New directions for hydrogen storage: Sulphur destabilised sodium aluminium hydride

D.A. Sheppard, Lars Haahr Jepsen, Torben René Jensen, M. Paskevicius, C.E. Buckley

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Aluminium sulphide (AlS) is predicted to effectively destabilise sodium aluminium hydride (NaAlH) in a single-step endothermic hydrogen release reaction. The experimental results show unexpectedly complex desorption processes and a range of new sulphur containing hydrogen storage materials have been observed. The NaAlH-Al S system releases a total of 4.9 wt% of H that begins below 100°C without the need for a catalyst. Characterisation via temperature programmed desorption, in situ synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction, ex situ x-ray diffraction, ex situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and hydrogen sorption measurements reveal complex decomposition processes that involve multiple new sulphur-containing hydride compounds. The system shows partial H reversibility, without the need for a catalyst, with a stable H capacity of ∼1.6 wt% over 15 cycles in the temperature range of 200°C to 300°C. This absorption capacity is limited by the need for high H pressures (>280 bar) to drive the absorption process at the high temperatures required for reasonable absorption kinetics. The large number of new phases discovered in this system suggests that destabilisation of complex hydrides with metal sulphides is a novel but unexplored research avenue for hydrogen storage materials.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Pages (from-to)12775-12781
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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