Titanium silicon carbide

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Titanium silicon carbide
3D model (JSmol)
  • InChI=1S/2C.Si.3Ti
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Molar mass 195.708 g·mol−1
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Titanium silicon carbide, chemical formula Ti3SiC2, is a material with both metallic and ceramic properties. [1] [2] It is one of the MAX phases.

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  1. Zhou, Y; Sun, Z; Sun, J (April 2000). "Titanium silicon carbide: a ceramic or a metal?". Zeitschrift für Metallkunde. 91 (4): 329–334.
  2. "Titanium Silicocarbide ( Ti3SiC2 ) Titanium Silcon Carbide - Properties and Applications". AZoM.com. 2004-02-05. Retrieved 2018-05-17.

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