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Promising News for Reducing Environmental Waste: LIBS in Material Science



Utilizing Lasers in LIBS Material Science, An Exploratory Paper by Quantum Composers


The Challenge

As our nation’s recycled surplus grows, so does the need for increased efficiency

in identifying and sorting the goods to remove contaminants and prepare

the materials for disposal or resale. Research in materials science is exploring

applications for Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) to improve

technology in recycling separation.


Recyclable goods have grown by more than 10x since the 1970s, resulting in

millions of tons of recyclable materials each year sent to 2,000 recycling facilities

around the world. Until recently, most of the recycling was sent to China, but