Hasselt University makes world’s smallest diamond

Scientists at the University of Hasselt in Limburg Province have made the world’s smallest diamond. The synthetic diamond is one hundred thousand times small that a human hair.

 

The University of Hasselt Researcher Jeroen Prooth told VRT Radio 2 Limburg that such small synthetic diamonds can be put to use in a number of fields.  

“In coatings on windows or glass. It could for example be used in a protection layer on the screen of our smart phone."

Diamonds are also now used in pneumatic drills. "But they can also be used in the medical world. It is currently been investigated whether they can’t be used to produce 3D images of cells during an MRI scan.