Monday, 23 May 2005 - 9:40 AM

This presentation is part of: Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers I

Design, Syntheses and Materials Applications of Organodecaborane Polymers

Larry G. Sneddon, Xiaolan Wei, Mark Pender, Kersten Forsthoefel, Upal Kusari, and Chang Won Yoon. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

The use of polymeric or molecular precursors which are initially formed into a desired shape then decomposed to a final material with retention of this shape, is an important new route for producing film, fiber and nanostructured solid-state materials. Our recent work directed at the syntheses, characterization and applications of new decaborane-based polymeric and molecular precursor systems will be presented with a focus on the use of these precursors to generate technologically important nonoxide ceramic materials, such as boron carbide and metal borides, in processed forms.

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