About Carbides

Carbide ion

Carbides are compounds in which the anion is one or more carbon atoms. Most metals form carbide compounds, though not all--indium and gallium, for example, do not. American Elements' manufacturing emphasizes production of metallic carbide materials including boron carbide, cobalt carbide, chromium carbide, hafnium carbide, molybdenum carbide, niobium carbide, tantalum carbide, titanium carbide, vanadium carbide, zirconium carbide, and numerous others. Metallic carbide materials are marketed under the tradename AE Carbides™.

Like diamond, a pure carbon compound, carbide compounds tend to be extremely hard, refractory and resistant to wear, corrosion and heat, making them excellent candidates for coatings for drills and other tools. They often have other valuable properties in combination with toughness, such as electrical conductivity, low thermal expansion and abrasiveness.

Some notable carbides include:

Chromium carbide: A typical example of a carbide compound that combines the refractory and hardness of carbides with some other property attributable to the cation. In this case, the anti-corrosive properties of chromium. Chromium carbide is used extensively in aerospace materials, high temperature drilling parts, welding electrodes and in other high temperature corrosive environments.

Hafnium carbide: Combining the high refractive index of both the element hafnium and of carbides generally, HfC is the most refractory simple binary compound, with a melting temperature of 3,890 ºC.

Silicon carbide: Combines the refractory and hardness of carbides with high thermal conductivity, creating a stiff low thermal expansion material.

Tungsten carbide: The most commonly used of the carbides is tungsten carbide which, when combined with one or more other transition metal carbides, produces the hardest and least costly cutting drills and tools.

Recent Research & Development for Carbides

Phase field model of uranium carbide solidification through a combined KKS and orientation field approach., Bair, Jacob L., Abrecht David G., Reilly Dallas D., Athon Matthew T., and Corbey Jordan F. , J Phys Condens Matter, 2019 Mar 27, Volume 31, Issue 12, p.125901, (2019)

Recovery of cutting fluids and silicon carbide from slurry waste., Shen, Zih-Yao, Chen Chi-Yao, and Lee Maw-Tien , J Hazard Mater, 2019 Jan 15, Volume 362, p.115-123, (2019)

Structural, chemical, and magnetic properties of cobalt intercalated graphene on silicon carbide., Hönig, R, Roese P, Shamout K, Ohkochi T, Berges U, and Westphal C , Nanotechnology, 2019 Jan 11, Volume 30, Issue 2, p.025702, (2019)

Rapid adsorption and enhanced removal of emodin and physcion by nano zirconium carbide., Zhang, Bingjie, Ji Jiawen, Liu Xue, Li Changsheng, Yuan Meng, Yu Jingyang, and Ma Yongqiang , Sci Total Environ, 2019 Jan 10, Volume 647, p.57-65, (2019)

Size distribution and single particle characterization of airborne particulate matter collected in a silicon carbide plant., Ervik, Torunn Kringlen, Benker Nathalie, Weinbruch Stephan, Thomassen Yngvar, Ellingsen Dag G., and Berlinger Balázs , Environ Sci Process Impacts, 2019 Feb 06, (2019)

Metallic carbide nanoparticles as stable and reusable substrates for sensitive surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy., Bai, Hua, Liu Wei, Yi Wencai, Li Xinshi, Zhai Junfeng, Li Junfang, Liu Jingyao, Yang Haifeng, and Xi Guangcheng , Chem Commun (Camb), 2018 Sep 10, (2018)

Recovery and reutilization of high-quality boron carbide from sapphire wafer grinding-waste., Li, Xin, Gao Shuaibo, Xing Pengfei, Dong Kaizhao, Gao Bo, and Feng Zhongbao , J Environ Manage, 2018 Oct 15, Volume 224, p.106-112, (2018)

Photo-catalytic deactivation of hazardous sulfate reducing bacteria using palladium nanoparticles decorated silicon carbide: A comparative study with pure silicon carbide nanoparticles., Baig, Umair, Gondal M A., Dastageer M A., Khalil A B., and Zubair S M. , J Photochem Photobiol B, 2018 Oct, Volume 187, p.113-119, (2018)

Molybdenum carbide promotion on Fe-N-doped carbon nanolayers facilely prepared for enhanced oxygen reduction., Xu, Yida, Chen Teng, Wang Tao, Yang Jie, Zhu Yan, and Ding Weiping , Nanoscale, 2018 Nov 29, Volume 10, Issue 46, p.21944-21950, (2018)

Mechanism of Transformation of Ferrocene into Carbon-Encapsulated Iron Carbide Nanoparticles at High Pressures and Temperatures., Baskakov, Arseniy O., Lyubutin Igor S., Starchikov Sergey S., Davydov Valery A., Kulikova Ludmila F., Egorova Tolganay B., and Agafonov Vyacheslav N. , Inorg Chem, 2018 Nov 09, (2018)

Detection of Pesticide Residues (Fenitrothion) in Fruit Samples Based On Niobium Carbide@Molybdenum Nanocomposite: An Electrocatalytic Approach., Govindasamy, Mani, Rajaji Umamaheswari, Chen Shen-Ming, Kumaravel Sakthivel, Chen Tse-Wei, Al-Hemaid Fahad M. A., M Ali Ajmal, and Elshikh Mohamed Soliman , Anal Chim Acta, 2018 Nov 07, Volume 1030, p.52-60, (2018)

Tungsten Carbide and Cobalt Modified Nickel Nanoparticles Supported on MWCNTs as Highly Efficient Electrocatalysts for Urea Oxidation in Alkaline Electrolyte., Wang, Lu, Liu Zhipeng, Zhu Shangqian, Shao Minhua, Yang Bolun, and Chen Jingguang G. , ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 2018 Nov 06, (2018)

Silicon carbide foam supported ZSM-5 composite catalyst for microwave-assisted pyrolysis of biomass., Zhou, Nan, Liu Shiyu, Zhang Yaning, Fan Liangliang, Cheng Yanling, Wang Yunpu, Liu Yuhuan, Chen Paul, and Ruan Roger , Bioresour Technol, 2018 Nov, Volume 267, p.257-264, (2018)

Local Atomic Arrangements and Band Structure of Boron Carbide., Rasim, Karsten, Ramlau Reiner, Leithe-Jasper Andreas, Mori Takao, Burkhardt Ulrich, Borrmann Horst, Schnelle Walter, Carbogno Christian, Scheffler Matthias, and Grin Yuri , Angew Chem Int Ed Engl, 2018 May 22, Volume 57, Issue 21, p.6130-6135, (2018)