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Bisphenol-A polycarbonate (BAPC) was crystallised by exposure to acetone vapours for a period of 9 h; it developed a 20% crystallinity according to WAXS measurements. The samples of semi-crystalline BAPC were then submitted to a series of thermal treatments including annealing, self-nucleation and subsequent isothermal crystallizations. The results showed that the polymer possesses a remarkable crystalline memory and a much faster recrystallization and reorganization capacity (lamellar thickening) than its very low thermal crystallization rate. This peculiar crystallization behaviour probably stems from its rigid backbone molecular structure.

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The main objective of the present study is to study the behaviour of sewage sludge and biochar from sewage sludge pyrolysis after addition to soil in a context of a temperate agricultural soil. For this, an incubation experiment was designed during 200 days. Carbon mineralization of soil amended with sewage sludge and biochar at two different rates (4 and 8 wt%) was evaluated. Differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetry and the first derivate of the TG were performed in oxidizing conditions on soil samples before and after incubation. Biochar obtained from sewage sludge pyrolysis at 500 °C was more stable in soil than original sewage sludge. After incubation experiment, the reduction of soil organic matter content was significantly lower in soil amended with biochar than in soil amended with sewage sludge. The thermostability index WL3/WL2 decreases after incubation in soil amended with biochar, however it increases in case of soil treated with sewage sludge.

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This study deals with thermal analysis of growing media obtained from mixtures of paper will waste materials (one de-inking paper sludge, HP, and one reject from paper mill producing paper from virgin wood, RT) with sewage sludge. For the growing media formulation, one sewage sludge (L) was mixed with both paper mill waste materials at 10, 20, and 30% in volume. An incubation experiment was designed in order to study their carbon mineralization. Addition of sewage sludge significantly increases the carbon mineralization of growing media based on RT. In case of HP, carbon mineralization increases after addition of sewage sludge in 30% (HP + 30L treatment). Thermogravimetric analysis (TG and DTG) of growing media was performed before and after incubation experiment in order to study the organic matter transformation. The higher the carbon mineralization, the greater the difference between TG curves of samples before and after the incubation. The WL3/WL2 ratio increases after incubation of samples as a result of organic matter stabilisation. For HP growing media, the highest value corresponds to HP + 30L whereas HP + 20L, and HP + 10L show similar values. In case of RT, the WL3/WL2 index shows a progressive increase with sewage sludge content.

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