Of their 2019 report on consuming water, sanitation, and hygiene, the World Well being Group and the United Nations reported that globally, over 2 billion individuals nonetheless depend on unsafe water.1 Additionally, over 85% of nations reported that they don’t have ample monetary assets to implement ample sanitation plans for consuming water. The state of affairs is predicted to deteriorate by 2025 since half of the world’s inhabitants is predicted to be dwelling in water-stressed areas.1 Ample provide of secure consuming water is important for all individuals no matter their social or financial circumstances. An vital environmental issue that compromises the protection of water is the presence of heavy metals.2 Globally, it’s estimated that 24% of all illness burden and an estimated 23% of all deaths are attributable to environmental components together with publicity to heavy metals.3 Estimated 4.9 million deaths worldwide (8.3% of complete mortality) have been linked to environmental publicity from chemical mismanagement.4,5 Many creating nations are going through a rising disaster of heavy steel contamination in waterways exceeding limits permitted by the World Well being Group (WHO), attributable to elevated discharges of closely polluted industrial and home wastewater.6,7 As an illustration, the economic sector within the Higher Cairo space in Egypt is including extra pesticides, vitamins, and heavy metals into the Nile River, which is the primary water supply to this densely populated space.8
Heavy metals can contaminate the water both as dissolved ions or suspended particles, thus requiring a number of methods for his or her removing. 4 common classifications of remediation strategies have been reported: (a) chemical precipitation, (b) coagulation with flocculation, (c) membrane filtration, and (d) adsorption.7 Chemical precipitation removes dissolved ions by chemical reactions that convert them into insoluble hydroxides, sulfides or carbonates, for subsequent filtration; hydroxide precipitation at excessive pHs is probably the most extensively used attributable to decrease value and ease.9 Though this technique is the simplest at greater steel concentrations, it’s usually not ample to realize the required water high quality requirements for secure reuse.10,11 As well as, since elevating the pH is the first method of inducing precipitation for this technique, the variety of reasonably priced reagents might restrict the scope of the tactic.
The coupled coagulation-flocculation course of is one other large-scale purification technique used to precipitate suspended colloids. It usually makes use of steel compounds (eg alum, aluminum chloride, iron chloride and iron sulfate) as inorganic coagulants together with varied excessive molecular weight polymeric coagulation aids.12–15 As in chemical precipitation, some steel ions can intrude with the aggregation of others in coagulation strategies utilized to mixtures of ions. Nevertheless, these two strategies stay reasonably priced and extra scalable than different strategies, resembling membrane filtration applied sciences.16,17 Membrane filtration applied sciences use passive exclusion strategies or energetic electrodialysis to selectively take away ions from mixtures.18 Along with value, membrane strategies should additionally overcome different operational hurdles, resembling stress drop and fouling.
Adsorption is an environment friendly and low-cost technique for removing of steel ions or particles. This strategy is flexible and makes use of a wide range of interfaces making the most of each bodily and chemical interactions.19 The commonest adsorption strategies are adsorption on activated carbon,20–22 in addition to on synthetic or natural polymers.23–27 Cheap powders and pure feedstocks and waste merchandise have additionally been utilized in adsorption strategies both as such or after conversion to activated carbons.25
Melanins are a household of polymeric bio-pigments discovered in lots of components of the human physique together with the hair, pores and skin, and eyes,28–30 and are identified to bind a wide range of inorganic and natural species.31–35 Two broad melanin lessons or moieties with structural heterogeneity, the brown-black eumelanin and the reddish-yellow pheomelanin, are discovered naturally or might be synthesized.36–39 These polymeric scaffolds have vital chelating interactions with steel ions each in vivo and in vitro.40–43 Some early work on each pure and artificial melanin explored the character of metal-ion binding websites over a spread of pH.44,45 For the case of artificial melanin particularly, this work recognized the quantity and nature of chelating websites as a perform of pH and the melanin precursor.45
Metals play an integral position within the formation of melanin supramolecular buildings, and these buildings are able to binding or trapping steel ions. These pure scaffolds have been due to this fact explored for steel and/or micro organism removing from water.46 Pure melanin from squid ink displayed greater adsorption capability than different supplies for lead removing.40 Eumelanin synthesized by polymerization of L-DOPA was proven to take away >95% of Pb2+ and was higher than the pure melanin extracted from human hair;34 extra modest adsorption charges (50 to 90%) have been noticed for Cu2+, Zn2+, and Cd2+. Removing charges of Cr (VI) diversified with the pure melanin supply.47 The collective work on melanin-like scaffolds signifies that these supplies present vital substrates that may be chemically fine-tuned to optimize adsorption of heavy metals from aqueous options. On this paper, we use a brand new artificial eumelanin from polymerized dihydroxy indole to discover the affinity of a collection of heavy metals to this nanoscale artificial community. We additionally make clear how a delicate change within the chemical make-up of this artificial polymer impacts the affinity and selective removing of steel ions.
