Last month saw the launch of our latest open access journal, Sustainable Chemical Processes, which covers all aspects of sustainable chemistry from laboratory to industry. The launch papers cover a wide range of topics, and a pair of review articles looking at ionic liquids for biomass fractionation, and microwave energy for biodiesel production have proved to be particularly popular.
New research published in Heritage Science examines the mercury content in soil surrounding medieval human skeletons. Studying skeletons can be a useful way of obtaining information about life in medieval societies in the absence of other information. The authors measured the amount of mercury in the soil surrounding seven skeletons and found that five had soil Hg concentrations higher than the background level. This mercury would have originated from the decomposed soft tissue, and the results provide information about the history of exposure to mercury throughout the lives of the individuals.
Other research highlights from May include: