Tequila: Diamonds in the rough

In recent months, we've been hearing about a new tequila category, or at least an attempt to make a new category, called "diamond."

Now comes news that tequila may be the stuff of diamonds.

A group of physicists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is developing synthetic diamonds from tequila. They are capable of competing with naturally originated diamonds and silicon when used as thin films in electronic devices or as materials for use under high temperatures.

Luis Miguel Apátiga Castro and several colleagues working In UNAM’s Thin film Laboratory for Applied Physics and Advanced Technology, located in Juriquilla, Querétaro, re-launched the adventure proposed to them by emeritus professor Fernando Alba Andrade in 1995. It was he who first worked on the idea of obtaining thin film diamonds from hydrocarbon gases whose molecules are formed by carbon and hydrogen atoms.

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