Diamondoids are cage-like hydrocarbon molecules with a C-C frame resembling that of diamond lattice. Essentially molecular-size diamonds, they have exhibited a variety of unique properties such as monochromatic photoemission [1-2] and ultra-strong van der Waals interaction that enables unique chemical bond formation . Monochromatic photoemission has been used to establish highest resolution on X-PEEM by coating surface of magnetic domain sample with Self Assembly Monolayers of diamondoids .
We have the capability to separate, uniquely identify and chemically functionalize a large group of this family of molecules. Currently we are interested in several perspectives regarding the physics, chemistry and application of this novel type of diamond materials, including:
- diamondoid-modulated self-assembly of low-dimensional nanostructures,
- diamondoid-seeded growth of high-purity diamond, and
- the development of diamondoid-enabled stable monochromatic photoemitter towards practical electron source for microscopy and lithography applications.
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