An in-house Artist Diemut Strebe from the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology along with Professor Brian Wardle have developed a coated diamond and named it “The Redemption of Vanity.” This piece of art is going to be exhibited at the New York Stock Exchange on November 25 to give the people a chance to have a look at the latest carbon-nanotube (CNT) material. The combination of extreme opposites in a single object is the key feature of the art. The carbon nanotubes are minuscule filaments of carbon that have been coated on the surface of an aluminum foil. The foil is found to have captured almost 99.96% of the light and turn the object into a complete black material.
The super-dark carbon nanotube object is found to be useful for aerospace and optical equipment. The first popular carbon-nanotube-based blackest black material was found to have been developed by a UK-based firm Surrey NanoSystems, which launched Vantablack in 2014. After which Surrey has been developing a sprayable version of Vantablack. However, the MIT team has been able to compare its CNT material data to other carbon-nanotube materials such as Vantablack in order to understand its properties better. The new material is found to reflect less light and thus, makes it the blackest champ. The human eyes may have trouble determining the difference in black and this material is found to have the ability to disappear a diamond. The art community has been provided with an option to use an acrylic paint called Black 3.0 for its darkest designs and MIT’s new discovery can help open a new door altogether. MIT plans to make the material available for art and science applications. The darkness and virtual disappearance have not stopped the new diamond from reflecting something bigger than usual.
On a similar note, Rio Tinto has announced that it will be showcasing a collection of rare pink and red diamonds in Singapore. The Argyle diamond mine in the far north of Western Australia is known to supply the rarest of the pink, red, and violet diamonds across the world. The mine is expected to close by 2020 after almost 4 Decades of production.
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