Gold is widely used in components of products such as smartphones. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese scientists turn copper into ‘gold’

  • Process in which copper is blasted with argon gas creates particles with similar properties to gold
  • The new material cannot be turned into fake gold coins but could reduce use of precious metals in manufacturing
Topic |   China science

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Gold is widely used in components of products such as smartphones. Photo: Xinhua
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.