Aug 01, 2015 BY Diamond Foundry IN Diamonds & Technology,
We’re living in the future, ya’ll! Scientists are using lab grown diamonds to help give people with blindness a “second sight” by inserting small, plastic devices into their eyes.
In order to stimulate the retina of a human eye, scientists needed to find a very special material that could fulfill the following requirements.
Speaker Steven Prawer explains that such a material is remarkably hard to find. However, lab grown diamonds soon proved to be an ideal candidate. The team realized that if they grew their own diamonds in reactors, which Prawer describes as “no more complicated in theory than your microwave oven,” that they could form a durable, sustainable material to use as a conductor in bionic eyes.
Keep an eye out for a very good overview of CVD diamond starting at minute 21!
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