Carlos A. V. Costa

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This paper presents and discusses a new bibliometric indicator of research performance, designed with the fundamental concern of enabling cross-disciplinary comparisons. The indicator, called x-index, compares a researcher’s output to a reference set of research output from top researchers, identified in the journals where the researcher has published. It(More)
The hot-pressing operation is the final stage in medium-density fiberboard (MDF) manufacture, where the mattress of fibers is compressed and heated to promote the cure of the resin. In MDF hot-pressing, many physical, chemical and mechanical processes are involved; the complexity of this operation arises from the fact that they are coupled. A global model(More)
An immunohistochemical and histochemical study was carried out on the brains of nine cases of BSE-diagnosed cattle as part of the surveillance plan in Catalonia, Spain. The animals had no clinical symptoms reported and were thus at early stages of the disease. The first part of the study consisted of a characterization of PrP(BSE) deposits throughout the(More)
During active surveillance for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) in sheep, an initial reactor was detected using a rapid test on a brain sample. Immunohistochemistry confirmed an atypical TSE presentation that closely resembled the previously described Nor98 cases. Sequencing of the prnp gene confirmed the ARQ/AHQ genotype with the L141F(More)
Composting of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) reduces the amount of biodegradable waste landfilled. However, the final product or compost used as organic soil amendment shows a large presence of improper materials and alarming concentrations of heavy metals. In this work, 30 samples of OFMSW before and after composting have been(More)
In the present work, the possibility of using chemical oxidation through Fenton's reagent for the pre-treatment of cork cooking wastewaters was exploited. Aiming both the selection of the best operating conditions (pH, Fe2+:H2O2 ratio and initial H2O2 concentration) and the evaluation of the overall reaction kinetics, trials were performed in a batch(More)
The aims of this study were the evaluation of polyphenols and vitamin C content, and antioxidant capacity of dehydrated pulp powder and the dried flour obtained from the skin and seeds residue remaining after pulp preparation from camu-camu (Myrciaria dudia). Fifty-three different phenolics were characterised by HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS-MS and UPLC-HR-QTOF-MS-MS.(More)
Several photo-activated processes have been investigated for oxidation of a cork manufacturing wastewater. A comparative activity study is made between different homogeneous (H2O2/UV-Vis and H2O2/Fe2+/UV-Vis) and heterogeneous (TiO2/UV-Vis and TiO2/H2O2/UV-Vis) systems, with degradation performances being evaluated in terms of total organic carbon (TOC)(More)
Hypomyelination syndrome of the Weimaraner dog is a disease characterised by a reduction or absence of myelin in the axons of the central nervous system (CNS) exclusively. The objective of this study was to analyse the cause of this deficiency of myelin. Tissue samples of the CNS of three Weimaraner dogs with neurological signs were fixed in 10% formalin(More)
The objective of this work was to investigate the oxidation of p-hydroxybenzoic acid by the Fenton's reagent. Batch experiments were carried out to investigate the influence of the most important process variables: hydrogen peroxide and ferrous salt concentrations, pH, and temperature. The optimal results obtained indicate that p-hydroxybenzoic acid can be(More)