Adrienne Faulkner is an undergraduate researcher synthesizing naphthalimide chromophores and triplet photosensitizes in the Castellano Group at North Carolina State University. She was vacuum-filtering a reaction mixture one day when this colorful fiasco happened. After testing her setup to confirm it was leak-free, she poured her mixture into the funnel at the top of her apparatus and then walked away to grab a washing solvent. She came back to discover there was a leak after all, and the liquid was all over the countertop in her fume hood. Her molecules fluoresce strongly under UV light, so a graduate student she works with suggested they get a UV light and take a look. “Although my accident made for some very pretty art,” Faulkner says, “I hope it’s a piece I will never be able to replicate!”.
Submitted by Adrienne Faulkner
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