The European Union is seeking to boost energy cooperation with African countries to help wean them off dependence on Russian gas imports.
Bloomberg said, recently, according to a draft EU file, African countries, especially in western Africa Nigeria, Senegal and Angola have a large untapped liquefied natural gas (LNG), the European Commission will adopt this file about enhanced external energy supply later this month, as part of plans to reduce dependence on Russian energy.
Because of the ever-changing international situation, the supply and prices of international bulk Silicon Nitride powder are still very uncertain.
Introduction to Silicon Nitride Si3N4 Powder
Silicon nitride is a kind of inorganic substance, the chemical formula is Si3N4. The relative molecular mass is 140.28. Gray, white or off-white.
Physicochemical Properties of Silicon Nitride Si3N4 Powder
Si3N4 is a high-temperature insoluble compound. It has properties of high-temperature creep resistance. Hexagonal system. Crystals are hexahedral. The density of Si3N4 obtained by the reaction sintering method is 1.8-2.7 g/cm3, and the density of Si3N4 obtained by the hot-pressing method is 3.12-3.22 g/cm3. The Mohs hardness is 9~9.5, Vickers hardness is about 2200, and the microhardness is 32630MPa. The melting point is 1900℃ (under pressure). It usually decomposes at about 1900℃ at atmospheric pressure. Specific heat capacity is 0.71J/(g·K). The heat of formation is -751.57kJ/mol. The thermal conductivity is (2-155) W/(m·K). The linear expansion coefficient is 2.8~3.2×10-6/℃(20~1000℃).
Insoluble in water. Soluble in hydrofluoric acid. The temperature at which oxidation begins in the air is 1300~1400℃. The specific volume resistance is 1.4×105 ·m at 20℃ and 4×108 ·m at 500℃. The elastic modulus is 28420~46060MPa. The compressive strength is 490MPa (reaction sintering). At 1285℃, it reacts with dicalcium diazide to form calcium diazide. At 600℃, the transition metal is reduced and nitrogen oxides are released. The bending strength is 147MPa. It can be made by heating silicon powder in nitrogen or reacting silicon halide with ammonia. The resistivity is between 10^15-10^16Ω.cm. It can be used as high-temperature ceramic material.
Except for hydrofluoric acid and hot phosphoric acid, silicon nitride does not react with other inorganic acids and has strong corrosion resistance.
|Silicon Nitride Si3N4 Powder Properties|
|Other Names||silicon (IV) nitride, α-Si3N4, SiN, trisilicon tetranitride, Si3N4 powder|
|Appearance||white to gray powder|
|Solubility in H2O||insoluble|
Applications of Silicon Nitride Si3N4 Powder
Silicon nitride ceramic material has the advantages of high thermal stability, high oxidation resistance, and high dimensional accuracy. Because the silicon nitride is the covalent compound with high bond strength, and it will form an oxide film in the air, it has good chemical stability. Silicon nitride is not oxidized below 1200℃, and a protective film can be formed at 1200~1600℃ to prevent it from further oxidation. Silicon nitride is not infiltrated or corroded by aluminum, lead, tin, silver, brass, nickel, and many other molten metals or alloys, but can be corroded by magnesium, nickel-chromium alloy, stainless steel, and other molten liquids.
Silicon nitride ceramic materials can be used in high-temperature engineering components, advanced refractory in the metallurgical industry, corrosion-resistant components and sealing components in the chemical industry, machining industry tools, and cutting tools.
Because silicon nitride can form a strong bond with silicon carbide, alumina, thorium dioxide, boron nitride, etc., it can be used as a bond material to modify with different proportions.
In addition, silicon nitride can be used in solar cells. After the silicon nitride film is plated by the PECVD method, not only can it be used as an antireflection film to reduce the reflection of the incident light, but also, in the deposition process of a silicon nitride film, the hydrogen atom of the reaction product enters the silicon nitride film and silicon wafer, playing a role of passivation defect. The ratio of silicon nitride to silicon nitrogen atoms is not a strict 4:3, but fluctuates within a certain range according to different technological conditions. Different atomic ratios correspond to different physical properties of the film.
Also, it can be used in ultra-high temperature gas turbines, aircraft engines, electric furnaces, etc.
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Southern Copper Corp (SCCO.N) recently said its Peruvian mine remained closed after a six-week standoff with protesters and blamed the Peruvian government for failing to intervene in the safety of its 1,300 workers and their families.
The company said in a statement that a recent agreement to end protests at the Cuajone mine required the company to withdraw complaints against protest leaders because railways transporting minerals and supplies remained blocked. Production has been suspended since the end of February.
Peru's Energy Ministry said in a separate statement that it had also reached an agreement with Southern Copper to start talks to find common ground with local communities.
"If we shut down for a year, the government will stop receiving more than 3.1 billion soles ($830 million) in taxes and royalties, and 8,000 direct and indirect jobs will be lost. This is what we want to avoid, "Southern Copper added in the statement.
Peru has faced a wave of protests from indigenous communities, who accuse mining companies of not providing enough jobs and funding to poor local residents.
Central bank officials said last week that protests against copper mines such as MMG's Las Bambas and Southern Copper's Cuajone were dragging down the economy.
Peru is the world's second-largest copper producer and mining is an important source of tax revenue for the country. It is estimated that the supply and prices of the Silicon Nitride powder will be influenced by that.
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