Blackest black discovered and used in art-science project

September 12, 2019

The blackest black material was discovered recently by necstlab Postdoc Kehang Cui (now Prof. Cut at Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and reported in the journal ACS-AMI ( The discovery was influenced by the ongoing art-science collaborations with Diemut Strebe, Artist in Residence at MIT. The first work in the collaboration with Strebe, called the Redemption of Vanity (, debuts Fri. Sep. 13 at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City.  Drs. Luiz Acauan and Estelle Cohen from necstlab were the principal leading the creation of the CNT-covered diamond to help realize the artist’s vision for this work.

Presentation of the 'blackest black' research at NYSE, Sept 2019: Dr. Estelle Cohen, Dr. Luiz Acauan, Professor Brian Wardle (at lectern)








See also our previous News article about the 'Fuzzy Diamond' project from 12 September 2017 (

The diamond with our blackest black growth was also shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live :

NBC News writeup:

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah announcement :