Outcomes and Dialogue
Artificial DHI–Melanin Characterization
Two classes of melanin nanoparticles have been synthesized as described within the experimental part (see Supporting Information): low sodium melanin (known as LSM) and excessive sodium melanin (known as HSM). Consistent with the overall definitions and sensible classification of assorted sorts of melanin,39 we are going to use the time period “DHI-melanin” for the artificial melanin used on this work. For comfort, the phrases “LSM melanin” and “HSM melanin” all through this work additionally imply the artificial “DHI-melanin” materials. The synthesis process is customized from a earlier work in our lab involving a DAI precursor in an organic-water co-solvent combination, however not utilizing electro-polymerization.48 Different procedures within the literature33 reported the synthesis of melanin-like polymers in 6 hours utilizing a DL-dopa precursor. An analogous process utilizing DAI was reported within the literature,37 but additionally reported the identical 6-hour time span of the response in strictly aqueous resolution. Extraction of pure melanin (eg from Marine Pseudomonas sp.) requires even longer instances in extra of 72 hours.38 Our technique, taking lower than half-hour to finish, is quicker and yields samples with reproducible high quality.
The scanning electron microscopy pictures of our LSM melanin as synthesized right here confirmed nanoparticle-like options with an estimated particle dimension of about 190 nm, Figure 1A.
The nanoparticle-like options of our artificial melanin are distinctly totally different from artificial samples reported by Costa et al for amorphous solids.37 Likewise, Simon et al reported earlier artificial samples ready from L-dopa characterised by SEM as basically amorphous solids with no discernable microstructures.49 The amorphous artificial melanin reported by others is probably going the results of the strict aqueous medium by which these syntheses have been performed. Each L-dopa- and 5,6-diacetoxyindole-derived syntheses have been performed in water with no natural co-solvent.37,49 As described within the experimental part, our synthesis was performed in a combination of water-ethanol. This can be a vital distinction from earlier syntheses carried out in water-only options. Actually, it’s nicely established that the mole fraction of ethanol in water-ethanol mixtures impacts the partial molal quantity of water.50 Particularly, within the mole fraction vary between 0.08 and 0.1 of ethanol, it was proven that the structuredness of the water-ethanol combination reaches its most because of the optimum hydrogen bonding community of water molecules at this composition. Curiously, our synthesis was carried out in a water-ethanol combination by which ethanol’s mole fraction (χethanol =0.093) is inside this optimum window. The nanoparticle side of the artificial melanin that we report right here is probably going the results of the precise physicochemical conduct of the solvent combination which, on this case, not solely helps the oxidative polymerization of melanin but additionally shapes the expansion of ensuing nanoparticles. One other property that could be vital to our synthesis is the decreasing energy of alcohol. Main and secondary alcohols by themselves are identified to behave as decreasing brokers.51,52 In our case, the interaction between the oxidative progress of the artificial melanin polymer and the decreasing energy of the ethanol leads to the expansion of the noticed nanospheres somewhat than the amorphous stable noticed below strictly aqueous options. The impact of the water-ethanol as co-solvents that we observe right here has precedent. Earlier literature experiences present that the distinctive characteristic of water-ethanol mixtures on the optimum partial molal quantity of water and optimum hydrogen bonding additionally proved to be very helpful in accelerating the synthesis of different kinds of nanoparticles.53 Though not associated to this paper, it is very important point out that the electrochemical polymerization of DHI on electrodes below comparable water-ethanol circumstances additionally leads to melanin movies with comparable nanoparticle options (see Supporting Information Figure S1). Curiously, the nanosphere particles noticed in our artificial samples following our co-solvent protocol are just like these reported for samples of pure eumelanin from S. Officinalis.49 Latest atomic power microscopy characterization of morphologies of pure eumelanin from varied cephalopods additionally reported comparable options of spherical nanoparticles with dimension distribution within the 20–250 nm vary.
