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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 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-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 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.

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.

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 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.

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
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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.

Boron in Fireworks
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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 in Medical Nanotechnologies
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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.

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
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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.

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 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.

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. 

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 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 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 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.

Boron valence electrons
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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
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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.

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.

Critical minerals - Sodium borate crystal | boron
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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 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. 

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.

Boron
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Boron and SOP
ADVANCED ENERGY, Efficient Power Sources, SCIENCE

Boron and SOP

Boron inclusive technology is an excellent example of 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 if possible.  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 in Bioimaging.jpg
SCIENCE, Chemistry

Boron in Bioimaging

Boron in Bioimaging: Bioimaging applications for boron dyes are manifold. Studies show that various boron-centered chemical modification compounds - , 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene - use detection reagents which absorb light energy, altering optical and bioimaging properties for ease of analysis and interpretation.

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy
Efficient Power Sources, SCIENCE

Boron Neutron Capture Therapy

Every day, oral cancer is on the rise. Radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and surgery are the main treatment options for cancer. Although surgical annihilation works well in primary tumours, it is ineffective for smaller and more accessible tumours. As a result, cancer cells may not be entirely eradicated by this method. Chemotherapy uses chemical drugs to combat cancer. Boron Neutron Capture Therapy may play a part in disease reduction. 

Boron in Electrochemistry
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Boron in Electrochemistry

Boron in Electrochemistry: Boron-doped diamond has been utilized as an electrode for the electrochemical reduction of CO2 - the conversion of CO2 to more reduced chemical species using electrical energy. It is one method for capturing and utilizing carbon. Boron-doped diamond enables hydrogen evolution to compete with CO2 reduction and suppress it. However, high overpotentials are still a problem that needs solving.

SCIENCE, Chemistry

Boron Thermal Properties

The thermal properties of Boron are influenced by temperature and radiation. The trigonal structure of Boron is described by the unit cell. Lattice Angles are the positions of the atoms within the unit cell. Its molecular weight determines the atomic positions of a substance. The molecular weight of a material is related to its temperature properties. This means that Boron has a high heat capacity.

Bohr Model of Boron
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Bohr Model of Boron Atom

Boron is a chemical element with an atomic number 5 and symbol B. It is the lightest element in the boron group and has three valence electrons for forming covalent bonds. Boron combines with other elements to create compounds such as boric acid, borax, and boron carbide. This article describes the structure of the Boron atom when classified using the Bohr model.

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.

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.

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.