Volume 94 Issue 41 | p. 9 | Concentrates
Issue Date: October 17, 2016

Getting that organic glow

Chemists design and synthesize organic molecules that phosphoresce at room temperature
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: materials, phosphorescence, organic phosphor, room-temperature phosphorescence

Phosphorescent materials, which continue to glow even after the light that put them into an excited state has been removed, have applications in electronics, optics, and biology. But achieving phosphorescence at room temperature and in the presence of oxygen can be tough because the excited state of such molecules is sensitive to these conditions. To date, most compounds that exhibit room-temperature phosphorescence contain metals, making them more costly and potentially toxic. Chemists in China now . . .

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