The regularities of the mechanical activation of hexagonal boron nitride are analyzed using the X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and adsorption methods. At the initial state of mechanical activation, the main process is material destruction. At this stage, the specific surface area increases to 400 m2/g and crystallographically oriented nanosized needles are formed. At the same time, boron nitride crystal structure is disordered with an increase in interplanar distance d(002). The disordering is assumed to be due to a shift along planes (001). At a specific dose of supplied mechanical energy above 6–8 kJ/g, the disordering processes dominate and the material is amorphized. At this stage, the specific surface area of samples decreases.
Streletskii, A. N.; Permenov, D. G.; Streletzky, Kiril A.; Bokhonov, B. B.; and Leonov, A. V., "Mechanochemistry of Hexagonal Boron Nitride: 1. Destruction and Amorphization During Mechanical Treatment" (2010). Physics Faculty Publications. 255.
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