Adriana S. Franca

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Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is an advanced Raman technique that enhances the vibrational spectrum of molecules adsorbed on or in the vicinity of metal particles and/or surfaces. Because of its readiness, sensitivity, and minimum sample preparation requirements, SERS is being considered as a powerful technique for food inspection. Key aspects(More)
The effects of mercury on vascular smooth muscle results in vasoconstriction, but the mechanism of this action is not elucidated yet. To investigate this issue we examined the effects of HgCl(2) in the isolated rat tail vascular bed. The tail artery was dissected, cannulated, and perfused at a constant flow (2.5 ml/min) with Krebs solution plus EDTA 0.03 mM(More)
Ouabain has been shown to be an endogenous hormone that is synthesized and released from the adrenal cortex and is present in nanomolar to subnanomolar concentrations in plasma. It has been proposed that endogenous ouabain can increase vascular resistance and induce hypertension. This substance inhibits the Na(+)-pump activity, which leads to intracellular(More)
The main objective of the present study was to evaluate the variation of physical properties of coffee beans during roasting. Characteristics evaluated were: volume, bean and bulk densities, weight loss, and color. Experiments were conducted using a lab-scale roaster, with coffee samples being collected at regular intervals during roasting. The results(More)
The objective of this work was to evaluate the feasibility of ethanol production by fermentation of coffee husks by Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Batch fermentation studies were performed employing whole and ground coffee husks, and aqueous extract from ground coffee husks. It was observed that fermentation yield decreased with an increase in yeast(More)
Defective coffee press cake, a residue from coffee oil biodiesel production, was evaluated as raw material for production of an adsorbent for removal of methylene blue (MB) from aqueous solution. Batch adsorption tests were performed at 25 degrees C and the effects of particle size, contact time, adsorbent dosage and pH were investigated. Preliminary(More)
The objective of this work was to propose an alternative use for coffee husks (CH), a coffee processing residue, as untreated sorbents for the removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions. Biosorption studies were conducted in a batch system as a function of contact time, initial metal ion concentration, biosorbent concentration and pH of the(More)
The coffee roasted in Brazil is considered to be of low quality, due to the presence of defective coffee beans that depreciate the beverage quality. These beans, although being separated from the non-defective ones prior to roasting, are still commercialized in the coffee trading market. Thus, it was the aim of this work to verify the feasibility of(More)
The coffee strip-picking harvesting method, preferred in Brazil, results in high percentages of immature and overripe beans, as the fruits in a single tree branch do not reach ripeness at the same time. This practice, together with inappropriate processing and storage conditions, contribute to the production of high amounts of defective coffee beans in(More)
Defective coffee press cake, a residue from coffee oil biodiesel production, was evaluated as an adsorbent for removal of basic dyes (methylene blue--MB) from aqueous solutions. The adsorbent was prepared by microwave treatment, providing a significant reduction in processing time coupled to an increase in adsorption capacity in comparison to conventional(More)