Materials Harder Than Diamond Formed In Asteroid Impacts and Volcanic Eruptions

Two materials, lonsdaleite and wurtzite, have just been recognized as being harder than diamonds.

Lonsdalite, similar to diamonds that its made from carbon, is formed during asteroid impacts, and is 58% harder than its cousin. Wurtzite boron nitride is formed during heavy volcanic eruptions and can be up to 18% harder than diamonds.


That’s pretty impressive. I wonder if we can learn anything from their molecular structures to improve other materials like steel or plastics?

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