Aquaman crystal makes breathing underwater possible

Breathing underwater

Aquaman crystal makes breathing underwater possible

It’s always a great fun to do scuba diving, but the fun ends when the tank starts running out of oxygen. Now, imaging how great it would be if you could gather the oxygen from the water that’s all around you on a dive? A new material synthesized by researchers in a lab could make that possible. Breathing underwater, amazing invention and not from a science fiction movie anymore.

Harry Potter breathing underwater

Now now, let’s calm down. We’re not talking about something like Harry Potter breathing under the water. We’re talking about a crystal makes breathing underwater possible. They have named it Aquaman crystal. It’s the Danish scientists that made a step closer to significantly help people who suffer from respiratory ailments. They have created a crystalline material that is able to pull all the oxygen out of room with just a spoonful. This huge discovery was made in the University of Southern Denmark. A discovery that could finally mark the end of having the need of carrying around a huge uncomfortable oxygen tanks.

As mentioned, this revolutionary crystalline material can pull all the oxygen out of a room with just a spoonful, and it can be released when and where needed. What it does is that it binds and stores oxygen in high concentration, then control its release time depending on the need. This revolution can be applied to so many different options.

This could be valuable for lung patients who today must carry heavy oxygen tanks with them,” said professor Christine McKenzie of the University of Southern Denmark, in a statement. “But also divers may one day be able to leave the oxygen tanks at home and instead get oxygen from this material as it “filters” and concentrates oxygen from surrounding air or water. A few grains contain enough oxygen for one breath, and as the material can absorb oxygen from the water around the diver and supply the diver with it, the diver will not need to bring more than these few grains.

The standard human body can function with only 21% oxygen in the air around us, but about when we need it in higher concentrations?

The new material uses the element cobalt, bound in an organic molecule.

Cobalt gives the new material precisely the molecular and electronic structure that enables it to absorb oxygen from its surroundings,” McKenzie said. “Small amounts of metals are essential for the absorption of oxygen, so actually it is not entirely surprising to see this effect in our new material,” she said.

The crystalline changes color. When black it's loaded with oxygen, and pink when oxygen has been released.
The crystalline changes color. When black it’s loaded with oxygen, and pink when oxygen has been released.

They made a study which was of having a bucket full (10 liters) of microscopic grains. They discovered that this was more than enough to suck the oxygen out of the room. Professor McKenzie said: “In the lab, we saw how this material took up oxygen from the air around us.” The new discovered material is way lighter and smaller to carry on than any currently used equipment/product to obtain the same result. “A few grains contain enough oxygen for one breath, and as the material can absorb oxygen from the water around the diver and supply the diver with it, the diver will not need to bring more than these few grains.” said Professor Christine McKenzie. After what she added: “When the substance is saturated with oxygen, it can be compared to an oxygen tank containing pure oxygen under pressure – the difference is that this material can hold three times as much oxygen.

This Aquaman crystal could be a huge revolution and change human history. With this amazing discovery could be a big step forward from medicine to space travelling. Right now, this crystal is just an odd cobalt salt with some strange properties but as the science develops with a stunning speed, this sure could be a solution, some day, to many many problems and could be a giant revolution.

 

Meelis Paloson

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