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  1. Point-defect-mediated dehydrogenation of AlH3

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    Ismer, Lars; Janotti, Anderson; Van de Walle, Chris G.

    2010-11-01

    Based on hybrid density functional calculations, we propose a microscopic mechanism for the dehydrogenation of AlH3. Our results indicate that mass transport mediated by positively charged hydrogen vacancies (VH+) is likely the rate-limiting mechanism. The calculated activation energy of 1.72 eV is in good agreement with experimental values. The high formation energy and hence low concentration of VH+ explains why AlH3 does not decompose at room temperature, although it is thermodynamically unstable. Issues of maintaining charge neutrality are addressed.

  2. Elastic, superconducting, and thermodynamic properties of the cubic metallic phase of AlH3 via first-principles calculations

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    Wei, Yong-Kai; Ge, Ni-Na; Ji, Guang-Fu; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Cai, Ling-Cang; Zhou, Su-Qin; Wei, Dong-Qing

    2013-09-01

    The lattice dynamic, elastic, superconducting, and thermodynamic properties of the high-pressure cubic metallic phase AlH3 are studied within density function theory. The calculated elastic modulus and phonon dispersion curves at various pressures indicate that the cubic phase is both mechanically and dynamically stable above 73 GPa. The superconducting transition temperature was calculated using Allen-Dynes modification of the McMillan formula based on the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory. It is found that Tc approaches a linear decrease in the low pressure range at the rate dTC/dP ≈-0.22 K/GPa but gradually decreases exponentially at higher pressure, and then it becomes 0 K upon further compression. The calculations indicate that Tc is about 2.042 K at 110 GPa, in agreement with experimental results. The soft phonon modes, especially the lowest acoustic mode, contribute almost 79% to the total electron-phonon coupling parameter sλ for cubic AlH3 at 73 GPa. However, they disappear gradually with increasing pressure, showing a responsibility for the variation of Tc. The thermodynamic properties of cubic AlH3, such as the dependence of thermal expansion coefficient αV on pressure and temperature, the specific heat capacity CP, as well as the electronic specific heat coefficient Cel, were also investigated by the quasi-harmonic approximation theory.

  3. Initial gas phase reactions between Al(CH3)3/AlH3 and ammonia: theoretical study.

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    Lisovenko, Anna S; Morokuma, Keiji; Timoshkin, Alexey Y

    2015-01-29

    Mechanisms of initial stages of gas phase reactions between trimethylaluminum and ammonia have been explored by DFT studies. Subsequent substitution of CH3 groups in AlMe3 by amido groups and substitution of hydrogen atoms in ammonia by AlMe2 groups have been considered. Structures of Al(CH3)x(NH2)3-x, NHx(Al(CH3)2)3-x (x = 0-3) and related donor-acceptor complexes, dimerization products, and reaction pathways for the methane elimination have been obtained. The transition state for the first methane elimination from Al(CH3)3NH3 adduct is the highest point on the reaction pathway; subsequent processes are exothermic and do not require additional activation energy. In excess ammonia, subsequent methane elimination reactions may lead to formation of [Al(NH2)3]2, while in excess trimethylaluminum, formation of N(AlMe2)3 is feasible. Formation of [AlMe2NH2]2 dimer is very favorable thermodynamically. Studies on model reactions between AlH3 and NH3 indicate that reaction barriers obtained for hydrogen-substituted species may serve as an upper estimate in studying the reactivity of methyl-substituted analogues in more complex systems. PMID:25536172

  4. Formation of Al2H7- anions--indirect evidence of volatile AlH3 on sodium alanate using solid-state NMR spectroscopy.

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    Felderhoff, Michael; Zibrowius, Bodo

    2011-10-14

    After more than a decade of intense research on NaAlH(4) doped with transition metals as hydrogen storage material, the actual mechanism of the decomposition and rehydrogenation reaction is still unclear. Early on, monomeric AlH(3) was named as a possible transport shuttle for aluminium, but never observed experimentally. Here we report for the first time the trapping of volatile AlH(3) produced during the decomposition of undoped NaAlH(4) by an adduct of sodium alanate and crown ether. The resulting Al(2)H(7)(-) anion was identified by solid-state (27)Al NMR spectroscopy. Based on this indirect evidence of volatile alane, we present a simple description of the processes occurring during the reversible dehydrogenation of NaAlH(4). PMID:21879065

  5. Reaction kinetics for the solid state synthesis of the AlH3/MgCl2 nano-composite by mechanical milling.

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    Duan, C W; Hu, L X; Sun, Y; Zhou, H P; Yu, H

    2015-09-14

    The process of mechanical milling has been proved to be a cost-effective way to synthesize the AlH3/MgCl2 nano-composite by using MgH2 and AlCl3 as reagents. However, so far there is no comprehensive knowledge of the kinetics of this process. In an effort to predict the reaction progress and optimize the milling parameters, the kinetics of the synthesis of the AlH3/MgCl2 nano-composite by mechanical milling of MgH2 and AlCl3 is experimentally investigated in the present work. The reaction progress or the transformation fraction upon milling for different times is evaluated using the isothermal hydrogen desorption test of the as-milled samples at 220 °C, which is much lower than the threshold temperature for the de-hydriding of the reagent MgH2 but enough for the de-hydriding of the as-synthesized nano-sized AlH3. The effects of milling parameters on the reaction kinetics as well as the underlying mechanism are discussed by referring to the mechanical energy input intensity, the vial temperature and the Gibbs free energy change for the reaction. Furthermore, it is found that the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) model can well describe the kinetics theoretically. By fitting the experimental data with the JMA expression, the theoretical kinetics expressions, the equation parameters, and the activation energy are obtained.

  6. Ab initio studies on phase transition, thermoelastic, superconducting and thermodynamic properties of the compressed cubic phase of AlH3

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    Wei, Yong-Kai; Ge, Ni-Na; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Ji, Guang-Fu; Cai, Ling-Cang; Gu, Zhuo-Wei

    2014-03-01

    The phase transition, thermoelastic, lattice dynamic, and thermodynamic properties of the cubic metallic phase AlH3 were obtained within the density-function perturbation theory. The calculated elastic modulus and phonon dispersion curves under various pressures at 0 K indicate the cubic phase is both mechanically and dynamically stable above 73 GPa. The superconducting transition temperature Tc was calculated using the Allen-Dynes modification of the McMillan formula based on BCS theory. The calculations show that Tc for the cubic phase AlH3 is 8.5 K (μ*=0.1) at the onset of this phase (73 GPa), while decreases to 5.7 K at 80 GPa and almost disappears at 110 GPa, consisting with experimental phenomenon that there was no superconducting transition observed down to 4 K over a wide pressure range 110-164 GPa. It is found that the soft phonon mode for branch 1, namely, the lowest acoustic mode, plays a crucial role in elevating the total EPC parameter λ of cubic AlH3. And the evolution of Tc with pressure follows the corresponding change of this soft mode, i.e. this mode is responsible for the disappearance of Tc in experiments. Meanwhile, the softening of this lowest acoustic mode originates from the electronic momentum transfer from M to R point. This phenomenon provides an important insight into why drastic changes in the diffraction pattern were observed in the pressure range of 63-73 GPa in Goncharenko's experiments. Specifically, once finite electronic temperature effects are included, we find that dynamical instabilities can be removed in the phonon dispersion for P ≥63 GPa, rendering the metastability of this phase in the range of 63-73 GPa, and Tc (15.4 K) becomes remarkably high under the lowest possible pressure (63 GPa) compared with that of under 73 GPa (8.5 K). Our calculations open the possibility that finite temperature may allow cubic AlH3 to be dynamically stabilized even for pressures below 73 GPa. It is reasonable to deduced that if special techniques, such as rapid decompression, quenching, and annealing, are implemented in experiments, higher Tc can be observed in hydrides or hydrogen-rich compounds under much lower pressure than ever before.

