A carbon-nitride compound with defect zincblende structure (P43m) has been discovered in samples prepared by a chemical precursor route. Crystallographical (high-resolution electron microscopy and electron nanodiffraction) and electron energy loss measurements has been performed to identify the material as cubic zincblende with C3N4 composition. Nanoindentation indicates a high elastic recovery and hardness. The results agree with detailed ab initio calculations on metastable structures and compressibility. Our synthesis method is projected to be a process that could produce large quantities of material by controlling the chemical strategy. The new compound has potential applications for high hardness, elasticity and thermal conductivity materials and thin films.
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