Engineers develop "blackest black" material to date

The Redemption of Vanity, is a work of art by MIT artist in residence Diemut Str

The Redemption of Vanity, is a work of art by MIT artist in residence Diemut Strebe that has been realized together with Brian L. Wardle, of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Director of necstlab and Nano- Engineered Composite aerospace STructures (NECST) Consortium and his team Drs. Luiz Acauan and Estelle Cohen. Strebe’s residency at MIT is supported by the Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST). Image: Diemut Strebe

Made from carbon nanotubes, the new coating is 10 times darker than other very black materials.

Fast Company reporter Mark Wilson writes that a collaboration between CAST artist-in-residence Diemut Strebe and Prof. Brian Wardle led to the creation of the blackest material ever made. "It’s pretty interesting that the artist in my group influenced the science," says Wardle. "Without that collaboration, we wouldn’t have looked."

In a scientific development inspired by art, MIT researchers have developed the blackest material ever created using carbon nanotubes, reports Hannah Osborne for Newsweek. "The ultra-dark material could have practical applications in telescopes, helping to reduce glare while looking out into space," writes Osborne.

Popular Mechanics reporter Dave Grossman explores how MIT scientists and artists have created the blackest material ever. Grossman explains that the material could have potential applications in fields including astronomy, "where it could assist space telescopes discover exoplanets."

Motherboard reporter Becky Ferreira writes about how MIT researchers have created the darkest material ever developed using carbon nanotubes. "This is a proper unexpected scientific discovery," explains Prof. Brian Wardle. "I think a much blacker material can be engineered given things like morphology of the carbon nanotubes that we know how to control."

Gizmodo reporter Victoria Song writes that MIT researchers have created a material that is 10 times blacker than any to date. The material is being made from "vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, which are microscopic carbon filaments. The engineers grew the carbon nanotubes on chlorine-etched aluminum foil, which then captured more than 99.995 percent of incoming light in lab testing."


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