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Trimethylbenzenes (Interagency Science Discussion Draft)

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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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Kinetics of Upgrading of Anisole with Hydrogen Catalyzed by Platinum Supported on Alumina

Authors: Saidi, M; Rostami, P; Rahimpour, HR; Fallah, M; Rahimpour, MR; Gates, BC; Raeissi, S (2015) Energy and Fuels 29:4990-4997. HERO ID: 3044632

[Less] Kinetics of the reactions of anisole, a model compound representative of lignin-derived bio-oils, with . . . [More] Kinetics of the reactions of anisole, a model compound representative of lignin-derived bio-oils, with H-2 catalyzed by Pt/Al2O3, were investigated with a fixed-bed tubular microflow reactor at 573-673 K, 8-14 bar, and space velocities in the range of 3-240 (g of anisole)/(g of catalyst x h). Selectivity conversion data were used as a basis to propose an approximate reaction network and estimate parameters in approximate rate equations. The reactions include the following: anisole conversion to phenol by hydrogenolysis, to 2-methylphenol by transalkylation, to 2,4-dimethylphenol, 2,4,6-trimethylphenol, and 2,3,5,6-tetramethylphenol by transalkylation and alkylation, to benzene by hydrodeoxygenation (HDO), and to hexamethylbenzene by HDO and alkylation. The primary reactions are satisfactorily represented with the approximation that each is first-order in the organic reactant. The apparent activation energy for the hydrogenolysis reaction that leads to phenol formation is approximately 25.3 kJ/mol, and the alkylation is the reaction class characterized by the highest apparent activation energy.

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Identification of G and P genotype-specific motifs in the predicted VP7 and VP4 amino acid sequences

Author: Ma, Y (2015) HERO ID: 3044656

[Less] Equine rotavirus (ERV) strain L338 (G13P[18]) has a unique G and P genotype. However, the evolutionary . . . [More] Equine rotavirus (ERV) strain L338 (G13P[18]) has a unique G and P genotype. However, the evolutionary relationship of L338 with other ERVs is still unknown. Here whole genome analysis of the L338 ERV strain was independently performed. Its genotype constellations were determined as G13-P[18]-I6-R9-C9-M6-A6-N9-T12-E14-H11, confirming previous genotype assignments. The L338 strain only shared the P[18] and I6 genotypes with other ERVs. The nucleotide sequences of the other 9 RNA segments were different from those of cogent genes of all other group A rotavirus (RVA) strains including ERVs and formed unique phylogenetic lineages. The L338 evolutionary footprints were tentatively identified in both VP7 and VP4 amino acid sequences: two regions were found in VP7 and twelve in VP4. The conserved regions shared between L338 and other group A rotavirus strains (RVAs) indicated that L338 was more closely related genomically to animal and human RVAs other than ERVs, suggesting that L338 may not be an endogenous equine RV but have emerged as an interspecies reassortant with other RVA strains. Furthermore, genotype-specific motifs of all 27 G and 37 P types were identified in regions 7-1a (aa 91-100) of VP7 and regions 8-1 (aa146-151) and 8-3 (aa113-118 and 125-135) of VP4 (VP8*).

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Bulged Invader probes: activated duplexes for mixed-sequence dsDNA recognition with improved thermodynamic and kinetic profiles

Authors: Guenther, DC; Karmakar, S; Hrdlicka, PJ (2015) HERO ID: 3044657

[Less] Double-stranded oligonucleotides with +1 interstrand zipper arrangements of intercalator-functionalized . . . [More] Double-stranded oligonucleotides with +1 interstrand zipper arrangements of intercalator-functionalized nucleotides are energetically activated for recognition of mixed-sequence double-stranded DNA. Incorporation of nonyl (C9) bulges at specific positions of these probes, results in more highly affine (>5-fold), faster (>4-fold) and more persistent dsDNA recognition relative to conventional Invader probes.