Monday, October 8, 2018
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Diamond Synthesis Review
Recent technological breakthroughs have yielded exceptionally large, high-quality laboratory-grown diamonds grown by high-pressure and high-temperature (HPHT). From the frontiers of diamond growth comes this look at the latest laboratory-grown diamonds and the next generation of low-priced, mass-produced goods with physical properties never encountered before.
Chief Diamond Lab & Research Officer
Ans Anthonis has been chief officer, diamond lab and research at HRD Antwerp since 2013. After completing a master’s degree in physics at Antwerp University, she joined the HRD as research assistant. There she has specialized in the detection of synthetic and treated diamonds and the development of new research techniques.
University Of Warwick
Phil Diggle is a postgraduate researcher at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, where he investigates single point defects in natural and synthetic diamond.
DR. DAVID FISHER
De Beers Technologies
Dr. David Fisher is principal scientist at De Beers Technologies UK. He started there in 1992 after obtaining his PhD in physics from Liverpool University. He contributes to a range of projects, mostly in the area of consumer confidence technical research, leading the program on diamond treatments and working closely with synthetics research. He has published widely on diamond physics and regularly presents the results of the research group’s work at international conferences.
DR. TAIJIN LU
National Gemstone Testing Center, Beijing
Dr. Taijin Lu is chief researcher at the National Gemstone Testing Center (NGTC) in Beijing. Prior to that he was a research scientist at the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, the Gemological Institute of America, and the National University of Singapore. Dr. Lu has a PhD in mineralogy and geology from Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan.
Diamond Research Group, University of Warwick
Jiahui (Gloria) Zhao graduated in 2014 from China University of Geosciences, Beijing (CUGB) and gained her Bachelor’s degree in Gemmology and Material Technology. In addition, she obtained a gemology diploma issued by FGA. After graduation from CUGB, she worked for a gems and jewelry identification centre founded by the Chinese government for two years.