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Formation of Boron Nitride in Diborane-Hydrazine Flames

Naturevolume 191page380 (1961) | Download Citation



ALTHOUGH reactions of metals with nitrogen or nitrogen compounds leading to nitrides are well known1, the literature on combustion is devoid of descriptions of flames from the reaction between boron hydrides and nitrogen hydrides (ammonia, hydrazine). This communication reports a steady-state flame of diborane and hydrazine, in which the reaction products consist principally of boron nitride and hydrogen, according to the reaction B2H6 + N2H4→2BN + 5H2.

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    Sidgwick, N. V., The Chemical Elements and Their Compounds, 1, 663 (Oxford Univ. Press, 1950).

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    Gmelins Handbuch der Anorganischen Chemie, eighth ed., Boron Supp., 159 (Verlag Chemie, Weinheim, 1954).

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    Galchenko, G. L., et al., Proc. Acad. Sci. U.S.S.R. (Chem. Section), 127, 635 (1959) (English translation, Consultants Bureau, Inc.).

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    Parry, D. W., et al., J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 80, 4 (1958). Emeléus, H. J., and Stone, F. G. A., J. Chem. Soc., 840 (1951).

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  1. Applied Physics Laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University, Silver Spring, Maryland

    • W. G. BERL
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