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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Kirk Zamieroski

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

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

Sam Leopard – Secret Bass
Sam Leopard – Master of Gold

How Do Highlighters work –

What’s in Highlighters: Pyranine –

The Electromagnetic Spectrum –

The Visible Light Spectrum –

On Tonic water –

On Color –

On Blacklights –

Why flowers take up color from water –

Nanodiamonds –

Fluorescence and Forensics –

Quantum Dots andI Imaging –

Real-Time Background-Free Selective Imaging of Fluorescent Nanodiamonds in Vivo

Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others’ butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it’s OK to pee in the pool? We’ve got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

Reactions is produced by the American Chemical Society.

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