Energy Sources Part A-recovery Utilization and Environmental Effects, Vol.31, No.6, 509-515, 2009
Obtaining of Boron as an Alternative Fuel from Borax with Various Methods
This study examined how to obtain elemental boron from borax. For this purpose, first boric acid (H3BO3) was obtained from borax decahydrate with using HCl and H2SO4. The boric was then converted to boron oxide using a dehydration process. It has been studied to reduce the boric acid and the boron oxide into elemental boron with using the elemental magnesium (Mg) and butyl nitrite (C5H9NO2), and also with using sawdust, charcoal, and cellulose. Then, the obtained elemental boron was subject to the burning process to prove its purity. The pure-elemental boron gave a strong green-colored flame when it was burned. Among these, the methods using the elemental magnesium (Mg) and butyl nitrite (C5H9NO2) in order to obtain elemental boron are more reasonable than those of the others.