Diamonds from alcohol

Diamonds from alcohol? Someone with doubt shakes his head. However, the technique for obtaining diamond microcrystals from alcohol vapors has long been developed at the Japanese Institute of Technology, located near Tokyo. It is simple: a silicone plate is placed in a sturdy cylindrical vessel 50 cm in diameter. From the vessel, air is pumped out and hydrogen and alcohol vapors are injected under pressure. When the silicone plate is heated to several hundred degrees, the alcohol is split and liberated carbon, which crystallizes in the diamond modification on the plate. Diamonds from alcohol are achieved with one-tenth of a millimeter.

Diamonds from alcohol? Someone with doubt shakes his head

Diamonds from alcohol scientists received in experiments with pure alcohol and alcohol, contained in vodka, whiskey and rum. In all cases, good results were obtained. The advantage of this method is that the diamond crystals grow at the rate of one hundredth of a millimeter per hour, which is ten times higher than their growth rate, for example, from methane gas.

The first documented experiments on diamonds date back to 1694, when Italian scientist Giuseppe Averani demonstrated using incendiary glass that the diamond burns if it is heated to a high temperature. The first artificial diamonds of technical quality were grown in 1953-1954, the research groups of companies ASEA, Sweden, and General Electric, the USA, succeeded in this field. The samples obtained were far from perfect and had a size of less than 1 mm.