Sintered Diamonds

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Originally published in Science, vol. 169 (August 1970). BYU Professor of Chemistry H. Tracy Hall describes the process for sintering diamond powder into a synthetic carbonado-type substance. Sintering is the process of forming a solid mass of material by heat and/or pressure. Natural carbonado is a rare polycrystalline form of diamond found primarily in Brazil, and used mainly in industrial applications.

 

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