Nothing wasteful about UKZN experts’ ‘world-first’ light-bulb ...


Nothing wasteful about UKZN experts’ ‘world-first’ light-bulb moment

Scientists have discovered how to remove rare earth metals from lighting waste - excellent news for recyclers

Senior reporter

Scientists at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) have had a light-bulb moment, so to speak.

They’ve found a novel way of extracting valuable, rare earth metals — used in hi-tech devices — from lighting waste, which is now being commercialised.

They have been conducting their work at a prototype plant constructed in the chemical engineering pilot plant laboratory on the Howard College campus in Durban...

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