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Cheers to Visible Light!

Sustainable Energy & Vector Graphics

From the Artist:

“Visible light waves are the only electromagnetic waves we humans can see. The scientist uses visible light to do green chemistry, us graphic designers need visible light for our graphics. Here, we tried to visualize that we both deal with the same element, but we use it quite differently.”

—Jan Wilker and Hjalti Karlsson

The Science

Indian scientist Raghavendra Ramachanderan wanted to simple way for catalytic deoxygenation of alcohols to be efficiently used as renewable resources and energy. In the context of green chemistry and sustainable energy, he used visible light to drive chemical reactions and created photocatalysts that selectively absorb visible light, and cause a chemical donation of an electron, which is then used to decompose alkane. Raghavendra created optimized reaction conditions to produce deoxygenated substrates that could play a role in energy storage systems.

The Artist

Jan Wilker is a graphic designer and ideator who lives in New York City. He attended the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart, Germany and started his studio in 2000 with Hjalti Karlsson.

Hjalti Karlsson attended Parsons School of Design and works with Jan to create illustration and graphic design pieces for a wide range of clients. Together they co-wrote, co-edited and designed a special issue of TIME magazine.