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  • 1.
    Keshavarzi, Neda
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Mashayekhy Rad, Farshid
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry.
    Mace, Amber
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Ansari, Farhan
    Akhtar, Farid
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Nilsson, Ulrika
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry.
    Berglund, Lars
    Bergström, Lennart
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Nanocellulose-Zeolite Composite Films for Odor EliminationManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Free standing and strong odor-removing composite films of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) with a high content of nanoporous zeolite adsorbents have been produced by colloidal processing. Thermogravimetric desorption analysis (TGA) and infrared spectroscopy combined with computational simulations showed that three commercially available zeolites- silicalite, ZSM5 and zeolite Y, have a high affinity and uptake of important odors like ethanethiol and propanethiol, also in the presence of water. Highly flexible and strong free standing zeolite-CNF films with a thickness up to 115 μm and an adsorbent loading above 80 w/w% were obtained by gelation and vacuum filtration. Zeolite-CNF films displayed high mechanical strength of up to 10 MPa. Headspace solid phase microextraction (SPME) coupled to gas chromatography- mass spectroscopy (GC-MS) analysis showed that the CNF-zeolite films can eliminate volatile thiol-based odors to concentrations below the detection ability of the human olfactory system. The odor-removing performance of the zeolite-cellulose nanofibril films could enable improved transport and storage of fruits and vegetables rich in odors, e.g. onion and the tasty but foul-smelling South-East Asian Durian fruit.

  • 2.
    Keshavarzi, Neda
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Rad, Farshid Mashayekhy
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry.
    Mace, Amber
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Ansari, Farhan
    Akhtar, Farid
    Nilsson, Ulrika
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry.
    Berglund, Lars
    Bergström, Lennart
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
    Nanocellulose-Zeolite Composite Films for Odor Elimination2015In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, ISSN 1944-8244, E-ISSN 1944-8252, Vol. 7, no 26, p. 14254-14262Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Free standing and strong odor-removing composite films of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) with a high content of nanoporous zeolite adsorbents have been colloidally processed. Thermogravimetric desorption analysis (TGA) and infrared spectroscopy combined with computational simulations showed that commercially available silicalite-1 and ZSM-5 have a high affinity and uptake of volatile odors like ethanethiol and propanethiol, also in the presence of water. The simulations showed that propanethiol has a higher affinity, up to 16%, to the two zeolites compared with ethanethiol. Highly flexible and strong free-standing zeolite CNF films with an adsorbent loading of 89 w/w% have been produced by Ca-induced gelation and vacuum filtration. The CNF-network controls the strength of the composite films and 100 mu m thick zeolite CNF films with a CNF content of less than 10 vol % displayed a tensile strength approaching 10 MPa. Headspace solid phase microextraction (SPME) coupled to gas chromatography mass spectroscopy (GC/MS) analysis showed that the CNF zeolite films can eliminate the volatile thiol-based odors to concentrations below the detection ability of the human olfactory system. Odor removing zeolite-cellulose nanofibril films could enable improved transport and storage of fruits and vegetables rich in odors, for example, onion and the tasty but foul-smelling South-East Asian Durian fruit.

  • 3.
    Leck, Caroline
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Gao, Qiuju
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology .
    Mashayekhy Rad, Farshid
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Meteorology . Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry.
    Nilsson, Ulrika
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry.
    Size-resolved atmospheric particulate polysaccharides in the high summer Arctic2013In: Atmospheric Chemistry And Physics, ISSN 1680-7316, E-ISSN 1680-7324, Vol. 13, no 24, p. 12573-12588Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Size-resolved aerosol samples for subsequent quantitative determination of polymer sugars (polysaccharides) after hydrolysis to their subunit monomers (monosaccharides) were collected in surface air over the central Arctic Ocean during the biologically most active summer period. The analysis was carried out by novel use of liquid chromatography coupled with highly selective and sensitive tandem mass spectrometry. Polysaccharides were detected in particle sizes ranging from 0.035 to 10 mu m in diameter with distinct features of heteropolysaccharides, enriched in xylose, glucose + mannose as well as a substantial fraction of deoxysugars. Polysaccharides, containing deoxysugar monomers, showed a bimodal size structure with about 70% of their mass found in the Aitken mode over the pack ice area. Pentose (xylose) and hexose (glucose + mannose) had a weaker bimodal character and were largely found with super-micrometer sizes and in addition with a minor sub-micrometer fraction. The concentration of total hydrolysable neutral sugars (THNS) in the samples collected varied over two orders of magnitude (1 to 160 pmol m(-3)) in the supermicrometer size fraction and to a somewhat lesser extent in sub-micrometer particles (4 to 140 pmol m(-3)). Lowest THNS concentrations were observed in air masses that had spent more than five days over the pack ice. Within the pack ice area, about 53% of the mass of hydrolyzed polysaccharides was detected in sub-micrometer particles. The relative abundance of sub-micrometer hydrolyzed polysaccharides could be related to the length of time that the air mass spent over pack ice, with the highest fraction (> 90 %) observed for > 7 days of advection. The aerosol samples collected onboard ship showed similar monosaccharide composition, compared to particles generated experimentally in situ at the expedition's open lead site. This supports the existence of a primary particle source of polysaccharide containing polymer gels from open leads by bubble bursting at the air-sea interface. We speculate that the occurrence of atmospheric surface-active polymer gels with their hydrophilic and hydrophobic segments, promoting cloud droplet activation, could play a potential role as cloud condensation nuclei in the pristine high Arctic.

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