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M-Carbon: 50yro mystery solved

slew (2918) writes | more than 2 years ago

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slew (2918) writes "Unlike its more famous carbon cousins: diamonds and fullerenes, you've probably never heard of M-Carbon, but this form of compressed graphite which is as hard as diamonds has baffled researcher for half a century. Over the past few years, many theoretical computations have suggested at least a dozen different crystal structures for this phase of carbon, but new experiments showed that only one crystal structure fits the data: M-carbon."
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Could be interesting tool material (1)

sander (7831) | more than 2 years ago | (#40728995)

This could make for an interesting tool material, especially as its harder than diamond and could be cheaper to make in time.

Also makes me wonder - will there be a new material discovered if they compressed supercooled carbon?

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