Dr. Simone Kondruweit, Dr. Lothar Schafer, Dr. Markus Hofer, Markus Armgard of IST where the DiaCer coatings and systems were designed (Image: Fraunhofer/Dirk Mahler)
Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend - they also boast outstanding physical properties that makes them an ideal material for industrial applications such as cutting and polishing. It is extraordinarily hard, conducts heat well and is practically inert to chemical substances. Ceramics – particularly high-performance ceramics – are likewise able to demonstrate special qualities. They are robust and withstands high temperatures. Researchers have now created a diamond coated ceramics composite material that combines the best of both materials.