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Funding for next generation diamond-enabled technologies

Warwick University has announced that it has received £5.2 million in funding under one of the government’s Prosperity Partnerships.

The funding will be used by the university in its work with Element Six, a De Beers Group company, to develop and establish a supply chain for the next generation of diamond-enabled technologies, which will include:

  • the thermal management of semiconductors in high powered communications (enabling all of our high demand 5G and video streaming)
  • quantum sensing for navigation, medical diagnosis (inc. heart disease, Alzheimer’s) and spintronics research
  • quantum information processing
  • electrolysis to clean industrial waste water

Element Six, based on Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, is a leader in the development of synthetic diamond for new industrial uses and its partnership with Warwick aims to build on the UK’s leading position and role in diamond growth and exploitation to develop diamond solutions in areas where conventional materials are increasingly unable to meet the performance levels required by new technologies.

The Prosperity Partnership, funded by UKRI, builds on an existing partnership between the two which is currently working to develop highly sensitive, fibre optic linked diamond quantum sensors for medical and industrial applications, such as the detection of heart disease or of structural weakness in steel pipelines.

This new project is intended to position the UK as a major player in the distribution of these innovative technologies for businesses and researchers around the world.

Neil Tyler

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