Posted August 25th, 2011 by Engineering

Engineer Explains How Tequila Can be Turned Into Diamonds

Professor Javad Mostaghimi (MIE) spoke to Yahoo Canada TV about a surprising discovery made by researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico who discovered how to turn tequila into diamond films.

The scientists originally experimented with organic solutions like acetone, ethanol and methanol before realizing that tequila contains almost equal percentages of ethanol and water — two compounds needed for the experiment to succeed.

The final product is hard and heat-resistant — properties that could make the diamond useful as coatings for cutting tools, high-power semiconductors, radiation detectors and optical-electronic devices.

Watch Professor Mostaghimi explain the process in more detail on Yahoo Canada TV  or read about it on