NEW YORK — Magnesium is the only element that allows you to create a strong, electrically charged electron and generate electric smoke.
It’s the key element of the sulfur vapor, and it’s also responsible for the smoke that has been known to leave smokers’ lungs.
Now a new study has found that magnesium can also be used to make smoke that can vaporize on its own.
The study, published in the journal ACS Nano, is the first to show that magnesium and sulfur can form a vapor that can ignite when exposed to air, said researcher Matthew E. Miller, an associate professor in the department of materials science and engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.
“This is the most powerful, broadest, and best study of this type that we have yet seen on this process,” Miller said.
The research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is part of the broader study of the combustion process called high-temperature electrocatalysis.
This process is based on the idea that a mixture of two liquids, sulfur and oxygen, react to create steam, which then produces electricity.
In this process, the gases of the two liquids interact to form compounds, called compounds of sulfur, that are able to generate electricity.
The research showed that magnesium, which is present in many plant foods, is able to produce this smoke, according to the authors of the paper.
Magnesium ions, which are relatively stable, are essential to making smoke.
Magnesium ions, however, can be unstable, and this instability can lead to spontaneous combustion, which can cause the formation of carbon monoxide.
“There’s a lot of interest in this process because we can make carbon monoxy in a vapor and we can also produce a high temperature smoke in a liquid,” Miller told ABC News.
“It’s just a matter of finding the right chemistry, finding the perfect balance.”
The authors also used a device called a “magnesium/sulfur vaporizer” to vaporize magnesium and to generate smoke from magnesium.
The device was placed in a small chamber and then heated to about 700 degrees Celsius.
The researchers then analyzed the smoke produced by the device.
The smoke produced was carbon mono, the main component of carbon dioxide and other gases.
“It’s the only one that can produce smoke in its vapor form,” Miller explained.
“The only way to create smoke in vapor form is to use sulfur.”
The authors suggest that the sulfur in smoke can be converted to magnesium, allowing magnesium vapor to be created.
“Magnesium has a high melting point, so it’s able to convert sulfur to magnesium,” Miller noted.
“If we convert magnesium vapor into sulfur, then we’re getting a lot more magnesium in the smoke.”
Miller said that the next step for the researchers will be to test the smoke.
“Our next step will be for the first time to actually test the sulfur-sulfure smoke in real-time and see if that’s what we need,” he said.
“Then we can determine if it’s a good process to use.”