Synthesis of sodium borohydride for energy applications

Ying Wu, Jason C. Brady, Michael T. Kelly, Jeffrey V. Ortega, Jonathan L. Snover

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The synthesis of NaBH4 was studied for energy applications, e.g., as a hydrogen storage material. Na2CO3 was used instead of NaOH. Yields were 6-25%, with higher concentration Na2CO3 and greater ratio of Na2CO3 to B2H6 giving rise to higher yields. The technique of ball-milling was then employed to study the direct interaction of the gaseous diborane and the solid Lewis bases. Using this method, higher yields of NaBH4 were achieved, from 15 to 65%. The yield was further increased by increasing B2H6 pressure within the reaction vessel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)938-939
Number of pages2
JournalACS Division of Fuel Chemistry, Preprints
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Energy


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