Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 13, Issue 12, pp 7187–7191 | Cite as

Production and characterization of boron nanoparticles synthesized with a thermal plasma system

  • Weon Gyu Shin
  • Steven Calder
  • Ozan Ugurlu
  • Steven L. Girshick
Research Paper


A new method for the production of boron nanoparticles is described. Boron trichloride is dissociated through injection into thermal plasma followed by a nucleation process producing boron nanoparticles. The ambient oxidation of the as-produced nanoparticles is also investigated. The nanoparticles were characterized with scanning transmission electron microscopy, electron energy loss spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to investigate their purity and stability under ambient conditions.


Boron nanoparticle Thermal plasma Nucleation process Ambient oxidation 



This study was partially supported by the National Science Foundation under awards CTS-0506748 and CBET-0730184. Parts of this study were carried out in the College of Science and Engineering Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota, which receives partial support from NSF through the MRSEC program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weon Gyu Shin
    • 1
  • Steven Calder
    • 2
  • Ozan Ugurlu
    • 3
  • Steven L. Girshick
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringChungnam National UniversityDaejeonSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Characterization FacilityUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  4. 4.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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