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Process for production of a metal hydride

United States Patent

August 12, 2014
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A process for production of a metal hydride compound MH.sub.x, wherein x is one or two and M is an alkali metal, Be or Mg. The process comprises combining a compound of formula (R.sup.1O).sub.xM with aluminum, hydrogen and at least one metal selected from among titanium, zirconium, hafnium, niobium, vanadium, tantalum and iron to produce a compound of formula MH.sub.x. R.sup.1 is phenyl or phenyl substituted by at least one alkyl or alkoxy group. A mole ratio of aluminum to (R.sup.1O).sub.xM is from 0.1:1 to 1:1. The catalyst is present at a level of at least 200 ppm based on weight of aluminum.
Allen; Nathan Tait (Philadelphia, PA), Butterick, III; Robert (Swedesboro, NJ), Chin; Arthur Achhing (Cherry Hill, NJ), Millar; Dean Michael (Midland, MI), Molzahn; David Craig (Midland, MI)
Rohm and Haas Company (Philadelphia, PA), Dow Global Technologies LLC (Midland, MI)
13/ 053,350
March 22, 2011
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC36-05GO15053 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.