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  1. Method for producing a borohydride

    DOEpatents

    Kong, Peter C.

    2010-06-22

    A method for producing a borohydride is described that includes the steps of providing a source of borate; providing a material that chemically reduces the source of the borate to produce a borohydride; and reacting the source of the borate and the material by supplying heat at a temperature that substantially effects the production of the borohydride.

  2. Method for producing a borohydride

    DOEpatents

    Kong, Peter C.

    2008-09-02

    A method for producing a borohydride is described and which includes the steps of providing a source of borate; providing a material which chemically reduces the source of the borate to produce a borohydride; and reacting the source of borate and the material by supplying heat at a temperature which substantially effects the production of the borohydride.

  3. Catalyzed borohydrides for hydrogen storage

    DOEpatents

    Au, Ming [Augusta, GA

    2012-02-28

    A hydrogen storage material and process is provided in which alkali borohydride materials are created which contain effective amounts of catalyst(s) which include transition metal oxides, halides, and chlorides of titanium, zirconium, tin, and combinations of the various catalysts. When the catalysts are added to an alkali borodydride such as a lithium borohydride, the initial hydrogen release point of the resulting mixture is substantially lowered. Additionally, the hydrogen storage material may be rehydrided with weight percent values of hydrogen at least about 9 percent.

  4. Direct synthesis of calcium borohydride

    DOEpatents

    Ronnebro, Ewa Carin Ellinor; Majzoub, Eric H.

    2009-10-27

    A method is disclosed for directly preparing an alkaline earth metal borohydride, i.e. Ca(BH.sub.4).sub.2, from the alkaline earth metal hydride and the alkaline earth metal boride. The borohydride thus prepared is doped with a small portion of a metal chloride catalyst compound, such as RuCl.sub.3, TiCl.sub.3, or a mixture of TiCl.sub.3 and palladium metal. The process provides for mechanically mixing the dry reagents under an inert atmosphere followed by charging the mixed materials with high pressure hydrogen at about 70 MPa while heating the mixture to about 400.degree. C. The method is relatively simple and inexpensive and provides reversible hydride compounds which are free of the usual contamination introduced by prior art wet chemical methods.

  5. Hydrogen Generation Via Sodium Borohydride

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    Mohring, Richard M.; Wu, Ying

    2003-07-01

    Along with the technological challenges associated with developing fuel cells and hydrogen burning engines, a major issue that must be addressed to ensure the ultimate success of a hydrogen economy is the ability to store and transport hydrogen effectively. Millennium Cell has developed and patented a proprietary system for storing and generating hydrogen gas called Hydrogen on Demand™. The system releases the hydrogen stored in fuel solutions of sodium borohydride as needed through an easily controllable catalytic process. The fuel itself is water-based, rich in hydrogen content, and non-flammable. It can be stored in plastic containers under no pressure. After the hydrogen from the fuel is consumed, the remaining product, sodium metaborate (chemically similar to borax), can be recycled back into fresh fuel. In this paper, an overview of the Hydrogen on Demand™ technology is presented along with data showing the performance characteristics of practical hydrogen generation systems. A brief discussion of sodium borohydride regeneration chemistry is also provided.

  6. Chloride substitution in sodium borohydride

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    Ravnsbaek, Dorthe B.; Rude, Line H.; Jensen, Torben R.

    2011-07-15

    The dissolution of sodium chloride and sodium borohydride into each other resulting in formation of solid solutions of composition Na(BH{sub 4}){sub 1-x}Cl{sub x} is studied. The dissolution reaction is facilitated by two methods: ball milling or combination of ball milling and annealing at 300 deg. C for three days of NaBH{sub 4}-NaCl samples in molar ratios of 0.5:0.5 and 0.75:0.25. The degree of dissolution is studied by Rietveld refinement of synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD) data. The results show that dissolution of 10 mol% NaCl into NaBH{sub 4}, forming Na(BH{sub 4}){sub 0.9}Cl{sub 0.1}, takes place during ball milling. A higher degree of dissolution of NaCl in NaBH{sub 4} is obtained by annealing resulting in solid solutions containing up to 57 mol% NaCl, i.e. Na(BH{sub 4}){sub 0.43}Cl{sub 0.57}. In addition, annealing results in dissolution of 10-20 mol% NaBH{sub 4} into NaCl. The mechanism of the dissolution during annealing and the decomposition pathway of the solid solutions are studied by in situ SR-PXD. Furthermore, the stability upon hydrogen release and uptake were studied by Sieverts measurements. - Graphical Abstract: Dissolution of sodium chloride and sodium borohydride into each other resulting in formation of solid solutions of composition Na(BH{sub 4}){sub 1-x}Cl{sub x} is studied. Dissolution is facilitated by two methods: ball milling or annealing at 300 deg. C for three days of NaBH{sub 4}-NaCl samples. Sample compositions and dissolution mechanism are studied by Rietveld refinement of synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction data. Highlights: > Studies of dissolution of sodium chloride and sodium borohydride into each other. > Solid state diffusion facilitated by mechanical and thermal treatments. > Dissolution is more efficiently induced by heating than by mechanical treatment. > Mechanism for dissolution studied by Rietveld refinement of in situ SR-PXD data.

  7. Direct synthesis of magnesium borohydride

    DOEpatents

    Ronnebro, Ewa Carin Ellinor [Kennewick, WA; Severa, Godwin [Honolulu, HI; Jensen, Craig M [Kailua, HI

    2012-04-03

    A method is disclosed for directly preparing an alkaline earth metal borohydride, i.e. Mg(BH.sub.4).sub.2, from the alkaline earth metal boride MgB.sub.2 by hydrogenating the MgB.sub.2 at an elevated temperature and pressure. The boride may also be doped with small amounts of a metal chloride catalyst such as TiCl.sub.3 and/or NiCl.sub.2. The process provides for charging MgB.sub.2 with high pressure hydrogen above at least 70 MPa while simultaneously heating the material to about 350.degree. C. to about 400.degree. C. The method is relatively simple and inexpensive and provides a reversible hydride compound having a hydrogen capacity of at least 11 wt %.

  8. Modified borohydrides for reversible hydrogen storage

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    Au, Ming

    2005-08-29

    In attempt to develop lithium borohydrides as the reversible hydrogen storage materials with the high capacity, the feasibility to reduce dehydrogenation temperature of the lithium borohydride and moderate rehydrogenation condition has been explored. The commercial available lithium borohydride has been modified by ball milling with metal oxides and metal chlorides as the additives. The modified lithium borohydrides release 9 wt% hydrogen starting from 473K. The dehydrided modified lithium borohydrides absorb 7-9 wt% hydrogen at 873K and 7 MPa. The additive modification reduces dehydriding temperature from 673K to 473K and moderates rehydrogenation conditions to 923K and 15 MPa. XRD and SEM analysis discovered the formation of the intermediate compound TiB{sub 2} that may plays the key role in change the reaction path resulting the lower dehydriding temperature and reversibility. The reversible hydrogen storage capacity of the oxide modified lithium borohydrides decreases gradually during hydriding-dehydriding cycling due to the lost of the boron during dehydrogenation. But, it can be prevented by selecting the suitable additive, forming intermediate boron compounds and changing the reaction path. The additives reduce dehydriding temperature and improve the reversibility, it also reduces the hydrogen storage capacity. The best compromise can be reached by optimization of the additive loading and introducing new process other than ball milling.

  9. Modified lithium borohydrides for reversible hydrogen storage.

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    Au, Ming; Jurgensen, Arthur

    2006-04-06

    In an attempt to develop lithium borohydrides as reversible hydrogen storage materials with high hydrogen storage capacities, the feasibility of reducing the dehydrogenation temperature of the lithium borohydride and moderating rehydrogenation conditions was explored. The lithium borohydride was modified by ball milling with metal oxides and metal chlorides as additives. The modified lithium borohydrides released 9 wt % hydrogen starting from 473 K. The dehydrided modified lithium borohydrides absorbed 7-9 wt % hydrogen at 873 K and 7 MPa. The modification with additives reduced the dehydriding starting temperature from 673 to 473 K and moderated the rehydrogenation conditions from 923 K/15 MPa to 873 K/7 MPa. XRD and SEM analysis revealed the formation of an intermediate compound that might play a key role in changing the reaction path, resulting in the lower dehydriding temperature and reversibility. The reversible hydrogen storage capacity of the oxide-modified lithium borohydrides decreased gradually during hydriding/dehydriding cycling. One of the possible reasons for this effect might be the loss of boron during dehydrogenation, but this can be prevented by changing the dehydriding path using appropriate additives. The additives reduced the dehydriding temperature and improved the reversibility, but they also reduced the hydrogen storage capacity. The best compromise can be reached by selecting appropriate additives, optimizing the additive loading, and using new synthesis processes other than ball milling.

  10. Static Compression of Tetramethylammonium Borohydride

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    Dalton, Douglas Allen; Somayazulu, M.; Goncharov, Alexander F.; Hemley, Russell J.

    2011-11-15

    Raman spectroscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction are used to examine the high-pressure behavior of tetramethylammonium borohydride (TMAB) to 40 GPa at room temperature. The measurements reveal weak pressure-induced structural transitions around 5 and 20 GPa. Rietveld analysis and Le Bail fits of the powder diffraction data based on known structures of tetramethylammonium salts indicate that the transitions are mediated by orientational ordering of the BH{sub 4}{sup -} tetrahedra followed by tilting of the (CH{sub 3}){sub 4}N{sup +} groups. X-ray diffraction patterns obtained during pressure release suggest reversibility with a degree of hysteresis. Changes in the Raman spectrum confirm that these transitions are not accompanied by bonding changes between the two ionic species. At ambient conditions, TMAB does not possess dihydrogen bonding, and Raman data confirms that this feature is not activated upon compression. The pressure-volume equation of state obtained from the diffraction data gives a bulk modulus [K{sub 0} = 5.9(6) GPa, K'{sub 0} = 9.6(4)] slightly lower than that observed for ammonia borane. Raman spectra obtained over the entire pressure range (spanning over 40% densification) indicate that the intramolecular vibrational modes are largely coupled.

  11. Diborane release and structure distortion in borohydrides.

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    Callini, Elsa; Borgschulte, Andreas; Ramirez-Cuesta, Anibal Javier; Züttel, Andreas

    2013-01-21

    Hydrogen desorption from borohydrides is often accompanied by the release of diborane. The amount of diborane released as a byproduct during the decomposition of borohydrides scales inversely with the borohydride stability, which in turn depends on the electronegativity of the corresponding cation. We present a model based on the difference between the symmetric and asymmetric assembly of B(2)H(6) units at the surface. The origin of this reaction is the degree of distortion of the BH(4)(-) anions in the bulk, hitherto depending on the degree of ionization of the cation. A practical measure of the distortion is the range in which the stretching vibration modes appear, which is the difference in the energy of the stretching vibrations of hydrogen atoms with maximum different bonding lengths (Badger's rule). We propose from this relation that the diborane released from the surface of the relatively unstable LiZn(2)(BH(4))(5) is formed from a recombination of BH(2)(δ+) and BH(4)(δ-) units. Ultra high vacuum mass spectroscopy measurements support the presented model and clarify the decomposition of stable borohydrides, such as LiBH(4). The sublimation of borohydrides in UHV competes with their decomposition.

  12. Sodium Borohydride/Hydrogen Peroxide Fuel Cells For Space Application

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    Valdez, T. I.; Deelo, M. E.; Narayanan, S. R.

    2006-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation examines Sodium Borohydride and Hydrogen Peroxide Fuel Cells as they are applied to space applications. The topics include: 1) Motivation; 2) The Sodium Borohydride Fuel Cell; 3) Sodium Borohydride Fuel Cell Test Stands; 4) Fuel Cell Comparisons; 5) MEA Performance; 6) Anode Polarization; and 7) Electrode Analysis. The benefits of hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant and benefits of sodium borohydride as a fuel are also addressed.

  13. Sodium Borohydride/Hydrogen Peroxide Fuel Cells For Space Application

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    Valdez, T. I.; Deelo, M. E.; Narayanan, S. R.

    2006-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation examines Sodium Borohydride and Hydrogen Peroxide Fuel Cells as they are applied to space applications. The topics include: 1) Motivation; 2) The Sodium Borohydride Fuel Cell; 3) Sodium Borohydride Fuel Cell Test Stands; 4) Fuel Cell Comparisons; 5) MEA Performance; 6) Anode Polarization; and 7) Electrode Analysis. The benefits of hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant and benefits of sodium borohydride as a fuel are also addressed.

  14. 40 CFR 721.1878 - Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Alkali metal alkyl borohydride... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.1878 Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic). (a) Chemical substance... alkali metal alkyl borohydride (PMN P-00-1089) is subject to reporting under this section for...

  15. 40 CFR 721.1878 - Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Alkali metal alkyl borohydride... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.1878 Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic). (a) Chemical substance... alkali metal alkyl borohydride (PMN P-00-1089) is subject to reporting under this section for...

