Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Killer LEDs

We are familiar with the ever increasing use of LEDs in display and lighting applications. Recent work by a group at North Carolina State University on carbon reductions within the AlN substrates within AlN/AlGaN LEDs showed a reduction in UV absorption. The work aims to develop energy-efficient LED devices that use ultraviolet light to kill pathogens such as bacteria and viruses, with uses ranging from drinking-water treatment to sterilizing surgical tools. Commercial applications incorporating this technology are being developed via an NC State spin-off company Hexa Tech, Inc.

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