Nanocrystalline diamond synthesized from C60

Natalia Dubrovinskaia*, Leonid Dubrovinsky, Falko Langenhorst, Steven Jacobsen, Christian Liebske

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A bulk sample of nanocrystalline cubic diamond with crystallite sizes of 5-12 nm was synthesised from fullerene C60 at 20(1) GPa and 2000°C using a multi-anvil apparatus. The new material is at least as hard as single crystal diamond. It was found that nanocrystalline diamond at high temperature and ambient pressure kinetically is more stable with respect to graphitisation than usual diamonds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005


  • Nanodiamond

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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