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Natural fluorapatite dissolution kinetics and Mn2+ and Cr3+ metal removal from sulfate fluids at 35 °C (2020)
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Vandeginste, V., Cowan, C., Gomes, R. L., Hassan, T., & Titman, J. (2020). Natural fluorapatite dissolution kinetics and Mn2+ and Cr3+ metal removal from sulfate fluids at 35 °C. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 389, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.122150

In light of the consequences of global warming and population growth, access to safe drinking water becomes an ever greater challenge, in particular in low to middle income countries in arid regions. Moreover, mining which may cause acid mine drainag... Read More about Natural fluorapatite dissolution kinetics and Mn2+ and Cr3+ metal removal from sulfate fluids at 35 °C.

Intelligent Resource Use to Deliver Waste Valorisation and Process Resilience in Manufacturing Environments (2020)
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Fisher, O. J., Watson, N. J., Escrig, J. E., & Gomes, R. L. (2020). Intelligent Resource Use to Deliver Waste Valorisation and Process Resilience in Manufacturing Environments. Johnson Matthey Technology Review, 64(1), 93–99. https://doi.org/10.1595/205651320x15735483214878

Circular economy (CE) thinking has emerged as a route to sustainable manufacture, with related cradle-to-cradle implications requiring implementation from the design stage. The challenge lies in moving manufacturing environments away from the traditi... Read More about Intelligent Resource Use to Deliver Waste Valorisation and Process Resilience in Manufacturing Environments.

Exploring the Efficacy of Nile Red in Microplastic Quantification: A Costaining Approach (2019)
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Stanton, T., Johnson, M., Nathanail, P., Gomes, R., Needham, T., & Burson, A. (2019). Exploring the Efficacy of Nile Red in Microplastic Quantification: A Costaining Approach. Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 6(10), 606-611. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.9b00499

The presence of microplastic particles ([less than]5 mm) in the environment has generated considerable concern across public, political, and scientific platforms. However, the diversity of microplastics that persist in the environment poses complex a... Read More about Exploring the Efficacy of Nile Red in Microplastic Quantification: A Costaining Approach.

Modelling Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Treatment: A Case Study using the Pharmaceutical 17α−ethinylestradiol (2019)
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Acheampong, E., Dryden, I. L., Wattis, J. A., Twycross, J., Scrimshaw, M. D., & Gomes, R. L. (2019). Modelling Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Treatment: A Case Study using the Pharmaceutical 17α−ethinylestradiol. Computers and Chemical Engineering, 128, 477-487. doi:10.1016/j.compchemeng.2019.06.020

Mathematical modelling can play a key role in understanding as well as quantifying uncertainties surrounding the presence and fate of emerging pollutants in wastewater treatment processes (WWTPs). This paper presents for the first time a simplified e... Read More about Modelling Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater Treatment: A Case Study using the Pharmaceutical 17α−ethinylestradiol.

Continuous Synthesis of Zn2Al-CO3 Layered Double Hydroxides for the Adsorption of Reactive Dyes from Water (2019)
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Clark, I., Smith, J., Gomes, R. L., & Lester, E. (2019). Continuous Synthesis of Zn2Al-CO3 Layered Double Hydroxides for the Adsorption of Reactive Dyes from Water. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 7(3), doi:10.1016/j.jece.2019.103175

A novel pilot scale approach to continuous synthesis of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) was used to produce Zn2Al-CO3. The Zn2Al-CO3 was calcined and used in the adsorption of Reactive Black 5 (RB5) and Reactive Orange 16 (RO16) from water. The spec... Read More about Continuous Synthesis of Zn2Al-CO3 Layered Double Hydroxides for the Adsorption of Reactive Dyes from Water.

Continuous synthesis of Zn2Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides: A comparison of bench, pilot and industrial scale syntheses (2019)
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Clark, I., Gomes, R. L., Crawshaw, C., Neve, L., Lodge, R., Fay, M., …Lester, E. (2019). Continuous synthesis of Zn2Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides: A comparison of bench, pilot and industrial scale syntheses. Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, 4(4), 663-666. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8re00241j

© 2019 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Zn2Al-CO3 was produced continuously at bench (g h-1), pilot (100s g h-1) and industrial scale (10s kg h-1). Crystal domain length and BET surface area were similar at all three scales although there was a small... Read More about Continuous synthesis of Zn2Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides: A comparison of bench, pilot and industrial scale syntheses.

