L, which were higher than previous studies(5,000 to 8,000 mg sCOD/L). The research showed that at such high sCOD concentrations, the addition of zeolite did not significantly increase COD reduction nor biogas production rate, for both POME concentrations to be compared to control. The biogas produced by digester fed by 10,000 mg/L POME and 17,000 mg/L POME was 751 and 100 mL/g sCOD, respectively, indicating higher inhibitor effect in the digester with 17,000 mg SCOD/L initial concentration.

  10. New synthetic strategies towards psammaplin A, access to natural product analogues for biological evaluation.

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    Baud, Matthias G J; Leiser, Thomas; Meyer-Almes, Franz-Josef; Fuchter, Matthew J

    2011-02-07

    New synthetic routes towards the natural product psammaplin A were developed with the particular view to preparing diverse analogues for biological assessment. These routes utilize cheap and commercially available starting materials, and allowed access to psammaplin A analogues not accessible via currently reported methods. Preliminary biological studies revealed these compounds to be the most potent non peptidic inhibitors of the enzyme histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1, class I) discovered so far. Interestingly, psammaplin A and our synthetic analogues show class I selectivity in vitro, an important feature for the design and synthesis of future isoform selective inhibitors.

  11. Application of zeolites for radium removal from mine water.

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    Chałupnik, Stanisław; Franus, Wojciech; Wysocka, Małgorzata; Gzyl, Grzegorz

    2013-11-01

    For removal of radium from saline waters in Upper Silesian mines, several methods of purification have been developed. The most efficient one is based on application of barium chloride, which was implemented in full technical scale in two Polish coal mines several years ago. Very good results of purification have been achieved-the removal efficiency exceeding 95% of the initial activity. Another possibility for the removal of different ions from salty waters and brines is the application of zeolites. We found that technique as a very promising method for removal of not only radium isotopes from mine waters but also other ions (barium, iron, manganese). Treatment of several various water samples has been done to assess the removal efficiency for natural radionuclides. Preliminary results show very good effects for radium isotopes as well as for barium ions. In the paper, a short description of laboratory results of the purification of mine waters with application of synthetic zeolites is presented.

  12. Radiocarbon content of synthetic and natural semi-volatile halogenated organic compounds

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    Reddy, C.M.; Xu Li; Eglinton, T.I.; Boon, J.P.; Faulkner, D.J

    2002-12-01

    New developments in molecular-level {sup 14}C analysis techniques enable clues about natural versus commercial synthesis of trace organic contaminants. - Some halogenated organic compounds, such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), have been suggested to have natural sources but separating these compounds from their commercially synthesized counterparts is difficult. Molecular-level {sup 14}C analysis may be beneficial since most synthetic compounds are manufactured from petrochemicals ({sup 14}C-free) and natural compounds should have 'modern' or 'contemporary' {sup 14}C levels. As a baseline study, we measured, for the first time, the {sup 14}C abundance in commercial PCB and PBDE mixtures, a number of organochlorine pesticides, as well as one natural product 2-(3', 5'-dibromo-2'-methoxyphenoxy)-3,5-dibromoanisole. The latter compound was isolated from a marine sponge and is similar in structure to a PBDE. All of the synthetic compounds were {sup 14}C-free except for the pesticide toxaphene, which had a modern {sup 14}C abundance, as did the brominated natural compound. The result for toxaphene was not surprising since it was commercially synthesized by the chlorination of camphene derived from pine trees. These results suggest that measuring the {sup 14}C content of halogenated organic compounds may be quite useful in establishing whether organic compounds encountered in the environment have natural or synthetic origins (or both) provided that any synthetic counterparts derive from petrochemical feedstock.

  13. The natural diterpene tonantzitlolone A and its synthetic enantiomer inhibit cell proliferation and kinesin-5 function.

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    Pfeffer, Tobias J; Sasse, Florenz; Schmidt, Christoph F; Lakämper, Stefan; Kirschning, Andreas; Scholz, Tim

    2016-04-13

    Tonantzitlolone A, a diterpene isolated from the Mexican plant Stillingia sanguinolenta, shows cytostatic activity. Both the natural product tonantzitlolone A and its synthetic enantiomer induce monoastral spindle formation in cell experiments which indicates inhibitory activity on kinesin-5 mitotic motor molecules. These inhibitory effects on kinesin-5 could be verified in in vitro single-molecule motility assays, where both tonantzitlolones interfered with kinesin-5 binding to its cellular interaction partner microtubules in a concentration-dependent manner, yet with a larger effect of the synthetic enantiomer. In contrast to kinesin-5 inhibition, both tonantzitlolone A enantiomers did not affect conventional kinesin-1 function; hence tonantzitlolones are not unspecific kinesin inhibitors. The observed stronger inhibitory effect of the synthetic enantiomer demonstrates the possibility to enhance the overall moderate anti-proliferative effect of the lead compound tonantzitlolon A by chemical modification.

  14. CATALYTIC HYDROCRACKING OF WASTE LUBRICANT OIL INTO LIQUID FUEL FRACTION USING ZnO, Nb2O5, ACTIVATED NATURAL ZEOLITE AND THEIR MODIFICATION

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    Wega Trisunaryanti

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Catalytic hydrocracking of waste lubricant oil into liquid fuel fraction using ZnO, Nb2O5, activated natural zeolite (ZAAH and their modification has been investigated. The zeolite was produced in Wonosari, Yogyakarta. Activation of the zeolite was carried out by refluxing with HCl 3M for 30 min, produced the activated natural zeolite (ZAAH. The ZnO/ZAAH catalyst was prepared by impregnation of Zn onto the ZAAH by ion exchange method using salt precursor of Zn(NO32.4H2O. The Nb2O5/ZAAH catalyst was prepared by mixing the ZAAH sample with Nb2O5 and oxalic acid solution until the paste was formed. The impregnation of Zn onto Nb2O5/ZAAH was carried out using the same method to that of the ZnO/ZAAH catalyst resulted ZnO/Nb2O5-ZAAH catalyst. Characterization of catalyst includes determination of Zn metal by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS, acidity by gravimetric method and catalyst porosity by Surface Area Analyzer (NOVA-1000. Catalytic hydrocracking was carried out in a semi-batch reactor system using ZnO, ZAAH, ZnO/ZAAH and ZnO/Nb2O5-ZAAH catalysts at 450 oC under the H2 flow rate of 15 mL/min. and the ratio of catalyst/feed = 1/5. The composition of liquid products was analyzed by Gas Chromatograpy (GC.The results showed that impregnation of ZnO and/or Nb2O5 on the ZAAH increased the acidity and specific surface area of catalyst. The products of the hydrocracking process were liquid, coke and gas. Conversion of liquid products was increased by the increase of catalyst acidity. The highest liquid product was produced by ZnO/Nb2O5-ZAAH catalyst, 52.97 wt-%, consist of gasoline, 38.87 wt-% and diesel, 14.10 wt-%.   Keywords: hydrocracking, waste lubricant oil, liquid fuel fraction

  15. "Common synthetic scaffolds" in the synthesis of structurally diverse natural products.

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    Anagnostaki, Elissavet E; Zografos, Alexandros L

    2012-09-01

    Selected natural products have long been considered as desirable targets for total synthesis due to their unique biological properties and their challenging structural complexity. Laboratory synthesis of natural compounds usually relies on target-oriented synthesis, involving the production, isolation and purification of successive intermediates, requiring multiple steps to arrive to the final product. A far more economical approach using common synthetic scaffolds that can be readily transformed through biomimetic-like pathways to a range of structurally diverse natural products has been evolved in the last decade, leading synthesis to new directions. This tutorial review critically presents the hallmarks in this field.

  16. The bioaccumulation of heavy metals in barley (Hordeum vulgare L cultivated on fly ash dump mixed with compost and natural zeolite materials

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    Smaranda Mâșu

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The physic-chemical characteristics of the upper layers of fly ash dumps are very important when phytostabilizationplant selection is carried out. Plants with topsoil well developed roots, like cereals are used to stabilize fly ash dumpsin order to eliminate the deflation, erosion, etc. These plant species could be used in thephytostabilization/phytoextraction variant taking into account their metal hyper accumulation capacity, and also inphytostabilization variant by adequate topsoil treatments when a decrease mobility of metals from soil to plants isachieved and thus a less toxic crop is obtained. This study presents a comparative analysis of the metalbioaccumulation degree in plant tissues (grain and straw of barley cultivated on fly ash variants treated withdifferent quantities of compost in the absence/presence of natural zeolite materials, indigenous volcanic tuff. Theaddition of plant debris and sewage sludge compost mixed with natural zeolite materials has lowered thebioaccumulation of Cr with 49%, of Cu with 29%, Fe with more than 77.5%, in grains and straw when compared tountreated fly ash. Barley plants does not allow for Pb and Ni transfer from the fly ash in the aerial part of tissue.

  17. Antagonism of human formyl peptide receptor 1 with natural compounds and their synthetic derivatives.

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    Schepetkin, Igor A; Khlebnikov, Andrei I; Kirpotina, Liliya N; Quinn, Mark T

    2016-08-01

    Formyl peptide receptor 1 (FPR1) regulates a wide variety of neutrophil functional responses and plays an important role in inflammation and the pathogenesis of various diseases. To date, a variety of natural and synthetic molecules have been identified as FPR1 ligands. Here, we review current knowledge on natural products and natural product-inspired small molecules reported to antagonize and/or inhibit the FPR1-mediated responses. Based on this literature, additional screening of selected commercially available natural compounds for their ability to inhibit fMLF-induced Ca(2+) mobilization in human neutrophils and FPR1 transfected HL-60 cells, and pharmacophore modeling, natural products with potential as FPR1 antagonists are considered and discussed in this review. The identification and characterization of natural products that antagonize FPR1 activity may have potential for the development of novel therapeutics to limit or alter the outcome of inflammatory processes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Zeolites in poultry and swine production

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    Aline Félix Schneider

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Zeolites are minerals that have intriguing properties such as water absorption, ion adsorption and cation exchange capacity. There are approximately 80 species of natural zeolites recognized and hundreds of artificial zeolites, which have been researched in several fields. Due to their chemical characteristics, zeolites have great potential for use in animal production, especially in poultry and swine farms, as food additives, litter amendment and treatment of residues, with direct and indirect effects on performance, yield and quality of carcass, ambience of farm sheds and reduction of environmental pollution.

  19. Assessment of natural and synthetic wollastonite as source for bioceramics preparation.

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    Carrodeguas, R G; De Aza, A H; De Aza, P N; Baudín, C; Jiménez, J; López-Bravo, A; Pena, P; De Aza, S

    2007-11-01

    Pseudowollastonite ceramics (beta-CaSiO3) from synthetic and natural sources were assessed with regard to their properties relevant to biomedical applications. Synthetic and natural CaSiO3 powders, with average particle size of 1.6 and 13.2 microm, respectively, were first employed. Powders were pressed and sintered at 1400 degrees C for 2 h. Pseudowollastonite was the only crystalline phase in sintered materials. Glassy phase, eight times more abundant in sintered natural wollastonite (SNW) than in the synthetic one (SSW), was observed in grain boundaries and in triple points. Larger grains and bigger and more abundant pores were present in SNW, resulting in lower diametral tensile strength (26 MPa), than in SSW (42 MPa). However, by milling the natural wollastonite starting powder to a particle size of 2.0 microm and sintering (SNW-M), the microstructure became finer and less porous, and diametral tensile strength increased (48 MPa). Weibull modulus of SNW and SNW-M samples was twice that of the SSW. All the samples released Si and Ca ions, and removed phosphate ions from simulated body fluid in similar amounts and were completely coated by apatite-like spherules after soaking in simulated body fluid for 3 wk. The aqueous extracts from all samples studied were not cytotoxic in a culture of human fibroblastic cells. No differences in fibroblast-like human cells adhesion and proliferation were observed between samples. According to the obtained results, properly processed pseudowollastonite bioceramics, obtained from the natural source, exhibit the same in vitro behavior and better performance in terms of strength and reliability than do the more expensive synthetic materials. Copyright (c) 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Phytotoxic Potential and Biological Activity of Three Synthetic Coumarin Derivatives as New Natural-Like Herbicides

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Coumarin is a natural compound well known for its phytotoxic potential. In the search for new herbicidal compounds to manage weeds, three synthetic derivatives bearing the coumarin scaffold (1–3, synthesized by a carbonylative organometallic approach, were in vitro assayed on germination and root growth of two noxious weeds, Amaranthus retroflexus and Echinochloa crus-galli. Moreover, the synthetic coumarins 1–3 were also in vitro assayed on seedlings growth of the model species Arabidopsis thaliana to identify the possible physiological targets. All molecules strongly affected seed germination and root growth of both weeds. Interestingly, the effects of synthetic coumarins on weed germination were higher than template natural coumarin, pointing out ED50 values ranging from 50–115 µM. Moreover, all synthetic coumarins showed a strong phytotoxic potential on both Arabidopsis shoot and root growth, causing a strong reduction in shoot fresh weight (ED50 values ≤ 60 µM, accompanied by leaf development and a decrease in pigment content. Furthermore, they caused a strong alteration in root growth (ED50 values ≤ 170 µM and morphology with evident alterations in root tip anatomy. Taken together, our results highlight the promising potential herbicidal activity of these compounds.

  1. Recursive construction and error correction of DNA molecules and libraries from synthetic and natural DNA.

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    Yehezkel, Tuval Ben; Linshiz, Gregory; Kaplan, Shai; Gronau, Ilan; Ravid, Sivan; Adar, Rivka; Shapiro, Ehud

    2011-01-01

    Making error-free, custom DNA assemblies from potentially faulty building blocks is a fundamental challenge in synthetic biology. Here, we show how recursion can be used to address this challenge using a recursive procedure that constructs error-free DNA molecules and their libraries from error-prone synthetic oligonucleotides and naturally existing DNA. Specifically, we describe how divide and conquer (D&C), the quintessential recursive problem-solving technique, is applied in silico to divide target DNA sequences into overlapping, albeit error prone, oligonucleotides, and how recursive construction is applied in vitro to combine them to form error-prone DNA molecules. To correct DNA sequence errors, error-free fragments of these molecules are then identified, extracted, and used as new, typically longer and more accurate, inputs to another iteration of the recursive construction procedure; the entire process repeats until an error-free target molecule is formed. The method allows combining synthetic and natural DNA fragments into error-free designer DNA libraries, thus providing a foundation for the design and construction of complex synthetic DNA assemblies.

  2. Effect of natural and synthetic antioxidants on oxidative stability of FAMEs obtained from hevea brasiliensis

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    S.Nivetha; D.Vetha; Roy

    2013-01-01

    Biodiesel(fatty acid alkyl esters),an alternate to fossil fuel,has the tendency of autoxidation and hence requires antioxidants for long term storage.The influence of synthetic and natural antioxidants on the oxidative stability was analysed for fresh FAMEs(fatty acid methyl esters)obtained from hevea brasiliensis at 140 C.Higher activity was observed for synthetic antioxidants following the order of GA>BHT>DTBP>Q>GT-M>PH-M>GT-C,whereas the oxidative stability of stored FAMEs samples measured at 110 C reveals a nearly inverse trend.Storage stability was tested for the FAMEs obtained from hevea brasiliensis stored at 30 C,after addition of synthetic and natural antioxidants—butylated hydroxytoluene(BHT),2,6-di-tert-butylphenol(DTBP),quercetin(Q),gallic acid(GA),methanol extracts from green tea(GTM),pomegranate hull(PH-M),and chloroform extract of green tea(GT-C).Antioxidant activities above 1500 ppm was in the order of DTBP>BHT>GA>GT-C>GT-M>Q>PH-M.Synthetic antioxidants have been found more efficient to improve the storage stability of FAMEs obtained from hevea brasiliensis.DTBP in particular has the highest protection factor.

  3. Dyeing of Polyester and Polyamide Synthetic Fabrics with Natural Dyes Using Ecofriendly Technique

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    Khaled Elnagar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This work presents an ecofriendly method for dyeing synthetic fabrics with natural dyes using UV/ozone pretreatment to activate fiber and improve dyeability of polyester and nylon. Fabrics are pretreated with UV/ozone for different periods of time ranged from 5 min to 120 min. Effect of pretreatment on surface morphology was studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM. Mechanical behavior was studied by testing tensile strength and elongation percentage. Chemical modification of the surface was studied using attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (ATR-FTIR. Dyeability of the treated samples was investigated in terms of their colour strength expressed as K/s in addition to fastness to washing and light. This research showed the increment of the affinity of the studied synthetic fabrics towards curcumin and saffron natural dyes using ecofriendly technique.

  4. Chemically reduced graphene contains inherent metallic impurities present in parent natural and synthetic graphite.

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    Ambrosi, Adriano; Chua, Chun Kiang; Khezri, Bahareh; Sofer, Zdeněk; Webster, Richard D; Pumera, Martin

    2012-08-07

    Graphene-related materials are in the forefront of nanomaterial research. One of the most common ways to prepare graphenes is to oxidize graphite (natural or synthetic) to graphite oxide and exfoliate it to graphene oxide with consequent chemical reduction to chemically reduced graphene. Here, we show that both natural and synthetic graphite contain a large amount of metallic impurities that persist in the samples of graphite oxide after the oxidative treatment, and chemically reduced graphene after the chemical reduction. We demonstrate that, despite a substantial elimination during the oxidative treatment of graphite samples, a significant amount of impurities associated to the chemically reduced graphene materials still remain and alter their electrochemical properties dramatically. We propose a method for the purification of graphenes based on thermal treatment at 1,000 °C in chlorine atmosphere to reduce the effect of such impurities on the electrochemical properties. Our findings have important implications on the whole field of graphene research.

  5. Chemically reduced graphene contains inherent metallic impurities present in parent natural and synthetic graphite

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    Ambrosi, Adriano; Chua, Chun Kiang; Khezri, Bahareh; Sofer, Zdeněk; Webster, Richard D.; Pumera, Martin

    2012-01-01

    Graphene-related materials are in the forefront of nanomaterial research. One of the most common ways to prepare graphenes is to oxidize graphite (natural or synthetic) to graphite oxide and exfoliate it to graphene oxide with consequent chemical reduction to chemically reduced graphene. Here, we show that both natural and synthetic graphite contain a large amount of metallic impurities that persist in the samples of graphite oxide after the oxidative treatment, and chemically reduced graphene after the chemical reduction. We demonstrate that, despite a substantial elimination during the oxidative treatment of graphite samples, a significant amount of impurities associated to the chemically reduced graphene materials still remain and alter their electrochemical properties dramatically. We propose a method for the purification of graphenes based on thermal treatment at 1,000 °C in chlorine atmosphere to reduce the effect of such impurities on the electrochemical properties. Our findings have important implications on the whole field of graphene research. PMID:22826262

  6. Ultrasensitive Negative Feedback Control: A Natural Approach for the Design of Synthetic Controllers

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    Montefusco, Francesco; Akman, Ozgur E.; Soyer, Orkun S.; Bates, Declan G.

    2016-01-01

    Many of the most important potential applications of Synthetic Biology will require the ability to design and implement high performance feedback control systems that can accurately regulate the dynamics of multiple molecular species within the cell. Here, we argue that the use of design strategies based on combining ultrasensitive response dynamics with negative feedback represents a natural approach to this problem that fully exploits the strongly nonlinear nature of cellular information processing. We propose that such feedback mechanisms can explain the adaptive responses observed in one of the most widely studied biomolecular feedback systems—the yeast osmoregulatory response network. Based on our analysis of such system, we identify strong links with a well-known branch of mathematical systems theory from the field of Control Engineering, known as Sliding Mode Control. These insights allow us to develop design guidelines that can inform the construction of feedback controllers for synthetic biological systems. PMID:27537373

  7. FORMULATION AND EVALUATION OF METOPROLOL SUCCINATE CONTROLLED RELEASE TABLETS USING NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC POLYMER

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    A. Sathyaraj

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study to develop controlled release tablets of Metoprolol succinate using Natural polymer, guar gum and synthetic polymer, carbopol as a rate controlling polymers.. It was also desired to study the effect of polymer concentration. Metoprolol succinate, β1- selective adrenergic receptor- blocking agent used in the management of hypertension, angina pectoris, cardiac arrthymias, myocardial infarction, heart failure, hyperthyroidism and in the prophylactic treatment of migraine. The half-life of drug is relatively short approximately 4-6 hrs and in normal course of therapy drug administration is required every 4-6 hrs, thus warrants the use of controlled release formulation for prolong action and to improve patient compliance. In the present investigation Natural polymer, guar gum and synthetic polymer, carbopol have been selected as matrix forming materials for the drug. The formulations are made by employing the conventional wet granulation method, to achieve prolonged release of medicaments.

  8. Green Process for Synthesis of Zeolite with MFI Structure

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    2005-01-01

    A clean and environmentally friendly new process for synthesis of zeolite with MFI structure was presented. This process through recycling of vented gas and mother liquor can reduce or avoid discharge of nitrogen-containing offgas and waste liquid without affecting the physical and chemical properties of synthetic zeolite, leading to green synthesis of zeolite. This process can help to cut corners on production cost to achieve the sustainable development.

  9. Final Report: Technoeconomic Evaluation of UndergroundCoal Gasification (UCG) for Power Generationand Synthetic Natural Gas

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    McVey, T. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)

    2011-06-15

    This report concerns the technoeconomics of using Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) for power generation and for production of synthetic natural gas. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory was retained under the Work for Others Agreement L-13208 for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Laboratoryi to investigate the economics of using UCG for feedstock supply for these two scenarios. The scope included conceptual designs, mass balances, and capital & operating cost estimates.

  10. Fabrication of Porous Materials from Natural/Synthetic Biopolymers and Their Composites

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    Udeni Gunathilake T.M. Sampath; Yern Chee Ching; Cheng Hock Chuah; Johari J. Sabariah; Pai-Chen Lin

    2016-01-01

    Biopolymers and their applications have been widely studied in recent years. Replacing the oil based polymer materials with biopolymers in a sustainable manner might give not only a competitive advantage but, in addition, they possess unique properties which cannot be emulated by conventional polymers. This review covers the fabrication of porous materials from natural biopolymers (cellulose, chitosan, collagen), synthetic biopolymers (poly(lactic acid), poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)) and the...

  11. Mimicking/extracting structure and functions of natural products: synthetic approaches that address unexplored needs in chemical biology.

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    Hirai, Go

    2015-04-01

    Natural products are often attractive and challenging targets for synthetic chemists, and many have interesting biological activities. However, synthetic chemists need to be more than simply suppliers of compounds to biologists. Therefore, we have been seeking ways to actively apply organic synthetic methods to chemical biology studies of natural products and their activities. In this personal review, I would like to introduce our work on the development of new biologically active compounds inspired by, or extracted from, the structures of natural products, focusing on enhancement of functional activity and specificity and overcoming various drawbacks of the parent natural products.