EDS evaluation confirmed the presence of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen in step with the fundamental composition of melanin. It additionally confirmed the presence of sodium, which is predicted since our artificial process makes use of NaOH within the hydrolysis of DAI, Figure 1B.
FTIR spectroscopy evaluation of melanin particles is in step with earlier experiences.37 Our samples of artificial melanin present three attribute options (see Supporting Information Figure S2). The primary characteristic at ~1581 cm−1, is related to carboxylate teams and nitrogen-containing heterocycles, in addition to fragrant C=C bond within the polymeric framework. The second band at ~1354 cm−1 is consultant of o-hydroxy quinone teams. Lastly, a 3rd peak at ~3333 cm−1 is related to catechol teams.
Characterization of Metallic Cations Throughout the Melanin Nanoparticles
We additionally characterised the melanin particles after publicity and adsorption of assorted steel cations. We discovered that typically the melanin particle dimension, as estimated from SEM, will increase with nominal diameter after adsorption of steel ions, Figure 2. That is true for all metals used (Zn2+, Cd2+, Ni2+, Co2+, Cu2+ or Pb2+). You will need to word that the reported diameter sizes for the melanin nanoparticles with adsorbed metals should not absolute-per-particle sizes, however somewhat relative nominal sizes decided from the SEM evaluation of nanoparticle aggregates proven within the micrographs. Metallic ion extraction from polymeric adsorbents, resembling melanin, is mediated primarily by means of the interplay of steel ions with useful teams within the community.54 On this case, catechol and quinone-imine teams, and the indole’s π cloud, all are potential interplay websites for the steel ion. The complexation of metallic ions on the floor and the potential change with interior websites throughout the polymeric community of the nanoparticles are anticipated to have an effect on the estimated common dimension of the particles after steel extraction.
Fourier Remodel IR evaluation of the artificial melanin samples after interplay with steel ions provides proof of the uptake of ions by the nanoparticles (see Supporting Information Figure S3 and Table S1 for measured wavenumbers earlier than and after steel adsorption). On this regard, the peaks attribute of carboxylate and quinone-imine teams in melanin exhibit shifts to decrease wavenumbers because of steel ion complexations, in step with earlier literature experiences.37 The notable enhance in depth of vibrations of CC and CO featured in peak A in addition to these of catechol teams is indicative of steel complexations.55 The splitting of peak B within the presence of Co2+ ions right into a double band is probably going a sign of two distinct binding modes of cobalt ions which might generate two distinct stretching modes of C-O within the catechol teams. Metallic incorporation into the melanin nanoparticle community was additionally confirmed utilizing EDS (Supporting Information, Figure S3).
We additionally used X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with depth profiling to measure variations within the elemental composition of the melanin nanoparticles, significantly by way of steel ion content material at totally different depths. Figure 3 reveals consultant survey scans at two nominal depths from the floor of synthesized LSM melanin nanoparticles after publicity and uptake of Zn2+ ions from the answer.
Determine 3 XPS survey spectrum of artificial melanin nanoparticles after uptake of Zn2+ ions (publicity to 50 ppm beginning focus). Survey spectra taken with sputtering at nominal depths of 0 and 10 nm to watch zinc ions.
The survey scans present the presence of Zn2+ ions each on the floor and throughout the artificial melanin nanoparticles (eg the 2p3 peak, 1022 keV binding vitality). The XPS evaluation additionally reveals that standardized integral areas of zinc peaks enhance from the floor of the nanoparticles to a nominal depth of 10 nm, indicating a relative enrichment of melanin particles with the steel ion. That is in step with SEM evaluation (see Figure 2), which confirmed a transparent enhance within the dimension of melanin nanoparticles after uptake of every divalent steel ion. This XPS discovering helps a mechanism of steel uptake on the floor (by means of, as an example, ion change) and thru diffusion inside pores and interplay with binding websites utilizing stepwise chelation/decomplexation throughout the catechol polymeric community of melanin. Catecholate complexes with divalent steel ions (eg Zn2+, Ni2+, Co2+, Cu2+) are identified to type each mono- and bis-metal–ligand species.56 The dynamic interconversion of mono- and bis-catecholates (probably combined with the involvement of quinone-imine teams) is predicted to facilitate the steel uptake and transport course of within the polymeric community throughout the melanin nanoparticles.
