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A New Form Of Carbon Harder than Diamonds

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Sigma Xi, American Scientist magazine, and Science Communicators of NC

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Fenella Saunders
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THE FRONTIER | 800 PARK OFFICES DRIVE, RTP Nov 22 12:00 pm - Nov 22 1:00 pm

Join us for some free pizza and a great talk about science!

This time, learn about a new form of carbon created recently at NC State by Jay Narayan and his colleagues.
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This presentation focuses on our discovery of new phases of carbon ( called Q-carbon) and boron-nitrogen (called Q-BN) at ambient temperatures and pressures in air without any need for a catalyst. It is shown that nanosecond laser heating causes carbon and nanocrystalline BN to melt into a super undercooled state, which is quenched to create a new state of each material. The resulting material can form into nanocrystals, microcrystals, nanoneedles, microneedles, and thin films. Large areas of single-crystal diamond can also be formed on a template. All of these structures have applications ranging from abrasive and tool coatings, to high-power devices, and a myriad of biomedical applications.
Jagdish (Jay) Narayan is the John Fan Family Distinguished Chair in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State University. He joined NCSU in 1983 after a distinguished career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Senior Scientist and Group Leader for more than 12 years. He has founded two successful North Carolina companies, Star Nanotech, LLC and Q-carbon, LLC. His research in the area of quantum nanostructuring of light emitting diodes (LEDs) is revolutionizing the production of high-efficiency solid state bulbs which could last for 10 years and consume less than 10 percent of the power. His invention of Nano-Pocket LEDs is used universally by companies that produce high-efficiency solid state bulbs. Narayan’s invention of integrated smart sensors and 3-D self-assembled nanostructures was hailed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as one of the breakthroughs of the year 2004. He received his PhD in 1971 from UC Berkeley.
Free pizza and beverages are provided before and during the talk, though it's on a first come, first serve basis.

RSVPs are required (for the slice count) by registering for a free ticket to this event. Please get your ticket by 12PM on Monday, November 21. (If you decide to come after this time, you're welcome to attend, but we might not have pizza for you.) See link for RSVPs.

Thanks to a grant from the N.C. Biotechnology Center and funding from the RTP chapter of Sigma Xi, American Scientist's noontime Pizza Lunch speaker series is free and open to science journalists and science communicators of all stripes, as well as any interested member of the public. Feel free to extend this invitation to anyone who might want to attend.

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Talks are co-organized with Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). The RTP chapter of Sigma Xi is a co-organizer and co-sponsor, and encourages any interested scientists to get involved with the chapter and its upcoming events. We thank The Frontier for providing space.

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Meeting will be held at The Frontier in The Classroom.