  12. Zeolit Sintetis Terfungsionalisasi 3-(Trimetoksisilil-1-Propantiol sebagai Adsorben Kation Cu(II dan Biru Metilena

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    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The more commonly used method for making synthetic zeolite from kaolin is hydrothermal method. This research tested a sol-gel method in processing synthetic zeolit  using kaolin as the basic ingrediant. The synthetic  zeolite  derived from the sol-gel method was then characterized using X-ray Difractometer and Scanning Electron Microscope, which found resulting products zeolite-A, zeolite Y and sodalite. The adsorption ability of the synthetic zeolites was tested using Cu(II and methylene blue.  Functionalization of the synthetic zeolites by 3-(trimetoksisilil-1-propantiol was  done to increase adsorption capacity. Zeolite A modified by 3-(trimetoksisilil-1-propantiol  had the greater capacity to adsorb methylene blue at 30.11 mg/g. The adsorption isotherms of all the synthetic zeolites approached the Langmuir form. The adsorption energy off all synthetic zeolites approached the chemical adsorption.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15408/jkv.v0i0.5144

  13. Studies on Synthetic and Natural Melanin and Its Affinity for Fe(III Ion

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    T. G. Costa

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we measured the metal-binding sites of natural and synthetic dihydroxyindole (DHI melanins and their respective interactions with Fe(III ions. Besides the two acid groups detected for the DHI system: catechol (Cat and quinone-imine (QI, acetate groups were detected in the natural oligomer by potentiometric titrations. At acidic pH values, Fe(III complexation with synthetic melanin was detected in an Fe(OH(CatH2Cat interaction. With an increase of pH, three new interactions occurred: dihydroxide diprotonated catechol, Fe(OH2(CatH2Cat−, dihydroxide monoprotonated catechol, [Fe(OH2(CatHCat]2−, and an interaction resulting from the association of one quinone-imine and a catechol group, [Fe(OH2(Qi−(CatHCat]3−. In the natural melanin system, we detected the same interactions involving catechol and quinone-imine groups but also the metal interacts with acetate group at pH values lower than 4.0. Furthermore, interactions in the synthetic system were also characterized by infrared spectroscopy by using the characteristic vibrations of catechol and quinone-imine groups. Finally, scanning electronic microscopy (SEM and energy-dispersive X-ray (EDS analysis were used to examine the differences in morphology of these two systems in the absence and presence of Fe(III ions. The mole ratio of metal and donor atoms was obtained by the EDS analysis.

  14. Adsorption behavior of Cr(VI) on modified natural zeolite by a new bolaform N,N,N,N',N',N'-hexamethyl-1,9-nonanediammonium dibromide reagent.

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    Noroozifar, M; Khorasani-Motlagh, M; Gorgij, M N; Naderpour, H R

    2008-07-15

    The demand for effective adsorbents is to increase in response to the widespread recognition of the deleterious health effects of Cr(VI)-oxyanions exposure through drinking water. In this study, Cr(VI)-oxyanions uptake from aqueous solutions by a new bolaform N,N,N,N',N',N'-hexamethyl-1,9-nonanediammonium dibromide reagent-modified natural zeolitic materials from Zahedan, Iran, was investigated using batch technique. Spectrophotometry method was used for Cr determination. The Cr(VI)-solution concentration varied between 2 and 104 mg L(-1). It was shown that the Cr(VI) uptake strongly depended on pH. The maximum removal of Cr(VI) occurred in acidic media at pH<1.5. The amounts of Cr(VI) adsorbed increased with increase in dose of both adsorbents and their contact time. Based on results an adsorption mechanism has been suggested. The adsorption data for modified zeolite using the amine was consistent with Langmuir isotherm equation and the equilibrium data was analyzed using the Langmuir isotherm.

  15. Sorption of cobalt in zeolites and natural clays of the clinoptilolite and kaolinite type; Sorcion de cobalto en zeolitas y arcillas naturales del tipo clinoptilolita y caolinita

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    Davila R, J.I.; Solache R, M. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2006-07-01

    In this work the sorption of cobalt of aqueous solutions in two natural zeolites (clinoptilolite) and a clay (kaolinite) of origin in the center-north region of Mexico is evaluated. The effect of the pH and the time of contact in the process of sorption were evaluated. The cobalt retained in the aluminosilicates was determined by neutron activation analysis. The cobalt sorption in the materials in a range of pH from 4 to 7 does not present significant variations. The studies of reaction kinetics show a very fast sorption in the first 5 hours of contact, reaching the equilibrium in approximately 24 hours. The kinetics of sorption of the cobalt ions was represented better by the Ritchie reaction model modified of second order. The experimental data for the zeolites obtained at ambient temperature and varying the concentration were adjusted to the models of Freundlich, Langmuir and Freundlich-Langmuir isotherms and it was observed that the cobalt sorption it behaves according to the Freundlich isotherm model. (Author)

  16. Historical and recent achievements in the field of microbial degradation of natural and synthetic rubber.

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    Yikmis, Meral; Steinbüchel, Alexander

    2012-07-01

    This review intends to provide an overview of historical and recent achievements in studies of microbial degradation of natural and synthetic rubber. The main scientific focus is on the key enzymes latex-clearing protein (Lcp) from the Gram-positive Streptomyces sp. strain K30 and rubber oxygenase A (RoxA) from the Gram-negative Xanthomonas sp. strain 35Y, which has been hitherto the only known rubber-degrading bacterium that does not belong to the actinomycetes. We also emphasize the importance of knowledge of biodegradation in industrial and environmental biotechnology for waste natural rubber disposal.

  17. Changes in the Vibrational Spectra of Zeolites Due to Sorption of Heavy Metal Cations

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    Król, M.; Mozgawa, W.; Barczyk, K.; Bajda, T.; Kozanecki, M.

    2013-11-01

    This work presents the results of spectroscopic (MIR and Raman) studies of zeolite structures after immobilization of heavy metal cations from aqueous solutions. The sorption of Ag+, Cu2+, Cd2+, Pb2+, Zn2+, and Cr3+ ions has been conducted on zeolites belonging to different structural groups, i.e., sodium forms of natural chabazite, mordenite, ferrierite, and clinoptilolite, as well as on synthetic zeolite Y. Systematic changes in intensities and positions of the bands corresponding to the characteristic ring vibrations have been observed in the measured spectra. The most visible changes are observed in the FT-IR spectra of the samples in the range of 850-450 cm-1, and in the Raman spectra in the range of 600-250 cm-1. Depending on the zeolite structure, the bands, which can be regarded as a kind of indicator of ion exchange, were indentifi ed. For example, in the case of IR spectra, these bands are at 766, 703, 648, 578, and 506 cm-1 for zeolite Y, at 733 and 560 cm-1 for mordenite, at 675 cm-1 for clinoptilolite, etc. The degree of changes depends on both the type of cation and its concentration in the initial solution. This is connected with the way of binding of metal ions to the zeolite aluminosilicate framework, i.e., a proportion of the ion exchange and chemisorption in the process. Cations mainly undergoing ion exchange, such as Cd2+ or Pb2+, have the greatest impact on the character of the spectra. On the other hand, Cr3+ ions practically do not modify the spectra of zeolites. Results of IR and Raman spectroscopic studies have been compared with those obtained by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), from which the proportion of ion exchange to chemisorption in the process and the effective cation exchange capacity of the individual samples have been estimated.

  18. Synthetic versus long-term natural records of tropical cyclone storm surges: problems and issues

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    Nott, Jonathan

    2016-12-01

    The majority of risk assessments of tropical cyclone storm surge and inundations are based on the generation of synthetic times series from short historical records. The accuracy of these synthetic time series in terms of the frequency of the most extreme magnitude events is difficult to test using this methodology alone. Comparisons with other approaches such as deterministically derived synthetic time-series and/or long-term natural records of these events are required. Major discrepancies often arise when such comparisons are made especially when it becomes evident that the frequency of extreme events is under-represented in the short historical records upon which the synthetic time series are based. The solution to the problem though is not as simple as replacing one type of time series with the other. As the number and the types of long-term natural records increase, it is becoming apparent that non-stationarity is an inherent feature of the natural variability of these events. This non-stationarity can be manifested as distinct periods of time, in the past, of varying event-frequency probabilities, which, at least in some cases, have climatic causes. In these cases, it may not be appropriate to use entire long-term record sets for risk assessments because certain periods of time or sections of these records may have event frequencies resulting from climate states substantially different to that expected in the future. Identifying the most appropriate past climate states and associated event behaviour may serve as better analogues for assessing future risk.

  19. Continuous elimination of Pb{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+}, Zn{sup 2+}, H{sup +} and NH{sub 4}{sup +} from acidic waters by ionic exchange on natural zeolites

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    Calvo, Benjamin [E.T.S. Ingenieros de Minas, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Rios Rosas 21, 28003 Madrid (Spain); Canoira, Laureano, E-mail: laureano.canoira.lopez@upm.es [E.T.S. Ingenieros de Minas, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Rios Rosas 21, 28003 Madrid (Spain); Morante, Fernando, E-mail: fmorante@espol.edu.ec [Instituto de Ciencias Quimicas y Ambientales, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, P.O. Box 09-01-5863, Guayaquil (Ecuador); Martinez-Bedia, Jose M.; Vinagre, Carlos; Garcia-Gonzalez, Jeronimo-Emilio [E.T.S. Ingenieros de Minas, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Rios Rosas 21, 28003 Madrid (Spain); Elsen, Jan, E-mail: jan.elsen@geo.kuleuven.be [Physico-Chemische Geologie, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200E, B-3001, Heverlee (Belgium); Alcantara, Ramon [E.T.S. Ingenieros de Minas, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Rios Rosas 21, 28003 Madrid (Spain)

    2009-07-30

    A study of breakthrough curves for cations usually found in acid mine drainage (Pb{sup 2+}, Cu{sup 2+}, Zn{sup 2+} and H{sup +}) and municipal wastewater (NH{sub 4}{sup +}) have been conducted on some natural zeolitic tuffs. The zeolitic tuffs used in this study are: three zeolitic tuffs from Cayo Formation, Guayaquil (Ecuador), characterized by X-ray diffraction as clinoptilolite (sample CLI-1) and heulandite (samples HEU-1 and HEU-2)-rich tuffs, and two zeolitic tuffs from Parnaiba Basin, Belem do Para (Brazil), characterized as stilbite-rich tuffs (samples STI-1 and STI-2). The clinoptilolite sample CLI-1 shows an exceedingly good exchange capacities for Pb{sup 2+} and NH{sub 4}{sup +} as received, and also a very high exchange capacity for Cu{sup 2+} and Zn{sup 2+} when conditioned with 2 M sodium chloride, with much higher values than those reported in the literature for other clinioptilolite ores. A general order of effective cation exchange capacity could be inferred from breakthrough curves on these zeolitic tuffs: CLI-1>HEU-2>HEU-1>STI-2 Since it is true for most of the cations studied.

  20. Generalized synthesis of mesoporous shells on zeolite crystals

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    Han, Yu

    2010-12-30

    A simple and generalized synthetic approach is developed for creating mesoporous shells on zeolite crystals. This method allows for the tailoring of thickness, pore size, and composition of the mesoporous shell, and can be applied to zeolites of various structures, compositions, and crystal sizes. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  1. Biomedical inorganic polymers bioactivity and applications of natural and synthetic polymeric inorganic molecules

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    Müller, Werner E G; Schröder, Heinz C; Schroder, Heinz C

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, inorganic polymers have attracted much attention in nano-biomedicine, in particular in the area of regenerative medicine and drug delivery. This growing interest in inorganic polymers has been further accelerated by the development of new synthetic and analytical methods in the field of nanotechnology and nanochemistry. Examples for biomedical inorganic polymers that had been proven to exhibit biomedical effects and/or have been applied in preclinical or clinical trials are polysilicate / silica glass (such as naturally formed "biosilica" and synthetic "bioglass") and inorganic polyphosphate. Some members of the mentioned biomedical inorganic polymers have already been applied e.g. as "bioglass" for bone repair and bone tissue engineering, or they are used in food processing and in dental care (inorganic polyphosphates). However, there are a number of further biological and medicinal properties of these polymers, which have been elucidated in the last few years but not yet been applied for tr...

  2. Lipid-lowering Activity of Natural and Semi-Synthetic Sterols and Stanols.

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    Taha, Dhiaa A; Wasan, Ellen K; Wasan, Kishor M; Gershkovich, Pavel

    2015-01-01

    Consumption of plant sterols/ stanols has long been demonstrated to reduce plasma cholesterol levels. The objective of this review is to demonstrate the lipid-lowering activity and anti-atherogenic effects of natural and semi-synthetic plant sterols/ stanols based on evidence from cell-culture studies, animal studies and clinical trials. Additionally, this review highlights certain molecular mechanisms by which plant sterols/ stanols lower plasma cholesterol levels with a special emphasis on factors that affect the cholesterol-lowering activity of plant sterols/stanols. The crystalline nature and the poor oil solubility of these natural products could be important factors that limit their cholesterol-lowering efficiency. Several attempts have been made to improve the cholesterol-lowering activity by enhancing the bioavailability of crystalline sterols and stanols. Approaches involved reduction of the crystal size and/or esterification with fatty acids from vegetable or fish oils. However, the most promising approach in this context is the chemical modification of plant sterols /stanols into water soluble disodium ascorbyl phytostanyl phosphates analogue by esterification with ascorbic acid. This novel semi-synthetic stanol derivative has improved efficacy over natural plant sterols/ stanols and can provide additional benefits by combining the cholesterol-lowering properties of plant stanols with the antioxidant potential of ascorbic acid. This article is open to POST-PUBLICATION REVIEW. Registered readers (see "For Readers") may comment by clicking on ABSTRACT on the issue's contents page.

  3. 天然和CPB改性沸石对Hg2+的吸附特征%Adsorption characteristic of mercury (Ⅱ) on natural and CPB modified zeolite

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    黄慧; 郝硕硕; 朱家亮; 申源源; 王志刚; 陈宏

    2013-01-01

    The adsorption of mercury ions on the natural zeolite and CPB modified zeolite was investigated by conducting a series of batch adsorption experiments. The adsorption kinetics, adsorption equilibrium, thermo-dynamic behavior and mechanism were discussed. Results showed that the equilibrium data of the two kinds of zeolites were well fitted with Langmuir equation. CPB modified zeolite can significantly improve the adsorption of Hg2+ . The adsorption rate of Hg2+ increased from 67.5% to 98.9% , and the adsorption capacity increased from 0. 521 mg/g to 3. 07 mg/g under the experimental conditions. Using Pseudo-first-order kinetics, Pseudo-second-order kinetics, Intraparticle diffusion and Elovich equation to simulate the process of dynamic respectively. The kinetic data correlated well with the Pseudo-second-order kinetic model, and the Intraparticle diffusion did have effect on the adsorption. Dynamics fitting, D-R equation fitting and thermodynamics research integrated suggested that both chemical and physical adsorption were existed in the adsorption of Hg + on two kinds of zeolites. The negative change in free energy ( △G0) , enthalpy ( △H0 ) and entropy ( △S0) indicated that the adsorption was spontaneous and exothermic. Low temperature made the adsorption easier.%通过静态实验研究溴代十六烷基吡啶(CPB)改性沸石和天然沸石对废水中Hg2+的吸附特性,探讨了吸附动力学、吸附平衡和吸附热力学机制.研究表明:Langmuir方程能较好地描述2种沸石对Hg2+的吸附,CPB改性沸石对Hg2+的吸附率得到显著提高.实验条件下,改性沸石对Hg2+的吸附率从67.5%提高到98.9%,吸附容量从0.521 mg/g提高到3.07 mg/g.利用准一级动力学方程、假二级动力学方程、颗粒内扩散模型和Elovich方程分别对动力学过程进行拟合,发现2种沸石对Hg2+的吸附均满足假二级动力学方程,且离子的颗粒内扩散对整个吸附过程有影响.动力学拟合、D-R方程

  4. 天然斜发沸石对水中氨氮的吸附研究%Characteristic Ammonia-Nitrogen Adsorption on Natural Clinoptilolite Zeolite

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    田震; 李奕怀; 沈娇雯; 许中平; 邴乃慈

    2013-01-01

      研究了天然斜发沸石对废水中氨氮的吸附行为,比较了pH值、温度、氨氮浓度等条件对吸附性能的影响。对沸石的吸附等温线用Langmuir和Freundlich模型分析拟合表明,其吸附等温线更符合Langmuir模型;不同pH环境和不同温度下氨氮的吸附量比较表明,适宜的pH值和较低的温度有利于沸石具有较高的吸附量,在温度低于30℃、pH在4~8的范围内,沸石的吸附性量可达2 mg·g-1以上。%The ammonin-nitrogen adsorption on natural clinoptilolite zeolite was investigated, and the adsorption properties at different condition were compared. The adsorption isothermal curve was analyzed according to the Langmuir and Freundlich models. The result showed that the ammonia-nitrogen adsorption on natural clinoptilolite is more suitable to the Langmuir model. The results at different pH value and different temperature indicated that they also have significant influence on the adsorption amount of the zeolite, when the pH value is between 4~8, the adsorption capacity is higher than 2 mg·g-1.

  5. Performance evaluation of an anaerobic fluidized bed reactor with natural zeolite as support material when treating high-strength distillery wastewater

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    Fernandez, N. [Renewable Energy Technology Center (CETER), ' ' Jose Antonio Echeverria' ' Polytechnical University, Calle 127 s/n, CP 19390, Apdo. 6028, Habana 6 Marianao, Ciudad de La Habana (Cuba); Montalvo, S. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Santiago de Chile University, Ave. Lib. Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Santiago de Chile (Chile); Borja, R.; Travieso, L.; Raposo, F. [Instituto de la Grasa (CSIC), Avenida Padre Garcia Tejero 4, 41012 Sevilla (Spain); Guerrero, L. [Department of Chemical, Biotechnological and Environmental Processes, Federico Santa Maria Technical University, Casilla 110-V, Valparaiso (Chile); Sanchez, E.; Colmenarejo, M.F. [Centro de Ciencias Medioambientales (CSIC), C/Serrano, 115-Duplicado, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Cortes, I. [Environment Nacional Center, Chile University, Ave. Larrain 9975, La Reina, Santiago de Chile (Chile)

    2008-11-15

    The performance of two laboratory-scale fluidized bed reactors with natural zeolite as support material when treating high-strength distillery wastewater was assessed. Two sets of experiments were carried out. In the first experimental set, the influences of the organic loading rate (OLR), the fluidization level (FL) and the particle diameter of the natural zeolite (D{sub P}) were evaluated. This experimental set was carried out at an OLR from 2 to 5 g COD (chemical oxygen demand)/l d, at FL 20% and 40% and with D{sub P} in the range of 0.2-0.5 mm (reactor 1) and of 0.5-0.8 mm (reactor 2). It was demonstrated that OLR and FL had a slight influence on COD removal, whereas they had a strong influence on the methane production rate. The COD removal was slightly higher for the highest particle diameter used. The second experimental set was carried out at an OLR from 3 to 20 g COD/l d with 25% of fluidization and D{sub P} in the above-mentioned ranges for reactors 1 and 2. The performance of the two reactors was similar; no significant differences were found. The COD removal efficiency correlated with the OLR based on a straight line. COD removal efficiencies higher than 80% were achieved in both reactors without significant differences. In addition, a straight line equation with a slope of 1.74 d{sup -1} and an intercept on the y-axis equal to zero described satisfactorily the effect of the influent COD on the COD removal rate. It was also observed that both COD removal rate and methane production (Q{sub M}) increased linearly with the OLR, independently of the D{sub P} used. (author)

  6. Raman spectroscopy as a tool in differentiating conjugated polyenes from synthetic and natural sources

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    Fernandes, Rafaella F.; Maia, Lenize F.; Couri, Mara R. C.; Costa, Luiz Antonio S.; de Oliveira, Luiz Fernando C.

    2015-01-01

    This work presents the Raman spectroscopic characterization of synthetic analogs of natural conjugated polyenals found in octocorals, focusing the unequivocal identification of the chemical species present in these systems. The synthetic material was produced by the autocondensation reaction of crotonaldehyde, generating a demethylated conjugated polyene containing 11 carbon-carbon double bonds, with just a methyl group on the end of the carbon chain. The resonance Raman spectra of such pigment has shown the existence of enhanced modes assigned to ν1(Cdbnd C) and ν2(Csbnd C) modes of the main chain. For the resonance Raman spectra of natural pigments from octocorals collected in the Brazilian coast, besides the previously cited bands, it could be also observed the presence of the ν4(Csbnd CH3), related to the vibrational mode who describes the vibration of the methyl group of the central carbon chain of carotenoids. Other interesting point is the observation of overtones and combination bands, which for carotenoids involves the presence of the ν4 mode, whereas for the synthetic polyene this band, besides be seen at a slightly different wavenumber position, does not appear as an enhanced mode and also as a combination, such as for the natural carotenoids. Theoretical molecular orbital analysis of polyenal-11 and lycopene has shown the structural differences which are also responsible for the resonance Raman data, based on the appearance of the (sbnd CH3) vibrational mode in the resonant transition only for lycopene. At last, the Raman band at ca. 1010 cm-1, assigned to the (sbnd CH3) vibrational mode, can be used for attributing the presence of each one of the conjugated polyenes: the resonance Raman spectrum containing the band at ca. 1010 cm-1 refers to the carotenoid (in this case lycopene), and the absence of such band in resonance conditions refers to the polyenal (in this case the polyenal-11).

  7. Synthetic polymers are more effective than natural flocculants for the clarification of tobacco leaf extracts.

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    Buyel, Johannes F; Fischer, Rainer

    2015-02-10

    The use of synthetic polymers as flocculants can increase filter capacity and thus reduce the costs of downstream processing during the production of plant-derived biopharmaceutical proteins, but this may also attract regulatory scrutiny due to the potential toxicity of such compounds. Therefore, we investigated the efficacy of three non-toxic natural flocculants (chitosan, kaolin and polyphosphate) alone and in combination with each other or with a synthetic polymer (Polymin P) during the clarification of tobacco leaf extracts. We used a design-of-experiments approach to determine the impact of each combination on filter capacity. We found that Polymin P was most effective when used on its own but the natural flocculants were more effective when used in combination. The combination of chitosan and polyphosphate was the most effective natural flocculant, and this was identified as a potential replacement for Polymin P under neutral and acidic extraction conditions independent of the conductivity, even though the efficiency of flocculation was lower than for Polymin P. None of the tested flocculants reduced the concentration of total soluble protein in the feed stream or the recovery of the model fluorescent protein DsRed. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Interaction of diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) with natural and synthetic nucleic acids.

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    Manzini, G; Barcellona, M L; Avitabile, M; Quadrifoglio, F

    1983-01-01

    The interaction of DAPI with natural and synthetic polydeoxynucleotides of different base content and sequences was studied with circular dichroism, ultracentrifugation, viscosity and calorimetry. All the polymers show two types of binding. The strength of the interaction and its resistance to ionic strength are related to the content of AT clusters in the chain. On the other hand, sedimentation measurements rule out an intercalation mechanism. A model of DAPI interaction with DNA, similar to that displayed by distamycin and netropsin, is proposed. PMID:6672773

  9. Bioinformatics for the synthetic biology of natural products: integrating across the Design–Build–Test cycle

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    Currin, Andrew; Jervis, Adrian J.; Rattray, Nicholas J. W.; Swainston, Neil; Yan, Cunyu; Breitling, Rainer

    2016-01-01

    Covering: 2000 to 2016 Progress in synthetic biology is enabled by powerful bioinformatics tools allowing the integration of the design, build and test stages of the biological engineering cycle. In this review we illustrate how this integration can be achieved, with a particular focus on natural products discovery and production. Bioinformatics tools for the DESIGN and BUILD stages include tools for the selection, synthesis, assembly and optimization of parts (enzymes and regulatory elements), devices (pathways) and systems (chassis). TEST tools include those for screening, identification and quantification of metabolites for rapid prototyping. The main advantages and limitations of these tools as well as their interoperability capabilities are highlighted. PMID:27185383

  10. Tyrosinase inhibitors from natural and synthetic sources: structure, inhibition mechanism and perspective for the future.

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    Kim, Y-J; Uyama, H

    2005-08-01

    Tyrosinase is known to be a key enzyme in melanin biosynthesis, involved in determining the color of mammalian skin and hair. Various dermatological disorders, such as melasma, age spots and sites of actinic damage, arise from the accumulation of an excessive level of epidermal pigmentation. In addition, unfavorable enzymatic browning of plant-derived foods by tyrosinase causes a decrease in nutritional quality and economic loss of food products. The inadequacy of current conventional techniques to prevent tyrosinase action encourages us to seek new potent tyrosinase inhibitors. This article overviews the various inhibitors obtained from natural and synthetic sources with their industrial importance.

