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Emission reduction potential in a light-duty diesel engine fueled by JP-8

Authors: Lee, J; Lee, J; Chu, S; Choi, H; Min, K (2015) HERO ID: 3017974

[Less] In this research, the effects of EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) and multiple injection strategy with . . . [More] In this research, the effects of EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) and multiple injection strategy with two pilots on the emissions and combustion characteristics of JP-8 fueled light-duty diesel engine were systemically investigated. Also, the potential of reducing NOx (nitrogen oxides) and PM (particulate matter) emissions with JP-8 in a light-duty diesel engine was evaluated. To understand the combustion phenomenon of JP-8, two different injection modes (single injection and multiple injection with two pilots) were applied. Under the single injection mode, the difference in the ignition delay between using JP-8 and diesel fuel became clear. Differently, under multiple injections with two pilots, the ignition delays of both cases were nearly the same due to the higher in the cylinder temperature cause by the combustion of the pilot injections. Finally, under multiple injection mode, more EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) could be applied to JP-8 combustion than in conventional diesel combustion while maintaining the same mass fraction burned 50% (MFB 50) to attain the same fuel conversion efficiency. As a result, NOx and PM emissions could be reduced by half when using JP-8 without decreasing the fuel conversion efficiency. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Effect of Cetane Improver on Combustion and Emission Characteristics of Coal-Derived Sasol Isomerized Paraffinic Kerosene in a Single Cylinder Diesel Engine

Authors: Zheng, Z; Joshi, U; Henein, N; Sattler, E (2015) HERO ID: 2953943

[Less] Sasol isomerized paraffinic kerosene (IPK) is a coal-derived synthetic fuel under consideration as a . . . [More] Sasol isomerized paraffinic kerosene (IPK) is a coal-derived synthetic fuel under consideration as a blending stock with JP-8 for use in military ground vehicles. Since Sasol IPK is a low ignition quality fuel with derived cetane number (DCN) of 31, there is a need to improve its ignition quality. This paper investigates the effect of adding different amounts of Lubrizol 8090 cetane improver to Sasol IPK on increasing its DCN. The experimental investigation was conducted in a single cylinder research type diesel engine. The engine is equipped with a common rail injection system and an open engine control unit. Experiments covered different injection pressures and intake air temperatures. Analysis of test results was made to determine the effect of cetane improver percentage in the coal-derived Sasol IPK blend on auto-ignition, combustion and emissions of carbon monoxide (CO), total unburned hydrocarbon (HC), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and particulate matter (PM). In addition, the effect of cetane improver on the apparent activation energy of the global auto-ignition reactions was determined.

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Aerobic oxidation of p-cresols to 4-hydroxy benzaldehydes catalyzed by cobaltous chloride/NHPI/salen-Cu(II) catalytic system

Authors: Ma, W; Zhang, Y; Li, X; Zhao, J (2015) HERO ID: 3044703

[Less] Oxidation of 2-methoxy-p-cresol, p-cresol, 2-bromo-p-cresol to their corresponding 4-hydroxybenzaldehydes . . . [More] Oxidation of 2-methoxy-p-cresol, p-cresol, 2-bromo-p-cresol to their corresponding 4-hydroxybenzaldehydes with atmospheric molecular oxygen as oxidant and a combination of cobaltous chloride and N-hydroxyphthalimide (NHPI) as catalyst in methanol has been investigated for the first time. The results indicated that the reaction progress was related to the substituents in the structures of the substrates: the electron-donating group methoxy favors the aerobic reaction but the electron-withdrawing group Br is detrimental to the reaction. The introduction of salen-Cu(II) complexes as the third component into the cobaltous chloride/NHPI catalytic system can considerably improve the aerobic oxidation of p-cresol and 2-brom-p-cresol to the corresponding 4-hydroxybenzaldes.

