BC5: As Hard As Diamond, <i>And</i> A Superconductor

Posted: Jun 22 2010, 1:39pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 9:55pm CDT, in News | Technology News


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Scientists have just developed a new super-material. A Chinese research group has just discovered that a substance known as BC5, which contains a huge amount of boron and has a diamond's hardness and overall durability. While diamonds act as insulators in electronics, BC5 is a superconductor.

This makes the synthesized material a superior choice for any electronics application. Yanming Ma, a professor from Jilin University, believes that BC5 "can be adapted to design new superconducting nano-electromechanical systems and high-pressure devices."

Nice work, Science.

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