For the past 12 years, researchers have been looking for ways to reduce the damage caused by the impact of high-speed bullets on armor made with boron carbide. Our work finally addresses this unmet need and is a step forward in designing superior body armor that will safeguard against even more powerful firearms during combat.

Dr. Kelvin Xie
Boron carbide is harder and lighter than other armor materials making it an ideal choice for protective gear, particularly ballistic vests. | Image: Dharmesh Patel/Texas A&M Engineering.