A team of scientists has discovered how to make a rainbow using a few basic materials, and it might not be as easy as you might think.
Scientists at the University of Melbourne in Australia used two types of polymer: one that they had synthesised and the other that they were working on, but the process was still very basic.
They discovered the rainbow by applying the polymer to a piece of paper and making it float.
They said the paper had been cut into pieces and that the polymer was the only part that could float.
The team found the polymer would float, but they didn’t know how to work with it.
What’s in a rainbow?
Rainbows are made of a mixture of hydrogen and oxygen molecules.
These molecules, along with carbon dioxide, form the rainbow’s colours.
Hydrogen molecules in a single rainbow can make red, orange and yellow colours.
But a molecule of oxygen is more commonly used as a colourant.
This can make green, orange or yellow colours, and a molecule made of oxygen can make blue, green or purple.
The colours in a rainbow are often used to denote water or clouds.
In the process, the researchers discovered that hydrogen and carbon dioxide are bound together to form an insulator.
They were able to break down the molecules and found they had a single molecule that was able to act as a bridge between the two molecules.
The polymer, which they called bisphenol A (BPA), is widely used in products including food and paper, and has been known to cause problems in the body.
But the researchers said they were able do this without damaging the proteins that make the polymer.
“We don’t know what the mechanism is that binds the BPA to the water molecules and the oxygen molecules,” said Professor Richard Oster, who led the research.
“It’s still very early days, and there’s a lot of work to be done.”
The research, published in Nature Chemistry, was the first to work on a polymer that could make a full rainbow using only hydrogen and one carbon dioxide molecule.
The researchers said that this was a very simple process to do, but would take time and patience to complete.
They are now working on a second version of the polymer, called N-acetylhydrazone, which would have the advantage of having a greater stability and being able to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Professor Oster said the next step was to make it work with water and make it able to float in the air.
“This is a very exciting discovery and we can expect it to be able to be used in water, and potentially in other products as well,” he said.
“We hope that by working together we can get to a stage where it will be able take advantage of the same properties of the N-AcOH that we have used to make the water and the carbon dioxide.”
Topics:biochemistry,chemistry-and-science,science-and -technology,organic-materials,environment,weather-and/or-climate-change,environmental-impact,melbourne-3000,vicSource: The Times Of India