Determination of boron in silicon without use of additional complexing agents
Methods for the determination of boron in various matrices described in the literature usually employ complexing agents like mannitol to retain the volatile boron species during matrix evaporation steps. However, also relatively high boron recoveries from silicon containing samples have been reported when no complexing agents were added to the digestion acids. The mechanism behind this matrix-dependant recovery has been investigated by studying the boron recovery in the analysis of solar grade silicon. It was found that the NH4+ ion formed by the reduction of nitric acid during sample digestion is responsible for the higher recovery of boron, which leads to a possible analysis method without the use of complexing agents if the sample preparation procedure is carefully optimized.