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Posted: June 24, 2008
sp3 Diamond Technologies Receives Multiple Orders for Hot Filament CVD Diamond Deposition Tool
(Nanowerk News) Gaining momentum from recent orders and installations, sp3 Diamond Technologies, Inc. (sp3), a leading supplier of diamond film products, equipment and services, today announced two new orders for its Model 650 hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) diamond reactor. The first order was received from the India Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, which will install one system as part of the expansion of its Nano Functional Materials Technology Centre (NFMTC). The second order comes from an unnamed Japanese manufacturer.
“These orders, along with the Heriot-Watt installation at the end of last year, highlight the increasing interest not only in the material itself, but also in a product capable of delivering large scale and cost-effective thin-film diamond deposition,” said Dwain Aidala, president and COO of sp3 Diamond Technologies. “The Model 650 is the only tool with this capability and, as such, leads the industry in providing CVD diamond to a growing number of market segments worldwide.”
IIT Madras selected sp3’s Model 650 to explore CVD diamond’s ability to improve the wear resistance of the drawing dies that are used by the Murugappa group of Industries.
“Nanocrystalline diamond films are considered to be the best candidates for wear resistant and other tribological coating applications because of its high hardness and low friction coefficient, combined with high thermal conductivity,” said Prof. M.S.R. Rao of IIT Madras. “Hot filament CVD ensures high uniformity over large areas for planar and non-planar surfaces. Nanocrystalline diamond-coated tungsten carbide dies can increase their lifetime by a factor of 10-15 times.”
sp3’s Model 650 hot filament CVD diamond deposition reactor enables cost-effective, large area deposition of high quality, polycrystalline diamond films with a thickness of between 100 nanometers and 50 microns, on a wide variety of substrate materials. The chemical vapor deposition technology is ideal for applications such as diamond on wafers in sizes up to 300 mm, wear coatings, substrates for thermal management, amorphous silicon deposition for solar cells and other products, electrodes for water treatment and electrochemistry, passivation layers for semiconductor chucks, as well as cutting tools.
In addition to the industrial application for drawing dies, the research group of Prof. M.S.R. Rao at IIT Madras will perform fundamental research on nanocrystalline diamond, especially in the emerging areas of nanoscale properties such as superconductivity and thermal conductivity.
Prof. M.S.R. Rao added, “In the past, diamond’s obvious benefits have been outweighed by prohibitive cost and the restricted ability to make and deposit thin-film diamond over a large area. sp3’s Model 650 overcomes both of these factors to the extent that diamond is a commercially viable material for multiple applications.”
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi, is the main source of funding (78.8%) for the establishment of NFMTC at IIT Madras. Two Chennai-based industries contribute to the rest of the funding to make this venture possible: Murugappa group (12.7%) and Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (8.5%). The Model 650 will be installed at IIT Madras as part of a US $6 million research project focused on developing nanotechnology research in India. Prof. M.S.R. Rao, Prof. S. Ramaprabhu and Prof. S.S. Bhattacharya are the principal Investigators of NFMTC from IIT Madras, whereas, persons in charge from the two Industries are Mr. M.M. Murugappa (Murugappa Group) and Dr. C.B. Rao (Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals).
About IIT Madras
Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. IIT Madras is a residential institute with nearly 400 faculty, 8000 students and 1250 administrative supporting staff and is a self-contained campus located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares. It has established itself as a premier centre for teaching, research and industrial consultancy in the country. The Institute has fifteen academic departments and a few advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and sciences, with nearly 100 laboratories organized in a unique pattern of functioning. A strong faculty fraternity of international repute, a brilliant student community, technical supporting staff and an effective administration have all contributed to the pre-eminent status of IIT Madras. The beautiful campus is located in the city of Chennai, previously known as Madras. Chennai is the state capital of Tamilnadu, a southern state in India.
About sp3 Diamond Technologies, Inc.
Diamond is hard, durable, strong, thermally conductive and electrically insulating. These are just some of the many qualities that diamond offers, making it ideal for a wide variety of applications, from cutting tools to advanced semiconductor manufacturing. sp3 Diamond Technologies makes chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond for a broad range of applications where current materials have reached their limit. Our ability to make and deposit diamond is a direct result of our proprietary CVD diamond reactor technology and our coating services capability. It is this technology that allows us to deposit uniform thin-film diamond and do it cost-effectively. Consistent and cost-effective manufacture of CVD diamond is in turn broadening the material’s appeal throughout multiple industries where diamond could be considered the material of choice.
Based in Santa Clara, California, USA, the company provides diamond products for advanced thermal applications, diamond coating and material services, hot filament CVD reactors, and deposition consulting services. sp3 Diamond Technologies is a subsidiary of sp3 Inc., a full service provider of products and services relating to thin-film and freestanding diamond deposition and other diamond materials.
For more information about the company and its products and services please visit www.sp3inc.com.