Authors:R. Parise Filho, A. Araújo, M. Santos Filho, J. Matos, M. Silveira, and C. Brandt
Oxamniquine (OXA) is a schistosomicide agent that causes some adverse effects in central nervous system. Intending to improve
OXA therapeutic properties, a polymeric prodrug was designed. Currently, there is an increasing interest of thermal analytical
techniques in the pharmaceutical area, so differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetry (TG) were carried out to
evaluate the thermal behavior of OXA, polymethacrylic acid (PMA), [poly(methacrylic-co-oxamniquine methacrylate)acid] (PMOXA)
and physical mixture (OXA+PMA). The thermoanalytical profile of the physical mixture showed characteristic events of the thermal
decomposition of OXA and PMA. Distinctly, PMOXA DTA curve did not show an endothermic peak at 148.5C indicating that the
drug was incorporated into the polymeric system. These results were corroborated by the IR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction
Authors:T. M. Milão, J. F. A. Oliveira, V. D. Araújo, and M. I. B. Bernardi
Zinc oxide is a widely used white inorganic pigment. Transition metal ions are used as chromophores and originate the ceramic pigments group. In this context, ZnO particles doped with Co, Fe, and V were synthesized by the polymeric precursors method, Pechini method. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TG) techniques were used to accurately characterize the distinct thermal events occurring during synthesis. The TG and DSC results revealed a series of decomposition temperatures due to different exothermal events, which were identified as H2O elimination, organic compounds degradation and phase formation. The samples were structurally characterized by X-Ray diffractometry revealing the formation of single phase, corresponding to the crystalline matrix of ZnO. The samples were optically characterized by diffuse reflectance measurements and colorimetric coordinates L*, a*, b* were calculated for the pigment powders. The pigment powders presented a variety of colors ranging from white (ZnO), green (Zn0.97Co0.03O), yellow (Zn0.97Fe0.03O), and beige (Zn0.97V0.03O).
Authors:J. Santos, I. Santos, M. Conceiçăo, S. Porto, M. Trindade, A. Souza, S. Prasad, V. Fernandes, and A. Araújo
Thermoanalytical, kinetic and rheological parameters of commercial edible oils were evaluated. The thermal decomposition of
the oils occurred in three steps, due to polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids decomposition, respectively.
According to the temperature of the beginning of the decomposition, the following stability order was observed: corn (A)>corn>sunflower
(A)>rice>soybean>rapeseed (A)>olive>rapeseed>sunflower (A - artificial antioxidants). Kinetic parameters were obtained using
Coats-Redfern and Madhusudanan methods and presented good correlation. According to the activation energy of the first thermal
decomposition event, obtained of Coats-Redfern' method, the following stability order is proposed: sunflower>corn>rice>soybean>rapeseed>olive.
In relation to rheological properties, a Newtonian behavior was observed and no degradation occurred in the temperature range
Authors:Maria Ribeiro da Silva, N. Araújo, A. Silva, L. da Silva, N. Barros, J. Gonçalves, and M. Ribeiro da Silva
The standard (p0=0.1
MPa) molar enthalpies of formation, at T=298.15
K, in the gaseous phase, for three tetradentate Schiff bases involving a N2O2
(H2salch), N,N’-bis(acetylacetone)cyclohexanediimine (H2acacch)
(H2bzacch), were determined from their enthalpies of
combustion and sublimation, obtained by static bomb calorimetry in oxygen
and by the Knudsen effusion technique, respectively. The results are compared
with identical parameters for related compounds previously studied, resulting
from the condensation of salicylaldehyde or β-diketone with aliphatic
Authors:Paula Nunes, Marília Bezerra, L. Costa, Juliana Cardoso, R. Albuquerque, M. Rodrigues, Gabriela Barin, Francilene da Silva, and A. Araújo
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the physical–chemical properties of collagen (CL) and usnic acid/collagen-based
(UAC) films, using differential thermal analysis (DTA), thermogravimetry (TG/DTG), infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and scanning
electron microscopy (SEM). Both films were prepared by casting process using polyethylene glycol 1500 (PEG 1500) as plasticizer.
In the spectrum of UAC, similar bands of the usnic acid are observed, indicating that the polymerization (film formation)
did not affect the stability of the drug. Distinctly, DTA curve of UAC did not show an endothermic peak at 201 °C, indicative
that the drug was incorporated into the polymeric system. These results were corroborated by the scanning electron microscopy
(SEM). The TG/DTG curves of UAC presented a different thermal decomposition profile compared to the individual compounds and
CL. These findings suggest the occurrence of molecular dispersion or solubilization of the drug in the collagen film.
Authors:F. M. Aquino, D. M. A. Melo, R. C. Santiago, M. A. F. Melo, A. E. Martinelli, J. C. O. Freitas, and L. C. B. Araújo
Thermogravimetric data using the non-isothermal kinetic models of Flynn and Wall and “Model-free Kinetics” were used to determine the activation energy to study the decomposition kinetics of the ligand groups with system’s metallic ions that takes part in the synthesis of PrMO3 (M = Ni or Co). This activation energy was determined for the stage of highest decomposition of the organic matter to establish parameters in synthesis condition optimization and application of the proposed material.
Authors:Romulo D. A. Andrade, Elaine A. Faria, Amaury M. Silva, Wandallas C. Araujo, Gustavo C. Jaime, Kenia P. Costa, and Alexandre G. S. Prado
The Brazilian government has presented a biofuel program, which aims the addition of 2% of biofuel in fossil diesel in 2008 and 5% up to 2013. Thus, the knowledge of heat of combustion of biofuel/diesel blends is necessary. The biodiesel was produced by transesterification of soybean oil with a yield of 87%. The diesel-like was obtained by pyrolysis of soybean oil. This biofuel presented all parameters according to ANP. The obtained heats of combustion were 41.36 ± 0.17; 38.70 ± 0.16; and 36.71 ± 0.17 MJ/kg for diesel, diesel-like and biodiesel, respectively. The results show that the heats of combustion of biofuels are approximately 17% smaller than fossil diesel. The obtained data also show that the heats of combustion depend on the methodology used for the biofuel production. Addition of biofuels to traditional diesel fuel results in a linear decreasing of the heat of combustion with the amount of the alternative fuel added to the diesel.
Authors:Ana Carla S. L. S. Coutinho, Solange A. Quintella, A. S. Araujo, Joana M. F. Barros, Anne M. G. Pedrosa, V. J. Fernandes Jr., and M. J. B. Souza
Nanoporous silica with narrow pore size distribution has attracted increasing attention as a novel material for separations and reactions involving large molecules. SBA-15 has been synthesized in an acidic medium using a triblock copolymer as template. In this work, the SBA-15 was synthesized by the hydrothermal treatment at 373 K for 48 h, of a gel with the following overall molar composition: 1.0TEOS:0.017P123:5.7HCl:193H2O, where TEOS is tetraethyl orthosilicate and P123 is poly(ethylene oxide, propylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane). The obtained material was characterized by thermogravimetry, X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and BET surface area. A kinetic study using the model free model was accomplished in the stage of decomposition of the template (P123). The obtained value of the apparent activation energy was ca. 131 kJ mol−1.