University research collaborations

University research collaborations

Element Six can access the expertise of a worldwide network of universities.

In addition to its own research capabilities, Element Six has always maintained close connections with research into synthetic diamond materials by major universities. Today Element Six can access the expertise of a worldwide network of universities and research institutes with specialised knowledge of synthetic diamond and related materials.


Current research collaborations include the EU-funded EQUIND and DIAMANT projects. These projects are aimed at synthetic diamond-based quantum technologies, such as quantum computing, quantum communication and magnetic and electrical sensing. The EU-funded MORGaN project addresses the need for materials for electronic devices that can operate under extreme conditions. The South African government’s Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials is a multidisciplinary national collaboration which conducts research into materials that retain their useful properties under extreme conditions.


DIAMANT - Synthetic diamond based atomic nanotechnologies
DIAMANT is a three year EU-funded project which started in April 2011. The consortium consists of ten partners across the EU and the USA. The primary objective of DIAMANT is to enable single atom- and artificial molecule-based devices to be constructed in synthetic diamond with atomic precision and operate under ambient conditions.

The DIAMANT project will focus on developing new technologies to enable the placement of exactly one atom at a time into a selected location in the synthetic diamond lattice with nanometre precision. Using that control, applications in the fields of nanoscale sensing and imaging, novel data storage and information processing will be developed both theoretically and experimentally.


The MORGaN project
MORGaN (More Robust Gallium Nitride) is a large collaborative project supported by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (SP7) aimed at addressing the need for new materials for electronic devices and sensors that operate in extreme conditions, especially high temperatures and high electric fields. Element Six is working with partners exploring the combination of extreme thermal and dielectric properties of synthetic diamond, with the excellent electronic characteristics of gallium nitride (GaN) based heterostructures. Such composite materials have the potential to transform the material performance and reliability in extreme applications, such as high power and high frequency electronic devices.


South African DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials
Element Six is an industry partner of the Institute in the Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, one of seven centres of excellence created by the South African Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation. It is a multi-disciplinary research collaboration in the field of strong materials hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand and coordinates the activities of six universities and government research institutes across South Africa on research into materials that maintain their distinctive useful properties under extreme conditions.

The EQUIND Programme
EQUIND (Engineered QUantum Information in Nanostructured Diamond) was a three and a half year project, funded by the European Commission which ended in June 2010. Its aims were to develop a toolbox for synthetic diamond based quantum information technologies, including engineering the synthetic diamond fabrication and forming novel nanostructure.

Synthetic diamond-based quantum technologies have potential applications including secure quantum communication, quantum computing and magnetic/electric field sensing.

The EQUIND consortium consisted of eight partners based in the EU and Australia. It was an extremely successful project culminating in 102 publications, including 17 in high impact journals such as Nature and Science. EQUIND also received praise as a flagship research programme from the President of the European Council.