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Functionalized boron nitride porous solids

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Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN), also known as white graphene, is well known for its chemical inertness. Recent studies indicate that functionalization of h-BN can tune its physico-chemical properties, including its electrical conductivity. Here we propose a method for the functionalization of h-BN flakes with various oxygen functionalities to make a graphite oxide analogue of h-BN, with a view to develop cross-linked, low-density (∼40 mg cm−3), and porous h-BN solids, as have been recently well cited for graphene and graphite oxide. For the first time, a macro-porous low density h-BN monolith foam is developed via a single step template free chemical route followed by a lyophilisation process. h-BN is known for its high thermal stability, and here oil adsorption by the foam (∼2 g g−1) and complete burning of the adsorbed oil without disrupting the h-BN skeleton were demonstrated indicating the flexibility of tuning the morphology of the h-BN in bulk, like graphite, without losing its inherent physical properties, opening new avenues for h-BN in the energy and environment related fields.

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16 Sep 2015
16 Oct 2015
First published
16 Oct 2015

RSC Adv., 2015,5, 93964-93968
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Functionalized boron nitride porous solids

P. M. Sudeep, S. Vinod, S. Ozden, R. Sruthi, A. Kukovecz, Z. Konya, R. Vajtai, M. R. Anantharaman, P. M. Ajayan and T. N. Narayanan, RSC Adv., 2015, 5, 93964
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA19091F

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