Rebuilding The Human Body – With Old LCD Screens

Posted Thu Jul 16, 2009 at 12:25 PM PDT by Mike Attebery

Just when you thought your HDTV couldn’t get any cooler!

According to James Clark, director of the York Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York, a key ingredient in LCD screens plays an important part in helping to regenerate human tissue. Polyvinyl-alchohol (PVA) is a substance that does not provoke a response from the human body, making it the perfect material for tissue scaffolds.

"Liquid crystal displays represent a significant and rapidly increasing proportion of this waste" Clarks report states” as such, utilization of any of this waste stream is of both environmental and commercial interest.” He stresses that even though PVA isn’t a significant environmental hazard, there’s absolutely no reason to let it go to waste.

Get all the nitty gritty info in Clark’s report, published on Green Chemistry

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