  16. 40 CFR 721.1878 - Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Alkali metal alkyl borohydride... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.1878 Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic). (a) Chemical substance... alkali metal alkyl borohydride (PMN P-00-1089) is subject to reporting under this section for...

  17. 40 CFR 721.1878 - Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Alkali metal alkyl borohydride... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.1878 Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic). (a) Chemical substance... alkali metal alkyl borohydride (PMN P-00-1089) is subject to reporting under this section for...

  18. 40 CFR 721.1878 - Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Alkali metal alkyl borohydride... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.1878 Alkali metal alkyl borohydride (generic). (a) Chemical substance... alkali metal alkyl borohydride (PMN P-00-1089) is subject to reporting under this section for...

  19. Transition metal based borohydrides for hydrogen storage

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    Jayanthi, Chakram; Liu, Jianjun; Wei, Suhuai; Zhao, Yufeng

    2010-03-01

    Using ab-initio studies based on the density-functional theory, we have calculated binding energies per hydrogen molecule for decomposition reactions of transition metal borohydrides MHxB12H12 to MB12 structures, where M corresponds to Sc, Ti, or V. Depending on the valence of the transition metal, x can be 1, 2, or 3. Crystal structures considered for MB12 included both hypothetical and those found in the international crystallographic structural database. On the other hand, the crystal structure considered for MHxB12H12 belongs to C2/c (space group 15) structure as reported in a previous study [V. Ozolins et al. JACS, 131, 230 (2009)]. Among the structures investigated, Titanium-based metal borohydride structure has the lowest binding energy per hydrogen molecule relative to the cubic TiB12 structure (˜0.37 eV/H2). Our finding should be contrasted with the binding energy/H2 for simple metal based borohydrides (e.g., CaB12H12 ), which has a value of ˜ 1.5 eV/H2, suggesting that transition metals play a significant role in lowering the H2 binding energy in borohydrides.

  20. MODIFIED BOROHYDRIDES FOR REVERSIBLE HYDROGEN STORAGE

    SciTech Connect

    Au, Ming

    2006-05-10

    This paper reports the results in the effort to destabilize lithium borohydride for reversible hydrogen storage. A number of metals, metal hydrides, metal chlorides and complex hydrides were selected and evaluated as the destabilization agents for reducing dehydriding temperature and generating dehydriding-rehydriding reversibility. It is found that some additives are effective. The Raman spectroscopic analysis shows the change of B-H binding nature.

  1. BIMETALLIC LITHIUM BOROHYDRIDES TOWARD REVERSIBLE HYDROGEN STORAGE

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    Au, M.

    2010-10-21

    Borohydrides such as LiBH{sub 4} have been studied as candidates for hydrogen storage because of their high hydrogen contents (18.4 wt% for LiBH{sub 4}). Limited success has been made in reducing the dehydrogenation temperature by adding reactants such as metals, metal oxides and metal halides. However, full rehydrogenation has not been realized because of multi-step decomposition processes and the stable intermediate species produced. It is suggested that adding second cation in LiBH{sub 4} may reduce the binding energy of B-H. The second cation may also provide the pathway for full rehydrogenation. In this work, several bimetallic borohydrides were synthesized using wet chemistry, high pressure reactive ball milling and sintering processes. The investigation found that the thermodynamic stability was reduced, but the full rehydrogenation is still a challenge. Although our experiments show the partial reversibility of the bimetallic borohydrides, it was not sustainable during dehydriding-rehydriding cycles because of the accumulation of hydrogen inert species.

  2. Intrinsic borohydride fuel cell/battery hybrid power sources

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    Hong, Jian; Fang, Bin; Wang, Chunsheng; Currie, Kenneth

    The electrochemical oxidation behaviors of NaBH 4 on Zn, Zn-MH, and MH (metal-hydride) electrodes were investigated, and an intrinsic direct borohydride fuel cell (DBFC)/battery hybrid power source using MH (or Zn-MH) as the anode and MnO 2 as the cathode was tested. Borohydride cannot be effectively oxidized on Zn electrodes at the Zn oxidation potential because of the poor electrocatalytic ability of Zn for borohydride oxidation and the high overpotential, even though borohydride has the same oxidation potential of Zn in an alkaline solution. The borohydride can be electrochemically oxidized on Ni and MH electrodes through a 4e reaction at a high overpotential. Simply adding borohydride into an alkaline electrolyte of a Zn/air or MH/air battery can greatly increase the capacity, while an intrinsic DBFC/MH(or Zn)-MnO 2 battery can deliver a higher peak power than regular DBFCs.

  3. Metal borohydrides and derivatives - synthesis, structure and properties.

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    Paskevicius, Mark; Jepsen, Lars H; Schouwink, Pascal; Černý, Radovan; Ravnsbæk, Dorthe B; Filinchuk, Yaroslav; Dornheim, Martin; Besenbacher, Flemming; Jensen, Torben R

    2017-03-06

    A wide variety of metal borohydrides, MBH4, have been discovered and characterized during the past decade, revealing an extremely rich chemistry including fascinating structural flexibility and a wide range of compositions and physical properties. Metal borohydrides receive increasing interest within the energy storage field due to their extremely high hydrogen density and possible uses in batteries as solid state ion conductors. Recently, new types of physical properties have been explored in lanthanide-bearing borohydrides related to solid state phosphors and magnetic refrigeration. Two major classes of metal borohydride derivatives have also been discovered: anion-substituted compounds where the complex borohydride anion, BH4(-), is replaced by another anion, i.e. a halide or amide ion; and metal borohydrides modified with neutral molecules, such as NH3, NH3BH3, N2H4, etc. Here, we review new synthetic strategies along with structural, physical and chemical properties for metal borohydrides, revealing a number of new trends correlating composition, structure, bonding and thermal properties. These new trends provide general knowledge and may contribute to the design and discovery of new metal borohydrides with tailored properties towards the rational design of novel functional materials. This review also demonstrates that there is still room for discovering new combinations of light elements including boron and hydrogen, leading to complex hydrides with extreme flexibility in composition, structure and properties.

  4. Sodium borohydride based hybrid power system

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    Richardson, Bradley S.; Birdwell, Joseph F.; Pin, François G.; Jansen, John F.; Lind, Randall F.

    Sodium borohydride's properties make it a good source of hydrogen for use with a fuel cell for an on-demand system that is easily controllable and has no idle costs. Previous work, as described in the literature, indicated that ruthenium (Ru) is an efficient catalyst for generating hydrogen from sodium borohydride. Tests were conducted to evaluate catalyst loading with the results of these tests indicating that the hydrolysis rate is affected by the loading of the catalyst. It was also apparent that the substrate surface is not completely occupied by Ru at the lower loadings, and that increased loadings are needed to optimize the reaction rate. A differential rate test with a fixed bed reactor was also conducted. It was observed that temperature has a significant effect on the rate of reaction. Feed rate also affected the rate of reaction with lower feed rates (longer residence time in the reactor) having higher reaction rates. A bench-top hybrid system was also developed and tested. This test bed demonstrated how a system based on a chemically generated hydrogen-fed proton exchange membrane fuel cell could be integrated with batteries to provide a hybrid power system that can meet the demands of a highly varying electrical load up to four times the rated output of the fuel cell.

  5. Quaternary ammonium borohydride adsorption in mesoporous silicate MCM-48

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    Wolverton, Michael J; Daemen, Luke L; Hartl, Monika A

    2010-01-01

    Inorganic borohydrides have a high gravimetric hydrogen density but release H2 only under energetically unfavorable conditions. Surface chemistry may help in lowering thermodynamic barriers, but inclusion of inorganic borohydrides in porous silica materials has proved hitherto difficult or impossible. We show that borohydrides with a large organic cation are readily adsorbed inside mesoporous silicates, particularly after surface treatment. Thermal analysis reveals that the decomposition thermodynamics of tetraalkylammonium borohydrides are substantially affected by inclusion in MCM-48. Inelastic neutron scattering (INS) data show that the compounds adsorb on the silica surface. Evidence of pore loading is supplemented by DSC/TGA, XRD, FTIR, and BET isotherm measurements. Mass spectrometry shows significant hydrogen release at lower temperature from adsorbed borohydrides in comparison with the bulk borohydrides. INS data measured for partially decomposed samples indicates that the decomposition of the cation and anion is likely simultaneous. Additionally, these data confirm the formation of Si-H bonds on the silica surface upon decomposition of adsorbed tetramethylammonium borohydride.

  6. THE STABILITY AND REVERSIBILITY OF METALLIC BOROHYDRIDES

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    Au, M

    2007-07-27

    In effort to develop reversible metallic borohydrides with high hydrogen storage capacity and low dehydriding temperature, several new materials have been synthesized by modifying LiBH{sub 4} with various metal halides and hydrides. The investigation shows that the halide modification effectively reduced the dehydriding temperature through ion exchange interaction. The effective halides are TiCl{sub 3}, TiF{sub 3}, ZnF{sub 2} and AlF{sub 3}. The material LiBH{sub 4}+0.1TiF{sub 3} desorbs 3.5wt% and 8.5wt% hydrogen at 150 C and 450 C respectively. It re-absorbed 6wt% hydrogen at 500 C and 70 bar after dehydrogenation. The XRD of the rehydrided samples confirmed the formation of LiBH{sub 4}. It indicates that the materials are reversible at the conditions given. However, a number of other halides: MgF{sub 2}, MgCl{sub 2}, CaCl{sub 2}, SrCl{sub 2} and FeCl{sub 3}, did not reduce dehydriding temperature of LiBH{sub 4} significantly. TGA-RGA analysis indicated that some halide modified lithium borohydrides such as LiBH{sub 4}+0.1ZnF{sub 2} evolved diborane during dehydrogenation, but some did not such as LiBH{sub 4}+0.1TiCl{sub 3}. The formation of diborane caused unrecoverable capacity loss resulting in irreversibility. It is suggested that the lithium borohydrides modified by the halides containing the metals that can not form metal borides with boron are likely to evolve diborane during dehydriding. It was discovered that halide modification reduces sensitivity of LiBH{sub 4}. The materials such as LiBH{sub 4}+0.1TiCl{sub 3} and LiBH{sub 4}+0.5TiCl{sub 3} can be handled in open air without visible reaction.

  7. Catalytic polymeric electrodes for direct borohydride fuel cells

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    Bayatsarmadi, Bita; Peters, Alice; Talemi, Pejman

    2016-08-01

    The direct borohydride fuel cell (DBFC) is a new class of fuel cells that produces non-toxic by-products and has a potential for a high voltage and high energy density. A major challenge in developing efficient DBFCs is the development of an efficient, stable, and economic catalyst for the oxidation of borohydride. In this paper, we report the use of conducting polymer Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) as electrocatalysts in DBFC. PEDOT electrodes prepared by vacuum phase polymerization exhibited electrocatalytic behavior towards oxidation of borohydride and reduction of hydrogen peroxide. Spectroscopic analysis of samples showed that PEDOT can act as an interface for electron transfer from borohydride ions. Comparing the polarization curves of DBFCs with PEDOT coated on graphite electrodes and cells with bare graphite electrodes, demonstrated higher voltage, maximum power density, and stability.

  8. Textbook Errors, 136: The Reducing Action of Sodium Borohydride.

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    Todd, David

    1979-01-01

    This column generally relates errors which have been discovered in textbooks. The error discussed in this issue is the prevalence of erroneous ideas in organic chemistry textbooks, related to the chemistry of sodium borohydride. (Author/SA)

  9. Method of recycling lithium borate to lithium borohydride through diborane

    DOEpatents

    Filby, Evan E.

    1976-01-01

    This invention provides a method for the recycling of lithium borate to lithium borohydride which can be reacted with water to generate hydrogen for utilization as a fuel. The lithium borate by-product of the hydrogen generation reaction is reacted with hydrogen chloride and water to produce boric acid and lithium chloride. The boric acid and lithium chloride are converted to lithium borohydride through a diborane intermediate to complete the recycle scheme.

  10. Process for production of a borohydride compound

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    Allen, Nathan Tait; Butterick, III, Robert; Chin, Arthur Achhing; Millar, Dean Michael; Molzahn, David Craig

    2014-08-19

    A process for production of a borohydride compound M(BH.sub.4).sub.y. The process has three steps. The first step combines a compound of formula (R.sup.1O).sub.yM with aluminum, hydrogen and a metallic catalyst containing at least one metal selected from the group consisting of titanium, zirconium, hafnium, niobium, vanadium, tantalum and iron to produce a compound of formula M(AlH.sub.3OR.sup.1).sub.y, wherein R.sup.1 is phenyl or phenyl substituted by at least one alkyl or alkoxy group; M is an alkali metal, Be or Mg; and y is one or two; wherein the catalyst is present at a level of at least 200 ppm based on weight of aluminum. The second step combines the compound of formula M(AlH.sub.3OR.sup.1).sub.y with a borate, boroxine or borazine compound to produce M(BH.sub.4).sub.y and a byproduct mixture containing alkali metal and aluminum aryloxides. The third step separates M(BH.sub.4).sub.y from the byproduct mixture.

