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LCD TV waste can be used to combat infections

Posted on Sunday, June 27 2010 @ 02:55:46 CEST by


Researchers have discovered that a key element in LCD display panels can be transformed into an anti-microbial substance that destroys infections such as Escherichia coli and some strains of Staphylococcus aureus.
Researchers at the University's Department of Chemistry have discovered a way of transforming the chemical compound polyvinyl-alcohol (PVA), which is a key element of television sets with liquid crystal display (LCD) technology, into an anti-microbial substance that destroys infections such as Escherichia coli and some strains of Staphylococcus aureus.

The York research team had earlier found a method of recovering PVA from television screens and transforming it into a substance which, due to its compatibility with the human body, could be suitable for use in tissue scaffolds that help parts of the body regenerate. It could also be used in pills and dressings that are designed to deliver drugs to particular parts of the body.
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