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Boron Nitride Nanostructured: Synthesis, Characterization and Potential Use in Cosmetics

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The hexagonal boron nitride has been well investigated. Its layered structure is similar to that of graphite. In the manufacture of cosmetics, this structure is intended to improve the appearance, sensory aspect and makes it easy to mix excipients contained in the formulation in the mixture process. In cosmetology, the efficiency and the penetration of active substances into skin are known to be directly related to the particle size. However, only recently their nanostructured properties have been explored. In this work, the synthesis of hexagonal boron nitride in the nanoscale, its composition, structure, morphology and potential for future application in sunscreens are being investigated. The boron nitride was synthesized from boric acid and melamine to a heat treatment at 1600. The crystal structure was characterized by (XRD) and its morphology was examined by (SEM) and (TEM); the chemical composition was studied by (FTIR), (EDS) and (EELS), the texture characterization by (BET) and its potential in sunscreens by (FTIR and UV/VIS). Results have shown that boron nitride may be synthesized in the nanoscale and that this material has the potential to be incorporated into cosmetics.

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L. Ansaloni and E. de Sousa, "Boron Nitride Nanostructured: Synthesis, Characterization and Potential Use in Cosmetics," Materials Sciences and Applications, Vol. 4 No. 1, 2013, pp. 22-28. doi: 10.4236/msa.2013.41004.


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