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Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence


Luminescence is light of a physical system, that is not generated by high temperatures alone. Chemiluminescence - also: chemoluminescence - is the emission of light as the result of a chemical reaction with limited emission of heat. Bioluminescence is emission of light by a living organism as the result of a chemical reaction.

Online available information resources on bioluminescence and chemiluminescence

Content, Topics

Current Articles

Nature’s Bright Idea. Article, 2000 - Format: PDF - [e]

Bioluminescence Gallery
Deep-sea Photography Galleries. HBOI Photo Gallery - [e]

Bioluminescence Web Page
All about Bioluminescence. University of California, Santa Barbara - [e]

Chemiluminescence Home Page
All about Chemiluminescence. Sam Houston State University - [e]

Chemiluminescence Movies
The Chemiluminescence Home Page. Sam Houston State University - [e]

Chemistry of Bioluminescence
Details on bioluminescence reactions. University of California, Santa Barbara - [e]

Theory and Scientific Models

Firefly Bioluminescence
The Physiology of Firefly Bioluminescence - [e]


Lecture notes - [e]

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Luminescence Spectroscopy
Lecture notes - Format: PDF - [e]

Luminol Synthesis
Synthesis and characterization of luminol, reaction mechanism - Format: PDF - [e]

Marine Bioluminescence
Why do so many animals in the open ocean make light? - [e]

Special Information

Aquorea aquorea
The Bioluminescence and Fluorescence of Aquorea aquorea - [e]

Bioluminescence of Plankton
... and nekton - [e]

Earthworm Bioluminescence
A slideshow - [e]

Firefly Bioluminescence
Article - Format: PDF - [e]


Oxalate esters
DNPO - A Chemiluminescent Rainbow; Chemiluminescence of oxalate esters - [e]


Details on luciferin, the basic substrate of any bioluminescent reaction. University of California, Santa Barbara - [e]


... provides a forum for the publication of original scientific papers, short communications, technical notes and reviews on fundamental and applied aspects of all forms of luminescence, including bioluminescence, chemiluminescence, electrochemiluminescence, sonoluminescence, triboluminescence, fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence and phosphorescence. Luminescence publishes papers on instrumentation, mechanistic and synthetic studies, basic biology and biochemistry, assays and analytical methods. Wiley - [e]

News Archive

Green fluorescent protein: vibrations key to efficiency of GFP
Charting femtosecond energy flow could aid redesign of molecules to improve light capture - [e]


International Society for Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence
ISBC serves to promote the fundamental and applied sciences of bio- and chemi-luminescence throughout the world - [e]


Last update: 10.11.2022

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