Towards an understanding of the beneficial effect of mesoporous materials on dehydrogenation characteristics of NH3BH3

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Title: Towards an understanding of the beneficial effect of mesoporous materials on dehydrogenation characteristics of NH3BH3
Authors: Sullivan, James A.
Herron, Rory
Phillips, Andrew D.
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Date: 2016
Abstract: Ammonia borane (AB) was loaded onto a range of mesoporous materials (MCM-41, SBA-15 and MCF) by wet impregnation from THF solutions and its thermal dehydrogenation studied using TGA/MS. The interactions between the AB and the surfaces were characterised using difference FTIR spectroscopy. The presence of mesoporous materials promotes lower temperature H2 release, and greater selectivity towards the formation of H2, i.e. decreased formation of gaseous boroncontaining side products. D-FTIR results confirm interactions between isolated silanol groups or surface Si-O-Si species and AB and this supports the proposal that a H-bonding interaction between the surface and deposited AB is important in promoting decomposition at lower temperature. AB interacting with silanol groups decomposes more readily than that coordinated to Si-O-Si. The effect on the temperature of H2 release is greater for materials of larger pore size (rather than materials of larger surface area), i.e. MCF>SBA-15>MCM-41. This suggests that access to the internal surface of the mesoporous material (where the majority of surface silanols are located) is important, and this in turn suggests that polymeric species, which may have restricted access to the internal surface of the different materials, form when AB is dissolved in THF. Decomposition of B-N-containing gaseous materials (to AB(g)) following their formation, on the silanol groups of the SiO2, is suggested as the reason for the increased selectivity of the reaction to H2 (and decreased release of unwanted side products) in the presence of mesoporous material.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental
Copyright (published version): 2016 Elsevier
Keywords: AmmoniaboraneHydrogen storageMesoporous SiO2Thermal analysis
DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.08.040
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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