A team of researchers from the University of Southern California and a company based in Germany has developed a way of using chemical reactions to produce fluorescent and non-fluorescent colors that can be used to treat people with an array of medical conditions.
In a paper published this week in Nature Chemical Biology, the team describes how they have managed to make light-emitting dyes and pigments to glow in a variety of colors from red and orange to yellow and green.
They also show how the team has shown that their process is relatively simple and cheap to produce.
The team, led by Michael Mielke, professor of chemistry and biology at USC, is working on a new class of compounds that are capable of generating both fluorescent and fluorescent light.
They have shown that a single molecule of the new class can be made to emit a color from one of two pigments, either a fluorescent or non-fluorescent dye.
The new group has shown, for instance, that they can make an organic dye that can emit blue light.
The group has also shown that it can create fluorescent materials that emit green light.
“It’s kind of like making a paint that turns a color of red,” Mielka said in a phone interview.
“If you want to do something like that, you can use the same pigment, and you can make a very simple chemical process, and it will produce fluorescent or fluorescent-like light.
And that’s what we have been able to do here.”
While Mielkel’s team’s work shows that they have the ability to produce both fluorescent, and nonfluorescent dye, there is a big question mark.
Because of the chemical reactions involved, the researchers are only able to produce light-absorbing dyes.
They can’t make fluorescent pigments.
The next step, however, is to find a way for the team to make a color that can penetrate deep into the human skin, into the ear canal.
In that case, they could make a product that would be effective against ear infections.
The scientists plan to study this next step in greater detail in the coming weeks.