Are there any non-radioactive materials that naturally have a positive or negative charge?

I'm talking about a material that has more electrons that protons (and vice versa) without  having to apply a charge to it.

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iceng5 years ago
A radio active element only needs to strike windy air atoms hard enough
to create to create ionic charged particles. Properly placed NIB magnets
would collect positive ions and negative ions charging a capacitor and
collecting electrical energy from a wind.

IF this is interesting to you there is a way to massively grid these generators
throughout the west of America.

Super_Nerd (author)  iceng5 years ago
Thanks, but I said non-radioactive. Other than that this information is very helpful. Just one question. Whats an NIB magnet?

Wow did I miss read that Sorry.
NIB = Neodymium-Iron-Boron (NdFeB).
Super_Nerd (author)  iceng5 years ago
Its quite alright, and thanks for explaining NIB magnets. Do you think I can find them at Radio Shack.
Possibly, I go to the Shack often ( as they turn away from hobby supplies )
and never saw NIB magnets in four stores.
This pointer to Forcefield is where I buy mine.
In fact I just ordered 100 of these for the upcoming Burning Man event.
R.A.T.M iceng5 years ago
what r u using them for and im with you buy whole sale magnets that arnt wolesale are nothing than a rip off
iceng R.A.T.M5 years ago
Watch the second of my next two ibles for an answer to your question.
Cost is relative to application need !
Kiteman5 years ago
Out of curiosity, what would you do with such a material?
Super_Nerd (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
I saw an instructable for a radiant energy collector (poor output because earth's magnetism deflects most solar wind) and wanted to use a positively charged material to power it.

Sorry - that's SciFi.
If he wants to get into the solar wind wouldn't it be Very Hi - Fi?
lemonie5 years ago

But there are plenty that have both.
Why are you asking?

kelseymh5 years ago
No, none at all, at least on the Earth. Electrostatic forces are quite strong, on the scale of atoms and molecules.

If you have an electrically charged object touching something else (for example, a charged rock you find hypothetically buried in the ground), it would very quickly pick up charge from whatever it's touching and become neutral.

A charged object can remain charged for a relatively long time when isolated in dry air, but that's not how you find natural materials.
orksecurity5 years ago
Depends what you mean by "that naturally have" and "applying a charge".

Doped semiconductors have a nonuniform charge distribution, due to the interaction of the dopant with the semiconductor's crystalline structure. This is why diodes work, as one simple example -- there is a local potential difference across the junction, which has to be overcome before current can flow the other way. This is also how photocells work; electrons excited by light may have enough energy to cross that barrier in the easy direction but not cross back in the other direction.

But a realworld object 's outer surface rapidly balances out whatever charge it has, as it comes in contact with the rest of the world.

So the answer to your question as you have posed it is "no." If it did, it would shed or absorb electrons until the charge was neutral again.