Recycling CDs for Wastewater Treatment

September 30, 2013 · Print This Article

Someone has finally come up with an upcycling use for old CD discs. Din Ping Tsai, a physicist at National Taiwan University, has developed a small, low-power method for treating wastewater using UV light and zinc oxide applied to the CDs. Using old CDs as a substrate to coat with zinc oxide provides a low cost layer which can be spun as water is applied, creating a thin film of water which

more effectively interacts with the photocatalytic layer of zinc oxide nanorods. In tests, the device was able to break down over 95% of the contaminants after an hour of treatment.

Though this could be a wonderful application for old CDs, it’s unlikely to solve the waste accumulation from billions of old CDs. The number used for this treatment system, even whether it becomes widely adopted, is going to […]

[Source] Cynthia

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