With Chemical Tweaks, Cement Becomes a Semiconductor

8:40 minutes

With the right chemistry, cement can take on some of the properties of a metal, researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Chris Benmore, a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory, explains how the alchemy works, and why a semiconducting cement might be useful.

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Chris Benmore

Chris Benmore is a physicist in the X-ray Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois.

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About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.