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Careers in Chemistry. Future Trends. 15. LEDs and Nanolighting
Filed under: Mentoring, Leadership, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 9:04 am

S. Krieger pointed out how LEDs are replacing
both compact fluorescent and incandescent
lighting components in a growing number of
applications.

LEDs have energy efficiency, long-life (lower
labor costs of replacement) and stronger
directional lighting advantages that are finding
increasing uses as street lamps, parking
garages, and many commercial uses, as the
article notes.

However, the technology S-shaped curve
could be supplanted by a surprising result
Michael Bowers discovered with quantum
dots working in his Vanderbilt University
chemistry lab.  He stirred his nano-devices
into polyurethane and produced white light
emitting surfaces, like light bulbs.  As another
article
cites it might be a matter of time and
inspiration.

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