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New Research Results from the RICE Project

03/08/2021

Although, the RICE Project is focussed on industrial demonstration units and creating social and economic change within West Wales and the Valleys, it is inevitable that new discoveries come out of the overall project.

The long term success of new and emerging technologies is underpinned by the availability of critical elements. Carbon is ubiquitous and sustainable, the ideal element for batteries, sensors, and remediation technologies (including carbon capture materials used in WP1). RICE is working to reduce industrial carbon dioxide emissions within this effort we are also interested in finding innovative avenues to make carbon-based materials with substantial added value. In our latest work published in the journal Carbon, we demonstrate a simple and scalable method to produce luminescent carbon nanoribbons from cheap and largely available carbon black. The simplicity of our approach opens opportunities for large scale manufacturing and commercial application of otherwise expensive to make nanomaterials.

 

One of the largest problems facing the steelmaking industry is the high amount of waste currently produced and the low amount of waste that is currently recycled. In our recent work published in a special issue of Recent Progress in Materials on Wastes, Residues and Byproducts for the Production of Construction Materials we have studied the suitability of three different samples of basic oxygen steelmaking (BOS) slag as a construction material, in concert with their carbon capture capacity as alternative CO2 adsorbent materials for WP1. Based upon analysis it is clear that these BOS slags were found to have several favourable characteristics making them suitable for reuse as construction material.

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