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Dear Steve Nelson,

I am an Electrical Engineering student in the UK. I keep having ideas about possible ways of generating electricity. From my limited knowledge on the magnetic properties of water i have been wondering if, with the invention of nano-materials like graphene, it would be possible to use water to generate electricity (other than to drive turbines) like you see when a magnet passes through a coil.
i understand that if it did generate electricity it would be an extraordinarily small amount, but im more curious to see if it would actually work.

Many thanks,

David English

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First, graphene is a material and not really a nanomaterial.  And it has little to do with using water to make electricity.  Water is diamagnetic, so it actually reduces magnetic fields that pass through it.  So you've asked about water producing electricity without any turbines...but do you have a mechanism to propose to do it?  I know of one, but this is obviously not used for commercial energy production... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelvin_water_dropper
I believe there are also videos on youtube.

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Dr. Stephen O. Nelson

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I can answer most basic physics questions, physics questions about science fiction and everyday observations of physics, etc. I'm also usually good for science fair advice (I'm the regional science fair director). I do not answer homework problems. I will occasionally point out where a homework solution went wrong, though. I'm usually good at explaining odd observations that seem counterintuitive, energy science, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, and alternative theories of physics are my specialties.

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I was a physics professor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, research in nuclear technology and nuclear astrophysics. My travelling science show saw over 20,000 students of all ages. I taught physics, nuclear chemistry, radiation safety, vacuum technology, and answer tons of questions as I tour schools encouraging students to consider careers in science. I moved on to a non-academic job with more research just recently.

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Ph. D. from Duke University in physics, research in nuclear astrophysics reactions, gamma-ray astronomy technology, and advanced nuclear reactors.

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