Advent Diamond has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to conduct research and development work on advancing single-crystal diamond diodes capable of operating at high temperature and power.
Development of diamond PIN diodes is expected to provide the foundation for a wide variety of diamond-based devices with extensive applications.
Diamond’s unparalleled electrical, physical and material properties make it suited to operate in harsh environments and capable of handling high voltages, currents and temperature for power processing. Building a diamond diode will be the beginning of Advent Diamond's development and commercialization of diamond-based electronics.
These diamond devices will find applications in a variety of markets that require processing power and high temperature tolerance, including electric vehicles, geothermal/oil & gas drilling, aerospace, power grids, high-frequency radar and communication systems, nuclear, radiation detectors and planetary and space exploration.
"The National Science Foundation supports small businesses with the most innovative, cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to become great commercial successes and make huge societal impacts," said Barry Johnson, director of the NSF's division of industrial innovation and partnerships. "We hope that this seed funding will spark solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time across all areas of science and technology."
"Advent Diamond, Inc. is committed to resolving challenges associated with high power and harsh environment devices with the development of single crystal diamond devices," said Manpuneet Benipal, the company’s CEO and cofounder.
"Advent Diamond's ability to grow high-quality, single-crystal diamond for electrical applications is unparalleled. Our proprietary process offers benefits that go beyond our competitors' intrinsic diamond thanks to our state-of-the-art process for growing doped diamond structures.
"Advent Diamond's unique process enables the fabrication of novel devices able to fully utilize the superior physical characteristics of diamond technology.
"The commercialization of this enhanced process and material open the door for future revolutions in electronics for high-power, high-temperature, and high-radiation environments across a variety of key industries," concluded Benipal.