China continuing its advances with graphene material

China created graphene material with both super compressive elasticity and near-zero Poisson’s ratio. Important to mention is that they could do so in a manner focussed on bulk fabrication; using scalable self-assembly of randomly oriented graphene sheets into additive-free, homogenous graphene materials that possess cork-like and rubber-like properties. The paper of the research has Read more…

Researchers discover boron buckyball

Researchers from Shanxi University, Tsinghua University, Brown University, and Fudan University reported the observation of an all-boron fullerene in Nature Chemistry. After the discovery of ​fullerene-C60 it took almost 20 years for the possibility of ​boron-based fullerene structures to be considered, it took another 10 years to actually observe this all-boron fullerene-like cage cluster. The involved researchers have Read more…

New material twice as hard as diamond

A team of Chinese scientists synthesised a material with twice the hardness of natural diamond. Their findings were published in in the June 12 issue of Nature magazine. Besides the hardness they also seem to have tackled the relatively poor thermal stability of diamond. The scientists used onion shaped carbon nanoparticles to make diamond Read more…