21 May '13, 5am

Taiwanese researchers take aim at environmental issues

TAIPEI--Taiwan's bulwark research centers are aiming to move the island nation up the supply chain from manufacturing to innovation by fostering cooperative industry/academic efforts to commercialize home-grown microelectronics, here aiming to solving environmental issues such as eliminating the negative environmental impact of rare-earth strip-mining and solving the mystery of disappearing honey bees. To mitigate the need for the environmentally damaging strip mining practices used on the Chinese mainland to harvest rare earth minerals, IEEE Fellow Ching-Fuh Lin at National Taiwan University (NTU) has created nano-particle materials that are cheaper, more convenient to use, and easier to color balance than using the rare-earths required by solid-state lighting (SSL) today. "We are merging light and electricity by designing environmentally friendly zinc-oxide alloys, with ...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4414754/Taiwanese...

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