A "new route for synthesis of superhard materials"
 [ 2016/10/13 ]

The search of compounds with CxNy composition holds great promise for creating materials which would rival diamond in hardness due to the very strong covalent C--N bond. Early theoretical and experimental works on CxNy compounds were based on the hypothetical structural similarity of predicted C3N4 phases with known binary A3B4 structural types; however, the synthesis of C3N4 other than g-C3N4 remains elusive.Recently, Alexander F. Goncharov, key member of CEMEE, and his coopertators explore an "elemental synthesis" at high pressures and temperatures in which the compositional limitations due to the use of precursors in the early works are substantially lifted. Using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, we demonstrate the synthesis of a highly incompressible Pnnm CN compound (x = y = 1) with sp3-hybridized carbon above 55 GPa and 7000 K.

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