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Pure Appl. Chem., 2012, Vol. 84, No. 11, pp. 2299-2308

Published online 2012-05-27

Nanotechnology-driven chemistry of boron materials

Amartya Chakrabarti and Narayan S. Hosmane*

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA

Abstract: The chemistry and reactivity of carborane-appended magnetic nanoparticles and boron-based nanomaterials are briefly reviewed with an emphasis on our contribution to this field. The carborane-appended magnetic nanoparticles exhibited great potential to be useful in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). A facile route to synthesize boron nanorods (BNRs) and boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) is also demonstrated. While functionalized BNRs and BNNTs have been successfully prepared, the derivatives of BNNTs were investigated as potential carriers for BNCT.