How to make a diamond from scratch – with peanut butter


“If we want to understand how the Earth was formed, then one of the things you need to know is what planet is made out of,” explains Frost, A scientist at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany. Frost’s research involves attempts to mimic the conditions of the Earth’s lower mantle. As part of this work, Frost has found some surprising ways to make diamonds – from carbon dioxide and a bizarre ingredient peanut butter. His institute is looking at whether they can make artificial diamonds with different properties; doping the diamonds with boron might make better semiconductors for electronics that don’t heat up with use, for instance– one of the biggest wastes of energy in electronics at the moment. Read More>>


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