  11. Natural and synthetic sialic acid-containing inhibitors of influenza virus receptor binding.

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    Matrosovich, Mikhail; Klenk, Hans-Dieter

    2003-01-01

    Influenza viruses attach to susceptible cells via multivalent interactions of their haemagglutinins with sialyloligosaccharide moieties of cellular glycoconjugates. Soluble macromolecules containing sialic acid from animal sera and mucosal fluids can act as decoy receptors and competitively inhibit virus-mediated haemagglutination and infection. Although a role for these natural inhibitors in the innate anti-influenza immunity is still not clear, studies are in progress on the design of synthetic sialic acid-containing inhibitors of receptor binding which could be used as anti-influenza drugs.

  12. Economic Evaluation on Bio-Synthetic Natural Gas Production Integrated in a Thermomechanical Pulp Mill

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    Wennan Zhang; Jie He; Per Engstrand; Olof Björkqvist

    2015-01-01

    In this study, biorefinery as a concept is applied to thermomechanical pulp (TMP)-based paper production to evaluate the possibility of co-production of synthetic natural gas (SNG), electricity and district heating in addition to mechanical pulp and paper. The combined heat and power plant (CHP) associated to TMP is replaced by a biomass-to-SNG (BtSNG) plant. Implementing BtSNG in a mechanical pulp production line might improve the profitability of a TMP mill and also help to commercialize th...

  13. Concentration-response data on toxicity of pyrolysis gases from some natural and synthetic polymers

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    Hilado, C. J.; Huttlinger, N. V.

    1978-01-01

    Concentration-response data are presented on the toxic effects of the pyrolysis gases from some natural and synthetic polymers, using the toxicity screening test method developed at the University of San Francisco. The pyrolysis gases from wool, red oak, Douglas fir, polycaprolactam, polyether sulfone, polyaryl sulfone, and polyphenylene sulfide appeared to exhibit the concentration-response relationships commonly encountered in toxicology. Carbon monoxide seemed to be an important toxicant in the pyrolysis gases from red oak, Douglas fir, and polycaprolactam, but did not appear to have been the principal toxicant in the pyrolysis gases from polyether sulfone and polyphenylene sulfide.

  14. Wavefront sensing for deformable space-based optics exploiting natural and synthetic guide stars

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    McComas, Brian K.; Friedman, Edward J.

    2002-08-01

    Natural and synthetic guide stars can serve as beacons for Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensors in space-based applications. In this paper, the authors determine the key equations that govern the optimization of the wavefront sensor employed on a space- based imaging system. There are two major products of this analysis. First, the number of subapertures can be optimized. Second, the number of modes used in the wavefront recovery can be optimized. Finally, the process for optimizing these values is explained. For the examples shown, the optimal number of retrieved modes and the optimal number of subapertures are determined.

  15. Experiments in Natural and Synthetic Dental Materials: A Mouthful of Experiments

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    Masi, James V.

    1996-01-01

    The objectives of these experiments are to show that the area of biomaterials, especially dental materials (natural and synthetic), contain all of the elements of good and bad design, with the caveat that a person's health is directly involved. The students learn the process of designing materials for the complex interactions in the oral cavity, analyze those already used, and suggest possible solutions to the problems involved with present technology. The N.I.O.S.H. Handbook is used extensively by the students and judgement calls are made, even without extensive biology education.

  16. Hardness and compression resistance of natural rubber and synthetic rubber mixtures

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    Arguello, J. M.; Santos, A.

    2016-02-01

    This project aims to mechanically characterize through compression resistance and shore hardness tests, the mixture of hevea brasiliensis natural rubber with butadiene synthetic rubber (BR), styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) and ethylene-propylene-diene monomer rubber (EPDM). For each of the studied mixtures were performed 10 tests, each of which increased by 10% the content of synthetic rubber in the mixture; each test consisted of carrying out five tests of compression resistance and five tests of shore hardness. The specimens were vulcanized on a temperature of 160°C, during an approximate time of 15 minutes, and the equipment used in the performance of the mechanical tests were a Shimadzu universal machine and a digital durometer. The results show that the A shore hardness increases directly proportional, with a linear trend, with the content of synthetic BR, SBR or EPDM rubber present in the mixture, being the EPDM the most influential. With respect to the compression resistance is observed that the content of BR or SBR increase this property directly proportional through a linear trend; while the EPDM content also increases but with a polynomial trend.

  17. Derivatives of Isoindoline, Synthesis and Biological Activity. I. Natural and Synthetic Derivatives of Isoindoline

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Derivatives of isoindolines are a group of nitrogen heterocyclic compounds that are less represented in scientific literature than other heterocyclic compounds containing the nitrogen atom. Natural derivatives of isoindolines were first isolated in the early 1960's and showed various interesting biological activity, e.g. staurosporine indicating antimicrobial, hypotensive, and cytotoxic activity, and acts as thrombocytes aggregation inhibitor and protein kinase inhibitor. Also, there are reports of their application in herbicide and dye industries. Due to these findings, isoindolines received much attention from synthetic organic chemists, and thus new synthetic methods were developed. Most of the methods include phthalaldehyde and corresponding aliphatic and aromatic amines as starting material. Products of these reactions are highly dependent on the reaction conditions, and differently substituted isoindolines are isolated. Synthetic methods starting from other compounds include phthalonitrile, phthalanhydride and phthalaldehyde acid as well as multicomponent reactions. They are also applied as ligands in coordination chemistry, which enables the modelling of three-dimensional structures with desirable areal properties.

  18. Natural-Synthetic Hybrid Polymers Developed via Electrospinning: The Effect of PET in Chitosan/Starch System

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    Chitosan is an amino polysaccharide found in nature, which is biodegradable, nontoxic and biocompatible. It has versatile features and can be used in a variety of applications including films, packaging, and also in medical surgery. Recently a possibility to diversify chitosan properties has emerged by combining it with synthetic materials to produce novel natural-synthetic hybrid polymers. We have studied structural and thermophysical properties of chitosan + starch + poly(ethylene terephtha...

  19. AKTIVASI ZEOLIT ALAM SEBAGAI ADSORBEN PADA ALAT PENGERING BERSUHU RENDAH

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    Laeli Kurniasari

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available ACTIVATION OF NATURAL ZEOLITE AS AN ADSORBENT FOR LOW TEMPERATURE DRYING SYSTEM. Drying is one process which is used in many industries, especially in food product. The process usually still has low energy efficiency and can make food deterioration because of the usage of high temperature. One alternative in drying technology is the use of zeolite as a water vapor adsorbent. This kind of drying method make it possible to operate in lower temperature, hence it will be suitable for heat sensitive product. Natural zeolit can be one promising adsorbent since it is spreadly abundant in Indonesia. Natural zeolite must be activated first before used, in order to get zeolite with high adsorption capacity. Activation process in natural zeolite will change the Si/Al ratio, polarity, and affinity of zeolite toward water vapor and also increase the porosity. Activation of natural zeolite can be done with two methods, chemical activation use NaOH and physical activation use heat. In the activation using NaOH, natural zeolite is immersed with NaOH solution 0.5-2N in 2 hour with temperature range 60-900C. The process is continued with the drying of zeolite in oven with 1100C for 4 hours. While in heat treatment, zeolit is heated into 200-5000C in furnace for 2-5 hours. SEM analysis is used to compare the change in zeolite morphology before and after each treatment, while to know the adsorption capacity of zeolite, the analyses were done in many temperature and relative humidity. Result gives the best condition in NaOH activation is NaOH 1N and temperature 700C, with water vapor loading is 0.171 gr/gr adsorbent. In heat treatment, the best condition is 3000C and 3 hours with loading 0.137 gr water vapor/gr adsorbent.  Pengeringan merupakan salah satu proses yang banyak digunakan pada produk pangan. Proses ini umumnya menyebabkan kerusakan pada bahan pangan, disamping masih rendahnya efisiensi energi. Salah satu alternatif pada proses pengeringan yaitu

  20. Binding and permeabilization of lipid bilayers by natural and synthetic 3-alkylpyridinium polymers.

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    Grandič, Marjana; Zovko, Ana; Frangež, Robert; Turk, Tom; Sepčić, Kristina

    2012-03-01

    Naturally occurring 3-alkylpyridinium polymers from the marine sponge Reniera sarai are membrane-active compounds exerting a selective cytotoxicity towards non small cell lung cancer cells, and stable transfection of nucleated mammalian cells. In view of their possible use as chemotherapeutics and/or transfection tools, three poly-APS based synthetic compounds were tested on their activity using natural and artificial lipid membranes. The tested compounds were found to be very stable over a wide range of temperature, ionic strength, and pH, and to prefer the solid-ordered membrane state. Their membrane-damaging activity increases with the length of their alkyl chains and the degree of polymerization. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Influence of natural humic acids and synthetic phenolic polymers on fibrinolysis

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    Klöcking, Hans-Peter

    The influence of synthetic and natural phenolic polymers on the release of plasminogen activator was studied in an isolated, perfused, vascular preparation (pig ear). Of the tested synthetic phenolic polymers, the oxidation products of caffeic acid (KOP) and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (3,4-DHPOP), at a concentration of 50 µg/ml perfusate, were able to increase the plasminogen activator activity by 70%. The oxidation products of chlorogenic acid (CHOP), hydrocaffeic acid (HYKOP), pyrogallol (PYROP) and gallic acid (GALOP), at the same concentration, exerted no influence on the release of plasminogen activator. Of the naturally occurring humic acids, the influence of sodium humate was within the same order of magnitude as KOP and 3,4-DHPOP. Ammonium humate was able to increase the plasminogen activator release only at a concentration of 100 µg/ml perfusate. In rats, the t-PA activity increased after i.v. application of 10 mg/kg of KOP, Na-HS or NH4-HS.

  2. Biophysical inhibition of synthetic vs. naturally-derived pulmonary surfactant preparations by polymeric nanoparticles.

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    Beck-Broichsitter, Moritz; Ruppert, Clemens; Schmehl, Thomas; Günther, Andreas; Seeger, Werner

    2014-01-01

    Reasonable suspicion has accumulated that inhaled nano-scale particulate matter influences the biophysical function of the pulmonary surfactant system. Hence, it is evident to provide novel insights into the extent and mechanisms of nanoparticle-surfactant interactions in order to facilitate the fabrication of safe nanomedicines suitable for pulmonary applications. Negatively- and positively-charged poly(styrene) nanoparticles (diameters of ~100nm) served as model carriers. Nanoparticles were incubated with several synthetic and naturally-derived pulmonary surfactants to characterize the sensitivity of each preparation to biophysical inactivation. Changes in surface properties (i.e. adsorption and dynamic surface tension behavior) were monitored in a pulsating bubble surfactometer. Both nanoparticle formulations revealed a dose-dependent influence on the biophysical behavior of all investigated pulmonary surfactants. However, the surfactant sensitivity towards inhibition depended on both the carrier type, where negatively-charged nanoparticles showed increased inactivation potency compared to their positively-charged counterparts, and surfactant composition. Among the surfactants tested, synthetic mixtures (i.e. phospholipids, phospholipids supplemented with surfactant protein B, and Venticute®) were more susceptible to surface-activity inhibition as the more complex naturally-derived preparations (i.e. Alveofact® and large surfactant aggregates isolated from rabbit bronchoalveolar lavage fluid). Overall, nanoparticle characteristics and surfactant constitution both influence the extent of biophysical inhibition of pulmonary surfactants.

  3. Photoactive Hybrid Catalysts Based on Natural and Synthetic Polymers: A Comparative Overview.

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    Colmenares, Juan Carlos; Kuna, Ewelina

    2017-05-12

    In the present review, we would like to draw the reader's attention to the polymer-based hybrid materials used in photocatalytic processes for efficient degradation of organic pollutants in water. These inorganic-organic materials exhibit unique physicochemical properties due to the synergistic effect originating from the combination of individual elements, i.e., photosensitive metal oxides and polymeric supports. The possibility of merging the structural elements of hybrid materials allows for improving photocatalytic performance through (1) an increase in the light-harvesting ability; (2) a reduction in charge carrier recombination; and (3) prolongation of the photoelectron lifetime. Additionally, the great majority of polymer materials exhibit a high level of resistance against ultraviolet irradiation and improved corrosion resistance. Taking into account that the chemical and environmental stability of the hybrid catalyst depends, to a great extent, on the functional support, we highlight benefits and drawbacks of natural and synthetic polymer-based photocatalytic materials and pay special attention to the fact that the accessibility of synthetic polymeric materials derived from petroleum may be impeded due to decreasing amounts of crude oil. Thus, it is necessary to look for cheap and easily available raw materials like natural polymers that come from, for instance, lignocellulosic wastes or crustacean residues to meet the demand of the "plastic" market.

  4. Templating mesoporous zeolites

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    Egeblad, Kresten; Christensen, Christina Hviid; Kustova, Marina

    2008-01-01

    The application of templating methods to produce zeolite materials with hierarchical bi- or trimodal pore size distributions is reviewed with emphasis on mesoporous materials. Hierarchical zeolite materials are categorized into three distinctly different types of materials: hierarchical zeolite...... crystals, nanosized zeolite crystals, and supported zeolite crystals. For the pure zeolite materials in the first two categories, the additional meso- or macroporosity can be classified as being either intracrystalline or intercrystalline, whereas for supported zeolite materials, the additional porosity...... originates almost exclusively from the support material. The methods for introducing mesopores into zeolite materials are discussed and categorized. In general, mesopores can be templated in zeolite materials by use of solid templating, supramolecular templating, or indirect templating...

  5. Zeolite-dye micro lasers

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    Vietze, U; Laeri, F; Ihlein, G; Schüth, F; Limburg, B; Abraham, M

    1998-01-01

    We present a new class of micro lasers based on nanoporous molecular sieve host-guest systems. Organic dye guest molecules of 1-Ethyl-4-(4-(p-Dimethylaminophenyl)-1,3-butadienyl)-pyridinium Perchlorat were inserted into the 0.73-nm-wide channel pores of a zeolite AlPO$_4$-5 host. The zeolitic micro crystal compounds where hydrothermally synthesized according to a particular host-guest chemical process. The dye molecules are found not only to be aligned along the host channel axis, but to be oriented as well. Single mode laser emission at 687 nm was obtained from a whispering gallery mode oscillating in a 8-$\\mu$m-diameter monolithic micro resonator, in which the field is confined by total internal reflection at the natural hexagonal boundaries inside the zeolitic microcrystals.

  6. Towards a sustainable manufacture of hierarchical zeolites.

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    Verboekend, Danny; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier

    2014-03-01

    Hierarchical zeolites have been established as a superior type of aluminosilicate catalysts compared to their conventional (purely microporous) counterparts. An impressive array of bottom-up and top-down approaches has been developed during the last decade to design and subsequently exploit these exciting materials catalytically. However, the sustainability of the developed synthetic methods has rarely been addressed. This paper highlights important criteria to ensure the ecological and economic viability of the manufacture of hierarchical zeolites. Moreover, by using base leaching as a promising case study, we verify a variety of approaches to increase reactor productivity, recycle waste streams, prevent the combustion of organic compounds, and minimize separation efforts. By reducing their synthetic footprint, hierarchical zeolites are positioned as an integral part of sustainable chemistry. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Modification of Natural Zeolites and their Ammonia Adsorption Characteristics%沸石的改性及其对氨氮吸附特征

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    王萌; 房春生; 颜昌宙; 魏群山; 王灶生

    2012-01-01

    为研究不同改性方法及其组合顺序对天然沸石吸附NH4+效率的影响及其吸附特征,选择盐、高温、酸3种改性方法进行不同组合.结果显示,改性组合顺序对天然沸石的吸附性能影响较明显,最佳改性组合顺序为“盐+酸+高温”,其改性后的沸石在初始ρ( NH4+)为15、30和50 mg/L下对NH4+的去除率分别为87%、92%和94%.采用Langmuir和Freundlich 2种方程来拟合“盐+酸+高温”改性后沸石的吸附行为,表明其更符合Langmuir模型,R2为0.998 5,其最大吸附量(qmax)为8.23 mg/g,并且其吸附过程符合一级动力学方程,R2为0.998 1.扫描电子显微镜(SEM)和比表面积(BET)分析结果表明,沸石经最优组合改性后表面形态明显变化,比表面积增大.%In order to investigate the impact of different modification methods and the combination of those methods on clinoptilolite adsorption of ammonia in aqueous solutions,three modification methods - salt,calcination and acid - were chosen,and they were combined in different orders. The results showed that the combination sequences clearly affected the adsorption performance of the modified zeolites. The optimal modification sequence was salt first,acid second and calcination last. With the optimal modified zeolites,the removal rates reached 87% ,92% and 94% in 15,30 and 50 mg/L ammonium solutions,respectively. The Langmuir and Freundlich equations were used to fit the adsorption behaviors of the zeolites modified by the optimal combination sequence. The results demonstrated that the Langmuir equation was better to fit the experimental data,and its maximum adsorption capacity was 8. 23 mg/g with a regression coefficient (R2) of 0. 9985. The adsorption kinetic result was fitted to the first-order equation,of which the regression coefficient (R2) reached 0. 9981. Further investigation by SEM (scanning electron microscope) and BET (brunauer,emmett and teller) showed that the zeolites modified by the

  8. A comprehensive study on photocatalytic activity of supported Ni/Pb sulfide and oxide systems onto natural zeolite nanoparticles.

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    Babaahamdi-Milani, Majid; Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh, Alireza

    2016-11-15

    The Ni(II)-Pb(II) exchanged clinoptilolite nanoparticles (NCP) were transformed to corresponding oxides and sulfides via calcination and sulfiding processes, respectively. The obtained catalysts were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, TEM and DRS and used in photodegradation of p-nitrophenol (4-NP) aqueous solution under Hg-lamp irradiation. Results showed considerable increase in activity of the coupled semiconductors with respect to monocomponent one. In NiO-PbO-NCP system, conduction band (CB) of NiO is enough negative for easily migration of photogenerated electrons to CB-PbO level, while such phenomena take place from more negative CB-PbS level to CB-NiS level in NiS-PbS-NCP. These phenomena significantly prevented from electron-hole recombination which increased photocatalytic activity of the coupled semiconductors. Best photodegradation activities obtained by NiO1.3%-PbO14.7%-NCP and NiS2.1%-PbS10.0%-NCP, confirming semiconductors' mass-ratio dependence of the photocatalytic process. The supported coupled semiconductors showed blue shifts in band gap energies with respect to the bulk semiconductors which confirm formation of semiconductors nanoparticles inside the zeolite framework. The highest degradation percentage of 4-NP was obtained at: 0.5gL(-1) photocatalysts, 15mgL(-1) 4-NP at pH 7.5.

  9. Redox potential tuning by redox-inactive cations in nature's water oxidizing catalyst and synthetic analogues.

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    Krewald, Vera; Neese, Frank; Pantazis, Dimitrios A

    2016-04-28

    The redox potential of synthetic oligonuclear transition metal complexes has been shown to correlate with the Lewis acidity of a redox-inactive cation connected to the redox-active transition metals of the cluster via oxo or hydroxo bridges. Such heterometallic clusters are important cofactors in many metalloenzymes, where it is speculated that the redox-inactive constituent ion of the cluster serves to optimize its redox potential for electron transfer or catalysis. A principal example is the oxygen-evolving complex in photosystem II of natural photosynthesis, a Mn4CaO5 cofactor that oxidizes water into dioxygen, protons and electrons. Calcium is critical for catalytic function, but its precise role is not yet established. In analogy to synthetic complexes it has been suggested that Ca(2+) fine-tunes the redox potential of the manganese cluster. Here we evaluate this hypothesis by computing the relative redox potentials of substituted derivatives of the oxygen-evolving complex with the cations Sr(2+), Gd(3+), Cd(2+), Zn(2+), Mg(2+), Sc(3+), Na(+) and Y(3+) for two sequential transitions of its catalytic cycle. The theoretical approach is validated with a series of experimentally well-characterized Mn3AO4 cubane complexes that are structural mimics of the enzymatic cluster. Our results reproduce perfectly the experimentally observed correlation between the redox potential and the Lewis acidities of redox-inactive cations for the synthetic complexes. However, it is conclusively demonstrated that this correlation does not hold for the oxygen evolving complex. In the enzyme the redox potential of the cluster only responds to the charge of the redox-inactive cations and remains otherwise insensitive to their precise identity, precluding redox-tuning of the metal cluster as a primary role for Ca(2+) in biological water oxidation.

  10. Zeolite 5A Catalyzed Etherification of Diphenylmethanol

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    Cooke, Jason; Henderson, Eric J.; Lightbody, Owen C.

    2009-01-01

    An experiment for the synthetic undergraduate laboratory is described in which zeolite 5A catalyzes the room temperature dehydration of diphenylmethanol, (C[subscript 6]H[subscript 5])[subscript 2]CHOH, producing 1,1,1',1'-tetraphenyldimethyl ether, (C[subscript 6]H[subscript 5])[subscript 2]CHOCH(C[subscript 6]H[subscript 5])[subscript 2]. The…

  11. MERCURY SEPARATION FROM POLLUTANT WATER USING ZEOLITES

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    Arsenic is known to be a hazardous contaminant in drinking water that causes arsenical dermatitis and skin cancer. In the present work, the potential use of a variety of synthetic zeolites for removal of arsenic from water has been examined at room temperature. Experiments have...

  12. Multi-step excitation energy transfer engineered in genetic fusions of natural and synthetic light-harvesting proteins.

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    Mancini, Joshua A; Kodali, Goutham; Jiang, Jianbing; Reddy, Kanumuri Ramesh; Lindsey, Jonathan S; Bryant, Donald A; Dutton, P Leslie; Moser, Christopher C

    2017-02-01

    Synthetic proteins designed and constructed from first principles with minimal reference to the sequence of any natural protein have proven robust and extraordinarily adaptable for engineering a range of functions. Here for the first time we describe the expression and genetic fusion of a natural photosynthetic light-harvesting subunit with a synthetic protein designed for light energy capture and multi-step transfer. We demonstrate excitation energy transfer from the bilin of the CpcA subunit (phycocyanin α subunit) of the cyanobacterial photosynthetic light-harvesting phycobilisome to synthetic four-helix-bundle proteins accommodating sites that specifically bind a variety of selected photoactive tetrapyrroles positioned to enhance energy transfer by relay. The examination of combinations of different bilin, chlorin and bacteriochlorin cofactors has led to identification of the preconditions for directing energy from the bilin light-harvesting antenna into synthetic protein-cofactor constructs that can be customized for light-activated chemistry in the cell.

  13. Mosquitocidal properties of natural product compounds isolated from Chinese herbs and synthetic analogs of curcumin.

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    Anstrom, David M; Zhou, Xia; Kalk, Cody N; Song, Baoan; Lan, Que

    2012-03-01

    Because of resistance to current insecticides and to environmental, health, and regulatory concerns, naturally occurring compounds and their derivatives are of increasing interest for the development of new insecticidal compounds against vectors of disease-causing pathogens. Fifty-eight compounds, either extracted and purified from plants native to China or synthetic analogs of curcumin, were evaluated for both their larvicidal activity against Aedes aegypti (L.) and their ability to inhibit binding of cholesterol to Ae. aegypti sterol carrier protein-2 in vitro. Of the compounds tested, curcumin analogs seem especially promising in that of 24 compounds tested five were inhibitors of Ae. aegypti sterol carrier protein-2 with EC50 values ranging from 0.65 to 62.87 microM, and three curcumin analogs exhibited larvicidal activity against fourth instar Ae. aegypti larvae with LC50 values ranging from 17.29 to 27.90 microM. Adding to the attractiveness of synthetic curcumin analogs is the relative ease of synthesizing a large diversity of compounds; only a small fraction of such diversity has been sampled in this study.

