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Egyptian students develop luminescent concrete

Four Egyptian students created an innovative glow-in-the-dark concrete that can be used to light up highways and roads, as the world faces a growing energy crisis.
The street in Tahrir Square leading to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (in background) is deserted on the first day of a two-week night-time curfew imposed by the authorities to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Cairo, Egypt, March 25, 2020.

Four students at the American University in Cairo came up with a unique idea to create a glow-in-the-dark concrete that could be a solution to save energy.

“The idea of our research came from wanting to make an integral construction material, just like concrete, but more sustainable and environmentally friendly in both its creation and function, especially in light of what the world has come to with energy shortages and draining of resources,” said Menna Soliman, one of the undergraduate students at the Department of Construction Engineering at the American University in Cairo, who helped develop the new self-luminous concrete material. 

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