So here’s an interesting little thing. Did you know that it’s possible to turn tequila into diamonds? Nope, neither did I. But it has indeed been found that a vapour from 80% proof tequila blanco, when deposited on the surface of a substrate of either stainless steel or silicon, will give you a diamond film! Needless to say, this was developed in Mexico.
Evidently, tequila’s ratio of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon are conveniently inside the “diamond growth region”. In other words, it has the right combination of elements to cause diamonds to form.
Together, Javier Morales, Luis Miguel Apátiga, and Víctor Manuel Castaño at the National Autonomous University of Mexico started out by experimenting with organic solutions, and found that a combination of ethanol and water was very effective. Coincidentally enough, the mixture of ethanol and water they used was remarkably similar to the combination found in bottles behind bars worldwide.
Ahhh… Now I have another reason to love tequila!
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