Nanoparticles Could Turn Trees Into Streetlights

Nanoparticles Could Turn Trees Into Streetlights
Innovation

A Taiwanese researcher's innovative use of nanotechnology allows trees to glow.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 16 november 2010

Dr Yen-Hsun Su from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan has discovered that the leaves of the Bacopa caroliniana tree can produce a red emission in chlorophyll upon the addition of gold particles. This amazing fusion of nanotechnology with nature can help the environment in many different ways; roads can now be well-lit without having to consume a significant amount of electricity, thus dramatically cutting light pollution and carbon emission.

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