To accomplish this, they experimented with crystal-clear liquid.
Water cannot conduct electricity, but it can be achieved with the impurities contained within it. Crystal clear H2O has no free electrons; therefore, it acts as an insulator. Despite this, a group of Czech and German scientists have made the liquid act as a conductor.
A sodium-potassium alloy helped them achieve this. A drop was placed in a chamber with water vapour. It settled on top of the drop, producing a thin foam. So, the ions of the liquid metal flowed into the water, transforming it into a conductor. The potential of water to transmit electricity was confirmed by spectroscopy.
The entire process took just a few seconds and was truly amazing. The significance of the research lies in exploring new properties of water, which could be useful in completely different areas of science.
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