Boron-carbon-nitrogen materials of graphite-like structure

R. B. Kaner, J. Kouvetakis, C. E. Warble, M. L. Sattler, N. Bartlett

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New structural relatives of graphite with the composition BxCyNx have been synthesized from the interaction of boron trichloride, acetylene and ammonia at 400-700°C. A hexagonal layer structure type is indicated by X-ray and electron diffraction data. Binding energies of 1s electrons (ESCA) for B, C and N indicate that each graphite-like sheet is a composite of all three elements. The material of approximate composition B0.35C0.30N0.35 is a semiconductor and is intercalated by both strong reducing and oxidizing agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-404
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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