Steven C . Cermak

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Biodiesel, defined as the monoalkyl esters of vegetable oils and animal fats, is an alternative to conventional petroleum-based diesel fuel. Biodiesel has been prepared from numerous common vegetable oils or fats as well as new or less common feedstocks. Major issues facing biodiesel include several technical aspects such as cold flow and oxidative(More)
Published in Agron. J. 103:980–987 (2011) Posted online 18 Apr 2011 doi:10.2134/agronj2010.0485 Copyright © 2011 by the American Society of Agronomy, 5585 Guilford Road, Madison, WI 53711. All rights reserved. No part of this periodical may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording,(More)
Biodegradable, vegetable oil-based lubricants must have better low temperature properties as well as comparable cost to petroleum oils before they can become widely acceptable in the marketplace. The low temperature property usually measured is the pour point (pp), the minimum temperature at which the material will still pour. Viscosity and viscosity index(More)
In the Czech Republic, lung cancer is the most frequent malignant tumor in men. In 1990 the incidence was 99.6/100,000 for men and 15.8/100,000 for women. Neither diagnostic nor therapeutic approaches have changed significantly in the last 10 years. Patients undergoing lung resection have a chance of long-term survival. In this retrospective study, the(More)
Torsions are rare acute abdominal conditions and are mistaken for other more frequent diseases. The present work draws attention to the most frequent diagnostic errors. The authors present three cases of torsions of intraabdominal organs and two cases of testicular torsion. All patients attended their doctor because of abdominal pain. In four of five cases(More)
Lesquerella is a developing hydroxy oilseed crop suitable for rotation in the arid Southwestern United States. The hydroxy oil of lesquerella makes it suitable for esterification into triglyceride estolides. The estolide functionality imparts unique physical properties that make this class of materials suitable for functional fluid applications. Lesquerella(More)
Sera of 240 randomly selected Prague inhabitants of both sexes from ages 6 to 65 yr were analyzed by instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) for Fe, Zn, Se, Rb, Cs, and Sc. Significant differences were found between serum Fe and Zn levels of men from Prague and from rural regions of Central Bohemia. Concentration of Se was one of the lowest in(More)