Element Six LogoElement Six’s DNV B1™ wins 2021 E&T Innovation Award

World’s first widely available quantum diamond grade wins R&D category

Element Six (E6), part of the De Beers Group, has been named as an E&T Innovation Award winner in the R&D category for its quantum grade chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamond, DNV B1™.

The annual awards recognise cutting edge innovations across the breadth of science, engineering and technology which hold the potential to make dramatic improvements to society.

Launched in 2020, DNV B1TM is the world’s first commercially available, general purpose CVD quantum diamond grade, aimed at lowering diamond’s adoption barrier in quantum technology research. It has enabled both new and established groups in industry and academia to accelerate the development and commercialisation of innovative quantum technologies.

These advancements are set to have ground-breaking applications with real-world benefits, such as improvements in medical diagnostics and positional navigation.


Part of Element Six’s DNVTM Series, DNV B1 TM was also named a finalist in the TechForGood category, concluding a successful year for the product, which had also received the prestigious SPIE Prism Award for the Quantum category in March 2021.

Building on the company’s extensive experience and a unique, patented process to develop bespoke CVD diamond materials, DNV B1™ is an ideal starting solution for those interested in researching nitrogen-vacancy (NV) ensembles for quantum demonstrations, masers, detection of RF radiation, gyroscopes and sensing.

The material was developed to provide a baseline solution for emerging diamond applications that require ensembles of NV centres. Its guaranteed performance, reproducibility and ability to provide a readout at room temperature enable users to develop the next generation quantum of technologies.

Dr Matthew Markham, Principal Research Scientist at Element Six, said: “I have been working on diamond-based quantum technology for over 10 years and it is exciting to see how the DNV Series™ is playing a role in transitioning the technology from research labs to industry. This award just highlights the importance of having such a material on the market in enabling new quantum technologies”.

DNV-B1TM was the first solution in Element Six’s DNV™ Series. In September 2021, the company launched DNV B14TM. With more than a 10-fold increase in NV density compared to DNV B1™, DNV B14™ gives developers a new material choice for their needs, and is an ideal solution for a range of technologies, such as ensemble NV-based vector magnetometry and room-temperature masers.

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