Light emitting plastic

4th July 2012

First we had self healing plastic and now scientists at the University of Technology Eindhoven (TU/e) in Holland have created a plastic that emits light.

When the plastic is pulled an additional element added to the plastic molecules (called dioxetane) breaks open and emits red, blue or yellow light. Once released from the tensile stretch the light stops.

Currently the researchers are not sure of the uses of such a technology, but they do see it as useful in being able to study very accurately how polymers break with the addition of the light and therefore opens up some new possibilities to plastic research, but I am sure there are ample fantastic uses just waiting to surface once designers get their hands on such a technology.



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