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  • Schaumann, G.E.  (104)
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  • 1
    Language: English
    In: Analytical chemistry, 19 November 2013, Vol.85(22), pp.10643-7
    Description: Studying the environmental fate of engineered or natural colloids requires efficient methods for measuring their size and quantifying them in the environment. For example, an ideal method should maintain its correctness, accuracy, reproducibility, and robustness when applied to samples contained in complex matrixes and distinguish the target particles from the natural colloidal background signals. Since it is expected that a large portion of nanoparticles will form homo- or heteroagglomerates when released into environmental media, it is necessary to differentiate agglomerates from primary particles. At present, most sizing techniques do not fulfill these requirements. In this study, we used online coupling of two promising complementary sizing techniques: hydrodynamic chromatography (HDC) and single-particle ICPMS analysis to analyze gold nanoparticles agglomerated under controlled conditions. We used the single-particle mode of the ICPMS detector to detect single particles eluted from an HDC-column and determine a mass and an effective diameter for each particle using a double calibration approach. The average agglomerate relative density and fractal dimension were calculated using these data and used to follow the morphological evolution of agglomerates over time during the agglomeration process. The results demonstrate the ability of HDC coupled to single-particle analysis to identify and characterize nanoparticle homoagglomerates and is a very promising technique for the analysis of colloids in complex media.
    Keywords: Nanopartikel ; Einzelpartikel ; Chromatographie ; Partikelanalyse ; Eichen (Abgleichen) ; Agglomerieren ; Fraktale Dimension ; Kolloid ; Gold ; Basis (Grundlage) ; Agglomerat ; Flankendurchmesser ; Massenspektrometrie Mit Induktiv Gekoppeltem Plasma ; Engineering ; Chemistry;
    ISSN: 00032700
    E-ISSN: 1520-6882
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: PLoS ONE, 01 January 2014, Vol.9(2), p.e90559
    Description: In this study, we evaluated hydrodynamic chromatography (HDC) coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for the analysis of nanoparticles in environmental samples. Using two commercially available columns (Polymer Labs-PDSA type 1 and 2), a set of well characterised calibrants and a new external time marking method, we showed that flow rate and eluent composition have few influence on the size resolution and, therefore, can be adapted to the sample particularity. Monitoring the agglomeration of polystyrene nanoparticles over time succeeded without observable disagglomeration suggesting that even weak agglomerates can be measured using HDC. Simultaneous determination of gold colloid concentration and size using ICP-MS detection was validated for elemental concentrations in the ppb range. HDC-ICP-MS was successfully applied to samples containing a high organic and ionic background. Indeed, online combination of UV-visible, fluorescence and ICP-MS detectors allowed distinguishing between organic molecules and inorganic colloids during the analysis of Ag nanoparticles in synthetic surface waters and TiO₂ and ZnO nanoparticles in commercial sunscreens. Taken together, our results demonstrate that HDC-ICP-MS is a flexible, sensitive and reliable method to measure the size and the concentration of inorganic colloids in complex media and suggest that there may be a promising future for the application of HDC in environmental science. Nonetheless the rigorous measurements of agglomerates and of matrices containing natural colloids still need to be studied in detail.
    Keywords: Sciences (General)
    E-ISSN: 1932-6203
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  • 3
    Language: English
    In: Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids, 09 October 2018, Vol.34(40), pp.12174-12182
    Description: Adsorption is the main mechanism of capturing water in soil organic matter (SOM) under arid conditions. This process is governed by hydrophilic sites, which are gradually bridged via water molecule bridges (WaMB). Until now, the link between WaMB and other types of water molecules occurring in SOM during sorption has not been systematically investigated. In this work, we compared the formation and stability of WaMB simultaneously with the total water content, strength of water binding, and kinetics of water sorption in a vacuum-dried model SOM (sapric histosol) exposed to different relative water pressures. The same parameters were then determined in SOM exposed to reduced relative pressures. The adsorption resulted in an adsorption isotherm with a Langmuir-like part below a relative pressure of 0.5 and a Brunauer-Emmett-Teller-like isotherm at higher relative pressures. The WaMB formation was observed at a relative pressure of 0.32, which represented the pressure at which Langmuir-like part reached a plateau. The binding energy showed a linear decrease with an increasing pressure; the slope increased at a relative pressure of 0.46. Reduction of relative pressures above 0.46 showed that the water content remained constant, but the binding energy was lowered. In contrast, below a relative pressure of 0.46, the water content decreased, but the binding energy was not changed. The results indicate that in SOM exposed to different relative pressures, water exists in three types: first, it is strongly bound to primary sorption sites (Langmuir-like), second, it occurs in the form of WaMB water, which bridges functional groups and where predominates water-water interactions, and third, it occurs in the form of phase water, which is located in larger pores similar to the pure water phase. The latter either surrounds the WaMB and destabilizes it or, for higher water content, links individual WaMB and successively reduces their stabilizing effect. Formation of phase water leads to swelling processes including plasticizing effects and potential volume changes of SOM. Accordingly, the results suggest that at lower water relative pressures WaMB stabilizes the SOM structure, whereas at higher water relative pressures, it influences the formation of phase water and thereby the total water content in SOM.
