Volume 87 Issue 18 | p. 44 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 4, 2009

Ancient Pigment Resurrected For Modern Applications

Egyptian blue, a synthetic pigment first produced around 2500 B.C., could find use in the modern era in biomedical and other applications
Department: Science & Technology

Egyptian blue, a synthetic pigment first produced by the ancient Egyptians around 2500 B.C., could find use in the modern era in applications such as biomedical analysis, telecommunications, and lasers, according to a new report (Chem. Commun., DOI: 10.1039/b902563d). A team led by Gianluca Accorsi of Italy's Institute for Organic Synthesis & Photoreactivity performed a quantitative study of the colorant's luminescence properties to assess its quantum efficiency and lifetime. They . . .

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