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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors:
Xue-Gang Chen
,
Shuang-Shuang Lv
,
Ping-Ping Zhang
,
Lu Zhang
, and
Ying Ye

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In this study, we ashed rice hull in air and nitrogen, respectively, and systematically investigated the effects of ashing temperature and atmosphere on the structures, morphologies, and pore characteristics of rice hull ash (RHA). All RHA samples are amorphous materials with porous structures. IR spectra revealed that RHA that ashed in air (WRHA) exhibit more polar groups on the surface than that of ashed in nitrogen (BRHA). The silica and carbon contents, BET surface area, and pore volume of BRHA increase with ashing temperature. When ashed in air, however, the silica content of WRHA increases and carbon content decreases with temperature. The BET surface area and pore volume of WRHA increase with temperature firstly and decline subsequently due to the closure of pores. Compared with WRHA, BRHA shows higher surface areas, micropore volumes, carbon contents, and lower mesopore fractions and silica contents. This study provides essential information for choosing a suitable thermal treatment of rice hull for a given adsorbate.

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To simplify TRPO process, a novel ligand, N,N’-dimethyl-3-oxa-glutaramic acid (DMOGA), was synthesized and used for stripping of An(III, IV) from 30% TRPO-kerosene. The distribution ratios for transuranium elements, including Np(IV), Pu(IV), Am(III), and some fission products, including Eu(III), Fe and Zr between 30% TRPO-kerosene and various HNO3-DMOGA solutions were measured. An(III, IV) and Ln(III) extracted to TRPO from simulated high level liquid waste could be recovered with an efficiency of 99.9% above in one stream with a 3-stage crosscurrent strip experiment with 0.2M DMOGA in HNO3 solution. Using this new agent, the back extraction of TRU elements from loaded TRPO phase becomes more simple and practical. Therefore, the original TRPO process could be simplified.

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Alkaline earth metal (Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) ions were exchanged into Hβ zeolite, which were used as the supports to load the noble metal Pt to prepare bifunctional catalysts for hydroisomerization of n-heptane. The catalysts were characterized by ICP, XRD, BET, NH3-TPD, H2-TPR and H2-chemisorption techniques, and evaluated in an atmospheric fixed bed reactor. The catalysts promoted by the alkaline earth metals are revealed to present much higher selectivity to isomerization than the counterpart Pt/Hβ. Moreover, the Ba-bearing catalyst loaded with 0.4 wt% Pt and 5:1 molar ratio of Ba to Pt gives a very high selectivity to iso-heptanes 95.4% with a considerable high conversion of n-heptane 61.7%. The promotion effect of alkaline earth metals is briefly discussed in relation to characterization data.

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Differential elastic scattering cross sections for backscattering of 0.96–2.74 MeV protons incident on an aluminum layer covered by a gold layer deposited on a graphite crystal have been measured. The lowest proton energy in the experiment is in the Rutherford backscattering energy region. The measured cross sections are compared with the previous data and presented in graphical and tabular forms.

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This study characterized the removal of strontium from an aqueous solution via co-precipitation followed by microfiltration (CPMF) on a lab-scale. Sodium carbonate was used as the precipitating agent. Ferric chloride was added to a settler at a dosage of 20 mg/L to improve strontium removal, and it was added to a membrane separator at a dosage of 10 mg/L to reduce membrane fouling. The concentration of strontium in the raw water used in this study was about 5 mg/L. In two intermittent tests, where dosages of sodium carbonate were 2000 mg/L and 1000 mg/L, the mean decontamination factors (DFs) were 237 and 158 and the mean concentration factors (CFs) were 288 and 462, respectively. Although the mean DF value was lower when the sodium carbonate dosage was 1000 mg/L instead of 2000 mg/L, the rate at which the specific flux (SF) of the membrane declined decreased as the amount of the effluent treated increased. The problem of strontium release at the beginning of the operation was controlled by a continuous test in which the dosage of sodium carbonate still was 1000 mg/L and the other parameters were the same as in the other tests. The results showed that the mean DF and CF were 157 and 480, respectively.

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Platinum nanoparticles, synthesized via ethanol reduction of hexachloroplatinic acid in the presence of poly-(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone), were anchored on magnesium aluminate spinel using a colloidal deposition method. The samples were characterized using the following methods: transmission electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The results revealed that platinum nanoparticles, with an average diameter of 2.8 nm, are homogenously dispersed on the surface of the carrier. Under very mild conditions, supported Pt/MgAl2O4 catalysts demonstrated excellent catalytic activity and high selectivity in the hydrogenation reaction of benzaldehydes to benzyl alcohols. The reaction kinetics for the catalytic hydrogenation of 3-phenoxybenzaldehyde to 3-phenoxybenzyl alcohol on a Pt/MgAl2O4 catalyst can be described by equation , and the apparent activation energy is 35.6 kJ mol−1.

