• Electrobioluminescence—a novel method for understanding bioluminescent mechanisms

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    • Keywords


      Electrobioluminescence; earthworm bioluminescence; firefly bioluminescence; electron injection; cyclic-voltammetry of living animals

    • Abstract


      The chemistry of the formation of excited states in living systems is probed by using the electrochemical techniques. A new method of using a living animal as an electrode provides mechanistic details on the various steps involved and the overall energetics of the process of excited state formation. This is discussed in detail with reference to the newly developed earthworm electrode which glows upon potential sweep or step programme in an electrochemical cell.

    • Author Affiliations


      K S V Santhanam1

      1. Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Colaba, Bombay - 400 005, India
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  • Journal of Chemical Sciences | News

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