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Diamond possesses an amazing range of extreme properties. New diamond technologies, which exploit these properties, have the potential to revolutionise society through transformative breakthroughs in electronics & devices, geophysics, manufacturing, measurement & sensing, theory & computation, medical, biophysics & biochemistry, optics & photonics and quantum technologies.

To make the greatest leaps, properties must be exploited in combination, not in isolation. This requires multi-disciplinary trained scientists capable of working across scientific boundaries.

Extreme properties of diamond

PhD Projects: September 2018
ed_xsmall.pngElectronics & Devices
ms_xsmall.pngMeasurement & Sensing
th_com_xsmall.pngTheory & Computation
med_bio_xsmall.pngMedical, Biophysics & Biochemistry
opt_phtn_xsmall.pngOptics & Photonics
Qqtech_xsmall.pnguantum Technologies


Next generation, value-added diamond tools for:
- shaping and machining new, hard to process materials with increased precision
- abrasives for drilling deeper through tougher rock to reach hydrocarbon resources

Left: HPHT Diamond Grit (Photograph Credit: Dr Jon Newland)

impact_qt.jpgMeasurement & Sensing

Diamond-based technologies will enable:
- single molecule based sensing
- single spin magnetic, electric and thermal sensing
- on-chip room temperature magnetometers
- electrochemical sensing in extreme environments

Left: Luminescence from defects in diamond can be utilised in quantum technologies (Photograph Credit: Dr Jon Newland)

PhotonicsPhotonic Materials

Diamond’s unique combination of properties will enable a whole new generation of photonic devices, e.g. windows, lenses, detectors, capable of handling high optical power and transforming many technologies.

Left: A diamond laser converting green light to yellow light. Image provided by the University of Strathclyde.

Diamond WaterWater Treatment

Non-corroding, resilient diamond electrodes have significant possibilities for waste-water treatment and in-situ pollutant detection.

Left: Black diamond is electrically conducting and can be used as an electrode in sensors and waste water treatment (Photograph Credit: Dr Jonathan Newland)


Diamond integration can dramatically improve cooling, leading to better efficiency, reliability and higher power operation.


Diamond is the ideal, radiation hard, robust detector for radiation monitoring in the most hostile environments.

Physical Sciences for Healthcare

Diamond nanoparticles for drug delivery, in-vivo imaging, probing the body’s electric and magnetic fields at unprecedented resolution; implantable diamond electrodes capable of interfacing with the brain.

Quantum Technologies

Single defect spins in diamond are a leading candidate for solid state qubits and show huge potential in nanoscale imaging and metrology

Right: The ordered carbon structure of diamond gives rise to extreme properties, exploited in new diamond technologies.