Utilization of keratin or sericin-based composite in detection of free chlorine in water

Publication date: 15 February 2020Source: Journal of Molecular Structure, Volume 1202Author(s): Marwa Abou Taleb, Salwa Mowafi, Hosam El-SayedAbstractContaminated drinking water in many parts of the world causes acute health dilemma. An easily applicable method to detect this invisible hazard in domestic tap water is of prime importance. In this investigation we developed a spectro-photometric quantitative method for detection of free chlorine in domestic tap water using protein-based analytical stripes. Two renewable proteins; namely keratin and sericin were extracted from waste materials (coarse wool fleece and raw natural silk) and supported on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix. The formed protein/PVA composite was used as a hosting material for starch/potassium iodide reagent which liberates iodine upon interaction with free chlorine in water. The liberated iodine generates a measurable bluish colored complex with starch. Detection of chlorine in water was conducted in presence and absence of possible interfering moieties; Viz. elemental bromine as well as bromide and fluoride ions.Amino acid analysis, gel filtration chromatography and Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry monitored the alteration in the chemical composition of the extracted proteins. The proper method of storage and usage of the proposed analytical stripes was adopted by measuring the solubility of the prepared protein-based composite in water, alkali, and urea-bisulphite solution. The ability of the said...
Source: Journal of Molecular Structure - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research

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Source: Microbial Pathogenesis - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: Scandinavian Journal of Urology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Scand J Urol Source Type: research
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Source: Materials Chemistry and Physics - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
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Source: Polymer - Category: Chemistry Source Type: research
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Source: Food Packaging and Shelf Life - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Molecular Liquids - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging - Category: Nuclear Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Carbohydrate Polymers - Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: research
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Source: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: Clinical Biochemistry - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: Clin Biochem Source Type: research
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