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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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The article was received on 12 Sep 2014, accepted on 06 Oct 2014 and first published on 27 Oct 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C4CC07218A
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Chem. Commun., 2014,50, 15849-15851

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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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