Scientists create plastic gold



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Scientists create plastic gold



Their gold weighs five to 10 times less than traditional 18-carat gold and can be used to embellish jewelry that would maintain its value but would be significantly lighter.

While the classic 18-carat gold blend is made up of three-quarters of gold and one-quarter of copper, the new gold is made with protein yarn and latex polymers to create a matrix that encapsulates the thin discs of gold nanocrystals. Sounds complicated? We can easily say that they made gold out of plastic.



According to one of the professors involved in the production, Rafaele Mezenga, the new gold has all the features of plastic and gold. It is lightweight, if it falls on a hard surface it sounds like plastic, but it shines like gold and can be processed like classic gold.

Scientists have even figured out how to alter the composition of gold to adjust the strength of the material. So they can create any kind of gold, even in different colors, transmits KosovaPress.

Mezenga points out that plastic gold can be used for jewelry, but also in electronic devices such as smartphones or televisions.

Scientists have already patented their plastic gold and the whole fabrication process, so we can see plastic gold in practical use in the future.

Scientists create plastic gold

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