  14. Can the natural diversity of quorum-sensing advance synthetic biology?

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    Davis, René Michele; Muller, Ryan Yue; Haynes, Karmella Ann

    2015-01-01

    Quorum-sensing networks enable bacteria to sense and respond to chemical signals produced by neighboring bacteria. They are widespread: over 100 morphologically and genetically distinct species of eubacteria are known to use quorum sensing to control gene expression. This diversity suggests the potential to use natural protein variants to engineer parallel, input-specific, cell-cell communication pathways. However, only three distinct signaling pathways, Lux, Las, and Rhl, have been adapted for and broadly used in engineered systems. The paucity of unique quorum-sensing systems and their propensity for crosstalk limits the usefulness of our current quorum-sensing toolkit. This review discusses the need for more signaling pathways, roadblocks to using multiple pathways in parallel, and strategies for expanding the quorum-sensing toolbox for synthetic biology.

  15. Low-temperature heat capacity and localized vibrational modes in natural and synthetic tetrahedrites

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    Lara-Curzio, E.; May, A. F.; Delaire, O.; McGuire, M. A.; Lu, X.; Liu, Cheng-Yun; Case, E. D.; Morelli, D. T.

    2014-05-01

    The heat capacity of natural (Cu12-x (Fe, Zn, Ag)x(Sb, As)4S13) and synthetic (Cu12-xZnxSb4S13 with x = 0, 1, 2) tetrahedrite compounds was measured between 2 K and 380 K. It was found that the temperature dependence of the heat capacity can be described using a Debye term and three Einstein oscillators with characteristic temperatures that correspond to energies of ˜1.0 meV, ˜2.8 meV, and ˜8.4 meV. The existence of localized vibrational modes, which are assigned to the displacements of the trigonally coordinated Cu atoms in the structure, is discussed in the context of anharmonicity and its effect on the low lattice thermal conductivity exhibited by these compounds.

  16. Polyhydroxyalkanoate-based natural synthetic hybrid copolymer films: A small-angle neutron scattering study

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    Foster, L. John R.; Knott, Robert; Sanguanchaipaiwong, Vorapat; Holden, Peter J.

    2006-11-01

    Polyhydroxyalkanoates have attracted attention as biodegradable alternatives to conventional thermoplastics and as biomaterials. Through modification of their biosynthesis using Pseudomonas oleovorans, we have manipulated the material properties of these biopolyesters and produced a natural-synthetic hybrid copolymer of polyhydroxyoctanoate- block-diethylene glycol (PHO- b-DEG). A mixture of PHO and PHO-DEG were solvent cast from analytical grade chloroform and analysed using small-angle neutron scattering. A scattering pattern, easily distinguished above the background, was displayed by the films with a diffraction ring at q∼0.12 Å -1. This narrow ring of intensity is suggestive of a highly ordered system. Analysis of the diffraction pattern supported this concept and showed a d-spacing of approximately 50 Å. In addition, conformation of the hybrid polymer chains can be manipulated to support their self-assembly into ordered microporous films.

  17. Polyhydroxyalkanoate-based natural-synthetic hybrid copolymer films: A small-angle neutron scattering study

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    Foster, L. John R. [Bio/polymer Research Group and Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW2052 (Australia)]. E-mail: J.Foster@unsw.edu.au; Knott, Robert [Bragg Institute, Institute for Nuclear Geophysiology, Australian Nucelar Science and Technology Organisation, Menai NSW2234 (Australia); Sanguanchaipaiwong, Vorapat [Bio/polymer Research Group and Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW2052 (Australia); Holden, Peter J. [Institute for Nuclear Geophysiology, Australian Nucelar Science and Technology Organisation, Menai NSW2234 (Australia)

    2006-11-15

    Polyhydroxyalkanoates have attracted attention as biodegradable alternatives to conventional thermoplastics and as biomaterials. Through modification of their biosynthesis using Pseudomonas oleovorans, we have manipulated the material properties of these biopolyesters and produced a natural-synthetic hybrid copolymer of polyhydroxyoctanoate-block-diethylene glycol (PHO-b-DEG). A mixture of PHO and PHO-DEG were solvent cast from analytical grade chloroform and analysed using small-angle neutron scattering. A scattering pattern, easily distinguished above the background, was displayed by the films with a diffraction ring at q{approx}0.12 A{sup -1}. This narrow ring of intensity is suggestive of a highly ordered system. Analysis of the diffraction pattern supported this concept and showed a d-spacing of approximately 50 A. In addition, conformation of the hybrid polymer chains can be manipulated to support their self-assembly into ordered microporous films.

  18. The Weibull - log Weibull transition of interoccurrence times for synthetic and natural earthquakes

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    Hasumi, Tomohiro; Akimoto, Takuma; Aizawa, Yoji

    2008-01-01

    We have studied interoccurrence time distributions by analyzing the synthetic and three natural catalogs of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the Southern California Earthquake Data Center (SCEDC), and Taiwan Central Weather Bureau (TCWB) and revealed the universal feature of the interoccurrence time statistics, Weibull - log Weibull transition. This transition reinforces the view that the interoccurrence time statistics possess Weibull statistics and log-Weibull statistics. Here in this paper, the crossover magnitude from the superposition regime to the Weibull regime $m_c^2$ is proportional to the plate velocity. In addition, we have found the region-independent relation, $m_c^2/m_{max} = 0.54 \\pm 0.004$.

  19. Reactors for Catalytic Methanation in the Conversion of Biomass to Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG).

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    Schildhauer, Tilman J; Biollaz, Serge M A

    2015-01-01

    Production of Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG) from biomass is an important step to decouple the use of bioenergy from the biomass production with respect to both time and place. While anaerobic digestion of wet biomass is a state-of-the art process, wood gasification to producer gas followed by gas cleaning and methanation has only just entered the demonstration scale. Power-to-Gas applications using biogas from biomass fermentation or producer gas from wood gasification as carbon oxide source are under development. Due to the importance of the (catalytic) methanation step in the production of SNG from dry biomass or within Power-to-Gas applications, the specific challenges of this step and the developed reactor types are discussed in this review.

  20. Glycoproteins functionalized natural and synthetic polymers for prospective biomedical applications: A review.

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    Tabasum, Shazia; Noreen, Aqdas; Kanwal, Arooj; Zuber, Mohammad; Anjum, Muhammad Naveed; Zia, Khalid Mahmood

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    Glycoproteins have multidimensional properties such as biodegradability, biocompatibility, non-toxicity, antimicrobial and adsorption properties; therefore, they have wide range of applications. They are blended with different polymers such as chitosan, carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC), polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), polycaprolactone (PCL), heparin, polystyrene fluorescent nanoparticles (PS-NPs) and carboxyl pullulan (PC) to improve their properties like thermal stability, mechanical properties, resistance to pH, chemical stability and toughness. Considering the versatile charateristics of glycoprotein based polymers, this review sheds light on synthesis and characterization of blends and composites of glycoproteins, with natural and synthetic polymers and their potential applications in biomedical field such as drug delivery system, insulin delivery, antimicrobial wound dressing uses, targeting of cancer cells, development of anticancer vaccines, development of new biopolymers, glycoproteome research, food product and detection of dengue glycoproteins. All the technical scientific issues have been addressed; highlighting the recent advancement. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Scales of influence on the settling velocities of synthetic, industrial and natural particles in grid turbulence

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    Jacobs, Corrine; Jendrassak, Marek; Limpasuvan, Varavut; Gurka, Roi; Hackett, Erin E

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    The settling velocities of natural, synthetic, and industrial particles were measured in a grid turbulence facility using optical measurement techniques. Particle Image Velocimetry and 2D Particle Tracking were used to measure the instantaneous velocities of the flow and the particles' trajectories simultaneously. We find that for particles examined in this study (Rep = 0.4 - 123), settling velocity is either enhanced or unchanged relative to stagnant flow for the range of investigated turbulence conditions. The smallest particles scaled best with a Kolmogorov-based Stokes number indicating the dissipative scales influence their dynamics. In contrast, the mid-sized particles scaled better with a Stokes number based on the integral time scale. The largest particles were largely unaffected by the flow conditions. Using Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD), the flow pattern scales are compared to particle trajectory curvature to complement results obtained through dimensional analysis using Stokes numbers. The ...

  2. Synthetic system mimicking the energy transfer and charge separation of natural photosynthesis

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    Gust, D.; Moore, T.A.

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    A synthetic molecular triad consisting of a porphyrin P linked to both a quinone Q and a carotenoid polyene C has been prepared as a mimic of natural photosynthesis for solar energy conversion purposes. Laser flash excitation of the porphyrin moiety yields a charge-separated state Csup(+.)-P-Qsup(-.) within 100 ps with a quantum yield of more than 0.25. This charge-separated state has a lifetime on the microsecond time scale in suitable solvents. The triad also models photosynthetic antenna function and photoprotection from singlet oxygen damge. The successful biomimicry of photosynthetic charge separation is in part the result of multistep electron transfers which rapidly separate the charges and leave the system at high potential, but with a considerable barrier to recombination.

  3. Radical-scavenging Activity of Natural Methoxyphenols vs. Synthetic Ones using the Induction Period Method

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    Ichiro Yokoe

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available The radical-scavenging activities of the synthetic antioxidants 2-allyl-4-X-phenol (X=NO2, Cl, Br, OCH3, COCH3, CH3, t-(CH33, C6H5 and 2,4-dimethoxyphenol, and the natural antioxidants eugenol and isoeugenol, were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC by measuring their anti-1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH radical activity and the induction period for polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA initiated by thermal decomposition of 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN and benzoyl peroxide (BPO. 2-Allyl-4-methoxyphenol and 2,4-dimethoxy-phenol scavenged not only oxygen-centered radicals (PhCOO. derived from BPO, but also carbon-centered radicals (R. derived from the AIBN and DPPH radical much more efficiently, in comparison with eugenol and isoeugenol. 2-Allyl-4-methoxyphenol may be useful for its lower prooxidative activity.

  4. Efecto de la adición de una Zeolita natural sobre la respuesta productiva de terneras de lechería, postdestete Effect of addition a natural Zeolite on productivity of dairy calves after weaning

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    R.G. Pulido

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    Full Text Available Se implementó un experimento para evaluar el efecto de la adición de una Zeolita natural en la ración postdestete de terneras de lechería, sobre la ganancia de peso, consumo de alimento y eficiencia de conversión alimenticia. Se utilizaron 24 terneras Frisón, las que fueron asignadas a un diseño de bloques al azar, distribuidas en 3 tratamientos de 8 animales cada uno: Control (0% Zeolita, Zeolita3; 3% Zeolita, base materia seca y Zeolita5; 5% Zeolita, base materia seca. La ración base estuvo compuesta por concentrado comercial y ensilaje de pradera en proporciones de ± 40 y 60%, respectivamente. El agua fue entregada a libre disposición. El período experimental se dividió en dos períodos de 30 días. Se determinó el consumo de alimento, el aumento de peso vivo y eficiencia de conversión alimenticia. Los consumos de alimento no mostraron diferencias entre tratamientos (P0.05 y fueron de 2.82 kg, 2.82 kg y 2.80 kg, MS para Control, Zeolita3 y Zeolita5, respectivamente. Las ganancias de peso (kg/día entre tratamientos fueron similares (P0.05 en el primer período (0.286, 0.321 y 0.306 y para el total del experimento (0.396, 0.482 y 0.406 para Control, Zeolita3, y Zeolita5, respectivamente. Sin embargo, en el segundo período el tratamiento Zeolita3 (0.644 kg tuvo una mayor ganancia (PAn experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of adding natural Zeolites to meals on live weight gain, food intake and food conversion efficiency of dairy calves after weaning. Twenty four female Friesian calves were assigned to a randomised block design, into three treatments of eight animals each: Control; 0% zeolite, Zeolita3; 3% Zeolite, DM basis and Zeolita5; 5% Zeolite, DM basis. The calves were fed with a diet mixed with a commercial calf starter and grass silage. Also, they receive water for ad libitum consumption. The experiment lasted for 65 days. Dry matter intake, live weight gain and feed efficiency were determined. Dry matter

  5. Competitive effects on mercury removal by an agricultural waste: application to synthetic and natural spiked waters.

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    Rocha, Luciana S; Lopes, Cláudia B; Henriques, Bruno; Tavares, Daniela S; Borges, J A; Duarte, Armando C; Pereira, Eduarda

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    In this work, the efficiency of a local and highly, available agricultural waste, the raw rice husk, was used to remove mercury (Hg) from synthetic and natural waters, spiked with concentrations that reflect the contamination problems found in the environment. Different operating conditions were tested, including initial pH, ionic strength, the presence of co-ions (cadmium) and organic matter. The sorption efficiency of rice husk was slightly affected by the presence H+ ions (pH range between 3 and 9), but in the presence of NaNO3 and NaCl electrolytes and in binary solutions containing Cd2+ and H2+, the sorption efficiency was dependent on the nature and levels of the interfering ion and on the initial concentration of Hg+ used. Nevertheless, in a situation of equilibrium the effect of those ions was negligible and the removal efficiency ranged between 82% and 94% and between 90% and 96% for an initial Hg2+ concentration of 0.05 mg L(-1) and 0.50 mg L(-1), respectively. In more complex matrices, i.e. in the presence ofhumic substances and in natural river waters, the speciation and dynamics of Hg was changed and a fraction of the metal becomes unavailable in solution. Even then, the values obtained for Hg removal were satisfactory, i.e. between 59% and 76% and 81% and 85% for an initial concentration of Hg2+ of 0.05 and 0.50 mg L(-1), respectively.

  6. Colloidal stability of carbonate-coated silver nanoparticles in synthetic and natural freshwater.

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    Piccapietra, Flavio; Sigg, Laura; Behra, Renata

    2012-01-17

    To gain important information on fate, mobility, and bioavailability of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) in aquatic systems, the influence of pH, ionic strength, and humic substances on the stability of carbonate-coated AgNP (average diameter 29 nm) was systematically investigated in 10 mM carbonate and 10 mM MOPS buffer, and in filtered natural freshwater. Changes in the physicochemical properties of AgNP were measured using nanoparticle tracking analysis, dynamic light scattering, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. According to the pH-dependent carbonate speciation, below pH 4 the negatively charged surface of AgNP became positive and increased agglomeration was observed. Electrolyte concentrations above 2 mM Ca(2+) and 100 mM Na(+) enhanced AgNP agglomeration in the synthetic media. In the considered concentration range of humic substances, no relevant changes in the AgNP agglomeration state were measured. Agglomeration of AgNP exposed in filtered natural freshwater was observed to be primarily controlled by the electrolyte type and concentration. Moreover, agglomerated AgNP were still detected after 7 days of exposure. Consequently, slow sedimentation and high mobility of agglomerated AgNP could be expected under the considered natural conditions. A critical evaluation of the different methods used is presented as well.

  7. Natural Proline-Rich Cyclopolypeptides from Marine Organisms: Chemistry, Synthetic Methodologies and Biological Status

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    Wan-Yin Fang

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    Full Text Available Peptides have gained increased interest as therapeutics during recent years. More than 60 peptide drugs have reached the market for the benefit of patients and several hundreds of novel therapeutic peptides are in preclinical and clinical development. The key contributor to this success is the potent and specific, yet safe, mode of action of peptides. Among the wide range of biologically-active peptides, naturally-occurring marine-derived cyclopolypeptides exhibit a broad range of unusual and potent pharmacological activities. Because of their size and complexity, proline-rich cyclic peptides (PRCPs occupy a crucial chemical space in drug discovery that may provide useful scaffolds for modulating more challenging biological targets, such as protein-protein interactions and allosteric binding sites. Diverse pharmacological activities of natural cyclic peptides from marine sponges, tunicates and cyanobacteria have encouraged efforts to develop cyclic peptides with well-known synthetic methods, including solid-phase and solution-phase techniques of peptide synthesis. The present review highlights the natural resources, unique structural features and the most relevant biological properties of proline-rich peptides of marine-origin, focusing on the potential therapeutic role that the PRCPs may play as a promising source of new peptide-based novel drugs.

  8. Effects of dietary natural zeolite including plant extract on growth performance and intestinal histology in Aigamo ducks.

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    Khambualai, O; Ruttanavut, J; Kitabatake, M; Goto, H; Erikawa, T; Yamauchi, K

    2009-01-01

    1. To investigate the growth performance and histological intestinal alterations of Aigamo ducks fed on dietary combinations of zeolite, plant extract and vermiculite (ZEM, 14-d-old Aigamo ducks were divided into 4 groups, with 3 replicates of 3 male and 3 female ducks. They were fed ad libitum on a basal commercial duck mash diet with 0, 0.1, 0.5 and 1.0 g/kg dietary ZEM for 63 d. 2. Body weight gain tended to be higher for the 0.1 and 0.5 g/kg ZEM groups than for the control group at 9 weeks. 3. In light microscopic observation, most values of the intestinal villus height, villus area, cell area and cell mitosis numbers were higher in the ZEM group than those of the control in all intestinal segments, and the duodenal villus height, cell area and cell mitosis of the 0.5 g/kg ZEM group, as well as jejunal cell mitosis in the 0.1 g/kg ZEM group, increased (P < 0.05). In the scanning electron microscope results, all ZEM groups showed protuberant epithelial cells and cell clusters on the villus apical surface of the duodenum and ileum. In the jejunum, villus gyri were frequently observed in the 0.1 g/kg ZEM group. These histological intestinal alterations suggest that intestinal villi and epithelial cellular functions might have been activated. 4. From the present results, dietary ZEM showed hypertrophied functions of intestinal villi and epithelial cells at the duodenum and ileum, and the 0.1 and 0.5 g/kg levels improved body weight gain. These suggest that the ZEM can be supplemented until a level of 1.0 g/kg.

  9. 载铁活化天然沸石处理高氟地下水%Fluoride removal from groundwater by FeCl3-activated natural zeolite

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    王智丽; 张焕祯; 陈水飞; 张立国

    2013-01-01

    采用氯化铁改性天然沸石进行地下水除氟效果的研究,考察了地下水中4种阴离子Cl-、HCO3-、SO42-和pO43-对该改性沸石除氟效果的影响,并分析了其除氟机理和表面成分.研究结果表明,对于初始氟浓度不同的水样,随着阴离子浓度的增加,吸附剂对氟的去除率逐渐下降.Cl-对吸附剂除氟效果影响较小,氟去除率降低较慢;随着HCO3-浓度的增大(由100 mg/L到1 000 mg/L),水样pH由8.42缓慢升高到9.52,而氟去除率则由70.36%缓慢下降到56.73% (2mg/L);SO42-及PO43-对改性沸石除氟效果影响较大,氟去除率降低较快,且PO43-的影响大于SO42-.可以得到载铁活化天然沸石对4种阴离子的吸附顺序为:PO43-> SO42-> HCO3-> Cl-.%Effects of four anions in groundwater: Cl- , HCO3- , SO2-4 and PO4 on the capacity of defluori-dation of FeCl3-activated natural zeolite were investigated. The mechanism of defluorination and surface composition of adsorbent were analyzed. The results showed that the removal efficiencies of fluoride for different initial fluoride concentrations of water samples were gradually reduced with the increasing concentrations of anions. Effect of Cl on the adsorbent was tiny with slower decrease of fluorine removal rate. With the increase of HCO3-concentration (from 100 mg / L to 1 000 mg / L) , pH of water slowly increased to 9. 52 from 8. 42, and removal efficiency of flouride tardily declined from 70.36% to 56.73% (2 mg/L). Effects of SO2-4 and P03-4 on the capacity of defluoridation of the modified zeolite were greater, with rapid decrease of fluorine removal rate. And the impact of PO3-4 was greater than SO2-4 . The adsorption capacity of FeCl3 -activated natural zeolite on Cl- , HCO3- , SO2-4 and PO3-4 was PO3-4 >SO2-4> HCO3- > Cl-.

  10. Stability of single dispersed silver nanoparticles in natural and synthetic freshwaters: Effects of dissolved oxygen.

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    Zou, Xiaoyan; Li, Penghui; Lou, Jie; Fu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Hongwu

    2017-11-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are increasingly used in various commercial products. This increased use raises ecological concerns because of the large release of AgNPs into the environment. Once released, the local water chemistry has the potential to influence the environmental fates and behaviors of AgNPs. The impacts of dissolved oxygen and natural organic matter (NOM) on the dissolution and stability of AgNPs were investigated in synthetic and natural freshwaters for 7 days. In synthetic freshwater, the aggregation of AgNPs occurred due to the compression of the electric double layer, accompanied by the dissolution of AgNPs. However, once oxygen was removed, the highest dissolved Ag (Agdis) concentration decreased from 356.5 μg/L to 272.1 μg/L, the pH of the AgNP suspensions increased from less than 7.6 to more than 8.4, and AgNPs were regenerated by the reduction of released Ag(+) by citrate. The addition of NOM mitigated aggregation, inhibited oxidative dissolution and induced the transformation of AgNPs into Ag2S due to the formation of NOM-adsorbed layers, the reduction of Ag(+) by NOM, and the high affinity of sulfur-enriched species in NOM for Ag. Likewise, in oxygen-depleted natural freshwaters, the inhibition of oxidative dissolution was obtained in comparison with oxygenated freshwaters, showing a decrease in the maximum Agdis concentration from 137.6 and 57.0 μg/L to 83.3 and 42.4 μg/L from two natural freshwater sites. Our results suggested that aggregation and dissolution of AgNPs in aquatic environments depend on the chemical composition, where oxygen-depleted freshwaters more significantly increase the colloidal stability. In comparison with oxic conditions, anoxic conditions were more favorable to the regeneration of AgNPs by reducing species (e.g., citrate and NOM) and enhanced the stability of nanoparticles. This indicates that some AgNPs will be more stable for long periods in oxygen-deprived freshwaters, and pose more serious

  11. Dyes adsorption blue vegetable and blue watercolor by natural zeolites modified with surfactants;Adsorcion de colorantes azul vegetal y azul acuarela por zeolitas naturales modificadas con surfactantes

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    Jardon S, C. C.; Olguin G, M. T. [ININ, Departamento de Quimica, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Diaz N, M. C., E-mail: teresa.olguin@inin.gob.m [Instituto Tecnologico de Toluca, Av. Instituto Tecnologico s/n, Ex-Rancho la Virgen, 52140 Metepec, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

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    In this work was carried out the dyes removal blue vegetable and blue watercolor of aqueous solutions, to 20 C, at different times and using a zeolite mineral of Parral (Chihuahua, Mexico) modified with hexadecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide or dodecyl trimethyl ammonium bromide. The zeolite was characterized before and after of its adaptation with NaCl and later with HDTMABr and DTMABr. For the materials characterization were used the scanning electron microscopy of high vacuum; elementary microanalysis by X-ray spectroscopy of dispersed energy and X-ray diffraction techniques. It was found that the surfactant type absorbed in the zeolite material influences on the adsorption process of the blue dye. Likewise, the chemical structure between the vegetable blue dye and the blue watercolor, determines the efficiency of the color removal of the water, by the zeolites modified with the surfactants. (Author)

  12. Zeolites on Mars: Prospects for Remote Sensing

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    Gaffney, E. S.; Singer, R. B.; Kunkle, T. D.

