I want to create my own glow stick that lasts a while while ligting up the surroundings. How would I go about this? I know there are youtube videos and such. But the way they do it doesn't allow for any way of "recharging"

How can i make a "rechargable" glow stick?

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    $\begingroup$ What qualifies as recharging? Adding more of a compound? Heating/cooling? Waiting a while? Toxicity requirements? If you're looking for a cheap, nontoxic glowstick that will relight after you leave it in the freezer for an hour, that would be a seriously valuable commodity. $\endgroup$ Feb 11 '15 at 22:12

Chemoluminescent processes based on the reaction of diaryloxalates with hydrogen peroxide in the presence of a fluorescent dye are not reversible.

While the dye remains unchanged, both the oxalates and the hydrogen peroxide are consumed. "Recharging" a device (glow stick) isn't possible. When performing the reaction in a flask, only could probably prolong the light emission by subsequently adding portions of the starting materials over time.

Photoluminescent glow-in-the-dark devices based on the emission of long-lived excited triplet states can indeed be "recharged" by holding the device in the light again. But this has nothing to do with the reactions happening in glow sticks.


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