    ISSN: 07437463
    E-ISSN: 1520-5827
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  • 4
    Language: English
    In: Analytical chemistry, 07 August 2018, Vol.90(15), pp.8793-8799
    Description: The use of plastic materials in daily life, industry, and agriculture can cause soil pollution with plastic fragments down to the micrometer scale, i.e., microplastics. Quantitative assessment of microplastics in soil has been limited so far. Until now, microplastic analyses in soil require laborious sample cleanup and are mostly restricted to qualitative assessments. In this study, we applied thermogravimetry-mass spectrometry (TGA-MS) to develop a method for the direct quantitative analysis of poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) without further sample pretreatment. For this, soil samples containing 1.61 ± 0.15 wt % organic matter were spiked with 0.23-4.59 wt % PET bottle recyclate microplastics. dl-Cysteine was used as the internal standard (IS). Sample mixtures were pyrolyzed with a 5 K min ramp (40-1000 °C), while sample mass loss and MS signal intensity of typical PET pyrolysis products were recorded. We found MS signal intensities linearly responding to microplastic concentrations. The most-promising results were obtained with the IS-corrected PET pyrolysis product vinylbenzene/benzoic acid ( m/ z = 105, adj. R = 0.987). The limits of detection and quantification were 0.07 and 1.72 wt % PET, respectively. Our results suggest that TGA-MS can be an easy and viable complement to existing methods such as pyrolysis or thermogravimetry-thermal desorption assays followed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry detection or to spectral microscopy techniques.
    Keywords: Microplastics ; Quantitative-Analysis ; Pyrolysis ; Terephthalate ; Soil-Pollution ; Soil-Analysis ; Ground-Samples ; Mass-Reduction ; Cysteine ; Benzoic-Acid ; Agricultural-Industry ; Fragment ; Organic-Medium ; Detection-Limit ; Thermogravimetric-Analysis ; Spectral-Technique ; Mikroplastik ; Quantitative Analyse ; Pyrolyse ; Terephthalat ; Bodenverschmutzung ; Bodenanalyse ; Bodenprobe ; Massenverringerung ; Cystein ; Benzoesäure ; Agrikultur ; Fragment ; Organisches Material ; Nachweisgrenze ; Thermogravimetrie ; Spektralverfahren ; Engineering ; Chemistry;
    ISSN: 00032700
    E-ISSN: 1520-6882
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  • 5
    Language: English
    In: The journal of physical chemistry. A, 30 March 2017, Vol.121(12), pp.2367-2376
    Description: Water molecules in soil organic matter (SOM) can form clusters bridging neighboring molecular segments (water molecule bridges, WaMBs). WaMBs are hypothesized to enhance the physical entrapment of organic chemicals and to control the rigidity of the SOM supramolecular structure. However, the understanding of WaMBs dynamics in SOM is still limited. We investigated the relation between WaMBs stability and the physicochemical properties of their environment by treating a sapric histosol with various solvents and organic chemicals. On the basis of predictions from molecular modeling, we hypothesized that the stability of WaMBs, measured by differential scanning calorimetry, increases with the decreasing ability of a chemical to interact with water molecules of the WaMBs. The interaction ability between WaMBs and the chemicals was characterized by linear solvation energy relationships. The WaMBs stability in solvent-treated samples was found to decrease with increasing ability of a solvent to undergo H-donor/acceptor interactions. Spiking with an organic chemical stabilized (naphthalene) or destabilized (phenol) the WaMBs. The WaMBs stability and matrix rigidity were generally reduced strongly and quickly when hydrophilic chemicals entered the soil. The physicochemical aging following this destabilization is slow but leads to successive WaMBs stabilization and matrix stiffening.
