Pacifichem 2015: Agrochemistry, Environmental, and Geochemistry

The fields of agricultural chemistry, environmental chemistry, and geochemistry address challenges in areas including alternative energy, green chemistry and sustainability, biomass, remediation, and human health. As a primer to the exciting research that will be presented at Pacifichem, we’ve compiled a collection of articles, from across the ACS portfolio, that highlights the broad scope of issues affecting these fields. The publications describe advances in understanding potential contributors to acute water toxicity in oil sands process-affected water, the effectiveness of ferric chloride to pretreat biomass, the need to carefully analyze lignin fractions and classify them based on desired physical and chemical attributes, the influence of macromolecular structure on the hydrolytic stability of ascorbic acid supported in pectin films, and the discovery that pectin nanostructure can be altered through enzymatic engineering to produce tailored structural and functional properties. We hope you enjoy this collection of articles and it provides inspiration for future research and discovery.

 

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

FeCl3 Pretreatment of Three Lignocellulosic Biomass for Ethanol Production

Liheng Chen, Rong Chen, and Shiyu Fu

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2015 3 (8), 1794-1800

DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b00377

 

Characterization of Fractions Obtained from Two Industrial Softwood Kraft Lignins

Angela P. Dodd, John F. Kadla, and Suzana K. Straus

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2015 3 (1), 103-110

DOI: 10.1021/sc500601b

 

Sustainable Green Hybrids of Polyolefins and Lignin Yield Major Improvements in Mechanical Properties When Prepared via Solid-State Shear Pulverization

Krishnan A. Iyer and John M. Torkelson

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2015 3 (5), 959-968

DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b00099

 

Chemical Research in Toxicology

Chemical and Toxicological Characterization of Halobenzoquinones, an Emerging Class of Disinfection Byproducts

Jinhua Li, Wei Wang, Birget Moe, Hailin Wang, and Xing-Fang Li

Chemical Research in Toxicology 2015 28 (3), 306-318

DOI: 10.1021/tx500494r

 

Phytotoxicity of Brominated Diphenyl Ether-47 (BDE-47) and Its Hydroxylated and Methoxylated Analogues (6-OH-BDE-47 and 6-MeO-BDE-47) to Maize (Zea mays L.)

Xuehui Xu, Honglin Huang, Bei Wen, Sen Wang, and Shuzhen Zhang

Chemical Research in Toxicology 2015 28 (3), 510-517

DOI: 10.1021/tx500484m

 

Multispecies QSAR Modeling for Predicting the Aquatic Toxicity of Diverse Organic Chemicals for Regulatory Toxicology

Kunwar P. Singh, Shikha Gupta, Anuj Kumar, and Dinesh Mohan

Chemical Research in Toxicology 2014 27 (5), 741-753

DOI: 10.1021/tx400371w

 

Environmental Science & Technology

Estimates of Octanol–Water Partitioning for Thousands of Dissolved Organic Species in Oil Sands Process-Affected Water

Kun Zhang, Alberto S. Pereira, and Jonathan W. Martin

Environmental Science & Technology 2015 49 (14), 8907-8913

DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01656

 

Simultaneous Recovery of Benzene-Rich Oil and Metals by Steam Pyrolysis of Metal-Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Composite Waste

Shogo Kumagai, Guido Grause, Tomohito Kameda, and Toshiaki Yoshioka

Environmental Science & Technology 2014 48 (6), 3430-3437

DOI: 10.1021/es405047j

 

Environmental Science & Technology Letters

Methadone Contributes to N-Nitrosodimethylamine Formation in Surface Waters and Wastewaters during Chloramination

David Hanigan, E. Michael Thurman, Imma Ferrer, Yang Zhao, Susan Andrews, Jinwei Zhang, Pierre Herckes, and Paul Westerhoff

Environmental Science & Technology Letters 2015 2 (6), 151-157

DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.5b00096

 

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Enzymatic Modification of a Model Homogalacturonan with the Thermally Tolerant Pectin Methylesterase from Citrus: 1. Nanostructural Characterization, Enzyme Mode of Action, and Effect of pH

Randall G. Cameron, Gary A. Luzio, Prasanna Vasu, Brett J. Savary, and Martin A. K. Williams

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2011 59 (6), 2717-2724

DOI: 10.1021/jf104845j

 

Hydrolytic and Oxidative Stability of l-(+)-Ascorbic Acid Supported in Pectin Films: Influence of the Macromolecular Structure and Calcium Presence

Carolina D. Pérez, Eliana N. Fissore, Lia N. Gerschenson, Randall G. Cameron, and Ana M. Rojas

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2012 60 (21), 5414-5422

DOI: 10.1021/jf205132m

 

Structural Characterization of the Thermally Tolerant Pectin Methylesterase Purified from Citrus sinensis Fruit and Its Gene Sequence

Brett J. Savary, Prasanna Vasu, Randall G. Cameron, T. Gregory McCollum, and Alberto Nuñez

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2013 61 (51), 12711-12719

DOI: 10.1021/jf403914u

 

The Journal of Organic Chemistry

Fast Pyrolysis of 13C-Labeled Cellobioses: Gaining Insights into the Mechanisms of Fast Pyrolysis of Carbohydrates

John C. Degenstein, Priya Murria, Mckay Easton, Huaming Sheng, Matt Hurt, Alex R. Dow, Jinshan Gao, John J. Nash, Rakesh Agrawal, W. Nicholas Delgass, Fabio H. Ribeiro, and Hilkka I. Kenttämaa

The Journal of Organic Chemistry 2015 80 (3), 1909-1914

DOI: 10.1021/jo5025255

 

Hydrothermal Photochemistry as a Mechanistic Tool in Organic Geochemistry: The Chemistry of Dibenzyl Ketone

Ziming Yang, Edward D. Lorance, Christiana Bockisch, Lynda B. Williams, Hilairy E. Hartnett, Everett L. Shock, and Ian R. Gould

The Journal of Organic Chemistry 2014 79 (17), 7861-7871

DOI: 10.1021/jo500899x

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