Boron Carbide Synthesis in Low-Voltage DC Electric Arc Initiated in Open Air

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We describe a method of obtaining ultrafine boron carbide (B13C2) powder using the effect of a dc electric arc on a mixture of initial reactants containing carbon and boron. A peculiarity of the proposed method is that it can be implemented using arc discharge operating in open air without any vacuum equipment and protective inert gas atmosphere. X-ray diffraction data showed that the synthesized product in the general case contained three crystalline phases: boron carbide (B13C2), graphite (C), and boron oxide (B2O3). Electron-microscopic examination showed that the average size of boron carbide particles ranged from ~50 nm to ~2 μm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-617
Number of pages3
JournalTechnical Physics Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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