Superhard candy — scientists cracked the complex crystal structure of molybdenum borides

In their search for new superhard compounds, researchers carried out a prediction of stable molybdenum borides and their crystal structures. They revealed that the highest borides contain four to five boron atoms per each molybdenum atom. The estimated Vickers hardness of MoB5 is 37-39 GPa, which makes it a potential superhard material.