Tequila Is Perfect for Making…Diamonds?

By Jimmy Rogers
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Of all the liquids out there, tequila is one that has some interesting properties.  Not the least of these properties is the power to get you mightily drunk.  What you might not have known is that it can make some mighty fine jewelry as well.  This according to scientists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

“To dissipate any doubts, one morning on the way to the lab I bought a pocket-size bottle of cheap white tequila and we did some tests,” said Luis Miguel Apátiga, a researcher at the University.  It turns out that while the raw components of Tequila, ethanol and water, are useful in creating diamonds, the complex combination of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen is perfect for creating a unique type of diamond.

The beverage was heated until it became a gas, which broke down its molecular structure. The fluid was then allowed to cool, leaving behind diamonds free of impurities.  Namely, nano-sized spherical diamonds.  While these diamonds may seem a bit pointless, there are certainly many industrial uses for diamonds, especially for cutting hard materials.

What a crazy world we live in!

[PhysOrg via io9] [Image from AllPosters]

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