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Molecules ; 26(4)2021 Feb 07.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33562208

RESUMEN

MgAl2O4-spinel has wide industrial and geological applications due to its special structural and physical-chemical features. It is presumably the most important endmember of complex natural spinel solid solutions, and therefore provides a structural model for a large group of minerals with the spinel structure. There exists a well known but still inadequately understood phenomenon in the structure of MgAl2O4-spinel, the Mg-Al cations readily exchanging their positions in response to variations of temperature, pressure, and composition. A large number of experiments were performed to investigate the Mg-Al cation order-disorder process usually quantified by the inversion parameter x (representing either the molar fraction of Al on the tetrahedral T-sites or the molar fraction of Mg on the octahedral M-sites in the spinel structure), and some thermodynamic models were thereby constructed to describe the x-T relation. However, experimental data at some key T were absent, so that the different performance of these thermodynamic models could not be carefully evaluated. This limited the interpolation and extrapolation of the thermodynamic models. By performing some prolonged annealing experiments with some almost pure natural MgAl2O4-spinel plates and quantifying the x values with single-crystal X-ray diffraction technique, we obtained some critical equilibrium x values at T down to 773 K. These new x-T data, along with those relatively reliable x values at relatively high T from early studies, clearly indicate that the CS94 Model (a model constructed by Carpenter and Salje in 1994) better describes the Mg-Al cation order-disorder reaction in MgAl2O4-spinel for a wide range of T. On the basis of the CS94 Model, a geothermometer was established, and its form is T-closure = 21362 × x3 - 12143 × x2 + 6401 × x - 10 (T-closure standing for the closure temperature of the Mg-Al cation exchange reaction). This geothermometer can be used to constrain the thermal history of the geological bodies containing MgAl2O4-spinel.


Asunto(s)
Aluminio/química , Magnesio/química , Óxidos/química , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Óxido de Magnesio/química , Minerales/química , Modelos Moleculares , Soluciones/química , Temperatura , Termodinámica , Difracción de Rayos X
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Food Chem ; 347: 129040, 2021 Jun 15.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33484960

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An Ultra High-Performance Liquid chromatography method quadruple time-of-flight mass spectrometry has been developed for the analysis of 11 cyclic polyesters oligomers, following a modified QuEChERS clean-up with alumina/primary secondary amine, in pasta. Target analytes were polyethylene terephthalate (PET) 1st series cyclic dimer to heptamer, polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) dimer to pentamer and a polyurethane oligomer. Standard addition method was applied for the calibration, and the limits of quantification ranged from 3.2 to 17.2 ng g-1. Recoveries ranged from 86.4 to 109.8%, RSDs were lower than 12% for all analytes, and matrix effect never exceeded ± 2.5%. The method was successfully applied to real commercial pasta samples, where the PET 1st series cyclic trimer was the most abundant oligomer, being found in all tested samples. The 1st series PET cyclic dimer and tetramer, as well as 1,4,7-trioxacyclotridecane-8,13-dione, were found in considerable amounts. Traces of the 2nd and 3rd series PET cyclic dimers were also found.


Asunto(s)
Análisis de los Alimentos/métodos , Espectrometría de Masas/métodos , Poliésteres/química , Tereftalatos Polietilenos/química , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Cromatografía Líquida de Alta Presión , Dimerización , Harina/análisis , Poliésteres/análisis , Tereftalatos Polietilenos/análisis , Polimerizacion , Dióxido de Silicio/química
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Nat Commun ; 12(1): 140, 2021 01 08.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33420061

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Solid-state nanopores allow high-throughput single-molecule detection but identifying and even registering all translocating small molecules remain key challenges due to their high translocation speeds. We show here the same electric field that drives the molecules into the pore can be redirected to selectively pin and delay their transport. A thin high-permittivity dielectric coating on bullet-shaped polymer nanopores permits electric field leakage at the pore tip to produce a voltage-dependent surface field on the entry side that can reversibly edge-pin molecules. This mechanism renders molecular entry an activated process with sensitive exponential dependence on the bias voltage and molecular rigidity. This sensitivity allows us to selectively prolong the translocation time of short single-stranded DNA molecules by up to 5 orders of magnitude, to as long as minutes, allowing discrimination against their double-stranded duplexes with 97% confidence.


