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Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes (2019)
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Johnston, S. K., Bryant, T. A., Strong, J., Lazzarini, L., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (in press). Stabilization of Pd3−xIn1+x polymorphs with Pd-like crystal structure and their superior performance as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation of alkynes. ChemCatChem, https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201900391

Selective hydrogenation (semi-hydrogenation) reactions of alkynes rely on Pd-based catalysts to provide the correct pathway to favour formation of double bonds and avoid full hydrogenation to single bonds. Here, we present the preparation and charact... Read More

A patient tumour-on-a-chip system for personalised investigation of radiotherapy based treatment regimens (2019)
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Kennedy, R., Kuvshinov, D., Sdrolia, A., Kuvshinova, E., Hilton, K., Crank, S., …Greenman, J. (2019). A patient tumour-on-a-chip system for personalised investigation of radiotherapy based treatment regimens. Scientific reports, 9(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-42745-2

Development of personalised cancer models to predict response to radiation would benefit patient care; particularly in malignancies where treatment resistance is prevalent. Herein, a robust, easy to use, tumour-on-a-chip platform which maintains prec... Read More

A model to predict acoustic resonant frequencies of distributed Helmholtz resonators on gas turbine engines (2019)
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Wang, J., Rubini, P., Qin, Q., & Houston, B. (2019). A model to predict acoustic resonant frequencies of distributed Helmholtz resonators on gas turbine engines. Applied Sciences, 9(7), 1419. https://doi.org/10.3390/app9071419

Helmholtz resonators, traditionally designed as a narrow neck backed by a cavity, are widely applied to attenuate combustion instabilities in gas turbine engines. The use of multiple small holes with an equivalent open area to that of a single neck h... Read More

Monometallic and bimetallic catalysts based on Pd, Cu and Ni for hydrogen transfer deoxygenation of a prototypical fatty acid to diesel range hydrocarbons (2019)
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Cheah, K. W., Taylor, M. J., Osatiashtiani, A., Beaumont, S. K., Nowakowski, D. J., Yusup, S., …Kyriakou, G. (in press). Monometallic and bimetallic catalysts based on Pd, Cu and Ni for hydrogen transfer deoxygenation of a prototypical fatty acid to diesel range hydrocarbons. Catalysis Today, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2019.03.017

Bimetallic PdxNi(100-x) and PdxCu(100-x) structures of a wide compositional range supported on activated carbon were synthesised via a simple, cheap and commercially relevant method. The surface and bulk properties of both the bimetallic structures a... Read More

Characterizing and Modeling Bone Formation during Mouse Calvarial Development (2019)
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Marghoub, A., Libby, J., Babbs, C., Ventikos, Y., Fagan, M. J., & Moazen, M. (2019). Characterizing and Modeling Bone Formation during Mouse Calvarial Development. Physical review letters, 122(4), https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.048103

© 2019 American Physical Society. The newborn mammalian cranial vault consists of five flat bones that are joined together along their edges by soft fibrous tissues called sutures. Early fusion of these sutures leads to a medical condition known as c... Read More

Analytical and experimental study of an innovative multiple-throughout-flowing micro-channel-panels-array for a solar-powered rural house space heating system (2019)
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Fan, Y., Zhao, X., Li, G., Cheng, Y., Zhou, J., Yu, M., …Ma, X. (2019). Analytical and experimental study of an innovative multiple-throughout-flowing micro-channel-panels-array for a solar-powered rural house space heating system. Energy, 171, 566-580. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2019.01.049

This paper presents a combined analytical and experimental study of an innovative multiple-throughout-flowing micro-channel-panels-array applicable to a solar-powered rural house space heating system. This array, compared to the traditional one-to-on... Read More

Free-sustaining three-dimensional S235 steel-based porous electrocatalyst for highly efficient and durable oxygen evolution (2018)
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Han, W., Kuepper, K., Hou, P., Akram, W., Eickmeier, H., Hardege, J., …Schäfer, H. (2018). Free-sustaining three-dimensional S235 steel-based porous electrocatalyst for highly efficient and durable oxygen evolution. ChemSusChem, 11(20), 3661-3671. doi:10.1002/cssc.201801351

A novel oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst (3D S235-P steel) based on steel S235 substrate has been successfully prepared via a facile one-step surface modification. The standard Carbon Manganese steel was phosphorizated superficially leading t... Read More

