Thanks to specially synthesized crystalline materials, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark have invented a substance capable of absorbing and storing oxygen in such high concentrations that a mere bucketful is enough to remove all of the oxygen in a room. The substance is then able to release the stored oxygen in a controlled manner when needed, so a few grains is enough to replace the big and bulky scuba tanks. Continue reading to see what the actual crystals look like.
“The key component of the new material is the element cobalt, which is bound in a specially designed organic molecule. In standard form – and depending on the available oxygen content, the ambient temperature, and the barometric pressure – the absorption of oxygen by the material from its surroundings may take anything from seconds to days,” Gizmag reports.