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Mechano-Fenton-Piranha oxidation of carbon nanotubes for energy application (2019)
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Wei, C., Akinwolemiwa, B., Wang, Q., Guan, L., Xia, L., Hu, D., …Chen, G. Z. (2019). Mechano-Fenton-Piranha oxidation of carbon nanotubes for energy application. 00 Journal not listed, doi:10.1002/adsu.201900065

Emission of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from chemical processing of materials is a serious environmental concern, frustrating the development of many innovative technologies. For example, sulfonitric oxidation is the most widely used method for processing... Read More

Polymer microparticles with defined surface chemistry and topography mediate the formation of stem cell aggregates and cardiomyocyte function (2019)
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Alvarez-Paino, M., Amer, M. H., Nasir, A., Cuzzucoli Crucitti, V., Needham, D., Denning, C., …Alexander, C. (2019). Polymer microparticles with defined surface chemistry and topography mediate the formation of stem cell aggregates and cardiomyocyte function. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, doi:10.1021/acsami.9b04769

Surface-functionalized microparticles are relevant to fields spanning engineering and biomedicine, with uses ranging from cell culture to advanced cell delivery. Varying topographies of biomaterial surfaces are also being investigated as mediators of... Read More

Proteins in Ionic Liquids: Reactions, Applications and Futures (2019)
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Schindl, A., Hagen, M. L., Muzammal, S., Gunasekera, H. A., & Croft, A. K. (2019). Proteins in Ionic Liquids: Reactions, Applications and Futures. Frontiers in Chemistry, 7, doi:10.3389/fchem.2019.00347

Biopolymer processing and handling is greatly facilitated by the use of ionic liquids, given the increased solubility, and in some cases, structural stability imparted to these molecules. Focussing on proteins, we highlight here not just the key dri... Read More

Experimental and computational investigation of heat transfer in a microwave-assisted flow system (2019)
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Damilos, S., Radhakrishnan, A. N. P., Dimitrakis, G., Tang, J., & Gavriilidis, A. (2019). Experimental and computational investigation of heat transfer in a microwave-assisted flow system. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 142, doi:10.1016/j.cep.2019.107537

Microwave technology is gaining popularity as a tool for chemical process intensification and an alternative to conventional heating. However, in flow systems non-uniform temperature profiles are commonly encountered and hence methods to characterise... Read More

Ammonium Complexes of Orthoester Cryptands Are Inherently Dynamic and Adaptive (2019)
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Wang, X., Shyshov, O., Hanževački, M., Jäger, C. M., & von Delius, M. (2019). Ammonium Complexes of Orthoester Cryptands Are Inherently Dynamic and Adaptive. Journal of the American Chemical Society, doi:10.1021/jacs.9b01350

Fluxional chemical species such as bullvalene have been a valuable source of inspiration and fundamental insight into the nature of chemical bonds. A supramolecular analogue of bullvalene, i.e., a “fluxional host–guest system”, in which the ensemble... Read More

Assessment of toxicity reduction in ZnS substituted CdS:P3HT bulk heterojunction solar cells fabricated using a single-source precursor deposition (2019)
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Bishop, M. T., Tomatis, M., Zhang, W., Peng, C., Chen, G. Z., He, J., & Hu, D. (2019). Assessment of toxicity reduction in ZnS substituted CdS:P3HT bulk heterojunction solar cells fabricated using a single-source precursor deposition. Sustainable Energy and Fuels, doi:10.1039/c9se00123a

Utilisation of cadmium sulphide (CdS) for the preparation of hybrid bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells is limited due to its high human, soil and marine toxicity. This work aims to reduce the toxicity of the cadmium based hybrid bulk heterojunctio... Read More

Characterising droplet breakup rates of shear-thinning dispersed phase in microreactors (2019)
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Wong, V., Loizou, K., Lau, P., Graham, R. S., & Hewkandamby, B. N. (2019). Characterising droplet breakup rates of shear-thinning dispersed phase in microreactors. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 144, 370-385. doi:10.1016/j.cherd.2019.02.024

A two-phase flow predictive model with the integration of conservative level-set method (LSM) and Carreau-Yasuda constitutive equation was developed herein. The LSM was chosen as a potential interface capturing scheme for elucidating the interfacial... Read More

Numerical simulation of the impact of geological heterogeneity on performance and safety of THAI heavy oil production process (2018)
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Ado, M. R., Greaves, M., & Rigby, S. P. (2019). Numerical simulation of the impact of geological heterogeneity on performance and safety of THAI heavy oil production process. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 173, 1130-1148. doi:10.1016/j.petrol.2018.10.087

The Toe-to-Heel Air Injection (THAI) in-situ combustion process is an efficient way to extract heavy oil and bitumen. However, such reservoirs are often geologically heterogeneous. This work studied the impact of a range of different geological heter... Read More

Ion - reagent interactions contributing to ionic liquid solvent effects on a condensation reaction (2018)
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Keaveney, S. T., Harper, J. B., & Croft, A. K. (2018). Ion - reagent interactions contributing to ionic liquid solvent effects on a condensation reaction. ChemPhysChem, doi:10.1002/cphc.201800695

Molecular dynamics simulations of solutions of hexan-1-amine or 4-methoxybenzaldehyde in acetonitrile, an ionic liquid/ acetonitrile mixture (XIL = 0.2), and a number of different (neat) ionic liquids were performed, to further understand the solvent... Read More

Importance of biomass and binder selection for coking briquette preparation: their effect on coal thermoplastic properties. (2018)
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Florentino-Madiedo, L., Diaz-Faes, E., Barriocanal, C., CASTRO DIAZ, M., & SNAPE, C. (2018). Importance of biomass and binder selection for coking briquette preparation: their effect on coal thermoplastic properties. Energy and Fuels, 32(10), 10727–10736. doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b02555

