The structural characterization of (NH4)2B10H10 and thermal decomposition studies of (NH4)2B10H10 and (NH4)2B12H12



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Yisgedu, T. B., Huang, Z., Chen, X., Lingam, H. K., King, G., Highley, A., Maharrey, S., Woodward, P. M., Behrens, R., Shore, S. G. & Zhao, J. (2012). The structural characterization of (NH4)2B10H10 and thermal decomposition studies of (NH4)2B10H10 and (NH4)2B12H12. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37 4267-4273.


The structure of (NH4)2B10H10 (1) was determined through powder XRD analysis. The thermal decomposition of 1 and (NH4)2B12H12 (2) was examined between 20 and 1000oC using STMBMS methods. Between 200 and 400oC a mixture of NH3 and H2 evolves from both compounds; above 400oC only H2 evolves. The dihydrogen bonding interaction in 1 is much stronger than that in 2. The stronger dihydrogen bond in 1 resulted in a significant reduction by up to 60oC, but with a corresponding 25% decrease in the yield of H2 in the lower temperature region and a doubling of the yield of NH3. The decomposition of 1 follows a lower temperature exothermic reaction pathway that yields substantially more NH3 than the higher temperature endothermic pathway of 2. Heating of 1 at 250oC resulted in partial conversion of B10H102 to B12H122 Both 1 and 2 form an insoluble polymeric material after decomposition. The elements of the reaction network that control the release of H2 from the B10H102 can be altered by conducting the experiment under conditions in whichpressures of NH3 and H2 are either near, or away from, their equilibrium values.

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