Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) coating technology for advanced multifunctional devices

Ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD) coating technology for advanced multifunctional devices

The Ultrananocrystalline Diamond™ (UNCD™) coating technology, invented and developed at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), captures many natural diamond properties in thin-film form and greatly surpasses other diamond film technologies with commercial potential. UNCDTM films can be used in a broad and di-verse range of applications from macro to nanodevices, such as energy-saving ultra-low friction and wear coatings for mechanical pump seals and tools, high-performance microelec-tromechanical and nanoelectromechanical sys-tem (MEMS/NEMS)-based telecommunication devices, the next generation of high-definition flat panel displays, in-vivo biomedical implants, and biosensors. Despite ANL’s many interac-tions with industry, the nature and maturity of the technology made it unsuitable for licensing directly to established companies. Instead, the novel UNCDTM thin-film technology was suc-cessfully transferred to an ANL-founded startup company, Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc. (www.thindiamond.com). The nominees worked closely with ANL’s Office of Technology Transfer, as well as officials from the University of Chicago and the U.S. Depart-ment of Energy (DOE), in founding ADT. The pioneering technology transfer process es-tablished by the nominees has been used to create three other ANL startup companies in the past year, and it is being considered as a new model for transferring energy-related and other technologies from DOE laboratories to the private sector.
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