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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 320427, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/320427
Research Article

Direct Generation of Electric Currents from Flowing Neutral Ionic Solutions

Institute of Chemistry, and Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 2 North Zhongguancun 1st Road, Beijing 100190, China

Received 28 June 2013; Accepted 16 August 2013

Academic Editors: L. Qu and P. Sompornpisut

Copyright © 2013 Boyang Wang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We have discovered a new method of generating electric currents, directly from high pressure-induced flow of neutral ionic solutions. The mechanism is that the cations and anions have different flow velocities, if their atomic masses are dramatically different, due to different accelerations generated from the high applied pressure. The generated electric current is very sensitive to the strengths of the applied pressure, and it might be potentially used for detection of atomic masses and pressures.