Saturday, June 1, 2013

Your Next Smartphone, Made Of Concrete

Have you ever thought about your smartphone made out of concrete , no isnt it ?. Well its no joke. Researchers around the world at a conjunction at US Department of Energy have found a method to turn masonry to metal.  It is a process of turning cement into a glass-metal fusion.
The material shows exceptionally positive behavior at conducting heat and electricity. The process discovered by the researchers can be used as a semiconductor inside electronics providing good connectivity, improved resistance to corrosion compared to  metals in use,low energy loss in magnetic fields, less brittleness than  glass and high fluidity making it easy to process and mold during construction.
The researchers working on the project used a phenomenon called electron trapping which is a condition occurring when free electrons and polycrystalline materials are trapped in cage like structures that form around them. The process for creating the material  involves suspending the material in the air using an aerodynamic levitator. The levitated hot liquid consists of a material called melted mayenite which is at a temperature of around 2000°C, is unable to form crystals allowing it to cool into a glassy state that traps the electrons required for electronic conduction. The mayenite is heated using a carbon dioxide laser beam.
So now it wont be just your houses made of concrete but your smartphones as well.
Stay tuned for more at Zetasilon
via TheAtlantic

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