Scientists Unravel the Formula of Turning Liquid Cement into Liquid Metal
As per reports, the scientists have recently unveiled the formula that converts the liquid cement to liquid metal.
The technique makes cement a semiconductor that could be used in electronic devices such as thin films, protective coatings and computer chips. The research was led by Chris Benmore and Shinji Kohara from Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute/SPring-8.
Chris Benmore, who is a physicist from the U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, said that the new material has a number of applications in liquid-crystal displays. He worked along with other scientists from Japan, Finland and Germany to do the transformation.
Previously, the metals were able to transition to a metallic-glass form. This process in the cement is being done by electron trapping. Benmore said that the phenomenon was found recently but has not been explained in detail as of now.
"Now that we know the conditions needed to create trapped electrons in materials we can develop and test other materials to find out if we can make them conduct electricity in this way", he added.
The findings of the research were published in the journal the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences on May 27 in an article titled Network topology for the formation of solvated electrons in binary CaO-Al2O3 composition glasses.
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