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Hardness of Inorganic Functional Materials

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The mechanical concerns of inorganic materials are highly demanded when well optimizing their functional applications. In this review, we give a brief introduction of the hardness measurement methods, the intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing the hardness of inorganic materials, and the microscopic models for hardness prediction. More importantly, we quantitatively give the proper data of anisotropic hardness on different planes or "isotropic" bulk hardness without considering the crystallographic orientation for eight classes of important inorganic functional materials including A N B8-N type materials, ternary zincblendelike semiconductors, borides, carbides, nitrides, oxides, sulfides and alloyed semiconductors, which will provide useful information about design, preparation, development, and applications of inorganic functional materials.


Document Type: Review Article


Publication date: 2012-12-01

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