What is the Blackest Black?

This week Reactions is taking a look at the nanoscience behind the worlds blackest black. Chemistry and its carbon nanotubes helps to create a black that will melt your mind. Go to any paint store or nail-polish shelf and you’ll see a dozen or so variations of the color black. Even inside a crayon box, there are a lot of shades. But what is the blackest black out there? This week, in honor of the 2015 National Chemistry Week theme of “Chemistry Colors Our World,” Reactions looks for the blackest black material.

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Elaine Seward

Sam Lemonick

Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
John Hagopian
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Sophia Cai

Blackest Black – http://www.nist.gov/pml/div686/dark_081710.cfm
Vantablack – http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/186229-its-like-staring-into-a-black-hole-worlds-darkest-material-will-be-used-to-make-very-stealthy-aircraft-better-telescopes
Super Black – http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/161657-nasas-super-black-coating-could-revolutionize-space-telescopes-stealth-vehicles
Super Black – https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn3356-mini-craters-key-to-blackest-ever-black/
Aeroglaze Z306 – http://www.lord.com/products-and-solutions/coatings/aeroglaze-z306-polyurethane-coating

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