    1985-01-01

    The Martian surface composition measured by Viking can be represented by several combinations of minerals incorporating major fractions of zeolites known to occur in altered mafic rocks and polar soils on Earth. The abundant occurrence of zeolites on Mars is consistent with what is known about both the physical and chemical environment of that planet. The laboratory reflectance spectra (0.65 to 2.55 microns) of a number of relatively pure zeolite minerals and some naturally occurring zeolite-clay soils were measured. All of the spectra measured are dominated by strong absorption near 1.4 and 1.9 microns and a steep reflectance drop longward of about 2.2 microns, all of which are due to abundant H2O. Weaker water overtone bands are also apparent, and in most cases there is spectral evidence for minor Fe(3+). In these features the zeolite spectra are similar to spectra of smectite clays which have abundant interlayer water. The most diagnostic difference between clay and zeolite spectra is the total absence in the zeolites of the weak structural OH absorption.

  13. Synthesis strategies in the search for hierarchical zeolites.

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    Serrano, D P; Escola, J M; Pizarro, P

    2013-05-07

    Great interest has arisen in the past years in the development of hierarchical zeolites, having at least two levels of porosities. Hierarchical zeolites show an enhanced accessibility, leading to improved catalytic activity in reactions suffering from steric and/or diffusional limitations. Moreover, the secondary porosity offers an ideal space for the deposition of additional active phases and for functionalization with organic moieties. However, the secondary surface represents a discontinuity of the crystalline framework, with a low connectivity and a high concentration of silanols. Consequently, hierarchical zeolites exhibit a less "zeolitic behaviour" than conventional ones in terms of acidity, hydrophobic/hydrophilic character, confinement effects, shape-selectivity and hydrothermal stability. Nevertheless, this secondary surface is far from being amorphous, which provides hierarchical zeolites with a set of novel features. A wide variety of innovative strategies have been developed for generating a secondary porosity in zeolites. In the present review, the different synthetic routes leading to hierarchical zeolites have been classified into five categories: removal of framework atoms, surfactant-assisted procedures, hard-templating, zeolitization of preformed solids and organosilane-based methods. Significant advances have been achieved recently in several of these alternatives. These include desilication, due to its versatility, dual templating with polyquaternary ammonium surfactants and framework reorganization by treatment with surfactant-containing basic solutions. In the last two cases, the materials so prepared show both mesoscopic ordering and zeolitic lattice planes. Likewise, interesting results have been obtained with the incorporation of different types of organosilanes into the zeolite crystallization gels, taking advantage of their high affinity for silicate and aluminosilicate species. Crystallization of organofunctionalized species favours the

  14. Estudo da síntese da zeólita ZSM-5 a partir de argilas naturais Study of ZSM-5 zeolite synthesis from natural clays

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    Marcelo L. Mignoni

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    Full Text Available The synthesis of ZSM-5 zeolite was studied by three synthesis methods: standard synthesis, three day synthesis and synthesis employing clays (kaolin and montmorillonite. The raw materials and prepared materials were characterized by Chemical Analysis by X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD. The results show that it is possible to synthesized ZSM-5 zeolite using clays as raw materials. Kaolin gives phases of higher crystalinity than montmorillonite.

  15. Heterologous expression of MlcE in Saccharomyces cerevisiae provides resistance to natural and semi-synthetic statins

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    Ley, Ana; Coumou, Hilde Cornelijne; Frandsen, Rasmus John Normand

    2015-01-01

    -encoding gene mlcE from the mevastatin-producing Penicillium citrinum into the S. cerevisiae genome. The resulting strain showed increased resistance to both natural statins (mevastatin and lovastatin) and semi-synthetic statin (simvastatin) when compared to the wild type strain. Expression of RFP-tagged mlc......E showed that MlcE is localized to the yeast plasma and vacuolar membranes. We provide a possible engineering strategy for improvement of future yeast based production of natural and semi-synthetic statins....

  16. Effect of Speaking Rate on Recognition of Synthetic and Natural Speech by Normal-Hearing and Cochlear Implant Listeners

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    Ji, Caili; Galvin, John J.; Xu, Anting; Fu, Qian-Jie

    2012-01-01

    Objective Most studies have evaluated cochlear implant (CI) performance using “clear” speech materials, which are highly intelligible and well-articulated. CI users may encounter much greater variability in speech patterns in the “real-world,” including synthetic speech. In this study, we measured normal-hearing (NH) and CI listeners’ sentence recognition with multiple talkers and speaking rates, and with naturally produced and synthetic speech. Design NH and CI subjects were asked to recognize naturally produced or synthetic sentences, presented at a slow, normal, or fast speaking rate. Natural speech was produced by one male and one female talker; synthetic speech was generated to simulate a male and female talker. For natural speech, the speaking rate was time-scaled while preserving voice pitch and formant frequency information. For synthetic speech, the speaking rate was adjusted within the speech synthesis engine. NH subjects were tested while listening to unprocessed speech or to an 8-channel acoustic CI simulation. CI subjects were tested while listening with their clinical processors and the recommended microphone sensitivity and volume settings. Results The NH group performed significantly better than the CI simulation group, and the CI simulation group performed significantly better than the CI group. For all subject groups, sentence recognition was significantly better with natural than with synthetic speech. The performance deficit with synthetic speech was relatively small for NH subjects listening to unprocessed speech. However, the performance deficit with synthetic speech was much greater for CI subjects and for CI simulation subjects. There was significant effect of talker gender, with slightly better performance with the female talker for CI subjects and slightly better performance with the male talker for the CI simulations. For all subject groups, sentence recognition was significantly poorer only at the fast rate. CI performance was

  17. Production of extracellular ferulic acid esterases by Lactobacillus strains using natural and synthetic carbon sources

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    Dominik Szwajgier

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Background. Ferulic acid esterases (FAE, EC 3.1.1.73, also known as feruloyl esterases, cinnamic acid esterases or cinnamoyl esterases, belong to a common group of hydrolases distributed in the plant kingdom. Especially the fungal enzymes were very well characterised in the past whereas the enzyme was rarely found in the lactic acid bacteria (LAB strains. It is well known that strong antioxidants free phenolic acids can be released from the dietary fiber by the action of intestinal microflora composed among others also of Lactobacillus strains. The aim of this study was to examine four Lactobacillus strains (L. acidophilus K1, L. rhamnosus E/N, PEN, OXYfor the ability to produce extracellular FAE on different synthetic and natural carbon sources. Material and methods. The LAB strains were grown in the minimal growth media using German wheat bran, rye bran, brewers’ spent grain, isolated larchwood arabinogalactan, apple pectin, corn pectin, methyl ferulate, methyl p-coumarate, methyl syringate or methyl vanillate as the sole carbon source. FAE activity was determined using the post-cultivation supernatants, methyl ferulate and HPLC with UV detection. Results. The highest FAE activity was obtained with L. acidophilus K1 and methyl ferulate (max. 23.34 ±0.05 activity units and methyl p-coumarate (max. 14.96 ±0.47 activity units as carbon sources. L. rhamnosus E/N, OXY and PEN exhibited the limited ability to produce FAE with cinnamic acids methyl esters. Methyl syringate and methyl vanillate (MS and MV were insufficient carbon sources for FAE production. Brewers’ spent grain was the most suitable substrate for FAE production by L. acidophilus K1 (max. 2.64 ±0.06 activity units and L. rhamnosus E/N, OXY and PEN. FAE was also successfully induced by natural substrates rye bran, corn pectin (L. acidophilus K1, German wheat bran and larchwood arabinogalactan (E/N, PEN or German wheat bran and corn pectin (OXY. Conclusions. This study proved the

  18. Thermochemical Equilibrium Model of Synthetic Natural Gas Production from Coal Gasification Using Aspen Plus

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    Rolando Barrera

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    Full Text Available The production of synthetic or substitute natural gas (SNG from coal is a process of interest in Colombia where the reserves-to-production ratio (R/P for natural gas is expected to be between 7 and 10 years, while the R/P for coal is forecasted to be around 90 years. In this work, the process to produce SNG by means of coal-entrained flow gasifiers is modeled under thermochemical equilibrium with the Gibbs free energy approach. The model was developed using a complete and comprehensive Aspen Plus model. Two typical technologies used in entrained flow gasifiers such as coal dry and coal slurry are modeled and simulated. Emphasis is put on interactions between the fuel feeding technology and selected energy output parameters of coal-SNG process, that is, energy efficiencies, power, and SNG quality. It was found that coal rank does not significantly affect energy indicators such as cold gas, process, and global efficiencies. However, feeding technology clearly has an effect on the process due to the gasifying agent. Simulations results are compared against available technical data with good accuracy. Thus, the proposed model is considered as a versatile and useful computational tool to study and optimize the coal to SNG process.

  19. A synthetic garden of state of the art natural protein nanoarchitectures dispersed in nanofluids.

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    Esmaeilzadeh, Pegah; Fakhroueian, Zahra; Jahanshahi, Mohsen; Chamani, Mohammad; Zamanizadeh, Hamid Reza; Rasekh, Behnam

    2011-06-01

    As a significant discovery in the 20th century, carbon nanotubes are attracting particular attention in many unique fields such as electronics, catalysts, hydrogen storage composites, gas sensors, drug delivery, medical diagnostics, therapeutics and nanofluids. In this project, we focus on self-assembled synthetic special natural protein alpha-lactalbumin nanotubes with different (straight, waved, coiled, regularly bent, branched, beaded) shapes, nanospherical particles, nanorods, nanowires, nanopores, polyhedral (hexagonal network, spherical, cubic) nanostructures, nanochannels, nanofibers, nanosheets, nanoleaves, nanowave branched structures, nanobeads, nanoflowers, nanocapsules, novel nano-hybrids consisting of tubes and rods (new core-shell), nanocrystal shapes, apiary or cobweb, branched nanotubes with Y-junctions, nano membrane structures, nano sweep symmetrical shape, nano sponge structures, nano helical homogeneous structures and nano perpendicular and horizontal stable hollow single-walled natural protein nanotubes (NPNTs). These were successfully synthesized by the chemical hydrolysis sol--gel method and partial biochemical enzymatic hydrolysis by cleavage sites (Asp-X and Glu-X) of the milk protein a-lactalbumin by using various organic surfactants, pH controller functions and divalent metallic salt ions as a binding site or ions ligand formation between two bio-based building blocks to form remarkable various new morphologies in appearance of nanoemulsions and clear green nanofluids, for application in the diet nutrition food science and pharmaceutical industry. The characterization by SEM, TEM, XRD and Raman spectroscopy (specific D and G bond in protein nanotubes) confirmed the novelty of these products.

  20. Photostability of low cost dye-sensitized solar cells based on natural and synthetic dyes

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    Abdou, E. M.; Hafez, H. S.; Bakir, E.; Abdel-Mottaleb, M. S. A.

    2013-11-01

    This paper deals with the use of some natural pigments as well as synthetic dyes to act as sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Anthocyanin dye extracted from rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) flowers, the commercially available textile dye Remazole Red RB-133 (RR) and merocyanin-like dye based on 7-methyl coumarin are tested. The photostability of the three dyes is investigated under UV-Vis light exposure. The results show a relatively high stability of the three dyes. Moreover, the photostability of the solid dyes is studied over the TiO2 film electrodes. A very low decolorization rates are recorded as; rate constants k = 1.6, 2.1 and 1.9 × 10-3 min-1 for anthocyanin, RR and coumarin dyes, respectively. The stability results favor selecting anthocyanin as a promising sensitizer candidate in DSSCs based on natural products. Dyes-sensitized solar cells are fabricated and their conversion efficiency (η) is 0.27%, 0.14% and 0.001% for the anthocyanin, RR and coumarin dyes, respectively. Moreover, stability tests of the sealed cells based on anthocyanin and RR dyes are done under continuous light exposure of 100 mW cm-2, reveals highly stable DSSCs.

  1. Photostability of low cost dye-sensitized solar cells based on natural and synthetic dyes.

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    Abdou, E M; Hafez, H S; Bakir, E; Abdel-Mottaleb, M S A

    2013-11-01

    This paper deals with the use of some natural pigments as well as synthetic dyes to act as sensitizers in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Anthocyanin dye extracted from rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) flowers, the commercially available textile dye Remazole Red RB-133 (RR) and merocyanin-like dye based on 7-methyl coumarin are tested. The photostability of the three dyes is investigated under UV-Vis light exposure. The results show a relatively high stability of the three dyes. Moreover, the photostability of the solid dyes is studied over the TiO2 film electrodes. A very low decolorization rates are recorded as; rate constants k=1.6, 2.1 and 1.9×10(-3)min(-1) for anthocyanin, RR and coumarin dyes, respectively. The stability results favor selecting anthocyanin as a promising sensitizer candidate in DSSCs based on natural products. Dyes-sensitized solar cells are fabricated and their conversion efficiency (η) is 0.27%, 0.14% and 0.001% for the anthocyanin, RR and coumarin dyes, respectively. Moreover, stability tests of the sealed cells based on anthocyanin and RR dyes are done under continuous light exposure of 100mWcm(-2), reveals highly stable DSSCs.

  2. DNA assembler: a synthetic biology tool for characterizing and engineering natural product gene clusters.

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    Shao, Zengyi; Zhao, Huimin

    2012-01-01

    The majority of existing antibacterial and anticancer drugs are natural products or their derivatives. However, the characterization and engineering of these compounds are often hampered by limited ability to manipulate the corresponding biosynthetic pathways. Recently, we developed a genomics-driven, synthetic biology-based method, DNA assembler, for discovery, characterization, and engineering of natural product biosynthetic pathways (Shao, Luo, & Zhao, 2011). By taking advantage of the highly efficient yeast in vivo homologous recombination mechanism, this method synthesizes the entire expression vector containing the target biosynthetic pathway and the genetic elements needed for DNA maintenance and replication in individual hosts in a single-step manner. In this chapter, we describe the general guidelines for construct design. By using two distinct biosynthetic pathways, we demonstrate that DNA assembler can perform multiple tasks, including heterologous expression, introduction of single or multiple point mutations, scar-less gene deletion, generation of product derivatives, and creation of artificial gene clusters. As such, this method offers unprecedented flexibility and versatility in pathway manipulations.

  3. Assessing wood-based synthetic natural gas technologies using the SWISS-MARKAL model

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    Schulz, Thorsten F.; Barreto, Leonardo; Kypreos, Socrates [Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen PSI (Switzerland). Energy Economics Group; Stucki, Samuel [Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen PSI (Switzerland). General Energy

    2007-10-15

    In future, new biomass technologies can gain significant importance in the Swiss energy sector. Therefore, this paper assesses the economic conditions under which new biomass technologies become competitive. The focus of this assessment is on the production of synthetic natural gas (bio-SNG) from wood in a methanation plant. The assessment is conducted with the cost-optimization model SWISS-MARKAL (MARKet ALlocation). SWISS-MARKAL projects future technology investments and provides an integrated analysis of primary, secondary, final and end-use energy in Switzerland. In addition to a reference scenario, the effects of increasing oil and gas prices, the effects of allocating subsidies to the methanation plant and the effects of competition between the methanation plant and a biomass-based Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis are evaluated. Moreover, a sensitivity analysis is performed by varying investment costs of the methanation plant. The results are in favour of bio-SNG in the transportation sector where the synergetic use of bio-SNG and natural gas reduces the dependence on oil imports and the level of CO{sub 2} emissions. (author)

  4. Natural transformation with synthetic gene cassettes: new tools for integron research and biotechnology.

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    Gestal, Alicia M; Liew, Elissa F; Coleman, Nicholas V

    2011-12-01

    Integrons are genetic elements that can capture and express genes packaged as gene cassettes. Here we report new methods that allow integrons to be studied and manipulated in their native bacterial hosts. Synthetic gene cassettes encoding gentamicin resistance (aadB) and green fluorescence (gfp), or lactose metabolism (lacZY), were made by PCR and self-ligation, converted to large tandem arrays by multiple displacement amplification, and introduced into Escherichia coli or Pseudomonas stutzeri strains via electroporation or natural transformation. Recombinants (Gm(R) or Lac(+)) were obtained at frequencies ranging from 10(1) to 10(6) c.f.u. (µg DNA)(-1). Cassettes were integrated by site-specific recombination at the integron attI site in nearly all cases examined (370/384), including both promoterless and promoter-containing cassettes. Fluorometric analysis of gfp-containing recombinants revealed that expression levels from the integron-associated promoter P(C) were five- to 10-fold higher in the plasmid-borne integron In3 compared with the P. stutzeri chromosomal integrons. Integration of lacZY cassettes into P. stutzeri integrons allowed the bacteria to grow on lactose, and the lacZY gene cassette was stably maintained in the absence of selection. This study is believed to be the first to show natural transformation by gene cassettes, and integron-mediated capture of catabolic gene cassettes.

  5. KINERJA ZEOLIT DALAM MEMPERBAIKI MUTU MINYAK GORENG BEKAS [Zeolit Performance in Improving the Quality of Used Oil

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    Kusumastuti

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to improve the used oil by treatment with zeolite in order to absorb the undesirable components in the oil. Sample of used oil were heated with active zeolite (A1 and natural zeolite (A2 at 2% (B1, 6% (B2 and 10% (B3 in boiled water-bath for 30 minutes. The control was used oil without treatment. After filtered, the oil were analyzed for moisture content, acid number, peroxide value, clearness, colour and viscosity. The results indicated that treating used oil with 10% zeolite could reduce the initial level of tested parameters The reductions were: moisture content and volatile matters 50%, acid number 7% , clearness 3.9% and reduction of peroxide value was 33,8%. However the color and viscosity of the treated oils were not different from the used oil. Active zeolite was more effective than natural zeolite in absorbing the undesirable contaiment

  6. Synthetic cannabis: a comparison of patterns of use and effect profile with natural cannabis in a large global sample.

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    Winstock, Adam R; Barratt, Monica J

    2013-07-01

    The last decade has seen the appearance of myriad novel psychoactive substances with diverse effect profiles. Synthetic cannabinoids are among the most recently identified but least researched of these substances. An anonymous online survey was conducted in 2011 using a quantitative structured research tool. Missing data (median 2%) were treated by available-case analysis. Of 14,966 participants, 2513 (17%) reported use of synthetic cannabis. Of these, 980 (41% of 2417) reported its use in the last 12 months. Almost all recent synthetic cannabis users (99% of 975) reported ever use of natural cannabis. Synthetic cannabis reportedly had both a shorter duration of action (z=17.82, peffect (z=-9.44, peffects when high (t(930)=-37.1, pnegative effects (t(859)=18.7, peffects (t(854)=6.45, peffect profile. Further research is required to determine longer term consequences of use and comparative dependence potential. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

  7. Analysis of Natural Graphite, Synthetic Graphite, and Thermosetting Resin Candidates for Use in Fuel Compact Matrix

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    Trammell, Michael P [ORNL; Pappano, Peter J [ORNL

    2011-09-01

    The AGR-1 and AGR-2 compacting process involved overcoating TRISO particles and compacting them in a steel die. The overcoating step is the process of applying matrix to the OPyC layer of TRISO particles in a rotating drum in order to build up an overcoat layer of desired thickness. The matrix used in overcoating is a mixture of natural graphite, synthetic graphite, and thermosetting resin in the ratio, by weight, of 64:16:20. A wet mixing process was used for AGR-1 and AGR-2, in that the graphites and resin were mixed in the presence of ethyl alcohol. The goal of the wet mixing process was to 'resinate' the graphite particles, or coat each individual graphite particle with a thin layer of resin. This matrix production process was similar to the German, Chinese, Japanese, and South African methods, which also use various amount of solvent during mixing. See Appendix 1 for information on these countries matrix production techniques. The resin used for AGR-1 and AGR-2 was provided by Hexion, specifically Hexion grade Durite SC1008. Durite SC1008 is a solvated (liquid) resole phenolic resin. A resole resin does not typically have a hardening agent added. The major constituent of SC1008 is phenol, with minor amounts of formaldehyde. Durite SC1008 is high viscosity, so additional ethyl alcohol was added during matrix production in order to reduce its viscosity and enhance graphite particle resination. The current compacting scale up plan departs from a wet mixing process. The matrix production method specified in the scale up plan is a co-grinding jet mill process where powdered phenolic resin and graphite are all fed into a jet mill at the same time. Because of the change in matrix production style, SC1008 cannot be used in the jet milling process because it is a liquid. The jet milling/mixing process requires that a suite of solid or powdered resins be investigated. The synthetic graphite used in AGR-1 and AGR-2 was provided by SGL Carbon, grade KRB2000. KRB

  8. Loads bias genetic and signaling switches in synthetic and natural systems.

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    Samanthe M Lyons

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Biological protein interactions networks such as signal transduction or gene transcription networks are often treated as modular, allowing motifs to be analyzed in isolation from the rest of the network. Modularity is also a key assumption in synthetic biology, where it is similarly expected that when network motifs are combined together, they do not lose their essential characteristics. However, the interactions that a network module has with downstream elements change the dynamical equations describing the upstream module and thus may change the dynamic and static properties of the upstream circuit even without explicit feedback. In this work we analyze the behavior of a ubiquitous motif in gene transcription and signal transduction circuits: the switch. We show that adding an additional downstream component to the simple genetic toggle switch changes its dynamical properties by changing the underlying potential energy landscape, and skewing it in favor of the unloaded side, and in some situations adding loads to the genetic switch can also abrogate bistable behavior. We find that an additional positive feedback motif found in naturally occurring toggle switches could tune the potential energy landscape in a desirable manner. We also analyze autocatalytic signal transduction switches and show that a ubiquitous positive feedback switch can lose its switch-like properties when connected to a downstream load. Our analysis underscores the necessity of incorporating the effects of downstream components when understanding the physics of biochemical network motifs, and raises the question as to how these effects are managed in real biological systems. This analysis is particularly important when scaling synthetic networks to more complex organisms.

  9. Loads bias genetic and signaling switches in synthetic and natural systems.

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    Lyons, Samanthe M; Xu, Wenlong; Medford, June; Prasad, Ashok

    2014-03-01

    Biological protein interactions networks such as signal transduction or gene transcription networks are often treated as modular, allowing motifs to be analyzed in isolation from the rest of the network. Modularity is also a key assumption in synthetic biology, where it is similarly expected that when network motifs are combined together, they do not lose their essential characteristics. However, the interactions that a network module has with downstream elements change the dynamical equations describing the upstream module and thus may change the dynamic and static properties of the upstream circuit even without explicit feedback. In this work we analyze the behavior of a ubiquitous motif in gene transcription and signal transduction circuits: the switch. We show that adding an additional downstream component to the simple genetic toggle switch changes its dynamical properties by changing the underlying potential energy landscape, and skewing it in favor of the unloaded side, and in some situations adding loads to the genetic switch can also abrogate bistable behavior. We find that an additional positive feedback motif found in naturally occurring toggle switches could tune the potential energy landscape in a desirable manner. We also analyze autocatalytic signal transduction switches and show that a ubiquitous positive feedback switch can lose its switch-like properties when connected to a downstream load. Our analysis underscores the necessity of incorporating the effects of downstream components when understanding the physics of biochemical network motifs, and raises the question as to how these effects are managed in real biological systems. This analysis is particularly important when scaling synthetic networks to more complex organisms.