Asunto(s)
ADN de Cadena Simple/metabolismo , Ensayos Analíticos de Alto Rendimiento/métodos , Nanoporos , Imagen Individual de Molécula/métodos , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Ensayos Analíticos de Alto Rendimiento/instrumentación , Polímeros/química , Imagen Individual de Molécula/instrumentación , Propiedades de Superficie
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Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33499727

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In the present study, the adsorption behavior of ciprofloxacin (CIP) from aqueous solution onto MWCNTs/Al2O3 was studied using batch experiments. Physical characterization of MWCNTs/Al2O3 was determined by SEM, XRD, and BET. The effective parameters investigated included: initial CIP concentration, contact time, MWCNTs/Al2O3 mass, and temperature. Based on experimental results and correlation coefficients, the rate of CIP adsorption followed the pseudo-second-model kinetics. Complete compatibility of the adsorption isotherm process was achieved with the Langmuir model, and the maximum adsorption capacity reached 41.73 mg/g under the optimized conditions (pH = 7, MWCNTs/Al2O3 dose = 1.2 g/L, contact time = 60 min, initial concentration = 10 mg/L, and temperature= 45 °C). The adsorption capacities based on the Langmuir model at different temperatures, 273, 288, 303, and 318 K, were equal to 72.18, 75.92, 79.65, and 83.47 mg/g, respectively. The determined parameters of the thermodynamic studies demonstrated the endothermic and spontaneous nature of the biosorption. The mean free energy was estimated from D-R isotherm model to be 0.316-0.707 KJ/mol, which clearly proved that the adsorption experiment followed a physical process. The data suggest that MWCNTs/Al2O3 could be used as a highly effective adsorbent material with a high capacity for the removal of antibiotics from water and wastewater.


Asunto(s)
Óxido de Aluminio/química , Antibacterianos/química , Ciprofloxacino/química , Nanotubos de Carbono/química , Contaminantes Químicos del Agua/química , Adsorción , Concentración de Iones de Hidrógeno , Cinética , Temperatura , Termodinámica , Aguas Residuales , Purificación del Agua/métodos
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Chemosphere ; 254: 126608, 2020 Sep.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32957262

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Al2O3 Nanoparticles (Al2O3-NPs) have been widely used because of their unique physical and chemical properties, and Al2O3-NPs can be released into the environment directly or indirectly. Our previous research found that 13 nm Al2O3-NPs can induce neural cell death and autophagy in primarily cultured neural cells in vitro. The aim of this study was to determine where Al2O3-NPs at 13 nm particle size can cause neural cells in vivo and assess related behavioural changes and involved potential mechanisms. Zebrafish from embryo to adult were selected as animal models. Learning and memory as functional indicators of neural cells in zebrafish were measured during the development from embryo to adult. Our results indicate that Al2O3-NPs treatment in zebrafish embryos stages can cause the accumulation of aluminium content in zebrafish brain tissue, leading to progressive impaired neurodevelopmental behaviours and latent learning and memory performance. Additionally, oxidative stress and disruption of dopaminergic transmission in zebrafish brain tissues are correlated with the dose-dependent and age-dependent accumulation of aluminium content. Moreover, the number of neural cells in the telencephalon tissue treated with Al2O3-NPs significantly declined, and the ultramicroscopic morphology indicated profound autophagy alternations. The results suggest that Al2O3-NPs has dose-dependent and time-dependent progressive damage on learning and memory performance in adult zebrafish when treated in embryos. This is the first study of the effects of Al2O3-NPs on learning and memory during the development of zebrafish from embryo to adult.


Asunto(s)
Óxido de Aluminio/toxicidad , Aprendizaje/efectos de los fármacos , Memoria/efectos de los fármacos , Nanopartículas/toxicidad , Aluminio/farmacología , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Animales , Embrión no Mamífero , Nanopartículas del Metal , Estrés Oxidativo/efectos de los fármacos , Tamaño de la Partícula , Pez Cebra/embriología
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J Vis Exp ; (160)2020 06 25.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32658181

