SHAFAQNA- Densely populated cities such as London and Tokyo might feel that the air is being sucked out of them during rush hours. However put away the Vicks sinus spray because a team of researchers from Denmark has found a way to store oxygen at levels of up to 160 times greater than air in .
According to IFL Science, humans require oxygen concentrations higher than the 21% that is typically found in the air. This new crystallised form,
“Is able to suck all of the oxygen out of a room. It binds the oxygen until environmental conditions, such as heat or low pressure, allow it to release the oxygen again… The researchers are able to coax the oxygen out on demand in this fashion, though environmental conditions also affect how much it is able to absorb.”
In a similar way to our autonomic behaviour, the crystallised material works in the same way to how haemoglobin works in the blood stream; oxygen is picked up from the lungs and deposited where it is needed.
“An important aspect of this new material is that it does not react irreversibly with oxygen – even though it absorbs oxygen in a so-called selective chemisorptive process,” McKenzie said in a press release.
“The material is both a sensor, and a container for oxygen – we can use it to bind, store and transport oxygen – like a solid artificial hemoglobin.”