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An investigation into the molecular mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen using a human dermal microvascular endothelial cell line and a porcine retinal explant model. (2019)
Thesis
IWUAGWU, B.U. 2019. An investigation into the molecular mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen using a human dermal microvascular endothelial cell line and a porcine retinal explant model. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Diabetes is a debilitating metabolic condition with associated vascular complications that are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Endothelial dysfunction is central to microvascular complications such as diabetic retinopathy (DR) and impaired... Read More

Development of a novel photocatalytic reactor for the treatment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. (2019)
Thesis
GBADAMOSI, T.G. 2019. Development of a novel photocatalytic reactor for the treatment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Water pollution through the discharge of contaminated water into the environment has been a major problem, both to humans and aquatic life. These potential consequences mean that water pollution has therefore received major attention. In industry, a... Read More

Appraisal of energy efficiency retrofit: government incentives and social housing organizations' perspective. (2019)
Thesis
PANERU, S. 2019. Appraisal of energy efficiency retrofit: government incentives and social housing organizations’ perspective. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

From the Scottish Social Housing Organizations' (SHO) perspective there is a major challenge to be addressed - retrofitting their dwelling stock to meet the energy efficiency objectives of the UK and Scottish governments. This is particularly challen... Read More

Structural and residual strength analysis of metal-to-metal adhesively bonded joints. (2019)
Thesis
PRATHURU, A. 2019. Structural and residual strength analysis of metal-to-metal adhesively bonded joints. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The aim of this study is to propose a new simulation/experimental methodology to assess the residual strength of defective adhesive bonds. This incorporates defect detection in adhesive bonds and quantification of the effect of these defects on the a... Read More

A proposed model of perceived motivationally-relevant social agent influence during athlete development. (2019)
Thesis
MCCANN, B.J.A. 2019. A proposed model of perceived motivationally-relevant social agent influence during athlete development. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This thesis aimed to extend knowledge of the perceived motivationally-relevant influences of coaches, parents and peers during athlete development in sport. In doing so this thesis addressed existing limitations in research to date exploring social a... Read More

Scottish style: the construction of Scottish identity amongst fashion and style influencers on Instagram. (2019)
Thesis
MARCELLA-HOOD, M. 2019. Scottish style: the construction of Scottish identity amongst fashion and style influencers on Instagram. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Research into Scottish fashion is a developing field; existing studies have tended to focus on the production of iconic textiles such as tartan, tweed and cashmere. The aim of this thesis was to explore the construction of national identity and place... Read More

The potential application of rapeseed pomace extracts in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. (2019)
Thesis
POHL, F. 2019. The potential application of rapeseed pomace extracts in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Rapeseed pomace (RSP) is the waste/by-product obtained after edible oil production from Brassica napus and is currently used as animal feed. In an attempt to revalorize this by-product as a potential nutraceutical for the treatment or prevention of n... Read More

Making records ready: responding to the Scottish child abuse inquiry. (2018)
Thesis
ANDERSON, C.E. 2018. Making records ready: responding to the Scottish child abuse inquiry. Robert Gordon University [online], DInfSci thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This study charts and describes, within a live and emergent environment, how a large organisation responded to the requirements of the Scottish child abuse inquiry. Using action research and a records continuum perspective, the study explores the rol... Read More

Impacts of cultural differences on international arbitration based on the example of Iran. (2018)
Thesis
HOWARD, M. 2018. Impacts of cultural differences on international arbitration based on the example of Iran. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This research aims to ascertain whether and to what extent cultural issues impact the accessibility and effectiveness of international arbitration, and to provide recommendations which will contribute to the improvement of international arbitration.... Read More

An analysis of the relevance of deliberative democracy, agonistic pluralism, and pluralist group theory in explaining Twitter activity during the Scottish independence referendum 2014. (2018)
Thesis
SMITH, P. 2018. An analysis of the relevance of deliberative democracy, agonistic pluralism, and pluralist group theory in explaining Twitter activity during the Scottish independence referendum 2014. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This thesis is predominantly focused upon the relevance of deliberative democracy and agonistic pluralism in helping us to understand and analyse the Scottish independence referendum of 2014, as it played out on Twitter. In doing so, it advances theo... Read More

