• Question: Whats the Strongest Material In The Solar System?

    Asked by issi2001 to Anil, Blanka, Emma, Mike on 4 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: Michael Cook

      Michael Cook answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      This is interesting! A lot of it depends on what kind of strength you’re talking about – some materials are very good at being compressed (having lots of weight put on them) and other materials are very good at being stretched or used to support weights.

      It also depends on the structure of the material. For instance, charcoal and diamond are made from the same stuff, mostly – carbon. But the carbon in a diamond is arranged in a very special way that makes it incredible strong.

      Carbon is probably the answer here, though, but in a special form called graphene. Graphene is very hard to extract or manufacture right now, but it’s been shown to be 200 times stronger than steel under some types of testing. Two scientists actually won the Nobel prize in 2010 for investigating this material!

    • Photo: Blanka Sengerova

      Blanka Sengerova answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      Great answer, Mike. I always thought it was diamond but you have expanded on it and taught me some new things.

    • Photo: Emma Trantham

      Emma Trantham answered on 4 Jul 2012:

      Oooh I hadn’t considered graphene…