  10. An evaluation of the reactivity of synthetic and natural apatites in the presence of aqueous metals.

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    Dybowska, Agnieszka; Manning, David A C; Collins, Matthew J; Wess, Timothy; Woodgate, Stephen; Valsami-Jones, Eugenia

    2009-04-01

    Metal removal from contaminated effluents was examined following reaction with natural apatites of biological and geological origin or a synthetic hydroxylapatite (HAP). Mammalian meat and bone meal (MBM), a by-product from meat industry, was the biological apatite source. The effect of incineration on metal removal capacity of MBM and HAP was also examined. The reactivity of apatites for all tested metals (Pb, Cd, Cu and Zn) followed the general order: synthetic > biological > mineral. For all apatites tested, Pb was removed best and preferentially from multi-metal solutions. MBM and HAP (0.5 g solid) removed Pb completely from both highly concentrated single metal solutions (50 ml, 1000 mg/L Pb) and from multi-metal solutions (50 ml) with 100 mg/L each of Cd, Cu and Zn in addition to Pb. The incineration of MBM (725 degrees C and 850 degrees C) reduced significantly its capacity for removal of Zn (by 47%, from 56 mg/g to 9 mg/g) and Cd (by 38%, from 53 mg/g to 13 mg/g) in particular and to a lesser extent for Cu (by 14%, from 61 mg/g to 46 mg/g) while the removal of Pb was not affected (100 mg/g). The same pattern was observed for incinerated HAP. SEM and XRD analysis indicated that HAP reacted with the metals by precipitation of pure metal phosphates--Pb hydroxylapatite, Zn phosphate (hopeite), a Cd phosphate (identified only by ED-SEM) and Cu phosphate (libenthenite).

  11. Synthetic and Natural Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors as Potential Lead Compounds for Effective Therapeutics.

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    Pathak, Ashish; Srivastava, Amit K; Singour, Pradeep K; Gouda, Panchanan

    2016-01-01

    Monoamine oxidases A and B (MAO-A and B) play a critical role in the metabolism of intracellular neurotransmitters of the central nervous system. For decades, MAO inhibitors have proven their clinical efficacy as potential drug targets for several neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. Use of first generation non selective MAO inhibitors as neuropsychiatric drugs elicited several side effects like hypertensive crisis and cheese reaction. Therefore their use is now limited due to non-selectivity towards MAO isoforms and inhibition of metabolizing enzymes like cytochrome P450. Development of selective and specific MAO inhibitors like moclobemide, toloxatone improves their efficacy as disease-modifying effects in monotherapy as well as adjunctive therapy. Recently a lot of research has been done to elucidate the pharmacological potential of medicinal plants and their isolated bioactive constituents having MAO inhibitory activity. Herbs containing MAO inhibitors are extensively used for the development of potent synthetic drugs and as safe and effective alternatives to the available synthetic drugs in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as depression, Parkinson and Alzheimer's. In several diseases like Parkinson natural MAO inhibitors prevented the neuron denaturalization by their dual action via enhancing neurotransmission of dopamine as well as lowering the generation of free radicals and toxins. Currently development of selective MAO inhibitors is still under study to achieve more effective therapies by using Computer Aided Drug Designing, Ligand-based models and structure-activity hypothesis. These approaches also facilitate understanding the interaction of newly designed molecule with MAO enzymes and the rationalization of probable mechanisms of action.

  12. Limestone and Zeolite as Alternative Media in Horizontal Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetlands: Laboratory-Scale Studies

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    Lizama, K.; Jaque, I.; Ayala, J.

    2016-12-01

    Arsenic is well known for its chronic toxicity. Millions of people around the world are currently at risk, drinking water with As concentrations above 10 ppb, the WHO drinking water guideline. Although different treatment options exist, they are often limited by elevated costs and maintenance requirements. Constructed wetlands are a natural water treatment system, capable to remove metals and metalloids -including As- via different physical, chemical and biological processes. The use of alternative supporting media to enhance As removal in subsurface flow wetlands has been recommended, but not sufficiently studied. Limestone and zeolite have been identified as effective supporting media in subsurface flow wetlands aiming As removal. However, there are still key aspects to be addressed, such as the implications of using these media, the speciation in the solid phase, the role of vegetation, etc. This study investigated the performance of limestone and zeolite in three types of experiments: batch, column and as main supporting media in a bench scale horizontal subsurface flow wetland system. Synthetic water resembling a contaminated river in Chile (As concentration=3 mg/L, Fe concentration= 100 mg/L, pH=2) was used in all experiments. In the batch experiments, the As concentration, the mass of media and the contact time were varied. The column system consisted of three limestone columns and three zeolite columns, operated under a hydraulic loading of 20 mm/d. The wetland system consisted of twelve PVC cells: six filled with zeolite and six with limestone. Phragmites australis were planted in three cells of each media type, as control cells. From the batch experiments, maximum As sorption capacities as indicated by Langmuir model were 1.3 mg/g for limestone and 0.17 mg/g for zeolite, at 18 h contact time and 6.3 g/L medium concentration. EDS and XPS analyses revealed that As and Fe were retained in zeolite at the end of the batch experiments. Zeolite and limestone

  13. Zeolite and wollastonite synthesis from rice hull ash; Sintese de zeolitas e wolastonita a partir da cinza da casca de arroz

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    Fernandes, Alberto de Andrade

    2006-07-01

    Rice hull ash (RHA) is a industry scrap rich in amorphous silica. A simple and low-energy cost method for the extraction of this silica was researched. A low level of impurity and high reactivity material was produced, which is appropriate for the synthesis of zeolites and wollastonite (CaSiO{sub 3}). The synthetic zeolites has not similar structures in nature, and they have been more and more valued in the market due to their purity and efficiency in specific applications like ion exchange, molecular sieve and catalysis areas. High purity wollastonite has many applications in manufacturing and agriculture. The mineral wollastonite can be formed in nature in different ways; it is generally accepted two forming processes, both encompassing limestone metamorphism (heat and pressure). In this work, a new process for the synthesis of zeolites and wollastonite from RHA colloidal silica was developed. Moreover, the process is aimed at lower energy costs, fewer stages and fewer reactants consume. In this work, zeolite A used in detergent and zeolite ZSM-5, employed in the petrochemical industry due to its high selectivity in catalytic reactions and its high thermo and acid stability, were synthesized. The first step of the wollastonite synthesis was studied, with the purpose of obtaining calcium hydrosilicate. Eleven different hydrosilicates occur in the system Ca(OH){sub 2}-SiO{sub 2}-H{sub 2}O, in the second step it was annealed to form the wollastonite phase. (author)

  14. BTEX removal from aqueous solutions by HDTMA-modified Y zeolite.

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    Vidal, Carla B; Raulino, Giselle S C; Barros, Allen L; Lima, Ari C A; Ribeiro, Jefferson P; Pires, Marçal J R; Nascimento, Ronaldo F

    2012-12-15

    Various technologies have been used for the treatment and remediation of areas contaminated by BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes), which are organic compounds that are of particular concern due to their toxicity. Potential applications of synthetic zeolites for environmental fieldwork have also been reported worldwide. In this work, a hexadecyltrimethyl ammonium (HDTMA) surfactant-modified synthetic zeolite was investigated for its efficiency in removing BTEX from aqueous solutions. Three surfactant-modified zeolites were synthesized, with amounts of surfactant corresponding to 50%, 100%, and 200% of the total cation-exchange capacity (CEC) of the synthetic zeolite Y. The results of the BTEX adsorption experiments onto both synthetic zeolite and surfactant-modified zeolites (SMZ) showed that the SMZ-100 (zeolite modified with surfactant levels at 100% of CEC) was the most efficient modified zeolite for BTEX removal. Kinetics studies indicated that the multicomponent adsorption equilibrium was reached within 6 h and followed pseudo-second-order kinetics. The Langmuir, Freundlich, Redlich-Peterson and Temkin models were used to evaluate the BTEX adsorption capacity by SMZ-100. The Temkin model was found to be suitable for all BTEX compounds in a multicomponent system. Regeneration cycles of the modified zeolite were also performed, and the results showed that the adsorbent could be used efficiently in as many as four adsorption cycles, except for benzene.

  15. Study of the ortho-positron annihilation process in zeolite Y; Estudio del proceso de aniquilacion de ortopositronio en zeolita Y

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    Alvarado D, M. E.

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    For several years a great interest has existed for the study of the natural and synthetic zeolites due to its properties. The porosity, one of their main characteristics allows that these materials are used as molecular sieves, catalysts, gases drying, etc. In order to investigating the porosity and other zeolite properties one carries out the study of the process of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (Pals). This is a technique that provides information about the size and the pores form since is highly sensitive to the free volume and the superficial area of those porous materials as the zeolites. The study began with the elaboration of zeolite Y tablets in a hydraulic press where different pressures (from 0 to 1.26 GPa) and masses (70, 80 and 100 mg) were proven to obtain the estimate porosity of each tablet. A graph was elaborated and the effect of the mass and pressure with regard to the zeolite porosity was analyzed. Later on, the powder and tablets of 70 mg were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (the glass size, interplanar distance, length and the volume of the unitary cell); scanning electron microscopy (the particles size and morphology); thermo gravimetric analysis (dehydration temperature and the stability up to 700 C) and the Brunauer Emmett Teller method (specific area). After the zeolite Y tablets characterization was carried out the positron annihilation process by means of Pals where its free volume of zeolite Y was analyzed, which includes to the structural cavities and the interparticle volume. The powdered zeolite was analyzed to different experimental conditions (preparation of the sample and the Pals equipment) to obtain the optimal conditions (a window with a time of 400 ns and a enlarged energy window) of analysis. On the other hand, the tablets were analyzed under optimal conditions to obtain the four components of time and intensity ({tau}, {Iota}), result of the different ways of positrons annihilation in the zeolite

  16. Potassium catalyzed hydrogasification of low-rank coal for synthetic natural gas production

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    Skodras Georgios

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    Full Text Available Potassium catalyzed isothermal coal hydrogasification was investigated, as an alternative route for synthetic natural gas production. Potassium chemisorption occurred on oxygen sites in the coal structure and was strongly affected by the solution pH and followed the Cation Exchange Capability (CEC which is also pH-dependent. A quadratic function described the relation between the solution pH and the fraction of the chemisorbed potassium, while; the cumulative distribution function of two Weibull probability density functions correlated the solution pH with the CEC that was linearly correlated with the fraction of the chemisorbed potassium. Coal hydrogasification is strongly affected by the increased alkalinity of the impregnating solution and increased methane yields were obtained while carbon conversion was slightly affected. This was attributed to the formation of profuse K+ substituted active sites that decompose under H2 attacks and trigger scission of the aromatic rings followed by K+ migration to neighboring complexes, thus, the hydrogasification reaction continuous to yield CH4, as codified in a three stage reaction mechanism. The relative specific hydrogasification rate was found to increase linearly with the CEC of the coal samples, suggesting that the oxygen functional groups, on which potassium is chemisorbed, act as “active sites” and are linked with the carbon’s reactivity.

  17. Economic Evaluation on Bio-Synthetic Natural Gas Production Integrated in a Thermomechanical Pulp Mill

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    Wennan Zhang

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    Full Text Available In this study, biorefinery as a concept is applied to thermomechanical pulp (TMP-based paper production to evaluate the possibility of co-production of synthetic natural gas (SNG, electricity and district heating in addition to mechanical pulp and paper. The combined heat and power plant (CHP associated to TMP is replaced by a biomass-to-SNG (BtSNG plant. Implementing BtSNG in a mechanical pulp production line might improve the profitability of a TMP mill and also help to commercialize the BtSNG technology by taking into account of some key issues such as biomass availability, heat utilization, etc. A TMP + BtSNG mathematical model is developed with ASPEN Plus. The model prediction shows that the scale of the TMP + BtSNG mill and SNG price are two strong factors for the implementation of BtSNG in a TMP mill. A BtSNG plant associated to a TMP mill should be built at a scale above 100 MW of biomass thermal input. For the case of Swedish economic condition, commercialization of SNG production as a transport biofuel has not matured yet. Political instruments to support commercialization of transport biofuel are necessary.

  18. Mass fractionation of noble gases in synthetic methane hydrate: Implications for naturally occurring gas hydrate dissociation

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    Hunt, Andrew G.; Stern, Laura; Pohlman, John W.; Ruppel, Carolyn; Moscati, Richard J.; Landis, Gary P.

    2013-01-01

    As a consequence of contemporary or longer term (since 15 ka) climate warming, gas hydrates in some settings may presently be dissociating and releasing methane and other gases to the ocean-atmosphere system. A key challenge in assessing the impact of dissociating gas hydrates on global atmospheric methane is the lack of a technique able to distinguish between methane recently released from gas hydrates and methane emitted from leaky thermogenic reservoirs, shallow sediments (some newly thawed), coal beds, and other sources. Carbon and deuterium stable isotopic fractionation during methane formation provides a first-order constraint on the processes (microbial or thermogenic) of methane generation. However, because gas hydrate formation and dissociation do not cause significant isotopic fractionation, a stable isotope-based hydrate-source determination is not possible. Here, we investigate patterns of mass-dependent noble gas fractionation within the gas hydrate lattice to fingerprint methane released from gas hydrates. Starting with synthetic gas hydrate formed under laboratory conditions, we document complex noble gas fractionation patterns in the gases liberated during dissociation and explore the effects of aging and storage (e.g., in liquid nitrogen), as well as sampling and preservation procedures. The laboratory results confirm a unique noble gas fractionation pattern for gas hydrates, one that shows promise in evaluating modern natural gas seeps for a signature associated with gas hydrate dissociation.

  19. Natural and synthetic antioxidant additives for improving the performance of new biolubricant formulations.

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    Quinchia, Lida A; Delgado, Miguel A; Valencia, Concepción; Franco, José M; Gallegos, Crispulo

    2011-12-28

    Knowledge of the oxidative stability of vegetable oils for lubricant applications is a key point, because vegetable oil oxidation potential is the main disadvantage for its use as a lubricant. Oil degradation after an oxidation process can seriously affect its lubricating function and increase wear. In this work, two different methods for evaluating the oxidation stability of lubricating vegetable oils, the oxidation onset temperature, characterized through DSC measurements (ASTM E 2009-08), and the pressure drop in the oxygen pressure vessel (ASTM D 942-02), have been used. Additionally, thermogravimetric analysis and FTIR studies have also been carried out. High-oleic sunflower (HOSO) and castor (CO) oils were selected and blended with natural ((+)-α-tocopherol (TCP), propyl gallate (PG), l-ascorbic acid 6-palmitate (AP)) or synthetic antioxidants (4,4'-methylenebis(2,6-di-tert-butylphenol) (MBP)), with the aim of formulating biodegradable vegetable-based lubricants according to REACH regulation. (1) The results showed that the most effective biodegradable antioxidant is PG, comparable to MBP, whereas lower effectiveness was obtained for TCP and AP. In relation to the methods tested, DSC measurements achieve accurate data more quickly for evaluating the oxidation stability of these basestocks, showing a linear correlation with the traditional method based on the oxygen bomb test. The empirical equation obtained depends on the mechanism involved in the antioxidant activity.

  20. Synthetic and natural Nakhla pyroxenes: Parent melt composition and REE partition coefficients

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    Mckay, G.; Le, L.; Wagstaff, J.

    1994-01-01

    Nakhla is one of the SNC meteorites, generally believed to be of martian origin. It is composed mainly of cumulus augite, in which primary igneous zoning is apparently preserved, and which serves as a recorder of the composition of Nakhla's parent melt and the conditions under which it crystallized. Knowledge of the composition and petrogenesis of this parent melt may help unravel Nakhla's relationship to the other SNC's, and provide clues to martian petrogenesis in general. This abstract reports new results of an ongoing study in which we are (1) comparing the major and minor element compositions of synthetic pyroxenes crystallized from various proposed parent melt compositions with those in Nakhla pyroxene to constrain the composition of the parent melt, and (2) measuring minor and trace element partition coefficients, particularly those of the REE, in order to obtain the most applicable D values with which to invert the natural pyroxene compositions to obtain the trace element composition of the parent melt. Results suggest that recent estimates of Nakhla's parent melt composition are too aluminous, and that mafic or ultramafic melts are more likely candidates.

  1. Fabrication of Porous Materials from Natural/Synthetic Biopolymers and Their Composites

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    Udeni Gunathilake T.M. Sampath

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Biopolymers and their applications have been widely studied in recent years. Replacing the oil based polymer materials with biopolymers in a sustainable manner might give not only a competitive advantage but, in addition, they possess unique properties which cannot be emulated by conventional polymers. This review covers the fabrication of porous materials from natural biopolymers (cellulose, chitosan, collagen, synthetic biopolymers (poly(lactic acid, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid and their composite materials. Properties of biopolymers strongly depend on the polymer structure and are of great importance when fabricating the polymer into intended applications. Biopolymers find a large spectrum of application in the medical field. Other fields such as packaging, technical, environmental, agricultural and food are also gaining importance. The introduction of porosity into a biomaterial broadens the scope of applications. There are many techniques used to fabricate porous polymers. Fabrication methods, including the basic and conventional techniques to the more recent ones, are reviewed. Advantages and limitations of each method are discussed in detail. Special emphasis is placed on the pore characteristics of biomaterials used for various applications. This review can aid in furthering our understanding of the fabrication methods and about controlling the porosity and microarchitecture of porous biopolymer materials.

  2. Reproducing Natural Spider Silks' Copolymer Behavior in Synthetic Silk Mimics

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    An, Bo; Jenkins, Janelle E; Sampath, Sujatha; Holland, Gregory P; Hinman, Mike; Yarger, Jeffery L; Lewis, Randolph [Wyoming; (Sandia); (Utah SU); (AZU)

    2012-10-30

    Dragline silk from orb-weaving spiders is a copolymer of two large proteins, major ampullate spidroin 1 (MaSp1) and 2 (MaSp2). The ratio of these proteins is known to have a large variation across different species of orb-weaving spiders. NMR results from gland material of two different species of spiders, N. clavipes and A. aurantia, indicates that MaSp1 proteins are more easily formed into β-sheet nanostructures, while MaSp2 proteins form random coil and helical structures. To test if this behavior of natural silk proteins could be reproduced by recombinantly produced spider silk mimic protein, recombinant MaSp1/MaSp2 mixed fibers as well as chimeric silk fibers from MaSp1 and MaSp2 sequences in a single protein were produced based on the variable ratio and conserved motifs of MaSp1 and MaSp2 in native silk fiber. Mechanical properties, solid-state NMR, and XRD results of tested synthetic fibers indicate the differing roles of MaSp1 and MaSp2 in the fiber and verify the importance of postspin stretching treatment in helping the fiber to form the proper spatial structure.

  3. Antiproliferative and genotoxic effects of nature identical and artificial synthetic food additives of aroma and flavor

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    R. D. M. Nunes

    Full Text Available Abstract This study aimed to analyze the antiproliferative and genotoxic potential of synthetic food flavorings, nature identical passion fruit and artificial vanilla. This assessment used root meristem cells of Allium cepa L., in exposure times of 24 and 48 hours and using doses of 0.2; 0.4 and 0.6 mL. Roots were fixed in Carnoy’s solution, hydrolyzed in hydrochloric acid, stained with acetic orcein and analyzed with optical microscope at 400× magnification, 5,000 cells for each treatment. For data analysis, it was used Chi-square test at 5%. Doses of 0.2 mL at ET 48 h; 0.4 and 0.6 mL at ET 24 and 48 h of passion fruit flavor, and the three doses of the vanilla flavor at ET 24 and 48 h significantly reduced the cell division rate in the meristems of roots, proving to be cytotoxic. Doses of 0.2; 0.4 and 0.6 mL of the passion fruit additive, and the three doses of vanilla tested, in the two exposure times, induced mitotic spindle changes and micronuclei formation in the cells of the test organism used, proving to be genotoxic. Therefore, under the studied conditions, flavoring solutions of vanilla and passion fruit, marketed nationally and internationally, significantly altered the functioning of the cell cycle in root meristem cells of A. cepa.

  4. Antiproliferative and genotoxic effects of nature identical and artificial synthetic food additives of aroma and flavor.

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    Nunes, R D M; Sales, I M S; Silva, S I O; Sousa, J M C; Peron, A P

    2016-07-25

    This study aimed to analyze the antiproliferative and genotoxic potential of synthetic food flavorings, nature identical passion fruit and artificial vanilla. This assessment used root meristem cells of Allium cepa L., in exposure times of 24 and 48 hours and using doses of 0.2; 0.4 and 0.6 mL. Roots were fixed in Carnoy's solution, hydrolyzed in hydrochloric acid, stained with acetic orcein and analyzed with optical microscope at 400× magnification, 5,000 cells for each treatment. For data analysis, it was used Chi-square test at 5%. Doses of 0.2 mL at ET 48 h; 0.4 and 0.6 mL at ET 24 and 48 h of passion fruit flavor, and the three doses of the vanilla flavor at ET 24 and 48 h significantly reduced the cell division rate in the meristems of roots, proving to be cytotoxic. Doses of 0.2; 0.4 and 0.6 mL of the passion fruit additive, and the three doses of vanilla tested, in the two exposure times, induced mitotic spindle changes and micronuclei formation in the cells of the test organism used, proving to be genotoxic. Therefore, under the studied conditions, flavoring solutions of vanilla and passion fruit, marketed nationally and internationally, significantly altered the functioning of the cell cycle in root meristem cells of A. cepa.

  5. Biochemical and Genetic Responses of Fungi to the Toxic Effect of Synthetic and Natural Fungicides

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    Maria-Elena Baez-Flores

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present review is to analyze the molecular basis of fungicide resistance mechanism to both synthetic fungicides and the natural fungicides isothiocyanates. The review is focused mainly on Alternaria sp., but whenever available, similar studies in other fungi have been included. Fungal resistant strains to dicarboximide and phenylpyrrole fungicides have been found to contain mutations in one of the proteins involved in the signal transduction pathway that regulates the fungal response to osmotic stress. By the other hand, it was found that isothiocyanates induce enzymes like glutathione S-transferase, cyanide hydratase, heat shock proteins, membrane transporters and proteins associated with the oxidative stress response. Also, inter simple sequence repeats polymorphism was recorded as a response to the isothiocyanates treatment. The knowledge about the genetic basis of the response mechanism of Alternaria sp. to the isothiocyanates is scarce. Therefore, studies by DNA recombinant technology to analyze the fungi responses to fungicides, will allow knowing the metabolic pathways involved in the phenomena to permit the design of strategies to inhibit key reactions involved in the fungal resistance, reaching a better and sustainable fungal infections control.

  6. Chemistry and pharmacological properties of some natural and synthetic antioxidants for heavy metal toxicity.

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    Flora, S J S; Shrivastava, Rupal; Mittal, Megha

    2013-01-01

    Heavy metals are known to cause oxidative deterioration of bio-molecules by initiating free radical mediated chain reaction resulting in lipid per-oxidation, protein oxidation and oxidation of nucleic acid like DNA and RNA. The development of effective dual functioning antioxidants, possessing both metal-chelating and free radical-scavenging properties should bring into play. Administration of natural and synthetic antioxidants like, quercetin, catechin, taurine, captopril, gallic acid, melatonin, N-acetyl cysteine, α- lipoic acid and others have been recognized in the disease prevention and clinical recovery against heavy metal intoxication. These antioxidants affect biological systems not only through direct quenching of free radicals but also via chelation of toxic metal(s). These antioxidants also, have the capacity to enhance cellular antioxidant defense mechanism by regenerating endogenous antioxidants, such as glutathione and vitamin C and E. They also influence cellular signaling and trigger redox sensitive regulatory pathways. The reactivity of antioxidants in protecting against heavy metal induced oxidative stress depends upon their structural properties, their partitioning abilities between hydrophilic and lipophilic environment and their hydrogen donation antioxidant properties. Herein, we review the structural, biochemical and pharmacological properties of selected antioxidants with particular reference to their ability to (i) chelate heavy metals from its complex (ii) ameliorate free radical (iii) terminate heavy metal induced free radical chain reaction (iv) regenerate endogenous antioxidants and, (v) excretion of metal without its redistribution.

