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Concept: Hydrogen chloride


Both nitrate and pentachlorophenol (PCP) are familiar pollutants in aqueous environment. This research is focused on the simultaneous removal of nitrate and PCP from simulated contaminated groundwater using a laboratory-scale denitrification reactor packed with corncob as both carbon source and biofilm support. The reactor could be started up readily, and the removal efficiencies of nitrate and PCP reached up to approximately 98 % and 40-45 % when their initial concentrations were 50 mg N/L and 5 mg/L, respectively, after 15-day continuous operation at 10 h of hydraulic retention time (HRT) and 25 °C. Approximately 91 % of PCP removal efficiency was achieved, with 2.47 mg/L of chloride ion release at 24 h of HRT. Eighty-two percent of chlorine in PCP removed was ionized. The productions of 3-chlorophenol and phenol and chloride ion release indicate that the reductive dechlorination reaction is a major degradation pathway of PCP under the experimental conditions.

Concepts: Concentration, Chemistry, Water pollution, Sodium chloride, Ion, Chlorine, Chloride, Hydrogen chloride


The pressure-temperature phase diagram of ice displays a perplexing variety of structurally distinct phases. In the century-long history of scientific research on ice, the proton-ordered ice phases numbered XIII through XV were discovered only recently. Despite considerable effort, none of the transitions leading from the low-temperature ordered ices VIII, IX, XI, XIII, XIV and XV to their high-temperature disordered counterparts were experimentally found to display the full Pauling entropy. Here we report calorimetric measurements on suitably high-pressure-treated, hydrogen chloride-doped ice XIV that demonstrate just this at the transition to ice XII. Dielectric spectroscopy on undoped and on variously doped ice XII crystals reveals that addition of hydrogen chloride, the agent triggering complete proton order in ice XIV, enhances the precursor dynamics strongest. These discoveries provide new insights into the puzzling observation that different dopants trigger the formation of different proton-ordered ice phases.

Concepts: Crystal, Hydrogen, Ice, Phase, Chlorine, Triple point, Hydrogen chloride, Hydrochloric acid


This set of experiments examined the question of when a stimulus would be most effective in overshadowing the acquisition of long-delay taste aversion learning. In Experiment 1 rats drank sucrose, the target solution, followed by a hydrochloric acid (HCl) solution before lithium injection some time later; HCl was presented either early or late in the interval. The late condition produced greater overshadowing than the early condition. The importance of the HCl-injection interval was confirmed by Experiment 2, in which the sucrose-injection interval was varied. Experiment 3 found that even placement in a different context - an event that normally produces little overshadowing of a CTA - produced one-trial overshadowing of a sucrose aversion as long as the context was novel and exposure to it occurred immediately before lithium injection. No current theoretical account of one-trial overshadowing predicts that a late event produces more overshadowing than an early event. This result can, however, be accommodated within a modified version of the Rescorla-Wagner model.

Concepts: Hydrogen, Experiment, Theory, Chlorine, Hydrogen chloride, Hydrochloric acid, Leblanc process, Vinyl chloride


Chiral separation is crucial for investigating methamphetamine positive cases. While (S)-(+)-enantiomer of methamphetamine (S-MAMP) is a schedule II controlled substance, ®-(-)-enantiomer (R-MAMP) is an active ingredient of a few over-the-counter drugs in the United States. Among biological specimen types, hair provides greater detection window than blood, urine or oral fluid, and are therefore regarded with particular interest. Herein we describe a novel non-chiral liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method to directly determine methamphetamine enantiomeric composition (percentage) in hair specimens. Hair samples were washed once with acetone, powdered, incubated overnight at 53°C in 0.1M hydrochloric acid (HCl), and subjected to a solid phase extraction (SPE). The extracts were derivatized using Marfey’s reagent at 53°C for 60min. The final mixture was analyzed by LC-MS/MS. Chromatographic separation was achieved using a C18 Kinetex analytical column and 60% (v/v) aqueous methanol as mobile phase (isocratic). Triple quadrupole mass spectrometer was equipped with an electro-spray ionization (ESI) source operating in negative mode and the chromatograms were acquired using a multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) approach. The results were expressed as ratio of R- to S-MAMP and then derived to composition percentages without requiring quantitating each enantiomer. The method was precise and accurate across 0-100% S-composition at a range of 80-18,000pg/mg. The performance of the new method was compared with an (S)-(-)-N-trifluoroacetylprolyl chloride (S-TPC) derivatization and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) method on authentic methamphetamine-positive hair samples. Not only the new Marfey’s reagent approach presented satisfactory correlation with the S-TPC approach, but it also exhibited significantly improved quality (e.g., S/N) of the chromatograms. In summary, our protocol employs cost effective and minimally hazardous Marfey’s reagent to derivatize trace amounts of methamphetamine extracted from hair samples and a non-chiral LC-MS/MS approach to separate and identify the two enantiomers. The method allows determination of the methamphetamine enantiomeric composition without requiring quantitation of each enantiomer and is therefore well suited for further investigate previously determined methamphetamine positive cases. This method represents a viable tool for evaluation of long-term drug exposure.

