Candle flames contain millions of tiny diamond particles, a university professor has discovered.

a burning candleResearch by Wuzong Zhou, a professor of chemistry at the University of St Andrews in Fife, revealed that around 1.5 million diamond nanoparticles are created in a candle flame every second it is burning.

Dr Zhou used a new sampling technique to remove particles from the centre of the flame, which is believed to have never been done before, and found that it contained all four known forms of carbon.

He said: “This was a surprise because each form is usually created under different conditions.”

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