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What is the Blackest Black?

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Published on Oct 19, 2015

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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Producer:
Elaine Seward

Writer:
Sam Lemonick

Co-writer:
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

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

References
Blackest Black - http://www.nist.gov/pml/div686/dark_0...
Vantablack - http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/18...
Super Black - http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/16...
Super Black - https://www.newscientist.com/article/...
Aeroglaze Z306 - http://www.lord.com/products-and-solu...

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