A newly produced material is believed to be the “Blackest” ever created. Vantablack is a pure carbon coating and absorbs 99.96 percent of incident radiation. Speaking to Gizmag, Surrey NanoSystems CTO Ben Jensen explained that some work had already been done on creating super-black materials by NASA and other organizations. The use of high temperatures when creating carbon nanotube materials means they cannot be directly applied to sensitive electronics or materials with low melting points. The process utilizes photothermal chemical vapor deposition, with which a solid material is deposited on the substrate from a gas. According to Surrey NanoSystems, Vantablack has the highest thermal conductivity and lowest mass-volume of any material that can be used in high-emissivity applications.
The material is said to be able to withstand launch shock, staging and long-term vibration, making it suitable for coating internal components.