Scientists Turn Peanut Butter into Diamonds

Dan Frost of the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany was trying to replicate crystalline structures believed to exist in the lower mantle of the Earth.

During his research, Frost discovered a laboratory process that extracts the oxygen from carbon-dioxide. In
the earth, this happens naturally, and when the left-over carbon is subjected to intense pressure, it can turn into diamonds.

To replicate this in the lab, Frost’s team needed a carbon-rich material, which they could subject to high pressure. They chose ordinary peanut butter. During the experiment, diamonds did actually emerge under extremely high pressure.

The experiment was done to demonstrate how turning carbon-rich materials into diamonds can be useful in superconductors and quantum computing.

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