As one of the chemical elements that make up our planet, boron is all around us—in soil and water, plants and animals—in trace amounts.
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Chemical fire retardants commonly used are Optibor (boric acid), Neobor (borax pentahydrate), or borax decahydrate, ammonium sulfate, ammonium phosphates, aluminum sulfate, aluminum trihydrate and gypsum.
Borax decahydrate is an excellent buffer and is recommended for pH control in the dyeing of nylon carpeting.
The earth consists of trace amounts of more than 200 minerals that contain boron. Here are answers to commonly asked questions about boron and its health and safety effects and benefits.
Commercial and experimental applications of boron-based materials to improve both anodes and electrolytes indicate substantial benefits to batteries.
Borosilicate glass is the foundation for all heat-resistant glass applications and the myriad of products they make possible—from halogen lightbulbs to liquid crystal displays.
Key functions of borates in ceramics manufacturing are initiating glass formation in the early stage of melting and increasing the mechanical strength of the product. Borates are an integral part of the molecular structure such as borides and carbides.
Borates have been used for more than 100 years as an aid to the cleaning and laundering processes.
Borates and perborates offer benefits in detergency, and although they have been incorporated into soaps and washing powders for many years, their potential has not been fully understood or realized.
Many different borates can be used to produce laundry detergents, household or industrial cleaners, and personal care products.
Ammonium pentaborate SQ, Optibor SQ (boric acid), and borax decahydrate SQ may be used in several different ways in the manufacture of both “wet” and “dry” types of electrolytic condensers or (more correctly) electrolytic capacitors.
Cellulose, the basis of wood, cotton, and most other plant-derived raw materials, is in widespread industrial use. It is inherently flammable in many of its forms—paper being a typical example.
Boric oxide, added as borates, is important in glass technology because it brings combinations of properties that would be either technically impossible or prohibitively expensive to achieve in other ways.
An essential part of industry—and everyday life
As one of the 109 elements that make up the planet, it’s not surprising that boron is all around us—in soil and water, plants and animals.
Most borates produced by U.S. Borax are relatively stable materials which are normally supplied in 50 lb or 25 kg bags. All bagged borate products should be hadled with care.