A German geologist has made a diamond from a very unusual substance, one you may find in your kitchen! PEANUT BUTTER!
Usually used as a tasty spread on toast or to create a yummy sandwich, peanut butter has proven that it can be used to make something that is worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Whilst trying to mimic the high temperature and pressure conditions in the Earth’s lower mantle, geologist Dan Frost has stumbled across many interesting ways to make diamonds – including using peanut butter.
Diamonds are made of simple carbon atoms which are found in every living thing and every type of food we eat, which encouraged Dan to attempt his experiment, using peanut butter instead of rocks.
The experiment was a success although the hydrogen that is bonded to the carbon in peanut butter makes the process a little trickier (or stickier?) It is a very slow transformation and it takes weeks to make a 2 or 3 millimetre diamond from peanut butter. But worth it!
Article written by D Mulhern