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[en] We propose a highly compact and low crosstalk arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) with cascaded waveguide grating (CWGF). The side lobes of the silicon nanowire AWG, which are normally introduced by fabrication errors, can be effectively suppressed by the CWGF. And the crosstalk can be improved about 15dB.
[en] Landslides identified from aerial photos and satellite images between 1988 and 2009 in Chenyulan (CYL) and Tsengwen Reservoir (TWR) watersheds in Taiwan were investigated. These watersheds have similar area, but different percentage of landslide area due to their own watershed characteristics and extreme triggers (earthquakes and typhoons). The Chi–Chi earthquake in 1999 increased about 3 % of landslide area in CYL, had obvious influence on rainfall-induced landslides in subsequent 5 years, while the Typhoon Morakot in 2009 increased 2.53 % of landslide area in TWR. The incremental landslide area by rainfalls, especially brought by typhoons indicates that the rainfall-induced shallow landslide depends not only on the rainfall amount but also on intensity. Two quadratic equations of the percentage of incremental landslide areas in terms of the rainfall erosivity factor that is composed of rainfall amount and intensity were developed. The number and size of landslides caused Typhoon Morakot in CYL and TWR were different, but they followed a similar power-law frequency–area distribution. Extreme triggers play the most important roles in the evolution of landslides in these watersheds.
[en] We investigate the dopant site selectivity of CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) using the first principles calculations. Our results show that, for four cases of possible occupancy by La atom, lattice expansions and formation enthalpies with different dopant quantities indicate that doped La cations are preferentially substituted for Ca sites in CaCu3Ti4O12, which is excellent in agreement with the experimental observation (Choi et al. Adv. Mater. 21 (2009) 885). Furthermore, more interesting information of doping is also explored by the analysis of density of states and it is found that La substituting for Cu may advance the electron conduction in CCTO. It supplies a potential solution for limitations of CCTO devices by exploring the effect when La substitutes for Cu sites in the CCTO crystal. (condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties)
[en] Use of nano-scale zero valent iron (nZVI) for the treatment of various environmental pollutants has been proven successful. However, large scale introduction of engineered nanomaterials such as nZVI into the environment has recently attracted serious concerns. There is an urgent need to investigate the environmental fate and impact of nZVI due to the scope of its application. The goal of this study was to evaluate the toxicity and accumulation of bare nZVI by two commonly encountered plant species: cattail (Typha latifolia) and hybrid poplars (Populous deltoids × Populous nigra). Plant seedlings were grown hydroponically in a greenhouse and dosed with different concentrations of nZVI (0–1000 mg/L) for four weeks. The nZVI exhibited strong toxic effect on Typha at higher concentrations (> 200 mg/L) but enhanced plant growth at lower concentrations. nZVI also significantly reduced the transpiration and growth of hybrid poplars at higher concentrations. Microscopic images indicated that large amount of nZVI coated on plant root surface as irregular aggregates and some nZVI penetrated into several layers of epidermal cells. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) confirmed the internalization of nZVI by poplar root cells but similar internalization was not observed for Typha root cells. The upward transport to shoots was minimal for both plant species. - Highlights: ► nZVI may exert phytotoxic effects on plants at concentrations (> 200 mg/L) often encountered in site remediation practices. ► nZVI deposits on plant root surface as aggregates and some could internalize in plant root cells. ► Plant uptake and accumulation of nZVI are plant species-dependent. ► Upward transport from roots to shoots was not observed
[en] A hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-enhanced iron (Fe0)-mediated aeration (IMA) process has been recently demonstrated to effectively remove organic wastes from mature landfill leachate. In this paper, the kinetics and oxidative mechanisms of the enhanced IMA treatment were studied. Bench-scale full factorial tests were conducted in an orbital shaker reactor for treatment of a mature leachate with an initial chemical oxygen demand (COD) of 900-1200 mg/L. At the maximum aeration rate (8.3 mL air/min mL sample), process variables significantly influencing the rates of H2O2 decay and COD removal were pH (3.0-8.0), initial H2O2 doses (0.21-0.84 M), and Fe0 surface area concentrations (0.06-0.30 m2/L). Empirical kinetic models were developed and verified for the degradation of H2O2 and COD. High DO maintained by a high aeration rate slowed the H2O2 self-decomposition, accelerated Fe0 consumption, and enhanced the COD removal. In hydroxyl radical (OH·) scavenging tests, the rate of removal of glyoxylic acid (target compound) was not inhibited by the addition of para-chlorobenzoic acid (OH· scavenger) at pH 7.0-7.5, ruling out hydroxyl radical as the principal oxidant in neutral-weakly basic solution. These experimental results show that this enhanced IMA technology is a potential alternative for the treatment of high strength recalcitrant organic wastewaters.
