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Non-Toxic Materials for Electronics/ Electrics: Large Emerging Markets 2018-2028

BOSTON, Mass. ( –  There is a flood of new electronic and electrical devices introducing toxicants very similar to those in tobacco smoke and diesel fumes. Some will sell up to billions yearly. There is no tracking of what is arriving, assessing toxicity and likely prevalence. Uniquely, the recent IDTechEx Research report, “Non-Toxic Materials for Electronics/ Electrics: Large Emerging Markets 2018-2028” now does that. The coverage in the report is wide-ranging. Scan current and future devices and the toxicants they will contain. Particularly it looks at use and abuse: there is also coverage of hazards of manufacture and disposal.

Author of the report, IDTechEx Chairman Dr. Peter Harrop writes: “Nickel cadmium batteries were banned, but poisonous cadmium is reintroduced into daily life as huge sales of cadmium telluride photovoltaics on buildings and millions of quantum dot television sets. Peak lead-acid battery occurs soon: the report says when. However, that poisonous lead is reappearing this year in the first commercialization of perovskite windows generating electricity, take off in sales of certain QLED TVs and in many new uses for lead zirconate titanate piezoelectrics. These are only a few examples for cadmium and lead, and there are many more materials of concern, organic and inorganic appraised and tracked.

Time to pay attention. Indeed, the report describes many little-known devices and research programs leading to alternatives and even many alternatives already on sale and gaining market share, sometimes aided by voluntary local bans on the poisonous product. It recommends greater priority for these alternatives and a redirection of research funding.”

“Non-Toxic Materials for Electronics/ Electrics: Large Emerging Markets 2018-2028” has dense summaries, and infograms revealing the breadth of adoption and planned adoption of physically and chemically poisonous materials and particulates in electronics and electrical engineering. It even has a roadmap of the introduction of toxicants in electronics and electrics from 2018-2028.

The Executive Summary and Conclusions is comprehensive and sufficient in itself for those in a hurry. It identifies impending large sales and serious toxicity issues now and ahead from volume or virulence. Learn the lessons from the inadequate response to asbestos, tobacco, and diesel in the past and in detail how most of those toxicants and others are reappearing.

The report explains why the toxicity measurements it lists are suspect. 38 elements and compounds are tabled with toxicity, pathologies and devices where they are used or will be used and comments by suppliers.

The Introduction looks more closely at toxicity shortlists and multiple modes of poisonous action. Chapter 3 appraises materials being used in 37 families of emerging devices, 18 families of compounds. It tables where they are, and where they will be used in volume. The chemical elements of concern in overall electronics and electrics are compared. There are tables of inorganics, organics and where they will be used indicating levels of concern in the assessment of the authors. Allotropes of carbon are compared in likely popularity and issues. Lithium-ion batteries and quantum dots are singled out for closer analysis for reasons given.

Chapter 4 looks at the adoption of what are medically called surface irritants but are physically poisonous materials that can often penetrate the human body and trigger changes leading to cancer and more. Throughout the text there are alternatives given to the physical and chemical toxicants appearing in or promised in electronic and electrical devices, Chapter 5 goes into depth on twelve other research programs of particular promise for toxicant replacement in devices.

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2 comments on “Non-Toxic Materials for Electronics/ Electrics: Large Emerging Markets 2018-2028

  1. MelBrandle
    January 4, 2019

    You would think that when a company is making a new product, that they would ensure that all of the hazards and externalities associated with it are decreased and done away with. I don't think I would want to know that this new tech gadget in my storage room is carcinogenic or harmful to my family…

  2. UdyRegan
    January 14, 2019

    It is already far into the 21st century and why are we still worrying about toxicity in daily products and services? We should already have more than enough data by now to assist us in producing safe products and providing worry-free services to all.

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