Boron and boron carbide materials: Nanostructures and crystalline solids

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Department of Physics


Owing to the rapid developments related to the novel Bx Cy Nz ternary structures, the pedagogical review chapter has several antecedents as new results have emerged. Specifically, we will focus on the Bx Cy (with x, y ;= ;0–1) hybrid material where the qualitative trend, in general, can be described by the ratio of its constituents. There is, however, a significant asymmetric popularity between the boron and carbon in the scientific literature. Carbon-based structures are well studied compared with boron-based structures. Consequently, understanding of the role played by boron in the formation of the Bx Cy hybrid structures remains somewhat incomplete. We, therefore, devote a substantial part of discussion on the boron-related structures with an aim to achieve the goal of a complete understanding of the physics and chemistry of the hybrid Bx Cy material.

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B-C-N Nanotubes and Related Nanostructures