Ab initio study of elastic properties of super hard and graphitic structures of C3N4

George S. Manyali, Robert Warmbier, Alexander Quandt, John E. Lowther

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Carbon nitride in the form of C3N4 was speculated nearly 22 years ago. It has various structural forms ranging from layered graphitic to superhard structures. Using first principles calculations, we investigate the structural and elastic properties of these graphitic and superhard structures. The independent elastic constants of cubic, hexagonal, rhombohedral, buckled as well as orthorhombic phases of C3N 4 are reported in this work. We also examine the bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio. From the work it is evident that although the compressibility of some of the superhard phases may surpass diamond, the shear modulus indicates that C3N4 is not harder than diamond, as had been speculated earlier.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-303
Number of pages5
JournalComputational Materials Science
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Bulk and shear moduli
  • DFT
  • Elastic constants
  • van der Waals interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computational Mathematics


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