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Hydrocalumite (CaAl-Cl-LDH) has the similar structure to layered double hydroxide (LDH). The effects of Na-dodecylsulfate (SDS) on the structure, morphology, and thermal property of CaAl-Cl-LDH have been investigated. Through ion exchange, CaAl-Cl-LDH had been modified with SDS at two concentrations: 0.005 mol L−1 and 0.2 mol L−1. Two different adsorption behaviors were observed through Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra and X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. When the SDS concentration was 0.005 mol L−1, surface anion exchange was the major process. When the SDS concentration was 0.2 mol L−1, anion exchange intercalation occurs, with the interlayer distance expanded to 3.25 nm, and the particle morphology from regular hexagons to irregular platelets. The thermal analysis (TG–DTA) showed that dehydration and dehydroxylation occur at a lower temperature when hydrocalumite was intercalated with dodecylsulfate. All these observations revealed that the property of CaAl-Cl-LDH has been changed by SDS modification.

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In this study, the microcalorimetric method was applied to investigate the activity of berberine on Shigella dysenteriae (S. dysenteriae). Heat flow power (HFP)–time curves of the growth metabolism of S. dysenteriae affected by berberine were determined using the thermal activity monitor (TAM) air isothermal microcalorimeter, ampoule mode, at 37 °C. By analyzing these curves and some quantitative parameters using multivariate analytical methods, similarity analysis (SA) and principal component analysis (PCA), the antibacterial activity of berberine on S. dysenteriae could be accurately evaluated from the change of the two main parameters, the maximum heat flow power P m 2 and total heat output Q t: berberine at low concentration (25 μg mL−1) began to inhibit the growth of S. dysenteriae, high concentrations (50–200 μg mL−1) of berberine had strong antibacterial activity on S. dysenteriae, when the concentration of berberine was higher (250–300 μg mL−1), this antibacterial activity was stronger. All these illustrated that the antibacterial activity of berberine on S. dysenteriae was enhanced with the increase of the concentration of this compound. Berberine can be used as potential novel antibacterial agent for treating multidrug-resistant Shigella. This work provided a useful idea of the combination of microcalorimetry and multivariate analysis for studying the activity of other compounds or drugs on organisms.

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Using a LKB-2277 bioactivity monitor, stop-flow mode, the power–time curves of Candida albicans growth at 37 °C affected by berberine were measured. The check experiments were studied based on agar cup method to observe the inhibitory diameter and serial dilution method to determine the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of berberine on C. albicans growth. By analyzing the quantitative thermogenic parameters taken from the power–time curves using correspondence analysis (CA), we could find that berberine at a low concentration (5.0 μg mL−1) began to inhibit the growth of C. albicans and at a high concentration (75.0 μg mL−1) completely inhibited C. albicans growth. The anti-fungal activity of berberine could also be expressed as half-inhibitory concentration IC50, i.e., 50% effective in this inhibition. The value of IC50 of berberine on C. albicans was 34.52 μg mL−1. The inhibitory diameters all exceeded 10 mm in test range and the MIC was 500 μg mL−1. Berberine had strong anti-fungal effect on C. albicans growth. This work provided an important idea of the combination of microcalorimetry and CA for the study on anti-fungal effect of berberine and other compounds. Compared with the agar cup method and serial dilution method, microcalorimetry not only offered a useful way for evaluating the bioactivity of drugs, but also provides more information about the microbial growth and all this information was significant for the synthesis and searching of antibiotics.

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A simple, rapid, and effective high-performance thin-layer chromatographic (HPTLC) method has been established for differentiating among the polysaccharides present in six traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), Cordyceps sinensis, Ganoderma lucidum, Astragalus memberanaceus, Panax ginseng, Panax quinquefolii , and Panax notogiseng . Acid hydrolyzates of the polysaccharides were analyzed by HPTLC with two detection reagents, aniline-diphenylamine-phosphoric acid and ninhydrin, and scanning densitometry. The compounds were separated on silica gel plates with chloroform- n -butanol-methanol-acetic acid-water 4.5:12.5:5:1.5:1.5 ( v/v ) as mobile phase. Seven monosaccharides and two glucuronic acids were used as reference compounds. The results showed that hydrolysis of polysaccharides can release specific molecules present in the herbal species in addition to the monosaccharides present. This is useful for distinguishing the origins of the polysaccharides in Chinese medicines.

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