Freshwater and airborne textile fibre populations are dominated by ‘natural’, not microplastic, fibres (2019)
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Stanton, T., Johnson, M., Nathanail, P., MacNaughtan, W., & Gomes, R. L. (2019). Freshwater and airborne textile fibre populations are dominated by ‘natural’, not microplastic, fibres. Science of the Total Environment, 666, 377-389. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.278

The potential role of natural textile fibres as environmental pollutants has been speculated upon by some environmental scientists, however, there is a general consensus that their biodegradability reduces their environmental threat. Whilst the risks... Read More about Freshwater and airborne textile fibre populations are dominated by ‘natural’, not microplastic, fibres.

Removal of copper from cattle footbath wastewater with layered double hydroxide adsorbents as a route to antimicrobial resistance mitigation on dairy farms (2018)
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Williams, O., Clark, I., Gomes, R. L., Perehinec, T., Hobman, J. L., Stekel, D. J., …Lester, E. (2019). Removal of copper from cattle footbath wastewater with layered double hydroxide adsorbents as a route to antimicrobial resistance mitigation on dairy farms. Science of the Total Environment, 655, 1139-1149. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.330

Copper and zinc are routinely used in livestock antimicrobial footbaths in commercial farming. The footbath mix is a cost to farmers, and the disposal of spent footbath into slurry tanks leads to soil contamination, as well as the potential for antim... Read More about Removal of copper from cattle footbath wastewater with layered double hydroxide adsorbents as a route to antimicrobial resistance mitigation on dairy farms.

Vestibulotoxicity associated with platinum-based chemotherapy in survivors of cancer: a scoping review (2018)
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Prayuenyong, P., Taylor, J. A., Pearson, S. E., Gomez, R., Patel, P. M., Hall, D. A., …Baguley, D. M. (2018). Vestibulotoxicity associated with platinum-based chemotherapy in survivors of cancer: a scoping review. Frontiers in Oncology, 8, doi:10.3389/fonc.2018.00363

Background: Cochleotoxicity following the treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy is well documented. The potential for vestibulotoxicity is still unclear. This scoping review examined the extent of current research literature, summarized research... Read More about Vestibulotoxicity associated with platinum-based chemotherapy in survivors of cancer: a scoping review.

Anthropogenic environmental drivers of antimicrobial resistance in wildlife (2018)
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Swift, B. M., Bennett, M., Waller, K., Dodd, C., Murray, A., Gomes, R. L., …Arnold, K. E. (2019). Anthropogenic environmental drivers of antimicrobial resistance in wildlife. Science of the Total Environment, 649, 12-20. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.180

The isolation of antimicrobial resistant bacteria (ARB) from wildlife living adjacent to humans has led to the suggestion that such antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is anthropogenically driven by exposure to antimicrobials and ARB. However, ARB have al... Read More about Anthropogenic environmental drivers of antimicrobial resistance in wildlife.

Rational design of thermostable carbonic anhydrase mutants using molecular dynamics simulations (2018)
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Parra-Cruz, R., Jäger, C. M., Lau, P. L., Gomes, R. L., & Pordea, A. (2018). Rational design of thermostable carbonic anhydrase mutants using molecular dynamics simulations. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, doi:10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b05926

The stability of enzymes is critical for their application in industrial processes, which generally require different conditions from the natural enzyme environment. Both rational and random protein engineering approaches have been used to increase s... Read More about Rational design of thermostable carbonic anhydrase mutants using molecular dynamics simulations.

Cloud manufacturing as a sustainable process manufacturing route (2018)
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Fisher, O., Watson, N., Porcu, L., Bacon, D., Rigley, M., & Gomes, R. (2018). Cloud manufacturing as a sustainable process manufacturing route. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 47, doi:10.1016/j.jmsy.2018.03.005

Cloud Manufacturing (CM) is a service oriented business model to share manufacturing capabilities and resources on a cloud platform. Manufacturing is under pressure to achieve cost and environmental impact reductions, as manufacturing becomes more in... Read More about Cloud manufacturing as a sustainable process manufacturing route.

A techno-economic assessment of the potential for combining supercritical water oxidation with ‘in-situ’ hydrothermal synthesis of nanocatalysts using a counter current mixing reactor (2018)
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Al-Atta, A., Huddle, T., Rodríguez, Y. G., Mato, F., García-Serna, J., Cocero, M. J., …Lester, E. (2018). A techno-economic assessment of the potential for combining supercritical water oxidation with ‘in-situ’ hydrothermal synthesis of nanocatalysts using a counter current mixing reactor. Chemical Engineering Journal, 344, 431-440. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2018.03.058

A combined process of supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) and supercritical water hydrothermal synthesis (SCWHS) in a continuous counter current reactor is reported. Acrylic acid was used as a model unsaturated carboxylic acid compound and the effec... Read More about A techno-economic assessment of the potential for combining supercritical water oxidation with ‘in-situ’ hydrothermal synthesis of nanocatalysts using a counter current mixing reactor.

