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  • Glow-in-the-Dark Cement: A Game Changer?

    May 23, 2016
  • A scientist in Mexico believes glow-in-the-dark cement could radically change how cities illuminate streets and buildings at night, while also saving drastically on electricity bills too.

    Jose Carlos Rubio, a scientist at Mexico University of San Nicolas Hidalgo, has patented and created a new type of cement that is able to glow in the dark. It took him nine years to figure out how cement could hold a charge. That’s because conventional cement is opaque and is incapable of capturing and storing light energy.

    But after nearly a decade of research, Rubio figured out a way to alter the micro-structure of cement to get it to glow.

    The cement is fully charged by exposure to light. It can then glow for up to 12 hours on a full charge. What’s more, it should retain its ability to glow for about 100 years. The light emitted can be green or blue, and brightness also can be adjusted, depending on use and preferences.

    Rubio says he is exploring commercial applications to use the glow-in-the-dark cement.

    Source: “Mexican Scientist Invents Glow-in-the-Dark Cement,” Domain.com.au (May 17, 2016) and “This Glow-in-the-Dark Cement Could Totally Change How We Light Cities,” Curbed.com (May 16, 2016)