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Interaction of hydrogen with metal nitrides and imides.
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PMID:  12447436     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
The pursuit of a clean and healthy environment has stimulated much effort in the development of technologies for the utilization of hydrogen-based energy. A critical issue is the need for practical systems for hydrogen storage, a problem that remains unresolved after several decades of exploration. In this context, the possibility of storing hydrogen in advanced carbon materials has generated considerable interest. But confirmation and a mechanistic understanding of the hydrogen-storage capabilities of these materials still require much work. Our previously published work on hydrogen uptake by alkali-doped carbon nanotubes cannot be reproduced by others. It was realized by us and also demonstrated by Pinkerton et al. that most of the weight gain was due to moisture, which the alkali oxide picked up from the atmosphere. Here we describe a different material system, lithium nitride, which shows potential as a hydrogen storage medium. Lithium nitride is usually employed as an electrode, or as a starting material for the synthesis of binary or ternary nitrides. Using a variety of techniques, we demonstrate that this compound can also reversibly take up large amounts of hydrogen. Although the temperature required to release the hydrogen at usable pressures is too high for practical application of the present material, we suggest that more investigations are needed, as the metal-N-H system could prove to be a promising route to reversible hydrogen storage.
Ping Chen; Zhitao Xiong; Jizhong Luo; Jianyi Lin; Kuang Lee Tan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature     Volume:  420     ISSN:  0028-0836     ISO Abbreviation:  Nature     Publication Date:  2002 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-26     Completed Date:  2002-12-12     Revised Date:  2003-11-04    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410462     Medline TA:  Nature     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  302-4     Citation Subset:  -    
Physics Department, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, 119260 Singapore.
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