  7. A parallel vectorized implementation of triple excitations in CCSD(T) - Application to the binding energies of the AlH3, AlH2F, AlHF2 and AlF3 dimers

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    Rendell, Alistair P.; Lee, Timothy J.; Komornicki, Andrew

    1991-01-01

    An efficient method for various noniterative estimates of connected triple excitations in coupled-cluster theory is outlined and related to a similar expression occurring in Moller-Plesset perturbation theory. The method is highly vectorized and capable of utilizing multiple processors on a shared-memory machine, leading to computational rates in excess of one billion floating-point operations per second on four processors of a CRAY Y-MP. Using the new procedure, the binding energies of the D(2h) diborane-type dimers of AlH3, AlH2F, AlHF2, and AlF3 have been determined to be 32, 40, 20, and 47 kcal/mol, respectively. For Al2F6, the correlation procedure includes 232 molecular orbitals and over 1.5 x 10 to the 6th single and double coupled-cluster amplitudes, effectively accounting for over 2 x 10 to the 9th connected triple excitations.

  8. Materials Data on AlH3 (SG:58) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-07-09

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  9. Materials Data on AlH3 (SG:167) by Materials Project

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    Kristin Persson

    2014-11-02

    Computed materials data using density functional theory calculations. These calculations determine the electronic structure of bulk materials by solving approximations to the Schrodinger equation. For more information, see https://materialsproject.org/docs/calculations

  10. Hydrazine bisalane is a potential compound for chemical hydrogen storage. A theoretical study.

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    Nguyen, Vinh Son; Swinnen, Saartje; Leszczynski, Jerzy; Nguyen, Minh Tho

    2011-09-14

    Electronic structure calculations suggest that hydrazine bisalane (AlH(3)NH(2)NH(2)AlH(3), alhyzal) is a promising compound for chemical hydrogen storage (CHS). Calculations are carried out using the coupled-cluster theory CCSD(T) with the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set. Potential energy surfaces are constructed to probe the formation of, and hydrogen release from, hydrazine bisalane which is initially formed from the reaction of hydrazine with dialane. Molecular and electronic characteristics of both gauche and trans alhyzal are determined for the first time. The gauche hydrazine bisalane is formed from starting reactants hydrazine + dialane following a movement of an AlH(3) group from AlH(3)AlH(3)NH(2)NH(2) rather than by a direct attachment of a separate AlH(3) group, generated by predissociation of dialane, to AlH(3)NH(2)NH(2). The energy barriers for dehydrogenation processes from gauche and transalhyzal are in the range of 21-28 kcal mol(-1), which are substantially smaller than those of ca. 40 kcal mol(-1) previously determined for the isovalent hydrazine bisborane (bhyzb) system. H(2) release from hydrazine bisalane is thus more favored over that from hydrazine bisborane, making the Al derivative an alternative candidate for CHS. PMID:21776513

  11. Molecular aluminum hydrides identified by inelastic neutron scattering during H2 regeneration of catalyst-doped NaAlH4.

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    Fu, Qi Jia; Ramirez-Cuesta, A J; Tsang, Shik Chi

    2006-01-19

    Catalyst-doped sodium aluminum hydrides have been intensively studied as solid hydrogen carriers for onboard proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Although the importance of catalyst choice in enhancing kinetics for both hydrogen uptake and release of this hydride material has long been recognized, the nature of the active species and the mechanism of catalytic action are unclear. We have shown by inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectroscopy that a volatile molecular aluminum hydride is formed during the early stage of H2 regeneration of a depleted, catalyst-doped sodium aluminum hydride. Computational modeling of the INS spectra suggested the formation of AlH3 and oligomers (AlH3)n (Al2H6, Al3H9, and Al4H12 clusters), which are pertinent to the mechanism of hydrogen storage. This paper demonstrates, for the first time, the existence of these volatile species.

  12. Solid State NMR Studies of the Aluminum Hydride Phases

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    Hwang, Son-Jong; Bowman, R. C., Jr.; Graetz, Jason; Reilly, J. J.

    2006-01-01

    Several solid state NMR techniques including magic-angle-spinning (MAS) and multiple-quantum (MQ) MAS experiments have been used to characterize various AlH3 samples. MAS-NMR spectra for the 1H and 27Al nuclei have been obtained on a variety of AlH3 samples that include the (beta)- and (gamma)- phases as well as the most stable (alpha)-phase. While the dominant components in these NMR spectra correspond to the aluminum hydride phases, other species were found that include Al metal, molecular hydrogen (H2), as well as peaks that can be assigned to Al-O species in different configurations. The occurrence and concentration of these extraneous components are dependent upon the initial AlH3 phase composition and preparation procedures. Both the (beta)-AlH3 and (gamma)-AlH3 phases were found to generate substantial amounts of Al metal when the materials were stored at room temperature while the (alpha)-phase materials do not exhibit these changes.

  13. Towards Direct Synthesis of Alane: A Predicted Defect-Mediated Pathway Confirmed Experimentally.

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    Wang, Lin-Lin; Herwadkar, Aditi; Reich, Jason M; Johnson, Duane D; House, Stephen D; Peña-Martin, Pamela; Rockett, Angus A; Robertson, Ian M; Gupta, Shalabh; Pecharsky, Vitalij K

    2016-09-01

    Alane (AlH3 ) is a unique energetic material that has not found a broad practical use for over 70 years because it is difficult to synthesize directly from its elements. Using density functional theory, we examine the defect-mediated formation of alane monomers on Al(111) in a two-step process: (1) dissociative adsorption of H2 and (2) alane formation, which are both endothermic on a clean surface. Only with Ti dopant to facilitate H2 dissociation and vacancies to provide Al adatoms, both processes become exothermic. In agreement, in situ scanning tunneling microscopy showed that during H2 exposure, alane monomers and clusters form primarily in the vicinity of Al vacancies and Ti atoms. Moreover, ball milling of the Al samples with Ti (providing necessary defects) showed a 10 % conversion of Al into AlH3 or closely related species at 344 bar H2 , indicating that the predicted pathway may lead to the direct synthesis of alane from elements at pressures much lower than the 10(4)  bar expected from bulk thermodynamics.

