Aluminum Borate Nanowires from the Pyrolysis of Polyaminoborane Precursors

Van A Du, Titel Jurca, George R Whittell, Ian Manners

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Polyaminoboranes [N(R)H-BH2]n (1: R = H, 2: R = Me) were pyrolyzed on a range of substrates: silicon, metal foils (stainless steel, nickel, and rhodium), and sapphire wafers, as well as on Al2O3 and AlN powders. The pyrolysis of 2 on a Si-wafer resulted in porous nanostructures containing hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN). In the case of 1 or H3N·BH3 as precursor, using rhodium foil as substrate afforded amorphous B and N-containing nanostructures, and polydisperse spherical nanoparticles, respectively. Switching the substrate to sapphire wafers, as well as to Al2O3 or AlN powders, resulted in formation of crystalline Al5BO9 nanostructures (nanowires, nanotubes, and nanoribbons).  For sapphire wafers, the size of the resulting nanowires was influenced by modifying the surface defect density.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1055-1062
Number of pages8
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number3
Early online date9 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2016


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