The hardest material in the world... can also bend

Professor Subra Suresh, Nanyang Technological University's president, is a senior author of the paper published in the journal Science last month. A diamond nano-needle bent by a diamond tip pressed on it. Diamond is a brittle material, but the team
A diamond nano-needle bent by a diamond tip pressed on it. Diamond is a brittle material, but the team of international researchers found diamond nano-needles can be stretched by up to 9 per cent without breaking.PHOTO: SCIENCE JOURNAL
Professor Subra Suresh, Nanyang Technological University's president, is a senior author of the paper published in the journal Science last month. A diamond nano-needle bent by a diamond tip pressed on it. Diamond is a brittle material, but the team
Professor Subra Suresh, Nanyang Technological University's president, is a senior author of the paper published in the journal Science last month.

Ground-breaking discovery on diamonds opens up pathways for innovations in various fields

Diamond is the hardest material found in the natural world and not an object commonly associated with flexibility.

But a team of international researchers has shown that this does not always have to be the case.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2018, with the headline 'The hardest material in the world... can also bend'. Print Edition | Subscribe