A self-catalyzing hydrogen-storage material

Jun Yang*, Andrea Sudik, Donald J. Siegel, Devin Halliday, Andrew Drews, Roscoe O. Carter, Christopher Wolverton, Gregory J. Lewis, J. W.Adriaan Sachtler, John J. Low, Syed A. Faheem, David A. Lesch, Vidvuds Ozolinš

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(Graph Presented) Greater than the sum of its parts: Hydrogen storage in complex hydrides is accelerated by using the ternary composite 2 LiNH 2/LiBH4/MgH2, which exhibits a "self-catalyzing" reaction pathway that results in faster H 2 desorption, lower desorption temperatures, and suppression of NH3 release in comparison to the constituent binary composites (see diagram). The enhanced properties arise from the incorporation of an ionic liquid phase (Li4BH3H10) and from ancillary-reaction seeding of a reversible H2 storage reaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)882-887
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008


  • Hydrides
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Kinetics
  • Materials science
  • Thermodynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Catalysis


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