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Diamond Research Group

Our research group specialises in the development of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) and optical spectroscopic methods, and applies these techniques in the study of diamond and other materials/systems. We also work with the Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group on the development of Diamond Based Sensors.

Warwick Diamond Group

Diamond has been valued for its appearance and mechanical properties for at least two thousand years; as a gem stone diamond is unsurpassed. Diamond is an elemental semiconductor with a very large electronic energy gap, impressive carrier mobilities, high electrical breakdown strength and the highest thermal conductivity of any material at room temperature. Pure diamond is optically transparent from the ultra-violet into the infrared and microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, supremely resistant to chemical corrosion and being carbon, biologically compatible in many applications. The list of impressive properties goes on, some of the extreme properties have been known for many years, but the true magnitude of others are still only coming to light as control in synthesis and hence material perfection is improved.

Most of the properties are controlled by defects and impurities and our group focuses on identifying these and exploiting them in the engineering of material for applications as diverse as water quality sensors, single spin magnetometers and power electronic components. The ultimate prize for man made diamond is surely not in the synthesis of gem stones (or should that be “clones”?), but in delivering diamond enabled technological solutions to the challenges facing our society today.

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PhD Positions Available for October 2018 start - click here and see the Diamond Science and Technology Centre for Doctoral Training

Thu 01 Feb '18
Diamond Conference 2018

The 2018 Diamond Conference will run from 9-12 July 2018. Click here  

Tue 02 Oct '18
Welcome

The group welcomes four new PhD canidates, Jenny Orme & Lewis Mills who will both be working with Mark Newton along with Rajesh Patel & James March who will be working with Gavin Morely. Further information on their project can be found on the group pages here.

Thu 30 Aug '18
Welcome

Welcome to Chloe Peaker who joins the group as a research fellow

Mon 30 Jul '18
Congratulations

Congratulations to Mark Newton who was commended for his outstanding and inspirational teaching in the 2018 Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE).More information can be found here.

Fri 20 Apr '18