  11. Fullerene mediated hydrogen release in lithium borohydride

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    Scheicher, Ralph; Li, Sa; Jena, Puru

    2010-03-01

    Complex metal hydrides possess many properties which make them attractive as a storage medium for hydrogen, but typically, catalysts are required to lower the hydrogen desorption temperature and to facilitate hydrogen uptake in the form of a reversible reaction. The overwhelming focus in the search for catalyzing agents has been on compounds containing titanium, but the precise mechanism of their actions remains somewhat obscure. A recent experiment has now shown that fullerene (C60) can also act as catalysts for the hydrogen uptake and release in lithium borohydride (LiBH4). In an effort to understand the involved mechanism, we have employed density functional theory to carry out a detailed study of the interaction between this complex metal hydride and the carbon nanomaterial. Considering a step-wise reduction of the hydrogen content in LiBH4, we find that the presence of C60 can lead to a substantial reduction of the involved H-removal energies. This catalyzing effect is explained by us as a consequence of the interaction between the BHx^- part and the C60 entity.

  12. Destabilized and catalyzed borohydride for reversible hydrogen storage

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    Mohtadi, Rana F [Northville, MI; Zidan, Ragaiy [Aiken, SC; Gray, Joshua [Aiken, SC; Stowe, Ashley C [Knoxville, TN; Sivasubramanian, Premkumar [Aiken, SC

    2012-02-28

    A process of forming a hydrogen storage material, including the steps of: providing a borohydride material of the formula: M(BH.sub.4).sub.x where M is an alkali metal or an alkaline earth metal and 1.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.2; providing an alanate material of the formula: M.sub.1(AlH.sub.4).sub.x where M.sub.1 is an alkali metal or an alkaline earth metal and 1.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.2; providing a halide material of the formula: M.sub.2Hal.sub.x where M.sub.2 is an alkali metal, an alkaline earth metal or transition metal and Hal is a halide and 1.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.4; combining the borohydride, alanate and halide materials such that 5 to 50 molar percent from the borohydride material is present forming a reaction product material having a lower hydrogen release temperature than the alanate material.

  13. Barium borohydride chlorides: synthesis, crystal structures and thermal properties.

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    Grube, Elisabeth; Olesen, Cathrine H; Ravnsbæk, Dorthe B; Jensen, Torben R

    2016-05-10

    Here we report the synthesis, mechanism of formation, characterization and thermal decomposition of new barium borohydride chlorides prepared by mechanochemistry and thermal treatment of MBH4-BaCl2, M = Li, Na or K in ratios 1 : 1 and 1 : 2. Initially, orthorhombic barium chloride, o-BaCl2 transforms into o-Ba(BH4)xCl2-x, x ∼ 0.15. Excess LiBH4 leads to continued anion substitution and a phase transformation into hexagonal barium borohydride chloride h-Ba(BH4)xCl2-x, which accommodates higher amounts of borohydride, possibly x ∼ 0.85 and resembles h-BaCl2. Thus, two solid solutions are in equilibrium during mechano-chemical treatment of LiBH4-BaCl2 (1 : 1) whereas LiBH4-BaCl2 (2 : 1) converts to h-Ba(BH4)0.85Cl1.15. Upon thermal treatment at T > ∼200 °C, h-Ba(BH4)0.85Cl1.15 transforms into another orthorhombic barium borohydride chloride compound, o-Ba(BH4)0.85Cl1.15, which is structurally similar to o-BaBr2. The samples with M = Na and K have lower reactivity and form o-Ba(BH4)xCl2-x, x ∼ 0.1 and a solid solution of sodium chloride dissolved in solid sodium borohydride, Na(BH4)1-xClx, x = 0.07. The new compounds and reaction mechanisms are investigated by in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and simultaneous thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), mass spectroscopy (MS) and temperature programmed photographic analysis (TPPA).

  14. Magnesium borohydride: from hydrogen storage to magnesium battery.

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    Mohtadi, Rana; Matsui, Masaki; Arthur, Timothy S; Hwang, Son-Jong

    2012-09-24

    Beyond hydrogen storage: The first example of reversible magnesium deposition/stripping onto/from an inorganic salt was seen for a magnesium borohydride electrolyte. High coulombic efficiency of up to 94 % was achieved in dimethoxyethane solvent. This Mg(BH(4))(2) electrolyte was utilized in a rechargeable magnesium battery. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Metal borohydride formation from aluminium boride and metal hydrides.

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    Møller, Kasper T; Fogh, Alexander S; Paskevicius, Mark; Skibsted, Jørgen; Jensen, Torben R

    2016-10-05

    Metal borides are often decomposition products from metal borohydrides and thus play a role in the reverse reaction where hydrogen is absorbed. In this work, aluminium boride, AlB2, has been investigated as a boron source for the formation of borohydrides under hydrogen pressures of p(H2) = 100 or 600 bar at elevated temperatures (350 or 400 °C). The systems AlB2-MHx (M = Li, Na, Mg, Ca) have been investigated, producing LiBH4, NaBH4 and Ca(BH4)2, whereas the formation of Mg(BH4)2 was not observed at T = 400 °C and p(H2) = 600 bar. The formation of the metal borohydrides is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy and the fraction of boron in AlB2 and M(BH4)x is determined quantitatively by (11)B MAS NMR. Hydrogenation for 12 h at T = 350-400 °C and p(H2) = 600 bar leads to the formation of substantial amounts of LiBH4 (38.6 mol%), NaBH4 (83.0 mol%) and Ca(BH4)2 (43.6 mol%).

  16. Ammine Calcium and Strontium Borohydrides: Syntheses, Structures, and Properties.

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    Jepsen, Lars H; Lee, Young-Su; Černý, Radovan; Sarusie, Ram S; Cho, Young Whan; Besenbacher, Flemming; Jensen, Torben R

    2015-10-26

    A new series of solvent- and halide-free ammine strontium metal borohydrides Sr(NH3 )n (BH4 )2 (n=1, 2, and 4) and further investigations of Ca(NH3 )n (BH4 )2 (n=1, 2, 4, and 6) are presented. Crystal structures have been determined by powder XRD and optimized by DFT calculations to evaluate the strength of the dihydrogen bonds. Sr(NH3 )(BH4 )2 (Pbcn) and Sr(NH3 )2 (BH4 )2 (Pnc2) are layered structures, whereas M(NH3 )4 (BH4 )2 (M=Ca and Sr; P21 /c) are molecular structures connected by dihydrogen bonds. Both series of compounds release NH3 gas upon thermal treatment if the partial pressure of ammonia is low. Therefore, the strength of the dihydrogen bonds, the structure of the compounds, and the NH3 /BH4 (-) ratio for M(NH3 )n (BH4 )m have little influence on the composition of the released gasses. The composition of the released gas depends mainly on the thermal stability of the ammine metal borohydride and the corresponding metal borohydride.

  17. Method of Manufacturing Micro-Disperse Particles of Sodium Borohydride

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    Kravitz, Stanley H.; Hecht, Andrew M.; Sylwester. Alan P.; Bell, Nelson S.

    2008-09-23

    A compact solid source of hydrogen gas, where the gas is generated by contacting water with micro-disperse particles of sodium borohydride in the presence of a catalyst, such as cobalt or ruthenium. The micro-disperse particles can have a substantially uniform diameter of 1-10 microns, and preferably about 3-5 microns. Ruthenium or cobalt catalytic nanoparticles can be incorporated in the micro-disperse particles of sodium borohydride, which allows a rapid and complete reaction to occur without the problems associated with caking and scaling of the surface by the reactant product sodium metaborate. A closed loop water management system can be used to recycle wastewater from a PEM fuel cell to supply water for reacting with the micro-disperse particles of sodium borohydride in a compact hydrogen gas generator. Capillary forces can wick water from a water reservoir into a packed bed of micro-disperse fuel particles, eliminating the need for using an active pump.

  18. Method of generating hydrogen gas from sodium borohydride

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    Kravitz, Stanley H.; Hecht, Andrew M.; Sylwester, Alan P.; Bell, Nelson S.

    2007-12-11

    A compact solid source of hydrogen gas, where the gas is generated by contacting water with micro-disperse particles of sodium borohydride in the presence of a catalyst, such as cobalt or ruthenium. The micro-disperse particles can have a substantially uniform diameter of 1-10 microns, and preferably about 3-5 microns. Ruthenium or cobalt catalytic nanoparticles can be incorporated in the micro-disperse particles of sodium borohydride, which allows a rapid and complete reaction to occur without the problems associated with caking and scaling of the surface by the reactant product sodium metaborate. A closed loop water management system can be used to recycle wastewater from a PEM fuel cell to supply water for reacting with the micro-disperse particles of sodium borohydride in a compact hydrogen gas generator. Capillary forces can wick water from a water reservoir into a packed bed of micro-disperse fuel particles, eliminating the need for using an active pump.

  19. Characterization of Lithium Borohydride using Neutron Scattering Techniques

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    Hartman, Michael; Rush, Jack; Udovic, Terry

    2006-03-01

    Lithium borohydride, LiBH4, is a complex metal hydride that shows great promise as a hydrogen storage medium with a volumetric hydrogen density of 122 kg H/m^3 and a gravimetric hydrogen density of 18.5 wt. %. While numerous NMR, Raman, and infrared investigations have been reported in the literature, neutron scattering investigations of LiBH4 have been limited due to the large neutron absorption cross-section of naturally occurring lithium and boron. We have recently synthesized an isotopically-enriched lithium borohydride, containing ^7Li and ^11B, which eliminates the large neutron absorption cross-section that arises from the presence of ^6Li and ^10B. The results of powder neutron diffraction, inelastic neutron scattering, and quasi-elastic neutron scattering investigations on the ^7Li^11BH4 material are presented. These measurements provide a fundamental understanding of the behavior of hydrogen within lithium borohydride, and they provide a basis to understand changes concomitant with the introduction of catalytic or destabilizing compounds.

  20. Kinetics of Ru-catalyzed sodium borohydride hydrolysis

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    Zhang, J. S.; Delgass, W. N.; Fisher, T. S.; Gore, J. P.

    Chemical hydrides have been identified as a potential medium for on-board hydrogen storage, one of the most challenging technical barriers to the prospective transition from gasoline to hydrogen-powered vehicles. Systematic study of the feasibility of the sodium borohydride systems, and chemical-hydride systems more generally, requires detailed kinetic studies of the reaction for use in reactor modeling and system-level experiments. This work reports an experimental study of the kinetics of sodium borohydride hydrolysis with a Ru-on-carbon catalyst and a Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic model developed based on experimental data. The model assumes that the reaction consists of two important steps: the equilibrated adsorption of sodium borohydride on the surface of the catalyst and the reaction of the adsorbed species. The model successfully captures both the reaction's zero-order behavior at low temperatures and the first-order behavior at higher temperatures. Reaction rate constants at different temperatures are determined from the experimental data, and the activation energy is found to be 66.9 kJ mol -1 from an Arrhenius plot.

  1. A composite of borohydride and super absorbent polymer for hydrogen generation

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    Li, Z. P.; Liu, B. H.; Liu, F. F.; Xu, D.

    To develop a hydrogen source for underwater applications, a composite of sodium borohydride and super absorbent polymer (SAP) is prepared by ball milling sodium borohydride powder with SAP powder, and by dehydrating an alkaline borohydride gel. When sodium polyacrylate (NaPAA) is used as the SAP, the resulting composite exhibits a high rate of borohydride hydrolysis for hydrogen generation. A mechanism of hydrogen evolution from the NaBH 4-NaPAA composite is suggested based on structure analysis by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The effects of water and NiCl 2 content in the precursor solution on the hydrogen evolution behavior are investigated and discussed.

  2. Borohydride Ionic Liquids as Hypergolic Fuels: A Quest for Improved Stability.

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    Chand, Deepak; Zhang, Jiaheng; Shreeve, Jean'ne M

    2015-09-14

    Hydrazine and its derivatives are used as fuels in rocket propellant systems; however, due to high vapor pressure, toxicity, and carcinogenicity, handling of such compounds is extremely hazardous. Hypergolic ionic liquids have shown great promise to become viable replacements for hydrazines as fuels. Borohydride-containing ionic liquids have now been synthesized using a more efficient synthetic pathway that does not require liquid ammonia and halide precursors. Among the eight new compounds, 1-allyl-3-n-butyl-imidazolium borohydride (1) and 1, 3-diallylimidazolium borohydride (5) exhibit very short ignition-delay times (ID) of 8 and 3 ms, respectively. The hydrolytic stability of borohydride compounds has been greatly improved by attaching long-chain alkyl substituents to the imidazole ring. 1,3-Di-(n-octyl)-imidazolium borohydride (3) is a water stable borohydride-containing ionic liquid. 1,3-Di-(n-butyl)-imidazolium borohydride (2) is a unique example of a borohydride liquid crystal. These ionic liquids have some unusual advantages, including negligible vapor pressures, good ignition delay (ID) times, and reduced synthetic and storage costs, thereby showing good application potential as environmentally friendly fuels in bipropellant formulations. In addition, they also have potential applications in the form of reducing agents and hydrogen storage materials. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Simple unprecedented conversion of phosphine oxides and sulfides to phosphine boranes using sodium borohydride.