Synergistic effects of lignin and cellulose during pyrolysis of agricultural waste. (2018)
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Volpe, R., Zabaniotou, A. A., & Skoulou, V. (2018). Synergistic effects of lignin and cellulose during pyrolysis of agricultural waste. Energy and Fuels, 32(8), 8420-8430. doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b00767

© 2018 American Chemical Society. Varying lignin and cellulose contents in agro-waste cause feed-stock to respond differently during their thermochemical conversion. The effect of pyrolysis temperature (400, 500, 600oC) and feedstock composition on p... Read More

Investigation and simulation of the transport of gas containing mercury in microporous silica membranes (2018)
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Ji, G., George, A., Skoulou, V., Reed, G., Millan, M., Hooman, K., …Diniz da Costa, J. C. (2018). Investigation and simulation of the transport of gas containing mercury in microporous silica membranes. Chemical engineering science, 190, 286-296. doi:10.1016/j.ces.2018.06.006

This work investigates the effect of condensable Hg vapour on the transport of N2 gas across cobalt oxide silica (CoOxSi) membranes. Experimental results suggest that Hg significantly affects N2 permeation at 100 and 200°C, though this effect is negl... Read More

Simultaneous removal of NO and Hg⁰ using Fe and Co co-doped Mn-Ce/TiO₂ catalysts (2018)
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Shen, B., Zhu, S., Zhang, X., Chi, G., Patel, D., Si, M., & Wu, C. (2018). Simultaneous removal of NO and Hg⁰ using Fe and Co co-doped Mn-Ce/TiO₂ catalysts. Fuel, 224, (241-249). doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2018.03.080. ISSN 0016-2361

Fe and Co co-doped Mn-Ce/TiO2 (MCT) catalysts were investigated for the simultaneous removal of nitric oxide (NO) and elemental mercury (Hg0) at reaction temperature lower than 200 °C. The catalysts were characterized by Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET),... Read More

Electrochemical measurement of antibody­‐antigen recognition biophysics: thermodynamics and kinetics of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) binding to redox-­tagged antibodies (2018)
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Partington, L. I., Atkin, S. L., Kilpatrick, E. S., Morris, S. H., Piper, M., Lawrence, N. S., & Wadhawan, J. D. (in press). Electrochemical measurement of antibody­‐antigen recognition biophysics: thermodynamics and kinetics of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) binding to redox-­tagged antibodies. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, ISSN 1572-6657

The thermodynamics and kinetics of antigen binding under diffusive conditions to an electrode surface modified with ferrocene-tagged antibodies is studied within this work, and realised experimentally for the case of human chorionic gonadotropin (hGC... Read More

Thermal Chemical Conversion of High-Density Polyethylene for the Production of Valuable Carbon Nanotubes Using Ni/AAO Membrane Catalyst (2017)
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Liu, X., Sun, H., Wu, C., Patel, D., & Huang, J. (2018). Thermal Chemical Conversion of High-Density Polyethylene for the Production of Valuable Carbon Nanotubes Using Ni/AAO Membrane Catalyst. Energy and Fuels, 32(4), (4511-4520). doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b03160. ISSN 0887-0624

© 2017 American Chemical Society. Thermal chemical conversion of waste plastics for syngas production is a promising alternative method for the management of waste plastics. However, one of the challenges of facilitating the deployment of this techno... Read More

Application of a porous media model for the acoustic damping of perforated plate absorbers (2017)
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Wang, J., Rubini, P., & Qin, Q. (2017). Application of a porous media model for the acoustic damping of perforated plate absorbers. Applied acoustics. Acoustique appliqué. Angewandte Akustik, 127, (324-335). doi:10.1016/j.apacoust.2017.07.003. ISSN 0003-682X

Perforated panel, or plate, absorbers are commonly employed to reduce sound pressure levels across a broad range of applications including the built environment, industrial installations and propulsion devices. The acoustic performance of a perforate... Read More

Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance (2017)
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Johnston, S. K., Cherkasov, N., Perez-Barrado, E., Aho, A., Murzin, D. Y., Ibhadon, A. O., & Francesconi, M. G. (2017). Pd₃Sn nanoparticles on TiO₂ and ZnO supports as catalysts for semi-hydrogenation : synthesis and catalytic performance. Applied catalysis. A, General, 544, (40-45). doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2017.07.005. ISSN 0926-860X

