PARIS: A team of scientists from North Carolina State University, however, have developed a revolutionary process to create diamond-like structures even in a laboratory setting.
Ina study featured in the Journal of Applied Physics, Prof. Jay Narayan and his colleagues at NC State produced a new state of solid carbon known as Q-carbon that is unique from diamond and graphite. They were able to achieve this in a laboratory at room temperature and the air pressure is ambient atmospheric.
“We’ve now created a third solid phase of carbon,” Narayan said.
“The only place it may be found in the natural world would be possibly in the core of some planets.”
Third State of Solid Carbon
The NC State study describes Q-carbon as having several distinct characteristics such as ferromagnetism, which is not present in other solid carbon forms.
The new carbon state has also been found to be harder compared to diamond, and the material has the ability to glow when exposed to low energy levels as well.
Narayan said that Q-carbon could prove to be a promising material for creating new electronic displays because of its strength and ability to release electrons.
This solid carbon state can also be utilized for the production of single-crystal diamond materials.