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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014, Article ID 123194, 6 pages
Research Article

Electrochemical Synthesis of Magnesium Hexaboride by Molten Salt Technique

1CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi 630006, India
2Department of Physics, Selvam Arts and Science College, Namakkal 637003, India

Received 24 March 2014; Revised 23 May 2014; Accepted 26 May 2014; Published 31 August 2014

Academic Editor: Sarkarainadar Balamurugan

Copyright © 2014 S. Angappan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present work reports electrochemical synthesis of MgB6 from molten salts using the precursor consists of LiF–B2O3–MgCl2. An attempt has been made to synthesize metastable phase MgB6 crystal by electrolysis method. DTA/TGA studies were made to determine the eutectic point of the melt and it was found to be around 900°C. The electrolysis was performed at 900°C under argon atmosphere, at current density of 1.5 A/cm2. The electrodeposited crystals were examined using XRD, SEM, and XPS. From the above studies, the electrochemical synthesis method for hypothetical MgB6 from chloro-oxy-fluoride molten salt system is provided. Mechanism for the formation of magnesium hexaboride is discussed.