New Technique Produces Diamonds 50% Harder than Natural

Posted by Mike Kremer on Mar 03, 2004 at 21:55

Press Release Feb 25th, 2004

Arlington, Va.—Producing a material that is harder than natural diamond has been a goal of materials science for decades. Now a group headed by scientists at the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory in Washington, D.C., has produced gem-sized diamonds that are harder than any other crystals and at a rate up to 100 times faster than other methods used to date. The process opens up an entirely new way of producing diamond crystals for electronics, cutting tools and other industrial applications.
NSF Gov Press release

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