Molecule of the Week


July 14, 2008

Decaborane, B10H14, is one of several stable binary boron–hydrogen compounds. It was first synthesized in 1962 by the pyrolysis of B2H6. It has the characteristic musty odor of boron hydrides; and, like the others, it is toxic to the central nervous system. It has been used for implanting boron in semiconductors, as a polymerization catalyst, and as a rocket fuel additive.