Researchers at China’s Jilin University have developed a carbon glass, which is characterized by high hardness and great thermal conductivity compared to known types of glass.
And according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, scientists were able to create glass using “buckyballs”, which is a fullerene molecule in the form of “C60”, and one of the carbon derivatives, which has a spherical molecular structure.
The scientists heated the compound to high temperatures, in addition to exposing it to intense pressure, which formed a glass with a hardness of 102 gigapascals, ultra-hard, with a thickness of one millimeter.
In their study, the results of which were published in the scientific journal Nature, the researchers explained that the manufacture of an amorphous carbon material with three-dimensional bonds was a difficult goal.
The scientists confirmed that access to this type of glass will open the door to new applications for amorphous solids, which can be used in many industrial uses.