Q-carbon – How good is it?


Carbon has been known to be the most versatile element when it comes to changing form and properties. A newly discovered form of artificial carbon may have the most exciting applications yet in the field of technology.

Q-Carbon or Quenched carbon was produced by materials scientists Jagdish Narayan and Anagh Bhaumik of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. A thin coat of carbon was blasted on a tiny surface of sapphire, melted and then rapidly cooled (or quenched), forming an amorphous heap of jumbled carbon tetrahedrals.

This amorphous heap, however, can be rearranged to form diamonds, at ambient temperature and pressure. This is the cheapest and fastest method of making diamonds discovered till today.

However, the basis of this claim lies on a molecular fingerprinting technique, which is very tricky for amorphous structures such as this one. More research will have to be carried out and the findings will have to be replicated, before any definite promises can be made for the future.

But if the study is proven to be accurate, it will have great applications for electronic displays, abrasive coatings on tools and biomedical sensors that are compatible with the body.

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