Diatom Biosensor Could Shine Light on Future Nanomaterials, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories Study

Published: Mar 26, 2012

A glow coming from the glassy shell of microscopic marine algae called diatoms could someday help us detect chemicals and other substances in water samples. And the fact that this diatom can glow in response to an external substance could also help researchers develop a variety of new, diatom-inspired nanomaterials that could solve problems in sensing, catalysis and environmental remediation.

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