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Growth, electronic properties and applications of nanodiamond
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Williams OA, Nesladek M, Daenen M, Michaelson S, Hoffman A, Osawa E, Haenen K, Jackman RB
  • Publisher:
    Elsevier B.V.
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  • Pagination:
    1080, 1088
  • Journal:
    Diamond and Related Materials
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  • Keywords:
    diamond, properties, nanostructure, nanotechnology
Nanodiamond or nanocrystalline diamond is a broad term used to describe a plethora of materials. It is generally accepted that nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) consists of facets less than 100 nm in size, whereas a second term “ultrananocrystalline diamond” (UNCD) has been coined to describe material with grain sizes less than 10 nm. These differences in morphology originate in the growth process. Conventional hydrogen rich gas phases produce facetted diamond with grain size proportional to film thickness and low sp2 content. If these films are thin the grains can be less than 100 nm and hence NCD. By starving the plasma of hydrogen, the reduction in etching of sp2 can lead to re-nucleation. At the extreme this results in very small grain sizes of around 3–5 nm, UNCD. The electronic properties of these two materials are vastly different. NCD is basically very thin microcrystalline diamond and thus can be doped with boron. It is intrinsically transparent, with absorption increasing with doping level. UNCD is highly absorbing due to its higher sp2 content, and exhibits a reduced bandgap due to disorder. By adding nitrogen to the gas phase, the density of states within the bandgap increases and ultimately metallic conductivity can be achieved. This conductivity is n-type but not doping
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