Concepts: Mass spectrometry, Chromatography, Analytical chemistry, Enantiomer, Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, Quadrupole mass analyzer, Hydrogen chloride, Hydrochloric acid


Numerous technologies have been used to reclaim valuable chemicals from bio-oil. In this study, a combination of the basification-acidification process and column chromatography was employed for the separation of high-purity syringol and acetosyringone from rice straw-derived bio-oil. The optimal conditions for the basification-acidification process and the possible precipitation mechanism of the basification were explored. The results showed the following as the optimal conditions for the basification process: mass ratio of calcium hydroxide (Ca(OH)2 ) to bio-oil, 2.0; reaction temperature, 70°C; and reaction time, 30 min. The results also showed that 1.6 mol of hydrochloric acid (HCl) per gram of bio-oil was optimal for the acidification. The precipitation was found to proceed via a possible mechanism involving the reaction of the phenolic compounds in the bio-oil with Ca(OH)2 to produce a precipitate. After further separation by column chromatography, purities of 91.4 and 96.2% (from gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) were obtained for syringol and acetosyringone, respectively. Their recoveries for the whole process were 73.0 and 39.3%, respectively.

Concepts: Hydrogen, Mass, Chromatography, PH, Calcium carbonate, Chlorine, Hydrogen chloride, Hydrochloric acid


A highly practical copper-catalyzed intermolecular chloroazidation of α,β-unsaturated amides has been described, giving a series of azidochlorides in good-to-excellent yields. The stable azidoiodine(iii) reagent and SOCl2 were used as azide and chlorine sources, respectively. The synthetic applications of this protocol were also explored by a variety of synthetically useful transformations.

Concepts: Functional group, Variety, Subspecies, Hydrogen chloride


A general and direct C3 functionalization of free (N-H) indoles with readily available electrophiles such as acid chlorides, chloroformates, thionyl chloride, and methylsulfonyl chloride via a common N-indolyl triethylborate intermediate is reported. The reaction proceeds smoothly under mild conditions in up to 93% yield. Indoles with substituents at the C2, C4, C5, C6, and C7 positions are well tolerated. The easy accessibility of a variety of important 3-acylindoles, indole-3-carboxylic esters, indole-3-sulfinic acids, and 3-(methylsulfonyl)indoles demonstrates the high degree of compatibility and practicability of this method.

Concepts: Alcohol, Carbonyl, Carboxylic acid, Chlorine, Hydrogen chloride, Acyl chloride, Chlorides, Thionyl chloride


In recent years, there has been a growing interest in using graphene as a synthesis platform for polymers, zero-dimensional (0D) materials, one-dimensional materials (1D), and two-dimensional (2D) materials. Here, we report the investigation of the growth of germanium nanowires (GeNWs) and germanium nanocrawlers (GeNCs) on single-layer graphene surfaces. GeNWs and GeNCs are synthesized on graphene films by gold nanoparticles catalyzed vapor-liquid-solid growth mechanism. The addition of hydrogen chloride gas (HCl) at the nucleation step increased the propensity toward GeNCs growth on the surface. As the time lag before HCl introduction during the nucleation step increased, a significant change in the number of out-of-plane GeNWs versus in-plane GeNCs was observed. The nucleation temperature and time played a key role in the formation of GeNCs as well. The fraction of GeNCs (NCs) decreased from 0.95 ± 0.01 to 0.66 ± 0.07 when the temperature was kept at 305°C for 15 sec versus maintained at 305°C throughout the process, respectively. GeNCs exhibit <112> as the preferred growth direction whereas GeNWs exhibit both <112> and <110> as the preferred growth directions. Finally, our growth model suggests a possible mechanism for the preference of an in-plane GeNC growth on graphene versus GeNW on SiO2. These findings open up unique opportunities for fundamental studies of crystal growth on graphene, as well as enable exploration of new electronic interfaces between group IV materials and graphene, potentially toward designing new geometries for hybrid materials sensors.

Concepts: Chemical reaction, Hydrogen, Dimension, Chlorine, Chloride, Hydrogen chloride, Vapor-liquid-solid method, Hydrochloric acid


An efficient one-pot four-component reaction for the synthesis of dithiocarbamates using carbon disulfide, cyclic imines, acid chlorides and commercially available primary or secondary amines has been developed by performing an acid chloride addition to a heterocyclic imine followed by subsequent nucleophilic substitution of in situ generated dithiocarbamic acid. With the aid of the newly developed and powerful multicomponent reaction, a direct route for the synthesis of 24 unknown dithiocarbamates in moderate to good yield under mild conditions is enabled.

Concepts: Alcohol, Amine, Functional group, Nucleophilic substitution, Carbonyl, Imine, Hydrogen chloride, Acyl chloride


Acid chlorides are an important class of compounds and their high reactivity and instability has prompted us to develop a straightforward procedure for their synthesis with on-demand and on-site synthesis possibilities. The focus of this report is acryloyl chloride, mainly important for the acrylate and polymer industry. A continuous-flow methodology was developed for the fast and selective synthesis of the otherwise highly unstable acryloyl chloride. Three routes were investigated in a microreactor setup and all three can potentially be used for its production. The methodology was further expanded to the synthesis of other unstable acid chlorides by both the thionyl chloride and the oxalyl chloride mediated processes. The most sustainable method was the oxalyl chloride mediated procedure under solvent-free conditions, in which near-equimolar amounts of carboxylic acid and oxalyl chloride were used in the presence of catalytic amounts of DMF at room temperature. Within 1 to 3 min, nearly full conversions into the acid chlorides were achieved.

Concepts: Carboxylic acid, Chlorine, Hydrogen chloride, Acrylic acid, Acyl chloride, Thionyl chloride, Oxalyl chloride, Acyl chlorides