  14. Towards Direct Synthesis of Alane: A Predicted Defect-Mediated Pathway Confirmed Experimentally.

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    Wang, Lin-Lin; Herwadkar, Aditi; Reich, Jason M; Johnson, Duane D; House, Stephen D; Peña-Martin, Pamela; Rockett, Angus A; Robertson, Ian M; Gupta, Shalabh; Pecharsky, Vitalij K

    2016-09-01

    Alane (AlH3 ) is a unique energetic material that has not found a broad practical use for over 70 years because it is difficult to synthesize directly from its elements. Using density functional theory, we examine the defect-mediated formation of alane monomers on Al(111) in a two-step process: (1) dissociative adsorption of H2 and (2) alane formation, which are both endothermic on a clean surface. Only with Ti dopant to facilitate H2 dissociation and vacancies to provide Al adatoms, both processes become exothermic. In agreement, in situ scanning tunneling microscopy showed that during H2 exposure, alane monomers and clusters form primarily in the vicinity of Al vacancies and Ti atoms. Moreover, ball milling of the Al samples with Ti (providing necessary defects) showed a 10 % conversion of Al into AlH3 or closely related species at 344 bar H2 , indicating that the predicted pathway may lead to the direct synthesis of alane from elements at pressures much lower than the 10(4)  bar expected from bulk thermodynamics. PMID:27535100

  15. Towards direct synthesis of alane: A predicted defect-mediated pathway confirmed experimentally

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    Wang, Lin -Lin; Herwadkar, Aditi; Reich, Jason M.; Johnson, Duane D.; House, Stephen D.; Pena-Martin, Pamela; Rockett, Angus A.; Robertson, Ian M.; Gupta, Shalabh; Pecharsky, Vitalij K.

    2016-08-18

    Here, alane (AlH3) is a unique energetic material that has not found a broad practical use for over 70 years because it is difficult to synthesize directly from its elements. Using density functional theory, we examine the defect-mediated formation of alane monomers on Al(111) in a two-step process: (1) dissociative adsorption of H2 and (2) alane formation, which are both endothermic on a clean surface. Only with Ti dopant to facilitate H2 dissociation and vacancies to provide Al adatoms, both processes become exothermic. In agreement, in situ scanning tunneling microscopy showed that during H2 exposure, alane monomers and clusters formmore » primarily in the vicinity of Al vacancies and Ti atoms. Moreover, ball milling of the Al samples with Ti (providing necessary defects) showed a 10 % conversion of Al into AlH3 or closely related species at 344 bar H2, indicating that the predicted pathway may lead to the direct synthesis of alane from elements at pressures much lower than the 104 bar expected from bulk thermodynamics.« less

  16. Direct deposition of highly conductive aluminum thin film on substrate by solution-dipping process.

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    Lee, Hye Moon; Choi, Si-Young; Jung, Areum

    2013-06-12

    A solution-dipping process consisting of 2 steps, including (i) a catalytic treatment of the substrate and (ii) an immersion of the catalytically treated substrate into an aluminum precursor solution of AlH3{O(C4H9)2}, is suggested for the low-cost and simple preparation of aluminum thin film. This process can be applied to electric devices in the way of not only various film geometry including large area (□ 100 mm (W) × 100 mm (L)) or patterned structure but also the diverse substrate selectivity including rigid or flexible substrate. More interestingly, preparations of aluminum film in this study can be unprecedentedly accomplished at room temperature with the help of chemical catalyst to decompose AlH3{O(C4H9)2} into Al, 1.5H2, and O(C4H9)2. Beyond the previously reported processes, the prepared Al films via solution-dipping process are comparable or even superior to Ag, Au, and Al films prepared by other solution processes and furthermore are found to be excellent in mechanical durability against external deformation. PMID:23716504

  17. Heat capacity of α-AlH(3) and α-AlD(3) at temperatures up to 1000 K.

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    Antonov, V E; Kolesnikov, A I; Markushkin, Yu E; Palnichenko, A V; Ren, Y; Sakharov, M K

    2008-07-01

    The densest α modification of AlH(3) and AlD(3) is thermodynamically stable at high hydrogen pressures. At ambient pressure, α-AlH(3) and α-AlD(3) rapidly and irreversibly decompose to Al and H(2) or D(2) gas when heated to about 420 and 520 K, respectively. In the present paper, the heat capacities at constant volume (C(V)) and at constant pressure (C(P)) are calculated for α-AlH(3) and α-AlD(3) at a pressure of 1 atm and temperatures 0-1000 K using the phonon densities of states determined earlier by inelastic neutron scattering at helium temperatures (Kolesnikov et al 2007 Phys. Rev. B 76 064302). The C(P)(T) dependence of AlH(3) is also measured at temperatures 6-30 K and 130-320 K and that of AlD(3) at 130-320 K in order to compensate for the scatter in the literature data and to improve the accuracy of the calculated C(V) and C(P) dependences at low temperatures.

  18. Aluminium Diphosphamethanides: Hidden Frustrated Lewis Pairs.

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    Styra, Steffen; Radius, Michael; Moos, Eric; Bihlmeier, Angela; Breher, Frank

    2016-07-01

    The synthesis and characterisation of two aluminium diphosphamethanide complexes, [Al(tBu)2 {κ(2) P,P'-Mes*PCHPMes*}] (3) and [Al(C6 F5 )2 {κ(2) P,P'-Mes*PCHPMes*}] (4), and the silylated analogue, Mes*PCHP(SiMe3 )Mes* (5), are reported. The aluminium complexes feature four-membered PCPAl core structures consisting of diphosphaallyl ligands. The silylated phosphine 5 was found to be a valuable precursor for the synthesis of 4 as it cleanly reacts with the diaryl aluminium chloride [(C6 F5 )2 AlCl]2 . The aluminium complex 3 reacts with molecular dihydrogen at room temperature under formation of the acyclic σ(2) λ(3) ,σ(3) λ(3) -diphosphine Mes*PCHP(H)Mes* and the corresponding dialkyl aluminium hydride [tBu2 AlH]3 . Thus, 3 belongs to the family of so-called hidden frustrated Lewis pairs. PMID:27271936

  19. Calculation of the 13C NMR shieldings of the C0 2 complexes of aluminosilicates

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    Tossell, J. A.

