Chinese scientists have discovered a Process in which copper is blasted with argon gas which creates particles having similar properties to gold The new material cannot be turned into fake gold coins but could reduce use of precious metals in manufacturing
A team of Chinese researchers have turned cheap copper into a new material “almost identical” to gold, according to a study published in peer-reviewed journal Science Advances on Saturday.
The discovery will significantly reduce the use of rare, expensive metals in factories, said the authors.
There are 0.034 grams of gold in each cell phone, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A small amount of gold is used in almost every sophisticated electronic device. This includes cell phones, calculators, personal digital assistants, global positioning system (GPS) units, and other small electronic devices. Most large electronic appliances such as television sets also contain gold.Gold alloys are used for fillings, crowns, bridges, and orthodontic appliances. Gold is used in dentistry because it is chemically inert, nonallergenic, and easy for the dentist to work.Gold is also used as a lubricant between mechanical parts. In the vacuum of space, organic lubricants would volatilize and they would be broken down by the intense radiation beyond Earth’s atmosphere.In all there places the newly discovered compound which has similar properties to gold can be used.