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Scientists Turn discarded LCDs into Medical and Cleaning Gear

Jun 24 2010, 10:52am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Scientists Turn discarded LCDs into Medical and Cleaning Gear
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The sheer volume of cleaning supplies on the market that claim to kill germs is crazy and surely will contribute to the superbug that nothing can kill. At home killing every germ isn't nearly as big a deal, as it is in the hospital setting where one germ can literally kill the people who are already ill.

Another big problem facing the world is what to do with the ever increasing amount of electronic waste products we dispose of from cell phones to TVs and computers. Many of these devices today have an LCD and those displays are made in large part by polyvinyl-alcohol or PVA.

A team of scientists at the University of York has found a way to take that PVA from discarded displays and turn it into something useful by recycling. The team has been able to use its process to create cleaning solutions that kill germs for hospitals. The PVAs created are also biocompatible and can be used inside the human body for other medical procedures.

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