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Hydrogen-storing hydride complexes

United States Patent

April 10, 2012
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A ternary hydrogen storage system having a constant stoichiometric molar ratio of LiNH.sub.2:MgH.sub.2:LiBH.sub.4 of 2:1:1. It was found that the incorporation of MgH.sub.2 particles of approximately 10 nm to 20 nm exhibit a lower initial hydrogen release temperature of C. Furthermore, it is observed that the particle size of LiBNH quaternary hydride has a significant effect on the hydrogen sorption concentration with an optimum size of 28 nm. The as-synthesized hydrides exhibit two main hydrogen release temperatures, one around C. and the other around C., with the main hydrogen release temperature reduced from C. to C., while hydrogen is first reversibly released at temperatures as low as C. with a total hydrogen capacity of 6 wt. % to 8 wt. %. Detailed thermal, capacity, structural and microstructural properties have been demonstrated and correlated with the activation energies of these materials.
Srinivasan; Sesha S. (Tampa, FL), Niemann; Michael U. (Venice, FL), Goswami; D. Yogi (Tampa, FL), Stefanakos; Elias K. (Tampa, FL)
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
12/ 407,116
March 19, 2009
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Grant Nos. DE-FG36-04GO14224 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.