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Acetylene bubble-powered autonomous capsules: towards in situ fuel

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Abstract

A fuel-free autonomous self-propelled motor is illustrated. The motor is powered by the chemistry of calcium carbide and utilising water as a co-reactant, through a polymer encapsulation strategy. Expulsion of acetylene bubbles powers the capsule motor. This is an important step, going beyond the toxic hydrogen peroxide fuel used normally, to find alternative propellants for self-propelled machines.

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Submitted
12 Sep 2014
Accepted
06 Oct 2014
First published
27 Oct 2014

Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 15849-15851
Article type
Communication
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Acetylene bubble-powered autonomous capsules: towards in situ fuel

J. G. S. Moo, H. Wang and M. Pumera, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 15849
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC07218A

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