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Chemistry of Boron
Chemistry, SCIENCE

Boron Chemistry

Boron has interesting chemistry with varying properties. It is a semimetal that belongs to group 13 and is essential to plant growth and wide industrial uses.

Lithium Borate
Chemistry, SCIENCE

An Introduction to Lithium Borate

Lithium Borate salts is being studied for use in lithium-ion batteries given its excellent thermal stability, environmental friendliness and cost-effectiveness. Lithium Borate is an essential chemical compound in many fields. It has a polymeric borate backbone structure.

Boron Deficiency in Woody Plants
Agriculture, Crop Management

Boron Deficiency In Woody Plants

Boron deficiency is widespread around the globe and constrains the growth and development of agriculture and forestry due to the lack of Boron in soil. Trees have a large body size, longer lifespan, and more Boron reserves than herbaceous plants, implying that woody species are more likely to suffer from long-term or mild Boron deficiency.

Boron Phosphide
Pharmaceuticals, Chemistry, SCIENCE

Overview of Boron Phosphide

Boron Phosphide is a chemical compound of boron and phosphorus. It is a semiconductor with high thermal and chemical stability, useful in high-power applications. Van der Waals heterostructures (vdW) are promising structures for future optoelectronic devices. Recent studies on vdW heterostructures investigated the electronic and optical properties of boron phosphide heterostructures in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) and tight-binding (TB) approximations.

Boron in Drinking Water
Human Health, SCIENCE

Boron in Drinking Water

Boron in water is a significant consideration when it comes to drinking water. The EPA has decided that a lifetime dose of 1 mg/L of boron is unlikely to cause harm. Boron is a nutrient required by various species, and it plays a vital part in mitosis. This holds for green algae as well as several higher plant species. Among all the Boron compounds, Boric acid is the most absorbable.

Borax for Cleaning
Chemistry, Human Health

Using Borax Safely for Cleaning

Borax is used in cleaning products because it helps remove dirt and grime. But we need to handle it carefully or it can be dangerous if ingested by children. Borax is a white powdery substance that is also known as sodium tetraborate. Although sodium tetraborate is a salt of boric acid, it is not an acid, it’s a salt.

Boron Rich Food
Food Availability, Food Access, FOOD SECURITY

Does Boron Rich Food Help In Weight Loss?

Does Boron Rich food help with weight loss? Can they help you lose weight quickly and how much boron do you need? Boron-rich food plays a crucial role in regulating the body’s metabolism. Even very low amounts of Boron can induce significant body weight loss. Boron appears to be important in burning body fat for energy. It also regulates carbohydrate metabolism.

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PODCASTS, MINING

Podcast – Boron and U.S. Rare Earths

Podcast - Today, we're going to take a look at boron and US rare earths and the stockpiling policy. The US is boosting the stockpile of its rare earth materials, such as cobalt and lithium. But why is this? The answer is partly to reduce dependence on China and partly to have a strategic policy towards rare earth sourcing and distribution.

Boron Essential for Plants
Crop Management, FOOD SECURITY

Boron Essential for Plants

Boron Essential for Plants: Boron is a vital nutrient for plants. It plays a crucial role in regulating the development of root and shoot meristem and thus helps complete the life cycles of plants from seed germination to fully-grown plant. 

Boron-based Polymers for EV Storage
Innovation, FOOD SECURITY, RESEARCH, SCIENCE

Boron-based Polymers for EV Storage

Boron-based Polymers for EV Storage: Boron-based Polymers to Improve Electric Vehicle Energy Storage: Boron-based polymers such as BNNTs are 2D nanomaterials with excellent properties for improving electric vehicle energy storage given their high surface areas, large aspect ratios, and good thermal conductivities. Borates Today examines the potential for use of BNNTs in electric vehicle transmissions and batteries.

Boron Reduces Fluoride Toxicity
FOOD SECURITY

Boron Reduces Fluoride Toxicity

Fluoride is a toxic chemical that can cause severe health problems despite the best efforts of the WHO to provide recommended levels of fluoride intake by source. Fluoride toxicity is seen in both animals and humans but how can boron help to lower toxicity.

Boron Powers Space Exploration
PODCASTS, Defense

Podcast – Boron Powers Space Exploration

Podcast - Boron Powers Space Exploration. Boron is an excellent choice for rocket fuel given its ease of manufacture, availability, and low storage costs. It is also a good additive for jet fuel. Scientists at the University of California Riverside are testing ammonia borane, NH3BH3, as an alternative to traditional carbon-based chemical rocket fuels. This could lead to carbon-free space launches.

Boron Trichloride in Aluminum Casting
Chemistry, SCIENCE

Boron Trichloride

Boron trichloride is an inorganic compound with the formula BCl3. It is a colorless gas, which is highly reactive to water. Common uses for Boron Trichloride are in organic synthesis. Boron Trichloride does have several negative health effects so it needs to be handled with care.

How Toxic is Boron
Crop Management, Chemistry, SCIENCE

How Toxic is Boron?

How toxic is Boron? Despite its low toxicity, boron can still be dangerous to humans if consumed in large amounts. It is well-known that excess boron can also affect plant growth and reproduction. In fact, toxicity of boron is considered one of the major causes of reduced crop production. In plants, high concentrations of boron can retard vegetative growth and decrease seed set.

Boron Demand in Military Conflict
PODCASTS, Defense, SPECIAL REPORTS

Podcast – Boron Demand in Military Conflict

Podcast - Boron demand in military conflict. The tragic scenes unfolding on our screens daily of the conflict in Ukraine are a powerful reminder of the need for protective materials to minimise injury and fatalities among the military personnel and civilians. Military hardware requires strong, light, malleable, durable and anti-corrosive materials. Boron is a key material used in bulletproof vests, bulletproof armour, in helicopter skins and on aircraft as well as an anti-corrosive in weaponry.

Biden Administration Issues Critical and Strategic Mineral Policy
ADVANCED ENERGY, DECARBONIZATION, INVEST IN BORON, MINING

Biden Administration Issues Critical and Strategic Mineral Policy

Biden Administration Issues Critical and Strategic Mineral Policy: As part of the Biden Administration's National Defense Strategy, the administration released a memorandum today related to the clean energy economy to protect critical and strategic infrastructure supplies for clean energy transition including lithium, graphite, and manganese for large capacity batteries, as well as sustainable supply of all critical and strategic minerals which includes boron.

Boron and Nuclear Fusion
ADVANCED ENERGY, DECARBONIZATION, MINING

Boron and Nuclear Fusion

Boron and nuclear fusion: Is Boron the key to Unlocking Energy via Nuclear Fusion? For the past eighty years, scientists have been exploring ways to capture energy to provide an inexhaustible supply of quasi-free, green energy. Boron via laser technologies, may finally provide the key to moving beyond the laboratory to commercialisation.

ADVANCED ENERGY, DECARBONIZATION, MINING

Critical Minerals in Australia

Critical Minerals in Australia: The Australian Government has announced its intention to become more self-reliant in critical minerals as a result of geopolitical changes which threaten the ongoing supply of key industrial and energy commodities, which includes boron and borates.

Boron Levels in Apple Orchards
Crop Management, Agriculture, FOOD SECURITY

Boron Levels in Apple Orchards

Too much or too little Boron can be harmful when growing fruit. Apple farmers are using scientific approaches to get the right balance of Boron at acceptable levels for nutritious apples. Apples contain many health benefits. A medium apple contains 0.66 mg of Boron, fibre, vitamin C, and potassium.

Steve Jobs and Boron
INDUSTRY SECTORS

Apple and Boron

Apple and Boron: Toughened glass products use Boron for its remarkable qualities and malleability in development and strength as a finished product. So how did Steve Jobs give the industry a boost to toughened glass production in the early days?

Boron Arthritis
Human Health, PODCASTS, SPECIAL REPORTS

Podcast – Can Boron Help with Arthritis

Podcast - Can Boron help with arthritis. Borax is an interesting chemical compound that has several uses in the home. But what many people don’t realise is that borax can also help those who suffer from arthritis.
In this podcast, we’ll discuss how borax helps to treat arthritis and the different types of arthritis that it can help with. We will also explore some other benefits of using borax for health.

Country Profile Russia
Company Profiles, Chemistry, MINING

Country Profile of Russia

Country Profile of Russia: Russia is the fourth-largest supplier of borates to global markets, which present about 12% of the global total, with boric acid as the main export. The current Russia, Ukraine conflict is not having a noticeable impact on supply and production in the short term for borates supply. Still, Putin is considering sanctions on a wide range of minerals and finished products for export.

5e Advanced Materials Lists on Nasdaq
MINING, INVEST IN BORON

5e Advanced Materials Lists on Nasdaq

5e Advanced Materials Lists on Nasdaq: The arrival of FEAM - 5e Advanced Materials - on Nasdaq today is potentially a game-changer for Boron and strategic mineral supplies not only in the USA but also globally. Boron is needed for green energy and strategic applications in aerospace and defense as well as in large markets for (borosiliate) glass, ceramics, enamels, steel in automobile. How will FEAM build out its business and facility?

Renewable Energies and Boron
ADVANCED ENERGY

U.S. Renewable Energies Strategy to Benefit Boron and Lithium

U.S. Government Doubles Down on Renewable Energies Strategy to Secure Boron, Lithium MetalThe U.S. Government continues to assure mining producers that it is determined to secure strategic minerals such as Boron and Lithium for EV production and other advanced energy needs as these sectors are poised to grow significantly in the coming decade. The Biden administration is looking even more closely at approving domestic sources of electric battery vehicle metals such as boron and lithium.

boron critical mineral rare earth
MINING, INVEST IN BORON

Boron Joins the Rare Earths Club

Rare Earth elements are valuable because they have magnetic and optical properties which create technologies in components such as audio speakers, hard drives, camera lenses, MRI imaging, and monitors of all sorts. But there is a cost to mining them as post-mining purification processes create hazardous waste. Boron is a potential alternative, providing clean and superconductive, energy-efficient benefits while being cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

Boranes and Borane Clusters
Chemistry, SCIENCE

Boranes and Borane Clusters

Boranes and Borane Clusters Borane is a homologous sequence consisting of inorganic boron-hydrogen compounds and their derivatives. A class of synthetic boron hydrides is commonly called boranes. Their general formula is BxHy.

Boron Demand in Military Conflict
Defense, APPLICATIONS

Boron Demand in Military Conflict

The tragic scenes unfolding on our screens daily of armed conflict are a powerful reminder of the need for protective materials to minimise injury and fatalities among the military personnel and civilians. Military hardware requires strong, light, malleable, durable and anti-corrosive materials. Boron is a key material used in bulletproof vests, bulletproof armour, in helicopter skins and on aircraft as well as an anti-corrosive in weaponry.

Boron Powers Space Exploration
ADVANCED ENERGY

Ammonia Borane Powers Space Exploration

Ammonia Borane is an excellent choice for rocket fuel given its ease of manufacture, availability, and low storage costs. It is also a good additive for jet fuel. Scientists at the University of California Riverside are testing ammonia borane, NH3BH3, as an alternative to traditional carbon-based chemical rocket fuels. This could lead to carbon-free space launches.

Boron in Foods
Human Health, PODCASTS, SPECIAL REPORTS

Podcast – Boron in Foods

Podcast - Boron in Foods: Boron is a trace element found naturally in many plant foods such as legumes and fruits. Boron can also be found in beer and wine to a lesser extent, and is available as a nutritional supplement. It is thought to be beneficial in reproduction, development, immunity, brain function, and anti-inflammatory.

Carbon Capture Funding and Boron
DECARBONIZATION, Carbon Cycle

Carbon Capture Funding and Boron

Carbon capture technology has been developed for coal-fired power plants with FECM support for over two decades. Over 20 successful pilot-scale projects have been implemented including a showcase demonstration project which captures and stores over one million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Boron and Food Security
FOOD SECURITY

Boron and Food Security

Food Utilization, or food metabolization, is one of three drivers of Food Security (the other two being Availability and Accessibility). Food Utilization is all about the ability of animals and humans to use and benefit from nutrients in their food either through absorption or intake via the proper natural consumption of food.

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ADVANCED ENERGY, INDUSTRY SECTORS

Boron and U.S. Rare Earths

The U.S. is boosting the stockpile of its rare earth minerals such as cobalt and lithium. Why? Partly to reduce dependence on China and partly to have a strategic policy towards rare earth sourcing and distribution. Rare earths are valuable resources used in E.V. batteries and decarbonization. What is the stance on boron and U.S. rare earths as a critical mineral?

Porous-boron-Nitride--Oil-Spill-Cleanup
Environmental Protection, Carbon Cycle, DECARBONIZATION

Porous Boron Nitride

The formation and applications of porous Boron Nitride have been the subject of popular research lately. Its high porosity and thermal stability will help pave the way for improving large-scale industrial gas and liquid separations, such as those used in carbon capture or water treatment processes by reducing the amount of energy required.

Sustainable Lithium Boron Mining
MINING, Company Profiles

Valjevo Project and Sustainable Boron, Lithium Mining

Sustainable Boron and Lithium mining: Borates and lithium are essential for decarbonisation, advanced energy, and food security. The extraction and production of these critical minerals need to respect sustainable principles to satisfy multiple stakeholders, local interest groups, and residents. A case in point is Valjevo in Serbia, where locals have successfully halted the Valjevo project until February 2022 until officials are satisfied sustainable practices will be put in place.

