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Hexagonal Boron Nitride (h-BN) Crystals and Films


Product Code M2133A1
Price $514.00 ex. VAT

Low price, high purity 2D hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) crystals and films

Suitable for the creation of single or few-layer sheets via mechanical or liquid exfoliation


With a honeycomb structure based on sp2 covalent bonds similar to graphene, hexagonal boron nitride is also known as “white graphene”. h-BN monolayers have a layered structure (again, very similar to graphene).

The hexagonal crystal structure of h-BN is one of the three crystalline forms of boron nitride (BN). BN crystallises in hexagonal form at room temperature and normal pressure. It is the most stable phase of the three crystalline forms. At higher temperature and pressure, h-BN transform into a wurtzite structure (P63mc).

h-BN is normally considered an insulator, and is used as a sub-layer material for any other 2D material in electronic devices. However, it has exotic opto-electronic properties (e.g. wide bandgap and low dielectric constant) along with mechanical robustness, high thermal conductivity and chemical inertness. It was later confirmed to have an indirect bandgap (at 5.955 eV), and thus is also considered a semiconductor. 

2D h-BN has no absorption in the visible range, but has absorption in the ultraviolet region with good photoluminescence.

Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) monolayer film has a similar lattice structure to graphene, with a lattice mismatch of only about 1.8%. h-BN and graphene are different in terms of their electrical conductivity. With a bandgap of 6.08 eV, h-BN has an insulating nature, whereas graphene is considered a semi-metal.

h-BN is widely used as a dielectric substrate in electronic and optical devices for graphene and other 2D-layered semiconductors (e.g. transition metal dichalcogenides TMDs).

Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) few-layer film, often referred to as h-BN nanosheets (h-BNNS), has an ultra-flat surface without dangling bonds. Due to its oxidation resistance even at high temperatures (up to 1000 oC) and chemical resistance to both acids and bases, it is believed to be a better substrate than silicon.

We supply low price hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) in several different forms for a range of applications.

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Crystals

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Crystals

Can be used for preparation of Hexagonal Boron Nitride nanoplates and ultrathin films

Available in Pack of 5 or 10 crystals

≥ 99.99% purity

From £395.00

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Films 

Hexagonal Boron Nitride crystal

Can be used as substrate, dielectrics and passivation layers or interlayer to other 2D materials, 

Monolayer and Few-Layer h-BN Films available on SiO2/Si or PET sunstrate*

≥ 99% purity

From £189.00

*Custom made size and substrates are also available 

  • Glass (1 cm × 1 cm, 1 cm × 2 cm, 2 cm × 2 cm or custom-made sizes)
  • Sapphire (1 cm × 2 cm, 2 cm × 2 cm or custom-made sizes)
  • Silicon (1 cm × 2 cm, 2 cm × 2 cm or custom-made sizes)
  • Quartz (1 cm × 2 cm, 2 cm × 2 cm or custom-made sizes)
  • Copper (5 cm × 10 cm or custom-made sizes)

Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) crystals are most commonly used as sources from which single or few-layer sheets can be obtained via either mechanical or liquid exfoliation. 

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h-BN has been used as a protective membrane in devices such as deep ultraviolet and quantum photonic emitters, where it provides strong oxidation resistance. It has also been utilised as a tunnelling barrier in field-effect tunnelling transistors.

Key Product Data

Synthesis and Usage

High quality monolayer and few-layer h-BN films were first grown directly on copper foil via the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) method. The films were later transferred to the desired substrates via the wet chemical transfer process. 

h-BN films are ready to use in various research purposes, such as microscopic analysis, photoluminescence, and Raman spectroscopy studies. h-BN monolayer film can also be transferred to other substrates.

Structure and Properties of Hexagonal Boron Nitride

After exfoliation of Hexagonal Boron Nitride crystal or powder, Hexagonal Boron Nitride typically has the following properties:

  • ‎Known as “white graphene”
  • BN crystallises in hexagonal form (P63mc)
  • Normally considered an insulator
  • With an indirect bandgap (at 5.955 eV), and thus is also considered a semiconductor

Applications of Hexagonal Boron Nitride

Thanks to its direct wide bandgap and ultraviolet luminescence property, exfoliated h-BN nano-sheets are a promising candidate for applications in ultraviolet lasers, photon emission, and DUV detectors. 2D h-BN also finds applications in FETs, quantum tunnelling transistors, thermoelectric devices, LEDs and solar cells.

Technical Data

CAS number 10043-11-5
Full name Hexagonal boron nitride
Chemical formula BN
Molecular weight 24.82 g/mol
Bandgap Indirect bandgap at 5.955 eV
Preparation Synthetic - Chemical Vapour Transport (CVT)
Structure Hexagonal (2H)
Electronic properties 2D Materials - insulator/semiconductor
Melting point ‎2,973 °C (sublimates)
Colour Colourless
Synonyms White graphene, hexagonal BN, h-BN
Classification / Family 2D materials, Organic electronics, Materials science

Product Details

Form Purity
Hexagonal Boron Nitride Crystals ≥ 99.99%
Hexagonal Boron Nitride Films ≥ 99%

 

Monolayer Film

 

Substrate SiO2/Si PET Sapphire Quartz
Product code M2161F11 M2162F11 M2319F11 M2320F11
Size 1 cm × 1 cm* 1 cm × 1 cm* 1 cm × 1 cm* 1 cm × 1 cm*
Growth Method CVD synthesis CVD synthesis CVD synthesis CVD synthesis
Appearance Transparent Transparent Transparent Transparent
Purity > 99% > 99% > 99% > 99%
Transparency > 97% > 97% > 97% > 97%
Coverage > 95% > 95% > 95% > 95%
Number of Layers 1 1 1 1
Sheet Resistance n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Transfer method Wet chemical transfer Wet chemical transfer Wet chemical transfer Wet chemical transfer
Substrate Thickness 300 nm (oxide layer) 250 µm 300 µm
n.a.
MSDS MSDS MSDS MSDS MSDS


