Element Six Supermaterials
Element Six single crystal synthetic diamond is used for cutting, optical, electronic and detector applications.
Our synthetic diamond windows solutions enable higher power CO2 lasers than any other material.
Synthetic diamond's thermal properties protect electrical components and circuits in extreme conditions.
Our synthetic diamond is used in drilling to access natural resources in the most extreme locations.
Synthetic diamond-based quantum computer technology offers the potential for dramatic improvements in data processing and security.
The ultimate engineering materials
Supermaterials have the unique power to deliver extreme performance solutions across a number of industries and applications. Our Element Six supermaterials product range and expertise spans synthetic diamond, cubic boron nitride, silicon cemented diamond and tungsten carbide.
Element Six is helping customers to harness the power of supermaterials
Supermaterials can open the door to progress in a staggering range of applications. We have a successful track record of working with companies in many different sectors to provide built-for-purpose extreme performance supermaterial solutions. Our collaborative and flexible approach has seen both start-ups and multinationals successfully partnering with Element Six to harness the power of supermaterials.
Element Six has synthesised synthetic diamond for over 50 years and, along with our partners, we are at the forefront of supermaterials development. We recognise and understand the unique and extreme spectrum of properties of synthetic diamond, such as its unequalled hardness, which can be harnessed to deliver unrivalled solutions. Some of the applications that we have been involved with include synthetic diamond tweeters in high-end loudspeakers, synthetic diamond sensors in radiation therapy, synthetic diamond cutters for oil & gas drilling and synthetic diamond semi-conductors in the Large Hadron Collider.
Synthetic diamond's unique properties
Synthetic diamond's unique properties stem from its rigid lattice structure. Carbon atoms linked together in a dense tetrahedral arrangement make it incredibly strong and give it greater hardness than all other materials.
The exceptional hardness of synthetic diamond has inherent advantages in mechanical and abrasive applications. Extending tool life reduces downtime and drives down operating costs and carbon footprints. Machinery keeps working at peak performance, delivering unwavering build accuracy and precision throughout its life cycle.
However, synthetic diamond has many other extreme properties, including the broadest optical transmission spectrum, the highest known thermal conductivity, a wide electronic band gap, the highest known resistance to thermal shock and many others. See synthetic diamond’s extreme properties for further information.
Not surprisingly, the use of specialist technology is required for the manufacture and processing of synthetic diamond. For example, when synthetic diamond is created using high pressure, high temperature synthesis, over 55 thousand atmospheres of pressure are delivered – equivalent to stacking approximately 5000 saloon cars on a jar of peanut butter, at temperatures that would melt steel.
There’s a lot more in the Element Six innovation pipeline
Synthetic diamond is undisputedly an ultimate supermaterial but it’s not the only one. Through the experience and creativity of our people, we design, develop and manufacture supermaterials products based on cubic boron nitride, tungsten carbide and silicon cemented diamond, all of which bring their own unique and extreme performance properties to the development table.
In addition to those four supermaterials, we continue to research and develop new classes of material and applications with the potential to transform performance and deliver economic advantage in industry and science.
From improving carbon footprints to generating increased manufacturing efficiencies, and from new electronic solutions to healthcare advances, Element Six and our partners are helping to bring the power of supermaterials to the world.