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Spectral School

What is Dexter Energy Transfer?

Dexter energy transfer, also called electron exchange energy transfer, is a photophysical mechanism where a simultaneous exchange of electrons occurs between donor and acceptor molecules.
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What is Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)?

Förster resonance energy transfer is a photophysical mechanism where energy is transferred from an excited molecule (the donor) to another molecule (the acceptor) via a dipole-dipole resonance interaction.
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What is a Fluorescence Spectrometer?

A fluorescence spectrometer is used to study the fluorescence properties of a sample. It excites a sample with a specific wavelength of light and measures the intensity and spectral distribution of the resulting fluorescence emission.
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What is a Stern-Volmer Plot?

The Stern-Volmer plot is used to study the interaction dynamics between a fluorescent emitter and a quencher.
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What is Fluorescence Quenching?

Fluorescence quenching is the decrease in fluorescence intensity of an emitter due to interaction with a quencher.
20 Years of Graphene

How to Aquire Great Raman Spectra of Graphene

How exactly do you obtain a great Raman spectrum of graphene? This month's "20 Years of Graphene" instalment tells you exactly how to set up your Raman microscope to take a great Raman spectrum. 
20 Years of Graphene

Exploring Beyond Graphene: Nanocarbon and 2D Materials e-book

In this celebration of graphene, our eBook delves into more than just graphene as it explores forms of carbon and 2D materials. Download the eBook and find out more about these cutting edge materials.
St Patrick's Day

Emerald Streams: Dyeing Rivers Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Chicago's iconic green river for St. Patrick's Day hides a surprising environmental twist! Originally, a harmful dye impacted aquatic life. Discover the switch to a safer alternative and delve into the fascinating science behind the vibrant green spectacle.
Science Explained!

Lighting Up DNA with… Handstands?

DNA is so small, that even with powerful microscopes it is difficult for us to see, so scientists use special fluorescent labels to make it easier to investigate. Discover the incredibly creative way one of our scientists, Alix, explains why scientists use fluorescent labels and how they work!
20 Years of Graphene

Unveiling the Nanoscale World: Raman Imaging of Graphene

Graphene 20: We continue our celebration of Graphene by taking a closer look at the structure of the material. Using Raman spectroscopy, discover how you can investigate the quality of graphene, defects and even its local environment.