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This protocol demonstrates a method for graphene-assisted quick growth and coalescence of AlN on nano-pattened sapphire substrate (NPSS). Graphene layers are directly grown on NPSS using catalyst-free atmospheric-pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD). By applying nitrogen reactive ion etching (RIE) plasma treatment, defects are introduced into the graphene film to enhance chemical reactivity. During metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) growth of AlN, this N-plasma treated graphene buffer enables AlN quick growth, and coalescence on NPSS is confirmed by cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The high quality of AlN on graphene-NPSS is then evaluated by X-ray rocking curves (XRCs) with narrow (0002) and (10-12) full width at half-maximum (FWHM) as 267.2 arcsec and 503.4 arcsec, respectively. Compared to bare NPSS, AlN growth on graphene-NPSS shows significant reduction of residual stress from 0.87 GPa to 0.25 Gpa, based on Raman measurements. Followed by AlGaN multiple quantum wells (MQWS) growth on graphene-NPSS, AlGaN-based deep ultraviolet light-emitting-diodes (DUV LEDs) are fabricated. The fabricated DUV-LEDs also demonstrate obvious, enhanced luminescence performance. This work provides a new solution for the growth of high quality AlN and fabrication of high performance DUV-LEDs using a shorter process and less costs.


Asunto(s)
Óxido de Aluminio/química , Grafito/química , Nanoestructuras/química , Semiconductores , Rayos Ultravioleta , Compuestos de Aluminio/química , Catálisis , Galio/química , Gases/química , Luminiscencia , Volatilización
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Food Chem ; 331: 127312, 2020 Nov 30.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32619907

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Growing interest in the health benefits of soy isoflavones has led to research in the isolation of individual isoflavone species for further application. Herein, we develop a new strategy to isolate daidzein, genistein, daidzin and genistin in soybean. We investigated the impact of solvents used and the extraction time on the extracted isoflavone contents from soybean. A 30-min extraction with 65% aqueous methanol gave a total isoflavone yield of 345 mg/100 g soybean, the highest value among tested conditions. Further, we proposed a two-stage adsorption/desorption chromatography comprising macroporous resin and aluminium oxide to isolate isoflavone. First, HP-20 resin was used to separate the glucosidic and aglyconic forms of isoflavone, then individual species of isoflavone could be isolated using aluminium oxide by specific retention of 5-hydroxy isoflavone. This process achieved overall high recovery (82-97%) and purity (92-95%) of the four isoflavones, which confirms a high separating efficiency for isoflavones from soybean.


Asunto(s)
Óxido de Aluminio/química , Isoflavonas/aislamiento & purificación , Resinas Sintéticas/química , Solventes/química , Soja/química , Isoflavonas/análisis , Isoflavonas/química , Porosidad , Resinas de Plantas
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Chemosphere ; 260: 127568, 2020 Dec.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32683011

RESUMEN

Nowadays millions of oil tons are spilled into the environment causing important damage. Therefore, the development of new technologies and materials are needed to remediate this problem. In this study, hydroxyethyl cellulose alumina-based aerogels are synthesized by an environmentally friendly freeze-drying process to be used as sorbents for oil spills. It is demonstrated that the oil retention coefficient depends on the viscosity of the oil and the amount of hydroxyethyl cellulose contained in the aerogel, being 10% the optimal proportion. The aerogel synthetized with this content of hydroxyethyl cellulose displays the most favourable physicochemical and morphological properties to retain different oil spills, achieving 5.5 times its weight in comparison to its dry state. In addition, reusability experiments washing the aerogel with acetone or ethanol after the oil retention are carried out. Results show an improvement after a long washing of the sorbent with acetone, resulting in an oil weight gain of 38.7%.


Asunto(s)
Restauración y Remediación Ambiental/métodos , Geles/química , Contaminación por Petróleo , Adsorción , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Celulosa/análogos & derivados , Celulosa/química , Liofilización
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 203: 110995, 2020 Oct 15.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32678763

