Stoichiometric amorphous boron carbide (BC)

Yildiz T. A. , DURANDURDU M.

JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, vol.55, no.30, pp.14709-14716, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 55 Issue: 30
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10853-020-05012-8
  • Page Numbers: pp.14709-14716


In this work, a stoichiometric amorphous boron carbide (a-BC) network is constructed via an ab initio molecular dynamics approach. Its structural, electrical and mechanical features are reconnoitered in details and compared with those of turbostratic BC and some important graphite-like amorphous materials. Our computer-generated structure exhibits strong chemical disorder as seen in turbostratic BC. However, it has mixed sp(2) and sp(3) hybridizations and the average coordination number of B and C atoms is projected to be similar to 3.22 and 3.46, correspondingly. Consequently, a-BC appears to be structurally different from turbostratic BC and graphite-like amorphous systems. a-BC is semiconductor having a theoretical band gap of similar to 0.20 eV. The bulk, Young's and shear moduli are estimated as similar to 105, 142 and 56 GPa, respectively. Its Vickers hardness is calculated to be about 7-8.5 GPa. a-BC is anticipated to be electronically and mechanically parallel to amorphous boron carbonitride.