Electron Beam Based Leather Tanning

R. Apsimon, D. Turner, K. Dewhurst, S. Setiniyaz, R. Seviour, W. Wise

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Tanning of leather for clothing, shoes, and handbags uses potentially harmful chemicals that often run off into local water supplies or require a large carbon footprint to safely recover these pollutants. In regions of the world with significant leather production, this can lead to a significant environmental impact. However recent studies have suggested that leather can instead be tanned using a combination of electron beams in a process inspired by the industrial crosslinking of polymers, to drastically reduce the quantity of wastewater produced in the process; thereby resulting in a reduced environmental impact as well as potential cost savings on wastewater treatment. In this talk, initial studies of leather tanning will be presented as well as accelerator designs for use in leather irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLINAC 2022 - International Linear Accelerator Conference, Proceedings
EditorsPeter McIntosh, Graeme Burt, Robert Apsimon, Volker R. W. Schaa
PublisherJACoW Publishing
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783954502158
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2022
Event31st International Linear Accelerator Conference - Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Aug 20222 Sep 2022
Conference number: 31

Publication series

NameProceedings - Linear Accelerator Conference, LINAC
Publisher JACoW Publishing
ISSN (Print)2226-0366


Conference31st International Linear Accelerator Conference
Abbreviated titleLINAC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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