North Carolina State University Developing an Digital Library of Dyes
From the Raleigh News and Observer:
For now, N.C. State University’s newest – and strangest – library exists mainly in 98,000 glass vials and slim envelopes of cloth samples.
But chemistry students have begun the painstaking work of turning the huge collection of dyes, test swatches and documents, all donated by the Tennessee-based Eastman Chemical Co., into an online resource. When they’re done, crime-scene investigators and a host of other kinds of researchers around the world will be able to search through files of three-dimensional models of the thousands of unique molecules and information about their attributes.
Likely users include chemists seeking new dyes for textiles and paper that are friendly to the environment; medical researchers interested in dyes for use in treating cancer, and even engineers trying to create more efficient solar panels by making them more effective at absorbing the energy from sunlight.
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See Also: “A Research Treasure Trove” (via NCSU)
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