When it comes to body armor, lots of improvements and changes have occurred over the years, but nothing significant or truly game-changing. Well, with a recent research study performed by some physicists in New York that could all change.
A paper was recently published in Nature Nanotechnology covering something called diamene¹. What it is is a substance comprised entirely of carbon – like graphite or diamonds. But placing the carbon in a specific arrangement gives it outstanding properties!
Elisa Riedo, the project's lead researcher and a professor of physics at Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) at The City University of New York (CUNY), elaborated on what they have stumbled upon:
This is the thinnest film with the stiffness and hardness of diamond ever created. Previously, when we tested graphite or a single atomic layer of graphene, we would apply pressure and feel a very soft film. But when the graphite film was exactly two-layers thick, all of a sudden we realized that the material under pressure was becoming extremely hard and as stiff, or stiffer, than bulk diamond.