Chemistry:Scandium dodecaboride

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Scandium dodecaboride
IUPAC name
scandium dodecaboride
Molar mass 174.69 g/mol
Tetragonal, tI26
I4/mmm, No. 139
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Scandium dodecaboride is a refractory metal boride.


ScB12 is formed by mixing a 7:1 ratio of boron powder and scandium oxide powder, heating to 2500 °C with a plasma torch or similar, quenching in cold water and washing with concentrated hydrochloric acid.[1]


ScB12 was originally reported as having a cubic structure,[2] later studies showed it to have tetragonal structure (unit cell with a=522pm, c=735pm).[1] More recently it has been shown that there is indeed a cubic form but that it requires stabilization.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Matkovich, V.I.; J Economy; R F Giese Jr; R Barrett (1965). "The structure of metallic dodecaborides". Acta Crystallogr. 19 (6): 1056–1058. doi:10.1107/S0365110X65004954. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  2. Przybylska, Maria; Allan H. Reddoch; George J. Ritter (1963). "The Preparation and Structure of Lutetium Diboride, Scandium Dodecaboride and Lutetium Antimonide". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 85 (4): 407–411. doi:10.1021/ja00887a008. 
  3. Paderno, Y.; N. Shitsevalova (1995). "Stabilization of cubic scandium dodecaboride". Journal of Alloys and Compounds 219 (1–2): 119–123. doi:10.1016/0925-8388(94)05048-1.