    1995-04-01

    13C NMR shieldings have been calculated using the random-phase-approximation, localized-orbital local-origins version of ab initio coupled Hartree-Fuck perturbation theory for CO 2 and and for several complexes formed by the reaction of CO 2 with molecular models for aluminosilicate glasses, H 3TOT'H3 3-n, T,T' = Si,Al. Two isomeric forms of the CO 2-aluminosilicate complexes have been considered: (1) "CO 2-like" complexes, in which the CO 2 group is bound through carbon to a bridging oxygen and (2) "CO 3-like" complexes, in which two oxygens of a central CO 3 group form bridging bonds to the two TH 3 groups. The CO 2-like isomer of CO 2-H 3SiOSiH 3 is quite weakly bonded and its 13C isotropic NMR shielding is almost identical to that in free CO 2. As Si is progressively replaced by Al in the - H terminated aluminosilicate model, the CO 2-like isomers show increasing distortion from the free CO 2 geometry and their 13C NMR shieldings decrease uniformly. The calculated 13C shielding value for H 3AlO(CO 2)AlH 3-2 is only about 6 ppm larger than that calculated for point charge stabilized CO 3-2. However, for a geometry of H 3SiO(CO 2) AlH 3-1, in which the bridging oxygen to C bond length has been artificially increased to that found in the - OH terminated cluster (OH) 3SiO(CO 2)Al(OH) 3-1, the calculated 13C shielding is almost identical to that for free CO 2. The CO 3-like isomers of the CO 2-aluminosili-cate complexes show carbonate like geometries and 13C NMR shieldings about 4-9 ppm larger than those of carbonate for all T,T' pairs. For the Si,Si tetrahedral atom pair the CO 2-like isomer is more stable energetically, while for the Si,Al and Al,Al cases the CO 3-like isomer is more stable. Addition of Na + ions to the CO 3-2 or H 3AlO(CO 2)AlH 3-2 complexes reduces the 13C NMR shieldings by about 10 ppm. Complexation with either Na + or CO 2 also reduces the 29Si NMR shieldings of the aluminosilicate models, while the changes in 27Al shielding with Na + or CO 2 complexation are much smaller. Complexation with CO 2 greatly increases the electric field gradient at the bridging oxygen of H 3AlOAlH 3-2, raising it to a value similar to that found for SiOSi linkages. Comparison of these results with the experimental 13C NMR spectra support the formation of CO 2-like complexes at SiOSi bridges in albite glasses and CO 3-like complexes at SiOAl and AlOAl bridges in albite and nepheline glasses. Changes in the calculated shieldings as Na + ions are added to the complexes suggest that some of the observed complexes may be similar in their CO 2-aluminosilicate interactions, but different with respect to the positions of the charge-compensating Na + ions.

  20. Ultrafast bulk diffusion of AlHx in high-entropy dehydrogenation intermediates of NaAlH4 [Highly mobile AlHx species and the dehydogenation kinetics of NaAlH4

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    Zhang, Feng; Wood, Brandon C.; Wang, Yan; Wang, Cai -Zhuang; Ho, Kai -Ming; Chou, Mei -Yin

    2014-07-21

    Using first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) and total-energy calculations, we demonstrate low-barrier bulk diffusion of Al-bearing species in γ-NaAlH4, a recently proposed high-entropy polymorph of NaAlH4. For charged AlH4– and neutral AlH3 vacancies, the computed barriers for diffusion are <0.1 eV, and we directly observe the predicted diffusive pathways in FPMD simulations at picosecond time scales. In contrast, such diffusion in the α phase is inaccessible to FPMD, consistent with much higher barriers. The transport behavior of γ-NaAlH4, in addition to key dynamical and structural signatures, is consistent with experimental observations of high-mobility species, strongly supporting the idea that an intermediatemore » transition from the α phase to a high-entropy polymorph facilitates the hydrogen-releasing decomposition of NaAlH4. Lastly, our results provide an answer to longstanding questions regarding the responsible agent for the experimentally observed efficient Al transport during dehydrogenation and suggest that mass transport and phase transformation kinetics are coupled. Implications for understanding the (de)hydrogenation of undoped and catalyzed NaAlH4 are discussed.« less

  1. Development and evaluation of portable and wearable fuel cells for soldier use

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    Thampan, T.; Shah, D.; Cook, C.; Novoa, J.; Shah, S.

    2014-08-01

    A number of fuel cell systems have been recently developed to meet the U.S. Army's soldier power requirements. The operation and performance of these systems are discussed based on laboratory results and limited soldier evaluation. The systems reviewed are primarily intended for soldier use in an austere environment with minimum access to resupply and vehicular transportation. These applications require high power and energy density sources that are portable (300 W) and wearable (20 W) to minimize the soldier's load burden. Based on soldier field evaluations of portable fuel cell systems, improvements in power density and compatibility with logistical fuels are required to be successfully deployed. For soldier worn applications, a novel chemical hydride system has shown significant advances in power and energy density while maintaining a small form factor. The use of a high energy dense fuel cartridge (800 Wh kg-1) based on AlH3 (Alane) thermolysis, allows a power density of (28 W kg-1) which offers promising weight savings compared to the standard military batteries.

  2. Ultrafast Bulk Diffusion of AlHxin High-Entropy Dehydrogenation Intermediates of NaAlH4

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    Zhang, Feng; Wood, Brandon C; Wang, Yan; Wang, Cai-Zhuang; Ho, Kai-Ming; Chou, Mei-Yin

    2014-08-14

    Using first-principles molecular dynamics (FPMD) and total-energy calculations, we demonstrate low-barrier bulk diffusion of Al-bearing species in γ-NaAlH4, a recently proposed high-entropy polymorph of NaAlH4. For charged AlH4– and neutral AlH3 vacancies, the computed barriers for diffusion are <0.1 eV, and we directly observe the predicted diffusive pathways in FPMD simulations at picosecond time scales. In contrast, such diffusion in the α phase is inaccessible to FPMD, consistent with much higher barriers. The transport behavior of γ-NaAlH4, in addition to key dynamical and structural signatures, is consistent with experimental observations of high-mobility species, strongly supporting the idea that an intermediate transition from the α phase to a high-entropy polymorph facilitates the hydrogen-releasing decomposition of NaAlH4. Our results provide an answer to longstanding questions regarding the responsible agent for the experimentally observed efficient Al transport during dehydrogenation and suggest that mass transport and phase transformation kinetics are coupled. Implications for understanding the (de)hydrogenation of undoped and catalyzed NaAlH4 are discussed.

  3. Synthesis and Hydrogen Desorption Properties of Aluminum Hydrides.

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    Jeong, Wanseop; Lee, Sang-Hwa; Kim, Jaeyong

    2016-03-01

    Aluminum hydride (AlH3 or alane) is known to store maximum 10.1 wt.% of hydrogen at relatively low temperature (< 100 degrees C), which partially fulfills the U.S. department of energy requirements for gravimetric loading capacity. However, its detailed mechanisms of appearing of different phases, structural stability, and dynamics of hydrogen desorption are still not clear. To understand the desorption properties of hydrogen in alane, thermodynamically stable α-AlH3 was synthesized by employing an ethereal reaction method. The dependence of pathways on phase formation and the properties of hydrogen evolution were investigated, and the results were compared with the ones for γ-AlH3. It was found that γ-AlH3 requires 10 degrees C higher than that of γ-AlH3 to form, and its decomposition rate demonstrated enhanced endothermic stabilities. For desorption, all hydrogen atoms of alane evolved under an isothermal condition at 138 degrees C in less than 1 hour, and the sample completely transformed to pure aluminum. Our results show that the total amount of desorbed hydrogen from α-AlH3 exceeded 9.05 wt.%, with a possibility of further increase. Easy synthesis, thermal stability, and a large amount of hydrogen desorption of alane fulfill the requirements for light-weight hydrogen storage materials once the pathway of hydrogen cycling is provided. PMID:27455747