Nuclear Energy

Boron at Fukushima

Boron at Fukushima: In 2011 a severe nuclear meltdown occurred in Fukushima at the atomic reactor on the coast. Authorities resorted to spreading a boron compound on the site to halt the spread of radiation. How did boron help mitigate radiation and meltdown at the time? How does it also act as an inhibitor in the nuclear rods themselves?

Boron and PFAs
RESEARCH, SCIENCE

Boron and PFAs

Boron and PFAS: Boron Nitride (BN) is an excellent catalyst for reducing harmful PFAs. It is an organic metal oxide that breaks down PFOA and PFAS into carbon dioxide and fluoride salt (like the type you put in toothpaste). BN is highly reactive and is effective at removing these contaminants. Currently, Boron Nitride is the most common catalyst for solutions to destroy harmful PFAs.

Sodium and Boron Batteries
Batteries and Capacitors, ADVANCED ENERGY

Boron in Green Sodium Batteries

Boron inclusive technology shows how we can harness the power from seawater to bring zero-carbon energy worldwide. Decarbonization has been a goal for quite some time, and it seems like this year, governments will finally agree on stricter regulations that would make it possible to achieve this objective by 2050 or sooner.  Boron has been working to bring sustainable energy sources for all, and Boron and Hydropower technology is an excellent example of achieving this goal.

Human Health

Boron’s Effects on the Immune System

Boron is a natural component of certain foods and is normally present in trace amounts in the body. Boron is commonly found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and some meats. It’s also available as a dietary supplement for those showing signs of Boron deficiency, but as it is an ultra-trace mineral. Let's see how Boron acts as an effective immunity booster.

Boron Green Cleaning Products
Anti Bacteria, Anti-fungal, BENEFITS

Boron Green Cleaning Products

Boron green cleaning products are characterized as "safe for people, pets, plants, and the environment" on product labels. These products are indeed environmentally friendly. They are alkaline, non-corrosive, non-toxic in low amounts, and don't contain any petroleum-derived chemical or phosphate compounds.

MINING, Company Profiles

Extracting Lithium from Boron Waste

Research has revealed that lithium can be extracted from boron waste. The connection between boron waste and lithium offers opportunities to create battery-grade lithium for supply in a sustainable manner. It can be done via three-phase extraction or by simply extracting lithium from boron clay by roasting and leaching. Both Rio Tinto and Eti Maden claim to be the world's first to market with methods to extract lithium from boron.

Boron Hydropower
ADVANCED ENERGY, Efficient Power Sources, SCIENCE

Boron and Hydropower

Boron inclusive technology shows how we can harness the power from seawater to bring zero-carbon energy worldwide. Decarbonization has been a goal for quite some time, and it seems like this year, governments will finally agree on stricter regulations that would make it possible to achieve this objective by 2050 or sooner.  Boron has been working to bring sustainable energy sources for all, and Boron and Hydropower technology is an excellent example of achieving this goal.

Boron Carbide
SCIENCE, Chemistry

Boron Carbide

Boron Carbide crystal formation is formed as linear rods consisting of three carbon atoms and twelve boron atoms arranged in a dodecahedral pattern. The material has a chemical formula of "B4C." Its hardness (Mohs scale 9.3) makes it suitable for use as an abrasive. Various applications such as cutting tools also benefit from their high density.

Boron improves Quantum Computing
SCIENCE

Boron Improves Quantum Computing

Boron Improves Quantum Computing: Quantum computing is the most efficient way to handle complex computations, but there have been limitations on capacity and performance until now. Now, an innovative new boron material, hexagonal boron nitride, has allowed researchers to produce stretchable supercapacitors.

Rio Tinto Mine Suspended
MINING, Company Profiles

Rio Tinto Mine Serbia Lithium Boron Licences Revoked

Rio Tinto Mine. The Serbian government has finally revoked Rio Tinto's licenses for lithium exploration in Serbia in the latter part of January 2022. The government gave in to the protesters who have been opposed to the Anglo-Australian mining company's project on environmental grounds. Last year, the company committed to the project as global miners push for metals necessary to transition to green energy. This includes lithium which is used in the production of electric vehicle batteries. The project was already suspended in December 2021 due to environmental deterioration and forced displacement concerns.

Boron Flat Panel Displays
APPLICATIONS

Boron Flat Panel Displays

Boron in Flat Panel Display Glass is an important mineral used in LCD and plasma television panels. It is commonly used in high-tech glass for LCD and plasma TV screens. Its use in these products significantly increased around 2000 as consumer preference shifted away from CRT TVs to flat-panel screens. Substitutes for boron are, however, beginning to appear given its presence in glass, which some consider an environmental hazard.

Boron Magnets Prize
RESEARCH, Innovation

Boron Magnets Prize for Inventor

Boron Magnets Prize: Dr. Masato Sagawa, President of NDFEB Corporation in Kyoto, Japan, has been awarded the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for innovative work on Boron magnets. He invented the neodymium-iron-borate magnet, which is at the heart of green energy and carbon reduction efforts, powering wind turbines and other renewable systems.

Boron in Agriculture
Agriculture, FOOD SECURITY

Boron Steel in Agriculture

Boron steel for agriculture is used widely in manufacturing agricultural machines, chemical equipment, food processing machines, and other types of industrial equipment. Agricultural machinery manufacturers continuously strive to improve their devices in terms of their functionality, thereby improving their customers' quality of service.

Introduction to Boron
APPLICATIONS, DECARBONIZATION

Introduction to Boron

Introduction to Boron - As a wonder element with exceptional physical properties, boron is widely used in multiple industries and applications from aerospace to construction, automotive, and healthcare. Its value is increasingly recognized as a critical mineral in advanced energy solutions, food security, and decarbonization.

Nitrogen and Boron Fertilisers
Agriculture, FOOD SECURITY

Nitrogen and Boron Fertiliser Price Rises

Nitrogen and Boron Fertiliser Price Rises: The rising cost of chemicals puts pressure on farmers of staple crops such as corn and wheat as they emerge from dormancy. Higher prices may lead to smaller spring plantings, which make up roughly a third of European grain production. Nitrogen is a crucial chemical whose price point is rising significantly. Its efficacy is proven. Does this also point to a rise in value and demand for boron?

Boron, Lithium - Sustainable Mining
MINING, DECARBONIZATION

Balancing Habitat versus Critical Mineral Mining

Balancing Habitat versus Critical Mineral Mining: Lithium and boron are two examples of crucial minerals essential in reducing our planet's carbon footprint for industries such as defense, automotive, construction, aviation, and aerospace. It is challenging to preserve the natural environment when starting new mines to extract these resources. How do companies such as Rio Tinto, American Pacific Borates (currently rebranding to 5E Advanced Materials), and Ioneer manage this dilemma and obtain the permits necessary in their respective locations?

Boron Rocket Fuel
APPLICATIONS, ADVANCED ENERGY, Efficient Power Sources

Boron Rocket Fuel

Boron Rocket Fuel: Boron has a high intrinsic energy density. It is inexpensive, plentiful, and stable, making it a good choice for solid rocket fuels and an additive for jet fuels to increase their energy output. However, the oxide shell and its impurities make boron unreliable at the ignition point. Research is ongoing into overcoming these impurities so that boron fuel may be used more widely in space travel.

Borates in Metallurgy
APPLICATIONS

Borates in Metallurgy

Borates in Metallurgy have been used over the centuries for both non-ferrous smelting and precious metals refining. Evidence suggests that gold-makers used borates as a fluxing agent even in Babylonian times. Borates lower the melting point and prevent oxidation. They also remove metal oxides and help to adjust the slag's viscosity for easier removal from the molten metal. Borates can also be used in lead recycling and metal recovery.

Boron Blue Diamonds
MINING, APPLICATIONS

Boron Blue Diamonds

Boron blue diamonds - Diamonds are valued for their lustre and sparkle, making them precious commodities. Creating the beautiful diamond jewels that people adore as betrothal or pure indulgence symbols is a complex and lengthy process. Some diamonds are rarer than others. Believe it or not, Boron is the trace element that gives some rare diamonds a blue colour - the story of the Hope diamond is one such beneficiary of Boron's colour.

Boron in wound care
Human Health, BENEFITS

Boron in Wound Care

Boron in the form of borate-based bioactive glasses effectively treats chronic wounds in patients across all four stages of wound treatment. As it is a synthetic approach, it avoids problems associated with collagen and animal-derived products. The healing potential of boron in hexagonal boron nitride and boric acid is immense.

China Borates
Company Profiles, Aerospace, INDUSTRY SECTORS, MINING

Country Profile of China

Country Profile of China Borates - China is a net importer of borates with few natural resources. However, it still dominates in exporting finished products to global markets as the third-largest exporter. China holds only 3% of global borate reserves. China's most crucial boron minerals are tincal, borosilicate, and ascharite. Liaoning and Qinghai are the main areas with minable borate resources.

Boron Fibers in Aviation
Aerospace, INDUSTRY SECTORS

Boron Fibers in Aviation

Boron fibers are used extensively in military aviation as a tape product to repair cracked aluminium aircraft skins because of their thermal properties and anti-corrosive advantages. It was first developed in the late fifties and used instead of carbon fibers that were unavailable in continuous lengths and glass fibers or with sufficient modulus. Boron fiber was the preferred product for the horizontal tail skins on the F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft and the horizontal and vertical skins and rudder on the F-15 Eagle.

Boron Fuel Additives
Clean Fuels, ADVANCED ENERGY, Efficient Power Sources

Fluids, Fuel, Lubricants and Additives

Fluids, Fuel, Lubricants and Additives - Boron has been proven to be an excellent lubricant for engine components. University of Utah researchers found that parts coated with boron had 50% less friction than others. This may result in significant fuel savings and increased engine durability. Boron should become an essential ingredient in fuels and engine technology once its potential benefits are further clarified.

Ford Boron Steel
Automotive, ADVANCED ENERGY, APPLICATIONS, INDUSTRY SECTORS

Ford Boron Steel Bodywork

Automotive makers, including Ford, are taking advantage of boron's high tensile strength to build stronger, safer, and lighter cars. Boron steel is a crucial ingredient in the Ford Fiesta's pillars and structural elements and its other car brands. Boron steel is steel alloyed with small amounts of boron. It is four times higher than the average high-strength steel.

Podcast - Billion Dollar Boron
MINING, PODCASTS, SPECIAL REPORTS

Podcast – Billion Dollar Boron

Podcast - Billion dollar boron. In 2021, borates sales hit billions of dollars. Why? The demand for boron is increasing rapidly in strategic sectors such as aerospace and defense, zero-carbon, and advanced energy solutions, which depend on boron-based technologies to reduce emissions. Recent forecasts predict that boron demand will increase by 30% by the end of the decade.

Boron in Fireworks
APPLICATIONS, Chemistry, SCIENCE

Boron in Fireworks

Fireworks and pyrotechnics are used frequently in festivals and celebrations, as well as in military operations and military training. Barium is the chemical that gives off a green light in fireworks, but it is toxic. This can be resolved by substituting barium nitrate with Boron carbide. Boron carbide ticks all the boxes in pyrotechnics with its long burn times and high luminous intensity. There are a few concerns in terms of toxicity and environmental data to adopting it. Moreover, Boron carbide is cheaper than barium nitrate and is in plentiful supply.

Boron Fuel - 80k on 1 gram?
ADVANCED ENERGY, APPLICATIONS, Clean Fuels

Boron Fuel

Boron Fuel - While lithium-ion batteries are powering the road ahead for electric vehicles such as the Tesla S and others, several disruptive scientists and entrepreneurs are paving the way for an entirely new form of fuel – Hydrogen Boron fuel. Analysts claim a single gram of Boron could provide enough fuel to allow a vehicle to travel 80,000 kilometres.

Boron in Your Vegetable Garden
FOOD SECURITY, APPLICATIONS, Biocides

A Guide to Boron in Your Vegetable Garden

Gardeners looking to add boron to their vegetable garden can do so in various ways. This helpful mineral plays a vital role in plant growth and development and can help improve overall yields. Learn how to add boron to the vegetable garden. Understand the benefits that this mineral can provide not only in the soil but also in the transportation and nutritional value boron brings to garden vegetables, and plants for that matter.

Boron in Medical Nanotechnologies
RESEARCH, APPLICATIONS, SCIENCE

Boron Nitride Biomedical Nanotechnologies

Boron Nitride( BNNT) is being considered as nanocarriers for Curcumin. This combination supports lower dosage and targeted release, ensure that the optimum amount of a drug reaches the site of action, bypassing barriers such as acidic pH of the stomach and liver metabolism. Cancer research and therapies may benefit from this combination.

A Town Called Boron
MINING

A Town Called Boron

Scientists and mining professionals know boron as a strategic mineral that powers advanced energy and serve multiple industrial, agricultural, and household applications. But there is another Boron, a town called boron in California. Many of the population of Boron work at the U.S. Borax mine nearby, after which the town was renamed.

Borates in Bolivia
MINING

Country Profile of Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the largest producers of borates globally after Turkey, the USA, Chile, and Argentina. Extraction and production of ulexite is the main activity centered around the south of the country, with both public and private companies involved. Exports are mostly sodium borates and boric acid, with Brazil and China among the largest buyers.

Boron in Ceramics
APPLICATIONS, Ceramic and Enamels

Borates in Ceramics

Ceramics - ceramic glazes and enamels - are applied to ceramic ware, sanitary ware, tableware, and tiles. Borates are used extensively in such enamels and ceramic glazes. Borates used include colemanite, ulexite, and several specialty borates, which provide efficient production and protection against the elements to the finished products.

