Researchers from Penn State University developed a new ultra-thin and super strong material that is made from the same hexagonal rings of bonded carbon atoms that make up diamonds. The so called diamond nanothreads may prove to be the strongest man-made material ever developed.

The new material was produced using a pressure device to compress an especially large 6 mm wide pool of benzene (a carbon and hydrogen molecule). The benzene molecules broke under the pressure, and when the pressure was released, they formed the diamond configuration of the nanothreads.