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Removal of oxygen on Boron powders

  1. Aug 3, 2006 #1
    Have read that methanol reacts with B2O3 to produce Boron esters which volatilize during evaporation. Does this work? If so how?:!!)
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  3. Aug 7, 2006 #2


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    Looks like enolate formation and breakdown. You should find something about it in an organic chemistry text, under the aldol reaction. Can't say I know very much about it, but there may be some organic chemists here that can do better.
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  4. Aug 9, 2006 #3


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    If you're pressing and sintering powders, find another supplier and keep the stuff under argon. If you're messsing around with other uses, you can try a hot hydrogen stream --- you'll probably get enough H dissolved in the B to screw you up, though. Wet methods? Forget it.
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