Borates in Paints
APPLICATIONS

Borates in Paints

Borates in Paints: Borates are widely used in paints, coatings, and printing inks as buffering agents. They also provide flame retardant, anti-corrosive, and anti-bacteria protective benefits, applied in marine and aviation coatings for example. Boric acid, borax decahydrate, borax, zinc borate, and perborates/metal borates are compounds most used in paints and coatings.

Boron in Eyewear
APPLICATIONS

Boron in Eyewear

Boron in eyewear and optics has many applications. Borate minerals such as potassium borate, sodium tetraborate, and boric acid are widely used in manufacturing optical materials. Boron has been an essential ingredient for manufacturers of optical materials since 1887 for eyewear given its water-soluble presence, with benefits including durability, resistance to scratching, and suitability for light transmission.

Boron in Paper Production
APPLICATIONS, INDUSTRY SECTORS

Boron in Paper Production

Borate compounds are widely used in chemical processes and recovery - Boron in paper production - by mills all over the globe. Sodium borohydride is used in paper production primarily to bleach paper in the preparation stage. Boron is also used in the form of borax pentahydrate to support causticising. Borate autocausticization is a cost-saving technique that can help paper mills save money on material, recovery, and energy.

Boron and Quantum Computing
APPLICATIONS

Boron in Quantum Computing

Boron in quantum computing is one of the most exciting areas in science today. Currently, silicon-based qubits provide the processing power for these hugely powerful machines. However, Hexagonal Boron Nitride, hBN, is a promising material for quantum technologies. hBN benefits include lower error rates, an increase in the number of qubits per chip, increased stability, better conductivity, and reduced energy loss. They are also more cost-effective.

Podcast - Billion Dollar Boron
INVEST IN BORON, MINING

Billion Dollar Boron

Billion dollar boron. In 2021, borates sales hit billions of dollars. Why? The demand for boron is increasing rapidly in strategic sectors such as aerospace and defense, zero-carbon, and advanced energy solutions, which depend on boron-based technologies to reduce emissions. Recent forecasts predict that boron demand will increase by 30% by the end of the decade.

Boron Rare Earths
Company Profiles, MINING

Company Profile of Lynas Rare Earths

Lynas Company Profile - Lynas is a leading global supplier of rare earths, crucial for many high-tech and green energy applications with operations in Malaysia and Australia. Lynas Rare Earths Ltd (ACN:009 066 648) is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange as a public company in Western Australia.

Boron Minerals
SCIENCE

Boron in the Universe

Boron minerals are an important mineral in the Earth's crust; they come from a variety of geological structures, such as pegmatite and metamorphic rocks. The most common boron minerals that are formed on Earth include Tincal, Tincalconite, Colemanite, Kernite, Ulexite, Pandermite, Boracite, Hydroboraclite, Inderite, Ascharite, Datolite, Sassolite, Meyerhofferite, Inyoite, and Probertite.

Silly Putty
APPLICATIONS, SCIENCE

Silly Putty

Boron is a naturally occurring mineral with multiple industrial, agricultural, technological, and household applications. But Boron has yet another use: It is the crucial ingredient of 'Silly Putty,' an extraordinarily complex and sophisticated molecular engineering job with multiple benefits from securing objects in space to treating injuries and using it to lift fingerprints as evidence for amateur sleuths.

Boron 3D Metal Printing Aerospace
RESEARCH, Aerospace, INDUSTRY SECTORS

Boron 3D Metal Printing

AML3D and Deakin University's Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) announces a series of collaborative feasibility projects exploring Boron 3D Metal Printing using Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) in Wire Additive Manufacturing. The new composite could revolutionize Wire Additive Manufacturing (WAM) by enjoying far-reaching commercial industry implications for applications in 3D metal printing globally.

Company Profiles, MINING

Company Profile of Vulcan Energy Resources

Vulcan Energy Resources announced in November that its leading German site had significant lithium reserves with 181 milligrams per litre. Lithium and Boron can be found and extracted from Geothermal Brine. Vulcan plans to market its lithium as “zero carbon.”. Vulcan’s Zero Carbon Lithium business is different from current lithium extraction projects in that it causes no disruptions to communities or the environment.

Boron Personal Care
BENEFITS, Human Health

Boron Personal Care Products

Boron Personal Care - the US personal care sector uses Boron to bring new formulations of personal care products to compete in the $25.5 billion global industry sector. Multiple boron formulations are created to offer skincare, haircare, and oral care benefits.

Boron in Tesla
Automotive, INDUSTRY SECTORS

Tesla and Boron

Tesla is an American electric vehicle manufacturer and clean energy company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Tesla manufactures electric cars and battery energy storage from home to grid-scale, solar panels, solar roof tiles, and other related products and services. With a market capitalization of almost $1 trillion, Tesla is one of the most valuable automobile manufacturers globally. It uses lithium and boron to deliver alternative energy sources and boron to provide a lighter, more muscular frame.

Welding with Boron Steel
INDUSTRY SECTORS

Welding with Boron Steel

Welding with Boron Steel: Boron is widely used in construction materials as a strengthening agent and anticorrosive agent. When it comes to steel structures, boron has a particular role in strengthening and anti-fracturing steel welds. Boron oxide and boron carbide are the most commonly used compounds in this context.

Argentina - Country Profile
MINING

Country Profile of Argentina

Argentina is the fifth-largest producer of natural borates. Deposits of borate can be found throughout Argentina, including in the provinces of Neuquén (Gran Chaco), Rio Negro, San Juan, and Mendoza (Cordoba). The first boric acid in Argentina was produced in 1894 at the La Plata mine when sodium tetraborate ore was extracted for the first time. The country became a major producer in 1900.

Boron and Chernobyl
Nuclear Energy, ADVANCED ENERGY

Boron and Chernobyl

Boron (B₁₀), which comprises about 20% of elemental boron, is one of the best neutron absorbers. It is dissolved in the cooling water of power plants to control the chain reaction, to absorb enough neutrons to remove excess reactivity in PWR plants. In both BWRs and PWRs, it is used in control rods to control reactivity and change the power shape of the core.

RESEARCH, SCIENCE

Boronates: Esters and Salts of Boronic Acid

Boronates are esters and salts of boronic acid. Boronic acid is a compound related to boric acid in which one of the three hydroxyl groups has been replaced by either an alkyl or an aryl group. The boronic acids are derived from boron, an element found in the earth's crust as boric oxide (B(OH)O). Boronic acids are produced when a borate salt reacts with acetic or propionic acid to form the corresponding boronic acid

Boron in Sports Goods
INDUSTRY SECTORS

Boron in Sports Equipment

Boron as boron fiber and boron steel has excellent tensile strength. Boron is used in sports equipment like golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, and bicycle frames. It renders them the required power, flexibility, lightness, and durability, thus, contributing to better performance. The sports goods company, Mizuno, has emerged as a leading manufacturer of sports equipment composed of boron.

Boron and EV Batteries
Batteries and Capacitors, Company Profiles, RESEARCH

Company Profile of Li-S Energy Limited – Boron Battery

Li-S Energy Limited, established in 2019, is an Australian company, a joint venture between Li-S Energy's founding shareholders, PPK Group, BNNT Technology, and Deakin University. Its purpose is to develop a new battery technology that incorporates Boron Nitride Nanotubes, which are more efficient, lower cost, and greener than current batteries for markets including automotive, defense and aviation.

Boron in Plants
Agriculture, FOOD SECURITY

Boron on the Farm

Boron in farming- Boron has long been associated with crops like beet and brassicas and it is important for all crops but at different levels This article first appeared in The Famers Journal on 13 December, 2021 and appears on Borates Today by permission. © Andy Doyle, The Farmers Journal https://farmersjournal.ie Boron on the Farm

Boron Fluoride
RESEARCH, SCIENCE

Boron Fluoride

Boron and Fluorine have several forms, mono fluoride, boron trifluoride and diboron tetrafluoride. Boron monofluoride is often referred to as Boron fluoride. Boron trifluorid is a stable gas at low temperature. While diboron tetrafluoride boils at -34 degrees centigrade. Boron fluoride compounds have several applications in health and remediation technology and agricultural fields.

Rio Tinto Lithium Jadar Valley
MINING

Rio Tinto – Jadar Valley Lithium Project Suspended

Rio Tinto has found itself in the news again after its lithium project in Jadar, Serbia, was suspended after protests by the local community in Serbia. The backlash does not bode well for mining companies looking to open mines in response to a growing demand for minerals such as lithium that are fuelling advanced energy growth in multiple business sectors, including automotive, defence, aerospace.

Boron Research Areas
RESEARCH

Boron Research Areas

Boron Research ranges from commercial technologies to extensive studies in chemistry, notably boron nitride nanotubes and hydrogen-boron fusion. In commercial endeavors, boron is a new-age material stock driving innovation and performance in various fields.

Boron Industrial Construction
INDUSTRY SECTORS, APPLICATIONS

Boron in Construction

Boron is a key element in industrial construction - the construction of businesses with manufacturing plants, power plants, refineries. It is a strengthening additive in concrete, steel, and aluminum alloys for structural support. It also helps prevent corrosion by shielding against corrosive agents like saltwater or chlorine. Boron also plays a vital role in steel production by acting as a fluxing agent during the smelting process.

Boron Electronic Devices
INDUSTRY SECTORS, Batteries and Capacitors

Boron in Electronic Devices

Boron-infused components and advance materials are being used by electronics manufactures in many ways to improve and enhance consumer and industrial electrical devices. Boron in electronic and smart devices offer a longer product life, provide better energy performance – longer battery life -, give off less heat, offer low resistance protection against electrical currents, are wear-resistant, and act as protective coatings and add strength to metals and glass.

Boron Lubricants for Drilling
APPLICATIONS

Boron Lubricants for Drilling

Boron lubricants are multifunctional additives used in oil and gas exploration, drilling, and production. In addition to controlling pH, viscosity, and corrosion, they are also used to provide lubrication and exert other physical and chemical effects. Borates may be used in drilling fluid formulations to achieve several of these effects.

Boron Suzuki Coupling
Chemistry, RESEARCH, SCIENCE

Boron Suzuki Coupling

Boron chemistry has become one of the most versatile and valuable fields in organic catalysis and synthesis. Numerous useful reactions like hydroborylations or Suzuki-Miyaura cross-couplings - Boron suzuki coupling -are now indispensable to the synthetic toolbox of both academia and industry researchers. The development of C(sp3)-Boron reagents and subsequent metal-catalyzed cross-couplings serves to accelerate innovative applications of otherwise challenging organic adducts across multiple areas. 

Food Security
FOOD SECURITY

What is Food Security

"Food security is a condition that exists when all people have, at all times, physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life." The Rome Declaration on World Food Security and the World Food Summit Plan of Action.

Boron Lewis Dot Structure
Chemistry

Boron Lewis Dot Structure

Lewis dot structure is the structure of an element or molecule, and total valence electrons are as dots to represent the bond pairs and lone pairs. Boron electronic configuration counts as 2,3, its atomic number 5. Hence, it has three electrons in the valence shell.

Boron Microelectronics
ADVANCED ENERGY, Batteries and Capacitors, Energy Management

Boron and Micro-Supercapacitors

Boron nitride (BN) has shown great potential for microelectronics in the architecture of micro-supercapacitors. Boron Nitride has a large bandgap (5.5eV), superior thermal stability, and high thermal conductance. Boron Micro-supercapacitors in the laboratory exhibit high energy density. They can also withstand harsh environments such as high temperature or electromagnetic interference much better than silicon-based micro capacitors. 

Boron Minerals Nutrition
Human Health, BENEFITS, FOOD SECURITY

Boron and Daily Diet

Boron is an essential mineral in our daily diet. Boron can be found in foods such as fruits and vegetables. If you are showing signs of Boron deficiency such as brittle fingernails. hair loss, muscle weakness, joint pain, supplements may be required. Boron is typically taken as borax, boric acid, or as a boron citrate supplement for those looking to include Boron in a regular diet.

Nickel Boron Plating
APPLICATIONS, AntI-corrosive, BENEFITS

Nickel Boron

The plating of nickel in manufacturing is done for several reasons - for decoration, anti-corrosive protection, minimizing stress, improving wear, and self-lubrication. Nickel boron is a well-known nickel plating which produces a hard, durable, electroless nickel boron coating, also known as NiB coating.

Boron in Beer
Human Health, Chemistry, Food Access

Boron in Beer

Boron can be found in beer production and in beer itself. Borax and Boron are extensively used to clean equipment in production. Now researcher have found that boron can be used to produce ammonium more efficiently.

Boron Allotropes
RESEARCH, Chemistry

Boron Allotropes and Forms

Boron Allotropes take several forms and account for boron's presence in multiple natural and man-made products. Allotropes are different structural forms of an element. Boron has more that 14 allotropes have been reported.

Boron in Foods
FOOD SECURITY, Human Health

Boron in Food

The highest levels of boron are found in plant foods, including fruit, legumes, and tubers, leafy green vegetables, kale, spinach, and non-citrus fruits. Boron can also be seen as a component of grains, fruits, nuts, prunes, raisins, and other non-citrus fruit. Boron is also found in lesser amounts in beer, wine, and cider.

Boron Homeopathy Boron Supplements for Health
BENEFITS, Human Health

Boron Supplements 11 Health Benefits

Boron supplements and vitamins can really help your wellbeing. Boron and borates are often an under-appreciated health nutrient. Boron can help protect you from many life-threatening diseases and promote a sense of well-being though its micronutrient powers. Read on to learn over 10 things that Boron has that will improve your health.

