Diamonds are a designer's best friend

Haifei Zhan of Queensland University of Technology in Australia and colleagues have been modeling diamond nanothread as a novel material for fabrics of the future. Diamond nanothread, which is not dissimilar to carbon nanotubes is thin, low density, flexible and strong was invented by scientists at Pennsylvania State University in 2015. "It's possible DNT may become as ubiquitous as plastic in the future, used in everything from clothing to cars," explains Zhan. "While both carbon nanotubes and DNT have great potential, the more I model DNT properties, the more it looks to be the superior material," Zhan adds.