“MIT scientists published some results at the weekend in which they showed that what they called thermopower waves could be used to produce electricity when pushed through carbon nanotubes.”
“MIT scientists discover new way of producing electricity scientists at MIT has discovered a previously unknown phenomenon that can cause powerful waves of The phenomenon, described as thermopower waves, "opens up a new area of energy research, which is rare," says Michael Strano, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at energy from movement, paving the way for clothing that could one day power an iPod or other wearable”
“The researchers, led by Associate Professor Michael Strano, said their discovery of the phenomenon that causes waves of energy to shoot through carbon nanotubes -- described as thermopower waves -- is similar to flotsam being propelled along the ocean's surface by waves.”
“The phenomenon, described as thermopower waves, "opens up a new area of energy research, which is rare," says Michael Strano, MIT's Charles and Hilda Roddey Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, who was the senior author of a paper describing the new findings that appeared in Nature Materials on March 7.”
“The phenomenon, described as thermopower waves, "opens up a new area of student in mechanical engineering.”
“The occurence, which researchers are calling “thermopower waves” causes powerful waves of energy to speed down the tubes.”
“The scientists described thermopower as a newly discovered phenomenon, adding that they used a chicken-wire-like lattice of carbon atoms to create submicroscopic tubes through which a thermal wave is forced to produce energy.”
“In a paper titled "Chemically driven carbon-nanotube-guided thermopower waves" published in Nature Materials, they describe how they made "thermopower waves" flow through the nanotubes, generating a significant amount of power relative to the size of the nanotubes.”
“The entire phenomenon is a combination of combustion and electrical power generation, which Strano calls "thermopower waves.”
“Strano thinks that thermopower could be used to create better fuel cells.”
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