It’s Lit: A Mexican Scientist Invents Glow-In-The-Dark Concrete


When it comes to eco-friendly decisions, concrete is not at the top of the list for building materials. One scientist has radically changed that by creating cement (a large part of concrete’s composition) that is able to glow in the dark.

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José Carlos Rubio Avalos, a Mexican scientist and researcher at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, found interest in the project after working with a company who was developing signs that glowed after being exposed to a light source. Learning that there was no concrete like this in the world, Avalos began to manipulate cement so that light could pass through the typically UV resistant material by removing small crystals that form in the mixing process.

This scientific development could most definitely change concrete’s impact on the environment, but it could also change the way that cities without electricity live. The light from the concrete can be used to light roadways, buildings, and dangerous bathing areas. For areas that have limited access to light at night time due to environmental or financial factors, this material could be a complete and total game changer as it is solely powered by the sun and lasts 100 years.

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The money needed to produce the concrete serve as a challenge: 5 million dollars would be needed to make the material commercial. Avalos has already patented the material and has developed it in blue and green with hopes to develop it in white, purple, and red as well. Government agencies, businesses, and NGOs have requested the material for their projects. Hopefully this will provide the scientist with needed funds to get his plant and business off the ground.