5 Interesting Facts About Boric Acid

Boric acid (also known as hydrogen borate, boracic acid, orthoboric acid and acidum boricum) is a colorless crystal or white powder that dissolves in water. It has the chemical formula B(OH)3 and exists in the form of colorless crystals or a white powder. BassTech is a strategic supplier of boric acid for use in refractories, flame retardants and specialty glass.

Here are five interesting facts about boric acid:

1. Boric acid could be present in your television screen.

Boric acid is used to make the glass for high tech LCD flat panel displays. It enhances the glass properties under extreme manufacturing conditions, resulting in a higher quality product.

2. The average person ingests boric acid on a daily basis.

It’s naturally present in vegetables, most fruits, grains and nuts. But you wouldn’t be able to tell because boric acid crystals are odorless and essentially tasteless. Not to worry– it’s not poisonous in the very small amounts that occur in nature.

3. Boric acid has many uses in medicine.

Boric acid can be used as an antiseptic for minor cuts and burns. Its antibacterial quality helps treat acne, pink eye (conjunctivitis) and prevent athlete’s foot. Not only does it kill bacteria, it also acts as an insecticide by dehydrating insect exoskeletons. In a very dilute solution, boric acid can be used as an eye wash.

4. Boric acid increases the resistance in specialty glass products.

Specialty products like heat resistant glassware, textile fiberglass and halogen light bulbs are enhanced by adding boric acid during the manufacture process. Its properties help increase the chemical and temperature resistance of glass, resulting in a more durable product.

5. Boric acid is an ingredient in Silly Putty.

Yes, it’s totally true. When you add boric acid to silicone oil, you get Crayola’s awesome non-Newtonian toy. Did you also know that Silly Putty is technically a fluid?

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Are you a manufacturer of refractories, flame retardants or specialty glass? We are a supplier of boric acid in many forms. To learn more about how BassTech International can assist you, contact one of our specialty chemical experts.

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