The objective of this study is to conduct a bibliometric analysis of all biological invasions-related publications in the
Science Citation Index (SCI) from 1991 to 2007. The indicator citation per publication (CPP) was used to evaluate the impact
of articles, journals, and institutions. In the 3323 articles published in 521 journals, 7261 authors from 1905 institutions
of 100 countries participated. As the most productive country of biological invasions research, the US will benefit from more
collaboration between institutions, countries, and continents. In addition, analysis of keywords was applied to reveal research
Anisodus tanguticus (Maxim.) Pascher is an important Tibetan folk medicine and the source of tropane alkaloids (TAs) grown in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. There are marked differences in quality of A. tanguticus from geographic areas. The aim of present research was to establish a method for the quantitative analysis of TAs coupled with chemometrics analysis to trace geographical origins. Qualitative analysis of TAs in A. tanguticus was carried out using ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry and quantitative analysis of TAs in different plant organs from different geographical origin was achieved. Contents of TAs were subjected to the principal component analysis, and orthogonal partial least-squares discriminant analysis. The contents of the three marker compounds (anisodamine, anisodine and atropine) in the roots and acrial parts of A. tanguticus were positive correlated and varied significantly from different geographical origins. Principal component analysis, and orthogonal partial least-squares discriminant analysis results showed excellent discrimination between different geographical origin of A. tanguticus. This study could provide comprehensive evaluation and further utilization of A. tanguticus resources.
To detect and identify natural antioxidants in Swertia chirayita with protective effect against cerebral infarction, a screening method, using column chromatography and cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury in rat, was developed. Seventeen compounds were purposefully separated and identified by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Ultraviolet Spectrum, and Mass Spectrometry. The purified compounds were further screened by radical scavenging activity and cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury in rats. Two compounds showed apparent radical scavenging activity and neuroprotective activity. The two compounds were identified as 1-hydroxy-2,3,4,6-tetramethoxyxanthone and 1,5,8-trihydroxy-3-methoxy xanthone, and were preliminarily considered as primary natural neuroprotective antioxidants in Swertia chirayita. These two compounds (20 mg kg−1) markedly decreased infarct size to below 5%, and also caused a significant improvement of activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD) (92.90 ± 11.19 U ml−1), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) (122.58 ± 12.31 μmol mg−1) and a decrease in the content of malondialdehyde (MDA) (3.98 ± 2.00 nmol ml−1) in serum. The two compounds showed strong capability for protective effects against cerebral damages induced by ischemia-reperfusion, and the protective effect may be related to the inhibition of lipid peroxidation. The use of the screening method based on tracing separation and ischemia reperfusion would provide a new way for detection of radical-scavenging and natural neuroprotective compounds from Swertia chirayita or complex matrices.
Biomass pyrolysis can be divided into three stages: moisture evaporation, main devolatilization, and continuous slight devolatilization. This present study focuses on the heat and mass transfer characteristics of biomass in the first pyrolysis stage, which takes place in the range of room temperature to 150 °C. Thermalgravimetric experiments of rice husk and cotton stalk were performed by a synchronic thermal analyzer (TG/DSC). Four nonisothermal drying models were obtained from common isothermal drying models in order to describe the drying behavior of agricultural products. The moisture content of biomass decreased rapidly as the temperature increased and an apparent water loss peak was observed in the temperature range of 65–75 °C. DSC could be regarded as the superposition of three parts: heat flow from moisture evaporation, heat flow from the heat capacity of unevaporated moisture, and heat flow from the heat capacity of dry base biomass. The heat requirements for the dehydration of 1 kg rice husk and cotton stalk were 251 and 269 kJ, respectively. Nonisothermal drying models were evaluated based on the coefficient of determination (R2) and reduced chi-square (χ2). Page model was found to be the best for describing the nonisothermal drying kinetics. The values of activation energy were determined to be 9.2 and 15.1 kJ/mol for rice husk and cotton stalk, respectively.
This study of photodegradation of the antibiotic chloromycetin (Cm) in aqueous solution by direct and indirect photolysis
included photolysis under UV-C light (λ = 254 nm) and photo-oxidation under UV–vis light (λ ≥ 365 nm) in the presence of iron
and humic acid. The factors affecting Cm degradation were studied and are described in detail, including initial pH, ionic
strength and initial concentrations of iron and humic acid. Results showed that a degradation efficiency up to 90% was achieved
by direct photolysis of Cm at pH 5–7 and the calculated quantum yield was 0.084. Higher salt content (NaCl, 0.01–0.5 M) was
found to benefit direct photolysis. Indirect photolysis of Cm in the presence of iron(III) formed OH• radicals at pH ~ 3. Under UV–vis light, increased pH resulted in a significant decrease in the efficiency of indirect photolysis.
Direct and indirect photolysis reactions both followed a pseudo first-order kinetic law. Humic acid tended to inhibit the
photodegradation of Cm under the conditions of this work, implying that photosensitization of humic acid did not play any
role in the photodegradation.
Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have remarkable properties. However, their thermal stability characteristics, which
may represent potential hazards during the production or utilization stage, concern unsafe or unknown properties researches.
Our aim was to analyze the thermokinetic parameters of different heating rates by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
and thermogravimetric analyzer (TG), and then to compare thermal decomposition energy parameters under various conditions
by well-known kinetic equations. MWCNTs were acidified via nitric acid (HNO3) in various concentrations from 3 to 15 N and were characterized by means of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometry.
For original and modified MWCNTs, we further identified the thermal degradation characteristics of the functional group by
TG-FTIR. Finally, we established an effective and prompt procedure for receiving information on thermal decomposition characteristics
and reaction hazard of MWCNTs that could be applied as an inherently safer design during normal or upset operation.
A series of Ag-doped Ag–V/TiO2 catalysts with low vanadium loadings were prepared by one-step sol–gel methods and the effects of the Ag doping on the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3 were investigated. The catalytic activity of the catalysts increased about 20% by the addition of 1–3 wt% of Ag. The catalysts were characterized by XRD and H2-TPR. The results indicated that the V and Ag were well dispersed on the TiO2 support and the Ag doping inhibited the growth of TiO2 anatase crystallite and improved the oxidation ability of adsorption sites. The reduction temperature of vanadium oxide decreased and the activity for NH3-SCR enhanced. The doped Ag also had NH3-SCR activity, but it was very low. The durability of the catalysts was acceptable and the resistance to H2O was not very good. The effects of the calcination temperature and GHSV were also investigated; it was found that the optimal calcination temperature was 450 °C and the GHSV should not be higher than 48,000 h−1.
Power-time curves and metabolic properties of Tetrahymena thermophila BF5 exposed to different Yb3+ levels were studied by ampoule method of isothermal calorimetry at 28°C. Metabolic rate (r) decreased significantly while peak time (PT) increased with the increase of Yb3+. These results were mainly due to the inhibition of cell growth, which corresponded to the decrease of cell number obtained
by cell counting. Compared with cell counting, calorimetry was sensible, easy to use and convenient for monitoring the toxic
effects of Yb3+ on cells and freshwater ecosystem. It was also found that cell membrane fluidity decreased significantly under the effects
of Yb3+, which indicated that Yb3+ could be membrane active molecules with its effect on cell membranes as fundamental aspect of
The crystal structure, melting range, decomposition temperature, solubilities in aqueous and organic phase, and distribution
ratio in biphase system of N,N,N′,N′-tetramethyl diglycolamide (TMDGA) have been studied in the present work. Water-soluble TMDGA with very low solubility in
kerosene or 30 % trialkyl phosphine (TRPO)/kerosene meets the primary requirement to act as the stripping agent in TRPO process
which has been developed for actinides partitioning from high level waste. Slope analysis, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
(ESI–MS) and spectrophotometric titration indicate that in weak and moderate acidic aqueous solution, up to three TMDGA molecules
form complexes with Zr4+, trivalent lanthanides (Ln3+), trivalent actinides (An3+) or tetravalent actinides (An4+). Their complex formation constants determined by liquid–liquid extraction method follow the order predicted by the electrostatic
model of 4f and 5f elements and the covalent model of 4d transition elements: Ln3+ ~ An3+ < An4+ ≪ Zr4+. Hydrolysis of actinide cations, especially An4+, in the media of low acidity, reduces the complexation stability. In addition, the effect of aqueous acidity and temperature
has been investigated. No obvious influence of temperature on Np4+ complexes has been found. However, the influence on Am3+ and Pu4+, especially on their 1:1 or 1:2 complex species with TMDGA, is relatively considerable. Strong affinity of TMDGA to An3+ and An4+ implies that TMDGA has potential to strip An3+ and An4+ from TRPO.
Vinylated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS-M) was prepared by the reaction of POSS containing amine groups with
acrylic acid. Azobenzene liquid crystalline copolymer (LCP-POSS) was then synthesized with 6.0 mol% POSS-M and 94.0 mol% acrylate
monomer containing azobenzene liquid crystalline moiety (Azo-M) by free-radical copolymerization. Homopolymer of Azo-M (LCP)
was also synthesized under the same conditions. Their thermal properties and liquid crystallinity were characterized by Thermal
gravimetric analysis (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Wide-angle X-ray diffraction experiments (XRD) and polarized
optical micrographs (POM). The results showed that LCP-POSS has higher thermal stability and glass transition temperature
than pure LCP due to the incorporation of the rigid cage-like POSS. Especially, LCP-POSS exhibits enantiotropic smectic and
nematic liquid crystalline behaviors, its smectic-nematic transition temperature (TSN) and nematic-isotropic transition temperature (TNI) are higher than those of pure LCP, which may promote and extend its applications on stimuli-responsive materials and devices.