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The official opening of the Element Six Global Innovation centre in July 2013. From left to right: Prof. Julie Macpherson (Warwick), Dr Laura Hutton, Dr Ben Green, Dr Stephanie Liggins, Dr Andy Edmonds and Prof Mark Newton (Warwick)

Laura, Ben, Stephanie and Andy were all students at Warwick and have gone on to work in various aspects of R&D at Element Six. The strong links between academic and industry are at the heart of the Diamond Science and Technology Centre for Doctoral Training. Element Six is a member of the De Beers Group of Companies, its majority shareholder. Element Six designs, develops and produces synthetic diamond supermaterials, and operates worldwide with its head office registered in Luxembourg, and primary manufacturing facilities in U.S., China, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa and the U.K.

Element Six supermaterial solutions are used in applications such as cutting, grinding, drilling, shearing and polishing, while the extreme properties of synthetic diamond beyond hardness are already opening up new applications in a wide array of industries such as optics, water treatment, semiconductors and sensors.

In 2013, Element Six opened the Global Innovation Centre - the world’s largest and most sophisticated synthetic diamond R&D facility near Oxford in the UK. Element Six’s Global Innovation Centre brings together over 140 top scientists, engineers and technologists working to develop a pipeline of innovative synthetic diamond and related supermaterial products for customers, in industries from oil and gas drilling to precision machining and electronics. Across these markets and more, the centre allows for the rapid development of customised material within abrasive and technology applications, which will enable extreme leaps in end-application performance and productivity. For video click here.