Discover the first articles from RSC Sustainability

RSC Sustainability champions chemical science discoveries. We want the research we publish to enable the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and we are delighted to share our very first papers with you. Read our first articles here for free!


From rocks to bioactive compounds: a journey through the global P(V) organophosphorus industry and its sustainability

Sosthène Ung and Chao-Jun Li

RSC Sustainability, 2022, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D2SU00015F


Biologically bound nickel accelerated de-polymerization of polyethylene to high value hydrocarbons and hydrogen

Parul Johar, Elizabeth L. Rylott, C. Robert McElroy, Avtar S. Matharu and James H. Clark

RSC Sustainability, 2022, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D2SU00001F


Tailoring lixiviant properties to optimise selectivity in E-waste recycling

Jennifer M. Hartley, Sean Scott, Rodolfo Marin Rivera, Philip Hunt, Anthony J. Lucio, Philip Bird, Robert Harris, Gawen R.T. Jenkin and Andrew P. Abbott

RSC Sustainability, 2022, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D2SU00038E


Birch fractionation in γ-valerolactone with the emphasis on pulp properties: prehydrolysis, acid-catalyzed, and alkaline-catalyzed concept

Marianna Granatier, Huy Quang Lê, Eva Carmona González and Herbert Sixta

RSC Sustainability, 2022, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D2SU00046F


Phosphate-induced enhancement of fumarate production from a CO2 and pyruvate with the system of malate dehydrogenase and fumarase

Mika Takeuchi and Yutaka Amao

RSC Sustainability, 2022, Advance Article. DOI: 10.1039/D2SU00031H


Professor Tom Welton: “As the Editor-in-Chief of RSC Sustainability, I am pleased to see these first articles that contribute toward circular economy through the use of renewables and efficient use of nature’s resources, and look forward to our sharing our future papers with you too.”


RSC Sustainability is a gold open access journal. We welcome solutions-focused research that is dedicated to solving sustainability challenges. Interested in publishing your research? Submit your manuscript.


Best wishes,


Tom Welton

Editor-in-Chief, RSC Sustainability

Imperial College London, UK


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