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Ignition delay times of conventional and alternative fuels behind reflected shock waves

Authors: Zhu, Y; Li, S; Davidson, DF; Hanson, RK (2015) HERO ID: 2896779

[Less] The auto-ignition characteristics of two distillate jet fuels and fifteen alternative fuels (including . . . [More] The auto-ignition characteristics of two distillate jet fuels and fifteen alternative fuels (including fuel blends) were investigated using shock-tube/laser-absorption methods. Ignition delay times were measured behind reflected shock waves over a range of temperatures, 1047-1520 K, and equivalence ratios, 0.25-2.2, in two pressure and mixture regimes: for fuel/air mixtures at 2.07-8.27 atm, and for fuel/4% oxygen(O-2)/ argon(Ar) mixtures at 15.9-44.0 atm. In both pressure ranges, the ignition delay times of the alternative fuels and the blends with conventional fuels were found to be similar to those of conventional fuels but with some small systematic differences manifesting the different fuel types. In particular, for alternative aviation fuels, alcohol-to-jet fuels were found to be generally less reactive than Fischer-Tropsch paraffinic kerosenes or hydro-processed renewable jet fuels. Comparisons were also made of the ignition delay time data with detailed kinetic modeling for selected fuels. These comparisons show that existing multi-component surrogate/mechanism combinations can successfully predict the behavior of these fuels over the conditions studied. For those fuels lacking kinetic models, the current ignition delay time measurements provide useful target data for development and validation of relevant surrogate mixtures and reaction mechanisms. (C) 2014 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Synthesis and mechanical characterization of mechanically strong, polyurea-crosslinked, ordered mesoporous silica aerogels

Authors: Churu, G; Zupancic, B; Mohite, D; Wisner, C; Luo, H; Emri, I; Sotiriou-Leventis, C; Leventis, N; Lu, H (2015) HERO ID: 2897771

[Less] Mechanically strong polymer-crosslinked templated silica aerogel (CTSA) monoliths with ordered tubular . . . [More] Mechanically strong polymer-crosslinked templated silica aerogel (CTSA) monoliths with ordered tubular mesopores were synthesized through an acid-catalyzed, surfactant-templated sol-gel process followed by covalent crosslinking of the elementary building blocks with polyurea. Specifically, a structure-directing reagent (triblock copolymer, Pluronic P123) was used in combination with variable amounts of a micelle-swelling reagent (1,3,5-trimethylbenzene) to regulate the size, shape, morphology of the elementary building blocks, as well as the pore size distribution of acid-catalyzed silica. The structure was subsequently treated with variable concentrations of a diisocyanate that reacts with surface -OH groups as well as residual gelation water adsorbed on the surface of silica. The developing polymer (polyurea) adheres to the walls of the mesoporous tubes and leaves macropores open. Rather than using a typical supercritical fluid (typically from CO2) drying protocol, the polymer-crosslinked materials of this study are strong enough to withstand stresses imposed by evaporating solvents and were dried from pentane under ambient pressure. The morphostructural properties of CTSAs were characterized before and after compression testing using a battery of methods including SEM, TEM and small-angle X-ray scattering. Mechanical properties were investigated using quasi-static compression tests, tensile, high-strain-rate dynamic tests as well as shear creep measurements. In addition, dynamic mechanical analysis as well as heat transfer tests was conducted. The Young's modulus was found to be about 800 MPa while the specific energy absorption was as high as 123 J/g, making this material a prime candidate for ballistic protection.

Mechanically strong polymer-crosslinked templated silica aerogel (CTSA) monoliths with ordered tubular mesopores were synthesized through an acid-catalyzed, surfactant-templated sol-gel process followed by covalent crosslinking of the elementary building blocks with polyurea, leaving macropores open. Using pentane under ambient pressure drying protocol, the CTSAs are strong enough to withstand stresses imposed by evaporating solvents. The mechanical and morphostructural properties of CTSAs were characterized using SEM, TEM and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The Young's modulus was found to be about 800 MPa while the specific energy absorption was as high as 123 J/g, making this material a prime candidate for energy absorption under impact.TEM/SEM images and SAXS of X-MP4-T045-11/94 templated aerogel. (a) TEM images before compression; (b) TEM images after 85 % compressive strain; (c) SAXS data at different strain. (d) SEM images before compression; (e) SEM images after 23 % strain; (f) SEM images after 83 % strain. Insets of (e) and (f) are the compressive stress-strain curves.

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Mesoporous calcium-silicon xerogels with mesopore size and pore volume influence hMSC behaviors by load and sustained release of rhBMP-2

Authors: Song, W; Li, X; Qian, Jun; Lv, G; Yan, Y; Su, J; Wei, Jie (2015) International Journal of Nanomedicine 10:1715-1726. HERO ID: 2898472

[Less] Mesoporous calcium-silicon xerogels with a pore size of 15 nm (MCS-15) and pore volume of 1.43 cm(3)/g . . . [More] Mesoporous calcium-silicon xerogels with a pore size of 15 nm (MCS-15) and pore volume of 1.43 cm(3)/g were synthesized by using 1,3,5-mesitylene (TMB) as the pore-expanding agent. The MCS-15 exhibited good degradability with the weight loss of 50 wt% after soaking in Tris-HCl solution for 56 days, which was higher than the 30 wt% loss shown by mesoporous calcium-silicon xerogels with a pore size of 4 nm (MCS-4). The pore size and pore volume of MCS-15 had significant influences on load and release of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2). The MCS-15 had a higher capacity to encapsulate a large amount of rhBMP-2; it could adsorb 45 mg/g of rhBMP-2 in phosphate-buffered saline after 24 hours, which was more than twice that with MCS-4 (20 mg/g). Moreover, the MCS-15 system exhibited sustained release of rhBMP-2 as compared with MCS-4 system (showing a burst release). The MCS-15/rhBMP-2 system could promote the proliferation and differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells, showing good cytocompatibility and bioactivity. The results indicated that MCS-15, with larger mesopore size and higher pore volume, might be a promising carrier for loading and sustained release of rhBMP-2, which could be used as bone repair material with built-in osteoinduction function in bone reconstruction.

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Complex chemical composition of colored surface films formed from reactions of propanal in sulfuric acid at upper troposphere/lower stratosphere aerosol acidities

Authors: Van Wyngarden, AL; Perez-Montano, S; Bui, JVH; Li, ESW; Nelson, TE; Ha, KT; Leong, L; Iraci, LT (2015) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 15:4225-4239. HERO ID: 2902441

[Less] Particles in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UT/LS) consist mostly of concentrated sulfuric . . . [More] Particles in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UT/LS) consist mostly of concentrated sulfuric acid (40-80 wt %) in water. However, airborne measurements have shown that these particles also contain a significant fraction of organic compounds of unknown chemical composition. Acid-catalyzed reactions of carbonyl species are believed to be responsible for significant transfer of gas phase organic species into tropospheric aerosols and are potentially more important at the high acidities characteristic of UT/LS particles. In this study, experiments combining sulfuric acid (H2SO4) with propanal and with mixtures of propanal with glyoxal and/or methylglyoxal at acidities typical of UT/LS aerosols produced highly colored surface films (and solutions) that may have implications for aerosol properties. In order to identify the chemical processes responsible for the formation of the surface films, attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) and H-1 nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies were used to analyze the chemical composition of the films. Films formed from propanal were a complex mixture of aldol condensation products, acetals and propanal itself. The major aldol condensation products were the dimer (2-methyl-2-pentenal) and 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene that was formed by cyclization of the linear aldol condensation trimer. Additionally, the strong visible absorption of the films indicates that higher-order aldol condensation products must also be present as minor species. The major acetal species were 2,4,6-triethyl-1,3,5-trioxane and longer-chain linear polyacetals which are likely to separate from the aqueous phase. Films formed on mixtures of propanal with glyoxal and/or methylglyoxal also showed evidence of products of cross-reactions. Since cross-reactions would be more likely than self-reactions under atmospheric conditions, similar reactions of aldehydes like propanal with common aerosol organic species like glyoxal and methylglyoxal have the potential to produce significant organic aerosol mass and therefore could potentially impact chemical, optical and/or cloud-forming properties of aerosols, especially if the products partition to the aerosol surface.

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Catalytic Upgrading of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural to Drop-in Biofuels by Solid Base and Bifunctional Metal-Acid Catalysts

Authors: Bohre, A; Saha, B; Abu-Omar, MM (2015) ChemSusChem 8:4022-4029. HERO ID: 3044606

