• Name: Boron

  • Symbol: B

  • Number of Energy Levels: 2

  • Electrons on the outer energy level: 3

  • Atomic Number: 5

  • Atomic Mass: 10.811 Amu

  • Protons / Electrons: 5

  • Neutrons: 6

  • Density: 2.34 g/cm3

  • Classification: Metalloid

Top 14 interesting facts about Boron

  • Boron's name comes from Arabic and Persian words for Borax, which are Buraq and Burah.
  • Boron was discovered in 1808 by Sir H. Davy, J.L. Gay-Lussac and L.J. Thenard.
  • Although Boron compounds have been well known since old times, the Boron can not be found freely in nature.
  • Boron is mainly extracted from Kernite, which is found in Mojave Desert.
  • Borax, another compound that contains Boron, is found in big quantities in Turkey.
  • Boron compounds are used for treating Arthritis and to produce borosilicate glass.
  • Another compound of Boron, Boron Nitrate, has lubricant properties and it is used as an alternative to graphite.
  • B-10 isotope is used in nuclear industry as a neutron detector, but not only.
  • Boron doesn't conduct electricity very well in normal conditions but at high temperatures, Boron is a great electrical conductor.
  • Boron's melting point is at 2300 centigrade and the boiling point is at 2550 centigrade. Just 11 elements have a higher melting point than Boron.
  • Pure Boron costs about $1100/100g (bulk costs about $500/100g).
  • Boron is very hard and very resistant to heat.
  • All of the plants use Boron as an important nutrient.
  • Boron wasn't made during the Big Bang; the collision between cosmic rays create Boron.