Advanced Materials

Preparation of Boron-Carbide/Carbon Nanofibers from a Poly(norbornenyldecaborane) Single-Source Precursor via Electrostatic Spinning


  • At The Pennsylvania State University we thank the U.S. Department of Energy for support of this project. At the University of Pennsylvania we thank the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation for the support of this project. We thank Dr. Gary L. Wood and Prof. Robert T. Paine at the University of New Mexico for assistance in obtaining DRIFT spectra on the ceramic powders and fibers.


Pyrolysis of poly(norbornenyldecaborane) that has been electrostatically spun provides a route to non-woven mats of boron-carbide/carbon ceramic nanofibers with narrow distributions and controllable dimensions (see Figure). This approach allows the fabrication of composite ceramic fibers with varying composition, which could be tailored to suit specific applications.

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