Caparica, Portugal

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    ABSTRACT: The proper disposal of the several types of wastes produced in industrial activities increases production costs. As a consequence, it is common to develop strategies to reuse these wastes in the same process and in different processes or to transform them for use in other processes. This work combines the needs for new synthesis methods of nanomaterials and the reduction of production cost using wastes from citrine juice (orange, lime, lemon and mandarin) to produce a new added value product, green zero-valent iron nanoparticles that can be used in several applications, including environmental remediation. The results indicate that extracts of the tested fruit wastes (peel, albedo and pulp fractions) can be used to produce zero-valent iron nanoparticles (nZVIs). This shows that these wastes can be an added value product. The resulting nZVIs had sizes ranging from 3 up to 300nm and distinct reactivities (pulp>peel>albedo extracts). All the studied nanoparticles did not present a significant agglomeration/settling tendency when compared to similar nanoparticles, which indicates that they remain in suspension and retain their reactivity.
    Science of The Total Environment 10/2014; 496:233–240. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.07.058
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    ABSTRACT: 1′,2,3,3′,4,4′,6-Hepta-O-benzyl-6′-N-methacryloyl-6′-deoxysucrose 1, 6′-deoxy-6′-N-methacryloyloxyethylureido sucrose 2 and 6,6′-dideoxy-6,6′-N-dimethacryloyloxyethylureido sucrose 3 have been homo-polymerized and copolymerized with styrene by a free radical process, yielding polymer materials with pendant sucrose moieties, attached to the polymer backbone via amide linkages. The results demonstrated that varying the structural features of the monomers, greatly affected the thermal and rheological properties of the polymers. The polymer materials obtained have been characterized by NMR, MALDI-TOF, DSC, AFM and EWC (equilibrium water content). The efficient synthesis of the three novel, regioisomerically pure, N-methacryloylamide sucrose-containing monomers (1, 2 and 3) have been described.
    Carbohydrate Polymers 09/2014; 110:38–46. DOI:10.1016/j.carbpol.2014.03.050
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    ABSTRACT: Vibrational spectroscopy has long been used in bacterial identification with different levels of taxonomic discrimination but its true potential for intra-species differentiation remains poorly explored. Herein, both transmission Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and attenuated total reflectance (ATR)-FTIR spectroscopy are used to analyse E. coli strains that differ solely in their porin expression profile. In this previously unreported approach, the applicability of both FTIR-spectroscopy techniques is compared with the same collection of unique strains. ATR-FTIR spectroscopy proved to reliably distinguish between several E. coli porin mutants with an accuracy not replicated by FTIR in transmission mode (using previously optimized procedures). Further studies should allow the identification of the individual contribution of the single porin channel to the overall bacterial infrared spectrum and of molecular predictive patterns of porin alterations. (© 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim).
    Journal of Biophotonics 06/2014; 7(6). DOI:10.1002/jbio.201200131

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