Acetylene bubble-powered autonomous capsules: Towards in situ fuel

James Guo Sheng Moo, Hong Wang, Martin Pumera

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


A fuel-free autonomous self-propelled motor is illustrated. The motor is powered by the chemistry of calcium carbide and utilising water as a co-reactant, through a polymer encapsulation strategy. Expulsion of acetylene bubbles powers the capsule motor. This is an important step, going beyond the toxic hydrogen peroxide fuel used normally, to find alternative propellants for self-propelled machines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15849-15851
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number100
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Catalysis


Dive into the research topics of 'Acetylene bubble-powered autonomous capsules: Towards in situ fuel'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this