Cavitaion Chemistry (currently working on at Inano -- UC Davis):
Achieving sonoluminescence and cavitation for producing new and exciting material. After trying hard to achieve sonoluminescence with the equipment that we had, we are now resorting to buy a homogoniser which can produce instant cavitaion! Inversitng in a horn would be a more practical choice because we can use our own container and we wouldn’t have to worry about having the right size or shape for cavitation. Cavitation is the formation and collapse of vapor bubbles in a liquid subjected to acoustic energy at high frequency and intensity (analgous to boiling water). The volume within a bath in which active cavitation is generated by a radiating surface is called the cavitation field. There are ten essecial factors that influence cavitation.
1) Gas and particulate matter
2) External (applied) pressure
3) Solvent viscosity
4) Solvent surface tension
5) Solvent vapor pressure
6) Applied frequency
9) Field type
With these factors in mind, we hope to create new material such as carbon nanotubes!
Books i'm reading -- "Analytical Applications of Ultrasound" by M.D Luque De Castro and F.Priego Capote (very good book)
I am working closely with Aaron Katzenmeyer (super smart guy!) on this project. We are currently working on buying a homoginiser for doing cavitation chemistry.