What is Boric Acid?
Boric Acid is a monobasic Lewis acid of boron with a chemical formula H3BO3.
It is an acid-containing four atoms of oxygen, one atom of phosphorus, and three atoms of hydrogen. It is also known as acidum boricum, hydrogen borate, boracic acid, and orthoboric acid. It is a weak acid and has antiviral, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.
It is soluble in water and does not have a smell. It exists as a colourless crystal or in a white powder form. We can prepare boric acid by reacting borax with hydrochloric acid. Wilhelm Homberg was the first to prepare boric acid from borax.
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Properties of Boric Acid – H3BO3
|Molecular Weight/ Molar Mass||61.83 g·mol−1|
|Boiling Point||158 °C|
|Melting Point||300 °C|
Structure of Boric Acid (H3BO3)
Boric Acid (H3BO3) Uses
The uses of boric acid are listed below.
- It is used in the manufacture of textile fiberglass
- It is used in the production of the flat panel display
- It is used to neutralize the active hydrofluoric acid
- It is used by blacksmiths as welding flux
- It is used in electroplating
- It is used in the jewelry industry
- It is used in the manufacture of silly putty
- It is used as an Insecticidal
- It is used as an antiseptic and antibacterial
- It is used on carrom boards as a dry lubricant
- It is used as a neutron poison in some nuclear plants
- It is used to preserve grains like wheat and rice
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Frequently asked questions
1. What is the other name of Boric acid?
Ans: Acidum boricum.
2. Write the chemical formula for Boric acid.
3. What is the molecular mass of Boric acid?
Ans: 61.83 g/mol
4. Write the boiling and melting point of Boric acid.
Ans: Boiling point = 158 °C, melting point = 300 °C.
5. List two uses of Boric acid.
Ans: It is used as an antiseptic or neutron absorber.