Blackest of All Materials Created by MIT Engineers (Download PDF)


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A material being claimed to be 10 times blacker than anything has been created by the Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The material has been created from a vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, or CNTs microscopic filaments of carbon that the team grew on a surface of chlorine-etched aluminum foil.

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Significance and Revelations

  • The Foil has been found to capture more than 99.96 per cent of any incoming light thereby making it the blackest material created or found till date.

  • The material may help optical blinders to reduce unwanted glare, to help space telescopes spot orbiting exoplanets.

  • The material reflects 10 times less light than all other superblack materials including the Vantablack (one of the darkest substances material developed in the United Kingdom).

  • The material soaked up virtually all the light directed at it.

  • The Artists from MIT has worked with the researchers to coat a 16.78-carat natural yellow diamond. This is estimated to be worth $2 million, in the ultrablack material.

  • It has been revealed that a large diamond coated with CNTs, becomes a kind of black hole absent of shadows because of the bright, sparkling and highly reflective gem.


  • It is one of the darkest substances known developed in the United Kingdom.

  • This substance is capable of absorbing 99.96 % of visible light.

  • It consists of a forest of a forest of vertical tubes “grown” on a substrate.

  • Vantablack has greater resistance to mechanical vibration apart from a greater thermal stability.

  • It has the ability to prevent stray light from entering telescopes.

  • It can also improve performance of infrared cameras both on Earth and in space.

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • It is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • It was chartered by the state of Massachusetts in 1861 and became a land-grant college in 1863.

  • This institute is famous for its scientific and technological training and research.

  • It is also one of the topmost University in fields like architecture, Political Science, Economics, management, philosophy, linguistics, brain and cognitive science etc.

  • MIT is also the number one University in the world as per Quacquarelli Symonds 2019 ranking.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 9, 2019

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