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NSF invests $72.5M to design revolutionary materials

Three fluorescently glowing objects with complex lattice structures on a dark background.

These are the world's brightest-known fluorescent materials. They are called small-molecule, ionic isolation lattices, or SMILES, and were created in a laboratory at Indiana University and supported by NSF's Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future program.

Credit: Amar Flood/Indiana University

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