High-Pressure Crystallography

Part of the series NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics pp 419-433


Structure–Property Relationships in Novel High Pressure Superhard Materials

  • Natalia DubrovinskaiaAffiliated withMineralphysik, Institut für Geowissenschaftent, Universität HeidelbergLehrstuhl für Kristallographie, Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bayreuth Email author 
  • , Leonid DubrovinskyAffiliated withBayerisches Geoinstitut, Universität Bayreuth

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Research on novel high-pressure superhard materials (those approaching diamond and cubic boron nitride in hardness) is driven by both scientific and practical objectives: the desire to understand their structure and bonding, which determine the unique properties of these materials, on one hand, and the demand of modern technologies for robust materials with superior properties, on the other. Structure–property relationships in newly synthesised superhard materials, as well as some methodological aspects of their characterisation are in focus of the present paper.


Superhard materials diamond boron nitride HP boron nanocrystalline materials