Iron Brew: A stable bonding of iron and bismuth has been achieved for the first time

In a landmark development, a solid-state material containing iron-bismuth bonds (FeBi2) has been developed with potential superconductor and advanced magnet applications.

ACS Cent. Sci.

Iron and bismuth are not usually able to mix, but the FeBi2 was created by combining the two elements in a diamond anvil cell at 30gigapascals and 1,500K.

A team led by Danna E. Freedman of Northwestern University succeeded in the union if the two elements, which doesn’t appear anywhere in nature, by means of very high pressure, which stabilized the FeBi bonds in the material held together with the BiBi bonds. The electronic properties of the material are ongoing.