  4. Synthesis and Hydrogen Desorption Properties of Aluminum Hydrides.

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    Jeong, Wanseop; Lee, Sang-Hwa; Kim, Jaeyong

    2016-03-01

    Aluminum hydride (AlH3 or alane) is known to store maximum 10.1 wt.% of hydrogen at relatively low temperature (< 100 degrees C), which partially fulfills the U.S. department of energy requirements for gravimetric loading capacity. However, its detailed mechanisms of appearing of different phases, structural stability, and dynamics of hydrogen desorption are still not clear. To understand the desorption properties of hydrogen in alane, thermodynamically stable α-AlH3 was synthesized by employing an ethereal reaction method. The dependence of pathways on phase formation and the properties of hydrogen evolution were investigated, and the results were compared with the ones for γ-AlH3. It was found that γ-AlH3 requires 10 degrees C higher than that of γ-AlH3 to form, and its decomposition rate demonstrated enhanced endothermic stabilities. For desorption, all hydrogen atoms of alane evolved under an isothermal condition at 138 degrees C in less than 1 hour, and the sample completely transformed to pure aluminum. Our results show that the total amount of desorbed hydrogen from α-AlH3 exceeded 9.05 wt.%, with a possibility of further increase. Easy synthesis, thermal stability, and a large amount of hydrogen desorption of alane fulfill the requirements for light-weight hydrogen storage materials once the pathway of hydrogen cycling is provided.

  5. Solution processed aluminum paper for flexible electronics.

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    Lee, Hye Moon; Lee, Ha Beom; Jung, Dae Soo; Yun, Jung-Yeul; Ko, Seung Hwan; Park, Seung Bin

    2012-09-11

    As an alternative to vacuum deposition, preparation of highly conductive papers with aluminum (Al) features is successfully achieved by the solution process consisting of Al precursor ink (AlH(3){O(C(4)H(9))(2)}) and low temperature stamping process performed at 110 °C without any serious hydroxylation and oxidation problems. Al features formed on several kinds of paper substrates (calendar, magazine, and inkjet printing paper substrates) are less than ~60 nm thick, and their electrical conductivities were found to be as good as thermally evaporated Al film or even better (≤2 Ω/□). Strong adhesion of Al features to paper substrates and their excellent flexibility are also experimentally confirmed by TEM observation and mechanical tests, such as tape and bending tests. The solution processed Al features on paper substrates show different electrical and mechanical performance depending on the paper type, and inkjet printing paper is found to be the best substrate with high and stable electrical and mechanical properties. The Al conductive papers produced by the solution process may be applicable in disposal paper electronics.

  6. Aluminum compounds in calcium chloride extracts from podzolic soil and their possible sources

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    Tolpeshta, I. I.; Sokolova, T. A.

    2008-06-01

    Aluminum concentrations in organoaluminum complexes, mineral polymers, Al(H2O){6/3+}, Al(OH)(H2O){5/2+}, Al(OH)2(H2O){4/+}, AlH3SiO{4/2+}, and Al(OH)3(H2O){3/0} extracted with 0.001 M CaCl2 from the main genetic horizons of a podzolic soil on two-layered deposits were determined experimentally and calculated from thermodynamic equations. It was found that aluminum bound in organic complexes was predominant in extracts from the AE horizon, and mineral polymer aluminum compounds prevailed in extracts from the E and IIBD horizons. In the AE horizon, organoaluminum compounds were a major source of aluminum, which passed into solution predominantly by exchange reactions. In the E horizon, aluminum hydroxide interlayers in soil chlorites were the main source of aluminum, which passed into solution by dissolution reactions. In extracts from the IIBD horizon, aluminum was solubilized by the dissolution of aluminosilicates inherited from the parent rock.

  7. Site and chirality selective chemical modifications of boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) via Lewis acid-base interactions.

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    Sundaram, Rajashabala; Scheiner, Steve; Roy, Ajit K; Kar, Tapas

    2015-02-01

    The pristine BNNTs contain both Lewis acid (boron) and Lewis base (nitrogen) centers at their surface. Interactions of ammonia and borane molecules, representatives of Lewis base and acid as adsorbates respectively, with matching sites at the surface of BNNTs, have been explored in the present DFT study. Adsorption energies suggest stronger chemisorption (about 15-20 kcal mol(-1)) of borane than ammonia (about 5-10 kcal mol(-1)) in both armchair (4,4) and zigzag (8,0) variants of the tube. NH3 favors (8,0) over the (4,4) tube, whereas BH3 exhibits the opposite preference, indicating some chirality dependence on acid-base interactions. A new feature of bonding is found in BH3/AlH3-BNNTs (at the edge site) complexes, where one hydrogen of the guest molecule is involved in three-center two-electron bonding, in addition to dative covalent bond (N: → B). This interaction causes a reversal of electron flow from borane/alane to BNNT, making the tube an electron acceptor, suggesting tailoring of electronic properties could be possible by varying strength of incoming Lewis acids. On the contrary, BNNTs always behave as electron acceptor in ammonia complexes. IR, XPS and NMR spectra show some characteristic features of complexes and can help experimentalists to identify not only structures of such complexes but also the location of the guest molecules and design second functionalizations. Interaction with several other neutral BF3, BCl3, BH2CH3 and ionic CH3(+) acids as well as amino group (CH3NH2 and NH2COOH) were also studied. The strongest interaction (>100 kcal mol(-1)) is found in BNNT-CH3(+) complexes and H-bonds are the only source of stability of NH2COOH-BNNT complexes. PMID:25559141

  8. Ab initio configuration interaction study of the structure and magnetic properties of radicals and radical ions derived from group 13 15 trihydrides

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    Carmichael, Ian

    1987-09-01

    The structures, characteristic vibrations and magnetic properties of two isoelectronic series of radicals and radical ions derived from group 13-15 trihydrides have been investigated by post-Hartree-Fock theoretical techniques. Møller-Plesset perturbation theory based on an unrestricted Hartree-Fock determinant has been employed to determine the structures and vibrational frequencies in the 9-electron series, BH -3, CH 3, and NH +3. These species are found to be planar. Spin density distributions and ionization energetics have been estimated using a variational configuration interaction procedure. A positive electron affinity for BH 3 has not been demonstrated. The effect of out-of-plane vibrations on the hyperfine coupling constants is determined at a similar level of theory. In the 17-electron series AlH -3, SiH 3, and PH +3, pyramidal structures are found by using and extended split-valence basis at the SCF level. The computed harmonic force field suggests that a tentative assignment of a matrix isolated infrared spectrum to SiH 3 is incorrect. This conclusion is reinforced by calculation of the vibrational intensity patterns. Hyperfine interaction tensors computed at the optimized geometries from the UHF wavefunction with a more complete polarized double-zeta basis set are in accord with experiment. Vibrational effects are estimated by averaging the UHF spin density over an energy surface determined by second-order perturbation theory. Corrections due to vibrations are smaller than in the carbon series and single-point configuration interaction calculations confirm the reliability of the UHF spin densities.

