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Diamond takes the heat for power ICs

04 Dec 2014  | Steve Taranovich

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Element Six, in conjunction with world leading academic partners, has developed a range of synthetic diamond enabled capabilities in the area of electrochemical sensing.

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Synthetic diamond has properties in an aqueous solution that make it more sensitive to a wider range of impurities in water than any other sensor. (Source: Element Six)

Synthetic diamond holds the potential to transform electroanalysis for industries such as pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, mining, agriculture and biomedical sciences.

Element Six's synthetic diamond sensing material has stable electrochemical properties that allow the highest levels of sensitivity, selectivity and responsiveness in electroanalytical systems.

Diafilm Electroanalysis grade, or DIAFILM EA, has been manufactured using Element Six's proprietary, world leading CVD synthetic technology and has been specifically engineered as a high phase, conductive grade material. Here are some advantages of DIAFILM EA:

  • ultra wide solvent window
  • metal-like conductivity
  • low capacitance
  • chemically inert
  • operates in corrosive and other harsh environments
  • free standing solid diamond electrode
  • precision surfaces

What this means is that DIAFILM EA is targeted specifically at electrochemical sensors and electroanalytical applications, which require high electrochemical signal to noise under very difficult conditions. This electrode material can enable a wide variety of new sensing technologies and significantly improve the performance of existing applications. Some of these applications are bioelectromedical sensing, organic electrochemical synthesis and remote sensing.


Element Six developed a synthetic diamond tweeter dome that extends high frequency response and for which the development partners were jointly awarded a 2012 Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation.

The sky's the limit for what remains to be achieved with these amazing diamond properties. We should expect some more incredible applications that we might only dream of now, but will become reality in the near future.

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