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Lithium based complex hydrides, including lithium aluminum hydrides and lithium borohydride (LiAlH4, Li3AlH6 and LiBH4), are among the most promising materials due to their high hydrogen contents. In the present work, we investigated the hydrogen storage properties of a new combined system of Li3AlH6-LiBH4. The samples were made with small amounts of catalyst under low energy milling conditions. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) of a Ti-doped Li3AlH6/2LiBH4 indicated that the degree of hydrogen release reached 7.3 wt. % by the time the sample reached 450iÆc under a heating rate of 2iÆC/min. This increased to 8.8 wt. % when the sample was held at 450iÆCfor additional 8 hours minutes under this condition. The dehydrogenation product was a mixture of LiH and AlB2. This product could be rehydrogenated up to 3.8 wt. % under 24.1 MPa hydrogen pressure and 450iÆC.
Metal hydrides and amides are potential candidate materials for hydrogen storage. Lithium- and magnesium-based material systems are among the most promising materials owing to their high hydrogen contents. In the present work, we investigated hydrogenation/dehydrogenation reactions of a binary nitride, LiMgN. LiMgN can be formed by a reaction of MgH2 with LiNH2 in 1:1 ratio. The reaction also releases approximately ∼ 8.1 wt% H2 (theoretical value is 8.2 wt%) between 160 and 220 °C. The reaction product LiMgN can be rehydrogenated by reacting with H2 under 2000 psi of hydrogen pressure and 160 °C with small amount of TiCl3 doping. TGA results showed that about 8.0 wt% of hydrogen was stored in TiCl3-doped LiMgN during the hydrogenation process. The reversible hydrogenation and dehydrogenation mechanisms involving LiMgN and H2 are discussed.
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