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    Rajendran, Kamalraj V; Gilheany, Declan G

    2012-01-21

    A variety of phosphine oxides and sulfides can be efficiently converted directly to the corresponding phosphine boranes using oxalyl chloride followed by sodium borohydride. Optically active P-stereogenic phosphine oxides can be converted stereospecifically to phosphine boranes with inversion of configuration by treatment with Meerwein's salt followed by sodium borohydride. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2012

  4. Isotopic Exchange in Porous and Dense Magnesium Borohydride.

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    Zavorotynska, Olena; Deledda, Stefano; Li, Guanqiao; Matsuo, Motoaki; Orimo, Shin-ichi; Hauback, Bjørn C

    2015-09-01

    Magnesium borohydride (Mg(BH4)2) is one of the most promising complex hydrides presently studied for energy-related applications. Many of its properties depend on the stability of the BH4(-) anion. The BH4(-) stability was investigated with respect to H→D exchange. In situ Raman measurements on high-surface-area porous Mg(BH4 )2 in 0.3 MPa D2 have shown that the isotopic exchange at appreciable rates occurs already at 373 K. This is the lowest exchange temperature observed in stable borohydrides. Gas-solid isotopic exchange follows the BH4(-) +D˙ →BH3D(-) +H˙ mechanism at least at the initial reaction steps. Ex situ deuteration of porous Mg(BH4)2 and its dense-phase polymorph indicates that the intrinsic porosity of the hydride is the key behind the high isotopic exchange rates. It implies that the solid-state H(D) diffusion is considerably slower than the gas-solid H→D exchange reaction at the surface and it is a rate-limiting steps for hydrogen desorption and absorption in Mg(BH4)2.

  5. Direct borohydride fuel cell using Ni-based composite anodes

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    Ma, Jia; Sahai, Yogeshwar; Buchheit, Rudolph G.

    In this study, nickel-based composite anode catalysts consisting of Ni with either Pd on carbon or Pt on carbon (the ratio of Ni:Pd or Ni:Pt being 25:1) were prepared for use in direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFCs). Cathode catalysts used were 1 mg cm -2 Pt/C or Pd electrodeposited on activated carbon cloth. The oxidants were oxygen, oxygen in air, or acidified hydrogen peroxide. Alkaline solution of sodium borohydride was used as fuel in the cell. High power performance has been achieved by DBFC using non-precious metal, Ni-based composite anodes with relatively low anodic loading (e.g., 270 mW cm -2 for NaBH 4/O 2 fuel cell at 60 °C, 665 mW cm -2 for NaBH 4/H 2O 2 fuel cell at 60 °C). Effects of temperature, oxidant, and anode catalyst loading on the DBFC performance were investigated. The cell was operated for about 100 h and its performance stability was recorded.

  6. Synthesis of Borohydride and Catalytic Dehydrogenation by Hydrogel Based Catalyst

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    Boynuegri, Tugba Akkas; Karabulut, Ahmet F.; Guru, Metin

    2016-08-01

    This paper deals with the synthesis of calcium borohydride (Ca(BH4)2) as hydrogen storage material. Calcium chloride salt (CaCl2), magnesium hydride (MgH2), and boron oxide (B2O3) were used as reactants in the mechanochemical synthesis of Ca(BH4)2. The mechanochemical reaction was carried out by means of Spex type ball milling without applying high pressure and temperature. Parametric studies have been established at different reaction times and for different amounts of reactants at a constant ball to powder ratio (BPR) 4:1. The best combination was determined by Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) analysis. According to the FT-IR analysis, reaction time, the first reaction parameter, was found as 1600 min. After the reaction time was fixed at 1600 min, the difference of the B-H peak areas was dependent on the amount of reactant MgH2 that was investigated. The amount of the reactant (MgH2), the second reaction parameter, was measured to be 2.85 times more than the stoichiometric amount of MgH2. According to our previous studies, BPR was selected as 4:1 for all experiments. Samples were prepared in a glove box under argon atmosphere but the time that elapsed for FT-IR analysis highly affected B-H bonds. B-H peak areas clearly decreased with time because of negative effect of ambient atmosphere. A catalyst was prepared by absorbing cobalt fluoride (CoF2) in poly (acrylamide-co-acrylic acid) hydrogel matrices type and its catalytic dehydrogenation performance that has been characterized by the catalytic reaction of sodium borohydride's known hydrogen capacity in an alkaline medium. The metal amount of hydrogel catalyst was determined as 135.82 mg Co by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS). The specific dehydrogenation capacity of the Co active compound in the catalyst thanks to catalytic dehydrogenation of commercial sodium borohydride was measured as 1.66 mL H2/mg Co.

  7. A simple borohydride/GC method for measuring sparteine metabolites in man.

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    Inaba, T; Vinks, A; Otton, S V

    1986-01-01

    A simple borohydride/GC method was developed for phenotyping sparteine oxidation in man. The major metabolites of sparteine found in human urine, 2- and 5-dehydrosparteine, were converted quantitatively back to sparteine by sodium borohydride reduction. The amount of sparteine metabolites can be estimated from the difference of sparteine concentrations between the borohydride-treated and untreated urine samples. The coefficient of variation of this assay was estimated from repeated analyses to be +/- 3% within a day (intra-assay) and +/- 8% between days (inter-assay). PMID:3718806

  8. Complex metal borohydrides: multifunctional materials for energy storage and conversion.

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    Mohtadi, Rana; Remhof, Arndt; Jena, Puru

    2016-09-07

    With the limited supply of fossil fuels and their adverse effect on the climate and the environment, it has become a global priority to seek alternate sources of energy that are clean, abundant, and sustainable. While sources such as solar, wind, and hydrogen can meet the world's energy demand, considerable challenges remain to find materials that can store and/or convert energy efficiently. This topical review focuses on one such class of materials, namely, multi-functional complex metal borohydrides that not only have the ability to store sufficient amount of hydrogen to meet the needs of the transportation industry, but also can be used for a new generation of metal ion batteries and solar cells. We discuss the material challenges in all these areas and review the progress that has been made to address them, the issues that still need to be resolved and the outlook for the future.

  9. Modified lithium borohydrides for reversible hydrogen storage (2).

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    Au, Ming; Jurgensen, Arthur; Zeigler, Kristine

    2006-12-28

    This paper reports the results of the effort to destabilize lithium borohydride for reversible hydrogen storage. Various metals, metal hydrides, and metal chlorides were selected and evaluated as destabilization agents for reducing dehydriding temperatures and improving dehydriding/rehydriding reversibility. The most effective material was LiBH4 + 0.2MgCl2 + 0.1TiCl3 which starts desorbing 5 wt % of hydrogen at 60 degrees C and can be rehydrogenated to 4.5 wt % at 600 degrees C and 70 bar. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopic analysis show the interaction of LiBH4 with additives and the unusual change of B-H stretching.

  10. Complex metal borohydrides: multifunctional materials for energy storage and conversion

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    Mohtadi, Rana; Remhof, Arndt; Jena, Puru

    2016-09-01

    With the limited supply of fossil fuels and their adverse effect on the climate and the environment, it has become a global priority to seek alternate sources of energy that are clean, abundant, and sustainable. While sources such as solar, wind, and hydrogen can meet the world’s energy demand, considerable challenges remain to find materials that can store and/or convert energy efficiently. This topical review focuses on one such class of materials, namely, multi-functional complex metal borohydrides that not only have the ability to store sufficient amount of hydrogen to meet the needs of the transportation industry, but also can be used for a new generation of metal ion batteries and solar cells. We discuss the material challenges in all these areas and review the progress that has been made to address them, the issues that still need to be resolved and the outlook for the future.

  11. Nanoconfinement in activated mesoporous carbon of calcium borohydride for improved reversible hydrogen storage.

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    Comănescu, Cezar; Capurso, Giovanni; Maddalena, Amedeo

    2012-09-28

    Mesoporous carbon frameworks were synthesized using the soft-template method. Ca(BH(4))(2) was incorporated into activated mesoporous carbon by the incipient wetness method. The activation of mesoporous carbon was necessary to optimize the surface area and pore size. Thermal programmed absorption measurements showed that the confinement of this borohydride into carbon nanoscaffolds improved its reversible capacity (relative to the reactive portion) and performance of hydrogen storage compared to unsupported borohydride. Hydrogen release from the supported hydride started at a temperature as low as 100 °C and the dehydrogenation rate was fast compared to the bulk borohydride. In addition, the hydrogen pressure necessary to regenerate the borohydride from the dehydrogenation products was reduced.

  12. Method of recycling lithium borate to lithium borohydride through methyl borate

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    Filby, Evan E.

    1977-01-01

    This invention provides a method for the recycling of lithium borate to lithium borohydride which can be reacted with water to generate hydrogen for utilization as a fuel. The lithium borate by-product of the hydrogen generation reaction is reacted with hydrogen chloride and water to produce boric acid and lithium chloride. The boric acid and lithium chloride are converted to lithium borohydride through a methyl borate intermediate to complete the recycle scheme.

  13. Electrocatalysis of borohydride oxidation: a review of density functional theory approach combined with experimental validation

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    Sison Escaño, Mary Clare; Lacdao Arevalo, Ryan; Gyenge, Elod; Kasai, Hideaki

    2014-09-01

    The electrocatalysis of borohydride oxidation is a complex, up-to-eight-electron transfer process, which is essential for development of efficient direct borohydride fuel cells. Here we review the progress achieved by density functional theory (DFT) calculations in explaining the adsorption of BH4- on various catalyst surfaces, with implications for electrocatalyst screening and selection. Wherever possible, we correlate the theoretical predictions with experimental findings, in order to validate the proposed models and to identify potential directions for further advancements.

  14. The crystal chemistry of inorganic metal borohydrides and their relation to metal oxides.

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    Černý, Radovan; Schouwink, Pascal

    2015-12-01

    The crystal structures of inorganic homoleptic metal borohydrides are analysed with respect to their structural prototypes found amongst metal oxides in the inorganic databases such as Pearson's Crystal Data [Villars & Cenzual (2015). Pearson's Crystal Data. Crystal Structure Database for Inorganic Compounds, Release 2014/2015, ASM International, Materials Park, Ohio, USA]. The coordination polyhedra around the cations and the borohydride anion are determined, and constitute the basis of the structural systematics underlying metal borohydride chemistry in various frameworks and variants of ionic packing, including complex anions and the packing of neutral molecules in the crystal. Underlying nets are determined by topology analysis using the program TOPOS [Blatov (2006). IUCr CompComm. Newsl. 7, 4-38]. It is found that the Pauling rules for ionic crystals apply to all non-molecular borohydride crystal structures, and that the latter can often be derived by simple deformation of the close-packed anionic lattices c.c.p. and h.c.p., by partially removing anions and filling tetrahedral or octahedral sites. The deviation from an ideal close packing is facilitated in metal borohydrides with respect to the oxide due to geometrical and electronic considerations of the BH4(-) anion (tetrahedral shape, polarizability). This review on crystal chemistry of borohydrides and their similarity to oxides is a contribution which should serve materials engineers as a roadmap to design new materials, synthetic chemists in their search for promising compounds to be prepared, and materials scientists in understanding the properties of novel materials.

  15. Sodium borohydride removes aldehyde inhibitors for enhancing biohydrogen fermentation.

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    Lin, Richen; Cheng, Jun; Ding, Lingkan; Song, Wenlu; Zhou, Junhu; Cen, Kefa

    2015-12-01

    To enhance biohydrogen production from glucose and xylose in the presence of aldehyde inhibitors, reducing agent (i.e., sodium borohydride) was in situ added for effective detoxification. The detoxification efficiencies of furfural (96.7%) and 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF, 91.7%) with 30mM NaBH4 were much higher than those of vanillin (77.3%) and syringaldehyde (69.3%). Biohydrogen fermentation was completely inhibited without detoxification, probably because of the consumption of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) by inhibitors reduction (R-CHO+2NADH→R-CH2OH+2NAD(+)). Addition of 30mM NaBH4 provided the reducing power necessary for inhibitors reduction (4R-CHO+NaBH4+2H2O→4R-CH2OH+NaBO2). The recovered reducing power in fermentation resulted in 99.3% recovery of the hydrogen yield and 64.6% recovery of peak production rate. Metabolite production and carbon conversion after detoxification significantly increased to 63.7mM and 81.9%, respectively. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Rotating disk electrode study of borohydride oxidation in a molten eutectic electrolyte and advancements in the intermediate temperature borohydride battery

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    Wang, Andrew; Gyenge, Előd L.

