It seems that earthworms are more the just natures recyclers, and have entered the realm of physics to help scientists produce quantum dots.
After feeding the earthworms soil laced with cadmium and tellurium, the researchers found after processing the material through their gut the earthworms would pass out the quantum dots in their excretions.
Scientists have said that even though the quality of the dots is less than that produced synthetically more research needed to be done to improve the quality.
IS IT time chemists abandoned their white coats in favour of trowels? Ordinary earthworms are proving to be a sophisticated chemistry lab: they can put together substances with unusual light-emitt …
The red worm, Lumbricus rubellus, can make nano-semiconductors called quantum dots when fed soil that contains metals like cadmium and tellurium.
(Phys.org)—British researchers at King’s College in London have succeeded in creating quantum dots by feeding earthworms soil laced with certain metals and then collecting the material excreted. They describe their …
Quantum nanobiotechnologists at King’s College in London have successfully harvested quantum dots from earthworm poop. …