  9. Structural Characterization of Metal Hydrides for Energy Applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    George, Lyci

    Hydrogen can be an unlimited source of clean energy for future because of its very high energy density compared to the conventional fuels like gasoline. An efficient and safer way of storing hydrogen is in metals and alloys as hydrides. Light metal hydrides, alanates and borohydrides have very good hydrogen storage capacity, but high operation temperatures hinder their application. Improvement of thermodynamic properties of these hydrides is important for their commercial use as a source of energy. Application of pressure on materials can have influence on their properties favoring hydrogen storage. Hydrogen desorption in many complex hydrides occurs above the transition temperature. Therefore, it is important to study the physical properties of the hydride compounds at ambient and high pressure and/or high temperature conditions, which can assist in the design of suitable storage materials with desired thermodynamic properties. The high pressure-temperature phase diagram, thermal expansion and compressibility have only been evaluated for a limited number of hydrides so far. This situation serves as a main motivation for studying such properties of a number of technologically important hydrides. Focus of this dissertation was on X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy studies of Mg2FeH6, Ca(BH4) 2, Mg(BH4)2, NaBH4, NaAlH4, LiAlH4, LiNH2BH3 and mixture of MgH 2 with AlH3 or Si, at different conditions of pressure and temperature, to obtain their bulk modulus and thermal expansion coefficient. These data are potential source of information regarding inter-atomic forces and also serve as a basis for developing theoretical models. Some high pressure phases were identified for the complex hydrides in this study which may have better hydrogen storage properties than the ambient phase. The results showed that the highly compressible B-H or Al-H bonds and the associated bond disordering under pressure is responsible for phase transitions observed in brorohydrides or alanates. Complex hydrides exhibited very high compressibility suggesting possibility to destabilize them with pressure. With high capacity and favorable thermodynamics, complex hydrides are suitable for reversible storage. Further studies are required to overcome the kinetic barriers in complex hydrides by catalytic addition. A comparative study of the hydride properties with that of the constituting metal, and their inter relationships were carried out with many interesting features.

  10. Metal hydride and pyrophoric fuel additives for dicyclopentadiene based hybrid propellants

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    Shark, Steven C.

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of reactive energetic fuel additives that have the potential to increase the combustion performance of hybrid rocket propellants in terms of solid fuel regression rate and combustion efficiency. Additives that can augment the combustion flame zone in a hybrid rocket motor by means of increased energy feedback to the fuel grain surface are of great interest. Metal hydrides have large volumetric hydrogen densities, which gives these materials high performance potential as fuel additives in terms of specifc impulse. The excess hydrogen and corresponding base metal may also cause an increase in the hybrid rocket solid fuel regression rate. Pyrophoric additives also have potential to increase the solid fuel regression rate by reacting more readily near the burning fuel surface providing rapid energy feedback. An experimental performance evaluation of metal hydride fuel additives for hybrid rocket motor propulsion systems is examined in this study. Hypergolic ignition droplet tests and an accelerated aging study revealed the protection capabilities of Dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) as a fuel binder, and the ability for unaided ignition. Static hybrid rocket motor experiments were conducted using DCPD as the fuel. Sodium borohydride (NabH4) and aluminum hydride (AlH3) were examined as fuel additives. Ninety percent rocket grade hydrogen peroxide (RGHP) was used as the oxidizer. In this study, the sensitivity of solid fuel regression rate and characteristic velocity (C*) efficiency to total fuel grain port mass flux and particle loading is examined. These results were compared to HTPB combustion performance as a baseline. Chamber pressure histories revealed steady motor operation in most tests, with reduced ignition delays when using NabH4 as a fuel additive. The addition of NabH4 and AlH3 produced up to a 47% and 85% increase in regression rate over neat DCPD, respectively. For all test conditions examined C* efficiency ranges between 80% and 90%. The regression rate and C* efficiency mass flux dependence indicate a shift towards a more diffusion controlled system with metal hydride particle addition. Although these types of energetic particles have potential as high performing fuel additives, they can be in low supply and expensive. An opposed flow burner was investigated as a means to screen and characterize hybrid rocket fuels prior to full scale rocket motor testing. Although this type of configuration has been investigated in the past, no comparison has been made to hybrid rocket motor operation in terms of mass flux. Polymeric fuels and low melt temperature fuels with and without additives were investigated via an opposed flow burner. The effects of laminar and turbulent flow regimes on the convective heat transfer in the opposed flow system was depicted in the regression rate trends of these fuels. Regression rate trends similar to hybrid rocket motor operation were depicted, including the entrainment mechanism for paran fuel. However, there was a shift in overall magnitude of these results. A decrease in regression rate occurred for HTPB loaded with passivated nano-aluminum, due to low resonance time in the reaction zone. Previous results have shown that pyrophoric additives can cause an increase in regression rate in the opposed flow burner configuration. It is proposed that the opposed burner is useful as a screening and characterization tool for some propellant combinations. Gaseous oxygen (GOX) was investigated as an oxidizer for similar fuels evaluated with RGHP. Specifically, combustion performance sensitivity to mass flux and MH particle size was investigated. Similar results to the RGHP experiments were observed for the regression rate tends of HTPB, DPCD, and NabH 4 addition. Kinetically limited regression rate dependence on mass flux was observed at the higher mass flux levels. No major increase in C* efficiency was observed for MH addition. The C* efficiency varied with equivalence ratio by approximately 10 percentage points, which was not observed in the RGHP experiments. A 10 percentage point decrease in C* efficiency was observed with increasing mass flux in the system. This was most likely due to poorly mixed fuel and oxidizer in center of the combustion chamber at the higher mass flux levels. Detailed measurements of the hybrid rocket combustion zone is useful for understanding the mechanisms governing performance, but can be difficult to obtain. Traditional slab burner configurations have proven useful but are operationally limited in pressure and mass flux ranges. A new optical cylindrical combustor (OCC) design is presented that allows surface and flame zone imaging and tracking during hybrid rocket motor operation at appreciable mass flux and pressure levels, > 100 kg/s/m2 and > 0.69 MPa. The flame height and regression rate sensitivity to mass flux and chamber pressure was examined for the same fuels examined in the GOX hybrid rocket motor, with the addition of DCPD fuel loaded with Al and unpassivated mechanically activated Al-PTFE. The regression rate trends were on the same order of magnitude of traditional hybrid rocket motor results. A flame height decrease was observed for increased mass flux. The flame height increased with NabH 4 addition, which is most likely a function of increased blowing at the surface. There was no appreciable flame height sensitivity to NabH4 particle size. There was no relative change in flame height or regression rate between the Al and AL-PTFE addition. The OCC allowed visualization of the hybrid rocket fuel flame zone at mass flux and pressure levels that are not known to be report for traditional slab burner configurations in literature. The OCC proved to be a new useful tool for investigated hybrid rocket propellant combustion characteristics.