RESUMEN

In the present study, silver (Ag) atoms were chemically deposited on γ-alumina (Al2O3) nanospheres to be further functionalized with trithiocyanuric acid (TTC). The result was Al2O3@Ag@TTC composites, which were used for the selective extraction and preconcentration of Fe (III) and Pb (II) ions in seawater and river water samples. TTC is a potent scavenger of heavy metal ions with multiple nitrogen- and sulfur-containing functional groups. The concentrations of analytes were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry, and the structure of the synthetic adsorbent was characterized by spectral and microscopic techniques. Furthermore, the fundamental parameters influencing the extraction and desorption of the target ions were evaluated. Under optimized conditions, the calibration curve was linear in the range of 10-100 ng mL-1 for both analytes. The detection limits of the proposed method for Fe (III) and Pb (II) ions were 1.5 ng mL-1 and 0.8 ng mL-1, respectively, with a relative standard deviation of less than 6.1% (n = 7). Moreover, the proposed method tolerated salinities of up to 50.0 g L-1 without exhibiting any decrease in selectivity or recovery. The developed method was successfully applied to extract Fe (III) and Pb (II) ions from seawater and river water samples. The extraction recovery rates of the spiked ions were at least 93% for Fe (III) and 97 % for Pb (II).


Asunto(s)
Óxido de Aluminio/química , Hierro/análisis , Plomo/análisis , Nanoconjugados/química , Plata/química , Triazinas/química , Contaminantes Químicos del Agua/análisis , Agua Dulce/química , Concentración de Iones de Hidrógeno , Iones , Agua de Mar/química , Extracción en Fase Sólida/métodos
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 201: 110847, 2020 Sep 15.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32554203

RESUMEN

Bauxite residues (BR), commonly named red muds, are the saline-sodic waste produced during the extraction of alumina from bauxite. In this study, four kinds of BR were mixed at increasing concentrations with two soils in a mesososm experiment. Unamended BR from Provence (PRO) and Guinea (GUI) bauxite were selected, and Modified Bauxite Residues from PRO and GUI (MBR-PRO and MBR-GUI) were obtained by gypsum application and repeated leaching, in order to reduce their pH, electrical conductivity (EC) and exchangeable sodium percentage (ESP). Several indicators of microbial community functions and structure (growth of culturable bacteria; enzymatic activities; C-sourced substrates degradation (Biolog®); bacteria and fungi PCR-RFLP fingerprints) were measured after 35 days of incubation. Results showed that PRO residue had stronger negative effects than GUI on all the tested indicators. Residues modified by gypsum addition (MBR-PRO, MBR-GUI) were equally or sometimes less harmful compared to unamended residues. Microbial activities (bacterial growth and enzyme activities) were more inhibited than the diversity of microbial functions (Biolog®), and the structure of bacterial and fungal communities was not affected by increasing concentrations of bauxite residues. EC and ESP were the main factors explaining the inhibition of microbial activities, although the origin of bauxite residue is of great importance too.


Asunto(s)
Óxido de Aluminio/toxicidad , Sulfato de Calcio/toxicidad , Microbiota/efectos de los fármacos , Microbiología del Suelo , Contaminantes del Suelo/toxicidad , Suelo/química , Óxido de Aluminio/análisis , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Bacterias/efectos de los fármacos , Bacterias/crecimiento & desarrollo , Sulfato de Calcio/análisis , Sulfato de Calcio/química , Hongos/efectos de los fármacos , Hongos/crecimiento & desarrollo , Contaminantes del Suelo/análisis , Contaminantes del Suelo/química
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J Vis Exp ; (159)2020 05 24.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32510476

RESUMEN

Aluminum-oxide (Al2O3) is a low cost, easily processable and high dielectric constant insulating material that is particularly appropriate for use as the dielectric layer of thin-film transistors (TFTs). Growth of aluminum-oxide layers from anodization of metallic aluminum films is greatly advantageous when compared to sophisticated processes such as atomic layer deposition (ALD) or deposition methods that demand relatively high temperatures (above 300 °C) such as aqueous combustion or spray-pyrolysis. However, the electrical properties of the transistors are highly dependent on the presence of defects and localized states at the semiconductor/dielectric interface, which are strongly affected by the manufacturing parameters of the anodized dielectric layer. To determine how several fabrication parameters influence the device performance without performing all possible combination of factors, we used a reduced factorial analysis based on a Plackett-Burman design of experiments (DOE). The choice of this DOE permits the use of only 12 experimental runs of combinations of factors (instead of all 256 possibilities) to obtain the optimized device performance. The ranking of the factors by the effect on device responses such as the TFT mobility is possible by applying analysis of variance (ANOVA) to the obtained results.


