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Mao, J., Gu, Q., Guo, Z. & Liu, H. Kun. (2015). Sodium borohydride hydrazinates: synthesis, crystal structures, and thermal decomposition behavior. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3 (21), 11269-11276.


Metallic borohydride hydrazinates are novel boron- and nitrogen-based materials that appear to be promising candidates for chemical hydrogen storage. Herein, sodium borohydride hydrazinates, including NaBH4·N2H4 and NaBH4·2N2H4, were synthesized via a facile solution synthesis approach based on the solid-liquid reaction between NaBH4 and hydrazine in tetrahydrofuran (THF) solution. The crystal structure of NaBH4·2N2H4 was solved to a monoclinic structure with unit cell parameters a = 8.4592(2) Å, b = 11.7131(2) Å, c = 6.4584(1) Å, and β = 100.0777(14)°, with space group A1a1 (9). Each Na+ ion interacts with four neighboring N2H4 molecules, leading to the formation of Na4[N2H4]44+ cationic chains along the a direction. Such cationic chains are surrounded by BH4− anions. The NaBH4·xN2H4 (x = 1, 2) was characterized by Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and mass spectroscopy (MS) to obtain a full picture of the relationship of the structure to the decomposition, which will be useful for future work on borohydride hydrazinates or the study of other B-N materials. Furthermore, magnesium borohydride hydrazinates were synthesized by ball milling the sodium borohydride hydrazinates with magnesium borohydride, and their thermal decomposition was investigated as well.



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