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Rare Metals Adsorbed with Fruit Rinds

A team of researchers at Saga University announced they have developed an adsorption agent made with materials from fruit rinds and old paper capable of the selective recovery of platinum, palladium, and other rare metals used in the manufacture of PCs and cell phones. The process costs less than half that of conventional recovery methods and does not produce toxic substances. There are so many disposed consumer electronic devices in Japan that cities are referred to as “urban mines”, which means the new technique has the potential to be useful and profitable.

Published: Jan 9, 2009 / Last Updated: Jan 9, 2009

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