Barbara Bonelli

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To understand the effect of the commercial processing of diatomaceous earths (DEs) on their ultimate surface structure and potential toxicity, we investigated the influence of the industrial processing and the nature of the deposit. Two flux calcined specimens from different deposits, DE/1-FC and DE/2-FC, and the simply calcined sample DE/1-C, from the same(More)
Three hematite samples were synthesized by precipitation from a FeCl₃ solution under controlled pH and temperature conditions in different morphology and dimensions: (i) microsized (average diameter 1.2 μm); (ii) submicrosized (250 nm); and (iii) nanosized (90 nm). To gain insight into reactions potentially occurring in vivo at the particle-lung interface(More)
Mesostructured SBA-3 silica containing Reichardt's dye is shown to give a reversible optical response to gaseous ammonia, with a response time of a few seconds and an intensity proportional to the ammonia partial pressure, which are desirable properties for gas sensing.
Transmission FT-IR spectroscopy allowed us to monitor the deuteration of wafers of chitosan aerogel and xerogel by D2O vapor at room temperature. The complete deuteration of the alcohol and amine groups of the aerogel (surface area 175 m2 g(-1) as measured by N2 volumetry) confirmed the high accessibility of the functional groups of the polymer. The xerogel(More)
The acidity of alginate aerogel films has been investigated by infrared spectroscopy of adsorbed NH(3). Supercritical drying of the alginate provided samples with a surface area of several hundred square meters per gram, in which the probe molecule could reach all acidic sites. Free carboxylic groups were studied on acid-gelled alginates and were found to(More)
Two samples of SBA-15 mesoporous silica with a different content of carboxylic groups (-COOH) were prepared by a co-condensation route, using 4-(triethoxysilil)butyronitrile as the organosilane agent, then treating the samples with sulfuric acid, which removes the template and simultaneously hydrolyses the -CN to -COOH groups, as shown by IR spectroscopy.(More)
High-aspect-ratio nanomaterials (HARN) (typically, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) or multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT)) impair airway barrier function and are toxic to macrophages. Here, we assess the biological effects of nanotubes of imogolite (INT), a hydrated alumino-silicate [(OH)3Al2O3SiOH] occurring as single-walled NT, on murine(More)
Manganese oxides (MnOx), being active, inexpensive and low-toxicity materials, are considered promising water oxidation catalysts (WOCs). This work reports the preparation and the physico-chemical and electrochemical characterization of spin-coated (SC) films of commercial Mn₂O₃, Mn₃O₄ and MnO₂ powders. Spin coating consists of few preparation steps and(More)
A hybrid aerogel, composed of MoS2 sheets of 1T (distorted octahedral) and 2H (trigonal prismatic) phases, finely mixed with few layers of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and obtained by means of a facile environment-friendly hydrothermal cosynthesis, is proposed as electrode material for supercapacitors. By electrochemical characterizations in three- and(More)
Imogolite-like nanotubes have been synthesised in which SiCH(3) groups have been introduced in place of the SiOH groups that naturally occur at the inner surface of imogolite, an alumino-silicate with formula (OH)(3)Al(2)O(3)SiOH, forming nanotubes with inner and outer diameter of 1.0 and 2.0 nm, respectively. The new nanotubular material, composition(More)