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Diamond on diamond for new research opportunities

Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication

Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication

The ability to produce ultra high-purity diamond is set to benefit researchers, with a new research facility opening.

Cost and manufacturing difficulties mean that diamond film has not been widely available to the research community. That will change now Australia’s largest nanotechnology hub, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), has opened its new Diamond Deposition Suite (DDS).

Dr Dwayne Kirk, Managing Director of the MCN, said custom-made diamond coatings offer a range of new opportunities for research and industry.

“Using diamonds to accelerate research is an exciting new development and we’re delighted that the most advanced facility of its kind will be based here in Melbourne. Australian researchers are already leading the way in using diamond coatings to enhance the bionic eye,” said Dr Kirk.

The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP officially opened the facility, which grows high-purity synthetic diamond. The Minister inspected some of the latest research and development taking place at the Centre.

Known for their remarkable properties, diamonds possess the highest heat conductivity and the greatest chemical and radiation resistance of any material.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne AC welcomed the Government’s continued support of Australian-led research.

“The investment in this instrument highlights Australia’s place on the world research stage. It’s very exciting that the future applications of synthetic diamonds from everything from medical bionics to quantum computing will happen right here in Melbourne,” Professor Byrne said.

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