MIT unveils new 'blackest black' material and makes a diamond disappear

CNET | 9/14/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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MIT demonstrated the properties of its CNT material by painting a diamond. The image of the coated diamond is on the right.

What do you do with a $2 million natural yellow diamond? If you're at MIT, you coat it in a wild high-tech material that makes any object look like it fell into a black hole.

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The coated diamond is now a piece of art called The Redemption of Vanity, a collaboration between Diemut Strebe, artist-in-residence at 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 marketing move.

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The diamond will be on exhibit at the New York Stock Exchange until Nov. 25, giving viewers a chance to see MIT's new carbon-nanotube (CNT) material in action.

"The unification of extreme opposites in one object and the particular aesthetic features of the **** caught my imagination for this art project," Strebe said in an MIT release (PDF).

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MIT described the carbon nanotubes as "microscopic filaments of carbon, like a fuzzy forest of tiny trees" that's grown on 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-dark carbon nanotube materials are of interest for optical equipment and aerospace applications. The most famous carbon-nanotube "blackest black" material comes from UK company Surrey NanoSystems, which unveiled Vantablack in 2014. Surrey has since developed a sprayable...
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