Diemut Strebe MIT Art-Science Project Makes $2 Million Diamond Disappear

IDEX Sep 09, 2019

(IDEX Online) - How do you make a $2 million diamond "disappear"? For artist Diemut Strebe, in collaboration with MIT scientist Brian Wardle, the answer is a patented nanotube technology (CNT).

Mixing science and art, a 16.78-carat natural yellow diamond from L.J.West was coated using a new procedure of generating carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which was recently measured to be the blackest black ever created. The coating, which absorbs more than 99.96 percent of light, made it appear as if the SI1, radiant shape diamond had completely vanished.

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