Next, the researchers plan to explore the properties of fluorescent materials formed using this novel technique, enabling them to work with dye makers in the future to realize the materials’ full potential in a variety of different applications.
“These materials are totally new, so we do not know which of their innate properties are actually going to offer superior functionality,” says Flood. “We also do not know the materials’ limits. So, we will develop a fundamental understanding of how they work, providing a robust set of design rules for making new properties. This is critical for putting these materials into the hands of others–we want to pursue crowd sourcing and to work with others in this effort.”