Metallic Ion Extractions from Aqueous Options
We used ICP to watch and quantify the uptake of steel ions by our artificial melanin nanoparticles from aqueous options. On this regard, we constructed calibration curves for the six divalent steel ions (Zn2+, Cd2+, Ni2+, Co2+, Cu2+ and Pb2+) in aqueous options.
The calibration curves used on this work are reported in supporting info (see Figure S4). We first used LSM melanin for steel ion extraction utilizing 50 ppm beginning steel ion concentrations over a 30-min extraction time. Figure 4 reveals the extent of extraction of the varied steel ions in aqueous options by LSM melanin nanoparticles. We measured each the quantity of steel adsorbed on the nanoparticles and the quantity of steel ions left within the resolution utilizing the strategies described within the experimental part.
A common commentary from Figure 4 is that uptake of zinc ions by the artificial melanin nanoparticles is the best (by way of % focus uptake) amongst all divalent steel ions studied. The precise percentages of uptake for all steel ions based mostly on ICP determinations are listed in Table 1.
Desk 1 Metallic Ion Percentages of the Total Uptake by Artificial Melanin Utilizing ICP Measurements
We observe an nearly 90% removing of Zn2+ ions from aqueous options, adopted by Cd2+ ions (85.8%), Ni2+ (83.1%), Co2+ (82.0%), Cu2+ (80.2%), and at last Pb2+ ions exhibiting the bottom share of uptake, however nonetheless at an inexpensive degree of 76%. You will need to word that ICP measurements account for nearly 100% of the beginning ion focus, because the % quantity of steel left within the supernatant resolution is complementary to the % quantity adsorbed on the melanin nanoparticles for all steel ions used on this work, Table 1.
The odds of steel uptake below our circumstances might be transformed to standardized adsorption capacities in mmol/g in an effort to evaluate and distinction the efficiency of artificial melanin on this work with different adsorbents.
Table 2 lists adsorption capacities of melanin for the varied steel ions together with values reported for different adsorbents. Whereas the values we report right here weren’t essentially optimized and should not equilibrium information, the efficiency of melanin nanoparticles as ready on this work may be very promising for heavy steel removing and outperforms conventional adsorbents, resembling some types of activated carbon in addition to some industrial resins and zeolite. We word the promising efficiency of melanin nanoparticles not solely by way of adsorption capability but additionally by way of velocity of uptake.
Desk 2 Adsorption Capacities of Metallic Ions in Millimole Ion per Gram of Adsorbent for Artificial Melanin in This Work and for Different Adsorbents from Literature
Along with the sorbent instances talked about in Table 2, our preliminary findings with the brand new melanin nanoparticles present higher removing charges for Cu2+, Ni2+ and Zn2+ in comparison with different sorbents, resembling polymer-grafted silica methods.27 In all literature instances examined, we noticed that melanin nanoparticles exhibit considerably greater removing capability of Zn2+ ions.
Plenty of physicochemical mechanisms might be at play in figuring out the extent and the order of adsorption of heavy metals on a given adsorbent. These might embody ion-exchange, chelation and coordination, advanced formation, floor electrostatic interplay, or a mix of some or all these mechanisms.60
In our case, and by way of adsorption capacities, the uptake efficiency of melanin nanoparticles is highest for Zn2+, Ni2+ and Co2+ metallic ions. The adsorption capability is comparatively low for Cu2+ and drops considerably for Cd2+ and Pb2+ ions.
Electronegativity, hydration radius, and efficient ionic radius of steel ions have been used to rationalize traits in adsorption capacities. It’s tempting to make use of the comparatively massive efficient radii of Cd2+ and Pb2+ ions (95 pm and 119 pm, respectively) as a justification for the noticed low adsorption capacities for these two steel ions on the melanin nanoparticles. Whereas the scale of the ion might play a job, electronegativity of the steel ions in resolution might present a greater rationale (the solution-phase electronegativity scale61 for steel ions in resolution may be very totally different from the traditional Pauling electronegativity scale for parts). The electronegativity of steel ions in resolution is probably going an vital driver of the interplay of the steel ions with the electron-donating chelation websites (catechol and quinone-imine teams) throughout the artificial melanin nanoparticles. Figure 5 reveals a plot of the measured adsorption capacities as a perform of the solution-phase electronegativities of the steel ions taken from Reference.61 The answer-phase electronegativities of the varied steel ions appear to clarify comparatively nicely the ascent of the primary a part of the curve displaying a rise in adsorption capacities because the electronegativity of the steel ion will increase. Because the resolution electronegativity of steel ions is vital of their speciation and interplay with useful teams on the floor of nanoparticles and throughout the particles, it’s not shocking that Pb2+ and Cd2+ ions with the bottom electronegativities within the group exhibit the bottom adsorption capacities. On the reverse finish, Ni2+, Co2+, Zn2+, and Cu2+ present greater adsorption capacities. Nevertheless, it’s clear that solution-phase electronegativity of steel ions alone doesn’t clarify the general conduct because the ascending pattern ceases after Ni2+ and a downturn is observed.
