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Teijin, a Japan-based chemicals company has developed a plastic that detects radioactivity. The polyester-based resin, named SCINTIREX, emits a blue light when exposed to radioactivity as seen in the photo. The more luminescent the blue light, the higher level of radioactivity is detected.

Teijin developed SCINTIREX in partnership with Kyoto University and Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Science. The company hopes the resin be used as a scintillator, an essential part in radiation meters. Using this plastic, according to Teijin, can reduce the cost of scintillators by up to 90%. Not only it can provide better formability, but also “superior” performance compared to conventional scintillators.

SCINTIREX will be available as early as within this month.

Source: Teijin, via TechCrunch

 
 

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