The Discovery of Black Nitrogen
The simplicity of the Periodic Table concept hides quite a few interesting questions; often they are related to the differences between elements that are expected to be similar.
What made this discovery possible?
BIOVIA Materials Studio, in particular its CASTEP quantum mechanical module, was essential to establish the stability of this phase relative to other polymers.
Details of the work appear in the paper “High-pressure polymeric nitrogen allotrope with the black phosphorus structure,” which appeared in Physical Review Letters.
Sir Martyn Poliakoff presented an exciting description of this discovery in his Periodic Table of Videos. The video already has nearly 500,000 views. Have a look yourself.