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Int J Biol Macromol ; 204: 593-605, 2022 Apr 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-35157900


Conversion of lignocellulosic biowastes from agricultural industry into nanocrystalline cellulose provides pathway to reduce environmental pollution while enhancing the economic value of biowastes. Nanocellulose (NCC) with uniform morphology was isolated from pepper (Piper nigrum L.) stalk waste (PW) using acid hydrolysis method. The role of inorganic acids (sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid), organic acids (oxalic acid, citric acid, acetic acid) and variation of sonication times were investigated on the physicochemical characteristics, self-assembled structure, crystallinity, particle size, zeta potential and thermal stability of the isolated nanocellulose. Hydrolysis using inorganic acids transformed cellulose from PW into a spherical shaped NCC at ~33-67 nm of average diameter. Meanwhile hydrolysis in organic acids produced rod-shaped NCC at 210-321 nm in length. This study highlighted the role of acidity strength for organic acid and inorganic acid in controlling the level of hydrogen bond dissociation and the dissolution of amorphous fragments, which consequently directing the morphology and the physicochemical properties of NCCs.

Resíduos Industriais , Piper nigrum , Celulose/química , Hidrólise , Tamanho da Partícula
Nanoscale Res Lett ; 16(1): 4, 2021 Jan 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33404823


Conductive and degradable nanofibrous scaffolds have great potential in promoting cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation under an external electric field. Although the issue of inferior electrical conductivity in body fluids still exists, polyaniline (PANI)-based degradable nanofibers can promote cell adhesion, growth, and proliferation. To investigate whether the effect is caused by the PANI morphology, we selected three inorganic acids as dopants in the process of PANI in situ oxidative polymerization: hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, and perchloric acid. The obtained polyaniline/polylactic acid (PANI/PLA) composite nanofibers were characterized via SEM, FTIR, and XPS analysis, and we confirmed that the PLA nanofibers were successfully coated by PANI without any change to the porous structure of the PLA nanofibers. The in vitro mechanical properties and degradability indicated that the oxidation of acid dopants should be considered and that it was likely to have a higher oxidation degradation effect on PLA nanofibers. The contact angle test demonstrated that PANI/PLA composite nanofibers with different surface morphologies have good wettability, implying that they meet the requirements of bone tissue engineering scaffolds. The surface roughness and cell viability demonstrated that different PANI morphologies on the surface can promote cell proliferation. The higher the surface roughness of the PANI, the better the biocompatibility. Consequently, the regulated surface morphology of PANI/PLA composite nanofibers via different acids doping has positive effect on biocompatibility in tissue engineering.

Biosci. j. (Online) ; 34(3): 778-789, mai/jun. 2018. graf
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS | ID: biblio-967000


Usually, weak inorganic acids have been used to disperse collagen as green solvents for fabricating kinds of biomaterials all the time. However, it is an open question how much the dissolving process preserves or alters the native structure of collagen till now. Herein, we have examined the effect of three different solvents (HAc, HCl, H3PO4) on the secondary structures of collagen, based on circular dichroism (CD) spectra of collagen from 185 to 260 nm together with CDNN programs. We have found that collagen almost completely preserved its triple helical structure in the three inorganic acids at pH=3.0 or so, which demonstrated that it was the concentration of free H+ in the above three solutions whose pH was fixed at 3.0 that can maintain an proper amount of surface charge on the collagen colloidal particles and appropriately loose the three-helix structure, which can not only lead to a better dispersion behavior, but also maximize the preservation of the integrity of the collagen structure. Although the fractions of kinds of secondary structures in collagen were different from all the three solvents based on CDNN data, which gave very similar results for each other. These results was tested for the first time in this work to estimate the secondary structures for collagen in the different common inorganic acids, which provides a new avenue for green collagen solvents to prepare collagen-based composite with well triple-helical structure for tissue engineering.

Habitualmente, os ácidos inorgânicos fracos têm sido usados para dispersar colágeno como solventes verdes para fabricar tipos de biomateriais o tempo todo. No entanto, é uma questão aberta quanto o processo de dissolução preserva ou altera a estrutura nativa do colágeno até agora. Aqui, examinamos o efeito de três solventes diferentes (HAc, HCl, H3PO4) nas estruturas secundárias de colágeno, com base em espectros de dicroísmo circular (CD) de colágeno de 185 a 260 nm em conjunto com programas CDNN. Descobrimos que o colágeno preservou quase completamente sua estrutura helicoidal tripla nos três ácidos inorgânicos a pH = 3,0 ou mais, o que demonstrou que foi a concentração de H+ livre nas três soluções acima cujo pH foi fixado em 3,0 que pode manter uma boa quantidade de carga superficial sobre as partículas coloidais de colágeno e destrói adequadamente a estrutura de três hélices, o que não só pode levar a um melhor comportamento de dispersão, mas também maximizar a preservação da integridade da estrutura de colágeno. Embora as frações de tipos de estruturas secundárias em colágeno fossem diferentes de todos os três solventes com base em dados CDNN, que deram resultados muito semelhantes entre si. Estes resultados foram testados pela primeira vez neste trabalho para estimar as estruturas secundárias para o colágeno nos diferentes ácidos inorgânicos comuns, o que fornece uma nova alternativa para solventes de colágeno verdes para preparar compósitos à base de colágeno com a estrutura helicoidal tripla para engenharia de tecidos.

