Crab shells could help make PCB manufacturing more eco-friendly

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Last week, members of the Hi5 team attended a highly informative seminar run by the Institute of Circuit Technology (ICT). The headline speaker was Professor Martin Goosey, an academic with over thirty years of experience in the electronics industry.

crab shells in chitosansHis chief research concern centres around providing environmentally focussed support to the electronics industry. Currently, he is concerned with the possible applications of chitosans – a sustainable material which has uses in the PCB industry.

Professor Goosey heads up The Sustainable Treatment of Waste Using Recycled Chitosans (STOWURC) project. His seminar focussed on how sustainable chitosans can be used to treat metals and in particular, how they can be used to recover metals found in PCB manufacturing effluent.

Sustainable PCB manufacturing solution

What is particularly interesting about this research is that the chitosans can be harvested from the shells of crabs. These shells are left over in huge volumes by the seafood industry and typically they are very expensive to dispose of.

STOWURC though, have found a way of turning this byproduct into a valuable raw material by using it to treat the waste products left over from the PCB manufacture process.

This sustainable solution is both innovative and inexpensive. It is also an exciting way of making PCB manufacturing process more eco-friendly.

The team here very much look forward to advances Professor Goosey’s research and thank ICT for hosting such an informative seminar.