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Direct Observation of Activated Hydrogen Binding to a Supported Organometallic Compound at Room Temperature

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Author(s)

Jason M. Simmons, Taner Yildirim, Ahmad Hamaed, David M. Antonelli, Michael I. Webb, Charles J. Walsby

Abstract

Supported transition metal complexes have been proposed as a means of achieving room temperature hydrogen storage via Kubas interactions, however there is little experimental evidence as yet to justify such predictions in real materials. Using a combination of inelastic neutron scattering and ab initio density functional theory, we provide direct evidence for Kubas-like metal-hydrogen interactions in a silica-supported Ti(III) organometallic compound. The formation of the Kubas complex is an activated process, occurring at room temperature but suppressed at low temperature by a ~150 mV barrier. The complex is stable at room temperature for over a month, but can be decomposed under mild heating. This direct evidence for stable Kubas-like bonding to a supported transition metal complex lends support to the earlier predictions of the efficacy of Kubas bonding for improved hydrogen storage materials.
Citation
Chemistry-A European Journal
Volume
18

Keywords

hydrogen storage, inelastic neutron scattering, density functional theory

Citation

, J. , Yildirim, T. , Hamaed, A. , , D. , , M. and , C. (2012), Direct Observation of Activated Hydrogen Binding to a Supported Organometallic Compound at Room Temperature, Chemistry-A European Journal, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=908353 (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created April 2, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017