Determine 5 Plot of adsorption capability as a perform of solution-phase electronegativity of the varied divalent steel ions. Adsorption capability information is calculated from ICP measurements. Electronegativities that mirror steel ions in resolution are totally different from the Pauling electronegativities information from Li et al.61 Dashed blue curve will not be from a mannequin and is added to indicate the overall pattern solely.
Formation constants of catecholate complexes on the nanoparticles and the ensuing metal-site power are additionally at play. Understanding that the uptake of the metallic cations is in the end pushed by the interplay of binding websites on the nanoparticles, a comparability of formation constants Okf for the complexation (M2+ + L2- → M-L, the place M2+ is the steel ion and L2- is the chelating ligand at any web site within the nanoparticle) can present a rationale for the conduct noticed. Given the construction and ligand content material of melanin, ligand websites are largely catechol teams. We due to this fact seemed into the thermodynamic properties of divalent metal-catecholate complexes. Formation constants (ie a stability measure with respect to the free steel ions) of bivalent transition steel collection with mannequin catechol ligands have been decided.62 Thermodynamic information on Pb-catechol complexes should not obtainable however the formation fixed of this advanced is predicted to be small based mostly on a research that established a monodentate type of the advanced.63 Collectively, the next order by way of growing Okf can be utilized: Pb << Cd < Ni2+ ~ Co2+ < Zn2+<< Cu2+. Once more, the general order appears to correlate with the pattern of adsorption capacities for these ions, however the price of enhance in adsorption capability as a perform of catechol advanced formation will not be maintained and the pattern breaks down after Ni2+ (see Figure S5, Supporting Info). Whereas a better formation fixed is required for environment friendly binding of the steel ions and their uptake by the melanin nanoparticles, a particularly massive fixed is predicted to be counterproductive. This may negatively have an effect on the energetic transport of steel ions between binding websites throughout the adsorbing nanoparticles. For Cu2+ ions, the formation fixed of the putative catechol advanced is reported to be Okf > 1012 for a mannequin catechol compound.62 This can be the rationale why the adsorbing capability for copper ions is decrease and the pattern begins to say no after the utmost values noticed for cobalt, zinc, and nickel ions. Once more, whereas some degree of thermodynamic stability of the advanced is required for elevated adsorption, massive formation constants can restrict transport between websites throughout the particles, and thus can decrease the general capability. Answer electronegativity of steel ions and catechol advanced formation constants are anticipated to be synergistic and complementary for decrease values; nevertheless, extraordinarily massive thermodynamic stabilities of the catechol-metal advanced could also be limiting by way of adsorption capability inside melanin particles.
Sodium Content material and Adsorption Capability
Because the interplay with catecholate and different binding websites in melanin particles is the driving power for steel removing from resolution, we examined whether or not the sodium ion content material of the artificial melanin nanoparticles impacts the adsorption capability. Our one-pot artificial process makes use of NaOH in the course of the hydrolysis step of DAI, which is a precursor of DHI that in the end oxidizes into the polymeric melanin particles. Sodium ions are anticipated to be a part of the deprotonated binding websites of the synthesized melanin ready below basically fundamental circumstances. EDS characterization in Figure 1B certainly reveals the presence of sodium ions within the melanin particles. We barely modified the synthesis technique of the melanin particles by growing the mole equal of sodium hydroxide used within the hydrolysis of DAI by 20%, as described within the experimental part (See Supporting Information). This modified course of resulted in a variant of melanin nanoparticles with a comparatively greater sodium content material (labeled HSM for Excessive Sodium Melanin versus LSM for the low sodium variant). We in contrast and contrasted the conduct of the 2 variants (LSM and HSM melanin particles) by way of adsorption ranges for Zn2+ ions over a 30-min time span. As within the first a part of this work, we used the identical quantity of melanin particles and the identical preliminary focus of Zn2+ ions of fifty ppm. We measured the quantity of Zn ions adsorbed utilizing ICP. Figure 6 reveals the Zn2+ adsorption ranges for each high and low sodium melanin variants in mg of Zn per gram of melanin.
