What is the hardest natural material known?
The first, wurtzite boron nitride has a similar structure to diamond, but is made up of different atoms. The second, the mineral lonsdaleite, or hexagonal diamond is made from carbon atoms just like diamond, but they are arranged in a different shape.
Below are the 10 strongest materials known to man:
- #8 Nanospheres / Nano-Kevlar.
- #7 Diamond.
- #6 Wurtzite Boron Nitride.
- #5 Lonsdaleite.
- #4 Dyneema.
- #3 Metallic Glass.
- #2 Buckypaper.
- #1 Graphene. One-atom-thick sheets of carbon are 200 times stronger than steel.
- Actually Titanium is not stronger nor harder than a good grade steel, the only advantage it has over steel is the fact it is a much lighter metal with similar to steel qualities. Though it doesn't even come close to a Diamond in strength or hardness.
- Snail Teeth Found to Be Strongest Natural Material. You may have heard that spider silk is the strongest material in the natural world. That used to be true, but now scientists have identified something even stronger: the teeth of limpets, a type of aquatic snail.
- According to the Mohs scale, talc, also known as soapstone, is the softest mineral; it is composed of a stack of weakly connected sheets that tend to slip apart under pressure. When it comes to metals, scientists try to measure hardness in absolute terms.
Updated: 28th November 2019