Diamonds are so last century

Most simple inorganic compounds - think sodium chloride, for instance - are amongst the more familiar substances. But boron nitride, just boron and nitrogen is something most of us have never heard of. Which is amazing when you consider how remarkable it is. Because its electronic structure is similar to carbon it can take all the forms that carbon does, from an equivalent of the wonder material graphene to a diamond substitute - and often it does the job better than the original.

So prepare to get all abrasive as you hurry over to the RSC compounds site to see more on this useful inorganic compound. If you'd like to listen straight away, just click here.