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A feasibility study of a leaky waveguide aptasensor for thrombin (2019)
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Alamrani, N. A., Greenway, G. M., Pamme, N., Goddard, N. J., & Gupta, R. (in press). A feasibility study of a leaky waveguide aptasensor for thrombin. Analyst, https://doi.org/10.1039/c9an01421g

This proof-of-principle study demonstrates the feasibility of a leaky waveguide (LW) aptasensor, where aptamers were immobilised in a mesoporous chitosan waveguiding film for the detection of thrombin. This work has demonstrated that aptamers immobil... Read More

Boosting the antimicrobial action of vancomycin formulated in shellac nanoparticles of dual-surface functionality (2019)
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Al-Obaidy, S. S., Halbus, A. F., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Boosting the antimicrobial action of vancomycin formulated in shellac nanoparticles of dual-surface functionality. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 7(19), 3119-3133. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8tb03102a

We report a strong amplification of the antimicrobial action of vancomycin (VCM) encapsulated in shellac nanoparticles (NPs) with dual surface functionalisation. These shellac nanocarriers for VCM were produced in two steps: (i) a pH drop from aqueou... Read More

Dual-functionalised shellac nanocarriers give a super-boost of the antimicrobial action of berberine (2018)
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Al-Obaidy, S. S., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2019). Dual-functionalised shellac nanocarriers give a super-boost of the antimicrobial action of berberine. Nanoscale advances, 1(2), 858-872. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8na00121a

We have developed highly efficient antimicrobial nanocarriers for berberine (BRB) based on shellac nanoparticles (NPs) which were surface-functionalised with a surface active polymer, Poloxamer 407 (P407), and the cationic surfactant octadecyltrimeth... Read More

Amplified antimicrobial action of chlorhexidine encapsulated in PDAC-functionalized acrylate copolymer nanogel carriers (2018)
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Al-Awady, M. J., Weldrick, P. J., Hardman, M. J., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2018). Amplified antimicrobial action of chlorhexidine encapsulated in PDAC-functionalized acrylate copolymer nanogel carriers. Materials Chemistry Frontiers, 2(11), 2032-2044. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8qm00343b

We have developed and tested a novel functionalised nanocarrier for chlorhexidine (CHX) which provides a very strong enhancement of its antimicrobial action. The nanocarrier was based on lightly-cross-linked acrylate copolymer nanogel particles loade... Read More

Characterization of energy-rich hydrochars from microwave-assisted hydrothermal carbonization of coconut shell (2018)
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Elaigwu, S. E., & Greenway, G. M. (2019). Characterization of energy-rich hydrochars from microwave-assisted hydrothermal carbonization of coconut shell. Waste and biomass valorization, 10(7), 1979–1987. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12649-018-0209-x

In this study, microwave-assisted hydrothermal carbonization of waste coconut shell (feedstock) is reported. It is a thermo-conversion technique in which the feedstock was transformed into energy-rich carbonaceous material under mild conditions. The... Read More

Enhanced antimicrobial effect of berberine in nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality (2017)
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Al-Awady, M. J., Fauchet, A., Greenway, G. M., & Paunov, V. N. (2017). Enhanced antimicrobial effect of berberine in nanogel carriers with cationic surface functionality. Journal of materials chemistry B, Materials for biology and medicine /, 5(38), 7885-7897. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7tb02262j

We report a strong enhancement in the antimicrobial action of berberine encapsulated into polyacrylic acid-based nanogels followed by further surface functionalisation with a cationic polyelectrolyte (PDAC). Due to the highly developed surface area,... Read More

Microwave-assisted and conventional hydrothermal carbonization of lignocellulosic waste material: comparison of the chemical and structural properties of the hydrochars (2015)
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Elaigwu, S. E., & Greenway, G. M. (2016). Microwave-assisted and conventional hydrothermal carbonization of lignocellulosic waste material: comparison of the chemical and structural properties of the hydrochars. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 118, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaap.2015.12.013

