Nanoscale hexagonal BN additive for ammonia borane, AB, is shown to decrease the onset temperature for hydrogen release. Both the nano-BN and the AB:nano-BN samples are prepared by ball milling. The materials are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, 11B muclear magnetic resonance, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and mass spectrometry, and the hydrogen release is measured by a volumetric gas burette system. Several effects of the mixtures of AB:nano-BN are shown to be beneficial in comparison with neat AB. These are the decrease of the dehydrogenation temperature, the decrease in NH 3 formation, as well as the decrease of the exothermicity of hydrogen release with increasing the nano-BN concentration.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films