Choi, Mi-Ran; Do, Le Thanh; Chung, Yong-Hoon; Yoo, Hoon; Yu, Rina (2015) Antioxidative Activity of Platinum Nanocolloid and Its Protective Effect Against Chemical-Induced Hepatic Cellular Damage, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 15(8):5571-5576.
The major requirements for accelerating the process of anaerobic digestion and energy production are breaking the structure of waste activated sludge (WAS), and transforming it into a soluble form suitable for biodegradation. This work investigated and analysed a novel bench-scale ultrasonic system for WAS disruption and hydrolysis using ultrasonic homogenization. Different commercial sonoreactors were used at low frequencies under a variety of operating conditions (intensity, density, power, sonication time, and total suspended solids) to evaluate the effects of the equipment on sludge hydrolysis and to generate new insights into the empirical models and mechanisms applicable to the real-world processing of wastewater sludge. A relationship was established between the operating parameters and the experimental data. Results indicated an increase in sonication time or ultrasonic intensity correlated with improved sludge hydrolysis rates, sludge temperature, and reduction rate of volatile solids (33.51%). It also emerged that ultrasonication could effectively accelerate WAS hydrolysis to achieve disintegration within 5–10 min, depending on the ultrasonic intensity. This study also determined multiple alternative parameters to increase the efficiency of sludge treatment and organic matter reduction, and establish the practicality of applying ultrasonics to wastewater sludge pretreatment.
Using bacterial cellulose (BC) prepared from Vietnamese nata-de-coco via an alkaline pre-treatment followed by a solvent exchange process, epoxy resin (EP)/BC biocomposites were fabricated using three different dispersion techniques: mechanical stirring only, both mechanical stirring and grinding, and both mechanical stirring and ultrasonication. The surface of BC was modiﬁed with a silane coupling agent to improve the chemical afﬁnity between BC and epoxy resin. The biocomposite materials comprising BC, epoxy resin, and methylhexahydrophthalic anhydride as a curing agent were obtained from hot curing processing. The morphology and mechanical properties such as fracture toughness, enhanced K values, and tensile and ﬂexural properties of the bio-based composites were compared with those of the virgin epoxy resin. The silane coupling agent had a vital role in improving the mechanical characteristics of the bio-based composites. For instance, K IC values, tensile strength, Young’s modulus, and ﬂexural strength of the 0.3 wt% BC/epoxy composites with the presence of 2.0 wt% silane coupling agent were 0.7740 MPa m -1/2 , 53.32 MPa, 1.68 GPa, and 83.05 MPa. These values represent improvements of 36.77, 17, 15.86, and 14.42%, respectively, compared to a neat epoxy resin. Scanning electron microscopy revealed the rough fracture surface of epoxy resin/BC-based biocomposites with a multipathway crack, requiring more energy before breakage.