[en] This paper aims at providing an overview of electrochemical oxidation processes used for treatment of landfill leachate. The typical characteristics of landfill leachate are briefly reviewed, and the reactor designs used for electro-oxidation of leachate are summarized. Electrochemical oxidation can significantly reduce concentrations of organic contaminants, ammonia, and color in leachate. Pretreatment methods, anode materials, pH, current density, chloride concentration, and other additional electrolytes can considerably influence performance. Although high energy consumption and potential chlorinated organics formation may limit its application, electrochemical oxidation is a promising and powerful technology for treatment of landfill leachate
[en] Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation (253.7 nm) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) was used to decompose aqueous ametryn. The concentrations of ametryn were measured with time under various experiment conditions. The investigated factors included H2O2 dosages, initial pH, initial ametryn concentrations, and a variety of inorganic anions. Results showed that ametryn degradation in UV/H2O2 process was a pseudo-first-order reaction. Removal rates of ametryn were greatly affected by H2O2 dosage and initial concentrations of ametryn, but appeared to be slightly influenced by initial pH. Furthermore, we investigated the effects of four anions (SO42-, Cl-, HCO3-, and CO32-) on ametryn degradation by UV/H2O2. The impact of SO42- seemed to be insignificant; however, Cl-, HCO3-, and CO32- considerably slowed down the degradation rate because they could strongly scavenge hydroxyl radicals (OH·) produced during the UV/H2O2 process. Finally, a preliminary cost analysis revealed that UV/H2O2 process was more cost-effective than the UV alone in removal of ametryn from water.
[en] Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The APAP degradation exhibited a pseudo-first-order kinetics pattern well. • The Fe3O4 was stable without significant leaching of iron to water during reaction. • XPS and EPR results show that Fe2+-Fe3+ cycle was answerable for radical generation. • The removal of APAP is a result of oxidation due to both OH• and SO4−• . - Abstract: Magnetic nano-scaled particles Fe3O4 were studied for the activation of peroxymonosulfate (PMS) to generate active radicals for degradation of acetaminophen (APAP) in water. The Fe3O4 MNPs were found to effectively catalyze PMS for removal of APAP, and the reactions well followed a pseudo-first-order kinetics pattern (R2 > 0.95). Within 120 min, approximately 75% of 10 ppm APAP was accomplished by 0.2 mM PMS in the presence of 0.8 g/L Fe3O4 MNPs with little Fe3+ leaching (<4 μg/L). Higher Fe3O4 MNP dose, lower initial APAP concentration, neutral pH, and higher reaction temperature favored the APAP degradation. The production of sulfate radicals and hydroxyl radicals was validated through two ways: (1) indirectly from the scavenging tests with scavenging agents, tert-butyl alcohol (TBA) and ethanol (EtOH); (2) directly from the electron paramagnetic resonance (ESR) tests with 0.1 M 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrrolidine N-oxide (DMPO). Plausible mechanisms on the radical generation from Fe3O4 MNP activation of PMS are proposed based on the results of radical identification tests and XPS analysis. It appeared that Fe2+-Fe3+ on the catalyst surface was responsible for the radical generation. The results demonstrated that Fe3O4 MNPs activated PMS is a promising technology for water pollution caused by contaminants such as pharmaceuticals
[en] Highlights: • The antipyrine decomposition exhibited a pseudo-first-order kinetics pattern well. • The kobs with irradiance or oxidant dosage presented a linear relationship well. • The kobs exhibit an exponential trend as a function of [AP]0 for three systems. • UV/H2O2 behaved best at pH 2.5–10, while UV/PS behaved best at pH 10.0–11.5. • Cost for chemicals was firstly taken into account in calculation of the EE/O values. -- Abstract: Degradation of antipyrine (AP) in water by three UV-based photolysis processes (i.e., direct UV, UV/H2O2, UV/persulfate (UV/PS)) was studied. For all the oxidation processes, the AP decomposition exhibited a pseudo-first-order kinetics pattern. Generally, UV/H2O2 and UV/PS significantly improved the degradation rate relevant to UV treatment alone. The pseudo-first-order degradation rate constants (kobs) were, to different degrees, affected by initial AP concentration, oxidant dose, pH, UV irradiation intensity, and co-existing chemicals such as humic acid, chloride, bicarbonate, carbonate and nitrate. The three oxidation processes followed the order in terms of treatment costs: UV/PS > UV > UV/H2O2 if the energy and chemical costs are considered. Finally, the AP degradation pathways in the UV/H2O2 and UV/PS processes are proposed. Results demonstrated that UV/H2O2 and UV/PS are potential alternatives to control water pollution caused by emerging contaminants such as AP
[en] The stability of haloacetamides (HAcAms) such as dichloroacetamide (DCAcAm) and trichloroacetamide (TCAcAm) was studied under different experimental conditions. The yield of HAcAms during aspartic acid (Asp) chlorination was measured at different molar ratio of chlorine atom to nitrogen atom (Cl/N), pH and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) mainly consisted of humic acid (HA) mixture. Ascorbic acid showed a better capacity to prevent the decay of DCAcAm and TCAcAm than the other two dechlorinating agents, thiosulfate and sodium sulfite. Lower Cl/N favored the DCAcAm formation, implying that breakpoint chlorination might minimize its generation. The pH decrease could lower the concentration of DCAcAm but favored dichloroacetonitrile (DCAN) formation. DCAcAm yield was sensitive to the DOC due to higher chlorine consumption caused by HA mixture. Two possible pathways of DCAcAm formation during Asp chlorination were proposed. Asp was an important precursor of DCAN, DCAcAm and dichloroacetic acid (DCAA), and thus removal of Asp before disinfection may be a method to prevent the formation of DCAcAm, DCAN and DCAA.