    2017-08-01

    The electrode kinetics of the NaBH4 oxidation reaction (BOR) in a molten NaOH-KOH eutectic mixture is investigated by rotating disk electrode (RDE) voltammetry on electrochemically oxidized Ni at temperatures between 458 K and 503 K. The BH4- diffusion coefficient in the molten alkali eutectic together with the BOR activation energy, exchange current density, transfer coefficient and number of electrons exchanged, are determined. Electrochemically oxidized Ni shows excellent BOR electrocatalytic activity with a maximum of seven electrons exchanged and a transfer coefficient up to one. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals the formation of NiO as the catalytically active species. The high faradaic efficiency and BOR rate on oxidized Ni anode in the molten electrolyte compared to aqueous alkaline electrolytes is advantageous for power sources. A novel molten electrolyte battery design is investigated using dissolved NaBH4 at the anode and immobilized KIO4 at the cathode. This battery produces a stable open-circuit cell potential of 1.04 V, and a peak power density of 130 mW cm-2 corresponding to a superficial current density of 160 mA cm-2 at 458 K. With further improvements and scale-up borohydride molten electrolyte batteries and fuel cells could be integrated with thermal energy storage systems.

  17. A Microwave-Assisted Reduction of Cyclohexanone Using Solid-State-Supported Sodium Borohydride

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    White, Lori L.; Kittredge, Kevin W.

    2005-01-01

    The reduction of carbonyl groups by sodium borohydride though is a well-known reaction in most organic lab texts, a difficulty for an instructor adopting this reaction in a student lab is that it is too long. Using a microwave assisted organic synthesis solves this difficulty and one such reaction, which is the microwave-assisted reduction of…

  18. A Microwave-Assisted Reduction of Cyclohexanone Using Solid-State-Supported Sodium Borohydride

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    White, Lori L.; Kittredge, Kevin W.

    2005-01-01

    The reduction of carbonyl groups by sodium borohydride though is a well-known reaction in most organic lab texts, a difficulty for an instructor adopting this reaction in a student lab is that it is too long. Using a microwave assisted organic synthesis solves this difficulty and one such reaction, which is the microwave-assisted reduction of…

  19. Self-Printing on Graphitic Nanosheets with Metal Borohydride Nanodots for Hydrogen Storage

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    Li, Yongtao; Ding, Xiaoli; Zhang, Qingan

    2016-01-01

    Although the synthesis of borohydride nanostructures is sufficiently established for advancement of hydrogen storage, obtaining ultrasmall (sub-10 nm) metal borohydride nanocrystals with excellent dispersibility is extremely challenging because of their high surface energy, exceedingly strong reducibility/hydrophilicity and complicated composition. Here, we demonstrate a mechanical-force-driven self-printing process that enables monodispersed (~6 nm) NaBH4 nanodots to uniformly anchor onto freshly-exfoliated graphitic nanosheets (GNs). Both mechanical-forces and borohydride interaction with GNs stimulate NaBH4 clusters intercalation/absorption into the graphite interlayers acting as a ‘pen’ for writing, which is accomplished by exfoliating GNs with the ‘printed’ borohydrides. These nano-NaBH4@GNs exhibit favorable thermodynamics (decrease in ∆H of ~45%), rapid kinetics (a greater than six-fold increase) and stable de-/re-hydrogenation that retains a high capacity (up to ~5 wt% for NaBH4) compared with those of micro-NaBH4. Our results are helpful in the scalable fabrication of zero-dimensional complex hydrides on two-dimensional supports with enhanced hydrogen storage for potential applications. PMID:27484735

  20. Tailoring the properties of ammine metal borohydrides for solid-state hydrogen storage.

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    Jepsen, Lars H; Ley, Morten B; Filinchuk, Yaroslav; Besenbacher, Flemming; Jensen, Torben R

    2015-04-24

    A series of halide-free ammine manganese borohydrides, Mn(BH4 )2 ⋅nNH3 , n=1, 2, 3, and 6, a new bimetallic compound Li2 Mn(BH4 )4 ⋅6NH3 , and the first ammine metal borohydride solid solution Mg1-x Mnx (BH4 )2 ⋅6NH3 are presented. Four new crystal structures have been determined by synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction and the thermal decomposition is systematically investigated for all the new compounds. The solid-gas reaction between Mn(BH4 )2 and NH3 provides Mn(BH4 )2 ⋅6NH3 . The number of NH3 per Mn has been varied by mechanochemical treatment of Mn(BH4 )2 ⋅6NH3 -Mn(BH4 )2 mixtures giving rise to increased hydrogen purity for n/m≤1 for M(BH4 )m ⋅nNH3 . The structures of Mg(BH4 )2 ⋅3NH3 and Li2 Mg(BH4 )4 ⋅6NH3 have been revisited and new structural models are presented. Finally, we demonstrate that ammonia destabilizes metal borohydrides with low electronegativity of the metal (χp <∼1.6), while metal borohydrides with high electronegativity (χp >∼1.6) are generally stabilized.

  1. By-Product Carrying Humidified Hydrogen: An Underestimated Issue in the Hydrolysis of Sodium Borohydride.

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    Petit, Eddy; Miele, Philippe; Demirci, Umit B

    2016-07-21

    Catalyzed hydrolysis of sodium borohydride generates up to four molecules of hydrogen, but contrary to what has been reported so far, the humidified evolved gas is not pure hydrogen. Elemental and spectroscopic analyses show, for the first time, that borate by-products pollute the stream as well as the vessel.

  2. Borohydride Reduction of Estrone: Demonstration of Diastereoselectivity in the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory

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    Aditya, Animesh; Nichols, David E.; Loudon, G. Marc

    2008-01-01

    This experiment presents a guided-inquiry approach to the demonstration of diastereoselectivity in an undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory. Chiral hindered ketones such as estrone, undergo facile reduction with sodium borohydride in a highly diastereoselective manner. The diastereomeric estradiols produced in the reaction can be analyzed and…

  3. Borohydride Reduction of Estrone: Demonstration of Diastereoselectivity in the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory

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    Aditya, Animesh; Nichols, David E.; Loudon, G. Marc

    2008-01-01

    This experiment presents a guided-inquiry approach to the demonstration of diastereoselectivity in an undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory. Chiral hindered ketones such as estrone, undergo facile reduction with sodium borohydride in a highly diastereoselective manner. The diastereomeric estradiols produced in the reaction can be analyzed and…

  4. A Guided-Inquiry Approach to the Sodium Borohydride Reduction and Grignard Reaction of Carbonyl Compounds

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    Rosenberg, Robert E.

    2007-01-01

    The guided-inquiry approach is applied to the reactions of sodium borohydride and phenyl magnesium bromide with benzaldehyde, benzophenone, benzoic anhydride, and ethyl benzoate. Each team of four students receives four unknowns. Students identify the unknowns and their reaction products by using the physical state of the unknown, an…

  5. Exploiting hydrophobic borohydride-rich ionic liquids as faster-igniting rocket fuels.

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    Liu, Tianlin; Qi, Xiujuan; Huang, Shi; Jiang, Linhai; Li, Jianling; Tang, Chenglong; Zhang, Qinghua

    2016-02-04

    A family of hydrophobic borohydride-rich ionic liquids was developed, which exhibited the shortest ignition delay times of 1.7 milliseconds and the lowest viscosity (10 mPa s) of hypergolic ionic fluids, demonstrating their great potential as faster-igniting rocket fuels to replace toxic hydrazine derivatives in liquid bipropellant formulations.

  6. A Guided-Inquiry Approach to the Sodium Borohydride Reduction and Grignard Reaction of Carbonyl Compounds

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    Rosenberg, Robert E.

    2007-01-01

    The guided-inquiry approach is applied to the reactions of sodium borohydride and phenyl magnesium bromide with benzaldehyde, benzophenone, benzoic anhydride, and ethyl benzoate. Each team of four students receives four unknowns. Students identify the unknowns and their reaction products by using the physical state of the unknown, an…

  7. Volcano Plot for Bimetallic Catalysts in Hydrogen Generation by Hydrolysis of Sodium Borohydride

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    Koska, Anais; Toshikj, Nikola; Hoett, Sandra; Bernaud, Laurent; Demirci, Umit B.

    In the field of "hydrogen energy", sodium borohydride (NaBH[subscript 4]) is a potential hydrogen carrier able to release H[subscript 2] by hydrolysis in the presence of a metal catalyst. Our laboratory experiment focuses on this. It is intended for thirdyear undergraduate students in order to have hands-on laboratory experience through…

  8. Self-Printing on Graphitic Nanosheets with Metal Borohydride Nanodots for Hydrogen Storage

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    Li, Yongtao; Ding, Xiaoli; Zhang, Qingan

    2016-08-01

    Although the synthesis of borohydride nanostructures is sufficiently established for advancement of hydrogen storage, obtaining ultrasmall (sub-10 nm) metal borohydride nanocrystals with excellent dispersibility is extremely challenging because of their high surface energy, exceedingly strong reducibility/hydrophilicity and complicated composition. Here, we demonstrate a mechanical-force-driven self-printing process that enables monodispersed (~6 nm) NaBH4 nanodots to uniformly anchor onto freshly-exfoliated graphitic nanosheets (GNs). Both mechanical-forces and borohydride interaction with GNs stimulate NaBH4 clusters intercalation/absorption into the graphite interlayers acting as a ‘pen’ for writing, which is accomplished by exfoliating GNs with the ‘printed’ borohydrides. These nano-NaBH4@GNs exhibit favorable thermodynamics (decrease in ∆H of ~45%), rapid kinetics (a greater than six-fold increase) and stable de-/re-hydrogenation that retains a high capacity (up to ~5 wt% for NaBH4) compared with those of micro-NaBH4. Our results are helpful in the scalable fabrication of zero-dimensional complex hydrides on two-dimensional supports with enhanced hydrogen storage for potential applications.

  9. Self-Printing on Graphitic Nanosheets with Metal Borohydride Nanodots for Hydrogen Storage.

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    Li, Yongtao; Ding, Xiaoli; Zhang, Qingan

    2016-08-03

    Although the synthesis of borohydride nanostructures is sufficiently established for advancement of hydrogen storage, obtaining ultrasmall (sub-10 nm) metal borohydride nanocrystals with excellent dispersibility is extremely challenging because of their high surface energy, exceedingly strong reducibility/hydrophilicity and complicated composition. Here, we demonstrate a mechanical-force-driven self-printing process that enables monodispersed (~6 nm) NaBH4 nanodots to uniformly anchor onto freshly-exfoliated graphitic nanosheets (GNs). Both mechanical-forces and borohydride interaction with GNs stimulate NaBH4 clusters intercalation/absorption into the graphite interlayers acting as a 'pen' for writing, which is accomplished by exfoliating GNs with the 'printed' borohydrides. These nano-NaBH4@GNs exhibit favorable thermodynamics (decrease in ∆H of ~45%), rapid kinetics (a greater than six-fold increase) and stable de-/re-hydrogenation that retains a high capacity (up to ~5 wt% for NaBH4) compared with those of micro-NaBH4. Our results are helpful in the scalable fabrication of zero-dimensional complex hydrides on two-dimensional supports with enhanced hydrogen storage for potential applications.

  10. Electrochemical research in chemical hydrogen storage materials: Sodium borohydride and organotin hydrides

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    McLafferty, Jason

    Chemical storage of hydrogen involves release of hydrogen in a controlled manner from materials in which the hydrogen is covalently bound. Sodium borohydride and aminoborane are two materials given consideration as chemical hydrogen storage materials by the US Department of Energy. A very significant barrier to adoption of these materials as hydrogen carriers is their regeneration from "spent fuel," i.e., the material remaining after discharge of hydrogen. In this thesis, some research directed at regeneration of sodium borohydride and aminoborane is described. For sodium borohydride, electrochemical reduction of boric acid and sodium metaborate (representing spent fuel) in alkaline, aqueous solution has been investigated. Similarly to literature reports (primarily patents), a variety of cathode materials were tried in these experiments. Additionally, approaches directed at overcoming electrostatic repulsion of borate anion from the cathode, not described in the previous literature for electrochemical reduction of spent fuels, have been attempted. A quantitative analytical method for measuring the concentration of sodium borohydride in alkaline aqueous solution has been developed as part of this work and is described herein. Finally, findings from stability tests for sodium borohydride in aqueous solutions of several different compositions are reported. For aminoborane, other research institutes have developed regeneration schemes involving tributyltin hydride. In this thesis, electrochemical reduction experiments attempting to regenerate tributyltin hydride from tributyltin chloride (a representative by-product of the regeneration scheme) are described. These experiments were performed in the non-aqueous solvents acetonitrile and 1,2-dimethoxyethane. A non-aqueous reference electrode for electrolysis experiments in acetonitrile was developed and is described.

  11. Probing the pH dependent optical properties of aquatic, terrestrial and microbial humic substances by sodium borohydride reduction

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    Chemically reducing humic (HA) and fulvic acids (FA) provides insight into spectroscopically identifiable structural moieties generating the optical properties of HA/FA from aquatic, microbial and terrestrial sources. Sodium borohydride reduction provides targeted reduction of carbonyl groups. The...

  12. Platinum-rare earth cathodes for direct borohydride-peroxide fuel cells

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    Cardoso, D. S. P.; Santos, D. M. F.; Šljukić, B.; Sequeira, C. A. C.; Macciò, D.; Saccone, A.

