Vitamin stops static electricity

Vitamin stops static electricity

Clearing out uncharged molecules may prevent charge buildup

By Meghan Rosen, 14:20 PM September 13, 2013

A little vitamin E could zap static cling.

The chemical wipes out static electricity by getting rid of molecules that stabilize charge, researchers report in the Sept. 20 Science. By adding vitamin E or similar chemicals to coatings for electronics, manufacturers could fend off the electrostatic shocks that fry computer chips.

Static electricity may be best known for delivering tiny jolts to people shuffling across carpets. But in electronics, “the situation is very serious,” says physical che...

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