Electrostatic spinning, pyrolysis, and characterization of boron carbide nanofibers prepared from poly(norbornenyldecaborane) - A polymeric ceramic precursor

Daniel T. Welna, Xiaolan Wei, Jared D. Bender, Nick R. Krogman, Larry G. Sneddon, Harry R. Allcock

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Electrostatic spinning is a well-developed technique for the fabrication of fibers in the nanoscale domain. Novel boron carbide nanofibers were generated by the electrostatic spinning and ceramic conversion of poly(norbomenyldecaborane) (PND) - a polymeric ceramic precursor. The prepyrolyzed fibers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy. The ceramic fibers were characterized by SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD), B magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR) and DRIFT spectroscopy. SEM analysis showed retention of the nanostructure in the pre- and postpyrolyzed fibers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberFF6.13
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 19 2005
Event2004 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 29 2004Dec 2 2004


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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