Materials Chemistry and Physics, Vol.163, 331-336, 2015
The effect of the boron source composition ratio on the adsorption performance of hexagonal boron nitride without a template
An inexpensive boric acid (H3BO3) and borax (Na2B4O7 center dot 10H(2)O) mix was used as a source of boron with different composition ratios, and urea was used as a nitrogen source, in flowing ammonia atmosphere, for the preparation of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) with different micro-morphologies. Under a certain synthesis process, the effects of the molar ratio of borax and boric acid (or simply the boron source composition ratio for short) on the phase composition of the sample were studied; the work also explored the effect of boron source composition ratio on the micro-morphology, adsorption desorption isotherm and specific surface area of the h-BN powder. The main purpose of this work was to determine the optimum composition ratio of preparing spherical mesoporous h-BN and ensure that the micro-mechanism underpinning the formation of spherical mesoporous h-BN was understood. The results showed that at the optimum boron source composition ratio of 1:1, globular mesoporous spheres with a diameter of approximately 600-800 nm could be obtained with the highest pore volume and specific surface area (230.2 m(2)/g). (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.