Sci­en­tists Cre­ate Su­perlight Alu­minium

Science Illustrated - - SCIENCE UPDATE -

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.

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