Methods of growing diamond and resulting diamond nanoparticles and diamond films are described herein. An example of a method of growing diamond includes: (1) anchoring diamondoids to a substrate via chemical bonding between the diamondoids and the substrate; (2) forming a protective layer over the diamondoids; and (3) performing chemical vapor deposition using a carbon source to induce diamond growth over the protective layer and the diamondoids.
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 This invention was made with Government support under contract DE-AC02-765F00515 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.