Synthesis of covalent carbon—nitride solids: Alternatives to diamond?
Article first published online: 15 SEP 2004
Copyright © 1994 Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 6, Issue 6, pages 497–499, June 1994
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Lieber, C. M. and Zhang, Z. J. (1994), Synthesis of covalent carbon—nitride solids: Alternatives to diamond?. Adv. Mater., 6: 497–499. doi: 10.1002/adma.19940060614
- Issue published online: 15 SEP 2004
- Article first published online: 15 SEP 2004
Covalent carbon nitride has been produced for the first time. Binary carbon-nitrogen solids are an important synthetic goal, since although β-C3N4, has been predicted to have a hardness comparable to or greater than diamond, it cannot be produced by traditional solid-state chemistry methods. The novel approach described here combines pulsed laser ablation with a high-flux atomic beam. From comparisons with calculated diffraction patterns, it is inferred that crystalline β-C3N4, has been synthesized, although in an impure form.