Diamonds in Candles

This is not a title of some science fiction story, nor something from the future. A professor of chemistry at the University of St. Andrews discovered that the candle flames contain millions of tiny nano particles of diamonds.

The professor announced that 1.5 million diamond nanoparticles are created in a candle flame every second it is burning.

Dr Zhou used a new sampling technique to remove particles from the centre of the flame, which is believed to have never been done before, and found that it contained all four known forms of carbon.

Dr Zhou added that the diamond particles are burned away in the process, but the discovery could lead to future research into how diamonds could be created more cheaply, and in a more environmentally friendly way.

He said: “This will change the way we view a candle flame forever.”


The Independent

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2 thoughts on “Diamonds in Candles

  1. Noor says:

    That’s seriously interesting. Diamonds, they’re nice alright but if they’re gonna be cheap and stuff like that I wouldn’t mind some but not now with all the blood diamond business.

  2. observationofalostsoul says:

    Fancy you mentioning blood diamonds because I saw a documentary about them here is the link for them

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