  11. Complex Hydride Compounds with Enhanced Hydrogen Storage Capacity

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    Mosher, Daniel A.; Opalka, Susanne M.; Tang, Xia; Laube, Bruce L.; Brown, Ronald J.; Vanderspurt, Thomas H.; Arsenault, Sarah; Wu, Robert; Strickler, Jamie; Anton, Donald L.; Zidan, Ragaiy; Berseth, Polly

    2008-02-18

    The United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), in collaboration with major partners Albemarle Corporation (Albemarle) and the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), conducted research to discover new hydride materials for the storage of hydrogen having on-board reversibility and a target gravimetric capacity of ≥ 7.5 weight percent (wt %). When integrated into a system with a reasonable efficiency of 60% (mass of hydride / total mass), this target material would produce a system gravimetric capacity of ≥ 4.5 wt %, consistent with the DOE 2007 target. The approach established for the project combined first principles modeling (FPM - UTRC) with multiple synthesis methods: Solid State Processing (SSP - UTRC), Solution Based Processing (SBP - Albemarle) and Molten State Processing (MSP - SRNL). In the search for novel compounds, each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages; by combining them, the potential for success was increased. During the project, UTRC refined its FPM framework which includes ground state (0 Kelvin) structural determinations, elevated temperature thermodynamic predictions and thermodynamic / phase diagram calculations. This modeling was used both to precede synthesis in a virtual search for new compounds and after initial synthesis to examine reaction details and options for modifications including co-reactant additions. The SSP synthesis method involved high energy ball milling which was simple, efficient for small batches and has proven effective for other storage material compositions. The SBP method produced very homogeneous chemical reactions, some of which cannot be performed via solid state routes, and would be the preferred approach for large scale production. The MSP technique is similar to the SSP method, but involves higher temperature and hydrogen pressure conditions to achieve greater species mobility. During the initial phases of the project, the focus was on higher order alanate complexes in the phase space between alkaline metal hydrides (AmH), Alkaline earth metal hydrides (AeH2), alane (AlH3), transition metal (Tm) hydrides (TmHz, where z=1-3) and molecular hydrogen (H2). The effort started first with variations of known alanates and subsequently extended the search to unknown compounds. In this stage, the FPM techniques were developed and validated on known alanate materials such as NaAlH4 and Na2LiAlH6. The coupled predictive methodologies were used to survey over 200 proposed phases in six quaternary spaces, formed from various combinations of Na, Li Mg and/or Ti with Al and H. A wide range of alanate compounds was examined using SSP having additions of Ti, Cr, Co, Ni and Fe. A number of compositions and reaction paths were identified having H weight fractions up to 5.6 wt %, but none meeting the 7.5 wt%H reversible goal. Similarly, MSP of alanates produced a number of interesting compounds and general conclusions regarding reaction behavior of mixtures during processing, but no alanate based candidates meeting the 7.5 wt% goal. A novel alanate, LiMg(AlH4)3, was synthesized using SBP that demonstrated a 7.0 wt% capacity with a desorption temperature of 150°C. The deuteride form was synthesized and characterized by the Institute for Energy (IFE) in Norway to determine its crystalline structure for related FPM studies. However, the reaction exhibited exothermicity and therefore was not reversible under acceptable hydrogen gas pressures for on-board recharging. After the extensive studies of alanates, the material class of emphasis was shifted to borohydrides. Through SBP, several ligand-stabilized Mg(BH4)2 complexes were synthesized. The Mg(BH4)2*2NH3 complex was found to change behavior with slightly different synthesis conditions and/or aging. One of the two mechanisms was an amine-borane (NH3BH3) like dissociation reaction which released up to 16 wt %H and more conservatively 9 wt%H when not including H2 released from the NH3. From FPM, the stability of the Mg(BH4)2*2NH3 compound was found to increase with the inclusion of NH3 groups in the inner-Mg coordination sphere, which in turn correlated with lowering the dimensionality of the Mg(BH4)2 network. Development of various Ak Tm-B-H compounds using SSP produced up to 12 wt% of H2 desorbed at temperatures of 400°C. However, the most active material can only be partially recharged to 2 wt% H2 at 220-300°C and 195 bar H2 pressure due to stable product formation. While gravimetric & volumetric targets are feasible, reversibility remains a persistent challenge.

  12. Search for nitrates on Mars by the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument

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    Navarro-Gonzalez, Rafael

    One of the main goals of the Mars Science Laboratory is to determine whether the planet ever had environmental conditions capable of supporting microbial life. Nitrogen is a fundamental element for life, and is present in structural (e.g., proteins), catalytic (e.g., enzymes and ribozymes), energy transfer (e.g., ATP) and information storage (RNA and DNA) bio-molecules. Planetary models suggest that nitrogen was abundant in the early Martian atmosphere as dinitrogen (N _{2}). However, a fraction of N _{2} has been lost to space by sputtering and photochemical processes [1, 2], impact erosion [3], and chemical oxidation to nitrates [4, 5]. Nitrates produced early in Mars’ history by photochemistry may later decompose back into N _{2} by the current impact flux [6]. It is estimated that the Martian surface could contain soil nitrates at levels of 0.3 wt.% N, if mixed homogenously [6], or a layer of pure NaNO _{3} of about 3 m thickness [5] distributed globally. Nitrates are a fundamental source for nitrogen for terrestrial microorganisms. Therefore, the detection of soil nitrates is important to assess habitability in the Martian environment. The only previous attempt to search for soil nitrates was by TEGA and the MECA WCL on the Phoenix mission but no evolved N-containing species were detected [7]. Nitrates have been tentatively identified in two Martian meteorites: Nakhla [8] and EETA79001 [9]. SAM is capable of detecting nitrates by their thermal decomposition into nitric oxide, NO. SAM analyzed samples from Rocknest soil and two drill holes located at John Klein (JK) and Cumberland (CB) mudstones in the Sheepbed member of the Yellowknife Bay formation in Gale Crater. There appear to be several peaks associated with the release of m/z 30 in the temperature range from 150(°) °C to 600(°) °C. M/z 30 can be attributed to nitric oxide; however, other possible chemical interferences may be present, such as ethane (C _{2}H _{6}), formaldehyde (HCHO), diazene (N _{2}H _{2}), aluminum trihydride (AlH _{3}), and silylene (SiH _{2}), and they are assessed. The origin of nitric oxide is discussed and its thermal evolution is compared with analog studies of mixtures of nitrates and perchlorates [10]. [1] Luhmann, J.G., Johnson E. And Zhang, M.H.G.: 1992, Evolutionary impact of sputtering of the Martian atmosphere by O (+) pickup ions. Geophys. Res. Lett. 19, 2151-2154. [2] Jakosky, B.M. Pepin, R.O., Johnsom, R.E. and Fox, J.L: 1994, Mars atmospheric loss and isotopic fractionation by solar-wind-induced sputtering and photochemical escape. Icarus 111, 271-288. [3] Melosh, H.J. and Vickery, A.M.: 1989, Impact erosion of the primordial atmosphere of Mars. Nature 338, 487-489. [4] Mancinelli, R.L. and McKay, C.P. :1988, The evolution of nitrogen cycling. Origins Life 18, 311-325. [5] Manning, C.V., McKay, C.P., and Zahnle, K.J.: 2008, The nitrogen cycle on Mars: Impact decomposition of near-surface nitrates as a source for a nitrogen steady state. Icarus 197, 60-64. [6] Smith, M.L., Claire, M.W., Catling, D.C., and Zahnle, K.J.: 2014, The formation of sulfate, nitrate and perchlorate salts in the martian atmosphere. Icarus 231, 51-64. [7] Hecht, M. H., Kounaves, S.P., Quinn, R.C., West, S.J., Young, S.M.M., Ming, D.W.,Catling, D.C., Clark, B.C., Boynton, W.V.,Hoffman, J., DeFlores, L.P., Gospodinova, K., Kapit, J., and Smith,P.H.: 2009, Detection of Perchlorate and the Soluble Chemistry of Martian Soil at the Phoenix Lander Site. Science, 325, 64-67. [8] Grady, M.M., Wright, I. P., and Pillinger C. T.: 1995, Search for nitrates in Martian meteorite. J. Geophys. Res. 100, 5449. [9] Kounaves, S.P., Carrier, B.L., O’Neil, G.D., Stroble, S.T., Claire, M.W.: 2013, Evidence of martian perchlorate, chlorate, and nitrate in Mars meteorite EETA79001: implications for oxidants and organics, Icarus 229, 206. [10] Support from the following grants is acknowledged: IN106013 and CONACYT 98466.

