Themed collection RSC Sustainability 2023 Hot Papers
Unlocking the holy grail of sustainable and scalable mesoporous silica using computational modelling
Enabling the design of silica materials with ordered and controllable pore structure using the principles of green and sustainable chemistry.
Status, implications and challenges of European safe and sustainable by design paradigms applicable to nanomaterials and advanced materials
Current European (EU) policies, such as the Green Deal, envisage safe and sustainable by design (SSbD) practices for the management of chemicals, which cogently entail nanomaterials (NMs) and advanced materials (AdMa).
Replacing all petroleum-based chemical products with natural biomass-based chemical products: a tutorial review
Production quantity ratio of petroleum derived chemical products. This also presents the concept of replacing all petroleum-based chemical products with natural biomass-based chemical products.
Sustainability applications of rare earths from metallurgy, magnetism, catalysis, luminescence to future electrochemical pseudocapacitance energy storage
Rare Earths (REs) are referred to as ‘industrial vitamins’ and play an indispensable role in a variety of domains.
From rocks to bioactive compounds: a journey through the global P(V) organophosphorus industry and its sustainability
This tutorial review showcases the diversity & utility of organophosphorus molecules, focusing on P(V) structures. Their rich nomenclature, application & industrial synthesis will be highlighted within the context of sustainable chemistry.
Synthesis of platinum group metal nanoparticles assisted by CO2 reduction and H2 cogeneration at gas-diffusion electrodes
Platinum group metal nanoparticles (Pt, Pd, and Rh) were synthesized in aqueous NaCl solutions using, as reducing agent, H2/CO electrogenerated in situ by the reduction of CO2 and water.
Flow-through reductive catalytic fractionation of beech wood sawdust
The use of flow-through (FT) systems in the lignin-first approach can improve the proficiency of the process. Herein, the reductive catalytic fractionation of beech wood sawdust was conducted in an FT system using 35Ni/NDC pellets.
Supercritical carbon dioxide/nitrogen/air extraction with multistage stripping enables selective recovery of rare earth elements from coal fly ashes
Using supercritical fluids, our novel process selectively extracts rare earth elements from coal fly ashes that were previously considered as waste and an environmental threat.
Sustainable and efficient production of furoic acid from furfural through amine assisted oxidation with hydrogen peroxide and its implementation for the synthesis of alkyl furoate
Furan based building blocks have potential of introducing new commodity chemicals at low cost with low carbon impact.
Functionalised graphite felt anodes for enhanced power generation in membrane-less soil microbial fuel cells
Testing composite carbon-based anode materials for high-perfoming soil microbial fuel cells.
Color stability of blue aluminates obtained from recycling and applied as pigments
Aluminates have been used as synthetic inorganic pigments due to their structural stability.
Triazaphosphaadamantane-functionalized terpyridine metal complexes: cyclohexane oxidation in homogeneous and carbon-supported catalysis
A metal complex bearing 1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphaadamantane and terpyridine scaffolds as a single polydentate ligand was used as a recyclable catalyst for synthesizing the nylon precursor, KA oil.
Tailoring the antibacterial and antioxidant activities of iron nanoparticles with amino benzoic acid
Antibacterial resistance is a massive universal health crisis and one of the most significant threats to human life. Many bacterial species have evolved and acquired resistance against multiple drugs.
Phosphate-induced enhancement of fumarate production from a CO2 and pyruvate with the system of malate dehydrogenase and fumarase
The phosphate-addition induced improvement of the synthesis yield of fumarate from CO2 and pyruvate in an aqueous medium using a multi-biocatalytic system of ME from Sulfobus tokodaii and FUM from porcine heart in the presence of NADH was demonstrated.
Biologically bound nickel accelerated de-polymerization of polyethylene to high value hydrocarbons and hydrogen
The synergy of Ni-phytocat and microwave driven process leads to highly desirable monocyclic aromatics and low molecular weight hydrocarbons, and H2, thereby paving the way to harness complete circular chemical potential of plastic waste.
About this collection
We are delighted to highlight some of the most impactful and significant work published in RSC Sustainability in 2023. These papers are already beginning to shape and influence the future direction of the field.