MIT unveils new ‘blackest black’ Substance and makes a diamond Evaporate

MIT revealed that the properties of its CNT substance by painting a diamond. The picture of this coated diamond is on the right.


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What can you really do with a $2 million organic yellow diamond? If you are at MIT, you coat it at a crazy high-tech cloth which makes any item look like it dropped into a black hole. 

The coated gemstone is presently a part of artwork called The Redemption of Vanity, a collaboration between Diemut Strebe, artist-in-residence in the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, and Brian Wardle an MIT aeronautics and astronautics professor. 

BMW painted an SUV in Vantablack as a smooth advertising movement.


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The diamond will be on display at the New York Stock Exchange till Nov. 25, providing audiences a opportunity to see MIT’s new carbon-nanotube (CNT) substance in action. 

“The unification of extreme opposites in one object and the particular aesthetic features of the CNTs caught my imagination for this art project,” Strebe stated in an MIT launch (PDF).

MIT explained the carbon nanotubes as “microscopic filaments of carbon, like a fuzzy forest of tiny trees” that has grown within an aluminum-foil surface. “The foil captures more than 99.96 percent of any incoming light, making it the blackest material on record,” MIT said in a Thursday release.

Super-darkened carbon nanotube materials are of interest for optical gear and aerospace applications. The most famed carbon-nanotube “blackest black” substance comes from UK firm Surrey NanoSystems, which unveiled Vantablack in 2014. Surrey has since acquired a sprayable version of Vantablack.

The MIT team headed by Wardle compared its CNT substance to known statistics on other carbon-nanotube substances, such as Vantablack. Wardle told CNET that MIT’s substance reflects less light than previous substances, which makes it the blackest-black champ. 

Though it is tempting to place MIT’s CNT substance and Vantablack to a cage to battle it out, the human eye may have difficulty determining which really is black. Rather than competitions, it could be more helpful to consider these as alternatives. 

The MIT group has offered to create its CNT black procedure available to artists for noncommercial interests. British sculptor Anish Kapoor has exclusive rights to use Vantablack in art jobs. The wider art community has turned into an acrylic paint known as Black 3.0 because of its strangest designs, but MIT’s work could provide a new means to explore the depths of shameful through artwork.

Wardle informed CNET that the team does not have any plans to provide the material a tricky title and is rather focusing on MIT’s mission to produce and disseminate knowledge by creating the material accessible for science and art programs.

Strebe and Wardle shared their ideas on this at the discharge approximately The Redemption of Vanity, stating, “We do not believe in exclusive ownership of any material or idea for any artwork and have opened our method to any artist.”

Despite its darkness and digital disappearance, the diamond currently reflects something bigger than itself: a dazzling intersection between art and science.

Surrey Nanosystems did not possess a remark.