Boron advanced energy Origins of Boron
DECARBONIZATION, Clean Fuels

Deloitte Clean Tech Index

The Deloitte Australia Clean Tech (DACT) index is a global comparative ranking of companies. They rank organizations by recognizing their innovative and sustainable approach to business. Clean Tech stocks listed in Australia and was launched in 2008.

Food Hunger and Boron
ADVANCED ENERGY

Food Hunger and Boron

Food Hunger and Boron: In 2020, between 720 and 811 million people faced hunger. In a world of plenty, where enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, hunger should be a thing of the past. However, conflict, climate change, disasters, inequality, and – most recently – the COVID-19 pandemic means one in nine people globally is still going to bed hungry, and famine looms for millions, states the World Food Programme (WFP). Boron can help to dramatically improve food yields and is a vital micronutrient in human health.

Boron in California
MINING

Boron in California

California is the only US state that produces it domestically. The state had 13 active Boron mines in 2008, with eight underground and eight surfaces. Four of these mines were producing Boron; two were processing ore, and seven were stockpiling materials. California is home to more than half the U.S. Boron production.

Boron Climate Risk
DECARBONIZATION

Boron and Climate Risk

Climate change is real. The impact of the physical climate risk is already affecting the living population. Boron is a low-cost and sustainable solution to help control climate change effects. Climate researchers consider boron an essential ingredient in reducing global warming. It is helpful as a catalyst for creating one or more hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with lower greenhouse gas emissions. It is lesser than current HFCs commonly present in air conditioners, refrigerators, and other cooling devices.

Boron Advanced Materials
ADVANCED ENERGY

Boron Advanced Materials

Boron advanced materials have unique characteristics which make them extremely useful in multiple applications. Boron's many forms include Boron Nitride, a superior heat conductor and insulator, hexagonal boron nitride tubes, a structure with superior tensile strength, stability, and thermal conductivity, and cubic boron nitride, whose hardness characteristics is used for coating cutting tools and as grit for polishing and grinding wheels.

Boron in Coffee
FOOD SECURITY, Human Health

Boron in Coffee

Coffee is one of the most susceptible crops to boron shortage. Boron in coffee is needed for coffee cultivation to improve yield and support healthy growth via cell divisions and cell wall formation in association with calcium, water uptake, roots growth, growth of internodes, setting, calcium uptake, lower aluminum toxicity, and drought resistance.

Boron Minerals
MINING, Chemistry

Boron Minerals

Boron minerals are found in the Earth's crust; its various forms come from different geological structures, such as pegmatite and metamorphic rocks. The most common boron minerals include Tincal, Tincalconite, Colemanite, Kernite, Ulexite, Pandermite, Boracite, Hydroboracite, Inderite, Ascharite, Datolite, Sassolite, Meyerhofferite, Inyoite, and Probertite.

Boron vitamins Boron Health Benefits
BENEFITS, Human Health

Boron Vitamins

Boron vitamins play many different roles in your body. This includes your metabolism and other functions that help maintain homeostasis. You may be surprised to learn that sex hormones and gingivitis are closely connected. These hormones may alter the balance of your oral microbiome, which can then affect your immune system.

Boron Trifluoride
SCIENCE, Chemistry

Boron Trifluoride

Boron trifluoride is capable of forming complexes with dimethyl, such as boron-trifluoride–dimethyl ether. These complexes are typically formed to allow for the easy handling of boron trifluoride. Boron trifluoride might also form complexes when combined with water, phenol or phosphoric acids, piperidines, dimethylanilines, methanol, and diethyl ether.

BENEFITS, FOOD SECURITY, Human Health

Boron Protects your Body and the Environment

Micronutrients are substances that are needed in small amounts to aid the body's functions and maintain health. These micronutrients not only help protect our bodies from disease but also play an important role in environmental protection. mainly, the role of micronutrients in plant growth and productivity influences its intensity to protect the environment.

Boron for Yeast infection
Human Health, BENEFITS

Boron for Yeast Infection

Yeast infection, which causes vaginal irritation, itching, etc., can be treated with the help of boron. Boron here is used in the form of a boric acid suppository. It has proven to restore vaginal pH and relieve itching and other symptoms. Moreover, boron plays an essential role in women’s well-being by regulating estrogen and vitamin D. Consequently, it helps prevent diseases like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, menopausal symptoms, etc.

ABR Production 3x
INVEST IN BORON, MINING

ABR Boron Production 3x

According to a press release from ABR on November 16th, 2021, the company has announced 'ABR production triples' with a near tripling of production capability for the critical mineral boron at its Fort Cady operations in Southern California. Boron is becoming recognized as an essential mineral for use in multiple applications in decarbonization, advanced energy - batteries- and food security- as a micronutrient.

ABR Boron Production Triples
INVEST IN BORON, MINING

ABR Increased Head-Grade

American Pacific Borates New Mine Plan with Increased Head-Grade. ABR's CEO, Henri Tausch, comments that yet another milestone that will allow them to be US-listed. And, perhaps most importantly, the mining firm also has three additional benefits connected with the S-K1300 conversion process.

boron for healthy sex
Human Health, BENEFITS

Boron Citrate for Healthy Sex Life

Boron is thought to be effective in treating ED due to its ability to increase testosterone levels. Boron Citrate could boost brain cells and plasma testosterone levels increasing sexual desire. Boron is involved in the synthesizes of S-adenosylmethionine, important for neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and serotonin.

Boron valence electrons
SCIENCE

Boron Electron Valence

Boron atomic number 5, and it generally shows 1s22s22p1 boron electronic configuration according to the Aufbau principle. Boron comes under the p-block elements, and it may show different electronic configurations based upon the valence electrons present.

Boron determination
SCIENCE

Boron Determination

The element Boron is widely used for various industrial applications. It is critical to understand multiple Boron sampling, decomposition, and determination of boron concentration and isotopic composition in a sample. Boron is a vital element for plants, animals, and varied industrial applications. It is present in lower concentrations in the animal tissues, about 1 mg B/L. However, it is an essential micronutrient for humans. Boron deficiency in plants leads to decreased growth, loss in yield, sometimes death, and it depends on the severity of the deficit. It is crucial to note that excess Boron is also toxic to living beings.

ABR Boron Production Triples
MINING

SEC Resources Estimate American Pacific Borates (ABR)

American Pacific Borates Limited (ABR) submits SEC Resources Estimate bring US listing for this company one step closer. The filing indicates an improved resource and additional potential for further improved scale with borate and lithium reserves. Given strong validated indications of borate reserves at the Fort Cady facility.

Boron Oxide
SCIENCE

Boron Valence Electrons

Boron research into the new age critical mineral will bring pioneering uses and benefits to multiple industries, including decarbonization, food security, microelectronics, medical research, and even finding alternatives for better fuel solutions. We look at the hot areas for boron research in 2022.

Boron global strategic resource
BENEFITS

Boron Global Strategic Resource

Boron has only recently become recognised as a strategic resource in most countries globally. Boron and borates are in demand given the metals multiple uses and benefits in driving green planet and advanced energy solutions.

boron renewable energy
DECARBONIZATION

Boron Renewable Energy

Boron is an essential element of renewable energy. The use of other materials in the production process is reduced. Carbon emissions are decreased by using borates for insulation or fire-retardant purposes. Boron has many properties which make it a good candidate for this purpose. It plays a prominent role as we work to reduce our dependency on traditional methods like fossil fuels.

decarbonization rio tinto - boron
MINING, DECARBONIZATION

Rio Tinto Decarbonization

Rio Tinto announced a $7.5 billion plan to reduce carbon emissions to 50% by 2030 in October 2021. Rio Tinto stated that it aimed to reduce carbon emissions by half by 2020 as steel and iron ore producers push for compliance with international climate commitments. Rio pushed forward its 2020 target for a 15% reduction of emissions from 2018, five years earlier than it had previously planned.

Critical minerals - Sodium borate crystal | boron
SCIENCE

Boron Metalloid

The metalloid elemental boron can be found in small quantities in meteoroids. However, chemically uncombined elements of Boron are not found anywhere else on Earth. The production of the pure element can be complex due to contamination by carbon and other elements that resist being removed.

Boric acid
SCIENCE, Chemistry

Boric Acid 101

Boric acid, also known as boracic acid or orthoboric acid, is a naturally occurring compound containing the elements boron, oxygen, and hydrogen (H3BO3). Boric acid crystals are white, odorless, and nearly tasteless. It looks like fine table salt in the granular form or like baby powder in the powdered form.

Boron Production Boron mining
MINING

Boron Production

Boron production frrm borates has eclectic applications. There are three main sources for producing the borates—mining from natural deposits, extracting from seawater and evaporating brine to produce sodium sulfate crystals, and using the burning process to convert coal into coke.

Boron Oxide
Chemistry, SCIENCE

Boron Oxide

Boron combines with oxygen to form Boron oxide. Boron oxide appears as colourless, semi-transparent glassy lumps or hard white, odourless crystals. Moderately soluble in water, it is the base material for the synthesis of other boron compounds, as a fluxing agent in enamels and glasses, and as a bonding agent in the hot isostatic pressing of boron nitride ceramics. Boron being a metalloid, forms amphoteric oxides; Diboron trioxide, (B2O3 ) being the most common oxide of Boron. 

Boronated Fiberglass
APPLICATIONS, BENEFITS

Boronated Fiberglass

Boronated Fiberglass is a new, safe alternative to fiberglass. It is a type of borosilicate glass that has been chemically treated with the element Boron. This material was invented in Japan, and it’s been getting a lot of attention from construction companies. Especially those looking for ways to make their buildings safer after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake are showing a keen interest.

Boron Fiber
SCIENCE, APPLICATIONS

Boron Fiber

Boron fiber, commonly known as boron filament, is an amorphous element of B5 by-product, representing a primary industrial usage of elemental (free) boron. Boron fibers are manufactured to improve rigidity in synthesized materials where glass fiber was previously primarily used to reinforce amalgamation in days gone by. Boron fibers compete with high-modulus carbon fibers which have higher stiffness and lower cost.

Borates in Adhesives
ADVANCED ENERGY, Efficient Power Sources

Borates in Adhesives

Borates in Adhesives: Borates are used for home and commercial use. For commercial use, they are commonly used in adhesives by the paperboard and corrugated paper industries. The primary chemical compounds for adhesive applications are sodium decahydrate, borax decahydrate, and boric acid.

Boron in traction motors
ADVANCED ENERGY, Batteries and Capacitors, Energy Management Systems

Boron in Traction Motors

Boron in traction motors – Smarter, better, cheaper, faster — those words are the mantra of today’s global economy. As organizations seek to streamline operations and do more with less, they increasingly focus on advanced logistics vehicles and mobile robots to help get the job done. From smart warehousing in retail to materials handling in manufacturing to telepresence robots in healthcare, robotic vehicles constitute a fast-growing technology sector.

Volvo cars built with Boron
INDUSTRY SECTORS, Automotive

Volvo cars built with Boron

Volvo cars built with Boron: The core advantage of Volvo cars to the user experience of including Boron to the steel is the exceptional rigidity to the body, where the micro-level of improvement matters to the company for a better user experience of their service. Provided by the type of steel and carbon content, Boron can be as micro as 3ppm to make the difference in rigidity and quality finish.

Boron Homeopathy
BENEFITS, Human Health

Boron Homeopathy

Homeopathy relates to the medical practice that believes the body can heal itself using natural substances such as plants and minerals. Boron homeopathy is specifically about homeopathy using Boron compounds.
Oscillococcinum is a brand-name homeopathic product manufactured by Boiron Laboratories. Similar homeopathic products are found in other brands.

Agriculture, Crop Management, FOOD SECURITY

Boron in Agriculture

The use of boron is a crucial component to farming success. Because without adequate levels, crops cannot grow or can harvest successfully. Soil with inadequate amounts of elemental boron does not provide enough nutrients that plants need to survive. Thus, it leads them into an unhealthy state which causes their growth rates to decrease immensely. This happens not just when first planted but also during maturity and harvest periods.

Boron for plants - Plant Food
FOOD SECURITY, Agriculture, Biocides, Crop Management

Boron for Plants

Boron for plants is an important micronutrient for plant growth. Boron deficiency in plants can lead to stunted growth and death of the plant. In addition, boron helps stop deforestation by preventing trees from taking up nutrients they require due to a lack of boron.

Boron
SCIENCE

Boron Compounds and Applications

Boron occurs in the form of borates in the oceans, coal, sedimentary rocks, and some soils. It is a semimetal of main Group 13. It is abundant in nature, with concentrations of about 10 mg/kg in the Earth's crust and about 4.5 mg/liter in the ocean. It is indispensable for plant growth and has wide industrial and agricultural applications.

boron critical mineral rare earth
BENEFITS

Boron – A Critical Mineral

It is time Boron was recognized as a critcial mineral. Boron-based atomic clusters mimic rare earth metals, and in many cases, they are more abundant than rare-earth metals. Boron is the third most common element in the Earth's crust (after oxygen and silicon), which means it can be found practically everywhere, even if it is difficult to extract and mine for commercial purposes.

Boron Nitride Nanotubes
RESEARCH

Boron Nitride

Boron nitride nanotubes are a relatively new technology with the potential to revolutionize many industries. Boron nitride is a ceramic material that can be used in high-temperature applications. Boron nitride is often used for insulation in the aerospace industry thanks to its ability to withstand extreme temperatures while still being lightweight.

