Synthesis of Porous Boron Nitride for Water Purification

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Jayda Yancey- 4th year

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Bishnu Bastakoti, Chemistry, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

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Publication Date

Spring 2023


It is estimated that 706 million gallons of oil pollution enter the ocean each year. Oil contamination presents detrimental short and long-term effects on the sea and sea-life. The current methods of spill containment are expensive and only work under specific conditions that sometime can’t be met, resulting in the prolonging of the contamination. One approach to addressing this is to develop advanced hydrophobic absorbent materials that can absorb the oil but repel water, leaving clean, noncontaminated water behind. Porous Boron Nitride (BN) is a porous crystalline polymer that forms a lattice enabling it to absorb materials efficiently. Porous BN has been synthesized using block copolymer as a template and structure-directing agent. Melamine and boric acid are used as nitrogen and boron source. The porous BN has an absorption capacity of over 400%, with that ability and being inexpensive to synthesize, BN has the potential to be a leading method in oil containment efforts.

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