Researchers have managed to give graphene magnetic properties. The breakthrough opens the door to the development of graphene-based spintronic devices, that is, devices based on the spin or rotation of the electron, and could transform the electronics … Continue reading →
In an enormous warehouse just outside Chicago, pallets of computer monitors, hard drives and keyboards wait for disassembly. Bales of wires stand ready for pickup. Buckets of printed circuit boards glint with copper and gold. Intercon Solutions is one of the nation’s largest e-waste recyclers, pulling in $7.5 million in revenue last year through its [...] Continue reading →
Last week Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. announced the world’s first conversion type organic photovoltaic (OPV). Sure, it sounds scientific and cool, but why is this significant? Most photovoltaic (PV) cells use silicon and glass, which can be expensive to produce and bulky to install. Mitsubishi’s OPV uses organic compounds applied to a film substrate, so each [...] Continue reading →
Technological advances and stringent legislation have made 2010 a big year for the electronics industry.
But despite a high interest in e-waste exportation and the development of sleeker designs that allow for easier recycling, many manufacturers are still skipping over one important detail: packaging.
In 2008, Dell announced a plan to revolutionize computer packaging by using recycled [...] Continue reading →