Study: Ancient pigment has potential use for biomedical imaging

02/21/2013 | Innovations-Report.com

A study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society has discovered that the calcium copper silicate in Egyptian blue, a blue pigment used 5,000 years ago to paint ancient Mediterranean tombs, statues and other items, can break down into nanosheets that can generate invisible infrared radiation. The finding may allow for the development of a new class of nanomaterials that has potential applications in biomedical imaging and other fields. "In this way we can reimagine the applications of an ancient material through modern technochemical means," the researchers said.

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