Asunto(s)
Óxido de Aluminio/química , Conductividad Eléctrica , Electrodos , Transistores Electrónicos , Diseño de Equipo
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Chemosphere ; 258: 127274, 2020 Nov.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32569956

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The main aim of this work was to develop sustainable catalyst from geothermal waste by hydrothermal process for enhanced biohydrogen production. The effects of Si/Al ratio and pH neutralization on the catalyst were also investigated to provide further insight into the hydrogen production capability. Results have shown with increasing Si/Al ratio, a lower amount of catalyst was synthesized and smaller particle size was obtained. pH neutralization treatment resulted in higher conversion compared to non-neutralized ones. Meanwhile, the highest conversion of biohydrogen from ethanol through steam reforming process (95.19%) was obtained from catalyst with pH neutralization treatment and Si/Al ratio of 10. The catalyst developed in this study was concluded to be suitable for framework/supporting catalyst due to relatively low selectivity.


Asunto(s)
Biocombustibles/análisis , Etanol/química , Hidrógeno/análisis , Residuos Industriales/análisis , Zeolitas/química , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Catálisis , Calor , Concentración de Iones de Hidrógeno , Dióxido de Silicio/química , Vapor , Propiedades de Superficie
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Chemosphere ; 259: 127427, 2020 Nov.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32599385

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Spinel oxides, e.g., NiCo2O4, is a promising catalyst for the catalytic oxidation of toluene. Understanding and designing versatile NiCo2O4 spinel is important for low-temperature toluene oxidation. Here, we investigated the surface-characteristic-dependent degradation activity of NiCo2O4 crystals through experiment and characterization. NiCo2O4 nanosheet using ethanol as solvent (named E--NiCo2O4) exposing {110} crystal planes exhibited the lowest temperature toluene oxidation. The T99 of toluene conversion was 256 °C, which is much lower than that of NiCo2O4 nanosheet using ethylene glycol as solvent (named EG--NiCo2O4), NiCo2O4 octahedron (named O--NiCo2O4) and NiCo2O4 truncated octahedron (named TO--NiCo2O4). Characterization using various techniques such as XRD, TEM, BET, XPS, H2-TPR and CO2-TPD showed that Co3+ and surface adsorbed oxygen (Osur) enriched surface, excellent redox properties and effective diffusion of the reaction product reasonably explain the enhancement in catalytic activity over the E--NiCo2O4. The research reveals that the effect of specific crystal planes and solvent was the key factor to govern the activity of low-temperature toluene oxidation.


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Óxido de Aluminio/química , Óxido de Magnesio/química , Tolueno/química , Adsorción , Catálisis , Frío , Oxidación-Reducción , Óxidos/química , Oxígeno/química , Solventes
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Chemosphere ; 257: 127256, 2020 Oct.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32531489

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Five kinds of Al2O3 were characterized by SEM, TEM, FT-IR and BET surface area, and then used as carriers to investigate the photochemical removal of hexachlorobenzene (HCB) in aqueous system. The results showed that HCB coated on the surfaces of all Al2O3 could be photodegraded rapidly, and Neutral-Al2O3 presented the best performance. Meanwhile, the efficient removal of HCB in real water matrices, including tap water, river water and secondary clarifier effluent showed the potential practical application of Al2O3. EPR and theoretical calculation revealed the generation of hydroxyl radicals on Al2O3 surface under 500 W Xe lamp irradiation. Nine intermediates and a small amount of Cl- were identified by GC/MS, LC/MS and IC analysis, which was further verified by transition state calculations. These results can provide a new technique for HCB removal in water and wastewaters, and give more insights into the environmental ecological risk assessment of this pollutant.


Asunto(s)
Óxido de Aluminio/química , Hexaclorobenceno/química , Contaminantes Químicos del Agua/química , Cromatografía de Gases y Espectrometría de Masas , Radical Hidroxilo/química , Cinética , Espectroscopía Infrarroja por Transformada de Fourier , Agua
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Chemosphere ; 256: 127077, 2020 Oct.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32438124