This study compares the chemical and structural properties of the hydrochars prepared from microwave-assisted and conventional hydrothermal carbonizations of Prosopis africana shell, a waste plant material. The preparation involved heating the raw ma... Read More

Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of carbon monolith via a soft-template method using resorcinol and formaldehyde as carbon precursor and pluronic F127 as template (2014)
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Elaigwu, S. E., Kyriakou, G., Prior, T. J., & Greenway, G. M. (2014). Microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of carbon monolith via a soft-template method using resorcinol and formaldehyde as carbon precursor and pluronic F127 as template. Materials letters, 123, 198-201. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2014.03.003

A new microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of carbon monolith is reported in this work. The process uses microwave heating at 100 °C under acidic condition by employing a triblock copolymer F127 as the template, and resorcinol–formaldehyde as th... Read More

Biomass derived mesoporous carbon monoliths via an evaporation-induced self-assembly (2013)
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Elaigwu, S. E., & Greenway, G. M. (2014). Biomass derived mesoporous carbon monoliths via an evaporation-induced self-assembly. Materials letters, 115, 117-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2013.10.019

Evaporation-induced self-assembly has been applied in the synthesis of crack-free mesoporous carbon monolith with good mechanical stability using a waste plant material as carbon precursor and triblock copolymer F127 as template. The carbon monolith... Read More

Improved DNA extraction efficiency from low level cell numbers using a silica monolith based micro fluidic device (2012)
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Kashkary, L., Kemp, C., Shaw, K. J., Greenway, G. M., & Haswell, S. J. (2012). Improved DNA extraction efficiency from low level cell numbers using a silica monolith based micro fluidic device. Analytica Chimica Acta, 750, 127-131. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2012.05.019

The evaluation of a micro fluidic system with an integrated silica monolith for performing DNA extraction from limited biological samples has been carried out. Low DNA target concentrations usually require the addition of carrier RNA to ensure desire... Read More

Analytical challenges and the development of biomarkers to measure and to monitor the effects of ocean acidification (2011)
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Hardege, J., Rotchell, J., Terschak, J., & Greenway, G. (2011). Analytical challenges and the development of biomarkers to measure and to monitor the effects of ocean acidification. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 30(8), 1320-1326. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trac.2011.07.004

Changing ocean-carbonate chemistry caused by oceanic uptake of anthropogenic atmospheric carbon dioxide leads to the formation of carbonic acid, thus lowering the pH of the sea with predictions of a decrease from current levels at 8.15 to 7.82 by the... Read More

Development of a real-world direct interface for integrated DNA extraction and amplification in a microfluidic device (2010)
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Shaw, K. J., Joyce, D., Docker, P. T., Dyer, C. E., Greenway, G. M., Greenman, J., & Haswell, S. J. (2011). Development of a real-world direct interface for integrated DNA extraction and amplification in a microfluidic device. Lab on a chip, 11(3), 443-448. https://doi.org/10.1039/c0lc00346h

Integrated DNA extraction and amplification have been carried out in a microfluidic device using electro-osmotic pumping (EOP) for fluidic control. All the necessary reagents for performing both DNA extraction and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) ampl... Read More

Microfluidic synthesis of silica nanoparticles using polyethylenimine polymers (2010)
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He, P., Greenway, G., & Haswell, S. J. (2011). Microfluidic synthesis of silica nanoparticles using polyethylenimine polymers. Chemical Engineering Journal, 167(2-3), 694-699. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2010.08.079

A microfluidic reactor system for the synthesis of silica nanoparticles has been developed from commercially available ETFE tubing (0.17-1.0 mm diameter) connected in series to support the hydrolysis, nucleation and particle growth based on a sol-gel... Read More

