Journal Highlights January 2020

06 February 2020

3 February 2020

SCI’s peer reviewed journals provide research studies and commentary articles undertaken by top scientists in emerging areas, addressing global audiences by crossing academic, industrial and science policy sectors.

Here we highlight some of the most recent papers from our journals. To view the full range of SCI’s journals, visit our Publications page.

Food waste and sewage sludge, the perfect feedstock

Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology DOI:10.1002/jctb.6069

A biorefinery platform using food waste and sewage sludge, the most abundant waste products in an urban environment, to produce Volatile Fatty Acids (VFA) is a valuable addition to the circular economy. VFA can be used as a starting molecule for bioenergy production and for the synthesis of products such as biopolymers.

 Mouldy fruit

New polymer for contact lenses

Polymer International DOI:10.1002/pi.5938

Developing new materials that meet the criteria needed for contact lenses is challenging. Researchers have found that polyethylene glycol-based polyurethane isocyanurate (PEG PUI) meets the requirements for a contact lens material. The properties can be attributed to the PEG PUI polymer network structure comprising hydrogel networks. The use of a PEG polymeric backbone provides the unusual combination of hydrophilicity and chemical inertness.

Contact lens

Injection of CO2 impacted by temperature

Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology DOI:10.1002/ghg.1951

Injecting carbon dioxide into storage wells as part of a carbon capture project requires adequate well injectivity and storage capacity so that large volumes of CO2 can be placed in a minimum number of wells. Injectivity parameters such as density and viscosity are affected by formation pressure and temperature. While the effect of pressure on CO2 injectivity has been investigated, little study has been done on the effect of temperature on CO2. Development of theoretical models to investigate thermal behaviour of injected CO2 from the wellhead to the reservoir has provided important insights on the effect of thermal instability on CO2 injectivity, especially in the wellbore injection inlet.

Carbon dioxide

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