    Keywords: Humus – Research ; Organic Compounds – Chemical Properties ; Polar Molecules – Chemical Properties;
    ISSN: 10895639
    E-ISSN: 1520-5215
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Journal of Colloid And Interface Science, 15 April 2018, Vol.516, pp.446-455
    Description: Soil water repellency originating from organic coatings plays a crucial role for soil hydraulics and plant water uptake. Focussing on hydrophobicity in the rhizosphere induced by root-mucilage, this study aims to explore the link between macroscopic wettability and nano-microscopic surface properties. The existing knowledge of the nanostructures of organic soil compounds and its effect on wettability is limited by the lack of a method capable to assess the natural spatial heterogeneity of physical and chemical properties. In this contribution, this task is tackled by a geostatistical approach via variogram analysis of topography and adhesion force data acquired by atomic force microscopy and macroscopic sessile drop measurements on dried films of mucilage. The results are discussed following the wetting models given by Wenzel and Cassie-Baxter. Undiluted mucilage formed homogeneous films on the substrate with contact angles 〉90°. For diluted samples contact angles were smaller and incomplete mucilage surface coverage with hole-like structures frequently exhibited increased adhesion forces. Break-free distances of force curves indicated enhanced capillary forces due to adsorbed water films at atmospheric RH (35 ± 2%) that promote wettability. Variogram analysis enabled a description of complex surface structures exceeding the capability of comparative visual inspection.
    Keywords: Soil Water Repellency ; Root-Mucilage ; Contact Angle ; Atomic Force Microscopy ; Adhesion ; Nanomechanical Mapping ; Variogram ; Engineering ; Chemistry
    ISSN: 0021-9797
    E-ISSN: 1095-7103
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  • 7
    Language: English
    In: Science of the Total Environment, 01 December 2015, Vol.535, pp.35-44
    Description: Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) could be found in aquatic systems in the near future. Although the interplay between aggregate formation and disaggregation is an important factor for mobility, bioavailability and toxicity of Ag NPs in surface waters, the factors controlling disaggregation of Ag NP homoaggregates are still unknown. In this study, we investigated the reversibility of homoaggregation of citrate coated Ag NPs in a Rhine River water matrix. We characterized the disaggregation of Ag NP homoaggregates by ionic strength reduction and addition of Suwannee River humic acid (SRHA) in the presence of strong and weak shear forces. In order to understand the disaggregation processes, we also studied the nature of homoaggregates and their formation dynamics under the influence of SRHA, Ca concentration and nanoparticle concentration. Even in the presence of SRHA and at low particle concentrations (10 μg L ), aggregates formed rapidly in filtered Rhine water. The critical coagulation concentration (CCC) of Ca in reconstituted Rhine water was 1.5 mmol L and was shifted towards higher values in the presence of SRHA. Analysis of the attachment efficiency as a function of Ca concentration showed that SRHA induces electrosteric stabilization at low Ca concentrations and cation-bridging flocculation at high Ca concentrations. Shear forces in the form of mechanical shaking or ultrasound were necessary for breaking the aggregates. Without ultrasound, SRHA also induced disaggregation, but it required several days to reach a stable size of dense aggregates still larger than the primary particles. Citrate stabilized Ag NPs may be in the form of reaction limited aggregates in aquatic systems similar to the Rhine River. The size and the structure of these aggregates will be dynamic and be determined by the solution conditions. Seasonal variations in the chemical composition of natural waters can result in a sedimentation-release cycle of engineered nanoparticles.
    Keywords: Coagulation Kinetics ; Aggregation ; Disaggregation ; Dls ; Natural Organic Matter ; Icp-MS ; Environmental Sciences ; Biology ; Public Health
    ISSN: 0048-9697
    E-ISSN: 1879-1026
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Science of the Total Environment, 01 December 2015, Vol.535, pp.3-19
    Description: Engineered inorganic nanoparticles (EINP) from consumers' products and industrial applications, especially silver and titanium dioxide nanoparticles (NP), are emitted into the aquatic and terrestrial environments in increasing amounts. However, the current knowledge on their environmental fate and biological effects is diverse and renders reliable predictions complicated. This review critically evaluates existing knowledge on colloidal aging mechanisms, biological functioning and transport of Ag NP and TiO NP in water and soil and it discusses challenges for concepts, experimental approaches and analytical methods in order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the processes linking NP fate and effects. Ag NP undergo dissolution and oxidation with Ag S as a thermodynamically determined endpoint. Nonetheless, Ag NP also undergo colloidal transformations in the nanoparticulate state and may act as carriers for other substances. Ag NP and TiO NP can have adverse biological effects on organisms. Whereas Ag NP reveal higher colloidal stability and mobility, the efficiency of NOM as a stabilizing agent is greater towards TiO NP than towards Ag NP, and multivalent cations can dominate the colloidal behavior over NOM. Many of the past analytical obstacles have been overcome just recently. Single particle ICP-MS based methods in combination with field flow fractionation techniques and hydrodynamic chromatography have the potential to fill the gaps currently hampering a comprehensive understanding of fate and effects also at a low field relevant concentrations. These analytical developments will allow for mechanistically orientated research and transfer to a larger set of EINP. This includes separating processes driven by NP specific properties and bulk chemical properties, categorization of effect-triggering pathways directing the EINP effects towards specific recipients, and identification of dominant environmental parameters triggering fate and effect of EINP in specific ecosystems (e.g. soil, lake, or riverine systems).