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The ultra-deep adsorptive desulfurization (ppb level) of benzene remains a challenging subject with the need to construct efficient adsorbent systems. Herein, a kind of ruthenium-based adsorbent functionalized with bimetallic Ru-Al was rationally designed using Al2O3 as support (denoted as 0.8%Ru-1.2%Al/Al2O3). It was found that the co-anchoring of Ru and Al species endows the Ru-based adsorbent unique adsorption capability, which is able to completely eliminate sulfur compounds in benzene, and exhibiting a much higher breakthrough sulfur capacity than that of the 0.8%Ru/Al2O3. Remarkably, under the industrial experiment conditions, 0.8%Ru-1.2%Al/Al2O3 exhibited excellent long-term stability for more than 1200 h, showing the potential for industrial application. Various characterization techniques, including BET, XRD, SEM, TEM, TPD-MS, TPR and XPS, were used to investigate the correlation between the adsorption performance and the microstructure of the adsorbents. Over 0.8%Ru-1.2%Al/Al2O3, the ultra-thin aluminum additive is beneficial to improve the dispersion of Ru species, which therefore exhibits desirable desulfurization efficiency. Moreover, the enhanced performance is also correlated to the presence of the suitable Ru active centers generated from the selective coverage by Al species. It leads to an optimal exposure of the Ru active centers, which would facilitate the interaction of S-Ru and the improvement of the desulfurization activity.


Asunto(s)
Benceno/análisis , Rutenio/química , Adsorción , Aluminio , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Espacios Confinados , Azufre , Compuestos de Azufre
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Chemosphere ; 251: 126382, 2020 Jul.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32443238

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A single metal Pd/γ-Al2O3 catalyst and a bimetallic Pd-Ce/γ-Al2O3 catalyst were prepared by the equal-volume impregnation method to investigate the effect of CeO2 loading on the catalytic oxidation of toluene. The specific surface area, surface morphology, and redox performance of the catalyst were characterized by N2 desorption, scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), H2-TPR, O2-TPD, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The results showed that bimetal catalysts loaded CeO2 had smaller nano-PdO particles than those of the Pd/γ-Al2O3 catalyst. Compared with the catalyst of 0.2Pd/γ-Al2O3 (percentage of mass, the same as below), the catalyst doped with 0.3CeO2 had a stronger reduction peak, which was shifted to the low-temperature zone by more than 80 °C. The results of XPS and O2-TPD showed that the introduction of CeO2 provided more surface oxygen vacancy for the catalyst and enhanced its catalytic oxidation ability, and the amount of desorbed O2 increased from 3.55 µmol/g to 8.54 µmol/g. The results of EPR were that the addition of CeO2 increased the content of active oxygen species and oxygen vacancies on the surface of the catalysts, which might be due to the supply of electrons to the O2 and PdO during the Ce3+toCe4+ conversion process. That could have accelerated the catalytic reaction process. Compared with the single precious metal catalyst, the T10 and T90 of the Pd-Ce/γ-Al2O3 catalyst were decreased by 22 °C and 40 °C, respectively.


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Tolueno/química , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Catálisis , Cerio/química , Plomo/química , Oxidación-Reducción , Oxígeno/química , Espectroscopía de Fotoelectrones
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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 4545, 2020 03 11.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32161333

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Laser microsurgery is a powerful tool for neurobiology, used to ablate cells and sever neurites in-vivo. We compare a relatively new laser source to two well-established designs. Rare-earth-doped mode-locked fibre lasers that produce high power pulses recently gained popularity for industrial uses. Such systems are manufactured to high standards of robustness and low maintenance requirements typical of solid-state lasers. We demonstrate that an Ytterbium-doped fibre femtosecond laser is comparable in precision to a Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser (1-2 micrometres), but with added operational reliability. Due to the lower pulse energy required to ablate, it is more precise than a solid-state nanosecond laser. Due to reduced scattering of near infrared light, it can lesion deeper (more than 100 micrometres) in tissue. These advantages are not specific to the model system ablated for our demonstration, namely neurites in the nematode C. elegans, but are applicable to other systems and transparent tissue where a precise micron-resolution dissection is required.