Techno-economic assessment of scale-up of bio-flocculant extraction and production by using okra as biomass feedstock (2018)
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Lee, C. S., Chong, M. F., Binner, E., Gomes, R. L., & Robinson, J. P. (2018). Techno-economic assessment of scale-up of bio-flocculant extraction and production by using okra as biomass feedstock. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 132, doi:10.1016/j.cherd.2018.01.050

This paper reports a techno-economic assessment for industrial scale bio-flocculant production with okra as biomass feedstock. The sludge dewatering ability of the bio-flocculant was evaluated prior to economic analysis. Several optimisation strategi... Read More about Techno-economic assessment of scale-up of bio-flocculant extraction and production by using okra as biomass feedstock.

Predicting the capability of carboxylated cellulose nanowhiskers for the remediation of copper from water using response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural network (ANN) models (2016)
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Hamid, H. A., Jenidi, Y., Thielemans, W., Somerfield, C., & Gomes, R. L. (2016). Predicting the capability of carboxylated cellulose nanowhiskers for the remediation of copper from water using response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural network (ANN) models. Industrial Crops and Products, 93, (108-120). doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2016.05.035. ISSN 0926-6690

This study observed the influence of temperature, initial Cu(II) ion concentration, and sorbent dosage on the Cu(II) removal from the water matrix using surface-oxidized cellulose nanowhiskers (CNWs) bearing carboxylate functionalities. In addition,... Read More about Predicting the capability of carboxylated cellulose nanowhiskers for the remediation of copper from water using response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural network (ANN) models.

Enhancing natural product extraction and mass transfer using selective microwave heating (2016)
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Lee, C. S., Binner, E., Winkworth-Smith, C., John, R., Gomes, R., & Robinson, J. (2016). Enhancing natural product extraction and mass transfer using selective microwave heating. Chemical Engineering Science, 149, doi:10.1016/j.ces.2016.04.031

This study uses a combination of empirical observations and an analysis of mass transfer behaviour to yield new insights into the mechanism of microwave assisted extraction. Enhancements in extraction rate and yield were observed experimentally compa... Read More about Enhancing natural product extraction and mass transfer using selective microwave heating.

Process intensification of anaerobically digested palm oil mill effluent (AAD-POME) treatment using combined chitosan coagulation, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and Fenton’s oxidation (2015)
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Parthasarathy, S., Gomes, R., & Manickam, S. (2016). Process intensification of anaerobically digested palm oil mill effluent (AAD-POME) treatment using combined chitosan coagulation, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and Fenton’s oxidation. Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy, 18(1), doi:10.1007/s10098-015-1009-7

The present study investigates the removal efficiency of chemical oxygen demand (COD) and total suspended solids (TSS) of anaerobically digested palm oil mill effluent in batch studies through the following 4 strategies: coagulation by chitosan, addi... Read More about Process intensification of anaerobically digested palm oil mill effluent (AAD-POME) treatment using combined chitosan coagulation, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and Fenton’s oxidation.

A novel hybrid approach of activated carbon and ultrasound cavitation for the intensification of palm oil mill effluent (POME) polishing (2015)
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Parthasarathy, S., Mohammed, R. R., Fong, C. M., Gomes, R., & Manickam, S. (2016). A novel hybrid approach of activated carbon and ultrasound cavitation for the intensification of palm oil mill effluent (POME) polishing. Journal of Cleaner Production, 112(1), doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.05.125

This investigation focuses on activated carbon (AC) adsorption and ultrasound (US) cavitation for polishing the palm oil mill effluent (POME). Both AC adsorption and US cavitation were investigated individually, in series and operating them in a comb... Read More about A novel hybrid approach of activated carbon and ultrasound cavitation for the intensification of palm oil mill effluent (POME) polishing.

Comparison of response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural networks (ANN) towards efficient extraction of artemisinin from Artemisia annua (2014)
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Pilkington, J., Preston, C., & Gomes, R. L. (2014). Comparison of response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural networks (ANN) towards efficient extraction of artemisinin from Artemisia annua. Industrial Crops and Products, 58, 15-24. doi:10.1016/j.indcrop.2014.03.016

The solid-liquid extraction of Artemisia annua remains an important source of artemisinin, the precursor molecule to the most potent anti-malarial drugs available. Industrial manufacturers of artemisinin face many challenges in regards to volatile ma... Read More about Comparison of response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural networks (ANN) towards efficient extraction of artemisinin from Artemisia annua.