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Diamonds, the most precious scientific gem

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26 June 2014 Video length icon 18:14
Video tags icon physical science, biological science, nanodiamonds, information transfer, biolabels

Nanodiamonds are tiny diamond crystals a million times smaller than a grain of rice. They offer fascinating possibilities in the areas of physical and biological sciences. Diamond nanocrystals contain various defects (known as colour centers) that are so bright, they can be detected on a single level. These colour centers can be harnessed to transfer information in an incredibly secure manner, preventing even the most sophisticated eavesdropping. On the other hand, they can also be used as fluorescent biolabels, targeting malicious cells and used as a carriers of drugs and vaccines. In this talk, Igor Aharonovich will highlight these two applications and other promising directions for fluorescent nanodiamonds.

About the speaker

Portrait of Dr Igor AharonovichDr Igor Aharonovich
Igor is a senior lecturer and a CPD fellow in the School of Physics and Advanced Materials. His research is focused on wide bandgap semiconductors and their implementation in nanophotonics and bio-sensing.


UTS Science in Focus is a free public lecture series showcasing the latest research from prominent UTS scientists and researchers.

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