Boronic Acid
SCIENCE, Chemistry

Boronic Acid

Boronic Acid, or acids, works as Lewis acids, and they form reversible covalent complexes with sugars, amino acids, hydroxamic acids, and others. It is considered a unique feature of the acid group. They are extensively used in organic chemistry in the form of chemical building blocks.

origins of boron
RESEARCH

Origins of Boron

Origins of Boron. Boron exists naturally in very small amounts on Earth. It is found mainly in the earth's crust in boric acid (HBO(OH)), but can also exist in compounds with various elements including fluorine, oxygen, and sodium. Boron makes up about 2.4% of the total of the crust.

Boron Health Benefits Supplements
Human Health, BENEFITS

Boron Health Benefits

Boron is an essential mineral for human health and in many cases, it cannot be obtained through diet alone. It has been found that boron deficiency can lead to bone diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis or joint pain. Boron deficiency also leads to reduced ability of the body to absorb calcium which may lead to brittle nails, teeth or bones. For those who are faced with these conditions and need relief, there are a number of different ways to get treated with the help of Boron medically.

Boron Nitride Nanotubes
Superconductors, RESEARCH

Boron Nitride Nanotubes

Boron nitride nanotubes are a new material that has been studied for use in strengthening lightweight materials, such as plastics and polymers. It is also being researched for use in electronics, aerospace engineering, and medicine. The Boron Nitride Nanotubes market has grown steadily over the past few years.

Lithium Boron Project Ioneer
Innovation

Lithium Borate Project Ioneer

A collaboration between Ioneer and Sibanye Stillwater has recently been announced toa Lithium-boron mining project. Ioneer chose this established mining company as a partner for this joint venture. A feasibility study provided definitive results in 2020, validating the project as a world-class resource.

Country Profile - USA
Company Profiles, MINING

Country Profile of Boron USA

Boron USA: The production of boron USA and boron extracted products in the USA is a strategic activity. Borates extraction as high-end minerals contributes to the advanced technology of industries such as aerospace and defence. They are also important to secure food supply in domestic agriculture, and contribute to decarbonisation efforts. The USA is a net importer of borates given Eti Maden’s control of supply and declining production by Rio Tinto but new sources – the Fort Cady project by ABR – will address this imbalance

boron solar energy
ADVANCED ENERGY, Efficient Power Sources

Boron in Solar Panels

Boron in solar panels is becoming more important in energy provision for advanced and developing countries. Over the past several decades, solar cell efficiency has steadily increased. This is due in part to the increase in the number of light-absorbing layers in a cell and partly due to boron in solar power working with silicon to optimize the energy generated by sunlight.

Nissan Advanced Energy
ADVANCED ENERGY, Batteries and Capacitors

Nissan EV Battery

Nissan is currently the only automaker with a complete lineup of electric vehicles, including full-electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and zero-emission light commercial vehicles. The company’s goal is to be an industry leader in advanced energy and zero-emission mobility by 2030. As a leader in developing new battery technologies to improve efficiency and power for their lineup of vehicles, use of rare earth metals and near rare earth metals such as boron and lithium is at the heart of the battery power program. But batteries have a limited lifespan. Once it comes to recycling, there is too much waste. Nissan is tackling this problem with Waseda University to produce breakthrough innovations in Electric Vehicles technology.

What are Borates Origins of Boron
Chemistry

Borates

Borates are minerals that naturally occur and contain boron, the fifth of the Periodic Table’s elements. Water, soil, and rock all contain trace amounts. They are vital for the growth of plants. Borates play a vital role in the manufacture of everything from ceramics to insecticides. You can find them naturally in the environment and they even occur naturally in our bodies.

Boron boric acid
INDUSTRY SECTORS, MINING

Boric Acid Companies

The boric acid market is fragmented with the presence of numerous players. These vendors compete based on R&D, quality, price, innovations, marketing strategies, market expansion, investments, and distribution networks. Some vendors have high investment capabilities, and they constantly focus on increasing their production capacities. Although the increase in demand from developing countries will offer immense growth opportunities, the threat of substitutes will challenge the growth of the market participants.

What is Boron
SCIENCE, Chemistry

Boron

What is Boron? Boron is a chemical element with symbol B and atomic number. The name derives from the Arabic buraq for "white." It was discovered or 'isolated' in 1808 by the French chemists Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac and Louis-Jacques Thenard, who isolated boron by combining boric acid (H3BO3) with potassium.

Boron Oil Extraction
SCIENCE, MINING

Boron Oil Extraction

Apart from being more environmentally friendly than competing metal cross-linkers used in oil and gas stimulation, borates’ unique properties and behavior make them an ideal option for multiple oilfield applications including retarder in concrete, lubricant, alkaline buffer to reduce water hardness, lost circulation treatments, and profile control, alkaline surfactant, hydrogen sulfide scavenger (an oxidizer of hydrogen sulfide gas), pulsed neutron well logging and hydraulic fracturing fluids.

ABR Boron Production Triples
MINING, INDUSTRY SECTORS

ABR Announces Exciting NASDAQ Listing

ABR, the Californian, US-based Boron mining company has announced its intention to list on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 2022 with a name change to 5E Advanced Materials, Inc. The NASDAQ listed entity will also support and maintain a secondary listing on the Australian Stock exchange (ASX).

Borates Today Hydrogen Boron Fusion
RESEARCH, Energy Management

Hydrogen Boron Fusion – Creating New Energy

Hydrogen-Boron 11 fusion -Boron Hydrogen Fusion - has always been the ultimate fusion reaction. It does not create radioactive waste and its fuels are both abundant in nature and non-radioactive. Few other researchers had studied this reaction as it was considered scientifically too difficult. The temperatures required to ignite the reaction are more than 100 times higher than that of the sun – a technical hurdle that has held back practical energy generation for decades.

Nissan Advanced Energy
ADVANCED ENERGY, Batteries and Capacitors

Advanced Energy – Nissan EV Battery Move

Nissan is currently the only automaker with a complete lineup of electric vehicles, including full-electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and zero-emission light commercial vehicles. The company’s goal is to be an industry leader in advanced energy and zero-emission mobility by 2030. As a leader in developing new battery technologies to improve efficiency and power for their lineup of vehicles, use of rare earth metals and near rare earth metals such as boron and lithium is at the heart of the battery power program. But batteries have a limited lifespan. Once it comes to recycling, there is too much waste. Nissan is tackling this problem with Waseda University to produce breakthrough innovations in Electric Vehicles technology.

Boron in Eyewear
Company Profiles, MINING

Country Profile Boron Turkey

Country Profile - Boron Turkey: Evidence of borates mining has been found dating back to Roman times in Turkey. Turkey is the world’s largest producer with 73% of the world's total boron reserves. The largest tincal deposit is the Kirka deposit at Eskisehir. Bigadic (colemanite & ulexite), Emet(colemanite), Kestelek (colemanite, probertite & ulexite), Kirka (tincal) are the main borate-producing regions of Turkey.

boron thermal conductivity
RESEARCH, Energy Management

Boron Nitride Powers Thermal Conductivity

Boron nitride, also known as "white graphite," is a semiconductor material that conducts electricity. It is chemically inert and electrically insulating with no bandgap in the bulk phase that would allow it to emit light when excited by an energy source. Because of its excellent thermal conductivity properties, layers of boron nitride are often added onto other materials like silicon carbide (SiC) for use in high-efficiency power devices like thermoelectric cooler packages (TECs).

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MINING, INVEST IN BORON

3 Lithium Stocks to Watch

Mining for Lithium is not an easy job. To be cost-effective requires stringent procedures and regulations in place and also needs to have a decent turn-around time and stand up to the promise of being a long-term supply source for clients. We look at three Lithium companies that have not only shown profits through an otherwise tumultuous time but also served their clients' present needs with a roadmap for the future.

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MINING, INVEST IN BORON

ABR Appoints 2 Key Executives for US Listing

American Pacific Borates (ABR) has just announced the appointment of two senior executives to support its value engineering activities and US listing and to maximize shareholder value through operational excellence, strategic planning, and parallel diversification initiatives. The company also has plans for a listing in the US. To bring it all to fruition, the company is in discussions with various US-based investment banks, potential US partners, and debt capital market advisors.

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Innovation

Rio Tinto Ramps Up Jadar Valley Green Lithium Efforts

Extract: The Jadar Lithium Borate project in Serbia by the Rio Tinto group will produce battery-grade lithium carbonate and borates essential for developing and operating renewable energy equipment. Rio Tinto intends to finish the construction of the underground mine in 2026. The company plans to invest $200 million in the project and begin construction in 2022. Rio Tinto expects to finish the land acquisition, technical documentation preparation, and environmental assessment study by the end of 2021.

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ADVANCED ENERGY

Nuclear Energy and Boron

We live in a world where the environment is constantly going through changes. This is because we are running out of fossil fuels, and all it takes for our society to collapse is one more natural disaster. Therefore, the invention of new materials that facilitate the mission statement of a low carbon future is essential in today's day and age to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.

Podcast – Boron Market the Threat of a Shortage

Boron Market

Podcast - With new applications demanding boron’s use in decarbonisation and green energy, as well as the traditional applications related to agriculture feeds and commercial applications for glass and ceramic ware, boron is becoming increasingly valuable as a strategic mineral.

Boron Chemistry

Chemistry of Boron

Boron has interesting chemistry with varying properties. It is a semimetal that belongs to group 13 and is essential to plant growth and wide industrial uses.

An Introduction to Lithium Borate

Lithium Borate

Lithium Borate salts is being studied for use in lithium-ion batteries given its excellent thermal stability, environmental friendliness and cost-effectiveness. Lithium Borate is an essential chemical compound in many fields. It has a polymeric borate backbone structure.

Boron Nutrition in Rice Plants

Boron Nutrition in Rice Plants

Boron nutrition is essential for rice growth and yield. It improves plant water relations and increases the total chlorophyll content in rice plants. It also enhances the kernel quality and reduces panicle sterility for rice plants.

Podcast – Boron in Drinking Water

Boron in Drinking Water

Podcast - Today, we’re going to look at the presence of boron in water and drinking water. Boron is traceable in seawater and tap water, and also in plentiful supply in the atmosphere. So what do we need to know about the positive and harmful effects of boron in our water?

Boron Deficiency In Woody Plants

Boron Deficiency in Woody Plants

Boron deficiency is widespread around the globe and constrains the growth and development of agriculture and forestry due to the lack of Boron in soil. Trees have a large body size, longer lifespan, and more Boron reserves than herbaceous plants, implying that woody species are more likely to suffer from long-term or mild Boron deficiency.

Overview of Boron Phosphide

Boron Phosphide

Boron Phosphide is a chemical compound of boron and phosphorus. It is a semiconductor with high thermal and chemical stability, useful in high-power applications. Van der Waals heterostructures (vdW) are promising structures for future optoelectronic devices. Recent studies on vdW heterostructures investigated the electronic and optical properties of boron phosphide heterostructures in the framework of density functional theory (DFT) and tight-binding (TB) approximations.

Boron in Drinking Water

Boron in Drinking Water

Boron in water is a significant consideration when it comes to drinking water. The EPA has decided that a lifetime dose of 1 mg/L of boron is unlikely to cause harm. Boron is a nutrient required by various species, and it plays a vital part in mitosis. This holds for green algae as well as several higher plant species. Among all the Boron compounds, Boric acid is the most absorbable.

Can Borophene Compete with Graphene?

Borophene Compete with Graphene

Borophene is an innovative new 2D mono-atomic material that can rival Graphene in terms of strength and flexibility. Also cheaper to produce and is a better conductor. Borophene is categorized as the best alternative that goes beyond the benefits and quality Graphene provides.

Podcast – Does Boron Help in Weight Loss

Boron Weight Loss

Podcast - In today's podcast, we're going to look at whether Boron-rich food actually helps in weight loss. Can supplements like Boron help you lose weight more quickly? If, so how much boron do you need? And what food sources contain the most boron?

Using Borax Safely for Cleaning

Borax for Cleaning

Borax is used in cleaning products because it helps remove dirt and grime. But we need to handle it carefully or it can be dangerous if ingested by children. Borax is a white powdery substance that is also known as sodium tetraborate. Although sodium tetraborate is a salt of boric acid, it is not an acid, it’s a salt.

Boron Arsenide: Thermal Conductive Material

Boron Arsenide: Thermal Conductive Material

Boron Arsenide is a semiconductor material with the highest thermal conductivity. It has great potential for use in cooling electronic components having excellent electronic and thermoelectric properties.

Podcast – Boron Essential for Healthy Plants

Boron Essential for Plants

Podcast - Today, we're going to take a look at boron and US rare earths and the stockpiling policy. The US is boosting the stockpile of its rare earth materials, such as cobalt and lithium. But why is this? The answer is partly to reduce dependence on China and partly to have a strategic policy towards rare earth sourcing and distribution.

Does Boron Rich Food Help In Weight Loss?

Boron Rich Food

Does Boron Rich food help with weight loss? Can they help you lose weight quickly and how much boron do you need? Boron-rich food plays a crucial role in regulating the body’s metabolism. Even very low amounts of Boron can induce significant body weight loss. Boron appears to be important in burning body fat for energy. It also regulates carbohydrate metabolism.

Podcast – Boron and U.S. Rare Earths

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Podcast - Today, we're going to take a look at boron and US rare earths and the stockpiling policy. The US is boosting the stockpile of its rare earth materials, such as cobalt and lithium. But why is this? The answer is partly to reduce dependence on China and partly to have a strategic policy towards rare earth sourcing and distribution.

