You know with all the push towards STEM education in schools these days, you’ve gotta forgive a mother for falling interested in techy stuff.
I’ve got to admit, for so long, I didn’t really think diamonds did much apart from adorn our wedding fingers and get Tony Soprano out of a whole heap of faeces every episode.
Sure, I knew they were strong. All mums know that because we all know Dimond Armour Steve is the toughest kind of Steve on Minecraft. Duh. Tsk.
Yet, almost as if diamonds are in on third-wave feminism, the stone’s finally standing up to its stereotype. Did you know that diamonds are much more than a pretty face? They’re helping industries all around the world with some super amazing industrial-sciencey type stuff that, frankly, blows my mind.
Hold my tiara. Let me take you through it.
Synthetic Industrial Diamonds, they’re called. Sounds cool. Now, I’ve got girls, but I sure as heck want to give them opportunities to understand stuff like this.
Part of the problem with jobs in science engineering or aircraft piloting is that girls just aren’t introduced to these prospects as career aspirations at a young age.
What would you like to be? A teacher? A nurse? Would you like to work in a shoe shop?
No, I’d like to swap my diamond earrings for synthetic industrial diamonds and really make changes in the world. Mini Elle Woods on our hands. Am I right?
So just what are the properties of synthetic diamond? What can they do? It’s actually classed as a supermaterial, it’s, well, that super. A bit like superfoods but, as an aside, don’t eat diamonds, kids.
Synthetic diamonds carry the potential to extremely advance industry and science.
First and foremost, it’s one of the hardest materials on the planet. But that’s not all. It has the widest spectral band (perfect for our windows), the highest known thermal conductivity (thumbs up for thermal management applications), and it is chemically and biologically inert (great for environmentally friendly detergents, guys).
Have a moment, there. Breathe. But that’s not it…
This super synthetic diamond boasts a high electrical carrier mobility, even allowing a very low current under high voltages. This is great news for healthcare, as it can be used as an integral element in therapy for eye cancer sufferers, for example, capable of specifically targeting small tissue.
Yet another property power? Well, synthetic diamonds also have acoustic properties, as a vital component for high performance loudspeakers. We’re talking unrivalled, clear sound reproduction.
Is there anything is supermaterial can’t do?
When you’re getting back into the swing of summer, why not get together with the kids and take a look at the properties of synthetic industrial diamonds. Create some super inventions together over the weekend.
I’d love to see what you come up with. Aspiring STEM geniuses at the ready!
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