Dagnija Vecstaudza, Maris Klavins, Olga Muter and Reinis Rutkis
Surface cleaning preparations pose a serious threat to the environment. Toxicity of a pre-manufactured preparation SCP-1 was tested on bacteria, algae and higher plants and was expressed as a minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC). Obtained results showed that among unicellular and more complex testorganisms MIC values differed 10-100 fold suggesting that an application of complex test-organism battery is necessary to evaluate the toxicity of SCP-1 thoroughly. MIC values were different from the critical micelle concentration; this indicates that the SCP1 mechanism of action might not involve membrane disruption and/or destabilization.
Gaida Sedmale, Martins Randers, Liga Grase and Juris Kostjukovs
Influence of chemical, mechanical and thermal treatment on structure and properties of illite and impact on development of high-temperature ceramics was investigated. The object of this study was illite from Quartenary glacio-limnic clay of state importance deposit Apriki. Treated clay fractions were subjected to X-ray diffraction, SEM and differential thermal analysis.
It was found that thermal and chemical treatment is effective. Thermally treated illite with Al(OH)3 additive was used for sintering a new dense ceramic compositions. Ceramics were characterized by bulk density, shrinkage and compressive strength 150−165 N/mm2.