Ultrananocrystalline Diamond: Syntheses, Properties, and Applications is a unique practical reference handbook that brings together the basic science of nanoscale carbon structures, particularly its diamond phase, with detailed information on nanodiamond synthesis, properties, and applications. Here you will learn about UNCD in its two forms, as a dispersed powder made by detonation techniques and as a chemical vapor deposited film. You will also learn about the superior mechanical, tribological, transport, electrochemical, and electron emission properties of UNCD for a wide range of applications including MEMS, NEMS, surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, electrochemical sensors, coatings for field emission arrays, photonic and RF switching, biosensors, and neural prostheses, and more. This ôEverything about Ultra-nanocrystalline Diamondö book with 16 chapters is written by leading experts worldwide. It is for everyone who researches carbon nanostructures, everyone who produces them, everyone who characterizes them, and everyone who builds devices using them.


International researchers and engineers in nanotechnology, materials, thin films, deposition, optics, proteomics (protein chip technology in genomics); semiconductors, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, MEMS, NEMS industries and academia.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Overview: Naturally Occurring UNCD and Laboratory Synthesis 1. Carbon Family at the Nanoscale 1.1 Historical Overview 1.2 Nanocarbon Classification 1.3 Exotic Nanocarbons 2. Extraterrestrial Nanodiamonds in the Cosmos 2.1 Stellar Nucleosynthesis and Presolar Stardust 2.2 Discovery and Identification of Presolar Minerals 2.3 Origins of Meteoritic Nanodiamonds 2.4 Isotopic Compositions of Meteoritic Nanodiamonds: Stellar Sources 2.5 Microstructure of Meteoritic Nanodiamonds: Formation Mechanisms 2.6 Noble Gas and N Content in Meteoritic Nanodiamonds: Nebular Processes 2.7 Nanodiamonds in Interplanetary Dust Particles: Insights on Solar Nebula Evolution Summary of Experimental Data 2.9 The New Astronomy 3. Types of Nanocrystalline Diamond 3.1 Nanodiamonds: Shapes 3.2 Types of Nanodiamond and Methods of Their Synthesis 3.3 Conclusion Part 2. Stability of Nanodiamond 4. Stability of Nanodiamond 4.1 Nanocarbon Phase Diagrams 4.2 Theoretical Studies of the Relative Phase Stability of Nanocarbons 4.3 Morphologies 4.4 Conclusions Part 3. Ultrananocrystalline Diamond Films and Related Materials 5. Electron Transport and the Potential of Ultrananocrystalline Diamond as a Thermoelectric Material 5.1 Characterization of n-type Conductivity in UNCD Films 5.2 Applications of n-type UNCD Films 5.3 Electronic Structure of UNCD Grain Boundaries 5.4 UNCD and Carbon Nanotube/UNCD Composites as Potential High-efficiency, High-temperature Thermoelectric Materials 5.5 Summary 6. Plasma Assisted Synthesis: Plasma Experimental Diagnostics and Model


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About the authors

Olga A. Shenderova

Affiliations and Expertise

International Technology Center, North Carolina, USA

Dieter M. Gruen

Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, USA

Affiliations and Expertise

Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL, USA