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Phosphorescent catalysis

Phosphorescent things absorb energy and release it over minutes or hours; that means electron orbitals are rechargably modified for hours. Coat molecules of phosphor with a catalyst, possibly cobalt, so that the photonic stimulation (and differing electron levels) makes the catalyst more active, and for a longer duration.
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if a catalyst is made part of a phospherescent molecule then the durable elevation of electron orbitals could beneficially effect the catalyst atom (like Co or Pt). At least I think it would do something.

Tuning the effect of a catalyst: combining modified electron orbitals from phosphorescence could possibly creates a longer "intermediate" state between the catalyzing molecules. Also, phosphorescent chemicals are available in a variety of emission wavelengths, some of them blue, so higher energy orbitals might be possible.

So the very phosphorescent strontium aluminate [link] coated with a few atoms thick of cobalt might make cobalt a tunable effect catalyst from the phosphorescence lingering electron effect. Getting more catalysis from potentially rare catalyst elements.

beanangel, Oct 21 2018

strontium aluminate. It glows, and it's in toys! https://en.wikipedi...Strontium_aluminate
[beanangel, Oct 21 2018]


       This is actually an interesting idea, [beany].   

       The closest thing I can think of is the chlorophyll complex in photosynthesis, where an electron is bounced out by light and then gets handed around, going downhill through several other molecules and doing work as it goes. But that's not really phosphorescence, since the timescale is too short.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 21 2018

       Ah yes, Electric Ian. Wasn't that the one that had all the tracks from Electric Ian on it?
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 21 2018

       Nice, designing a strong molecular song and dance number will always be desirable.
wjt, Oct 27 2018

       //and it's in toys!//   

       Because of course you want your kids to ingest all the cobalt and strontium that they can get?
Wrongfellow, Oct 27 2018

       OK, [Ian], I just bought your album. Finally, you can consider buying that cup of tea you've always wanted.
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 28 2018

       What's he done with the pound we gave him, then ? He asked for a pound for a cup of tea, we gave him one and told him to go and bother someone else.   

       Presumably that was you.
8th of 7, Oct 28 2018


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