Damia Barcelo and Thomas Knepper, TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 30 July 2019

This microplastics special issue compiled by Trends in Analytical Chemistry supports many of the SDGs, namely SDGs 3 (good health and well-being), 9.5 (enhance scientific research), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).
This event primarily focusses on SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), exploring the technical and engineering challenges of addressing all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Contributing to SDGs 7, 9 and 12, this critical literature review surveys the existing environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) studies on grid-scale stationary lithium-ion battery energy storage systems, and highlights research gaps concerning comprehensive environmental impacts. Several recommendations for future stationary storage LCA studies are proposed.
This paper focuses on the integration of a pregnant leach solution (PLS) - derived from a NiMH recycling stream - into a nickel production plant. Although toxic Cd is not present in NiMH batteries, it ends up in the battery waste stream, preventing direct integration of the waste into the primary process. This study removed Zn, Fe, Al, Mn and Cd ions from the PLS using a two-step solvent extraction process, so that the Ni and Co remaining in solution could be integrated into the nickel production process, addressing SDGs 7, 9 and 12.
This Special Issue, bringing together articles from Science of the Total Environment; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews; Ecological Modelling, and Resources; Conservation and Recycling, highlights the increasing understanding that major systems servicing human well-being, food, energy and water (FEW) systems are inextricably connected, and any attempt to address one dimension in isolation of the others will lead to unexpected, undesired, and far from optimal consequences. Considering these three systems holistically as the Food-Energy-Water Nexus directly considers Sustainable Development Goals 2 (zero hunger), 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), and 12 (responsible consumption and production).

TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry, Volume 114, 2019, Pages 196-201.

This paper critically reviews current scientific knowledge surrounding microplastics in the environment, supporting SDGs 9.5 (enhanced scientific research), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land).

Research Policy, Volume 48, Issue 4, May 2019, Pages 949-967

This paper assesses the extent to which scientific research is related to societal needs, with a focus on rice research and technology between 1983 and 2012. Winner of the Elsevier Atlas Award in October 2019, the paper advances SDG 9.
This Elsevier Atlas Award winning article directly contributes to SDGs 4 (Quality Education), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and 10 (Reduced Inequalities), presenting experiences using technology to support literacy teaching for deaf children through a storytelling technique.

Progress in Disaster Science, Volume 1, May 2019, 100003

This article addresses goals 9, 11 and 17 by summarising the significant advances related to BBB "Build Back Better" research in the past 13 years, and provides an overview of where the BBB concept and related policy and practice are heading in the coming years.
This article addresses goals 9, 11 and 17 by focusing on the appraisal of challenges in SFDRR priority 1 “understanding disaster risk” through the lens of science, technology and innovations.