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What is ferrofluid?

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TS160421869Ferromagnetic fluid is a liquid that undergoes a radical change when introduced to a magnetic field, turning from a puddle into a spiked dome. The fluid does this due to its composition, which is a mix of nanoscale ferromagnetic particles (like iron) and a carrier fluid.

The particles are coated with a surfactant – a compound that lowers a liquid’s surface tension – ensuring an even distribution of particles. When a magnetic field is introduced – usually a strong magnet positioned beneath it – the particles realign to the magnetic field lines. Structured as they are, the particles cause the liquid to act like a solid.