Asunto(s)
Tecnología de Fibra Óptica/instrumentación , Láseres de Estado Sólido , Microcirugia/métodos , Neuronas/química , Procedimientos Neuroquirúrgicos/instrumentación , Procedimientos Neuroquirúrgicos/métodos , Iterbio/química , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Animales , Caenorhabditis elegans , Titanio/química
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Opt Express ; 28(1): 695-704, 2020 Jan 06.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32118992

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In this paper, we introduce a novel method for the fabrication of self-assembly plasmonic metamaterials by exploiting fluid instabilities of optical thin films. Due to interplay between template reflow and spinodal dewetting, two metal nanoparticles of different sizes are generated on the top mesas of free-standing porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template, which results in the apprearance of double resonant peaks in the extinction spectrum. These two resonant peaks possess refractive index resolution 3.27 × 10-4 and 2.53 × 10-4 RIU, respectively. This optical intensity modulation based plasmonic nanoplatform shows a dramatically surface sensing performance with outstanding detection capacity of biomolecules, because of the very small decay length of electric field at dual-modes. The detection ability for concanavalin A (Con A) demonstrats that the limit of detection of dual-modes reaches as small as 68 and 79 nM, respectively.


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Técnicas Biosensibles , Fenómenos Ópticos , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Concanavalina A , Electrodos , Unión Proteica , Refractometría , Ribonucleasas/metabolismo
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J Vis Exp ; (156)2020 02 22.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32150153

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Membrane separation has drawn attention as a novel-energy saving separation process. Zeolite membranes have great potential for hydrocarbon separation in petroleum and petrochemical fields because of their high thermal, chemical, and mechanical strength. A *BEA-type zeolite is an interesting membrane material because of its large pore size and wide Si/Al range. This manuscript presents a protocol for *BEA membrane preparation by a secondary growth method that does not use an organic structure-directing agent (OSDA). The preparation protocol consists of four steps: pretreatment of support, seed preparation, dip-coating, and membrane crystallization. First, the *BEA seed crystal is prepared by conventional hydrothermal synthesis using OSDA. The synthesized seed crystal is loaded on the outer surface of a 3 cm long tubular α-Al2O3 support by a dip-coating method. The loaded seed layer is prepared with the secondary growth method using a hydrothermal treatment at 393 K for 7 days without using OSDA. A *BEA membrane having very few defects is successfully obtained. The seed preparation and dip-coating steps strongly affect the membrane quality.


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Cristalización/métodos , Membranas Artificiales , Zeolitas/síntesis química , Óxido de Aluminio/química , Calor , Porosidad , Zeolitas/química
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Mikrochim Acta ; 187(4): 230, 2020 03 13.
Artículo en Inglés | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32170435

RESUMEN

An interferometric reflectance spectroscopy-based biosensor for the determination of cathepsin B (Cat B) as a cancer-related enzyme has been fabricated. For this purpose, the nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) was fabricated electrochemically. The NAA was then modified with the amino-silane coupling agent. After that, human serum albumin (HSA) was immobilized into the NAA pores by using glutaraldehyde as a cross-linking agent. Subsequently, the carboxylic group of HSA was activated with N-ethyl-N'-(3-(dimethylamino)propyl)carbodiimide (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) to attach to thionine (TH) as a photoprobe to fabricate the labeled HSA (HSA-TH). HSA-TH plays a significant role in this sensor to determine cathepsin B as a model analyte for the development of the interferometric reflectance spectroscopy-based biosensor for the measurement of protease. The attached TH adsorbed the illuminated white light on NAA modified with HSA-TH. Therefore, the intensity of the reflected light to the charge-coupled device (CCD) detector decreased in the wavelength range 450-1050 nm. In the presence of Cat B, HAS-TH cleaved into short peptide fragments and washed away by flow cell system. Since TH was removed from NAA, the intensity of the reflected light increased. The peak area has a logarithmic relationship with the concentration of Cat B in the range 0.5 to 64.0 nM. The limit of detection of the biosensor sensor was 0.08 nM. The optical sensor was used for the determination of Cat B in a human serum sample. Graphical abstract Schematic presentation of biosensor for the determination of the cathepsin B which is based on nanoporous anodic alumina modified with HSA-thionine. The principle response of the optical biosensor is based on detecting changes in the intensity of the reflected light after cleaving the immobilized HSA-thionine by cathepsin B into short peptide fragments.


Asunto(s)
Óxido de Aluminio/química , Técnicas Biosensibles , Catepsina B/análisis , Técnicas Electroquímicas , Fenotiazinas/química , Albúmina Sérica Humana/química , Catepsina B/metabolismo , Electrodos , Humanos , Fenómenos Ópticos , Tamaño de la Partícula , Porosidad , Propiedades de Superficie
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