boron carbide

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I think there are two different polymorphs with drastically different applications. They are probably synethsized accordingly, but pretty sure they start with a boron rod, plunge into carbon then pump lots of current through it
. I'll ask some friends as they are using it as heat resistant coatings for the missle noses and engine cones, they'll know exactly if you want more specific.

here is a link I found
http://www.concentric.net/~ctkang/b4c.shtml

Potassium is much more interesting than carbide. Don't waste your time studying petty elements. Go with Potassium!

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