  7. Fabrication of Porous Materials from Natural/Synthetic Biopolymers and Their Composites.

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    Sampath, Udeni Gunathilake T M; Ching, Yern Chee; Chuah, Cheng Hock; Sabariah, Johari J; Lin, Pai-Chen

    2016-12-07

    Biopolymers and their applications have been widely studied in recent years. Replacing the oil based polymer materials with biopolymers in a sustainable manner might give not only a competitive advantage but, in addition, they possess unique properties which cannot be emulated by conventional polymers. This review covers the fabrication of porous materials from natural biopolymers (cellulose, chitosan, collagen), synthetic biopolymers (poly(lactic acid), poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)) and their composite materials. Properties of biopolymers strongly depend on the polymer structure and are of great importance when fabricating the polymer into intended applications. Biopolymers find a large spectrum of application in the medical field. Other fields such as packaging, technical, environmental, agricultural and food are also gaining importance. The introduction of porosity into a biomaterial broadens the scope of applications. There are many techniques used to fabricate porous polymers. Fabrication methods, including the basic and conventional techniques to the more recent ones, are reviewed. Advantages and limitations of each method are discussed in detail. Special emphasis is placed on the pore characteristics of biomaterials used for various applications. This review can aid in furthering our understanding of the fabrication methods and about controlling the porosity and microarchitecture of porous biopolymer materials.

  8. Air Quality, Human Health and Climate Implications of China's Synthetic Natural Gas Development

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    Qin, Y.; Mauzerall, D. L.; Wagner, F.; Smith, K. R.; Peng, W.; Yang, J.; Zhu, T.

    2016-12-01

    Facing severe air pollution and growing dependence on natural gas imports, the Chinese government is planning an enormous increase in synthetic natural gas (SNG) production. Although displacement of coal with SNG benefits air quality, it increases carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and thus worsens climate change. Primarily due to variation in air pollutant and CO2 emission factors as well as energy efficiencies across sectors and regions, the replacement of coal with SNG results in varying degrees of air quality and adverse climate impacts. Here we conduct an integrated assessment to estimate the air quality, human health, and adverse climate impacts of various sectoral and regional SNG substitution strategies for coal in China in 2020. We find that using all planned production of SNG in the residential sector results in an annual decrease of approximately 43,000 (22,000 to 63,000) outdoor-air-pollution-associated Chinese premature mortalities, with ranges determined by the low and high estimates of relative risks. If changes in indoor/household air pollution were also included the decrease would be larger. By comparison, this is a 10 and 60 times greater reduction in premature mortalities than obtained when the SNG displaces coal in the industrial or power sectors, respectively. Deploying SNG as a coal replacement in the industrial or power sectors also has a 4-5 times higher carbon penalty than utilization in the residential sector due to inefficiencies in current household coal use. If carbon capture and storage (CCS) is used in SNG production, substituting SNG for coal can provide both air quality and climate co-benefits in all scenarios. However, even with CCS, SNG emits 22-40% (depending on end-use) more CO2 than the same amount of conventional gas. For existing SNG projects, we find displacing coal with SNG in the residential sector provides the largest air quality and health benefits with the smallest carbon penalties of deployment in any sector.

  9. Air quality, health, and climate implications of China's synthetic natural gas development

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    Qin, Yue; Wagner, Fabian; Scovronick, Noah; Peng, Wei; Yang, Junnan; Zhu, Tong; Smith, Kirk R.; Mauzerall, Denise L.

    2017-05-01

    Facing severe air pollution and growing dependence on natural gas imports, the Chinese government plans to increase coal-based synthetic natural gas (SNG) production. Although displacement of coal with SNG benefits air quality, it increases CO2 emissions. Due to variations in air pollutant and CO2 emission factors and energy efficiencies across sectors, coal replacement with SNG results in varying degrees of air quality benefits and climate penalties. We estimate air quality, human health, and climate impacts of SNG substitution strategies in 2020. Using all production of SNG in the residential sector results in an annual decrease of ˜32,000 (20,000 to 41,000) outdoor-air-pollution-associated premature deaths, with ranges determined by the low and high estimates of the health risks. If changes in indoor/household air pollution were also included, the decrease would be far larger. SNG deployment in the residential sector results in nearly 10 and 60 times greater reduction in premature mortality than if it is deployed in the industrial or power sectors, respectively. Due to inefficiencies in current household coal use, utilization of SNG in the residential sector results in only 20 to 30% of the carbon penalty compared with using it in the industrial or power sectors. Even if carbon capture and storage is used in SNG production with today’s technology, SNG emits 22 to 40% more CO2 than the same amount of conventional gas. Among the SNG deployment strategies we evaluate, allocating currently planned SNG to households provides the largest air quality and health benefits with the smallest carbon penalties.

  10. Zeolites Remove Sulfur From Fuels

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    Voecks, Gerald E.; Sharma, Pramod K.

    1991-01-01

    Zeolites remove substantial amounts of sulfur compounds from diesel fuel under relatively mild conditions - atmospheric pressure below 300 degrees C. Extracts up to 60 percent of sulfur content of high-sulfur fuel. Applicable to petroleum refineries, natural-gas processors, electric powerplants, and chemical-processing plants. Method simpler and uses considerably lower pressure than current industrial method, hydro-desulfurization. Yields cleaner emissions from combustion of petroleum fuels, and protects catalysts from poisoning by sulfur.

  11. Role of Lewis acid sites of ZSM-5 zeolite on gaseous ozone abatement

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    Brodu, Nicolas; Manero, Marie-Hélène; Andriantsiferana, Caroline; Pic, Jean-Stéphane; Valdés, Héctor

    2013-01-01

    International audience; In this work, chemical interactions between ozone and zeolite surface active sites are studied in order to propose a process for gaseous ozone removal. Synthetic ZSM-5 zeolites with three different Si/Al2 ratios and similar specific surface areas and microporous volumes were used in this study. Zeolite samples were characterised using Fourier Transform InfraRed spectroscopy (FTIR) and pyridine sorption IR studies in order to determine acidic site concentrations and str...

  12. Experimental and Numerical Characterization of Synthetic and Natural Rock Properties in Support of the NEESROCK Project

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    Adams, S.; Smith, S.; Maclaughlin, M.; Wartman, J.; Applegate, K. N.; Gibson, M. D.; Arnold, L.; Keefer, D. K.

    2013-12-01

    Seismically induced rock slope failures are one of the most dangerous and least understood of all seismic hazards. The NEESROCK project, a collaboration between researchers at the University of Washington, Montana Tech, and the University of Maine, is supported by the National Science Foundation through its Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) program. The overall goal of the project is to advance our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of the rock-slope failure process by integrating centrifuge physical modeling and distinct element numerical simulations in order to develop more advanced predictive tools and analysis procedures. Centrifuge experiments will calibrate and verify the numerical models. A fundamental component of this project and the primary focus of the Montana Tech research is laboratory testing of the synthetic materials used in the centrifuge models and comparison of these materials with natural rock specimens. Properties such as strength of the intact material, the geometry and strength of material interfaces, and the material's response to deformation and wave propagation are being studied with laboratory experiments that include tilt table tests, direct shear tests, laser scanning of the interface surfaces, unconfined compression tests, ultrasonic velocity tests, and free-free resonant column tests. The numerical modeling portion of the study is being used to simulate selected laboratory tests to investigate the abilities of the distinct element programs (Itasca's Universal Distinct Element Code (UDEC) and Particle Flow Code (PFC) software) to simulate the material behavior in the laboratory. Direct shear test results, in particular, are used to validate the performance of the joint constitutive models in UDEC. The experimental ultrasonic velocity tests, in combination with unconfined compression tests, are being used to investigate the relationship between static and dynamic modulus values for the project material as

  13. FUNDAMENTALS AND APPLICATIONS OF PERVAPORATION THROUGH ZEOLITE MEMBRANES

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    Zeolite membranes are well suited for separating liquid-phase mixtures by pervaporation because of their molecular-sized pores and their hydrophilic/hydrophobic nature, and the first commercial application of zeolite membranes has been for dehydrating organics [1]. Because of ...

  14. Transport properties of zeolite Na-X-Nafion membranes: effect of zeolite loadings and particle size

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    Lavorgna, M. [Institute of Composite and Biomedical Materials, National Research Council, Portici (Italy); Sansone, L.; Scherillo, G. [Department of Materials and Production, University of Napoli Federico II, Napoli (Italy); Gu, R.; Baker, A.P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, HIT Graduate School, Xili, Shenzhen (China)

    2011-12-15

    Na-X zeolites particles, synthesized in two size ranges, namely 200-300 nm and 30-100 nm, were used to prepare Nafion/Na-X zeolite composite membranes by recast method. The physical, chemical, and morphological properties of the zeolite powders and composite membranes were examined by XRD, N{sub 2} adsorption isotherms, FTIR, SEM, and SAXS analysis. Furthermore, the effect of zeolite particles size and loadings (i.e., 5 and 10% w/w) on the water, methanol, and proton transport properties was investigated. It has been found that the size of the Na-X zeolite particles plays a key role in the proton and methanol transport behavior since it rules the zeolite hydrophilic behavior, the morphology of polymer-filler interphase, and also the nature of water established in the composite membrane. The results show that the membranes loaded with a 5% w/w of submicron-sized Na-X zeolite exhibit a proton conductivity and selectivity significantly higher than Nafion. In particular the proton conductivity at 120 C is around eight times and the selectivity at 25 C is around 40% higher than those exhibited by recast Nafion. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Zeolites and Usage Areas

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    Jale Gülen

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    Full Text Available Zeolites are formed via several reactions from the minerals that consist of aluminium and silica. Zeolites, which have a growing significance in recent days are one of important industrial raw materials. As well as being used as a catalyst, theirability to do ion exchange and adsorption make them even more valuable. Zeolites are used in several industries such as energy, agriculture and animal husbandry, mining and metallurgy, construction, detergent, paper, etc. In this study, the definiton, formation and usage areas of zeolites are explained.

  16. Natural and synthetic prion structure from X-ray fiber diffraction

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    Wille, Holger; Bian, Wen; McDonald, Michele; Kendall, Amy; Colby, David W.; Bloch, Lillian; Ollesch, Julian; Borovinskiy, Alexander L.; Cohen, Fred E.; Prusiner, Stanley B.; Stubbs, Gerald; (Vanderbilt); (UCSF)

    2009-10-21

    A conformational isoform of the mammalian prion protein (PrP{sup Sc}) is the sole component of the infectious pathogen that causes the prion diseases. We have obtained X-ray fiber diffraction patterns from infectious prions that show cross-{beta} diffraction: meridional intensity at 4.8 {angstrom} resolution, indicating the presence of {beta} strands running approximately at right angles to the filament axis and characteristic of amyloid structure. Some of the patterns also indicated the presence of a repeating unit along the fiber axis, corresponding to four {beta}-strands. We found that recombinant (rec) PrP amyloid differs substantially from highly infectious brain-derived prions, both in structure as demonstrated by the diffraction data, and in heterogeneity as shown by electron microscopy. In addition to the strong 4.8 {angstrom} meridional reflection, the recPrP amyloid diffraction is characterized by strong equatorial intensity at approximately 10.5 {angstrom}, absent from brain-derived prions, and indicating the presence of stacked {beta}-sheets. Synthetic prions recovered from transgenic mice inoculated with recPrP amyloid displayed structural characteristics and homogeneity similar to those of naturally occurring prions. The relationship between the structural differences and prion infectivity is uncertain, but might be explained by any of several hypotheses: only a minority of recPrP amyloid possesses a replication-competent conformation, the majority of recPrP amyloid has to undergo a conformational maturation to acquire replication competency, or inhibitory forms of recPrP amyloid interfere with replication during the initial transmission.

  17. Hydrogenation of carbon dioxide towards synthetic natural gas. A route to effective future energy storage

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    Schoder, M. [Hochschule Lausitz, Cottbus (Germany); Armbruster, U.; Martin, A. [Rostock Univ. (Germany). Leibniz Institute for Catalysis

    2012-07-01

    Ni- and Ru-based catalysts are best suited for the so-called Sabatier reaction, i.e., the hydrogenation of CO{sub 2} to synthetic natural gas (SNG). Besides using commercial materials, catalyst syntheses (5 wt% Ru or Ni) were carried out by incipient wetness impregnation of four carriers (TiO{sub 2}, SiO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2} and {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}). Some pre-tests revealed that catalysts supported on TiO{sub 2} and SiO{sub 2} mostly produced CO, and therefore, they were not studied in detail. The catalyst tests were carried out in a continuously operated tube reactor at 623-723 K and 1-20 bar. Ru/ZrO{sub 2} and Ni/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} revealed best catalytic performance at ambient pressure. Methane selectivities of 99.9% at 81.2% CO{sub 2} conversion for Ru/ZrO{sub 2} (623 K) and of 98.9% at 73.8% CO{sub 2} conversion for Ni/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (673 K) were obtained. The conversion increased significantly with raising reaction pressure above 10 bar to reach more than 93% for the Ni-containing catalyst and more than 96% for the Zr catalysts. Methane as the target product was formed with a selectivity of 100%. In addition, the catalysts were characterized by various solid-state techniques such as BET, TPR, ICP-OES, XRD, XPS and TEM. (orig.)

  18. Study on ion-exchange characteristics in the dynamic adsorption process of NH4+ by natural granulated zeolite%天然沸石颗粒对NH4+动态吸附过程中的离子交换特性研究

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    陆风海; 张新颖; 吴志超; 王志伟; 王旭; 朱垚

    2011-01-01

    Natural granulated clinoptilolite was adopted to investigate the dynamic adsorption characteristics of ammonium ions by zeolite. Test results showed that these factors such as zeolite particle size, bed height, up flow rate, ammonia nitrogen concentration and influent water quality had obvious effects on the adsorption of NH4+ by granulated zeolite. Proper parameters for design and operation in practical application should be selected according to the dynamic adsorption experiment. The results of ion-exchange mechanism experiment showed that Na + was firstly exchanged into liquid-phase, then the amount of Ca2+ gradually increased with the reaction and both of them occupied the major part of the ion-exchange. For synthetic ammonia nitrogen wastewater, increasing amount of metal cations in liquid-phase was larger than decreasing amount of NH4+ in the whole operation, which can be attributed to the redistribution of the metal cations between the solid-liquid phases. For the effluent from anaerobic process, the removal amount of NH4+ was larger than the increasing amount of metal cations at the beginning of the adsorption and then gradually reached a balance.%采用天然斜发沸石颗粒,进行了沸石吸附水溶液中NH4+的动态吸附实验研究.实验结果表明,沸石颗粒粒径、沸石床高度、上升流速、进水氨氮浓度、进水水质等因素对沸石颗粒吸附NH4+有着明显的影响,在工程实践应用时,要根据动态吸附实验结果选择合适的设计及运行参数.离子交换机理研究表明,Na+首先被交换出来,随着反应进行,Ca2+浓度逐渐增加,两者成为离子交换的主要对象.对于人工氨氮配水,整个运行期间金属阳离子液相增加量明显大于NH4+去除量,这与金属阳离子在固液两相间的再分配作用有关;对于厌氧工艺出水,在吸附初期,NH4+去除量大于金属阳离子液相增加量,随着反应进行,两者逐渐持平.

  19. Synthetic biology and conservation of nature: wicked problems and wicked solutions.

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    Redford, Kent H; Adams, William; Mace, Georgina M

    2013-01-01

    So far, conservation scientists have paid little attention to synthetic biology; this is unfortunate as the technology is likely to transform the operating space within which conservation functions, and therefore the prospects for maintaining biodiversity into the future.

  20. Removal of Mercury in Liquid Hydrocarbons using Zeolites Modified with Chitosan and Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Kusrini, E.; Susanto, B. H.; Nasution, D. A.; Jonathan, R.; Khairul, W. M.

    2017-07-01

    Clinoptilolite zeolites were chemically modified with chitosan (Chit) and magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4NPs) were synthesized for removal of mercury from liquid condensate hydrocarbon. The mercury content was in liquid hydrocarbon which was measured by Lumex mercury analyzer. The performance of sorbents based on zeolites modified chitosan and magnetic nanoparticles were examined on the real liquid condensate hydrocarbon. Removal of mercury using a prestine clinoptilolite zeolites, and zeolites modified chitosan (zeolites-Chit) were ∼4.5, and ∼35%, respectively. The effects of magnetic nanoparticles in zeolites-Chit sorbents were significant to reduce the mercury content in liquid condensate hydrocarbon which were from ∼63 to ∼66%. Increasing the mass ratio of Fe3O4 that influenced to the BET surface area of natural zeolites. Zeolites-Chit-Fe3O4NPs as an efficient sorbents are potential ideal to remove mercury in hydrocarbon for practical applications.

  1. Enrichment of the diet with synthetic and natural sources of provitamin A.

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    Fávaro, R M; de Oliveira, J E

    1999-09-01

    The use of available food rich in provitamin A and retinol as well as fortification of local food are known to result in adequate vitamin A status. In Brazil, several regional foods are known to be good sources of provitamin A such as buriti, several palm oils, mango and others. Improving the consumption of these locally available natural sources of provitamin and vitamin A would cover the needs of the vulnerable population. At the same time fortification of industrialized foods with natural and/or synthetic forms of provitamin A could speed up and fill the gap between requirement and low intake of this vitamin in many parts of the country. This approach has been considered by many as the most effective intervention program to prevent micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries. Our previous studies on the subject have shown that cooking vegetable oil, mainly soybean oil, is a very good alternative vehicle to be fortified and supply vitamin A to the population. Lately we have also enriched the same soybean oil with beta-carotene. Addition of this provitamin A to the oil showed it to be stable when heated at cooking and frying temperatures (retention of 92.4 +/- 6.7% and 65.4 +/- 8.6%, respectively). When rat or human food was prepared with carotene-enriched cooking oil, its bioavailability in experimental animals and absorption in humans were shown to be adequate. An alternative for Brazil, besides adding chemical forms of the vitamin to the cooking oil, would be to mix available carotene-rich palm oil to the soybean oil. There are already regional uses of carotenoid-rich palm oils in the preparation of local dishes in some parts of Brazil and this would facilitate its acceptance by the population. Enrichment of common foods in Brazil, such as soybean oil, with chemical forms of beta-carotene or mixing rich sources of provitamin A can be a good alternative to improve the intake of vitamin A by the Brazilian population.

  2. Effects of an iron-silicon material, a synthetic zeolite and an alkaline clay on vegetable uptake of As and Cd from a polluted agricultural soil and proposed remediation mechanisms.

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    Yao, Aijun; Wang, Yani; Ling, Xiaodan; Chen, Zhe; Tang, Yetao; Qiu, Hao; Ying, Rongrong; Qiu, Rongliang

    2017-04-01

    Economic and highly effective methods of in situ remediation of Cd and As polluted farmland in mining areas are urgently needed. Pot experiments with Brassica chinensis L. were carried out to determine the effects of three soil amendments [a novel iron-silicon material (ISM), a synthetic zeolite (SZ) and an alkaline clay (AC)] on vegetable uptake of As and Cd. SEM-EDS and XRD analyses were used to investigate the remediation mechanisms involved. Amendment with ISM significantly reduced the concentrations of As and Cd in edible parts of B. chinensis (by 84-94 % and 38-87 %, respectively), to levels that met food safety regulations and was much lower than those achieved by SZ and AC. ISM also significantly increased fresh biomass by 169-1412 % and 436-731 % in two consecutive growing seasons, while SZ and AC did not significantly affect vegetable growth. Correlation analysis suggested that it was the mitigating effects of ISM on soil acidity and on As and Cd toxicity, rather than nutrient amelioration, that contributed to the improvement in plant growth. SEM-EDS analysis showed that ISM contained far more Ca, Fe and Mn than did SZ or AC, and XRD analysis showed that in the ISM these elements were primarily in the form of silicates, oxides and phosphates that had high capacities for chemisorption of metal(loid)s. After incubation with solutions containing 800 mg L(-1) AsO4(2-) or Cd(2+), ISM bound distinctly higher levels of As (6.18 % in relative mass percent by EDS analysis) and Cd (7.21 % in relative mass percent by EDS analysis) compared to SZ and AC. XRD analysis also showed that ISM facilitated the precipitation of Cd(2+) as silicates, phosphates and hydroxides, and that arsenate combined with Fe, Al, Ca and Mg to form insoluble arsenate compounds. These precipitation mechanisms were much more active in ISM than in SZ or AC. Due to the greater pH elevation caused by the abundant calcium silicate, chemisorption and precipitation mechanisms in ISM

  3. Human bile sorption by cancrinite-type zeolites

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    Linares, Carlos F. [Laboratorio de Catalisis y Metales de Transicion, Facultad de Ciencias y Tecnologia, Departamento de Quimica, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia. Edo. Carabobo, Apartado Postal 3336 (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)], E-mail: clinares@uc.edu.ve; Colmenares, Maryi; Ocanto, Freddy [Laboratorio de Catalisis y Metales de Transicion, Facultad de Ciencias y Tecnologia, Departamento de Quimica, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia. Edo. Carabobo, Apartado Postal 3336 (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Valbuena, Oscar [Facultad de Ciencias y Tecnologia, Departamento de Biologia, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia. Edo. Carabobo, Apartado Postal 3336 (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)], E-mail: ovalbuena@uc.edu.ve

    2009-01-01

    A nitrated cancrinite-type zeolite was synthesized from zeolite X, NaOH and NaNO{sub 3} solutions under autogeneous pressure at 80 deg. C for 48 h. This zeolite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-IR-spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and BET surface area. XRD, SEM and FT-IR confirmed the presence of nitrated cancrinite-type zeolite without other collateral phases as sodalite. Then, this sodium zeolite was exchanged with potassium and calcium cations and finally, these modified zeolites were reacted with biliar solutions from human gallbladder. Several factors such as: mass of used cancrinite, nature of the exchanged cation and reaction time of the cancrinite-bile solution interactions were studied. The composition of bile solutions (bile acids, phospholipids and bilirubin) was analyzed before and after the cancrinite-bile solution reaction. Results showed that the components of the bile were notably reduced after the contact with solids. Ca-cancrinite, 120 min of reaction time and 500 mg of solids were the best conditions determined for the bile acid reduction in human bile. When the modified zeolites were compared with the commercial cholestyramine, it was found that zeolites were more active than the latter. These zeolites may be an alternative choice to diminish cholesterol levels in hypercholesterolemic patients.

  4. A comparative study of two aging and fusion methods in the synthesis of zeolitic materials from natural clinker

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    Jeimer Alexander Lizcano-Cabeza

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Una muestra de clínker natural colombiano fue evaluado como mat erial de partida para una síntesis a escala de laboratorio de m ateriales zeolíticos usando dos métodos d e fusión alcalina seguida de dos métodos de envejecimiento y finalmente un tratamiento hidrotér mico bajo tres periodos de tiempo distintos. La fusión se llevó a cabo us ando NaOH sólido y en solución, siendo seguida por envejecimien to en condiciones estáticas o de ultras onido. El proceso finalizó con una reacción hidrotérmica. El c línker natural fue convertido e n varios materiales zeolíticos. Las características de los materiales ze olíticos resultantes y los efectos de las variaciones experimen tales son discutidos.

  5. Phosphorus promotion and poisoning in zeolite-based materials : synthesis, characterisation and catalysis

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    van der Bij, Hendrik E.; Weckhuysen, Bert M.

