Scientists Claim They Have Created The World's Blackest Material Absorbing 98 To 99 Percent Of Light

Scientists have created an intriguing material that they claim absorbs almost all the light that hits it.

The material made of carbon nanotubes, absorbs between 98 and 99 percent of the energy that comes its way.

According to, it is impossible to create a material that absorbs 100 percent of light and remits it, without losing some energy in the process.

We would like to show you the material but you won't be able to see it.

While the thought of having the world's blackest material is incredibly fun, there is a serious point to this research.

Scientists say that this science could be applied to make solar energy systems more efficient.

A team at King Abdulla University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, noted that their newly-developed material worked particularly well with light in the spectrum between 400 and 1,400nm.

In a study published in Nature Nanotechnology, they noted that when the material was "diluted into liquids, a small concentration of nanoparticles absorbs on average 26 percent more than carbon nanotubes."

While all the sensible options for this material have been covered by the team of scientists, we also wonder what it could mean for the "little black dress."

When the world was first introduced to Vantablack, the blackest material we have had on the market so far experts said making a dress from it would be pointless.

This is largely due to the fact that we wouldn't be able to see the contours of the dress.

However, should this element of physics touch our fashion sensibilities, it could make for a potentially intriguing first date.

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