  13. The development of reactive fuel grains for pyrophoric relight of in-space hybrid rocket thrusters

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    Steiner, Matthew Wellington

    This study presents and investigates a novel hybrid fuel grain that reacts pyrophorically with gaseous oxidizer to achieve restart of a hybrid rocket motor propulsion system while reducing cost and handling concerns. This reactive fuel grain (RFG) relies on the pyrophoric nature of finely divided metal particles dispersed in a solid dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) binder, which has been shown to encapsulate air-sensitive additives until they are exposed to combustion gases. An RFG is thus effectively inert in open air in the absence of an ignition source, though the particles encapsulated within remain pyrophoric. In practice, this means that an RFG that is ignited in the vacuum of space and then extinguished will expose unoxidized pyrophoric particles, which can be used to generate sufficient heat to relight the propellant when oxidizer is flowed. The experiments outlined in this work aim to develop a suitable pyrophoric material for use in an RFG, demonstrate pyrophoric relight, and characterize performance under conditions relevant to a hybrid rocket thruster. Magnesium, lithium, calcium, and an alloy of titanium, chromium, and manganese (TiCrMn) were investigated to determine suitability of pure metals as RFG additives. Additionally, aluminum hydride (AlH3), lithium aluminum hydride (LiAlH4), lithium borohydride (LiBH4), and magnesium hydride (MgH2) were investigated to determine suitability of metals hydrides as RFG additives or as precursors for pure-metal RFG additives. Pyrophoric metals have been previously investigated as additives for increasing the regression rate of hybrid fuels, but to the author's knowledge, these materials have not been specifically investigated for their ability to ignite a propellant pyrophorically. Commercial research-grade metals were obtained as coarse powders, then ball-milled to attempt to reduce particle size below a critical diameter needed for pyrophoricity. Magnesium hydride was ball-milled and then cycled in a hydride cycling apparatus to attempt to fracture the particles through hydrogen sorption and thermal stresses. These powders were then tested for pyrophoricity with atmospheric and pure concentrations of oxygen. The TiCrMn powder was chosen as the material for evaluation of propellant performance, and was mixed with DCPD in various weight ratios to determine the required additive loading needed for pyrophoricity of the bulk propellant. Weight percentages of 10, 20, 30, and 50 wt.% TiCrMn were used to evaluate relight capability and propellant performance, and weight loadings of 50, 70, and 90 wt.% TiCrMn were used to evaluate approximate maximum loading possible without rendering the propellant structurally unsound. Propellant tests were conducted in an opposed flow burner apparatus for sub-scale regression rate and relight experiments, and an optically accessible cylindrical combustion chamber (OCC) that allows high speed cameras to record the regressing propellant surface during combustion. Gaseous oxygen (GOX) was used as an oxidizer for all tests due to its ready availability and common use as a hybrid rocket oxidizer. Opposed flow burner experiments are an inexpensive means of rapidly testing various propellant formulations at different conditions, whereas OCC tests are useful for obtaining realistic data on how an RFG would likely operate as part of a propulsion system. Relight in the opposed flow burner was attempted by cycling oxygen and nitrogen flows with carefully timed solenoid valves to initiate and extinguish combustion, and to control the slow diffusion of oxygen to the surface of the propellant, which would render the TiCrMn non-pyrophoric. The opposed flow burner experiments did not conclusively demonstrate the pyrophoric relight capability of the RFG propellant due in part to the persistence of hot spots between oxygen and purge nitrogen cycles, as determined by high-speed imaging in the near infrared range. An opposed flow burner apparatus was then constructed within a vacuum chamber assembly thus preventing atmospheric oxygen from diffusing to the propellant surface, but these tests did not demonstrate pyrophoric relight. Future work is proposed to evaluate the effect of pyrophoric particle size in order to determine the role ignition delay of each particle has in the relight capability of RFGs. OCC experiments were conducted at a low and high GOX mass flux of approximately 150 and 300 kg/s/m2, respectively, at a nominal chamber pressure of 150 psia. Four strand compositions were used: pure DCPD, 30 wt.% pyrophoric TiCrMn powder with average particle diameters of approximately 1-10 microns, 30 wt.% oxidized TiCrMn powder with average particle diameters of approximately 1-10 microns, and 30 wt.% TiCrMn powder with average particle diameters of approximately 1-4 mm. Regression rate was measure by weight loss, average web thickness change at three axial locations on the strand, and through time-resolved tracking of the regressing propellant surface via high speed video. While visual observations suggest that the addition of TiCrMn significantly increases regression rate, initial data do not show a significant trend. Additionally, it is observed that the oxidized TiCrMn strands regress at the same rate as those loaded with pyrophoric TiCrMn, suggesting that erosive burning and heat addition of the added metal may be the cause of the observed increase in regression rate. The data are too sparse to make conclusions about the effect of particle size on regression rate, so further tests are recommended to develop a significant data set for the effect of pyrophoricity and particle size on regression rate. The test article was damaged at the end of the regression rate experimental campaign, which precluded the collection of relight data that was planned for strands loaded with 50 wt.% TiCrMn particles with an average diameter of approximately 1-4 mm. Though further tests are needed to demonstrate pyrophoric relight of an RFG, the current work establishes a baseline for RFG performance and suggests that pyrophoric relight is possible by tailoring the particle size of the pyrophoric metal additive to control heat release and ignition delay.