Imagine that you will never have to recharge your mouse or keyboard again, thanks to its incredible ability to sweep and regenerate energy on its own. That would be the dream.
Today, MIT engineers have taken another step toward destroying the fall of cables, with a a completely new way to generate energy. This is not a sham.
I hope this shakes the thorns of oil barrels everywhere, because now scientists can generate energy through carbon nanotubes that effectively steal electrons from the surrounding polymers.
The technology is a follow-up to previous research on carbon nanotubes by Michael Strano, a professor of chemical engineering at Carbon P. Dubbs at MIT. In 2010, Strano demonstrated that thermoelectric waves — or heat impulses that create energy — could be generated. coating the carbon nanotubes with a layer of fuel.
Now, the research has been driven by Strano and his team, and it looks pretty promising.
This time, the nanotubes had to be ground and converted into particle sheets which were then coated with a Teflon-like polymer coating for “asymmetry”. Once cut to the required size and immersed in a hungry organic solution of electrons such as acetonitrile, BAM, energy could begin to be removed.
"This technology is intriguing," says Strano, "because all you have to do is run a solvent through a bed of these particles. This allows you to do electrochemistry, but without wires."
The process can only generate 0.7 volts of electricity per particle at this time, so it may be some time before peripherals generate their own energy. But at least Strano is working on a way to regenerate the necessary polymer coating using carbon dioxide as a building material, through a process powered by solar energy similar to photosynthesis.
This new method of power generation is likely to be invaluable to the entire chemical industry and may even feed small micro and nanobots, it is known, for government mind control. Or like … real science.
Who knows, in a few years we might look back at our wire-laden desks and shrink, as we no doubt keep our mice out the window to reload them quickly.