Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling Project

The CFL plant utilises a patented chemical process to produce valuable rare earth metals by recycling lamp bulbs. The process produces high purity rare earth metal oxides such as Yttrium oxide and Europium oxide as well as non-toxic Mercury sulphide (cinnabar), from the fine residues (luminophorous powders) of the lamp. The sale of the rare…

UKZN’s Africhino Quasi-Computer, In-house Laboratory Tool

The device is an inexpensive, open source software and hardware portable laboratory apparatus. It operates as a stand-alone for use in research institutions and schools for controlled experiments. Functions include digital signal generation or controlled power supply, which can be used as an apparatus for engineering and research purposes. Similar systems are expensive and often…

UKZN’s Optical Quantum Entanglement Source

Quantum entanglement a physical phenomenon that has applications in fields like communications, computing, biology and chemistry. It infers that the prior interaction of two quantum systems allows the prediction of the behaviour of one of these two systems by merely observing the other. This technology generates entangled pairs of light particles (photons), producing a commercial…