- Published: Wednesday, 21 August 2013 20:14
- Written by Cement Americas News
A team of scientists from Japan, Finland and Germany have discovered the formula to turn liquid cement into liquid metal. This makes cement a semi-conductor and opens up its use in the consumer electronics marketplace for thin films, protective coatings and computer chips.
Previously only metals have been able to transition to a metallic-glass form. Cement does this by a process called electron trapping, a phenomena only previously seen in ammonia solutions. Understanding how cement joined this exclusive club opens the possibility of turning other solid, normally insulating materials into room-temperature semiconductors.