The LSM variant clearly reveals a better degree of Zn2+ ions adsorption in comparison with HSM over the 30-min extraction time. We additionally carried out XPS evaluation with depth profiling of the 2 melanin variants after adsorption of Zn ions in an effort to evaluate their profiles. We report in Table 3 the atomic composition ratios (Zn/C, Na/C, O/C and N/C) from XPS for each LSM and HSM adsorbents.
Desk 3 Atomic Ratios from XPS with Depth Profiling at 0 and 10 nm from the Floor of the Melanin Nanoparticles
An general commentary of XPS atomic rotios information in Table 3 reveals that the Excessive Sodium Melanin (HSM) variant comprises a better degree of sodium ions in comparison with the Low Sodium Melanin (LSM). The comparatively greater sodium ranges in HSM maintain true each on the floor of the nanoparticles and at a 10-nm depth. Comparability of the Zn/C ratios in Table 3 signifies that LSM nanoparticles adsorb greater zinc content material in comparison with HSM particles. The comparatively greater content material of Zn ions in LSM particles is noticed each on the floor and deep inside these particles at comparable ranges. This discovering is no surprise since it’s in step with the noticed greater adsorption ranges of zinc ions on the LSM adsorbent in comparison with the HSM variant below comparable circumstances as reported in Figure 6.
The precise cause why the HSM variant adsorbs decrease quantities of steel ions with respect to LSM will not be precisely clear at this level, however it may be merely attributable to the truth that the surplus sodium ions compete for and occupy the identical binding websites as Zn2+ ions on this case, throughout the melanin particles. Nevertheless, management experiments with preformed LSM particles counsel that exogenous sodium ions (ie preformed LSM melanin particles immersed in an answer of sodium ions) don’t have an effect on the heavy steel adsorption capability of the melanin particles. One other potential cause might should do with the character of HSM particles: the comparatively extra fundamental circumstances (20% mole equal to extra of NaOH) below which the HSM particles are ready possible end in a unique group of the heterogenous oligomers that mixture to type the melanin nanoparticles in the course of the synthesis. Sodium and different ions are identified to supply bridging interactions within the melanin-like community (as an example, in our case, on the indole’s nitrogen and catechol teams of the DHI models within the polymer). The next sodium content material will due to this fact end in a comparatively inflexible polymer community. However, it’s established that melanin particles endure reorganization to accommodate varied steel ions.37,64 Collectively, this will likely clarify why the excessive sodium melanin particles present decrease adsorption ranges of steel ions in comparison with the low sodium melanin nanoparticles.
The one-pot melanin synthesis technique in water-ethanol as co-solvents allowed us to arrange and characterize low-sodium and high-sodium melanin adsorbents that exhibit distinct profiles by way of steel uptake. This preliminary research reveals the flexibility of the artificial technique in probably getting ready different variants and research how slight modifications in construction or salt content material can have an effect on their steel uptake. Understanding how slight modifications in melanin-like buildings have an effect on their uptake and accumulation of heavy metals might have implications for issues of organic significance, resembling differential steel accumulation in melanic pigments within the mind.
We want to thank Dr. Xiang Zhou, Ryan Corridor for assist with ICP measurements. We additionally thank Dr. Xiang Zhou for help with FTIR, and different devices at Cleveland State College. We thank Prof. Harihara Baskaran (CWRU) for tools entry and Dr. Tae Kyong Kim (CWRU) for the assistance with XPS. We’re grateful to Dr. Petru Fodor (CSU) for offering entry to SEM lab and for Elemental evaluation. We thank Magdy Ibrahim and Shaimaa Maher for assist with some management experiments. The funding help of the Egyptian Cultural Bureau is gratefully acknowledged. MB acknowledges partial funding from NIH grant EB019739 in addition to FRD and USRA grants by CSU.
The authors declare that they don’t have any conflicts of curiosity for this work and no identified competing monetary pursuits or private relationships that would have appeared to affect the work reported on this paper.
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