Bending diamond is possible, at the nanoscale


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Diamond is prized by scientists and jewelers alike, largely for a range of extraordinary properties including exceptional hardness. Now a team of Australian scientists has discovered diamond can be bent and deformed, at the nanoscale at least.

The discovery opens up a range of possibilities for the design and engineering of new nanoscale devices in sensing, defence and energy storage but also shows the challenges that lie ahead for future nanotechnologies, the researchers say.
Carbon-based nanomaterials, such as diamond, were of particular scientific and technological interest because, “in their natural form, their mechanical properties could be very different from those at the micro and nanoscale,” said the lead author of the study, published in Advanced Materials, Ph.D. student Blake Regan from the University of Technology Sydney…



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