Layered ternary carbides contain alternative stacking of structural slabs in the unit cells. Many mechanical and structural features are inherited with respect to their binary carbide counterparts, and some novel properties also appear because of new chemical bonds and atomic coordination at the boundaries of different slabs. In this review, we highlight important recent achievements that focus on theoretical prediction, microstructure characterization preparation, and macroscopic properties of newly developed layered ternary transition-metal carbides. These results provide insights into understanding the relationship between the structure (including crystal structure, chemical bonding, and microstructure) and the properties of these layered ternary carbides and further highlight their technological applications as high-temperature and ultrahigh-temperature structural materials.


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