Would You Like To Breathe Underwater?

Scientists have created a material with superpower like oxygen retention abilities that could have game changing applications for underwater explorers.

A bucket full of the material (10 litres) can absorb all the oxygen out of a room. But it’s not a one way street, if the material is lightly heated, it will begin to release the oxygen again.

“When the material 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,” says Professsor Christine McKenzie from the University of Southern Denmark.

Because the material is able to draw in oxygen from water just as easily as it is able to absorb oxygen from air, it could have non medical applications.

“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,” says McKenzie.

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