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Boron - crystalline structure for a pure element - Feb 5, 2009 at 12:07AM
Felix Lin
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Physical chemistry got a big and exciting boost when the behavior of Boron at high pressures was finally

Boron is apparently hypersensitive to impurities, which has caused false reports of its behavior in the past.  However pure boron, under high pressure (100,000 - 900,000 atmospheres), apparently forms into B12 icosahedra and B2 dumbbells that together form a crystalline lattice of the sort previously only seen in ionic compounds.