    2015-01-01

    Phosphorus and microporous aluminosilicates, better known as zeolites, have a unique but poorly understood relationship. For example, phosphatation of the industrially important zeolite H-ZSM-5 is a well-known, relatively inexpensive and seemingly straightforward post-synthetic modification applied

  6. To assess of behavior of natural colloid (soil extraction and fractionation of natural water) humus acid in comparison with synthetic humus acid

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    Dinu, Marina; Shkinev, Valery

    2015-04-01

    To study and predict the fate of natural colloid - nanoparticles in surface water or soil extraction - necessary to understand the features of the migration and physic-chemical activity of biocolloids. Comparison of the behavior of natural biocolloids, such as humus acid extracts of soil or natural water with artificial, synthetic humic acids (introduced into the environment) allows you to explore the mechanism of formation and transformation biocolloids under the influence of a number of parameters. In this work, we studied these interactions in natural surface waters from lakes and soil (Russian Federation, Kola North and Western Siberia) which displaying contrast organic and inorganic compositions. During the study, researches identified zonal features influence on the qualitative and quantitative composition of colloids, their stability and chemical activity. A model approach was also followed with synthetic water of comparable composition in order to better understand the driving mechanisms. We investigated the size, zeta potential and other physical and chemical parameters of the system. Particular attention is given to the process of complexation with heavy metal ions. As humic substances have excellent complexion properties and reduce the toxicity of many metal ions. The study of such non-static natural systems allow studying the features of the existence of natural colloidal components. The use of synthetic humic substances, which were introduced into the natural environment possible to study the standard mechanisms of formation, development and destruction of colloidal polymer systems. The obtained results allowed with used computer programs MatnLab, MathCad, Statistics simulate the processes of formation, development and functioning of natural colloids.

  7. [The new method for simultaneous determination of natural and synthetic food dyes by high performance liquid chromatography].

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    Bessonov, V V; Perederiaev, O I; Vedishcheva, Iu V; Bogachuk, M N

    2010-01-01

    In the food industry in Russia is currently allowed to use more than 30 different dyes. Existing approaches to monitoring their use in foods are based on spectrophotometry, thin layer chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Methods of research focused on the analysis of a specific class of food dye--natural or synthetic, and can not be used in the analysis of their mixtures. The aim of work was to develop HPLC method for the joint determination of various classes of dyes in complex food additives and food products. As a result of the research suggested a method to allow a simultaneous determination of at least 15 natural and synthetic food dyes.

  8. Natural-Synthetic Hybrid Polymers Developed via Electrospinning: The Effect of PET in Chitosan/Starch System

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    Carlos Velasco-Santos

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Chitosan is an amino polysaccharide found in nature, which is biodegradable, nontoxic and biocompatible. It has versatile features and can be used in a variety of applications including films, packaging, and also in medical surgery. Recently a possibility to diversify chitosan properties has emerged by combining it with synthetic materials to produce novel natural-synthetic hybrid polymers. We have studied structural and thermophysical properties of chitosan + starch + poly(ethylene terephthalate (Ch + S + PET fibers developed via electrospinning. Properties of these hybrids polymers are compared with extant chitosan containing hybrids synthesized by electrospinning. Molecular interactions and orientation in the fibers are analyzed by infrared and Raman spectroscopies respectively, morphology by scanning electron microscopy and thermophysical properties by thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. Addition of PET to Ch + S systems results in improved thermal stability at elevated temperatures.

  9. Natural-synthetic hybrid polymers developed via electrospinning: the effect of PET in chitosan/starch system.

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    Espíndola-González, Adolfo; Martínez-Hernández, Ana Laura; Fernández-Escobar, Francisco; Castaño, Victor Manuel; Brostow, Witold; Datashvili, Tea; Velasco-Santos, Carlos

    2011-01-01

    Chitosan is an amino polysaccharide found in nature, which is biodegradable, nontoxic and biocompatible. It has versatile features and can be used in a variety of applications including films, packaging, and also in medical surgery. Recently a possibility to diversify chitosan properties has emerged by combining it with synthetic materials to produce novel natural-synthetic hybrid polymers. We have studied structural and thermophysical properties of chitosan + starch + poly(ethylene terephthalate) (Ch + S + PET) fibers developed via electrospinning. Properties of these hybrids polymers are compared with extant chitosan containing hybrids synthesized by electrospinning. Molecular interactions and orientation in the fibers are analyzed by infrared and Raman spectroscopies respectively, morphology by scanning electron microscopy and thermophysical properties by thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. Addition of PET to Ch + S systems results in improved thermal stability at elevated temperatures.

  10. The effect of natural and synthetic fatty acids on membrane structure, microdomain organization, cellular functions and human health.

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    Ibarguren, Maitane; López, David J; Escribá, Pablo V

    2014-06-01

    This review deals with the effects of synthetic and natural fatty acids on the biophysical properties of membranes, and on their implication on cell function. Natural fatty acids are constituents of more complex lipids, like triacylglycerides or phospholipids, which are used by cells to store and obtain energy, as well as for structural purposes. Accordingly, natural and synthetic fatty acids may modify the structure of the lipid membrane, altering its microdomain organization and other physical properties, and provoking changes in cell signaling. Therefore, by modulating fatty acids it is possible to regulate the structure of the membrane, influencing the cell processes that are reliant on this structure and potentially reverting pathological cell dysfunctions that may provoke cancer, diabetes, hypertension, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. The so-called Membrane Lipid Therapy offers a strategy to regulate the membrane composition through drug administration, potentially reverting pathological processes by re-adapting cell membrane structure. Certain fatty acids and their synthetic derivatives are described here that may potentially be used in such therapies, where the cell membrane itself can be considered as a target to combat disease. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Membrane Structure and Function: Relevance in the Cell's Physiology, Pathology and Therapy.

  11. Enzymatic modification of natural and synthetic polymers using lipases and proteases

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    Chakraborty, Soma

    Enzymatic modification of natural/synthetic polymers [starch nanoparticles, poly (n-alkyl acrylates) and poly(vinyl formamide)] was studied. Enzymes used for catalysis were lipases and proteases. Starch nanoparticles (40nm diameter) were incorporated into AOT-coated reverse micelles. Reactions performed with the acylating agents vinyl stearate, epsilon-caprolactone and maleic anhydride in toluene in presence of Novozyme-435 at 40°C for 36h gave products with degrees of substitution of 0.8, 0.6 and 0.4 respectively. DEPT-135 NMR spectra revealed that the modification occurred regioselectively at the C-6 position of the glucose units. Infrared microspectroscopy showed that the surfactant coated starch nanoparticles diffuse into pores of Novozyme-435 beads, coming in close proximity with CALB to promote modification. The modified products retained nanoscale dimensions. Catalysis of amide bond formation between a low molar mass amine and ester side groups of poly(n-alkyl acrylates)[poly(ethyl acrylate), poly(methyl acrylate) and poly(butyl acrylate)] was also examined. The nucleophiles were mono and diamines. Among the poly(n-alkyl acrylates) and the lipases studied, poly(ethyl acrylate) was the preferred substrate and Novozyme-435 the most active lipase. Poly(ethyl acrylate) in 80% by-volume toluene was reacted with 1 equivalent per repeat unit of hexyl amine at 70°C in presence of Novozyme-435. The product contained 10.6 mol% amide groups. Attempts to increase the amidation beyond 10--11 mol% by increasing the reaction time or use of fresh enzyme were unsuccessful, showing that poly(ethylacrylate-co-10mol%hexylacrylamide) is a poor substrate for further acylation. When chiral amines ([R,S]-alpha-methyl benzylamine, [R,S]-beta-methyl phenyl amine) were used as nucleophiles, Novozyme-435 enantioselectively catalyzed amidation of poly(ethyl acrylate). Poly(vinyl formamide), P(VfAm) by acid or base-catalyzed hydrolysis leads to poly(vinylamine), P(VAm), and

  12. Assessing the Occurrence, Persistence, and Fate of Natural and Synthetic Steroid Estrogens in Vernal Pools

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    Mina, O.

    2015-12-01

    The presence of natural and synthetic estrogens in treated wastewater used for irrigation of agricultural fields poses a potential risk to surface water ecosystems. While a large number of recent studies have investigated the occurrence, fate, and transport of estrogens in the environment, the vast majority of these studies have focused on the fate of estrogens in streams and rivers. However, no studies have been conducted assessing the occurrence, persistence, and fate of estrogens in impacted sensitive aquatic ecosystems such as vernal pools. This is of particular importance because vernal pools serve as critical breeding habitat for amphibians, which are known to be sensitive to the presence of endocrine disrupting compounds. A spray irrigation system was implemented over 50 years ago at Penn State's "Living Filter" as an alternative to discharging treated wastewater to a high quality trout stream. This system introduces all of Penn State's treated wastewater onto approximately 250 ha of agricultural and forested land at a rate of ~5 cm/ha/week. More than a dozen vernal pools are impacted by this wastewater irrigation, with some ponds adjacent to irrigation laterals receiving direct inputs of the treated wastewater. The goal of this study was to assess the impact of these weekly irrigation activities on the occurrence, persistence, and fate of estrogens (17α- and 17β-estradiol, estrone, estriol, and ethinylestradiol) in 3 vernal pools during an 8-week field study. The spring 2015 study period coincided with wood frog breeding and metamorphosis. Irrigation wastewater was collected weekly and water samples near the sediment-water interface in each vernal pool were collected daily. Real-time monitoring stations continuously recorded the temperature, pH, redox potential, DO, EC, and water level at each pool. Nearly 100% of the daily samples (n>130) collected contained estrogens, and the concentrations were several times higher compared to the wastewater

  13. Beyond labor: the role of natural and synthetic oxytocin in the transition to motherhood.

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    Bell, Aleeca F; Erickson, Elise N; Carter, C Sue

    2014-01-01

    Emerging research raises questions that synthetic oxytocin during childbirth may alter the endogenous oxytocin system and influence maternal stress, mood, and behavior. Endogenous oxytocin is a key component in the transition to motherhood, affecting molecular pathways that buffer stress reactivity, support positive mood, and regulate healthy mothering behaviors (including lactation). Synthetic oxytocin is widely used throughout labor and postpartum care in modern birth. Yet research on the implications beyond labor of maternal exposure to perinatal synthetic oxytocin is rare. In this article, we review oxytocin-related biologic pathways and behaviors associated with the transition to motherhood and evidence supporting the need for further research on potential effects of intrapartum oxytocin beyond labor. We include a primer on oxytocin at the molecular level. © 2014 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

  14. A new approach to the determination of the synthetic or natural origin of red pigments through spectroscopic analysis

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    Franquelo, Maria Luisa; Perez-Rodriguez, Jose Luis

    2016-09-01

    This work suggests a way of differentiation between the natural or synthetic origin of inorganic materials that were historically used in the Cultural Heritage field. An exhaustive review of different reported procedures of synthesis of pigments was conducted, as well as a review of the accompanying minerals in case of natural pigments. The natural or synthetic origin of the pigments studied in this work was performed through the characterization of the accompanying minerals, in the case of the natural pigments, or the trace elements that are present as part of synthesis by-products or washing/purifying reagents and/or reactants that have only been partly removed in the final steps of these processes. This work characterized red pigments due to their wide variety, complexity and possibility of use in different mixtures. The following pigments were studied: cinnabar-vermilion, red lead and iron pigments. Also mixtures of these pigments between them and with red lake were also studied. Natural cinnabar was accompanied by silicon oxide (opal, chalcedony or quartz), calcite, clay minerals and, sometimes, pyrite. K together with S indicated a synthetic pigment (vermilion) obtained through the wet method. Nevertheless, K has not been found in layers containing only vermilion in our samples. The presence of Sn in some cases indicated vermilion that came from the dry process. K from the synthesis always appeared in the red lead pigment. The red natural ochre was confirmed by presence of clay minerals and iron. It should be said that Ca and S, and sometimes Al and K, were usually found in Mars red pigment. The presence of Al and Ca allowed the identification of carmine lake.

  15. Micropipette Technique Study of Natural and Synthetic Lung Surfactants at the Air–Water Interface

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    Ortiz, Elisa Parra; Kinoshita, K.; Needham, D.

    2016-01-01

    at microscopic air-water interfaces in real time and upon compression. Here, we characterized a series of animal-derived and synthetic lung surfactant formulations, including native surfactant obtained from porcine lungs (NS); the commercial Curosurf, Infasurf, and Survanta; and a synthetic Super Mini-B (SMB...... from 0.1 to 4%. Nevertheless, a direct correlation between the number of tubes and SMB contents was found, suggesting that SMB molecules are the promoters of tube nucleation in these membranes. A detailed analysis of the tube formation process was performed following previous models for the growth...

  16. Comparative Study of the Impact of Two Types of Natural Dyes and Synthetic Dyes on the Fabric Comfort Level

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    Liu Yushi; Wang Yuqiu; Yun Song; Deng Ruoyu; Pan Yuan; Li Tianxue; Li Xiuzhi

    2015-01-01

    In order to research whether the Natural Dyes areremarkably different from the chemical dyes in practical application, four experiments relating to the fabric comfort degree were selected for operation and a social survey experiment was also conducted. The research was conducted from the two perspectives of scientific tests and subjective judgments. Through the scientific tests and social survey, it was concluded that the impact of Natural Dyes and that of Synthetic Dyes have little difference towards the fabric comfort degree, but there are still some findings need to be noticed through the conclusion.

  17. A Synthetic Butenolide Diterpene is now a Natural Product Isolated from Metaporana sericosepala, a Plant from the Madagascar Dry Forest.

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    Presley, Christopher C; Rakotondraibe, L Harinantenaina; Brodie, Peggy J; Callmander, Martin W; Randrianaivo, Richard; Rasamison, Vincent E; Rakotobe, Etienne; Kingston, David G I

    2015-09-01

    Antiproliferative bioassay-guided fractionation of the ethanolic extract of the endemic Madagascan plant Metaporana sericosepala led to the first natural product isolation of a butenolide diterpene, which was synthesized during an anti-inflammatory study in 1988. The structure of the compound was elucidated as 3-homofarnesyl-4-hydroxybutenolide (1) by analysis of its spectroscopic data, including 1D- and 2D-NMR data and chemical evidence. The once synthetic compound can now also be considered as a natural product. Compound 1 had modest antiproliferative activity towards the A2780 ovarian cancer cell line,with an IC50 value of 8 µM.

  18. Catalytic conversion of ethanol on H-Y zeolite

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    Čegar Nedeljko

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The catalytic activity of the H-form of synthetic zeolite NaY was examined in this study. The catalytic activity was determined according to the rate of ethanol conversion in a gas phase in the static system. In the conversion of ethanol on synthetic NaY zeolite at 585, 595, and 610 K, on which the reaction develops at an optimal rate, ethene and diethyl ether are evolved in approximately the same quantity. After transforming the NaY zeolite into the H-form, its catalytic activity was extremely increases so, the reaction develops at a significantly lower temperature with a very large increase in the reaction rate. The distribution of the products also changes, so that at lower temperatures diethyl ether is elvolved in most cases, and the development of ethene is favored at higher ones, and after a certain period of time there is almost complete conversion of ethanol into ethene. The increase in catalytic activity, as well as the change of selectivity of conversion of ethanol on the H-form of zeolite, is the result of removing Na+ cations in the NaY zeolite, so that more acidic catalyst is obtained which contains a number of acidic catalytically active centers, as well as a more powerful one compared to the original NaY zeolite.

  19. Similar patterns of rDNA evolution in synthetic and recently formed natural populations of Tragopogon (Asteraceae allotetraploids

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    Soltis Pamela S

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Tragopogon mirus and T. miscellus are allotetraploids (2n = 24 that formed repeatedly during the past 80 years in eastern Washington and adjacent Idaho (USA following the introduction of the diploids T. dubius, T. porrifolius, and T. pratensis (2n = 12 from Europe. In most natural populations of T. mirus and T. miscellus, there are far fewer 35S rRNA genes (rDNA of T. dubius than there are of the other diploid parent (T. porrifolius or T. pratensis. We studied the inheritance of parental rDNA loci in allotetraploids resynthesized from diploid accessions. We investigate the dynamics and directionality of these rDNA losses, as well as the contribution of gene copy number variation in the parental diploids to rDNA variation in the derived tetraploids. Results Using Southern blot hybridization and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH, we analyzed copy numbers and distribution of these highly reiterated genes in seven lines of synthetic T. mirus (110 individuals and four lines of synthetic T. miscellus (71 individuals. Variation among diploid parents accounted for most of the observed gene imbalances detected in F1 hybrids but cannot explain frequent deviations from repeat additivity seen in the allotetraploid lines. Polyploid lineages involving the same diploid parents differed in rDNA genotype, indicating that conditions immediately following genome doubling are crucial for rDNA changes. About 19% of the resynthesized allotetraploid individuals had equal rDNA contributions from the diploid parents, 74% were skewed towards either T. porrifolius or T. pratensis-type units, and only 7% had more rDNA copies of T. dubius-origin compared to the other two parents. Similar genotype frequencies were observed among natural populations. Despite directional reduction of units, the additivity of 35S rDNA locus number is maintained in 82% of the synthetic lines and in all natural allotetraploids. Conclusions Uniparental reductions of

  20. Viral infection correlated with superoxide anion radicals production and natural and synthetic copper complexes.

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    Tomas, E; Popescu, A; Titire, A; Cajal, N; Cristescu, C; Tomas, S

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    Studies conducted on asymmetric triazine derivatives synthetized at the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research Institute showed that products S1, S16, S17, S19, S20 and S22 have a remarkable O2- radical scavenger activity. Among these derivatives, the product S1 is the most efficient as an antiviral agent.

  1. Synthetic biology and conservation of nature: wicked problems and wicked solutions.

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    Kent H Redford

    Full Text Available So far, conservation scientists have paid little attention to synthetic biology; this is unfortunate as the technology is likely to transform the operating space within which conservation functions, and therefore the prospects for maintaining biodiversity into the future.

  2. Synthesis of Zeolite ZSM-2 Using Zeolite NaX as Seeds

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    YI, Hong-Jiang(易洪江); WU, Tai-Liu(吴泰琉); WANG, Li-Ping(王力平); SUN, Yao-Jun(孙尧俊)

    2004-01-01

    A method is presented for the synthesis of zeolite ZSM-2 by adding zeolite X as seeds in the synthetic mixture containing both lithium and sodium. At the presence of zeolite X seeds, highly crystalline zeolite ZSM-2 with composition of (0.3-0.7)Li2O·(0.7-0.3)Na2O·Al2O3·(2.5-4.0)SiO2·nH2O can be obtained in a wide range of SiO2/Al2O3 ratios from 2.5 to 16, and the optimum Li2O/(Li2O+Na2O) fraction is between 0.3 and 0.7. The ZSM-2 products were characterized by XRD, SEM, IR, 29Si MAS NMR and DTA/TG analysis etc. By 29Si MAS NMR spectroscopy, it was found that ZSM-2 contained nearly equal FAU and EMT phase, and the Si/Al ratios in FAU were slightly lower than those in EMT domains in most cases. The lithium form zeolite ZSM-2 has comparable N2 adsorption capacity with LiX.

  3. The effect of the zeolite clinoptilolite on serum chemistry and hematopoiesis in mice.

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    Martin-Kleiner, I; Flegar-Mestric, Z; Zadro, R; Breljak, D; Stanovic Janda, S; Stojkovic, R; Marusic, M; Radacic, M; Boranic, M

    2001-07-01

    Zeolites are natural or synthetic crystalline alumosilicates with ion exchanging properties. Supplied in fodder, they promote biomass production and animal health. Our aim was to assess the effects of the natural zeolite, clinoptilolite, on hematopoiesis, serum electrolytes and essential biochemical indicators of kidney and liver function in mice. Two preparations differing in particle size were tested: a powderized form obtained by countercurrent mechanical treatment of the clinoptilolite (MTCp) and normally ground clinoptilolite (NGCp). Young adult mice were supplied with food containing 12.5, 25 or 50% clinoptilolite powder. Control animals received the same food ration without the clinoptilolite. After 10, 20, 30 and 40 days, six animals from each group were exsanguinated to obtain blood for hematological and serum for biochemical measurements as well as to collect femoral bone marrow for determination of hematopoietic activity. Clinoptilolite ingestion was well tolerated, as judged by comparable body masses of treated and control animals. A 20% increase of the potassium level was detected in mice receiving the zeolite-rich diet, without other changes in serum chemistry. Erythrocyte, hemoglobin and platelet levels in peripheral blood were not materially affected. NGCp caused leukocytosis, with concomitant decline of the GM-CFU content in the bone marrow, which was attributed to intestinal irritation by rough zeolite particles. The mechanically treated clinoptilolite preparation caused similar, albeit less pronounced, changes. In a limited experiment, mice having transplanted mammary carcinoma in the terminal stage showed increased potassium and decreased sodium and chloride levels, severe anemia and leukocytosis, decreased bone marrow cellularity and diminished content of hematopoietic progenitor cells in the marrow. The clinoptilolite preparations ameliorated the sodium and chloride decline, whereas the effects on hematopoiesis were erratic.

  4. Electrochemical energy generation from natural and synthetic salinity gradients using reverse electrodialysis and capacitive mixing

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    Hatzell, Marta C.

    Salinity gradient energy (SGE) technologies are emerging systems designed to recover energy from engineered and natural mixing processes. Two electricity producing SGE systems are reverse electrodialysis (RED) and capacitive mixing (CapMix). RED captures mixing energy using a series of ion exchange membranes that drive electrochemical reactions at redox electrodes. CapMix utilizes polarizable electrodes to store charge in the surfaces electric double layer (EDL). Energy generation can then occur when the EDL is expanded and compressed in different concentration solutions. The use of themolytic salt solutions (e.g. ammonium bicarbonate--AmB) within a RED system is promising, as AmB can be regenerated using low-grade waste--heat (e.g. 40--60°C). One disadvantage to using AmB is the potential for gas bubbles (CO2, NH3) to form within the stack. Accumulation of bubbles can impede ion migration, and reduce system performance. The management and minimization of gaseous bubbles in RED flow fields is an important operational issue, and has not previously been addressed within RED literature. Flow field design with and without spacers in a RED stack was analyzed to determine how fluid flow and geometry effected the accumulation and removal of bubbles. In addition, the performance changes, in terms of power and resistance were measured in the presence of bubbles. Gaseous bubble accumulation was minimized using short vertically aligned channels, which resulted in a reduction in the amount of the membrane area which was restricted due to bubbles from ~20% to 7%. The stack power density improved by 12% when all gaseous bubbles were removed from the cell. AmB-RED systems can potentially produce hydrogen or electrical energy through altering the cathodic reaction. With a kinetically favorable cathodic reaction (oxygen reduction reaction), the projected electrical energy generated by a single pass AmB--RED system approached 78 Wh per m--3 (low concentrate). However, when RED was

  5. Synthesis of Zeolites Using the ADOR (Assembly-Disassembly-Organization-Reassembly) Route.

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    Wheatley, Paul S; Čejka, Jiří; Morris, Russell E

    2016-04-03

    Zeolites are an important class of materials that have wide ranging applications such as heterogeneous catalysts and adsorbents which are dependent on their framework topology. For new applications or improvements to existing ones, new zeolites with novel pore systems are desirable. We demonstrate a method for the synthesis of novel zeolites using the ADOR route. ADOR is an acronym for Assembly, Disassembly, Organization and Reassembly. This synthetic route takes advantage of the assembly of a relatively poorly stable that which can be selectively disassembled into a layered material. The resulting layered intermediate can then be organized in different manners by careful chemical manipulation and then reassembled into zeolites with new topologies. By carefully controlling the organization step of the synthetic pathway, new zeolites with never before seen topologies are capable of being synthesized. The structures of these new zeolites are confirmed using powder X-ray diffraction and further characterized by nitrogen adsorption and scanning electron microscopy. This new synthetic pathway for zeolites demonstrates its capability to produce novel frameworks that have never been prepared by traditional zeolite synthesis techniques.

  6. Bench-scale synthesis of zeolite A from subbituminous coal ashes with high crystalline silica content

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    Chareonpanich, M.; Jullaphan, O.; Tang, C. [Kasetsart University, Bangkok (Thailand). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    2011-01-15

    In this present work, fly ash and bottom ash with high crystalline silica content were obtained from the coal-fired boilers within the paper industries in Thailand. These coal ashes were used as the basic raw materials for synthetic