Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 23, 2020, e00134, ISSN 2214-9937

Hazardous waste generated from the disposal of Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) is driving research into a sustainable approach for treatment and recovery. The positive electrode active materials are the main targeted component, being the greatest contributor to LIBs cost. This paper studies the particle size characteristics of milled spent LIBs, and also the interaction of copper and aluminum impurities based on size, contributing to SDGs 7, 9 and 12.

Chem, Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2018, Pages 2007-2008.

Contributing to SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and environmental SDGs 12, 13, 14 and 15, this piece explores the vast amounts of organic solvents employed in carrying out organic reactions with the chemistry industry and explores alternatives with reduced negative environmental impact.
This report represents more than a decade of research on sustainable business. Together with the UN Global Compact Progress Report, it forms the world’s most comprehensive research to date on business contribution to the SDGs, advancing Goals 12 and 17.
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 white paper examines whether increasing carbon prices are helping to reduce carbon emissions in the European Union. It directly relates to SDG 7 - affordable and clean energy, and SDG 13 - climate action.

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.
Waste multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs), containing BaTiO3, Ag, Pd, Ni, and Sn etc., and are a valuable secondary resource. The existing recycling process has great challenges when considering the environmentally friendly and efficient separation and recovery of resources. Contributing to SDGs 7, 9 and 12, this study demonstrates a simple and sustainable process to convert MLCCs into high value-added and efficient photocatalysts, which promises significant benefits for waste utilisation and environmental protection.
This study analyses the relationship between social inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and economic development. This article directly contributes to SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG (decent work and economic development).
Despite the great potential of mobile data to support the delivery of the sustainable development agenda across sub-Saharan Africa, access to the data remains a great challenge due to real or perceived barriers. In order to address gaps in timely data that provide information on the SDGs, a multistakeholder workshop was held in Nairobi, Kenya, in February 2019, contributing to SDGs 9 and 17.

The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 550-559.

Contributing to Sustainable Development Goals 3 (good health and well-being), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 10 (reduced inequalities), this research identifies the importance of diversification and gender equity in the scientific workforce and in the research populations to produce effective medical research.