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This category breaks down into three subsets: oxides (alumina, zirconia), non-oxides (carbides, borides, nitrides) and composites (combinations of oxides and non-oxides).
He subsequently used the furnace to volatilize many substances which had been regarded as infusible and to prepare many new compounds, particularly carbides, silicides and borides; in 1891 he discovered carborundum.
Famous for his work with the electric furnace at high temperatures; prepared artificial diamonds, together with many new binary compounds such as carbides, silicides, borides, and nitrides; isolated fluorine and studied its properties and its compounds very thoroughly] ~Chemical properties.