Dehydriding process and hydrogen-deuterium exchange of LiBH4-Mg2FeD6 composites

Guanqiao Li, Motoaki Matsuo, Katsutoshi Aoki, Tamio Ikeshoji, Shin ichi Orimo

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The dehydriding process and hydrogen-deuterium exchange (H-D exchange) of xLiBH4 + (1 - x)Mg2FeD6 (x = 0.25, 0.75) composites has been studied in detail. For the composition with x = 0.25, only one overlapping mass peak of all hydrogen and deuterium related species was observed in mass spectrometry. This implied the simultaneous dehydriding of LiBH4 and Mg2FeD6, despite an almost 190 °C difference in the dehydriding temperatures of the respective discrete complex hydrides. In situ infrared spectroscopy measurements indicated that H-D exchange between [BH4]- and [FeD6]4- had occurred during ball-milling and was promoted upon heating. The extent of H-D exchange was estimated from the areas of the relevant mass signals: immediately prior to the dehydriding, more than two H atoms in [BH4]- was replaced by D atoms. For x = 0.75, H-D exchange also occurred and about one to two H atoms in [BH4]- was replaced by D atoms immediately before the dehydriding. In contrast to the situation for x = 0.25, firstly LiBH4 and Mg2FeD6 dehydrided simultaneously with a special molar ratio = 1:1 at x = 0.75, and then the remaining LiBH4 reacted with the Mg and Fe derived from the dehydriding of Mg2FeD6.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5459-5466
Number of pages8
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Borohydride
  • Complex hydride
  • Hydride composites
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Isotopic exchange


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