Dicroísmo Circular , Colágeno Tipo I , Ácidos Inorgânicos , Solventes , Materiais Biocompatíveis
Molecules ; 22(5)2017 May 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28475140


Herein we report the synthesis of unsymmetrical meso-aryl substituted porphyrins, using NaY zeolite as an inorganic acid catalyst. A comparative study between this method and the several synthetic strategies available in the literature was carried out. Our method presented a better, more cost-efficient rationale and displayed a significantly lower environmental impact. Furthermore, it was possible to verify the scalability of the process as well as the reutilization of the inorganic catalyst NaY (up to 6 times) without significant yield decrease. In addition, this method was applied to the synthesis of several other unsymmetrical porphyrins, from a low melting point porphyrin to mono-carboxylated halogenated unsymmetrical porphyrins, in yields higher than those found in the literature. Additionally, for the first time, two acetamide functionalized halogenated porphyrins were prepared in high yields. This methodology opens the way to the preparation of high yielding functionalized porphyrins, which can be easily immobilized for a variety of applications, either in catalysis or in biomedicine.

Análise Custo-Benefício , Porfirinas/síntese química , Sódio/química , Ítrio/química , Zeolitas/química , Espectroscopia de Ressonância Magnética Nuclear de Carbono-13 , Catálise , Espectroscopia de Prótons por Ressonância Magnética , Espectrometria de Massas por Ionização e Dessorção a Laser Assistida por Matriz
ACS Appl Mater Interfaces ; 7(41): 22727-40, 2015 Oct 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26426144


Efficient photocatalysis for degrading environmental organic pollutants on semiconductors requires photogenerated charge carrier separation to drive the photochemical processes. To ensure charge separation, it is indispensable to make charges captured effectively. Generally, the step for capturing the photogenerated electrons by the surface adsorbed O2 is relatively slow as compared to that for capturing holes by the surface adsorbed hydroxyl groups so that it is taken as the rate-determining step. However, it is frequently neglected. Thus, it is greatly desired to develop feasible strategies to promote the adsorption of O2 for efficient photocatalysts. In this paper, we have mainly discussed surface modification with inorganic acids, such as H3PO4, HF, and H3BO3, to enhance photogenerated charge carrier separation based on oxygen adsorption promotion for photocatalytic degradation of environmental pollutants. Among these acids, the function and mechanism of H3PO4 are highlighted because of its good performance and universality. Several important photocatalyst systems, mainly including TiO2, α-Fe2O3, and g-C3N4, along with the nanostructured carbons as electron acceptors in nanocomposites, are addressed to improve the ability to adsorb O2. A key consideration in this review is the development of a strategy for the promotion of adsorbed O2 for efficient photocatalysts, along with the process mechanisms by revealing the relationships among the adsorbed O2, photogenerated charge carrier separation, and photocatalytic performance. Interestingly, it is suggested that the enrichment in surface acidity be favorable for promotion of O2 adsorption, leading to the improved charge carrier separation and then to the enhanced photoactivities of various semiconductor photocatalysts. Moreover, several outlooks are put forward.

Chemosphere ; 141: 80-6, 2015 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26141554


Bisphenol A (BPA) is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant with endocrine disruption potential. This study explored the efficiency, kinetics, and mechanism of BPA removal from weakly acidic solutions by using NaBiO3 as a source of singlet oxygen. It was observed that the use of NaBiO3 (1gL(-1)) could eliminate almost all (more than 97%) of the added BPA (0.1mmolL(-1)) in solutions at pH 5.0 in 60min. The degradation of BPA followed pseudo-first-order kinetics over the pH range from 3 to 9, and the pseudo-first-order rate constant (k) was dependent on pH, NaBiO3 concentration and the coexisting compounds. As solution pH was decreased from 9 to 3 or NaBiO3 concentration was increased from 0.5 to 2gL(-1), the k value was increased logarithmically. Humic acid and Fe(3+) showed little effect on the BPA removal, but Mn(2+) exhibited exceptionally enhancing effect on the degradation of BPA. The involved reactive species were identified as singlet oxygen by using radical scavenger probes and ESR measurement, and the generated singlet oxygen was confirmed to be generated from the decomposition of NaBiO3 mediated by H(+) ions.

Compostos Benzidrílicos/análise , Bismuto/química , Disruptores Endócrinos/análise , Fenóis/análise , Oxigênio Singlete/química , Sódio/química , Compostos Benzidrílicos/química , Disruptores Endócrinos/química , Substâncias Húmicas/análise , Cinética , Luz , Compostos de Manganês/química , Oxirredução , Fenóis/química , Soluções