Sunday, December 28, 2008

Slicker Than Teflon

From The new Scientist:

A superhard substance that is more slippery than Teflon could protect mechanical parts from wear and tear, and boost energy efficiency by reducing friction.

The "ceramic alloy" is created by combining a metal alloy of boron, aluminium and magnesium (AlMgB14) with titanium boride (TiB2). It is the hardest material after diamond and cubic boron nitride.

BAM, as the material is called, was discovered at the US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory in Iowa in 1999, during attempts to develop a substance to generate electricity when heated.





Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

interesting eh!..can I fry an egg on it?..heh

12/28/2008 7:04 p.m.  
Blogger OMMAG said...

You bet!

12/28/2008 7:15 p.m.  

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