Professor Baldassare (Rino) Di BartoloCall for Papers

The ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology is publishing a collection of papers dedicated to the contributions to the field of luminescence by Professor Baldassare (Rino) Di Bartolo.

Professor Di Bartolo recently retired after 50 years with the Department of Physics at Boston College. He was a dedicated teacher, prolific researcher, author of six books, and editor of over 25 volumes. His Optical Interactions in Solids remains a standard reference text in the field of luminescence. He is perhaps best known as the Director of the School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy at the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture in Erice, Sicily, where he organized 23 summer schools and 11 workshops. The success of these meetings was due to Professor Di Bartolo’s ability to attract top researchers in the field, as well as his warmth, generosity, didactic teaching style, and desire to bring people together to enrich their lives and advance science. His legacy in luminescence continues through the graduate students and researchers trained in his laboratory and Erice schools and workshops.


Luminescent Materials to Help Engineering

Researchers have developed a new family of luminescent materials with the ability detect chemical and biological compounds, and even respond accordingly to a wide variety of extreme mechanical and thermal conditions.

The material is essentially a metallic polymer gel comprised of earth elements.

This from MIT News:

The material, a light-emitting lanthanide metallogel, can be chemically tuned to emit light in response to chemical, mechanical, or thermal stimuli — potentially providing a visible output to indicate the presence of a particular substance or condition.

Read the full article here.

The bio-inspired polymers are predicted to help engineers derive design principles applicable to other kinds of materials.

By combining a rare-earth element with polyethylene glycol, the material gains qualities that allow it to produce tunable, multicolored light emissions. These emissions have the ability to detect subtle changes in the environment and reflect them accordingly.

By applying this material to structures, researchers believe that engineers may be able to catch structural weakness and eminent failure before it happens.

[Image: MIT]

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