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Symposium NT5—NanodiamondsFundamentals and Applications

The interest in small and quasi-spherical diamond particles of few nanometers in size with narrow particle size distribution is growing rapidly over the past few years. To a large extent it is driven by promising discoveries in their applications. Biomedical applications of fluorescent nanodiamonds including cell imaging, drug delivery systems, and optically detected magnetic resonance are most exciting. NV centers in nanodiamond bring about a promise of NMR measurements of a single biomolecule in vivo in the near future. Recent developments in drug delivery systems using the primary particles of detonation nanodiamond (PPDN) as a platform, is another driving force. Besides biomedical applications, nanodiamonds are intensely developed for composites, lubrication, chromatography, and many other applications. Several companies in the USA, Europe, and Asia are closely involved in the research and commercial development of this nanomaterial.

The progress in novel applications and commercialization of nanodiamond requires a better fundamental understanding and developing robust, economically viable ways to manipulate the structure and chemistry of this material at the nano-scale. Many challenges still remain to be overcome. For example, we are still unable to prepare analytically acceptable standard sample of PPDN or draw precise picture of its surface structure. With surface-to-volume atomic ratio as high as 20 %, the surface of single diamond nanoparticles plays crucial role in essentially all aspects of this nanomaterial. In addition, techniques for purification and modification of the nanoparticles are significantly different from those traditionally used for molecules. The differences are in part due to the fact that the nanoparticles are not uniform and may slightly differ from each other in composition and/or size. On the other hand, the mechanisms of reactions at the surface of nanoparticles as small as 3 nm may differ from the reactions in solutions or on largely flat surfaces.

The advantages of nanodiamonds are unique: their cores are believed to hold high crystallinity and chemical inertness of bulk diamond while providing fully accessible and highly reactive surface. Thus, nanodiamond satisfies requirements to a modern material, providing strength, robustness, and stability, as well as many options for chemical surface modification, tailoring its properties, and combining it with other materials.

Topics will include:

  • Methods of nanodiamond synthesis
  • Production of well dispersed nanodiamonds
  • Color centers and fluorescence
  • Biomedical imaging with nanodiamond
  • Drug delivery mechanisms and practice
  • Surface chemistry and structure of nanodiamond
  • Colloidal properties of nanodiamonds
  • Geometry and electronic structure of nanodiamond crystals
  • Applications unique to nanodiamonds
  • Computational modeling of nanodiamond (structure, chemistry, defects) and their interactions with the environment
  • Filling the gap between the diamondoids, nanodiamond, and larger diamond crystals

Invited Speakers:

  • Igor Aharonovich (University of Technology Sidney, Australia)
  • Johan Alauzun (Universite´ Montpellier, France)
  • Leonid Bulavin (Taras Shevchenko National University, Ukraine)
  • Huan-Cheng Chang (Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Taiwan)
  • Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
  • Dean Ho (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Katsumi Kaneko (Carbon Science Institute, Shinshu University, Japan)
  • Naoki Komatsu (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Anke Krueger (Institut für Organische Chemie, Germany)
  • Nigel Marks (Curtin University, Australia)
  • Sebastian Osswald (Purdue University, USA)
  • Peter Pauzauskie (University of Washington, USA)
  • Tristan Petit (Institute of Methods for Materials Development at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany)
  • Volker Presser (Leibniz Institute for New Materials and Saarland University, Germany)
  • Rodney Ruoff (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Klaus Schmidt-Rohr (Brandeis University, USA)
  • Alexander Shames (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)
  • Olga Shenderova (Adamas Nanotechnologies, USA)
  • Greg Swain (Michigan State University, USA)
  • Dmitry Volkov (M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation)
  • Jörg Wrachtrup (Universität Stuttgart, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

Vadym Mochalin
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Department of Chemistry

Jean-Charles Arnault
Diamond Sensors Laboratory

Amanda Barnard
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader
61-3-9545-7840, Amanda.Barnard@csiro.au

Eiji Osawa
NanoCarbon Research Institute, AREC
81-(0)268-75-8381, osawa@nano-carbon.jp