    2016-03-01

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is being actively investigated as an oxidant for direct borohydride fuel cells. Herein, platinum-rare earth (RE = Sm, Dy, Ho) alloys are prepared by arc melting and their activity for hydrogen peroxide reduction reaction (HPRR) is studied in alkaline media. Cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry measurements show that Pt-Sm electrode displays the highest catalytic activity for HPRR with the lowest activation energy, followed by Pt-Ho, while Pt-Dy alloys show practically no activity. Laboratory direct borohydride-peroxide fuel cells (DBPFCs) are assembled using these alloys. The DBPFC with Pt-Sm cathode gives the highest peak power density of 85 mW cm-2, which is more than double of that obtained in a DBPFC with Pt electrodes.

  13. Structure and spectroscopy of CuH prepared via borohydride reduction

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    Bennett, Elliot L.; Wilson, Thomas; Murphy, Patrick J.; Refson, Keith; Hannon, Alex C.; Imberti, Silvia; Callear, Samantha K.; Chass, Gregory A.; Parker, Stewart F.

    2015-01-01

    Copper(I) hydride (cuprous hydride, CuH) was the first binary metal hydride to be discovered (in 1844) and is singular in that it is synthesized in solution, at ambient temperature. There are several synthetic paths to CuH, one of which involves reduction of an aqueous solution of CuSO4·5H2O by borohydride ions. The product from this procedure has not been extensively characterized. Using a combination of diffraction methods (X-ray and neutron) and inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy, we show that the CuH from the borohydride route has the same bulk structure as CuH produced by other routes. Our work shows that the product consists of a core of CuH with a shell of water and that this may be largely replaced by ethanol. This offers the possibility of modifying the properties of CuH produced by aqueous routes. PMID:26634717

  14. Reversible Dehydrogenation of Magnesium Borohydride to Magnesium Triborane in the Solid State Under Moderate Conditions

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    Chong, Marina; Karkamkar, Abhijeet J.; Autrey, Thomas; Orimo, Shin-ichi; Jalisatgi, Satish; Jensen, Craig M.

    2011-02-17

    Thermal decomposition of magnesium borohydride, Mg(BH4)2, in the solid state was studied by a combination of PCT, TGA/MS and NMR spectroscopy. Dehydrogenation of Mg(BH4)2 at 200 °C, results in the highly selective formation of magnesium triborane, Mg(B3H8)2. This process is reversible at 250 °C under 120 atm H2. Dehydrogenation at higher temperature, > 300 °C, produces a complex mixture of polyborane species. Solution phase 11B NMR spectra of the hydrolyzed decomposition products reveals the formation of the B3H8 anion, boric acid from hydrolysis of the unstable polyboranes (BnHx) (n = 3-11, x >8), and the closoborane B12H12 dianion as a minor product. A BH condensation mechanism involving metal hydride formation is proposed to explain the limited reversible hydrogen storage in magnesium borohydride.

  15. Efficient hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride hydrolysis using silica sulfuric acid catalyst

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    Manna, Joydev; Roy, Binayak; Sharma, Pratibha

    2015-02-01

    A heterogeneous acid catalyst, silica sulfuric acid, was prepared from silica gel (SiO2) and sulfuric acid (H2SO4). Addition of SO3H functional group to SiO2 has been confirmed through various characterization techniques. The effect of this heterogeneous acid catalyst on hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride hydrolysis reaction was studied for different ratios of catalyst to NaBH4 and at different temperatures. The catalyst exhibited high catalytic activity towards sodium borohydride hydrolysis reaction. The activation energy of the NaBH4 hydrolysis reaction in the presence of silica sulfuric acid was calculated to be the lowest (17 kJ mol-1) among reported heterogeneous catalysts till date.

  16. Preparation of Pt/Rh bimetallic colloidal particles in polymer solutions using borohydride-reduction.

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    Harada, Masafumi; Einaga, Hisahiro

    2007-04-15

    Colloidal dispersions of Pt/Rh bimetallic particles have been synthesized by the reduction of Pt(IV)/Rh(III) ionic solutions by using borohydride-reduction in the presence of poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone). The size and the structure of the synthesized particles have been examined by transmission electron micrograph (TEM) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). We have succeeded in producing the bimetallic Pt/Rh particles with an average diameter of 2.8 nm in polymer solutions by the stepwise addition of sodium borohydride aqueous solution. The distribution of different metallic species in a particle tended to be "cluster-in-cluster" structure, in contrast to the bimetallic particle with an average diameter of 1.4 nm synthesized by alcohol-reduction which have a core-shell structure.

  17. Catalytic hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane using copper nanoparticles under reduction conditions of sodium borohydride.

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    Huang, Chang-Chieh; Lo, Shang-Lien; Tsai, Shin-Mu; Lien, Hsing-Lung

    2011-09-01

    1,2-Dichloroethane (1,2-DCA) is a raw material used for the manufacture of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) and therefore has very often been detected in the groundwater nearby the VCM manufacturing plant. Zero-valent iron (ZVI) is capable of degrading a wide array of highly chlorinated contaminants; however, the reactivity of ZVI towards 1,2-DCA is very low. In this study, zero-valent copper nanoparticles have been synthesized for effective dechlorination of 1,2-DCA under reduction conditions of sodium borohydride. Copper nanoparticles consisted of mainly metallic copper (Cu(0)) with small amounts of cuprous oxide (Cu(2)O). They have surface areas of about 19.0 m(2) g(-1) and an average diameter of 15 nm. Batch experiments were conducted to test the effectiveness of copper nanoparticles for 1,2-DCA degradation using sodium borohydride as electron donors where the ORP was measured as -1100 mV. More than 80% of 1,2-DCA (30 mg L(-1)) was rapidly degraded within 2 h in the presence of both copper nanoparticles (2.5 g L(-1)) and borohydride (25 mM). No reduction of 1,2-DCA was observed when the system contained either copper nanoparticles alone or borohydride alone. The degradation intermediates included ethane and ethylene accounting for 79% and ∼1.5% of the 1,2-DCA lost, respectively. Potential environmental applications can be achieved by immobilizing copper nanoparticles onto the surface of reducing metals to form a reactive bimetallic structure.

  18. Direct use of alcohols and sodium borohydride as fuel in an alkaline fuel cell

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    Verma, A.; Basu, S.

    The performance of an alkaline fuel cell (AFC) was studied at different electrolyte concentrations and temperatures for the direct feeding of methanol, ethanol and sodium borohydride as fuels. Potassium hydroxide is used as the electrolyte in the alkaline fuel cell. The anode was prepared by using Pt black, carbon paper and Nafion dispersion. Nickel mesh was used as the current collector. A standard cathode made of manganese dioxide/carbon paper/Ni-mesh/Teflon dispersion (Electro-Chem-Technic, UK) was used for testing the fuel cell performance. The experimental results showed that the current density increases with increase in KOH concentration. Maximum current densities of 300, 270 and 360 A m -2 were obtained for methanol, ethanol and sodium borohydride as fuel respectively with 3 M KOH electrolyte at 25 °C. The cell performance decreases with further increase in the KOH concentration. The current density of the alkaline fuel cell increases with increase in temperature for all the three fuels. The increase in current density with temperature is not as high as expected for sodium borohydride. These results are explained based on an electrochemical phenomenon and different associated losses.

  19. First-principles investigations of ionic conduction in Li and Na borohydrides

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    Varley, Joel; Heo, Tae-Wook; Ray, Keith; Bonev, Stanimir; Wood, Brandon

    Recent experimental studies have identified a family of alkali borohydride materials that exhibit superionic transition temperatures approaching room temperature and ionic conductivities exceeding 0.1 S/cm-1, making them highly promising solid electrolytes for next-generation batteries. Despite the rapid advances in improving the superionic conductivity in these materials, an understanding of the exact mechanisms driving the transport remains unknown. Here we use ab initio molecular dynamics calculations to address this issue by characterizing the diffusivity of the Li and Na species in a representative set of closoborane ionic conductors. We investigate both the Na and Li-containing borohydrides with icosahedral (B12H12) and double-capped square antiprism (B10H10) anion species and discuss the trends in ionic conductivity as a function of stoichiometry and the incorporation of various dopants. Our results support the borohydrides as a subset of a larger family of very promising solid electrolytes and identify strategies to improving the conductivity in these materials. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  20. Evaluation of anode (electro)catalytic materials for the direct borohydride fuel cell: Methods and benchmarks

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    Olu, Pierre-Yves; Job, Nathalie; Chatenet, Marian

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, different methods are discussed for the evaluation of the potential of a given catalyst, in view of an application as a direct borohydride fuel cell DBFC anode material. Characterizations results in DBFC configuration are notably analyzed at the light of important experimental variables which influence the performances of the DBFC. However, in many practical DBFC-oriented studies, these various experimental variables prevent one to isolate the influence of the anode catalyst on the cell performances. Thus, the electrochemical three-electrode cell is a widely-employed and useful tool to isolate the DBFC anode catalyst and to investigate its electrocatalytic activity towards the borohydride oxidation reaction (BOR) in the absence of other limitations. This article reviews selected results for different types of catalysts in electrochemical cell containing a sodium borohydride alkaline electrolyte. In particular, propositions of common experimental conditions and benchmarks are given for practical evaluation of the electrocatalytic activity towards the BOR in three-electrode cell configuration. The major issue of gaseous hydrogen generation and escape upon DBFC operation is also addressed through a comprehensive review of various results depending on the anode composition. At last, preliminary concerns are raised about the stability of potential anode catalysts upon DBFC operation.

  1. Synthesis and thermal decomposition behaviors of magnesium borohydride ammoniates with controllable composition as hydrogen storage materials.

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    Yang, Yanjing; Liu, Yongfeng; Li, You; Gao, Mingxia; Pan, Hongge

    2013-02-01

    An ammonia-redistribution strategy for synthesizing metal borohydride ammoniates with controllable coordination number of NH(3) was proposed, and a series of magnesium borohydride ammoniates were easily synthesized by a mechanochemical reaction between Mg(BH(4))(2) and its hexaammoniate. A strong dependence of the dehydrogenation temperature and purity of the released hydrogen upon heating on the coordination number of NH(3) was elaborated for Mg(BH(4))(2)·xNH(3) owing to the change in the molar ratio of H(δ+) and H(δ-), the charge distribution on H(δ+) and H(δ-), and the strength of the coordinate bond N:→Mg(2+). The monoammoniate of magnesium borohydride (Mg(BH(4))(2)·NH(3)) was obtained for the first time. It can release 6.5% pure hydrogen within 50 minutes at 180 °C. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Preparation method of Ni@Pt/C nanocatalyst affects the performance of direct borohydride-hydrogen peroxide fuel cell: Improved power density and increased catalytic oxidation of borohydride.

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    Hosseini, Mir Ghasem; Mahmoodi, Raana

    2017-08-15

    The Ni@Pt/C electrocatalysts were synthesized using two different methods: with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and without SDS. The metal loading in synthesized nanocatalysts was 20wt% and the molar ratio of Ni: Pt was 1:1. The structural characterizations of Ni@Pt/C electrocatalysts were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The electrocatalytic activity of Ni@Pt/C electrocatalysts toward BH4(-) oxidation in alkaline medium was studied by means of cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronopotentiometry (CP), chronoamperometry (CA) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results showed that Ni@Pt/C electrocatalyst synthesized without SDS has superior catalytic activity toward borohydride oxidation (22016.92AgPt(-1)) in comparison with a catalyst prepared in the presence of SDS (17766.15AgPt(-1)) in NaBH4 0.1M at 25°C. The Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) used in fuel cell set-up was fabricated with catalyst-coated membrane (CCM) technique. The effect of Ni@Pt/C catalysts prepared with two methods as anode catalyst on the performance of direct borohydride-hydrogen peroxide fuel cell was studied. The maximum power density was obtained using Ni@Pt/C catalyst synthesized without SDS at 60°C, 1M NaBH4 and 2M H2O2 (133.38mWcm(-2)). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Chemical vapor deposition of metal diboride and metal oxide thin films from borohydride-bonded precursors

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    Yang, Yu

    Metal borohydrides denotes the type of metal complex in which the metals are connected to the surrounding ligands through boron-hydrogen bridge bonds. They are excellent CVD precursors owning to their outstanding volatility and high reactivity. Transition metal diboride and metal oxide thin films suitable for various technological applications are deposited from these novel precursors. In this dissertation, comprehensive investigations of thin film growth rate, composition, and properties as a function of precursor pressure and substrate temperature were carried out for the CVD of HfB2 and MgO. It is determined that their CVD growth kinetics can be well explained with a Langmuir surface reaction mechanism. A structure zone model is proposed to explain the microstructure-process relationship of the CVD thin films in general. In future generations of microelectronics fabrication, materials need to be deposited into recess features with smaller dimensions and higher aspect ratios. A new approach is developed to obtain super-conformal coating (bottom-up filling) of such high aspect ratio features. The super-conformal growth is demonstrated in the CVD of CrB2 and HfB2 films from the corresponding borohydride precursors with atomic and molecular growth suppressors. Computer simulation is employed to understand the mechanism of the super-conformal deposition. The high Tc superconductor MgB2 were deposited at low temperatures (T = 300°C--400°C) from a recently developed highly volatile borohydride-bonded Mg precursor, by means of catalyst-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The films are stoichiometric and highly crystallized, however, the lattice constants shift away from the MgB2 structure to the diboride structure of the catalyst metal, suggesting that Mg is partially substituted by the corresponding metals.

