New Boride Materials With Ultra-High Hardness, High Oxidation Resistance and Catalytic Activity

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New boride materials creates harder, more wear-resistant tools and coatings
Nina Orlovskaya, Ph.D.
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Zhilin Xie, Ph.D.
Richard Blair, Ph.D.
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David Cullen, Ph.D.
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US Patent 10,427,946

While several diborides find applied uses, such as abrasion and oxidation resistant coatings, an ongoing search continues for new phases and compositions that could possess interesting and useful properties. Researchers at the University of Central Florida have created new boride materials via mechanochemical synthesis. These materials have ultra-high hardness, high oxidation resistance, and/or catalytic activity so that they can be used for cutting tools, polishing materials, wear-resistant coatings, and thermo-oxidation protection layers for ultra-high speed vehicles (e.g., spacecraft), and catalysts for combustion and fuel cells. The mechanochemical process is a scalable, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly process.

Stage of Development

Lab scale testing


  • Creates harder, more wear-resistant tools and coatings
  • Cost and energy efficient
  • Produces less waste
  • Eco-friendly


  • Cutting tools
  • Wear-resistant coatings
  • Thermo-oxidation protection layers
  • Catalysts for combustion and fuel cells