Sustainable treatment of oil contaminated waste: oil-based mud (OBM) drill cuttings and soil. (2018)
Thesis
NWINEE, S.A. 2018. Sustainable treatment of oil contaminated waste: oil-based mud (OBM) drill cuttings and soil. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Environmental pollution from oilfield drilling waste poses potential hazards which can lead to ecological imbalance. The predominant pollutant from oilfield waste is petroleum hydrocarbons. Some effects of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination in soil... Read More

Chemical and physical effects of interaction between oilfield chemicals and formation rocks and integration with sand failure prediction models. (2018)
Thesis
WUYEP, E.O. 2018. Chemical and physical effects of interaction between oilfield chemicals and formation rocks and integration with sand failure prediction models. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Sand failure may result in the production of formation sand at the same time the formation fluids are being produced. Sand failure occurs when the formation stress exceeds the strength of the formation, which is derived mainly from the natural materi... Read More

Design and testing of an integrated catalytic membrane reactor for deoxygenating water using hydrogen for down-hole injection and process applications. (2018)
Thesis
ORAKWE, I.R. 2018. Design and testing of an integrated catalytic membrane reactor for deoxygenating water using hydrogen for down-hole injection and process applications. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Water obtained from the sea contains dissolved oxygen (DO) and is considered to be undesirable for use in down-hole water injection or other process applications. The presence of DO leads to corrosion and other related problems and hence the need for... Read More

An analysis of the competing factors within an extradition decision. (2018)
Thesis
UBIEBOR, O.G. 2018. An analysis of the competing factors within an extradition decision. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

In an era where an increasing number of states are affected by various types and forms of transnational crime - including terrorism, cybercrime, financial crime, murder, illegal drugs, and human trafficking - one response has been a greater emphasis... Read More

In search of digital marketing communications success: the case of oil and gas industry B2B SMEs. (2018)
Thesis
SETKUTE, J. 2018. In search of digital marketing communications success: the case of oil and gas industry B2B SMEs. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The focus of this study is the use and role of digital marketing communications (DMC) among B2B SMEs in the oil and gas industry. In order to understand the role of DMC, which is described as the use of DMC channels, such as website, social media, e-... Read More

Optical fibre-based minimally-invasive blood glucose monitoring system. (2018)
Thesis
VISWAMBARAN, V. 2018. Optical fibre-based minimally-invasive blood glucose monitoring system. Robert Gordon University [online], MRes thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Obesity and changing lifestyles have made diabetes mellitus one of the world’s foremost metabolic syndromes, affecting the lives of around 380 million people worldwide. Although considered incurable, adverse effects of diabetes can be controlled by t... Read More

The impact of national culture on knowledge management processes in the context of an economic transition to a knowledge-based economy: the case of Qatar. (2018)
Thesis
ISMAEL EL SAYED, A.A. 2018. The impact of national culture on knowledge management processes in the context of an economic transition to a knowledge-based economy: the case of Qatar. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

In recent years, a global movement towards a knowledge-based economy through the provision of adequate and appropriate infrastructure and development programs for leveraging the potential of human capital has started. There has been tremendous cognit... Read More

Is there a role for therapeutic photography in social work with groups? (2018)
Thesis
GIBSON, N.F. 2018. Is there a role for therapeutic photography in social work with groups? Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Therapeutic photography is the term given to the use of photography to elicit positive outcomes for the user, yet these benefits appear to be underutilised within professional practice, particularly where a therapeutic relationship already exists whi... Read More

An academic library position in a university: understanding the position and its positioning process. (2018)
Thesis
MD YUSOF, M. 2018. An academic library position in a university: understanding the position and its positioning process. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

This study explored the issues related to academic libraries' position and the positioning process. The study adopted an inductive and grounded theory approach to illuminate the academic library's position and positioning process through the percepti... Read More

Effective and efficient estimation of distribution algorithms for permutation and scheduling problems. (2018)
Thesis
AYODELE, M. 2018. Effective and efficient estimation of distribution algorithms for permutation and scheduling problems. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Estimation of Distribution Algorithm (EDA) is a branch of evolutionary computation that learn a probabilistic model of good solutions. Probabilistic models are used to represent relationships between solution variables which may give useful, human-un... Read More