A microflow chemiluminescence system for determination of chloramphenicol in honey with preconcentration using a molecularly imprinted polymer (2010)
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Thongchai, W., Liawruangath, B., Liawruangrath, S., & Greenway, G. M. (2010). A microflow chemiluminescence system for determination of chloramphenicol in honey with preconcentration using a molecularly imprinted polymer. Talanta, 82(2), 560-566. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2010.05.007

A novel chemiluminescence (CL) microfluidic system incorporating a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) preconcentration step was used for the determination of chloramphenicol in honey samples. The MIP was prepared by using chloramphenicol as the temp... Read More

Rapid PCR amplification using a microfluidic device with integrated microwave heating and air impingement cooling (2010)
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Shaw, K. J., Docker, P. T., Yelland, J. V., Dyer, C. E., Greenman, J., Greenway, G. M., & Haswell, S. J. (2010). Rapid PCR amplification using a microfluidic device with integrated microwave heating and air impingement cooling. Lab on a chip, 10(13), 1725-1728. https://doi.org/10.1039/c000357n

A microwave heating system is described for performing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in a microfluidic device. The heating system, in combination with air impingement cooling, provided rapid thermal cycling with heating and cooling rates of up to 6... Read More

Comparative PBT screening using (Q)SAR tools within REACH legislation (2009)
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Zachary, M., & Greenway, G. M. (2009). Comparative PBT screening using (Q)SAR tools within REACH legislation. SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research, 20(1-2), 145-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/10629360902724143

Small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the EU are facing challenges due to the introduction of new legislation designed to protect consumers and the environment, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of CHemicals). There... Read More

Development of a high throughput screening tool for biotransformations utilising a thermophilic L-aminoacylase enzyme (2009)
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Ngamsom, B., Hickey, A. M., Greenway, G. M., Littlechild, J. A., Watts, P., & Wiles, C. (2010). Development of a high throughput screening tool for biotransformations utilising a thermophilic L-aminoacylase enzyme. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 63(1-2), 81-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molcatb.2009.12.013

Micro-reactors containing a monolith-immobilised thermophilic l-aminoacylase, from Thermococcus litoralis, have been developed for use in biotransformation reactions and a study has been carried out to investigate the stereospecificity and stability... Read More

Development of a monolith based immobilized lipase micro-reactor for biocatalytic reactions in a biphasic mobile system (2009)
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He, P., Greenway, G., & Haswell, S. J. (2010). Development of a monolith based immobilized lipase micro-reactor for biocatalytic reactions in a biphasic mobile system. Process Biochemistry, 45(4), 593-597. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procbio.2009.12.008

This paper reports a simple method for producing macroporous silica-monoliths with controllable porosity that can be used for the immobilization of lipases to generate an active and stable micro-reactor for biocatalysis. A range of commercially avail... Read More

Development of a gel-to-gel electro-kinetic pinched injection method for an integrated micro-fluidic based DNA analyser (2009)
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Oakley, J. A., Robinson, S., Dyer, C. E., Greenman, J., Greenway, G. M., & Haswell, S. J. (2009). Development of a gel-to-gel electro-kinetic pinched injection method for an integrated micro-fluidic based DNA analyser. Analytica Chimica Acta, 652(1-2), 239-244. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2009.07.063

An integrated gel supported micro-fluidic system is reported, in which PCR products can be efficiently injected into a capillary electrophoresis device. The gel supported system is designed to provide greater stability to reagents during long periods... Read More

A prototype microfluidic chip using fluorescent yeast for detection of toxic compounds (2008)
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García-Alonso, J., Greenway, G. M., Hardege, J. D., & Haswell, S. J. (2009). A prototype microfluidic chip using fluorescent yeast for detection of toxic compounds. Biosensors & bioelectronics, 24(5), 1508-1511. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bios.2008.07.074

A microfluidic chip has been developed to enable the screening of chemicals for environmental toxicity. The microfluidic approach offers several advantages over macro-scale systems for toxicity screening, including low cost and flexibility in design.... Read More