Did you know that there is dry water? - if not, then this post is dedicated to you in order to present something new and unusual for you.
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A substance known to chemists for a long time, referred to as "dry water", was patented 42 years ago, in 1968. Then she enjoyed immense popularity in the cosmetic industry.
Nowadays, dry water is of much greater interest as a means of protecting the environment and combating climate change.
Outwardly, this water looks like white fine sand and is actually small water droplets in a water-repellent silicon shell. And silicon, as you know, is part of ordinary beach sand. The shell prevents water molecules from reuniting and converting them back to liquid.
The production of dry water is a simple and rather fast process. At high speed, water and silicon are mixed, and after 90 seconds the dry water is ready.
The powder of dry water obtained in this way, when interacting with gases, forms hydrates - useful chemical compounds.
Ben Carter, a scientist at the University of Liverpool who studies the properties and abilities of dry water, and his colleagues, recently discussed the various uses of the substance at the American Chemical Society convention in Boston.
Among the many uses for its unique properties, the ability of dry water to absorb large quantities of carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases that causes global warming, was highlighted. By using dry water, it is possible to save three times more carbon dioxide than if using gravity water. Thus, a significant reduction in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere can be achieved.
Thanks to the ability of this water to interact with methane, scientists are going to find a safe way to store methane fuel for those cars that run on natural gas. The production of methane hydrate makes it possible to improve the storage and transportation of this natural gas and is a key point in the development of alternative fuels.
Ben Carter believes that adding a gelling agent to the mix will make the dry water more recyclable. Dry water can then be used more than once, since the gel is stronger than the powder.
Scientists suggest using dry water in the production of food products and their components, and other consumer goods. The use of dry water, as proven by laboratory tests, can accelerate catalytic reactions in the production of these products, as well as make chemical processing more energy efficient and less harmful to the environment.
Dry water will be useful for improving the transportation and storage of various potentially hazardous liquids, as it will turn them into dry powder.
Due to its properties, dry water helps to protect the environment from the dangerous effects of various harmful reagents. And it can also be useful in the production of food.