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MIT Scholar Finds Way to Turn Pollution Into Printer Ink
October 13, 2015
According to a post on The Recycler website, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). has discovered away to turn pollution into printer ink. Anirudh Sharma currently works as a research in MIT’s Media Lab and was inspired to investigate this by his trips home to his home country of India where smog was very present.
Sharma’s device, which is called “Kaala”, suctions in the surrounding air into a mechanism that is engineered to separate the black carbon out from the rest of the air. The soot is then forced into a small chamber and mixed with a combination of alcohol, like vodka, and olive oil forming a liquid substance. The liquid substance can then be injected into an inkjet cartridge and used for printing.
To this point, Sharma acknowledges that the “ink” that is being produced could be blacker and that it would have to be compared to acceptable toxicity standards that currently exist before going out into the market. As an example, he notes that removing the air from a chimney could fill an HP cartridge full of ink in just 10 minutes. His belief is that one day the contraption could produce ink just as good as that of an OEM and the machine to make it could be scaled up to fit an industrial wall fan delivering ink at a much lower cost.
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