[Less] Design and synthesis of effective heterogeneous catalysts for the conversion of biomass intermediates . . . [More] Design and synthesis of effective heterogeneous catalysts for the conversion of biomass intermediates into long chain hydrocarbon precursors and their subsequent deoxygenation to hydrocarbons is a viable strategy for upgrading lignocellulose into distillate range drop-in biofuels. Herein, we report a two-step process for upgrading 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to C9 and C11 fuels with high yield and selectivity. The first step involves aldol condensation of HMF and acetone with a water tolerant solid base catalyst, zirconium carbonate (Zr(CO3 )x ), which gave 92 % C9 -aldol product with high selectivity at nearly 100 % HMF conversion. The as-synthesised Zr(CO3 )x was analysed by several analytical methods for elucidating its structural properties. Recyclability studies of Zr(CO3 )x revealed a negligible loss of its activity after five consecutive cycles over 120 h of operation. Isolated aldol product from the first step was hydrodeoxygenated with a bifunctional Pd/Zeolite-β catalyst in ethanol, which showed quantitative conversion of the aldol product to n-nonane and 1-ethoxynonane with 40 and 56 % selectivity, respectively. 1-Ethoxynonane, a low oxygenate diesel range fuel, which we report for the first time in this paper, is believed to form through etherification of the hydroxymethyl group of the aldol product with ethanol followed by opening of the furan ring and hydrodeoxygenation of the ether intermediate.

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Comprehensive Analysis of Structure Activity Relationships of α-Ketoheterocycles as sn-1-Diacylglycerol Lipase α Inhibitors

Authors: Janssen, FJ; Baggelaar, MP; Hummel, JJ; Overkleeft, HS; Cravatt, BF; Boger, DL; van der Stelt, M (2015) HERO ID: 3044598

[Less] Diacylglycerol lipase α (DAGLα) is responsible for the formation of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol . . . [More] Diacylglycerol lipase α (DAGLα) is responsible for the formation of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) in the central nervous system. DAGLα inhibitors are required to study the physiological role of 2-AG. Previously, we identified the α-ketoheterocycles as potent and highly selective DAGLα inhibitors. Here, we present the first comprehensive structure-activity relationship study of α-ketoheterocycles as DAGLα inhibitors. Our findings indicate that the active site of DAGLα is remarkably sensitive to the type of heterocyclic scaffold with oxazolo-4N-pyridines as the most active framework. We uncovered a fundamental substituent effect in which electron-withdrawing meta-oxazole substituents increased inhibitor potency. (C6-C9)-acyl chains with a distal phenyl group proved to be the most potent inhibitors. The integrated SAR data was consistent with the proposed binding pose in a DAGLα homology model. Altogether our results may guide the design of future DAGLα inhibitors as leads for molecular therapies to treat neuroinflammation, obesity and related metabolic disorders.

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Homeobox C9 suppresses Beclin1-mediated autophagy in glioblastoma by directly inhibiting the transcription of death-associated protein kinase 1

Authors: Xuan, F; Huang, M; Liu, W; Ding, H; Yang, L; Cui, H (2015) HERO ID: 3044599

[Less] BACKGROUND: The transcription factor homeobox C9 (HOXC9) plays a crucial role in developmental . . . [More] BACKGROUND: The transcription factor homeobox C9 (HOXC9) plays a crucial role in developmental regulatory systems, where it determines the specific positional identities of cells along the anteroposterior axis. The expression of HOXC9 has been found to be dysregulated in some cancers such as lung cancer, breast cancer, and neuroblastoma. Here, we report for the first time that HOXC9 is a novel autophagy regulator and reveal its oncogenic role in cell survival and its usefulness as a prognostic marker in glioblastoma patients.

METHODS: Kaplan-Meier analysis was performed to evaluate the possible prognostic value of HOXC9 in glioblastoma. Growth curve assays, subcutaneous, and orthotopic implantations were used to analyze cell viability and tumor formation, respectively. Luciferase and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays were employed to explore the mechanisms involved in the association between HOXC9 and its downstream effector, death-associated protein kinase 1 (DAPK1).

RESULTS: High expression of HOXC9 was found to be an indicator of a poor prognosis in glioblastoma. HOXC9 knockdown resulted in a significant reduction of cell viability, migration, invasion, and tumorigenicity and a marked increase in autophagy. During the autophagy process, HOXC9 inhibited DAPK1 transcription by directly binding to its promoter. The downregulation of HOXC9 releases its transcriptional inhibition of DAPK1, resulting in the activation of the DAPK1-Beclin1 pathway, which induces autophagy in glioblastoma cells.

CONCLUSIONS: Collectively, our data indicate that HOXC9 is an oncogene in glioblastoma. We have revealed its role in the control of autophagy, and we suggest that HOXC9 is a novel and promising therapeutic target.