One day I was reading the back of a toothpaste tube and realized that the secant ingredient was Hydrated silica which is nothing more then silicon oxide mixed with water. So I started to wounder if I making a from it transistor would be a possibility. I thought it might be easier to start with something simpler. So I decided I'd make a diode. The detailed of why this worked is after the photos. If you just want to see the photos and don't care about the chemical proses involved then all you need to know is I smeared toothpaste on a peace of chrome and lit it on fire with a propane torch. After testing I found that I had to add a 10 k resistor in series with the diode because the breakdown voltage was so low that my multimeter was braking it down. The diode layer is thin and can be scratched off easily resulting in a fun hunt for a new diode spot. I did this once and it took half an hour to find another spot that worked as well as the first one. This diode is probably only useful for crystal radios as anything else would have to much voltage.
|Its showing 0 conductivity the line on the meeter |
just extends past that point.
|Here you can see the 10 k ohm reading from the resistor the|
diode itself had almost no readable resistance.
Water, Hydrated Silica, Glycerin, sorbital, PVM,MA copolymer,
flavor, sodium lauryl sulfate, cellulose gum, sodium hydroxide,
propylene glycol, carrageenan, sodium saccharin, dye, and fluoride.
If I lit this on fire then most of it would burn off leaving me with mostly silica and sodium covered in ash.
So it was pointed out that when bonded sodium looses its outer electron and thus will become a p-type semiconductor. So this explanation is now all BS. Anybody know whats making th n-type semiconductor?
Hear's the scientific bit that makes it work:
Note: I'm not a chemist nor do I necessarily know what i'm talking about if you know I'm wrong let me know and I'll consider revising this.