How Does Fluorescence Work?

This week Reactions is exploring the science behind fluorescence. There’s a lot of chemistry behind what makes a fluorescent color stand out so brightly from the rest. Today we’re digging into what makes them pop, and we’re going highlight some of the brilliant applications of fluorescence coming out of nanotechnology.

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Writer/Producer:
Kirk Zamieroski

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Tom Kuech, Ph.D.
Miriam Krause, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

Music:
Sam Leopard – Secret Bass
Sam Leopard – Master of Gold

Sources:
How Do Highlighters work – http://sustainable-nano.com/2013/02/25/how-do-black-lights-work-why-do-highlighters-look-so-bright-and-how-can-you-impress-your-girlfriend-with-science/

What’s in Highlighters: Pyranine –
http://www.compoundchem.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/The-
Chemistry-of-Highlighter-Pen-Colours.png

The Electromagnetic Spectrum – https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cf/EM_Spectrum_Properties_edit.svg/2000px-EM_Spectrum_Properties_edit.svg.png

The Visible Light Spectrum – https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-science/electromagnetic-color

On Tonic water – http://www.livescience.com/36536-tonic-water-quinine-malaria-health.html

On Color –
http://www.livescience.com/32559-why-do-we-see-in-color.html

On Blacklights –
http://www.physics.org/article-questions.asp?id=66

Why flowers take up color from water – http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/colorful-carnations/

Nanodiamonds – http://sustainable-nano.com/2013/04/24/fluorescent-nanodiamonds-the-movie/#more-870

Fluorescence and Forensics – http://forensics.org.my/img/Article04.pdf

Quantum Dots andI Imaging – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18393668

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/nn402581q

Real-Time Background-Free Selective Imaging of Fluorescent Nanodiamonds in Vivo http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/nl302979d

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