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Crystals 2016, 6(9), 118; doi:10.3390/cryst6090118

Boron-Based (Nano-)Materials: Fundamentals and Applications

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Institut Européen des Membranes (IEM), UMR 5635, Université de Montpellier, CNRS, ENSCM, Place Eugène Bataillon, CC047, F-34095 Montpellier, France
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Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (ICGM), UMR 5253 (UM-CNRS-ENSCM), Université de Montpellier, CC 15005, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier cedex 05, France
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Academic Editor: Helmut Cölfen
Received: 6 September 2016 / Accepted: 13 September 2016 / Published: 19 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Boron-Based (Nano-)Materials: Fundamentals and Applications)
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Abstract

The boron (Z = 5) element is unique. Boron-based (nano-)materials are equally unique. Accordingly, the present special issue is dedicated to crystalline boron-based (nano-)materials and gathers a series of nine review and research articles dealing with different boron-based compounds. Boranes, borohydrides, polyhedral boranes and carboranes, boronate anions/ligands, boron nitride (hexagonal structure), and elemental boron are considered. Importantly, large sections are dedicated to fundamentals, with a special focus on crystal structures. The application potentials are widely discussed on the basis of the materials’ physical and chemical properties. It stands out that crystalline boron-based (nano-)materials have many technological opportunities in fields such as energy storage, gas sorption (depollution), medicine, and optical and electronic devices. The present special issue is further evidence of the wealth of boron science, especially in terms of crystalline (nano-)materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: benzoxaboronate; borane; borohydride; boron-based material; boron-treat steel; boron nitride; boronate; carborane; metallacarborane; polyborate benzoxaboronate; borane; borohydride; boron-based material; boron-treat steel; boron nitride; boronate; carborane; metallacarborane; polyborate
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Demirci, U.B.; Miele, P.; Yot, P.G. Boron-Based (Nano-)Materials: Fundamentals and Applications. Crystals 2016, 6, 118.

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