In early 2409, the Cardassian Ministry of Science announce that a team had developed a way to unlock the electrons in certain rare minerals. These unstable electrons can then be used to create alloys that are responsive to energized material around them.
Jevonite was one of the first substances that responded to the "destabilization" process. While jevonite is prized for its decorative qualities, small amounts of unstable jevonite can be added to alloys to create a starship hull plating that is strong, light and impervious to extreme temperatures. Because jevonite is very rare and deposits have only been found on Cardassia Prime, however, unstable jevonite is unsuitable for widespread use.