Thought for the month

“In the choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.” John K. Galbraith, Economist (1908 – 2006).

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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