The two catalysts Pd₃Sn/TiO₂and Pd3Sn/ZnO were prepared via a one-pot procedure based on the “polyol method” with the addition of a capping agent (polyvinylpyrrolidone) to control the particle size distribution. The same procedure was used to prepare... Read More

Characterization of rice husk-based catalyst prepared via conventional and microwave carbonisation (2017)
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Touhami, D., Zhu, Z., Balan, W. S., Janaun, J., Haywood, S., & Zein, S. (2017). Characterization of rice husk-based catalyst prepared via conventional and microwave carbonisation. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 5(3), (2388-2394). doi:10.1016/j.jece.2017.04.020. ISSN 2213-3437

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd. Carbon-based sulphonated catalysts (CBSCs) were made from rice husk for biodiesel production. The CBSCs were prepared by microwave (MW) and conventional heating processes from the same feedstock. In both heating systems, the prep... Read More

Nanocarbons from acid pretreated waste coffee grounds using microwave radiation (2017)
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Zein, S. H., Gyamera, B. A., & Skoulou, V. K. (2017). Nanocarbons from acid pretreated waste coffee grounds using microwave radiation. Materials letters, 193, (46-49). doi:10.1016/j.matlet.2017.01.100. ISSN 0167-577X

This study investigates the use of microwave radiation to produce nanocarbons from Waste Coffee Grounds (WCG). It is first step to demonstrate the potential of integrating the microwave power to conventional methods of carbonaceous materials and nano... Read More

Possibilities of upgrading solid underutilized lingo-cellulosic feedstock (carob pods) to liquid bio-fuel: Bio-ethanol production and electricity generation in fuel cells - A critical appraisal of the required processes (2017)
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Skoulou, V. K., & Vourdoubas, J. (2017). Possibilities of upgrading solid underutilized lingo-cellulosic feedstock (carob pods) to liquid bio-fuel: Bio-ethanol production and electricity generation in fuel cells - A critical appraisal of the required processes. Studies in Engineering and Technology, 4(1), 25-34. doi:10.11114/set.v4i1.2170

The exploitation of rich in sugars lingo-cellulosic residue of carob pods for bio-ethanol and bio-electricity generation has been investigated. The process could take place in two (2) or three (3) stages including: a) bio-ethanol production originate... Read More

Photocatalytic degradation of ketorolac tromethamine (KTC) drug in aqueous phase using prepared Ag-doped ZnO microplates (2017)
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Ibhadon, A. O., Kaur, A., Ibhadon, A., & Kansal, S. K. (2017). Photocatalytic degradation of ketorolac tromethamine (KTC) drug in aqueous phase using prepared Ag-doped ZnO microplates. Journal of materials science, 52(9), (5256-5267). doi:10.1007/s10853-017-0766-6. ISSN 0022-2461

In this study, Ag-doped ZnO microplates were prepared via precipitation technique and further characterized by FESEM, EDS, XRD, FTIR, TGA, XPS, UV-DRS and RT-PL techniques. The outcomes indicated that Ag+ ions were well incorporated into ZnO lattice... Read More

Development of Fe-promoted Ni-Al catalyst for hydrogen production from gasification of wood sawdust (2016)
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Shi, J., Wu, C., Dong, L., Huang, J., Ling, H., & Williams, P. T. (2017). Development of Fe-promoted Ni-Al catalyst for hydrogen production from gasification of wood sawdust. Energy and Fuels, 31(3), (2118-2127). doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b02050. ISSN 0887-0624

The production of renewable hydrogen enriched gas from biomass waste is a promising technology for the development of a sustainable economy and society. Until now, there are still challenges of the technology in terms of the efficiency of hydrogen pr... Read More

Promoting hydrogen production and minimizing catalyst deactivation from the pyrolysis-catalytic steam reforming of biomass on nanosized NiZnAlOx catalysts (2016)
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Dong, L., Wu, C., Ling, H., Shi, J., Williams, P. T., & Huang, J. (2017). Promoting hydrogen production and minimizing catalyst deactivation from the pyrolysis-catalytic steam reforming of biomass on nanosized NiZnAlOx catalysts. Fuel, 188, 610-620. doi:10.1016/j.fuel.2016.10.072

Hydrogen production from the thermochemical conversion of biomass was carried out with nano-sized NiZnAlOx catalysts using a two-stage fixed bed reactor system. The gases derived from the pyrolysis of wood sawdust in the first stage were catalyticall... Read More