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Ultralarge elastic deformation of nanoscale diamond

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Science  20 Apr 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6386, pp. 300-302
DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4165

Small, smooth, and bendable diamonds

If you manage to deform a diamond, it usually means you have broken it. Diamonds have very high hardness, but they do not deform elastically. This limits their usefulness for some applications. However, Banerjee et al. discovered that diamond nanoneedles can deform elastically after all (see the Perspective by LLorca). The key was in their small size (300 nm), which allowed for very smooth-surfaced, defect-free diamonds. The deformation was close to the theoretical limit for diamond, which opens up the potential for applications in microelectronics and drug delivery.

Science, this issue p. 300; see also p. 264

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