The brass teacups are one of the most recognisable parts of the kitchen, as they are the source of so much laughter.
Now, researchers have found a way to make the parts of them more durable and easier to work with.
The researchers at the University of Warwick have created a new type of ceramic which has been engineered to absorb a number of contaminants and has been found to have a better mechanical and electrical properties than previously thought.
The research, published in Nature Communications, was carried out by researchers from the Centre for Engineering and Physical Sciences at Warwick.
The team worked on the design of the ceramic and used an electrochemical process to control the process.
The ceramic was then coated with aluminium oxide and a number on the outside of the cup was then added to the ceramic to make it look more metallic.
This was then placed on a plastic surface which was coated with copper oxide.
The copper oxide was then turned into a film which could absorb the contaminants, which are chemicals used in paints and paint thinner.
The film would then be coated with a number which allowed the metal to flow through the film, producing the desired effect.
The results are significant as it means the researchers have discovered a new way of creating a ceramic which will be better able to resist corrosion.
“These ceramic materials are incredibly well engineered and are designed to withstand extreme environments.
This allows them to withstand chemical corrosion and they have excellent mechanical properties,” said lead author Dr Mark Stenner, a post-doctoral researcher at Warwick’s Department of Chemical Engineering.
“The material was then used to make a steel bowl, which is what the brass bathroom fountains are made from.
The research was led by Dr Stephen Lohmann, a senior research scientist at Warwick, and was supported by the British Chemical Council and the British Geological Survey. “
It was also possible to improve the chemical resistance and durability by using a copper oxide film which has the advantage of absorbing contaminants and therefore preventing corrosion.”
The research was led by Dr Stephen Lohmann, a senior research scientist at Warwick, and was supported by the British Chemical Council and the British Geological Survey.
The article originally appeared in New Scientist.