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Diamonds: Expensive gems or engineering material of the future?

May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Are diamonds forever? A woman’s best friend? The rarest and most expensive of gemstones? Or the best material to make a quantum computer with?

Everyone in the modern world knows of the allure and cost of diamonds, but what is it really that makes them so special? Are they actually that rare? And are they good for anything other than making expensive, sparkly jewellery?

This talk will discuss why diamond is proving to be one of the most exciting materials for the development of new technologies in the areas of physics, chemistry, engineering and biosciences, and will try to answer:

  • Are diamonds actually special and what can they do that other materials can’t?
    How do you grow a real diamond in a lab?
    How much does a diamond really cost?
    The future of diamond? Gemstone OR engineering wonder material?

About the speaker:

Dr David Moran is a Lecturer and lead of the Nano Electronic Diamond Devices and Systems group at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include “making very small things” aka nanotechnology with new and interesting material systems.

This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.

Accessibility: The talk is on the top floor of the store, however there is however a lift available for customers to use. More detailed accessibility information can be found here: https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/glasgow-city-council/waterstones-3


May 21, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Waterstones Sauchiehall Street
163-157 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3EW United Kingdom
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