High Energy Chemistry

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 246–253 | Cite as

Reduction of Boron Trichloride in Atmospheric-Pressure Argon–Hydrogen Radiofrequency Induction Plasma

  • R. A. KornevEmail author
  • P. G. Sennikov
  • L. V. Shabarova
  • A. I. Shishkin
  • T. A. Drozdova
  • S. V. Sintsov


The main operating modes of a radiofrequency induction plasma torch with a vortex stabilization of the atmospheric-pressure gas discharge at have been studied in an argon-hydrogen mixture in the range of Ar/H2 = 12–4. The dependences of the electron temperature Te and number density ne on the Ar/H2 ratio have been experimentally studied. It has been found that the electron temperature and concentration in pure argon plasma are 0.88 eV and 7.6 × 1014 cm−3, respectively. When the Ar/H2 ratio decreases, the electron temperature decreases to 0.42 eV, and the electron number density is 8 × 1012 cm−3. The calorimetric method used to estimate the gas temperature Tg, has given a value of 2500 K. The process of BCl3 reduction with hydrogen has been studied at the implemented operating modes of the induction plasma torch. The main products of the reduction of boron trichloride are a polycrystalline boron powder and dichloroborane. The morphology of boron and its phase composition and impurities have been studied. The average particle size of the boron powder is 200 nm.


radiofrequency induction plasma torch emission spectroscopy boron trichloride nanoboron 



This work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation, grant no. 17-13-01027). Authors thank the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation (project no. 0095-2016-0006) for providing analytical equipment for characterization of the material.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. Kornev
    • 1
    Email author
  • P. G. Sennikov
    • 1
  • L. V. Shabarova
    • 1
  • A. I. Shishkin
    • 2
  • T. A. Drozdova
    • 2
  • S. V. Sintsov
    • 3
  1. 1.Devyatykh Institute of Chemistry of High-Purity Substances, Russian Academy of SciencesNizhny NovgorodRussia
  2. 2.Nizhny Novgorod State Technical UniversityNizhny NovgorodRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of SciencesNizhny NovgorodRussia

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