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Methanogenesis from Mineral Carbonates, a Potential Indicator for Life on Mars (2022)
Journal Article
Wormald, R. M., Hopwood, J., Humphreys, P. N., Mayes, W., Gomes, H. I., & Rout, S. P. (2022). Methanogenesis from Mineral Carbonates, a Potential Indicator for Life on Mars. Geosciences, 12(3), Article 138. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences12030138

Priorities for the exploration of Mars involve the identification and observation of biosignatures that indicate the existence of life on the planet. The atmosphere and composition of the sediments on Mars suggest suitability for anaerobic chemolitho... Read More about Methanogenesis from Mineral Carbonates, a Potential Indicator for Life on Mars.

What are the different styles of calcite precipitation within a hyperalkaline leachate? A sedimentological Anthropocene case study (2021)
Journal Article
Bastianini, L., Rogerson, M., Mercedes-Martín, R., Prior, T. J., & Mayes, W. M. (in press). What are the different styles of calcite precipitation within a hyperalkaline leachate? A sedimentological Anthropocene case study. The Depositional Record, https://doi.org/10.1002/dep2.168

This study aims to compare the fabrics of anthropogenic carbonates downstream of lime and steel disposal sites with models of carbonate precipitation from natural systems to elucidate potential drivers, precipitation mechanisms, morphological similar... Read More about What are the different styles of calcite precipitation within a hyperalkaline leachate? A sedimentological Anthropocene case study.

From linear economy legacies to circular economy resources: Maximising the multifaceted values of legacy mineral wastes (2021)
Book Chapter
Mayes, W. M., Hull, S. L., & Gomes, H. I. (2021). From linear economy legacies to circular economy resources: Maximising the multifaceted values of legacy mineral wastes. In A. Stefanakis, & I. Nikolaou (Eds.), Circular Economy and Sustainability Volume 1: Management and Policy (409-431). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819817-9.00009-0

Extractive industries represent the first stage of our global cycles of production and consumption. Environmental legacies associated with mining and mineral processing to all environmental compartments (air, soil, water) are extensive, long-lived, a... Read More about From linear economy legacies to circular economy resources: Maximising the multifaceted values of legacy mineral wastes.

Brownfield sites promote biodiversity at a landscape scale (2021)
Journal Article
Macgregor, C. J., Bunting, M. J., Deutz, P., Bourn, N. A., Roy, D. B., & Mayes, W. M. (2022). Brownfield sites promote biodiversity at a landscape scale. The Science of the total environment, 804, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150162

Repurposing of brownfield sites is often promoted, because it is perceived that protecting the “green belt” limits damage to biodiversity; yet brownfield sites provide scarce habitats with limited disturbance, so conversely are also perceived to be e... Read More about Brownfield sites promote biodiversity at a landscape scale.

Comparative assessment of marine weathering of ROP-derived biopolymers against conventional plastics (2021)
Journal Article
Rodgers, K., Mayes, W. M., Santoro, O., Redshaw, C., Mccumskay, R., & Parsons, D. R. (2021). Comparative assessment of marine weathering of ROP-derived biopolymers against conventional plastics. Marine pollution bulletin, 167, Article 112272. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112272

Bio-based plastics were designed to replace single-use plastics and to cause less post-consumer environmental damage. This paper assesses the weathering of four bio-based polymers created by ring opening polymerization (ROP) promoted by a previously... Read More about Comparative assessment of marine weathering of ROP-derived biopolymers against conventional plastics.

Hydrogenotrophic Methanogenesis Under Alkaline Conditions (2020)
Journal Article
Wormald, R. M., Rout, S. P., Mayes, W., Gomes, H., & Humphreys, P. N. (2020). Hydrogenotrophic Methanogenesis Under Alkaline Conditions. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, Article 614227. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.614227

A cement-based geological disposal facility (GDF) is one potential option for the disposal of intermediate level radioactive wastes. The presence of both organic and metallic materials within a GDF provides the opportunity for both acetoclastic and h... Read More about Hydrogenotrophic Methanogenesis Under Alkaline Conditions.

New insights into biomass combustion ash categorisation: A phylogenetic analysis (2020)
Journal Article
Zhai, J., Burke, I., Mayes, W. M., & Stewart, D. (in press). New insights into biomass combustion ash categorisation: A phylogenetic analysis. Fuel, Article 119469. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119469

Combustion of biomass within power stations is a more sustainable way to generate electricity than the use of fossil fuels provided the feedstock is sustainably grown. The physical and chemical properties of biomass combustion ash from different feed... Read More about New insights into biomass combustion ash categorisation: A phylogenetic analysis.

Legacy iron and steel wastes in the UK: Extent, resource potential, and management futures (2020)
Journal Article
Riley, A. L., MacDonald, J. M., Burke, I. T., Renforth, P., Jarvis, A. P., Hudson-Edwards, K. A., …Mayes, W. M. (2020). Legacy iron and steel wastes in the UK: Extent, resource potential, and management futures. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 219, Article 106630. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gexplo.2020.106630

The iron and steel industry has a long tradition of bulk reuse of slags for a range of construction applications. Growing interest in recent years has seen slag resource recovery options extend to critical raw material recovery and atmospheric carbon... Read More about Legacy iron and steel wastes in the UK: Extent, resource potential, and management futures.

Effect of an extreme flood event on solute transport and resilience of a mine water treatment system in a mineralised catchment (2020)
Journal Article
Mayes, W. M., Perks, M. T., Large, A. R., Davis, J. E., Gandy, C. J., Orme, P. A., & Jarvis, A. P. (2021). Effect of an extreme flood event on solute transport and resilience of a mine water treatment system in a mineralised catchment. The Science of the total environment, 750, Article 141693. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141693

Extreme rainfall events are predicted to become more frequent with climate change and can have a major bearing on instream solute and pollutant transport in mineralised catchments. The Coledale Beck catchment in north-west England was subject to an e... Read More about Effect of an extreme flood event on solute transport and resilience of a mine water treatment system in a mineralised catchment.

Resource Recovery from Wastes: Towards a Circular Economy (2019)
Book
Macaskie, L. E., Sapsford, D. J., & Mayes, W. M. (Eds.). (2020). Resource Recovery from Wastes: Towards a Circular Economy. London: Royal Society of Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1039/9781788016353

The concept of a circular economy has been gaining increasing attention in recent years. Many of the sources of chemicals we have become reliant on are dwindling and the accumulation of waste products poses a serious environmental problem. By recover... Read More about Resource Recovery from Wastes: Towards a Circular Economy.