Bergemann, N., C. Pistidda, C. Milanese, M. Aramini, S. Huotari, P. Nolis, A. Santoru, M. R. Chierotti, A.-L. Chaudhary, M. D. Baro, T. Klassen & M. Dornheim. 2018. A hydride composite featuring mutual destabilisation and reversible boron exchange: Ca(BH4)2–Mg2NiH4. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 6(37). 17929–17946. DOI: 10.1039/c8ta04748k
The system Ca(BH4)2–Mg2NiH4 is used as a model to prove the unique possibility to fully reverse the borohydride decomposition process even in cases where the decomposition reaction leads to undesired stable boron containing species (boron sinks). The formation of MgNi2.5B2 directly from Ca(BH4)2 or from CaB12H12 and amorphous boron allows an unexpectedly easy transfer of the boron atoms to reversibly form Ca(BH4)2 during rehydrogenation. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, the mutual destabilisation of the starting reactants is observed for the first time in Ca(BH4)2 based Reactive Hydride Composite (RHC) systems. A detailed account of dehydrogenation and rehydrogenation reaction mechanisms as the function of applied experimental conditions is given.
Karimi, Fahim, María V.C. Riglos, Antonio Santoru, Armin Hoell, Vikram S. Raghuwanshi, Chiara Milanese, Nils Bergemann, Claudio Pistidda, Pau Nolis , Maria D. Baro, Gökhan Gizer, Thi-Thu Le, P. Klaus Pranzas, Martin Dornheim, Thomas Klassen, Andreas Schrey & Julián Puszkiel. 2018. In Situ Formation of TiB2 Nanoparticles for Enhanced Dehydrogenation / Hydrogenation Reaction Kinetics of LiBH4–MgH2 as a Reversible Solid-State Hydrogen Storage Composite System. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 122(22). 11671–11681. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b02258
To enhance the dehydrogenation/rehydrogenation kinetic behavior of the LiBH4–MgH2 composite system, TiF4 is used as an additive. The effect of this additive on the hydride composite system has been studied by means of laboratory and advanced synchrotron techniques. Investigations on the synthesis and mechanism upon hydrogen interaction show that the addition of TiF4 to the LiBH4–MgH2 composite system during the milling procedure leads to the in situ formation of well-distributed nanosized TiB2 particles. These TiB2 nanoparticles act as nucleation agents for the formation of MgB2 upon dehydrogenation process of the hydride composite system. The effect of TiB2 nanoparticles is maintained upon cycling.
“Role of aluminum chloride on the reversible hydrogen storage properties of the Li-N-H system”
Fernández, L.; Garroni, S.; Larochette, P.; Nolis, P.; Mulas, G.; Enzo, S.; Baró, M.D.; Gennari, F. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, IN PRESS2015 doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.08.030
In order to understand the role of AlCl3 addition on the Li–N–H system, we have systematically investigated the hydrogen sorption kinetics and the reactions between LiNH2–LiH and AlCl3 additive with a multitechnique approach involving differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), hydrogen volumetric measurements, X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), Fourier transform infrared analysis (FTIR) and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Continue reading Storage properties of the Li-N-H system→
Structural evolution upon decomposition of the LiAlH4+LiBH4 system. S. Soru, A. Taras, C. Pistiddb, C. Milanese, C. Bonatto Minella, E. Masolo, P. Nolis, M. D. Baró, A. Marinic, M. Tolkiehn,M. Dornheim, S. Enzo, G. Mulas, S. Garroni. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 2014, in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.12.027
“Chemical State, Distribution and Role of Ti- and Nb-Based Additives on the Ca(BH4)2 System” by Christian Bonatto Minella, Eva Pellicer, Emma Rossinyol, Fahim Karini, Claudio Pistidda,Sebastiano Garroni, Chiara Milanese, Pau Nolis, Maria Dolors Baró, Oliver Gutfleisch, Klaus Pranzas, Andreas Schreyer, Thomas Klassen, Rüdiger Bormann and Martin Dornheim. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 117:4394-4403 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/jp3116275
Light metal tetrahydroborates are regarded as promising materials for solid state hydrogen storage. Due to both a high gravimetric hydrogen capacity of 11.5 wt. % and an ideal de-hydrogenation enthalpy of 32 kJ mol-1 H2, Ca(BH4)2 is considered to be one of the most interesting compounds in this class of materials. In this work, a comprehensive investigation of the effect of different selected additives (TiF4, NbF5, Ti-isopropoxide and CaF2) on the reversible hydrogenation reaction of calcium borohydride is presented combining different investigation techniques. Continue reading Additives on the Ca(BH) system→
“Ca(BH4)2 + MgH2: Desorption Reaction and Role of Mg on its Reversibility” by Christian Bonatto Minella, Claudio Pistidda, Sebastiano Garroni, Pau Nolis, Maria Dolors Baró, Oliver Gutfleisch, Thomas Klassen, Rüdiger Bormann, and Martin Dornheim. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 117:3846-3852 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/jp312271s
The Ca(BH4)2-MgH2 composite system represents a promising candidate for mobile hydrogen storage due to a 10.5 wt. % theoretical hydrogen storage capacity and an estimated equilibrium temperature lower than 160 °C. For this system, the reversibility was achieved without further addition of additives. Continue reading Ca(BH4)2 + MgH2: Desorption Reaction→
“Experimental evidence of Na2[B12H12] and Na formation in the desorption pathway of the 2NaBH4+ MgH2 system”, by Sebastiano Garroni, Chiara Milanese, Daphiny Pottmaier, Gabriele Mulas, Pau Nolis, Alessandro Girella, Riccarda Caputo, David Olid-Britos, Francesc Teixidor, Marcello Baricco, Amedeo Marini, Santiago Suriñach, and Maria Dolores Baró. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Volume 115, Pages 16664-16671, July 2011. DOI: 10.1021/jp202341j
“Activation of the reactive hydride composite 2NaBH4 + MgH2” by C. Pistidda, G. Barkhordarian, A. Rzeszutek, S. Garroni, C. Bonatto Minella, M.D. Baró, P. Nolis, Rüdiger Bormann, T. Klassena and M. Dornhei. Scripta Materialia, Volume 64, Issue 11, June 2011, Pages 1035-1038. DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2011.02.017
A novel method to enhance the reaction kinetics of the reactive hydride composite 2NaBH4 + MgH2 is described. It has been discovered that short-term exposure to a moist atmosphere has a very beneficial effect on the desorption reaction of the 2NaBH4 + MgH2 mixture. By this procedure it is possible to achieve, after drying, both faster desorption kinetics and greater amounts of released hydrogen compared to ball-milled material without further treatment.