Evolutionary search for superhard materials : Methodology and applications to forms of carbon and TiO 2

Abstract

We have developed a method for prediction of the hardest crystal structures in a given chemical system. It is based on the evolutionary algorithm USPEX (Universal Structure Prediction: Evolutionary Xtallography) and electronegativity-based hardness model that we have augmented with bond-valence model and graph theory. These extensions enable correct… (More)

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