Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ISSN : 0975-7384)

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Original Articles: 2011 Vol: 3 Issue: 5

FT-IR Studies of e-plastic obtained from obsolete computers


The present study deals with identification of different polymers present in the plastics obtained from various parts of computer such as CPUs, Keyboards and Monitor etc., manufactured by different producers such as Intex, Compaq, Vista etc. The samples were characterized using FTIR technology. FT-IR is a superb analytical tool for screening polymer samples. It identifies different functional groups in a molecule by producing an IR absorption spectrum. The test result shows the presence of polymers such as ABS, PPO, PC, and flame retardant etc., in these samples. The assessment of the results of various samples also show that different producers use same qualitative composition, however, they may differ quantitatively.