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Advanced Sustainable Systems publishes articles covering a wide variety of topics from different disciplines that focus on the advancement of sustainable living. This includes broad themes such as water & environment, food sustainability, cradle-to-cradle processing, and energy & materials.

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  1. The Effects of Nanoscale Zerovalent Iron on Microbial Fuel Cells in the Start-up Process

    Xiaofeng Xiao, Qingping Wang, Xiaoying Jin and Zuliang Chen

    Version of Record online: 23 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201700181

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    During the start-up phase of microbial fuel cells (MFCs), a high concentration of nanoscale zerovalent iron (nZVI) inhibits MFCs' output voltage by affecting the formation of a mature biofilm. And green synthesized nZVI reveals less antibacterial activity to microbial community in anode than chemically synthesized nZVI, proving that it can be the best alternative in wastewater treatment.

  2. Design of Hierarchal 3D Metal Oxide Structures for Water Oxidation and Purification

    Mahmud Diab, Karam Shreteh, Noa Afik, Michael Volokh, Sigal Abramovich, Uri Abdu and Taleb Mokari

    Version of Record online: 20 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201800001

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    Combination of natural templates and synthetic capabilities can rationally create hierarchical 3D structures with increased functionalities. Coating calcareous foraminiferal shells with metal oxide materials via facile, general, cheap, and large scale process results in forming unique 3D structures with superior water oxidation and purification performance.

  3. A Novel and Versatile Grafting Procedure: Toward the Highest Possible Sulfonation Degree of Mesoporous Silica

    Jana Timm and Roland Marschall

    Version of Record online: 14 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201700170

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    The quantitative reaction of 3-mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) molecules with silanol groups on the surface of ordered mesoporous silica via new chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-type grafting approach is demonstrated. The CVD method is generalizable for silica materials due to mild, and solvent-free reaction conditions. The highest theoretical anchorage of MPTMS molecules per nm2 is practically achieved for the first time.

  4. Lactic Acid Production from Renewable Feedstock: Fractionation, Hydrolysis, and Fermentation

    Llorenç Gavilà, Magda Constantí, Francisco Medina, Ricardo Pezoa-Conte, Ikenna Anugwom and Jyri-Pekka Mikkola

    Version of Record online: 5 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201700185

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    The whole chain for lactic acid production from biomass is successfully demonstrated, using switchable ionic liquid pulping, dilute acid hydrolysis, and lactic acid fermentation.

  5. Water-Processable Amphiphilic Low Band Gap Block Copolymer:Fullerene Blend Nanoparticles as Alternative Sustainable Approach for Organic Solar Cells

    Stefania Zappia, Guido Scavia, Anna Maria Ferretti, Umberto Giovanella, Varun Vohra and Silvia Destri

    Version of Record online: 2 FEB 2018 | DOI: 10.1002/adsu.201700155

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    Organic solar cells were prepared using water-processable nanoparticles (NPs) composed of a semiconducting amphiphilic block copolymer blended with a fullerene derivative. Water-borne NPs showed a pre-aggregation of the two materials. After mild thermal annealing, material organization results in enhanced hole mobility compared to films conventionally deposited. The NP-based solar cells exhibit high photocurrents (11.5 mA cm−2) and efficiencies of 2.53%.