Manuel Silva

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The increasingly aging population will pose a severe burden to the health services. Falls are a major health risk that diminishes the quality of life among the elderly people and increases the health services cost. Reliable fall detection and notification is essential to improve the post-fall medical outcome which is largely dependent upon the response and(More)
A rapid, reliable method for the routine determination of phenol and 4-methylphenol in urine samples by liquid chromatography with peroxyoxalate chemiluminescence detection was developed. Phenols were first cleaned up by passing the sample through a LiChrolut EN sorbent column and then derivatized straightforwardly with dansyl chloride (15 min at room(More)
Haloacetaldehydes (HAs) are becoming the most widespread disinfection by-products (DBPs) found in drinking water, besides trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids, generated by the interaction of chemical disinfectants with organic matter naturally present in water. Because of their high potential toxicity, HAs have currently received a singular attention,(More)
It is certainly worth remarking on half a century of a work defining a landmark in Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (DEDS) theory. This invited contribution aims to combine some historical facts with elements of a conceptual view on concurrent DEDS, giving pointers about the development of the field. Simplifying the historical trajectory, it can be said that(More)
A rapid, reliable method has been developed for the multi-residue analysis of aniline metabolites of chlorpropham in potato samples. The method involves the precolumn derivatization of aniline metabolites with 5-(4,6-dichloro-s-triazin-2-ylamino) fluorescein (DTAF) and their subsequent separation and determination by micellar electrokinetic capillary(More)
This paper evaluates the potential of solar concentration technologies—compound parabolic collector (CPC), linear Fresnel collector (LFC) and parabolic trough collector (PTC)—as an alternative to conventional sources of energy for industrial processes in Latin America, where high levels of solar radiation and isolated areas without energy supply exist. The(More)
Microbial cultures able to degrade xenobiotic compounds are the key element for biological treatment of waste effluents and are obtained from enrichment processes. In this study, two common enrichment methods, suspension batch and immobilized continuous, were compared. The main selection factor was the presence of 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol (1,3-DCP) as the(More)