What is boron?
Boron is a nonmetallic chemical element symbolized as B on the periodic table. It has the atomic number 5. It only occurs naturally in compounds called borate minerals—deposits of which are found in the Earth's crust. Boron is primarily used in chemical compounds including boric acid, borax, and boric oxide.
Is boron a liquid?
Boron is a solid and is classified as a metalloid element (has properties of both metals and non-metals). Elemental boron is never found free in nature. It occurs naturally in minerals that contain boron and oxygen.
What are boric acid's chemical properties?
Boric acid is found abundantly in nature, especially in volcanic areas, such as Italian hot springs. Boric acid’s chemical formula is H3
. It is a weak monobasic acid. It dissolves in boiling water and forms metaboric acid when heated to temperatures higher than 170°C. U.S. Borax sells boric acid under the brand name Optibor®
What are some other names for borax?
Borax is also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, and disodium tetraborate.