(KTSF by Jessie Liang)
ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), Taiwan’s largest and one of the world’s leading high-tech research and development institutions, receive two 2011 R&D 100 Awards for its innovative, breakthrough technologies: i2Re-Paper, the first green re-writable and re-usable electronic paper technology to provide an environmentally friendly recyclable print medium alternative to traditional paper and ink consumption, and HyTAC, the world’s first environmentally friendly polarizer protective film for LCD displays used in many consumer electronics. This is four times in a row to receive R&D 100 Awards.
Dr. Janglin Chen, general director of ITRI’s Display Technology Center says, “i2R e-Paper’s special energy-conserving display technology — a flexible cholesteric liquid crystal panel — requires only heat to store and transmit images. It is both eco-friendly and re-writable close to 300 times.”
HyTAC eco-friendly polarizer protective film for liquid crystal displays (LCD) represents an alternative to traditional triacetyl cellulose (TAC) manufacturing processes. Previously, harmful toxic chemicals such as dichlormethane and methanol were needed to produce traditional TAC film, a critical component layer in LCDs. After years of development, ITRI created HyTAC, which uses a unique organic and inorganic silicon dioxide nano hybrid material technology rather than toxic solvents. The breakthrough materials and production processes used in the development of HyTAC will make the production of LCD displays 50 percent more eco-friendly, improve performance in LCD transparency and stability, and provide a safer manufacturing environment for employees while reducing production costs.
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