Boron Essential for Plants

Boron Essential for Plants

Boron Essential for Plants: Boron is a vital nutrient for plants. It plays a crucial role in regulating the development of root and shoot meristem and thus helps complete the life cycles of plants from seed germination to fully-grown plant. 

Boron-based Polymers for EV Storage

Boron-based Polymers for EV Storage

Boron-based Polymers for EV Storage: Boron-based Polymers to Improve Electric Vehicle Energy Storage: Boron-based polymers such as BNNTs are 2D nanomaterials with excellent properties for improving electric vehicle energy storage given their high surface areas, large aspect ratios, and good thermal conductivities. Borates Today examines the potential for use of BNNTs in electric vehicle transmissions and batteries.

Boron Reduces Fluoride Toxicity

Boron Reduces Fluoride Toxicity

Fluoride is a toxic chemical that can cause severe health problems despite the best efforts of the WHO to provide recommended levels of fluoride intake by source. Fluoride toxicity is seen in both animals and humans but how can boron help to lower toxicity.

Podcast – Boron Powers Space Exploration

Boron Powers Space Exploration

Podcast - Boron Powers Space Exploration. Boron is an excellent choice for rocket fuel given its ease of manufacture, availability, and low storage costs. It is also a good additive for jet fuel. Scientists at the University of California Riverside are testing ammonia borane, NH3BH3, as an alternative to traditional carbon-based chemical rocket fuels. This could lead to carbon-free space launches.

Boron Trichloride

Boron Trichloride in Aluminum Casting

Boron trichloride is an inorganic compound with the formula BCl3. It is a colorless gas, which is highly reactive to water. Common uses for Boron Trichloride are in organic synthesis. Boron Trichloride does have several negative health effects so it needs to be handled with care.

How Toxic is Boron?

How Toxic is Boron

How toxic is Boron? Despite its low toxicity, boron can still be dangerous to humans if consumed in large amounts. It is well-known that excess boron can also affect plant growth and reproduction. In fact, toxicity of boron is considered one of the major causes of reduced crop production. In plants, high concentrations of boron can retard vegetative growth and decrease seed set.

Podcast – Boron Demand in Military Conflict

Boron Demand in Military Conflict

Podcast - Boron demand in military conflict. The tragic scenes unfolding on our screens daily of the conflict in Ukraine are a powerful reminder of the need for protective materials to minimise injury and fatalities among the military personnel and civilians. Military hardware requires strong, light, malleable, durable and anti-corrosive materials. Boron is a key material used in bulletproof vests, bulletproof armour, in helicopter skins and on aircraft as well as an anti-corrosive in weaponry.

Biden Administration Issues Critical and Strategic Mineral Policy

Biden Administration Issues Critical and Strategic Mineral Policy

Biden Administration Issues Critical and Strategic Mineral Policy: As part of the Biden Administration's National Defense Strategy, the administration released a memorandum today related to the clean energy economy to protect critical and strategic infrastructure supplies for clean energy transition including lithium, graphite, and manganese for large capacity batteries, as well as sustainable supply of all critical and strategic minerals which includes boron.

Boron and Nuclear Fusion

Boron and Nuclear Fusion

Boron and nuclear fusion: Is Boron the key to Unlocking Energy via Nuclear Fusion? For the past eighty years, scientists have been exploring ways to capture energy to provide an inexhaustible supply of quasi-free, green energy. Boron via laser technologies, may finally provide the key to moving beyond the laboratory to commercialisation.

Critical Minerals in Australia

Critical Minerals in Australia: The Australian Government has announced its intention to become more self-reliant in critical minerals as a result of geopolitical changes which threaten the ongoing supply of key industrial and energy commodities, which includes boron and borates.

Boron Levels in Apple Orchards

Boron Levels in Apple Orchards

Too much or too little Boron can be harmful when growing fruit. Apple farmers are using scientific approaches to get the right balance of Boron at acceptable levels for nutritious apples. Apples contain many health benefits. A medium apple contains 0.66 mg of Boron, fibre, vitamin C, and potassium.

Apple and Boron

Steve Jobs and Boron

Apple and Boron: Toughened glass products use Boron for its remarkable qualities and malleability in development and strength as a finished product. So how did Steve Jobs give the industry a boost to toughened glass production in the early days?

Podcast – Can Boron Help with Arthritis

Boron Arthritis

Podcast - Can Boron help with arthritis. Borax is an interesting chemical compound that has several uses in the home. But what many people don’t realise is that borax can also help those who suffer from arthritis.
In this podcast, we’ll discuss how borax helps to treat arthritis and the different types of arthritis that it can help with. We will also explore some other benefits of using borax for health.

Country Profile of Russia

Country Profile Russia

Country Profile of Russia: Russia is the fourth-largest supplier of borates to global markets, which present about 12% of the global total, with boric acid as the main export. The current Russia, Ukraine conflict is not having a noticeable impact on supply and production in the short term for borates supply. Still, Putin is considering sanctions on a wide range of minerals and finished products for export.

5e Advanced Materials Lists on Nasdaq

5e Advanced Materials Lists on Nasdaq

5e Advanced Materials Lists on Nasdaq: The arrival of FEAM - 5e Advanced Materials - on Nasdaq today is potentially a game-changer for Boron and strategic mineral supplies not only in the USA but also globally. Boron is needed for green energy and strategic applications in aerospace and defense as well as in large markets for (borosiliate) glass, ceramics, enamels, steel in automobile. How will FEAM build out its business and facility?

U.S. Renewable Energies Strategy to Benefit Boron and Lithium

Renewable Energies and Boron

U.S. Government Doubles Down on Renewable Energies Strategy to Secure Boron, Lithium MetalThe U.S. Government continues to assure mining producers that it is determined to secure strategic minerals such as Boron and Lithium for EV production and other advanced energy needs as these sectors are poised to grow significantly in the coming decade. The Biden administration is looking even more closely at approving domestic sources of electric battery vehicle metals such as boron and lithium.

Boron Joins the Rare Earths Club

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Rare Earth elements are valuable because they have magnetic and optical properties which create technologies in components such as audio speakers, hard drives, camera lenses, MRI imaging, and monitors of all sorts. But there is a cost to mining them as post-mining purification processes create hazardous waste. Boron is a potential alternative, providing clean and superconductive, energy-efficient benefits while being cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

Podcast – Introduction to Boron Mining

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Podcast - Introduction to Boron Mining. Boron was named after the mineral borax, thought to come from the Persian name burah for the mineral. There are over 200 minerals that contain boron, but only a few minerals such as colemanite and borax are commercially important.

Boranes and Borane Clusters

Boranes and Borane Clusters

Boranes and Borane Clusters Borane is a homologous sequence consisting of inorganic boron-hydrogen compounds and their derivatives. A class of synthetic boron hydrides is commonly called boranes. Their general formula is BxHy.

Boron Demand in Military Conflict

Boron Demand in Military Conflict

The tragic scenes unfolding on our screens daily of armed conflict are a powerful reminder of the need for protective materials to minimise injury and fatalities among the military personnel and civilians. Military hardware requires strong, light, malleable, durable and anti-corrosive materials. Boron is a key material used in bulletproof vests, bulletproof armour, in helicopter skins and on aircraft as well as an anti-corrosive in weaponry.

Ammonia Borane Powers Space Exploration

Boron Powers Space Exploration

Ammonia Borane is an excellent choice for rocket fuel given its ease of manufacture, availability, and low storage costs. It is also a good additive for jet fuel. Scientists at the University of California Riverside are testing ammonia borane, NH3BH3, as an alternative to traditional carbon-based chemical rocket fuels. This could lead to carbon-free space launches.

Podcast – Boron in Foods

Boron in Foods

Podcast - Boron in Foods: Boron is a trace element found naturally in many plant foods such as legumes and fruits. Boron can also be found in beer and wine to a lesser extent, and is available as a nutritional supplement. It is thought to be beneficial in reproduction, development, immunity, brain function, and anti-inflammatory.

How Borophene was Discovered by Accident

How Borophene was discovered by accident

Boron-based Furan polymers are a new class of renewable energy materials based on boron. These materials can provide portable energy sources, serve as catalysts in chemical reactions, and can potentially be used as electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries. They are also highly biodegradable.

Boron-Based Furan Polymers

Boron-based Furan Polymers

Boron-based Furan polymers are a new class of renewable energy materials based on boron. These materials can provide portable energy sources, serve as catalysts in chemical reactions, and can potentially be used as electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries. They are also highly biodegradable.

Carbon Capture Funding and Boron

Carbon Capture Funding and Boron

Carbon capture technology has been developed for coal-fired power plants with FECM support for over two decades. Over 20 successful pilot-scale projects have been implemented including a showcase demonstration project which captures and stores over one million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

Boron and Food Security

Boron and Food Security

Food Utilization, or food metabolization, is one of three drivers of Food Security (the other two being Availability and Accessibility). Food Utilization is all about the ability of animals and humans to use and benefit from nutrients in their food either through absorption or intake via the proper natural consumption of food.

Boron and U.S. Rare Earths

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The U.S. is boosting the stockpile of its rare earth minerals such as cobalt and lithium. Why? Partly to reduce dependence on China and partly to have a strategic policy towards rare earth sourcing and distribution. Rare earths are valuable resources used in E.V. batteries and decarbonization. What is the stance on boron and U.S. rare earths as a critical mineral?

Porous Boron Nitride

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The formation and applications of porous Boron Nitride have been the subject of popular research lately. Its high porosity and thermal stability will help pave the way for improving large-scale industrial gas and liquid separations, such as those used in carbon capture or water treatment processes by reducing the amount of energy required.

Valjevo Project and Sustainable Boron, Lithium Mining

Sustainable Lithium Boron Mining

Sustainable Boron and Lithium mining: Borates and lithium are essential for decarbonisation, advanced energy, and food security. The extraction and production of these critical minerals need to respect sustainable principles to satisfy multiple stakeholders, local interest groups, and residents. A case in point is Valjevo in Serbia, where locals have successfully halted the Valjevo project until February 2022 until officials are satisfied sustainable practices will be put in place.

Boron at Fukushima

Boron at Fukushima: In 2011 a severe nuclear meltdown occurred in Fukushima at the atomic reactor on the coast. Authorities resorted to spreading a boron compound on the site to halt the spread of radiation. How did boron help mitigate radiation and meltdown at the time? How does it also act as an inhibitor in the nuclear rods themselves?

Boron and PFAs

Boron and PFAs

Boron and PFAS: Boron Nitride (BN) is an excellent catalyst for reducing harmful PFAs. It is an organic metal oxide that breaks down PFOA and PFAS into carbon dioxide and fluoride salt (like the type you put in toothpaste). BN is highly reactive and is effective at removing these contaminants. Currently, Boron Nitride is the most common catalyst for solutions to destroy harmful PFAs.

Boron in Green Sodium Batteries

Sodium and Boron Batteries

Boron inclusive technology shows how we can harness the power from seawater to bring zero-carbon energy worldwide. Decarbonization has been a goal for quite some time, and it seems like this year, governments will finally agree on stricter regulations that would make it possible to achieve this objective by 2050 or sooner.  Boron has been working to bring sustainable energy sources for all, and Boron and Hydropower technology is an excellent example of achieving this goal.

Boron’s Effects on the Immune System

Boron is a natural component of certain foods and is normally present in trace amounts in the body. Boron is commonly found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and some meats. It’s also available as a dietary supplement for those showing signs of Boron deficiency, but as it is an ultra-trace mineral. Let's see how Boron acts as an effective immunity booster.

Boron Green Cleaning Products

Boron Green Cleaning Products

Boron green cleaning products are characterized as "safe for people, pets, plants, and the environment" on product labels. These products are indeed environmentally friendly. They are alkaline, non-corrosive, non-toxic in low amounts, and don't contain any petroleum-derived chemical or phosphate compounds.

Boron Wearable Memory Devices

Boron Smart Wearable Devices

Boron wearable memory devices: Developing boron-based nanomaterials for flexible memory devices for wearables is being explored by researchers in Korea. The devices can potentially be used to store, process, and communicate data on the move.

Extracting Lithium from Boron Waste

Research has revealed that lithium can be extracted from boron waste. The connection between boron waste and lithium offers opportunities to create battery-grade lithium for supply in a sustainable manner. It can be done via three-phase extraction or by simply extracting lithium from boron clay by roasting and leaching. Both Rio Tinto and Eti Maden claim to be the world's first to market with methods to extract lithium from boron.

Boron and Hydropower

Boron Hydropower

Boron inclusive technology shows how we can harness the power from seawater to bring zero-carbon energy worldwide. Decarbonization has been a goal for quite some time, and it seems like this year, governments will finally agree on stricter regulations that would make it possible to achieve this objective by 2050 or sooner.  Boron has been working to bring sustainable energy sources for all, and Boron and Hydropower technology is an excellent example of achieving this goal.

Boron Carbide

Boron Carbide

Boron Carbide crystal formation is formed as linear rods consisting of three carbon atoms and twelve boron atoms arranged in a dodecahedral pattern. The material has a chemical formula of "B4C." Its hardness (Mohs scale 9.3) makes it suitable for use as an abrasive. Various applications such as cutting tools also benefit from their high density.

Boron Improves Quantum Computing

Boron improves Quantum Computing

Boron Improves Quantum Computing: Quantum computing is the most efficient way to handle complex computations, but there have been limitations on capacity and performance until now. Now, an innovative new boron material, hexagonal boron nitride, has allowed researchers to produce stretchable supercapacitors.

