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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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NEWS

PhD Positions Available for October 2019 start - click here 

Tue 12 Nov '19
Colin Stephen's viva

Congrats to Colin who successfully defended his PhD thesis!

Tue 01 Oct '19
Welcome

The group welcomes seven new PhD candidates, Peter, Helen, Imogen, Chloe, Xuxu, George and Ben. You can find out more about their projects here.

Fri 12 Jul '19
Talk Prize

Congratulations to Guy who was awarded the Conference talk prize at the 70th DeBeers Diamond Conference for his presentation on spin decoherence of nitrogen vacancy centres in high purity nanodiamonds. find out more about Guy's work here.

Fri 05 Jul '19
Phil Diggle successfully defends his PhD

Congratulations to Phil who has successfully defended his PhD thesis

Wed 05 Jun '19
Tue 02 Oct '18
Thu 30 Aug '18
Mon 30 Jul '18
Fri 20 Apr '18