The first liquid-based e-liquid, which could potentially become the world’s first liquid for vaping, is based on the properties of an atom, according to researchers at the University of Melbourne.
Key points:Electron atoms are used in e-liquids as a source of energy for electronic devicesThe scientists say this could lead to new ways to produce liquidElectron particles are used to create vapour that contains a particular liquid propertiesElectron atom particles are made in laboratoriesE-liques, which are electronic retail stores that sell e-cigarettes, are expected to hit the market by 2020.
Now, Australian researchers have developed a method to create the liquid from atom-like materials and are hoping it could one day be used for vaping.
Lead researcher Dr Adam Juhl said the process could help scientists develop novel ways to make e-vapor that was safe and that could have significant impact on e-cigarette technology.
“The atom is a key component of the liquid we’re looking at,” Dr JuhL said.
“We have a lot of work to do with the atom.
We’re going to have to make it even better and more precise, which is why we’re creating an atom that can exist in two different states.”
You can have a liquid with two states that is the same in both states, or you can have two liquids that are different in both.
“This is where this method comes in.”
The scientists have used a technique known as electrocatalytic decomposition, or ECD, to create a liquid-like substance, called a wafer-thin electrocatalyst, which contains two particles.
“These are the electrons that make up the wafer, so it has a characteristic electrical property,” Dr Adam said.
The scientists first created the atom in a laboratory, which then transformed it into a solid.
“Once we had the liquid, we then started to work on the wafers, which were quite hard and made out of glass,” Dr Ralf Wiedermeier, the lead author of the paper published in the journal Nature Chemistry, said.
Dr Juhls work involved two separate processes: separating the liquid and separating the atoms.
“In one process we separated the wavings from the liquid by electrocatalysing them, and then we added more water, and so we put more water into the waffle-making process,” Dr Wieders said.
While the scientists have produced an atom in two states, they have yet to find the liquid-to-liquid conversion, which they say could allow researchers to build new technologies.
“If we could find a new way to convert an atom to liquid, that would be the breakthrough that would open up a lot more possibilities,” Dr Lorna said.
For now, the research has been conducted in a lab.
“It’s an exciting project, but it’s just the start,” Dr James Rainsford, the principal investigator of the Australian National University’s ECD lab, said in a statement.
“There are a lot left to do, so we hope to get it off the ground in a couple of years time.”
“It is very exciting, but we have a long way to go.”
Dr Wiederman said he hoped the technology could one-day be used to make liquid batteries.
“I would be very excited if we could get it to scale in the next few years,” he said.
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