Blends consisting of a high volatile bituminous coal, biomass and binder that were used in the preparation of briquettes were analyzed in order to select the best components from the viewpoint of their influence on the coal’s thermoplastic properties... Read More

The stoichiometry of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen in peat (2018)
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Moore, T. R., Large, D., Talbot, J., Wang, M., & Riley, J. L. (2018). The stoichiometry of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen in peat. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, doi:10.1029/2018jg004574

Carbon (C), hydrogen (H), and oxygen (O) form ~90% by mass of peat, a product of the input of plant tissues and litter and the output of decomposition under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. We examined patterns of these elements, as the O:C and H:C... Read More

Development a modified crossing point temperature (CPTHR) method to assess spontaneous combustion propensity of coal and its chemo-metric analysis (2018)
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Mohalik, N., Lester, E., & Lowndes, I. (2018). Development a modified crossing point temperature (CPTHR) method to assess spontaneous combustion propensity of coal and its chemo-metric analysis. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 56, 359-369. doi:10.1016/j.jlp.2018.09.00

Spontaneous combustion of Indian coals was investigated using spontaneous combustion rig at University of Nottingham, UK to assess their susceptibility. In the present study authors have used eleven coal samples collected from the Jharia coalfield (J... Read More

Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming (2018)
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Gallego-Sala, A. V., Charman, D. J., Brewer, S., Page, S. E., Prentice, I. C., Friedlingstein, P., …Zhao, Y. (2018). Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming. Nature Climate Change, 8(10), 907-913. doi:10.1038/s41558-018-0271-1

The carbon sink potential of peatlands depends on the balance of carbon uptake by plants and microbial decomposition. The rates of both these processes will increase with warming but it remains unclear which will dominate the global peatland response... Read More

The relationship of dielectric response and water activity in food (2018)
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Renshaw, R. C., Dimitrakis, G. A., Robinson, J. P., & Kingman, S. W. (2019). The relationship of dielectric response and water activity in food. Journal of Food Engineering, 244, (80-90). doi:10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2018.08.037. ISSN 0260-8774

This study has deduced a correlation between points of inflection of water activity and loss factor with respect to moisture content. A point of inflection in loss factor with respect to moisture content was found to coincide with the sorption isothe... Read More

High efficiency synthesis of HKUST-1 under mild conditions with high BET surface area and CO2 uptake capacity (2018)
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Chen, Y., Mu, X., Lester, E., & Wu, T. (2018). High efficiency synthesis of HKUST-1 under mild conditions with high BET surface area and CO2 uptake capacity. Progress in Natural Science, doi:10.1016/j.pnsc.2018.08.002. ISSN 1002-0071

This study focuses on the development of a hydrothermal method for the rapid synthesis of good quality copper benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate (referred to as HKUST-1) with high yield under mild preparation conditions to address the issues associated wit... Read More

Options for managing alkaline steel slag leachate: a life cycle assessment (2018)
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Gomes, H. I., Mayes, W. M., Baxter, H. A., Jarvis, A. P., Burke, I. T., Stewart, D. I., & Rogerson, M. (2018). Options for managing alkaline steel slag leachate: a life cycle assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production, doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.08.163. ISSN 0959-6526

Management of steel slag (a major by-product of the steel industry) includes the treatment of highly alkaline leachate (pH > 11.5) from rainwater infiltration of slag deposits to prevent adverse impact upon surface or ground waters. This study aims t... Read More

Monitoring tropical peat related settlement using ISBAS InSAR, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (2018)
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Marshall, C., Large, D. J., Athab, A., Evers, S. L., Sowter, A., Marsh, S., & Sjögersten, S. (2018). Monitoring tropical peat related settlement using ISBAS InSAR, Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Engineering Geology, 244, 57-65. doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2018.07.015

Rapid population growth in South-East Asia has placed immense pressure upon lowland regions both to supply food and employment and space for residential, commercial and infrastructure development. This pressure has led to sites on tropical peatland p... Read More

Wet steam measurement techniques (2018)
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Walker, D., Barham, S., Giddings, D., & Dimitrakis, G. (2019). Wet steam measurement techniques. Reviews in Chemical Engineering, 35(5), 627-648. doi:10.1515/revce-2017-0078

In recent years a greater need for power station efficiency has become evident; improving turbine blade efficiency is one of the methods proposed. This efficiency relies upon the wetness of the steam that comes into contact with the blades of the low... Read More

Synthesis of hydrophobic MIL-53 (Al) nanoparticles in low molecular weight alcohols: systematic investigation of solvent effects (2018)
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Warfsman, J., Tokay, B., & Champness, N. (2018). Synthesis of hydrophobic MIL-53 (Al) nanoparticles in low molecular weight alcohols: systematic investigation of solvent effects. CrystEngComm, 20(32), (4666-4675). doi:10.1039/C8CE00913A

The effects of using low-weight alcohols, methanol and ethanol, for the synthesis of MIL-53(Al) are investigated and the results directly compared with analogous synthesis in water and N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). When methanol is employed in the syn... Read More

Exploring drivers of litter decomposition in a greening Arctic: results from a transplant experiment across a tree-line (2018)
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Parker, T. C., Sanderman, J., Holden, R. D., Blume-Werry, G., Sjögersten, S., Large, D., …Wookey, P. A. (2018). Exploring drivers of litter decomposition in a greening Arctic: results from a transplant experiment across a tree-line. Ecology, 99(10), 2284-2294. doi:10.1002/ecy.2442

Decomposition of plant litter is a key control over carbon (C) storage in the soil. The biochemistry of the litter being produced, the environment in which the decomposition is taking place, and the community composition and metabolism of the decompo... Read More