Saturday, February 7, 2009

Superhard Ionic Boron

This is very cool chemistry.
Boron is the only element for which the ground state is not experimentally known, all well known examples of Boron are compounds. These guys synthesized a new form of boron at high temperatures and pressures and had to use an evolutionary style computer program to determine its form. Its a wild crystalline ionic structure that is almost as hard as diamond. It's crazy - check it out.

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