Since the key intermediate does not have a favorable pathway by which it an get rid of its unwanted energy, it has an appreciable lifetime. On the other hand, because of its energy content, it is glad to have an opportunity to decompose when it encounters a fluorescer with the ability to accept its energy. The fluorescer thus acts as a catalyst for the decomposition of the key intermediate, and this catalyst is an important factor in the efficiency of this chemical reaction.
+Flourescent Molecule à2CO2 + Excited Molecule
Step 3 Excited Molecule àFlourescent Molecule + Light
Since the color of the light depends on the fluorescer selected, peroxyoxalate chemiluminescence can be formulated in any color desired.