Fundamentals and Applications of Boron Chemistry

Fundamentals and Applications of Boron Chemistry

1st Edition - March 17, 2022

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  • Editor: Yinghuai Zhu
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128221273
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128221266

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Fundamentals and Applications of Boron Chemistry highlights its impressive potential for current and future developments across a range of fields, providing foundational information on boron chemistry and systematically summarizing applications of boron in energy, medicinal chemistry, and materials chemistry. Beginning with an introduction to boron chemistry which outlines the boron element and its physical and chemical properties, this book goes on to discuss advances in boron coordination chemistry, before delving deeper into key fields of application. The latest developments in boron-based catalysts in organic reactions are reviewed, followed by novel emerging boron-containing materials and their potential applications in areas such as hydrogen storage, and boron materials with special optical activity. Finally, advance boron-based drugs and therapies are explored. This book fills the current market gap, systematically summarizing developments and applications of boron in energy, medicinal chemistry, and materials chemistry in a single, accessible volume. It is a valuable reference for chemists, students, and researchers in relative areas.

Key Features

  • Outlines the foundational principles and properties of boron chemistry
  • Highlights developments in the application of boron chemistry across key areas, including catalysis, sustainable energy, material development, and pharmaceuticals
  • Using active words to start them off
  • Inspires researchers in developing future applications based on boron’s chemical characteristics and activity


Chemists, students and researchers (across academia and industry) interested in Boron chemistry and refining or developing novel applications across the disciplines of inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, materials chemistry and pharmaceutical science

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • List of contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Introduction: basic concept of boron and its physical and chemical properties
  • Abstract
  • 1.1 Boron element and its isotopes
  • 1.2 General bonding characteristics and crystal structure
  • 1.3 General physical and chemical properties
  • 1.4 The history, distribution, and sources of boron
  • 1.5 Determination of boron isotopes
  • 1.6 The pharmacokinetics of boron
  • 1.7 The preparation of boron
  • 1.8 Special chemical compounds of boron and their applications
  • 1.9 Boron in plants, human and animal health
  • 1.10 Medical applications
  • 1.11 Summary and outlook
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter 2. Applications of boron compounds in catalysis
  • Abstract
  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 Triaryl or mixed arylalkylboranes
  • 2.3 Diaryl boranes or diaryl borinic acids
  • 2.4 Arylboronic acid
  • 2.5 Borocation
  • 2.6 Miscellaneous
  • 2.7 Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter 3. Boron-containing small molecules as antiparasitic agents
  • Abstract
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Therapeutic application
  • 3.3 Conclusion
  • Abbreviations
  • References
  • Chapter 4. Boron materials for energy applications
  • Abstract
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Boron materials for hydrogen generation
  • 4.3 Boron materials for organic light-emitting diodes
  • 4.4 Boron materials thermal conductivity
  • 4.5 Piezoelectric properties of boron-based materials
  • 4.6 Boron materials for energy storage
  • 4.7 Summary and outlook of boron materials for energy applications
  • References
  • Chapter 5. Nanovehicles and boron clusters
  • Abstract
  • 5.1 Overview
  • 5.2 Boron clusters
  • 5.3 Nanovehicles incorporating boron clusters
  • 5.4 Future perspectives
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter 6. The serendipitous integration of small boron-embedded molecules into medicinal chemistry
  • Abstract
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 Boron: detrimental to plant and animal physiology!
  • 6.3 Relevance of boron-containing compounds integrated into medicinal chemistry
  • 6.4 Conclusion
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 430
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: March 17, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128221273
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128221266

About the Editor

Yinghuai Zhu

Dr. Yinghuai Zhu received his Ph. D degree (1997) in organometallic chemistry from Nankai University. He then worked at Nankai University for around three years as an Assistant and Associate Professor, respectively. Before joining the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, A*STAR in 2002 as senior research fellow, he conducted research into boron chemistry at Northern Illinois University. He began work at School of Pharmacy, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, in 2017. Dr. Zhu’s researches focus on boron chemistry and catalysis. He has published around 78 articles in peer reviewed journals, 11 book chapters and more than 40 conference contributions

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Pharmacy, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, Republic of China

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