Ferroboron Production by Electrodeoxidation

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2008
Örs, Taylan
In this study ferroboron (Fe - 14 at %B) was synthesized in crystalline form (Fe + Fe2B) via electrodeoxidation. For this purpose, Fe2O3 and H3BO3 were mixed in suitable proportions via spex mill. The powder was cold pressed and sintered at 900 °C yielding a two phase structure Fe3BO6 and Fe2O3. The sintered pellets were electro-deoxidized in CaCl2 by applying 3.1 Volts at 850°C for 12 hours. This yielded Fe and Fe2B in proportions slightly deviating from the target composition. The chemical pathway of reduction is inspected by the help of the available thermodynamic data and the x-ray characterization of partially reduced samples. CaO and the formation of Ca3B2O6 were found to be effective in the mid-steps of this electrodeoxidation process.

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Citation Formats
T. Örs, “Ferroboron Production by Electrodeoxidation,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.