A1 Journal article (refereed)
Hackmanite - The Natural Glow-in-the-Dark Material (2020)

Agamah, C., Vuori, S., Colinet, P., Norrbo, I., de Carvalho, J. M., Okada, N., Lindblom, J., van Goethem, L., Emmermann, A., Saarinen, T., Laihinen, T., Laakkonen, E., Lindén, J., Konu, J., Vrielinck, H., Van der Heggen, D., Smet, P. F., Bahers, T., & Lastusaari, M. (2020). Hackmanite - The Natural Glow-in-the-Dark Material. Chemistry of Materials, 32(20), 8895-8905. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.0c02554

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All authors or editorsAgamah, Cecilia; Vuori, Sami; Colinet, Pauline; Norrbo, Isabella; de Carvalho, José Miranda; Okada, Nakamura, Liana Key; Lindblom, Joachim; van Goethem, Ludo; Emmermann, Axel; Saarinen, Timo; et al.

Journal or seriesChemistry of Materials



Publication year2020

Publication date09/10/2020


Issue number20

Pages range8895-8905

PublisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72379


“Glow-in-the-dark” materials are known to practically everyone who has ever traveled by airplane or cruise ship, since they are commonly used for self-lit emergency exit signs. The green afterglow, persistent luminescence (PeL), is obtained from divalent europium doped to a synthetic strontium aluminate, but there are also some natural minerals capable of afterglow. One such mineral is hackmanite, the afterglow of which has never been thoroughly investigated, even if its synthetic versions can compete with some of the best commercially available synthetic PeL materials. Here we combine experimental and computational data to show that the white PeL of natural hackmanite is generated and controlled by a very delicate interplay between the natural impurities present. The results obtained shed light on the PeL phenomenon itself thus giving insight into improving the performance of synthetic materials.


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Reporting Year2020

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