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Taiwan university develops nano-carbon material for light source

2012/08/19 18:01:03

Taipei, Aug. 19 (CNA) A research team at Taiwan's National Defense University has recently been using nano-carbon materials to develop lightbulbs and tubes that are more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly than currently available products.

Ger Ming-der, a professor at the university's Department of Chemical and Material Engineering at Chung Cheng Institute of Technology, said he and his team have received a local patent for their invention.

"We're seeking more cooperative opportunities with private businesses to improve our invention so that it can be mass produced," Ger told CNA.

Unlike LED lighting products, the team's invention boasts nano-carbon materials that can be used to develop a light source in a mercury-free manufacturing process, he noted.

The technology also has a simple structure and features a high degree of luminous efficiency, as well as better color rendering, Ger added.

Another feature of the new invention is that it can be integrated into the country's traditional lightbulb industry, he said.

The team has already completed a prototype for the new energy-saving light source, he said, adding that he expects that it can be put into mass production in the second half of next year, once some minor problems have been addressed.

(By Elaine Hou)