Few-Layer Film

Substrate SiO2/Si PET Sapphire Quartz
Product code M2163F11 M2164F11 M2321F11 M2322F11
Size 1 cm × 1 cm* 1 cm × 1 cm* 1 cm × 1 cm* 1 cm × 1 cm*
Growth Method CVD synthesis CVD synthesis CVD synthesis CVD synthesis
Appearance Transparent Transparent Transparent Transparent
Purity > 99% > 99% > 99% > 99%
Transparency > 97% > 97% > 97% > 97%
Coverage > 95% > 95% > 95% > 95%
Number of Layers 2-6 2-6 2-6 2-6
Sheet Resistance n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a.
Transfer method Wet chemical transfer Wet chemical transfer Wet chemical transfer Wet chemical transfer
Substrate Thickness 300 nm (oxide layer) 250 µm 300 µm n.a.
MSDS MSDS MSDS MSDS MSDS

MSDS Documents

Hexagonal Boron Nitride crystals MSDSHexagonal Boron Nitride Crystals

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer Film on SiO2/Si MSDSHexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer Film on SiO2/Si

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer Film on PET MSDSHexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer Film on PET

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer Film on Sapphire MSDSHexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer Film on Sapphire

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer Film on Quartz MSDSHexagonal Boron Nitride Monolayer Film on Quartz

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Few-Layer Film on SiO2/Si MSDSHexagonal Boron Nitride Few-Layer Film on SiO2/Si

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Few-Layer Film on PET MSDSHexagonal Boron Nitride Few-Layer Film on PET

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Few-Layer Film on Sapphire MSDSHexagonal Boron Nitride Few-Layer Film on Sapphire

Hexagonal Boron Nitride Few-Layer Film on Quartz MSDSHexagonal Boron Nitride Few-Layer Film on Quartz

Structure of Hexagonal Boron Nitride 

With a honeycomb structure based on sp2 covalent bonds similar to graphene, hexagonal boron nitride is also known as “white graphene”. h-BN monolayers have a layered structure (again, very similar to graphene).

The hexagonal crystal structure of h-BN is one of the three crystalline forms of boron nitride (BN). BN crystallises in hexagonal form at room temperature and normal pressure. It is the most stable phase of the three crystalline forms. At higher temperature and pressure, h-BN transform into a wurtzite structure (P63mc).

h-BN crystal structure - hexagonal boron nitride

The crystal structure of single-layer hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN)

Applications of Hexagonal Boron Nitride

Few-layer h-BN can be achieved either by physical, thermal, or liquid phase exfoliation, Like graphite, its layer-by-layer structure is held together by van der Waals forces.

The optical band gap of monolayer h-BN is found to be 6.07 eV, while few-layer h-BN has bandgaps ranging from 5.56 to 5.92 eV, depending on the number of layers. Thanks to its direct wide bandgap and ultraviolet luminescence property, exfoliated h-BN nano-sheets are a promising candidate for applications in ultraviolet lasers, photon emission, and DUV detectors. 2D h-BN also finds applications in FETs, quantum tunnelling transistors, thermoelectric devices, LEDs and solar cells.

Due to its special chemical properties and electronic structure, h-BN often serves as an atomic flat insulating substrate or a tunneling dielectric barrier in graphene and other 2D electronics. Like graphene, h-BN exhibits excellent mechanical flexibility, chemical and temperature stability, and high thermal conductivity. h-BN has been used as a protective membrane in devices such as deep ultraviolet and quantum photonic emitters, where it provides strong oxidation resistance. It has also been utilised as a tunnelling barrier in field-effect tunnelling transistors.


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Pricing Table (All)

Form Package/Substrates* Product Code Price
Crystals Pack of 5 Crystals M2133A1 £395.00
Crystals
Pack of 10 Crystals
M2133C1 £675.00
Monolayer Films SiO2/Si - 2 Each M2161F11 £189.00 
Monolayer Films SiO2/Si - 4 Each M2161F11 £323.00
Monolayer Films PET - 2 Each
M2162F11 £189.00 
Monolayer Films PET - 4 Each M2162F11 £323.00
Monolayer Films Sapphire - 2 Each M2319F11 £259.00 
Monolayer Films Sapphire - 4 Each M2319F11 £439.00 
Monolayer Films Quartz - 2 Each M2320F11 £259.00 
Monolayer Films Quartz - 4 Each M2320F11 £439.00 
Few-Layer Films SiO2/Si - 2 Each M2163F11 £189.00 
Few-Layer Films SiO2/Si - 4 Each M2163F11 £323.00
Few-Layer Films PET - 2 Each M2164F11 £189.00 
Few-Layer Films PET - 4 Each M2164F11 £323.00
Few-Layer Films Sapphire - 2 Each M2321F11 £259.00 
Few-Layer Films Sapphire - 4 Each M2321F11 £439.00 
Few-Layer Films Quartz - 2 Each M2322F11 £259.00 
Few-Layer Films Quartz - 4 Each M2322F11 £439.00 

*typical representative size, areas/dimensions may vary

**item with a lead time of 4-6 weeks, please contact for more information

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Literature and Reviews

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  • Large Scale Thermal Exfoliation and Functionalization of Boron Nitride, Z. Cui et al., small, 10 (12), 2352–2355 (2014); DOI: 10.1002/smll.201303236.
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