This new brilliant invention has made ablaze online, the research capitalizes the incumbent situation of environment in order to bring a productive output.
The pool of researchers from MIT Media Lab has invented a device that captures air pollution. They turned this pollution into safe, high-quality ink for art.
According to proponent’s post, they have asked their selves before coming up with the “brilliant” product, How can we turn something as ugly as air pollution into something as useful as ink?
The output named AIR-INK, a first time ever is safe, refillable, high-quality, water resistant markers and screen printing ink. By using 30ml of AIR-INK, you can negate 45 minutes worth of pollution.
As of now, AIR-INK is available as 2mm, 15mm, 30mm and 50mm markers, and as 150ml of screen printing ink.
The AIR-INK is made out of air pollution particulate matter––namely the unburned carbon soot you see coming out of the exhaust pipe of cars, chimneys, generators, and more.
The processes were also shared by proponents, they said that the AIR-INK is created through a three-step process.
Step 1. While cheaper carbon black inks are manufactured through the deliberate burning of fossil fuels, we use our proprietary device––what we call KAALINK––to capture soot that is already being emitted from vehicles. KAALINK is retrofitted to the exhaust pipe of vehicles/generators to capture the outgoing pollutants.
It takes just 45 minutes worth of vehicular emissions captured by Kaalink to produce 1 fluid ounce of ink––enough to fill one of the pens being offered through this Kickstarter campaign.
Step 2. The soot we collect undergoes various proprietary processes to remove heavy metals and carcinogens. The end product is a purified carbon rich pigment.
Step 3. The carbon is then used to make different types of inks and paints.
MIT Media Lab highlighted that they use standard industrial processes to create ink that is as safe as any on the market.
The spearheading laboratory have created several grades of AIR-INK with different applications: 2mm round tip and 15mm, 30mm and 50mm chisel tip markers, and screen printing ink.