Research Associate, Department of Physics, UAB

Gopi Krishna Samudrala

Hello and welcome to my web page!


I am fascinated with diamond and the extraordinary research that can be done using its many excellent material properties.


Since 2006, I have been working on synthesizing single, poly crystalline, and nano-structured diamond by microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition. My research deals with growing single crystal diamond on both gem quality diamonds, and HPHT plates; growing poly crystalline and nano structured diamond on various substrates such as silicon and titanium based alloy TiAl6V4.


I played a central role in the building of our new Diamond Microfabrication Laboratory. This facility is used for the fabrication of diamond based sensors. Chief among those sensors are Designer Diamond Anvils. You can find more info in my Research page.


I am also involved in studying the structural transitions in rare earth metals under high pressures. I have studied many rare earth elements up to megabar pressures.


I am always open to collaboration and if you are looking for somebody with experience on synthesizing diamond by CVD, please see my contact information below.ááááá

1300 University Blvd

310 Campbell Hall

Birmingham, AL 35294

Contact Information

Phone: 205-934-8260


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(a) Typical diamond anvil cell setup utilized in high pressure powder diffraction studies. (b) & (c) are examples of high quality raw image plate powder diffraction data obtained at synchrotron facilities. Here they show diffraction patterns of dysprosium under compression at 1.5 GPa and 210 GPa respectively.

A fully fabricated designer diamond anvil. The fabrication steps areŚlithography, metallization, chemical vapor deposition, and polishing. The electrical probes are encapsulated under diamond film to prevent damage during high pressure experiments.