Rio Tinto Mine Serbia Lithium Boron Licences Revoked

Rio Tinto Mine Suspended

Rio Tinto Mine. The Serbian government has finally revoked Rio Tinto's licenses for lithium exploration in Serbia in the latter part of January 2022. The government gave in to the protesters who have been opposed to the Anglo-Australian mining company's project on environmental grounds. Last year, the company committed to the project as global miners push for metals necessary to transition to green energy. This includes lithium which is used in the production of electric vehicle batteries. The project was already suspended in December 2021 due to environmental deterioration and forced displacement concerns.

Boron Flat Panel Displays

Boron Flat Panel Displays

Boron in Flat Panel Display Glass is an important mineral used in LCD and plasma television panels. It is commonly used in high-tech glass for LCD and plasma TV screens. Its use in these products significantly increased around 2000 as consumer preference shifted away from CRT TVs to flat-panel screens. Substitutes for boron are, however, beginning to appear given its presence in glass, which some consider an environmental hazard.

Boron Magnets Prize for Inventor

Boron Magnets Prize

Boron Magnets Prize: Dr. Masato Sagawa, President of NDFEB Corporation in Kyoto, Japan, has been awarded the 2022 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering for innovative work on Boron magnets. He invented the neodymium-iron-borate magnet, which is at the heart of green energy and carbon reduction efforts, powering wind turbines and other renewable systems.

Boron Steel in Agriculture

Boron in Agriculture

Boron steel for agriculture is used widely in manufacturing agricultural machines, chemical equipment, food processing machines, and other types of industrial equipment. Agricultural machinery manufacturers continuously strive to improve their devices in terms of their functionality, thereby improving their customers' quality of service.

Introduction to Boron

Introduction to Boron

Introduction to Boron - As a wonder element with exceptional physical properties, boron is widely used in multiple industries and applications from aerospace to construction, automotive, and healthcare. Its value is increasingly recognized as a critical mineral in advanced energy solutions, food security, and decarbonization.

Nitrogen and Boron Fertiliser Price Rises

Nitrogen and Boron Fertilisers

Nitrogen and Boron Fertiliser Price Rises: The rising cost of chemicals puts pressure on farmers of staple crops such as corn and wheat as they emerge from dormancy. Higher prices may lead to smaller spring plantings, which make up roughly a third of European grain production. Nitrogen is a crucial chemical whose price point is rising significantly. Its efficacy is proven. Does this also point to a rise in value and demand for boron?

Balancing Habitat versus Critical Mineral Mining

Boron, Lithium - Sustainable Mining

Balancing Habitat versus Critical Mineral Mining: Lithium and boron are two examples of crucial minerals essential in reducing our planet's carbon footprint for industries such as defense, automotive, construction, aviation, and aerospace. It is challenging to preserve the natural environment when starting new mines to extract these resources. How do companies such as Rio Tinto, American Pacific Borates (currently rebranding to 5E Advanced Materials), and Ioneer manage this dilemma and obtain the permits necessary in their respective locations?

Boron Rocket Fuel

Boron Rocket Fuel

Boron Rocket Fuel: Boron has a high intrinsic energy density. It is inexpensive, plentiful, and stable, making it a good choice for solid rocket fuels and an additive for jet fuels to increase their energy output. However, the oxide shell and its impurities make boron unreliable at the ignition point. Research is ongoing into overcoming these impurities so that boron fuel may be used more widely in space travel.

Borates in Metallurgy

Borates in Metallurgy

Borates in Metallurgy have been used over the centuries for both non-ferrous smelting and precious metals refining. Evidence suggests that gold-makers used borates as a fluxing agent even in Babylonian times. Borates lower the melting point and prevent oxidation. They also remove metal oxides and help to adjust the slag's viscosity for easier removal from the molten metal. Borates can also be used in lead recycling and metal recovery.

Boron Blue Diamonds

Boron Blue Diamonds

Boron blue diamonds - Diamonds are valued for their lustre and sparkle, making them precious commodities. Creating the beautiful diamond jewels that people adore as betrothal or pure indulgence symbols is a complex and lengthy process. Some diamonds are rarer than others. Believe it or not, Boron is the trace element that gives some rare diamonds a blue colour - the story of the Hope diamond is one such beneficiary of Boron's colour.

Boron in Wound Care

Boron in wound care

Boron in the form of borate-based bioactive glasses effectively treats chronic wounds in patients across all four stages of wound treatment. As it is a synthetic approach, it avoids problems associated with collagen and animal-derived products. The healing potential of boron in hexagonal boron nitride and boric acid is immense.

Country Profile of China

China Borates

Country Profile of China Borates - China is a net importer of borates with few natural resources. However, it still dominates in exporting finished products to global markets as the third-largest exporter. China holds only 3% of global borate reserves. China's most crucial boron minerals are tincal, borosilicate, and ascharite. Liaoning and Qinghai are the main areas with minable borate resources.

Boron Fibers in Aviation

Boron Fibers in Aviation

Boron fibers are used extensively in military aviation as a tape product to repair cracked aluminium aircraft skins because of their thermal properties and anti-corrosive advantages. It was first developed in the late fifties and used instead of carbon fibers that were unavailable in continuous lengths and glass fibers or with sufficient modulus. Boron fiber was the preferred product for the horizontal tail skins on the F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft and the horizontal and vertical skins and rudder on the F-15 Eagle.

Fluids, Fuel, Lubricants and Additives

Boron Fuel Additives

Fluids, Fuel, Lubricants and Additives - Boron has been proven to be an excellent lubricant for engine components. University of Utah researchers found that parts coated with boron had 50% less friction than others. This may result in significant fuel savings and increased engine durability. Boron should become an essential ingredient in fuels and engine technology once its potential benefits are further clarified.

Ford Boron Steel Bodywork

Ford Boron Steel

Automotive makers, including Ford, are taking advantage of boron's high tensile strength to build stronger, safer, and lighter cars. Boron steel is a crucial ingredient in the Ford Fiesta's pillars and structural elements and its other car brands. Boron steel is steel alloyed with small amounts of boron. It is four times higher than the average high-strength steel.

Podcast – Billion Dollar Boron

Podcast - Billion Dollar Boron

Podcast - Billion dollar boron. In 2021, borates sales hit billions of dollars. Why? The demand for boron is increasing rapidly in strategic sectors such as aerospace and defense, zero-carbon, and advanced energy solutions, which depend on boron-based technologies to reduce emissions. Recent forecasts predict that boron demand will increase by 30% by the end of the decade.

Boron in Fireworks

Boron in Fireworks

Fireworks and pyrotechnics are used frequently in festivals and celebrations, as well as in military operations and military training. Barium is the chemical that gives off a green light in fireworks, but it is toxic. This can be resolved by substituting barium nitrate with Boron carbide. Boron carbide ticks all the boxes in pyrotechnics with its long burn times and high luminous intensity. There are a few concerns in terms of toxicity and environmental data to adopting it. Moreover, Boron carbide is cheaper than barium nitrate and is in plentiful supply.

Boron Fuel

Boron Fuel - 80k on 1 gram?

Boron Fuel - While lithium-ion batteries are powering the road ahead for electric vehicles such as the Tesla S and others, several disruptive scientists and entrepreneurs are paving the way for an entirely new form of fuel – Hydrogen Boron fuel. Analysts claim a single gram of Boron could provide enough fuel to allow a vehicle to travel 80,000 kilometres.

A Guide to Boron in Your Vegetable Garden

Boron in Your Vegetable Garden

Gardeners looking to add boron to their vegetable garden can do so in various ways. This helpful mineral plays a vital role in plant growth and development and can help improve overall yields. Learn how to add boron to the vegetable garden. Understand the benefits that this mineral can provide not only in the soil but also in the transportation and nutritional value boron brings to garden vegetables, and plants for that matter.

Boron Nitride Biomedical Nanotechnologies

Boron in Medical Nanotechnologies

Boron Nitride( BNNT) is being considered as nanocarriers for Curcumin. This combination supports lower dosage and targeted release, ensure that the optimum amount of a drug reaches the site of action, bypassing barriers such as acidic pH of the stomach and liver metabolism. Cancer research and therapies may benefit from this combination.

A Town Called Boron

A Town Called Boron

Scientists and mining professionals know boron as a strategic mineral that powers advanced energy and serve multiple industrial, agricultural, and household applications. But there is another Boron, a town called boron in California. Many of the population of Boron work at the U.S. Borax mine nearby, after which the town was renamed.

Country Profile of Bolivia

Borates in Bolivia

Bolivia is one of the largest producers of borates globally after Turkey, the USA, Chile, and Argentina. Extraction and production of ulexite is the main activity centered around the south of the country, with both public and private companies involved. Exports are mostly sodium borates and boric acid, with Brazil and China among the largest buyers.

Borates in Ceramics

Boron in Ceramics

Ceramics - ceramic glazes and enamels - are applied to ceramic ware, sanitary ware, tableware, and tiles. Borates are used extensively in such enamels and ceramic glazes. Borates used include colemanite, ulexite, and several specialty borates, which provide efficient production and protection against the elements to the finished products.

Borates in Paints

Borates in Paints

Borates in Paints: Borates are widely used in paints, coatings, and printing inks as buffering agents. They also provide flame retardant, anti-corrosive, and anti-bacteria protective benefits, applied in marine and aviation coatings for example. Boric acid, borax decahydrate, borax, zinc borate, and perborates/metal borates are compounds most used in paints and coatings.

Boron in Eyewear

Boron in Eyewear

Boron in eyewear and optics has many applications. Borate minerals such as potassium borate, sodium tetraborate, and boric acid are widely used in manufacturing optical materials. Boron has been an essential ingredient for manufacturers of optical materials since 1887 for eyewear given its water-soluble presence, with benefits including durability, resistance to scratching, and suitability for light transmission.

Boron in Paper Production

Boron in Paper Production

Borate compounds are widely used in chemical processes and recovery - Boron in paper production - by mills all over the globe. Sodium borohydride is used in paper production primarily to bleach paper in the preparation stage. Boron is also used in the form of borax pentahydrate to support causticising. Borate autocausticization is a cost-saving technique that can help paper mills save money on material, recovery, and energy.

Boron in Quantum Computing

Boron and Quantum Computing

Boron in quantum computing is one of the most exciting areas in science today. Currently, silicon-based qubits provide the processing power for these hugely powerful machines. However, Hexagonal Boron Nitride, hBN, is a promising material for quantum technologies. hBN benefits include lower error rates, an increase in the number of qubits per chip, increased stability, better conductivity, and reduced energy loss. They are also more cost-effective.

Billion Dollar Boron

Podcast - Billion Dollar Boron

Billion dollar boron. In 2021, borates sales hit billions of dollars. Why? The demand for boron is increasing rapidly in strategic sectors such as aerospace and defense, zero-carbon, and advanced energy solutions, which depend on boron-based technologies to reduce emissions. Recent forecasts predict that boron demand will increase by 30% by the end of the decade.

Company Profile of Lynas Rare Earths

Boron Rare Earths

Lynas Company Profile - Lynas is a leading global supplier of rare earths, crucial for many high-tech and green energy applications with operations in Malaysia and Australia. Lynas Rare Earths Ltd (ACN:009 066 648) is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange as a public company in Western Australia.

Boron in the Universe

Boron Minerals

Boron minerals are an important mineral in the Earth's crust; they come from a variety of geological structures, such as pegmatite and metamorphic rocks. The most common boron minerals that are formed on Earth include Tincal, Tincalconite, Colemanite, Kernite, Ulexite, Pandermite, Boracite, Hydroboraclite, Inderite, Ascharite, Datolite, Sassolite, Meyerhofferite, Inyoite, and Probertite.

Silly Putty

Silly Putty

Boron is a naturally occurring mineral with multiple industrial, agricultural, technological, and household applications. But Boron has yet another use: It is the crucial ingredient of 'Silly Putty,' an extraordinarily complex and sophisticated molecular engineering job with multiple benefits from securing objects in space to treating injuries and using it to lift fingerprints as evidence for amateur sleuths.

Boron 3D Metal Printing

Boron 3D Metal Printing Aerospace

AML3D and Deakin University's Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) announces a series of collaborative feasibility projects exploring Boron 3D Metal Printing using Boron Nitride Nanotubes (BNNTs) in Wire Additive Manufacturing. The new composite could revolutionize Wire Additive Manufacturing (WAM) by enjoying far-reaching commercial industry implications for applications in 3D metal printing globally.

Boron and Photocatalysis

Boron and Photocatalysis

The increasing reliance on renewable energy sources has led to many studies and research into boron and photocatalysis for applications ranging from solar energy, pollutant removal, artificial photosynthesis to energy storage and fuel evolution.

Company Profile of Vulcan Energy Resources

Vulcan Energy Resources announced in November that its leading German site had significant lithium reserves with 181 milligrams per litre. Lithium and Boron can be found and extracted from Geothermal Brine. Vulcan plans to market its lithium as “zero carbon.”. Vulcan’s Zero Carbon Lithium business is different from current lithium extraction projects in that it causes no disruptions to communities or the environment.

Boron Personal Care Products

Boron Personal Care

Boron Personal Care - the US personal care sector uses Boron to bring new formulations of personal care products to compete in the $25.5 billion global industry sector. Multiple boron formulations are created to offer skincare, haircare, and oral care benefits.