  4. Alkali metal – yttrium borohydrides: The link between coordination of small and large rare-earth

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    Sadikin, Yolanda; Stare, Katarina; Schouwink, Pascal; Brix Ley, Morten; Jensen, Torben R.; Meden, Anton; Černý, Radovan

    2015-05-15

    The system Li–A–Y–BH{sub 4} (A=K, Rb, Cs) is found to contain five new compounds and four further ones known from previous work on the homoleptic borohydrides. Crystal structures have been solved and refined from synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, thermal stability of new compounds have been investigated and ionic conductivity measured for selected samples. Significant coordination flexibility for Y{sup 3+} is revealed, which allows the formation of both octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions with the tetrahydroborate anion BH{sub 4} both as a linker and terminal ligand. Bi- and trimetallic cubic double-perovskites c-A{sub 3}Y(BH{sub 4}){sub 6} or c-A{sub 2}LiY(BH{sub 4}){sub 6} (A=Rb, Cs) form in all the investigated systems, with the exception of the Li–K–Y system. The compounds with the stoichiometry AY(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} crystallize in all investigated systems with a great variety of structure types which find their analog amongst metal oxides. In-situ formation of a new borohydride – closo-borane is observed during decomposition of all double perovskites. - Graphical abstract: The system Li–A–Y–BH{sub 4} (A=K, Rb, Cs) is found to contain five novel compounds and four further ones previously reported. Significant coordination flexibility of Y{sup 3+} is revealed, which can be employed to form both octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions, very different structural topologies. Versatility is also manifested in three different simultaneously occurring coordination modes of borohydrides for one metal cation, as proposed by DFT optimization of the monoclinic KY(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} structural model observed by powder diffraction. - Highlights: • The system Li-A-Y-BH{sub 4} (A=K, Rb, Cs) contains nine compounds in total. • Y{sup 3+} forms octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions. • Bi- and trimetallic double-perovskites crystallize in most systems. • Various AY(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} crystallize with

  5. Deposition of Poly(diphenylamine-co-3-aminobenzonitrile)/Palladium Nanocomposite Film and Evaluation of Electrocatalytic Activity Toward Borohydride Oxidation.

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    Philips, M Francklin; Lee, Kwang-Pill; Gopalan, Anantha Iyengar

    2015-09-01

    New nanocomposites, poly(diphenylamine-co-3-aminobenzonitrile)/palladium (P(DPA-co-3ABN)/Pd) and poly(diphenylamine)/palladium (PDPA/Pd), have been prepared by pulse potentiostatic method and used as electrocatalysts for borohydride oxidation. Linear sweep voltammogram of P(DPA-co-3ABN)/Pd-ME exhibited the oxidation wave between -0.8 V and 0.4 V that corresponds to the direct, potentially four-electron, oxidation of borohydride ions. The peak current for borohydride oxidation is much higher at P(DPA-co-3ABN)/Pd-ME electrode as compared to PDPA/Pd-ME. The incorporation of 3ABN units augments electrocatalytic behavior and thermal stability for the P(DPA-co-3ABN)/Pd catalyst.

  6. Cathode electrocatalyst selection and deposition for a direct borohydride/hydrogen peroxide fuel cell

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    Gu, Lifeng; Luo, Nie; Miley, George H.

    Catalyst selection, deposition method and substrate material selection are essential aspects for the design of efficient electrodes for fuel cells. Research is described to identify a potential catalyst for hydrogen peroxide reduction, an effective catalyst deposition method, and supporting material for a direct borohydride/hydrogen peroxide fuel cell. Several conclusions are reached. Using Pourbaix diagrams to guide experimental testing, gold is identified as an effective catalyst which minimizes gas evolution of hydrogen peroxide while providing high power density. Activated carbon cloth which features high surface area and high microporosity is found to be well suited for the supporting material for catalyst deposition. Electrodeposition and plasma sputtering deposition methods are compared to conventional techniques for depositing gold on diffusion layers. Both methods provide much higher power densities than the conventional method. The sputtering method however allows a much lower catalyst loading and well-dispersed deposits of nanoscale particles. Using these techniques, a peak power density of 680 mW cm -2 is achieved at 60 °C with a direct borohydride/hydrogen peroxide fuel cell which employs palladium as the anode catalyst and gold as the cathode catalyst.

  7. A new family of metal borohydride guanidinate complexes: Synthesis, structures and hydrogen-storage properties

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    Wu, Hui; Zhou, Xiuquan; Rodriguez, Efrain E.; Zhou, Wei; Udovic, Terrence J.; Yildirim, Taner; Rush, John J.

    2016-10-01

    We report on a new class of complex hydrides: borohydride guanidinate complexes (MBH4·nCN3H5, M=Li, Mg, and Ca). They can be prepared via facile solid-state synthesis routes. Their crystal structures were successfully determined using a combination of X-ray diffraction, first-principles calculations and neutron vibrational spectroscopy. Among these compounds, Mg(BH4)2·6CN3H5 is composed of large complex Mg[CN3H5]62+ cations and surrounding BH4- ions, while Ca(BH4)2·2CN3H5 possesses layers of corner-sharing Ca[BH4]4(CN3H5)2 octahedra. Our dehydrogenation results show that ≈10 wt% hydrogen can be released from MBH4·nCN3H5 (M=Li, Mg, and Ca) at moderate temperatures with minimal ammonia and diborane contamination thanks to the synergistic effect of C-N bonds from guanidine and hydridic H from borohydrides leading to a weakening of the N-H bonds, thus impeding ammonia gas liberation. Further tuning the dehydrogenation with different cation species indicates that Mg(BH4)2·nCN3H5 can exhibit the optimum properties with nearly thermally neutral dehydrogenation and very high purity hydrogen release.

  8. Electrocatalytic performance of Pt-Dy alloys for direct borohydride fuel cells

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    Šljukić, Biljana; Milikić, Jadranka; Santos, Diogo M. F.; Sequeira, César A. C.; Macciò, Daniele; Saccone, Adriana

    2014-12-01

    The electrochemical oxidation of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) is systematically studied on platinum-dysprosium (Pt-Dy) alloys in alkaline media with respect to application in direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFCs). Using several different techniques, namely cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and chronopotentiometry, reaction parameters are evaluated for NaBH4 electrooxidation in 2 M NaOH supporting electrolyte. The values obtained for the number of electrons exchanged are comparable for the two alloys and close to 2.5. Dependence of Pt-Dy alloys activity for NaBH4 oxidation on the electrolyte composition and temperature is also investigated. Test fuel cell is assembled using Pt-Dy alloy as anode, reaching peak power density of 298 mW cm-2 at current density of 595 mA cm-2 and cell potential of 0.5 V at 25 °C. Pt-Dy alloys exhibit comparable behavior with pure Pt electrode at room temperature, while at higher temperature they exhibit improved Coulombic efficiency, with the advantage of significantly lower price.

  9. The borohydride oxidation reaction on La-Ni-based hydrogen-storage alloys.

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    Paschoalino, Waldemir J; Thompson, Stephen J; Russell, Andrea E; Ticianelli, Edson A

    2014-07-21

    This work provides insights into the processes involved in the borohydride oxidation reaction (BOR) in alkaline media on metal hydride alloys formed by LaNi(4.7)Sn(0.2)Cu(0.1) and LaNi(4.78)Al(0.22) with and without deposited Pt, Pd, and Au. The results confirm the occurrence of hydrolysis of the borohydride ions when the materials are exposed to BH(4)(-) and a continuous hydriding of the alloys during BH(4)(-) oxidation measurements at low current densities. The activity for the direct BOR is low in both bare metal hydride alloys, but the rate of the BH(4)(-) hydrolysis and the hydrogen-storage capacity are higher, while the rate of H diffusion is slower for bare LaNi(4.78) Al(0.22). The addition of Pt and Pd to both alloys results in an increase of the BH(4)(-) hydrolysis, but the H(2) formed is rapidly oxidized at the Pt-modified catalysts. In the case of Au modification, a small increase in the BH(4)(-) hydrolysis is observed as compared to the bare alloys. The presence of Au and Pd also leads to a reduction of the rates of alloy hydriding/de-hydriding.

  10. Spectroscopic study of surface enhanced Raman scattering of caffeine on borohydride-reduced silver colloids

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    Chen, Xiaomin; Gu, Huaimin; Shen, Gaoshan; Dong, Xiao; Kang, Jian

    2010-06-01

    The surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of caffeine on borohydride-reduced silver colloids system under different aqueous solution environment has been studied in this paper. The relative intensity of SERS of caffeine significantly varies with different concentrations of sodium chloride and silver particles. However, at too high or too low concentration of sodium chloride and silver particle, the enhancement of SERS spectra is not evident. The SERS spectra of caffeine suggest that the contribution of the charge transfer mechanism to SERS may be dominant. The chloride ions can significantly enhance the efficiency of SERS, while the enhancement is selective, as the efficiency in charge transfer enhancement is higher than in electromagnetic enhancement. Therefore, it can be concluded that the active site of chloride ion locates on the bond between the caffeine and the silver surface. In addition, the SERS spectra of caffeine on borohydride-reduced and citrate-reduced silver colloids are different, which may be due to different states caffeine adsorbed on silver surface under different silver colloids.

  11. High performance and eco-friendly chitosan hydrogel membrane electrolytes for direct borohydride fuel cells

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    Choudhury, Nurul A.; Ma, Jia; Sahai, Yogeshwar

    2012-07-01

    Novel, cost-effective, and environmentally benign polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) consisting of ionically cross-linked chitosan (CS) hydrogel is reported for direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFCs). The membranes have been prepared by ionic cross-linking of CS with sulfate and hydrogen phosphate salts of sodium. Use of Na2SO4 and Na2HPO4 as cross-linking agents in the preparation of ionically cross-linked CS hydrogel membrane electrolytes (ICCSHMEs) not only enhances cost-effectiveness but also environmental friendliness of fuel cell technologies. The DBFCs have been assembled with a composite of nickel and carbon-supported palladium as anode catalyst, carbon-supported platinum as cathode catalyst and ICCSHMEs as electrolytes-cum-separators. The DBFCs have been studied by using an aqueous alkaline solution of sodium borohydride as fuel in flowing mode using a peristaltic pump and oxygen as oxidant. A maximum peak power density of about 810 mW cm-2 has been achieved for the DBFC employing Na2HPO4-based ICCSHME and operating at a cell temperature of 70 °C.

  12. Alkali metal - yttrium borohydrides: The link between coordination of small and large rare-earth

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    Sadikin, Yolanda; Stare, Katarina; Schouwink, Pascal; Brix Ley, Morten; Jensen, Torben R.; Meden, Anton; Černý, Radovan

    2015-05-01

    The system Li-A-Y-BH4 (A=K, Rb, Cs) is found to contain five new compounds and four further ones known from previous work on the homoleptic borohydrides. Crystal structures have been solved and refined from synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, thermal stability of new compounds have been investigated and ionic conductivity measured for selected samples. Significant coordination flexibility for Y3+ is revealed, which allows the formation of both octahedral frameworks and tetrahedral complex anions with the tetrahydroborate anion BH4 both as a linker and terminal ligand. Bi- and trimetallic cubic double-perovskites c-A3Y(BH4)6 or c-A2LiY(BH4)6 (A=Rb, Cs) form in all the investigated systems, with the exception of the Li-K-Y system. The compounds with the stoichiometry AY(BH4)4 crystallize in all investigated systems with a great variety of structure types which find their analog amongst metal oxides. In-situ formation of a new borohydride - closo-borane is observed during decomposition of all double perovskites.

  13. Suppressing diborane production during the hydrogen release in metal borohydrides: The example of doped Al(BH4)3

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    Harrison, David; Thonhauser, Timo

    Aluminum borohydride (Al(BH4)3) is an example of a promising hydrogen storage material with exceptional hydrogen densities by weight and volume and a low hydrogen desorption temperature. But, unfortunately its production of diborane (B2H6) gases upon heating restricts its practical use. To elucidate this issue, we investigate the properties of a number of metal borohydrides with the same problem and find that the electronegativity of the metal cation is not the best descriptor of diborane production. We show that, instead, the closely related formation enthalpy is a much better descriptor and we find that diborane production is an exponential function thereof. We conclude that diborane production is sufficiently suppressed for formation enthalpies of -80 kJ/mol BH4 or lower, providing specific design guidelines to tune existing metal borohydrides or synthesize new ones. We then use first-principles methods to study the stabilizing effects of Sc alloying in Al(BH4)3, predicting that with sufficient alloying diborane can be fully suppressed. We conclude that stabilizing Al(BH4)3 and similar borohydrides via alloying or other means is a promising route to suppress diborane production and thus develop viable hydrogen storage materials. Supported by NSF DMR-1145968.

