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Methods and apparatus for synthesis of metal hydrides

United States Patent Application

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An electrochemical process and apparatus for preparing metal hydride compounds from metal salts under a hydrogen atmosphere are disclosed. The electrochemical process may be integrated with chemical reaction of a boron compound to produce borohydride compounds. A metal salt and a borate are charged to the cathode of an electrolytic cell wherein the borate reacts with the hydride, to produce the borohydride compound.
Kelly, Michael T. (Plainsboro, NJ)
11/ 260,256
October 28, 2005
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The invention was made with Government support under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC36-04GO14008 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.