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Early Use of Borax in Ceramics and Enamels

:: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 :: Posted By Maryam Moravej
Early Use of Borax in Ceramics and Enamels
The art of enameling began to take form in the early Byzantine era, but borax was not used in the frits applied to metals until the middle of the 18th century. The early borate-containing frits were colored ground glass used almost entirely for decorative purposes, and then in small quantities.

Long-Life Straw and Other Benefits of Borates

:: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 :: Posted By Jenny Qi Huang
Long-Life Straw and Other Benefits of Borates
Borates offer significant benefits across numerous global industries, enabling safe, effective, innovative uses of sustainable materials.

Wearing Boron

:: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 :: Posted By Frank Wawrzos
Wearing Boron
Do you know how many items of your clothing were manufactured or shipped using borates?

Wallboard Basics

:: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 :: Posted By Frank Wawrzos
Wallboard Basics
Gypsum, unlike cement, is a physical structure rather than a chemical structure. The needle-like gypsum crystals form a network to give the board its physical integrity. 

Borates in Detergents for Better Laundry Care

:: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Borates in Detergents for Better Laundry Care
More than 100 years ago, borates were added to detergents to create a better way to clean clothes. Today, borates in detergents are universal and offer greater benefits than ever.

Borates in Detergents: The Next Step in Laundry Technology

:: Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Borates in Detergents: The Next Step in Laundry Technology
Washing the laundry is a surprisingly sophisticated job today, as modern machines and detergent products have turned clean clothes into almost an art form. Learn the history of the wash.

Smart Suds: Boron Makes Detergent Work Smarter, Not Harder

:: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Smart Suds: Boron Makes Detergent Work Smarter, Not Harder
U.S. Borax researchers unlocked a solution for catalyzing sodium perborate to enhance the stain-fighting properties of washing detergent—safely and economically.

Borosilicate Glass Solves Safety Problem in Lighting the Chunnel

:: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 :: Posted By Allen Zheng
Borosilicate Glass Solves Safety Problem in Lighting the Chunnel
Few engineering challenges are as tricky as those that were met during the construction of the Channel Tunnel between England and France. Fortunately, the properties of borosilicate glass provided a solution to one of the most important issues: Lighting.

Boric Oxide for Insulation Fiberglass

:: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Boric Oxide for Insulation Fiberglass
Boric oxide is widely used in fiberglass formulations because it has remarkable and relevant glass-forming, fluxing, and viscosity-lowering properties. Learn why manufacturers use boric oxide in insulation fiberglass. 

Borosilicate Glass: How U.S. Borax Helped Develop the Glass Industry

:: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 :: Posted By Allen Zheng
Borosilicate Glass: How U.S. Borax Helped Develop the Glass Industry
Borates are essential in glassmaking for increasing thermal shock resistance, durability, and appearance of finished products. The development of borosilicate glass has had long history. 
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