Scientists Create Superlight Aluminium
PHYSICS A group of scientists from Utah State University, US, has designed aluminium with a special crystal construction, weighing 25% of ordinary aluminium. They took the construction of diamonds as their starting point, but at a molecular level, they replaced the diamond’s carbon atoms with tetrahedrones – microscopic triangles built from aluminium atoms. If they succeed in developing the new material, scientists plan to use it for space travel, where aluminium is the preferred metal for construction.
Scientists have created a computer model of a new type of aluminium, imitating the structure of a diamond.