Future Street Lamps: Light-Emitting Plants
Bioluminescence is a chemical phenomenon common in fireflies and aquatic life. A team of MIT engineers has taken the first step towards leveraging this phenomenon using plant nanobionics to create light-emitting trees. These light-emitting trees can serve as our desk lamps or maybe even street lamps in the future. The team has packaged the light-emitting molecules, enzymes, and coenzymes responsible for bioluminescence in living organisms, into nanoparticles and inserted them into plants to perform the chemical reaction, which emits light in the visible region.
Volume 28 | Issue 9