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One-part, pressure activated chemiluminescent material

  • US Patent No. 8137597
  • Issued: March 20, 2012
  • Status: Active

A one-part, pressure activated chemiluminescent material is disclosed. The free-flowing powder is made by coating microcapsules, filled with a solvent and dye, with a powdered oxalate and a solid source for hydrogen peroxide. The reaction begins when the capsules are crushed, releasing the solvent, which dissolves the oxalate and the source for hydrogen peroxide. The resulting reaction transfers energy to the dye, which produces light.

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