Joaquim C G Esteves da Silva

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Pollen of Betula pendula, Ostrya carpinifolia, and Carpinus betulus was exposed in vitro to relatively low levels of the air pollutants, namely carbon monoxide, ozone, and sulfur dioxide. The allergenicity of the exposed pollen was compared with that of non-exposed pollen samples to assess if air pollution exposition affects the allergenicity potential of(More)
The effect of the pH (from 3 to 10) on the excitation emission matrices (EEMs) of fluorescence of CdTe quantum dots (QDs), capped with mercaptopropionic acid (MPA), were analyzed by multiway decomposition methods of parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC), a variant of the parallel factor analysis method (PARAFAC2) and multivariate curve resolution alternating(More)
This study aims to investigate the effects of O3 in protein content and immunoglobulin E (IgE)-binding profiles of Acer negundo, Platanus x acerifolia and Quercus robur pollen. Pollen was exposed to O3 in an environmental chamber, at half, equal and four times the limit value for the human health protection in Europe. Pollen total soluble protein was(More)
Ostrya spp. and Carpinus spp. pollen was in vitro exposed to three atmospheric pollutants: CO, O3 and SO2. Two levels of each pollutant were used, and the first level corresponds to a concentration about the atmospheric hour-limit value acceptable for human health protection in Europe and the second level to about the triple of the first level. Experiments(More)
The inhibition mechanisms of the firefly luciferase (Luc) by three of the most important inhibitors of the reactions catalysed by Luc, dehydroluciferyl-coenzyme A (L-CoA), dehydroluciferin (L) and L-luciferin (L-LH(2)) were investigated. Light production in the presence and absence of these inhibitors (0.5 to 2 μM) has been measured in 50 mM Hepes buffer(More)
In the last couple of years, carbon dots have emerged as a new novel luminescent particle for applications in fluorescence and microscopy in some ways analogous to quantum dots and silicon nanocrystals/particles. As with any fluorescent label or tag, absolute fluorescence intensity, brightness, and particle photostability are a primary concern. In this(More)
The detection of nitroaromatic compounds, best known as raw materials in explosives preparations, is important in many fields including environmental science, public security and forensics. CdSe quantum dots capped with PAMAM-G(4) dendrimer were synthetized in water and used for the detection of trace amounts of three nitroaromatic compounds:(More)
Porous phosphate heterostructures (PPH), functionalized with different ratios of aminopropyl and mercaptopropyl groups, labelled as N(x=5,25,50)-PPH and S(x=5,25,50)-PPH, respectively, were tested as adsorbents for Ni(II) and Hg(II) found in industrial sewage from electroplating processes and button battery recycling. X-ray diffraction was used to study the(More)
Tryptophan doped carbon dots (Trp-CD) were microwave synthesized. The optimum conditions of synthesizing of the Trp-CD were established by response surface multivariate optimization methodologies and were the following: 2.5 g of glucose and 300 mg of tryptophan diluted in 15 mL of water exposed for 5 min to a microwave radiation of 700 W. Trp-CD have an(More)
Four typical soils of the Porto (Portugal) area were characterized and used to study the decomposition of buried pieces of pork meat under controlled laboratory experiments (an 8 month experiment with a relatively high soil moisture and a 1 month experiment with relatively low soil moisture). The soils types were: organic, sandy, gravel and clay-gravel(More)