Tesla and Boron

Boron in Tesla

Tesla is an American electric vehicle manufacturer and clean energy company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Tesla manufactures electric cars and battery energy storage from home to grid-scale, solar panels, solar roof tiles, and other related products and services. With a market capitalization of almost $1 trillion, Tesla is one of the most valuable automobile manufacturers globally. It uses lithium and boron to deliver alternative energy sources and boron to provide a lighter, more muscular frame.

Welding with Boron Steel

Welding with Boron Steel

Welding with Boron Steel: Boron is widely used in construction materials as a strengthening agent and anticorrosive agent. When it comes to steel structures, boron has a particular role in strengthening and anti-fracturing steel welds. Boron oxide and boron carbide are the most commonly used compounds in this context.

Country Profile of Argentina

Argentina - Country Profile

Argentina is the fifth-largest producer of natural borates. Deposits of borate can be found throughout Argentina, including in the provinces of Neuquén (Gran Chaco), Rio Negro, San Juan, and Mendoza (Cordoba). The first boric acid in Argentina was produced in 1894 at the La Plata mine when sodium tetraborate ore was extracted for the first time. The country became a major producer in 1900.

Boron and Chernobyl

Boron and Chernobyl

Boron (B₁₀), which comprises about 20% of elemental boron, is one of the best neutron absorbers. It is dissolved in the cooling water of power plants to control the chain reaction, to absorb enough neutrons to remove excess reactivity in PWR plants. In both BWRs and PWRs, it is used in control rods to control reactivity and change the power shape of the core.

Boronates: Esters and Salts of Boronic Acid

Boronates are esters and salts of boronic acid. Boronic acid is a compound related to boric acid in which one of the three hydroxyl groups has been replaced by either an alkyl or an aryl group. The boronic acids are derived from boron, an element found in the earth's crust as boric oxide (B(OH)O). Boronic acids are produced when a borate salt reacts with acetic or propionic acid to form the corresponding boronic acid

Boron in Sports Equipment

Boron in Sports Goods

Boron as boron fiber and boron steel has excellent tensile strength. Boron is used in sports equipment like golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, and bicycle frames. It renders them the required power, flexibility, lightness, and durability, thus, contributing to better performance. The sports goods company, Mizuno, has emerged as a leading manufacturer of sports equipment composed of boron.

Company Profile of Li-S Energy Limited – Boron Battery

Boron and EV Batteries

Li-S Energy Limited, established in 2019, is an Australian company, a joint venture between Li-S Energy's founding shareholders, PPK Group, BNNT Technology, and Deakin University. Its purpose is to develop a new battery technology that incorporates Boron Nitride Nanotubes, which are more efficient, lower cost, and greener than current batteries for markets including automotive, defense and aviation.

Boron on the Farm

Boron in Plants

Boron in farming- Boron has long been associated with crops like beet and brassicas and it is important for all crops but at different levels This article first appeared in The Famers Journal on 13 December, 2021 and appears on Borates Today by permission. © Andy Doyle, The Farmers Journal https://farmersjournal.ie Boron on the Farm

Boron Fluoride

Boron Fluoride

Boron and Fluorine have several forms, mono fluoride, boron trifluoride and diboron tetrafluoride. Boron monofluoride is often referred to as Boron fluoride. Boron trifluorid is a stable gas at low temperature. While diboron tetrafluoride boils at -34 degrees centigrade. Boron fluoride compounds have several applications in health and remediation technology and agricultural fields.

Rio Tinto – Jadar Valley Lithium Project Suspended

Rio Tinto Lithium Jadar Valley

Rio Tinto has found itself in the news again after its lithium project in Jadar, Serbia, was suspended after protests by the local community in Serbia. The backlash does not bode well for mining companies looking to open mines in response to a growing demand for minerals such as lithium that are fuelling advanced energy growth in multiple business sectors, including automotive, defence, aerospace.

Boron Research Areas

Boron Research Areas

Boron Research ranges from commercial technologies to extensive studies in chemistry, notably boron nitride nanotubes and hydrogen-boron fusion. In commercial endeavors, boron is a new-age material stock driving innovation and performance in various fields.

Boron in Construction

Boron Industrial Construction

Boron is a key element in industrial construction - the construction of businesses with manufacturing plants, power plants, refineries. It is a strengthening additive in concrete, steel, and aluminum alloys for structural support. It also helps prevent corrosion by shielding against corrosive agents like saltwater or chlorine. Boron also plays a vital role in steel production by acting as a fluxing agent during the smelting process.

Boron in Electronic Devices

Boron Electronic Devices

Boron-infused components and advance materials are being used by electronics manufactures in many ways to improve and enhance consumer and industrial electrical devices. Boron in electronic and smart devices offer a longer product life, provide better energy performance – longer battery life -, give off less heat, offer low resistance protection against electrical currents, are wear-resistant, and act as protective coatings and add strength to metals and glass.

Boron Lubricants for Drilling

Boron Lubricants for Drilling

Boron lubricants are multifunctional additives used in oil and gas exploration, drilling, and production. In addition to controlling pH, viscosity, and corrosion, they are also used to provide lubrication and exert other physical and chemical effects. Borates may be used in drilling fluid formulations to achieve several of these effects.

Boron Suzuki Coupling

Boron Suzuki Coupling

Boron chemistry has become one of the most versatile and valuable fields in organic catalysis and synthesis. Numerous useful reactions like hydroborylations or Suzuki-Miyaura cross-couplings - Boron suzuki coupling -are now indispensable to the synthetic toolbox of both academia and industry researchers. The development of C(sp3)-Boron reagents and subsequent metal-catalyzed cross-couplings serves to accelerate innovative applications of otherwise challenging organic adducts across multiple areas. 

What is Food Security

Food Security

"Food security is a condition that exists when all people have, at all times, physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life." The Rome Declaration on World Food Security and the World Food Summit Plan of Action.

Boron Lewis Dot Structure

Boron Lewis Dot Structure

Lewis dot structure is the structure of an element or molecule, and total valence electrons are as dots to represent the bond pairs and lone pairs. Boron electronic configuration counts as 2,3, its atomic number 5. Hence, it has three electrons in the valence shell.

Boron and Micro-Supercapacitors

Boron Microelectronics

Boron nitride (BN) has shown great potential for microelectronics in the architecture of micro-supercapacitors. Boron Nitride has a large bandgap (5.5eV), superior thermal stability, and high thermal conductance. Boron Micro-supercapacitors in the laboratory exhibit high energy density. They can also withstand harsh environments such as high temperature or electromagnetic interference much better than silicon-based micro capacitors. 

Boron and Daily Diet

Boron Minerals Nutrition

Boron is an essential mineral in our daily diet. Boron can be found in foods such as fruits and vegetables. If you are showing signs of Boron deficiency such as brittle fingernails. hair loss, muscle weakness, joint pain, supplements may be required. Boron is typically taken as borax, boric acid, or as a boron citrate supplement for those looking to include Boron in a regular diet.

Nickel Boron

Nickel Boron Plating

The plating of nickel in manufacturing is done for several reasons - for decoration, anti-corrosive protection, minimizing stress, improving wear, and self-lubrication. Nickel boron is a well-known nickel plating which produces a hard, durable, electroless nickel boron coating, also known as NiB coating.

European Critical Mineral Strategy for Boron

Boron EU Strategic Policies

The European Commission has a solid policy on a raw materials initiative for access to critical minerals such as Boron. Going back to 2008 the initiative was based on three pillars: a fair supply from global markets; sustainable collection; and recycling resources.

Boron Monosulfide Nanosheets

Boron Monosulfide Nanosheets

Boron monosulfide nanosheets may provide efficient energy sources in applications including batteries, catalysts, and electronic devices. Boron monosulfide nanosheets unique structures, giving them exciting superconducting, thermoelectric properties.

Boron in Beer

Boron in Beer

Boron can be found in beer production and in beer itself. Borax and Boron are extensively used to clean equipment in production. Now researcher have found that boron can be used to produce ammonium more efficiently.

Boron Allotropes and Forms

Boron Allotropes

Boron Allotropes take several forms and account for boron's presence in multiple natural and man-made products. Allotropes are different structural forms of an element. Boron has more that 14 allotropes have been reported.

Boron in Food

Boron in Foods

The highest levels of boron are found in plant foods, including fruit, legumes, and tubers, leafy green vegetables, kale, spinach, and non-citrus fruits. Boron can also be seen as a component of grains, fruits, nuts, prunes, raisins, and other non-citrus fruit. Boron is also found in lesser amounts in beer, wine, and cider.

Boron Supplements 11 Health Benefits

Boron Homeopathy Boron Supplements for Health

Boron supplements and vitamins can really help your wellbeing. Boron and borates are often an under-appreciated health nutrient. Boron can help protect you from many life-threatening diseases and promote a sense of well-being though its micronutrient powers. Read on to learn over 10 things that Boron has that will improve your health.

Deloitte Clean Tech Index

Boron advanced energy Origins of Boron

The Deloitte Australia Clean Tech (DACT) index is a global comparative ranking of companies. They rank organizations by recognizing their innovative and sustainable approach to business. Clean Tech stocks listed in Australia and was launched in 2008.

Food Hunger and Boron

Food Hunger and Boron

Food Hunger and Boron: In 2020, between 720 and 811 million people faced hunger. In a world of plenty, where enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, hunger should be a thing of the past. However, conflict, climate change, disasters, inequality, and – most recently – the COVID-19 pandemic means one in nine people globally is still going to bed hungry, and famine looms for millions, states the World Food Programme (WFP). Boron can help to dramatically improve food yields and is a vital micronutrient in human health.

Boron in California

Boron in California

California is the only US state that produces it domestically. The state had 13 active Boron mines in 2008, with eight underground and eight surfaces. Four of these mines were producing Boron; two were processing ore, and seven were stockpiling materials. California is home to more than half the U.S. Boron production.

Boron and Climate Risk

Boron Climate Risk

Climate change is real. The impact of the physical climate risk is already affecting the living population. Boron is a low-cost and sustainable solution to help control climate change effects. Climate researchers consider boron an essential ingredient in reducing global warming. It is helpful as a catalyst for creating one or more hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with lower greenhouse gas emissions. It is lesser than current HFCs commonly present in air conditioners, refrigerators, and other cooling devices.

Boron Advanced Materials

Boron Advanced Materials

Boron advanced materials have unique characteristics which make them extremely useful in multiple applications. Boron's many forms include Boron Nitride, a superior heat conductor and insulator, hexagonal boron nitride tubes, a structure with superior tensile strength, stability, and thermal conductivity, and cubic boron nitride, whose hardness characteristics is used for coating cutting tools and as grit for polishing and grinding wheels.

Boron in Coffee

Boron in Coffee

Coffee is one of the most susceptible crops to boron shortage. Boron in coffee is needed for coffee cultivation to improve yield and support healthy growth via cell divisions and cell wall formation in association with calcium, water uptake, roots growth, growth of internodes, setting, calcium uptake, lower aluminum toxicity, and drought resistance.

Boron Minerals

Boron Minerals

Boron minerals are found in the Earth's crust; its various forms come from different geological structures, such as pegmatite and metamorphic rocks. The most common boron minerals include Tincal, Tincalconite, Colemanite, Kernite, Ulexite, Pandermite, Boracite, Hydroboracite, Inderite, Ascharite, Datolite, Sassolite, Meyerhofferite, Inyoite, and Probertite.

Boron Vitamins

Boron vitamins Boron Health Benefits

Boron vitamins play many different roles in your body. This includes your metabolism and other functions that help maintain homeostasis. You may be surprised to learn that sex hormones and gingivitis are closely connected. These hormones may alter the balance of your oral microbiome, which can then affect your immune system.

Boron Trifluoride

Boron Trifluoride

Boron trifluoride is capable of forming complexes with dimethyl, such as boron-trifluoride–dimethyl ether. These complexes are typically formed to allow for the easy handling of boron trifluoride. Boron trifluoride might also form complexes when combined with water, phenol or phosphoric acids, piperidines, dimethylanilines, methanol, and diethyl ether.

Boron Protects your Body and the Environment

Micronutrients are substances that are needed in small amounts to aid the body's functions and maintain health. These micronutrients not only help protect our bodies from disease but also play an important role in environmental protection. mainly, the role of micronutrients in plant growth and productivity influences its intensity to protect the environment.

Boron for Yeast Infection

Boron for Yeast infection

Yeast infection, which causes vaginal irritation, itching, etc., can be treated with the help of boron. Boron here is used in the form of a boric acid suppository. It has proven to restore vaginal pH and relieve itching and other symptoms. Moreover, boron plays an essential role in women’s well-being by regulating estrogen and vitamin D. Consequently, it helps prevent diseases like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, menopausal symptoms, etc.

ABR Boron Production 3x

ABR Production 3x

According to a press release from ABR on November 16th, 2021, the company has announced 'ABR production triples' with a near tripling of production capability for the critical mineral boron at its Fort Cady operations in Southern California. Boron is becoming recognized as an essential mineral for use in multiple applications in decarbonization, advanced energy - batteries- and food security- as a micronutrient.

ABR Increased Head-Grade

ABR Boron Production Triples

American Pacific Borates New Mine Plan with Increased Head-Grade. ABR's CEO, Henri Tausch, comments that yet another milestone that will allow them to be US-listed. And, perhaps most importantly, the mining firm also has three additional benefits connected with the S-K1300 conversion process.

Boron Citrate for Healthy Sex Life

boron for healthy sex

Boron is thought to be effective in treating ED due to its ability to increase testosterone levels. Boron Citrate could boost brain cells and plasma testosterone levels increasing sexual desire. Boron is involved in the synthesizes of S-adenosylmethionine, important for neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and serotonin.