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Tungsten Carbide (WC) Nanoparticles – Properties, Applications

Nanoparticle research has come up with innovative solutions that are useful the field of cosmetics, bio medicine, and electronics; which were not possible with elements in their original states.

Tungsten carbide (WC) nanoparticles are available as nanodots, dispersed and in passivated ultra pure forms. These nanoparticles are insoluble in cold water, exhibit a strong resistance to acids and have a high elastic modulus.

These nanoparticles should be stored under cool, dry, vacuum conditions and should not be subjected to any stress. Tungsten is a Block D, Period 6 element and carbon is a Block P, Period 2 element.

Chemical Properties

The chemical properties of Tungsten carbide nanoparticles are as per the table below.

Chemical Data
Chemical symbol WC
CAS No 12070-12-1
Group Tungsten 6
Carbon 14
Electronic configuration Tungsten [Xe] 4f14 5d4 6s2
Carbon [He] 2s2 2p2
Chemical Composition
Element Content (%)
Tungsten 93.8
Carbon 6.1

Physical Properties

Tungsten carbide nanoparticles appear in the form of a grey black solid. Their physical properties are listed below.

Properties Metric Imperial
Density 8.64 gm/cm3 0.312 lb/in3
Molar Mass 195.86 g/mol -

Thermal Properties

The thermal properties of Tungsten carbide nanoparticles are as below.

Properties Metric Imperial
Melting Point 2870°C 5198°F
Boiling Point 6000°C 10830°F


Some of the applications of tungsten carbide nanoparticles are listed below:

  • These particles exhibit good hardness, hence used in making of super fine alloys, hard nanocomposites that are wear resistant and abrasion resistant sprays
  • Manufacture of chip-less forming tools, corrosion resistant coatings, mining tools.eprui

Source: AZoNano

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