Chemical stability of hydrogen boride nanosheets in water

Kurt Irvin M. Rojas, Nguyen Thanh Cuong, Hiroaki Nishino, Ryota Ishibiki, Shin ichi Ito, Masahiro Miyauchi, Yoshitaka Fujimoto, Satoshi Tominaka, Susumu Okada, Hideo Hosono, Nelson B. Arboleda, Takahiro Kondo, Yoshitada Morikawa, Ikutaro Hamada

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Boron-based two-dimensional materials are of interest for use in electronic devices and catalytic applications, for which it is important that they are chemically stable. Here, we explore the chemical stability of hydrogen boride nanosheets in water. Experiments reveal that mixing hydrogen boride and water produces negligible amounts of hydrogen, suggesting that hydrolysis does not occur and that hydrogen boride is stable in water, which is in contrast to most boron hydride materials. First-principles calculations reveal that the sheets interact weakly with water even in the presence of defects and that negatively charged boron prevents the onset of hydrolysis. We conclude that the charge state of boron and the covalent boron-boron bond network are responsible for the chemical and structural stability. On the other hand, we found that proton exchange with hydrogen boride nanosheets does occur in water, indicating that they become acidic in the presence of water.

Original languageEnglish
Article number81
JournalCommunications Materials
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials


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