|Dear UCSB Scientists, |
I am interested in
doing a science fair project on fluorescence. I
would enjoy having a chemist to help me create a
fluorescent chemical for my experiment. Would
anyone be able to guide or advise me please?
Thank you very much,
Please get in touch with Claudia at Scienceline
firstname.lastname@example.org to receive help from our
scientists on your experiment.Thanks
There are ways to get fluorescent molecules
with out having to make them. If you would like to
email me directly and tell me more about your
plans for your experiment I can help you find safe
and inexpensive molecules.
I'm not sure about the nature of the
experiment, nor about "creating" a fluorescent
dye, but there are many commercially-available
fluorescent dyes. The one you'll need may depend
on your application, but my first suggestion would
be to check outfluorescein
, which is relatively cheap, very fluorescent, and
easy to purchase.
There are a number of fluorescent chemicals
that would probably work for your project. My
suggestion would be to do a search for projects
that are similar to yours and find out what others
have used. Fluorescein is a very common
fluorescent dye that is used, although there are
many others. One thing to consider is what solvent
(liquid) you are going to be working with, and
make sure your molecule is soluble (will dissolve)
in that solvent. If your project involves looking
at other types of molecules, you can have a
chemist add a fluorescent group to another
molecule, acting as a tag. If you give more
information about the goals and specifics of your
project, I would be happy to try to help more.
You can do a lot of cool things with
fluorescence. I would help you out, but my lab has
actually transferred to Berkeley. If you don't
find anyone at UCSB to work with, there are some
things you can do on your own. Here is one website
that I found that gives some simple ideas for
making fluorescent materials. demoexperiment
of the easiest things you can do is get a
highlighter, remove the ink pad inside and soak it
in water to get the fluorescent dye. The website
also has suggestions for other chemistry projects
too, if you are interested.Good luck and have fun!
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