Researchers at the University of York have discovered a possible use for discarded LCD
s which should come as a relief to anyone familiar with the world's rampant e-waste
problem. According to the report, which will be presented today at the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, D.C., a process of heating, then cooling and dehydrating the PVA (polyvinyl-alcohol, the key component of LCDs) with ethanol produces a surface area of mesoporous material with great potential for use in biomedicine
. The resultant product's anti-microbial properties can now be enhanced by adding silver nanoparticles, producing something which is anti-bacterial and can kill things like E.coli. The potential application of course, is that hospital surfaces could be made of it in the future
. This is just one (major) step in a long-term project, so don't expect to see it in real life anytime soon.