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Cardiff Diamond Foundry

Cardiff Diamond Foundry is a materials growth facility consisting of four Chemical Vapour deposition (CVD) systems, comprehensive thin film metrology and Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP). We focus on developing solutions that are not commercially available, such as the integration of diamond with novel materials (such as GaN) and in-situ monitoring. We also specialise in doping with boron, superconductivity as well as silicon/nitrogen for colour centres / single photon sources. We have an established track record developing Nanocrystalline Diamond (NCD), a thin film version of diamond with many of the extreme properties of diamond but at drastically reduced cost.


Name Make/Model Details
Diamond Growth Reactor (Boxer) Seki 6500
Diamond Growth Reactor (Raskolnikov) Seki SDS5250
Diamond Growth Reactor (Persephone) Carat Systems CTS 6U
Chemical Mechanical Planarization system Logitech CMP Tribo
Spectroscopic Ellipsometer Woolham M2000.
High temperature furnaces Various. Temperature ranges up to 1600C, vacuum, ambient and multiple gases (H2, Ar, N2, CH4, O2).
Dynamic Light Scattering Malvern Zetasizer Nano ZS with autotitrator. Particle size and zeta potential.
Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) Malvern Nanosight LM10 Particle size.
Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS) Quantum Design Evercool II. Resistivity, ACMS, VSM, 1.9 - 400K
Chemical Vapour Deposition Inconel Furnace Custom build.
Streaming potential aparatus / Electrokinetc Analyzer for solid surface analysis Anton Paar SurPASS 3. Fully automated zeta potential analysis on macroscopic solids.

Get in touch

Professor Oliver Williams

+44 (0)29 2087 4978


  • Queen's Buildings
    5 The Parade
    Newport Road
    CF24 3AA