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My Drunkest Diamond

Courtesy of Thoreau at Unqualified Offerings comes this warm and uplifting story about the power of Tequila:

A team of Mexican scientists found that the heated vapor from 80-proof (40% alcohol) tequila blanco, when deposited on a silicon or stainless steel substrate, can form diamond films.

That’s right, bitches, you can make diamonds from Tequila. The good stuff anyway. Sounds like CJ needs to get busy writing an over realized request for some Patron and sheet metal. I smell alternate income stream.

  1. Kai Davis says:

    The key to the surprising discovery is tequila’s ratio of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, which lies within the “diamond growth region.” .

    Originally, the scientists were experimenting with creating diamonds from organic solutions such as acetone, ethanol, and methanol. They found that diluting ethanol in water resulted in high quality diamond films. The scientists then noticed that the ideal compound of 40 percent ethanol and 60 percent water was similar to the proportion used in tequila.

    For now, the scientists are continuing to test different tequilas

  2. Betz says:

    If it is true that it is the ethanol to non-ethanol ratio that lends itself to the creation of the materials, wouldn’t you be able to produce it in any liquour? I mean, the ratio seems pretty clear (40% alcohol, 60% NOT alcohol), and there are lots of 80-proof alcohols out there. Is there something specific to tequila?
    (And yes, I am too lazy to read the article)

  3. Rockne Andrew Roll says:

    What do you get if you use whiskey? If you can get diamonds from Patron, imagine the awesomeness you could produce with Jameson!

  4. Kai Davis says:

    Probably not. The article said that regardless of the impurities in the mixture, it was the ethanol / non-ethanol ratio that contributed to the success.

    I think we buy tortilla gold, transform into diamonds, and then turn the diamonds into patron. Instant success.
    Delicious, drunken, success.

  5. Vincent says:

    I wonder if you get worse diamonds if you use Tortilla Gold instead of Patron…

  6. Kai Davis says:

    The difficulty is in not drinking the delicious, delicious tequila prior to making diamonds.

    I don’t know about the OC staffers, but I love me some tequila.

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