    Keywords: Transport ; Aggregation ; Analytics ; Environment ; Aging ; Ecotoxicology ; Environmental Sciences ; Biology ; Public Health
    ISSN: 0048-9697
    E-ISSN: 1879-1026
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, 26 February 2014, Vol.62(8), pp.1912-8
    Description: Poultry manure (PM) chars were obtained at different temperatures and charring times. Chemical-physical characterization of the different PM chars was conducted by cross-polarization magic angle spinning (CPMAS) (13)C NMR spectroscopy and thermal analysis. CPMAS (13)C NMR spectra showed that the chemical composition of PM char is dependent on production temperature rather than on production duration. Aromatic and alkyl domains in the PM chars obtained at the lowest temperatures remained unchanged at all heating times applied for their production. The PM char obtained at the highest temperature consisted only of aromatic structures having chemical nature that also appeared invariant with heating time. Thermogravimetry revealed differences in the thermo-oxidative stability of the aromatic domains in the different PM chars. The PM char produced at the highest temperature appeared less stable than those produced at the lowest temperatures. This difference was explained by a protective effect of the alkyl groups, which are still present in chars formed at lower temperature. The analysis of the chemical and physicochemical character of poultry manure chars produced at different temperatures can increase understanding of the role of these materials in the properties and behavior of char-amended soils.
    Keywords: Charcoal -- Chemistry ; Manure -- Analysis
    ISSN: 00218561
    E-ISSN: 1520-5118
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  • 10
    Language: English
    In: PLoS ONE, 2011, Vol.6(5), p.e20112
    Description: The production and use of nanoparticles (NP) has steadily increased within the last decade; however, knowledge about risks of NP to human health and ecosystems is still scarce. Common knowledge concerning NP effects on freshwater organisms is largely limited to standard short-term (≤48 h) toxicity tests, which lack both NP fate characterization and an understanding of the mechanisms underlying toxicity. Employing slightly longer exposure times (72 to 96 h), we found that suspensions of nanosized (∼100 nm initial mean diameter) titanium dioxide (nTiO 2 ) led to toxicity in Daphnia magna at nominal concentrations of 3.8 (72-h EC 50 ) and 0.73 mg/L (96-h EC 50 ). However, nTiO 2 disappeared quickly from the ISO-medium water phase, resulting in toxicity levels as low as 0.24 mg/L (96-h EC 50 ) based on measured concentrations. Moreover, we showed that nTiO 2 (∼100 nm) is significantly more toxic than non-nanosized TiO 2 (∼200 nm) prepared from the same stock suspension. Most importantly, we hypothesized a mechanistic chain of events for nTiO 2 toxicity in D. magna that involves the coating of the organism surface with nTiO 2 combined with a molting disruption. Neonate D. magna (≤6 h) exposed to 2 mg/L nTiO 2 exhibited a “biological surface coating” that disappeared within 36 h, during which the first molting was successfully managed by 100% of the exposed organisms. Continued exposure up to 96 h led to a renewed formation of the surface coating and significantly reduced the molting rate to 10%, resulting in 90% mortality. Because coating of aquatic organisms by manmade NP might be ubiquitous in nature, this form of physical NP toxicity might result in widespread negative impacts on environmental health.
    Keywords: Research Article ; Biology ; Chemistry ; Earth Sciences ; Materials Science ; Medicine ; Chemistry ; Public Health And Epidemiology ; Marine And Aquatic Sciences ; Ecology ; Critical Care And Emergency Medicine ; Science Policy ; Biochemistry ; Non-clinical Medicine
    E-ISSN: 1932-6203
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