The final presentations for the Easter Term Development i-Teams programme took place on Tuesday 13 June. The evening was a great success and the final weeks projects included:
Colorfix has developed a new way of dyeing fabrics that is environmentally sound. In comparison to current dyeing techniques, the Colorfix process uses a considerably reduced amount of water, reduces the risk of water contamination and uses significantly less energy to result in efficient and colourfast dyeing with less pollutants.
With limited local recycling options for electronic devices e-waste has become an environmental crisis, particularly in developing countries, due to the exposure of toxins from faulty circuit boards. Sanjiv Sambandan and his team have identified means to prolong the lifespan and reliability of electric components by developing a patch containing a self-healing mechanism onto a printed circuit board. As well as being a potential alternative for reducing e-waste, the i-Team identified that the most promising application of this technology is likely to be for flexible electronics.
Solar Photocatalysis to purify water – Photocatalyst technology developed by researchers in the Department of Material Science and Metallurgy that accelerates photocatalysis by disinfecting water from organic contaminants.
Pictured – top: the Colorfix i-Team, bottom: the solar photocatalysis i-Team