With a new metal alloy obtained using arsenic poison, the green revolution will begin in the vehicles of the future. With a new metal alloy obtained by scientists using arsenic poison, the planes, automobiles and portable devices of the future will be lighter and more environmentally friendly. Thanks to the discovery, fuel costs will also decrease.
According to the results of research published in the journal Electrochemistry Communications of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, the corrosion rates of magnesium, which is a silver-white metal and often used as an alloying material, are reduced dramatically with the addition of small amounts of arsenic. Your discovery will have important consequences in sectors such as aerospace, automotive and electronics. The products will be lighter, stronger and more energy efficient.
According to Professor Nick Birbilis, the head of the international team that has carried out the research for 7 years, the metal alloy with arsenic is a great discovery that will change all the rules of the game. “Magnesium has always been a lightweight metal that has been used in structural materials for hundreds of years. With some aluminum it can be the lightest structural metal. But its propensity to wear limits its usage.”
The search for strong and light metal types that will reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions around the world has increased the interest in magnesium. Birbilis and colleagues experimented with 400 different alloy combinations to reduce the wear rates of this light metal.
Stating that traditional methods did not work, Birbilis said, “We had to push the limits. We tried more extreme options. We achieved successful results with an arsenic ratio of 0.37 percent. "We discovered that arsenic is a cathodic poison that stops metal corrosion."
According to Professor Birbilis, non-corroding magnesium alloys will give electronic gadgets lighter bodies. It will also replace the steel and aluminum used in cars' engines, body panels and other integral parts.
Noting that they have 10 years before the new "toxic" metal alloy can be used in all sectors, Birbilis said, "We can use this light magnesium alloy wherever we use aluminum. A better quality of life awaits us, thanks to reduced carbon emissions and lower fuel prices.”