LumiSands founders Chang-Ching Tu (left) and Ji Hoo, demonstrating the warmer hue of an LED bulb utilizing their technology
LumiSands researchers use a black light to show the photo-luminescence of their silicon nanoparticles
This device tests the quality and reliability of the silicon nanoparticle phosphors that LumiSands created to use in LED lighting
LED light bulbs may be more energy-efficient and longer-lived than their incandescent equivalents, but they’re also considerably more expensive to purchase. This is largely because rare earth elements (REEs) are used in their phosphors. There are hazards involved in the mining and processing of REEs, plus China is responsible for almost the entire world’s supply, so they’re becoming increasingly pricey. Now, however, scientists have come up with a plentiful alternative material that they say is much more environmentally friendly, and that should drive down the price of LEDs.
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