interstitial compounds

Asked by tangocharliee | 24th Nov, 2009, 10:19: AM

Expert Answer:

Interstitial compounds are those which are formed when small atoms like H, C or N are trapped inside the crystal lattices of metals. They are usually non stoichiometric and are neither typically ionic nor covalent.

The principal physical and chemical characteristics of these compounds are as follows:
(i) They have high melting points, higher than those of pure metals.
(ii) They are very hard, some borides approach diamond in hardness.
(iii) They retain metallic conductivity. because small atoms like H, C or N are trapped inside the crystal lattices of metals
(iv) They are chemically inert.

 

Answered by  | 24th Nov, 2009, 12:21: PM

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