  14. Al3Li4(BH4)13: a complex double-cation borohydride with a new structure.

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    Lindemann, Inge; Domènech Ferrer, Roger; Dunsch, Lothar; Filinchuk, Yaroslav; Cerný, Radovan; Hagemann, Hans; D'Anna, Vincenza; Lawson Daku, Latévi Max; Schultz, Ludwig; Gutfleisch, Oliver

    2010-08-02

    The new double-cation Al-Li-borohydride is an attractive candidate material for hydrogen storage due to a very low hydrogen desorption temperature (approximately 70 degrees C) combined with a high hydrogen density (17.2 wt%). It was synthesised by high-energy ball milling of AlCl(3) and LiBH(4). The structure of the compound was determined from image-plate synchrotron powder diffraction supported by DFT calculations. The material shows a unique 3D framework structure within the borohydrides (space group=P-43n, a=11.3640(3) A). The unexpected composition Al(3)Li(4)(BH(4))(13) can be rationalized on the basis of a complex cation [(BH(4))Li(4)](3+) and a complex anion [Al(BH(4))(4)](-). The refinements from synchrotron powder diffraction of different samples revealed the presence of limited amounts of chloride ions replacing the borohydride on one site. In situ Raman spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetry (TG) and thermal desorption measurements were used to study the decomposition pathway of the compound. Al-Li-borohydride decomposes at approximately 70 degrees C, forming LiBH(4). The high mass loss of about 20 % during the decomposition indicates the release of not only hydrogen but also diborane.

  15. Porous Co2P nanowires as high efficient bifunctional catalysts for 4-nitrophenol reduction and sodium borohydride hydrolysis.

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    Huang, Xingkai; Wu, Dengfeng; Cheng, Daojian

    2017-08-09

    The development of highly efficient and non-noble catalysts for both the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) and NaBH4 hydrolysis is extraordinary attractive but it remains a tremendous challenge. In this work, self-assembled porous Co2P nanowires (NWs) have been successfully prepared via the low-temperature hydrothermal method and the comprehensive experiments validate that the sample is a high efficient bifunctional catalyst for both the reduction of 4-nitrophenol and sodium borohydride hydrolysis. Specifically, the as-prepared porous Co2P NWs exhibit more excellent catalytic performance (knor=743s(-1)g(-1)) than that of other reported catalysts towards reduction of 4-nitrophenol. The catalytic activity of sodium borohydride hydrolysis is also investigated and the Co2P NWs show superior hydrogen generation rate (4028mLmin(-1)g(-1)) at 30°C for sodium borohydride hydrolysis. Our results indicate that porous Co2P nanowires possess a potential application on both the sodium borohydride hydrolysis and reduction of 4-nitrophenol. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Borane and borohydride complexes of the rare-earth elements: synthesis, structures, and butadiene polymerization catalysis.

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    Jenter, Jelena; Meyer, Nils; Roesky, Peter W; Thiele, Sven K-H; Eickerling, Georg; Scherer, Wolfgang

    2010-05-10

    The reaction of potassium 2,5-bis[N-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)iminomethyl]pyrrolyl [(dip(2)-pyr)K] with the borohydrides of the larger rare-earth metals, [Ln(BH(4))(3)(thf)(3)] (Ln=La, Nd), afforded the expected products [Ln(BH(4))(2)(dip(2)-pyr)(thf)(2)]. As usual, the trisborohydrides reacted like pseudohalide compounds forming KBH(4) as a by-product. To compare the reactivity with the analogous halides, the dimeric neodymium complex [NdCl(2)(dip(2)-pyr)(thf)](2) was prepared by reaction of [(dip(2)-pyr)K] with anhydrous NdCl(3). Reaction of [(dip(2)-pyr)K] with the borohydrides of the smaller rare-earth metals, [Sc(BH(4))(3)(thf)(2)] and [Lu(BH(4))(3)(thf)(3)], resulted in a redox reaction of the BH(4) (-) group with one of the Schiff base functions of the ligand. In the resulting products, [Ln(BH(4)){(dip)(dip-BH(3))-pyr}(thf)(2)] (Ln=Sc, Lu), a dinegatively charged ligand with a new amido function, a Schiff base, and the pyrrolyl function is bound to the metal atom. The by-product of the reaction of the BH(4) (-) anion with the Schiff base function (a BH(3) molecule) is trapped in a unique reaction mode in the coordination sphere of the metal complex. The BH(3) molecule coordinates in an eta(2) fashion to the metal atom. The rare-earth-metal atoms are surrounded by the eta(2)-coordinated BH(3) molecule, the eta(3)-coordinated BH(4) (-) anion, two THF molecules, and the nitrogen atoms from the Schiff base and the pyrrolyl function. All new compounds were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Low-temperature X-ray diffraction data at 6 K were collected to locate the hydrogen atoms of [Lu(BH(4)){(dip)(dip-BH(3))-pyr}(thf)(2)]. The (DIP(2)-pyr)(-) borohydride and chloride complexes of neodymium, [Nd(BH(4))(2)(dip(2)-pyr)(thf)(2)] and [NdCl(2)(dip(2)-pyr)(thf)](2), were also used as Ziegler-Natta catalysts for the polymerization of 1,3-butadiene to yield poly(cis-1,4-butadiene). Very high activities and good cis selectivities were observed by using each

  17. Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of Co(II) and Ni(II) PCP Pincer Borohydride Complexes

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    2015-01-01

    The 15e square-planar complexes [Co(PCPMe-iPr)Cl] (2a) and [Co(PCP-tBu)Cl] (2b), respectively, react readily with NaBH4 to afford complexes [Co(PCPMe-iPr)(η2-BH4)] (4a) and [Co(PCP-tBu)(η2-BH4)] (4b) in high yields, as confirmed by IR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and elemental analysis. The borohydride ligand is symmetrically bound to the cobalt center in η2-fashion. These compounds are paramagnetic with effective magnetic moments of 2.0(1) and 2.1(1) μB consistent with a d7 low-spin system corresponding to one unpaired electron. None of these complexes reacted with CO2 to give formate complexes. For structural and reactivity comparisons, we prepared the analogous Ni(II) borohydride complex [Ni(PCPMe-iPr)(η2-BH4)] (5) via two different synthetic routes. One utilizes [Ni(PCPMe-iPr)Cl] (3) and NaBH4, the second one makes use of the hydride complex [Ni(PCPMe-iPr)H] (6) and BH3·THF. In both cases, 5 is obtained in high yields. In contrast to 4a and 4b, the borohydride ligand is asymmetrically bound to the nickel center but still in an η2-mode. [Ni(PCPMe-iPr)(η2-BH4)] (5) loses readily BH3 at elevated temperatures in the presence of NEt3 to form 6. Complexes 5 and 6 are both diamagnetic and were characterized by a combination of 1H, 13C{1H}, and 31P{1H} NMR, IR spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. Additionally, the structure of these compounds was established by X-ray crystallography. Complexes 5 and 6 react with CO2 to give the formate complex [Ni(PCPMe-iPr)(OC(C=O)H] (7). The extrusion of BH3 from [Co(PCPMe-iPr)(η2-BH4)] (4a) and [Ni(PCPMe-iPr)(η2-BH4)] (5) with the aid of NH3 to yield the respective hydride complexes [Co(PCPMe-iPr)H] and [Ni(PCPMe-iPr)H] (6) and BH3NH3 was investigated by DFT calculations showing that formation of the Ni hydride is thermodynamically favorable, whereas the formation of the Co(II) hydride, in agreement with the experiment, is unfavorable. The electronic structures and the bonding of the borohydride ligand in [Co

  18. Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of Co(II) and Ni(II) PCP Pincer Borohydride Complexes.

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    Murugesan, Sathiyamoorthy; Stöger, Berthold; Weil, Matthias; Veiros, Luis F; Kirchner, Karl

    2015-04-13

    The 15e square-planar complexes [Co(PCP(Me)-iPr)Cl] (2a) and [Co(PCP-tBu)Cl] (2b), respectively, react readily with NaBH4 to afford complexes [Co(PCP(Me)-iPr)(η(2)-BH4)] (4a) and [Co(PCP-tBu)(η(2)-BH4)] (4b) in high yields, as confirmed by IR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and elemental analysis. The borohydride ligand is symmetrically bound to the cobalt center in η(2)-fashion. These compounds are paramagnetic with effective magnetic moments of 2.0(1) and 2.1(1) μB consistent with a d(7) low-spin system corresponding to one unpaired electron. None of these complexes reacted with CO2 to give formate complexes. For structural and reactivity comparisons, we prepared the analogous Ni(II) borohydride complex [Ni(PCP(Me)-iPr)(η(2)-BH4)] (5) via two different synthetic routes. One utilizes [Ni(PCP(Me)-iPr)Cl] (3) and NaBH4, the second one makes use of the hydride complex [Ni(PCP(Me)-iPr)H] (6) and BH3·THF. In both cases, 5 is obtained in high yields. In contrast to 4a and 4b, the borohydride ligand is asymmetrically bound to the nickel center but still in an η(2)-mode. [Ni(PCP(Me)-iPr)(η(2)-BH4)] (5) loses readily BH3 at elevated temperatures in the presence of NEt3 to form 6. Complexes 5 and 6 are both diamagnetic and were characterized by a combination of (1)H, (13)C{(1)H}, and (31)P{(1)H} NMR, IR spectroscopy, and elemental analysis. Additionally, the structure of these compounds was established by X-ray crystallography. Complexes 5 and 6 react with CO2 to give the formate complex [Ni(PCP(Me)-iPr)(OC(C=O)H] (7). The extrusion of BH3 from [Co(PCP(Me)-iPr)(η(2)-BH4)] (4a) and [Ni(PCP(Me)-iPr)(η(2)-BH4)] (5) with the aid of NH3 to yield the respective hydride complexes [Co(PCP(Me)-iPr)H] and [Ni(PCP(Me)-iPr)H] (6) and BH3NH3 was investigated by DFT calculations showing that formation of the Ni hydride is thermodynamically favorable, whereas the formation of the Co(II) hydride, in agreement with the experiment, is unfavorable. The electronic structures and

  19. Magnesium Ethylenediamine Borohydride as Solid-State Electrolyte for Magnesium Batteries.

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    Roedern, Elsa; Kühnel, Ruben-Simon; Remhof, Arndt; Battaglia, Corsin

    2017-04-07

    Solid-state magnesium ion conductors with exceptionally high ionic conductivity at low temperatures, 5 × 10(-8) Scm(-1) at 30 °C and 6 × 10(-5) Scm(-1) at 70 °C, are prepared by mechanochemical reaction of magnesium borohydride and ethylenediamine. The coordination complexes are crystalline, support cycling in a potential window of 1.2 V, and allow magnesium plating/stripping. While the electrochemical stability, limited by the ethylenediamine ligand, must be improved to reach competitive energy densities, our results demonstrate that partially chelated Mg(2+) complexes represent a promising platform for the development of an all-solid-state magnesium battery.

  20. A direct borohydride fuel cell with a polymer fiber membrane and non-noble metal catalysts

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    Yang, Xiaodong; Liu, Yongning; Li, Sai; Wei, Xiaozhu; Wang, Li; Chen, Yuanzhen

    2012-01-01

    Polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM) and Pt-based catalysts are two crucial components which determine the properties and price of fuel cells. Even though, PEM faces problem of fuel crossover in liquid fuel cells such as direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) and direct borohydride fuel cell (DBFC), which lowers power output greatly. Here, we report a DBFC in which a polymer fiber membrane (PFM) was used, and metal oxides, such as LaNiO3 and MnO2, were used as cathode catalysts, meanwhile CoO was used as anode catalyst. Peak power density of 663 mW·cm−2 has been achieved at 65°C, which increases by a factor of 1.7–3.7 compared with classic DBFCs. This fuel cell structure can also be extended to other liquid fuel cells, such as DMFC. PMID:22880160

  1. Porous polybenzimidazole membranes with excellent chemical stability and ion conductivity for direct borohydride fuel cells

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    Chen, Dongju; Yu, Shanshan; Liu, Xue; Li, Xianfeng

    2015-05-01

    Porous membranes based on polybenzimidazole (PBI) are firstly introduced in direct borohydride fuel cell application (DBFC). Membranes with different thicknesses and porosity are successfully fabricated via water vapor phase inversion process. The prepared membranes show excellent ion conductivity and chemical stability under DBFC operating condition. Compare with Nafion 115, the prepared membranes show higher ion conductivity, as a result, much higher peak power density. No weight loss is observed after immersing the prepared membranes in a 3 M NaOH solution for 30 days, indicating the excellent chemical stability of porous PBI membranes. And the DBFC cells assembled with prepared membranes could discharge at 200 mA cm-2 for more than 250 h without voltage decay, which is the longest time reported by far. This work provides a totally new idea for fabricating versatile DBFC membranes.

  2. A direct borohydride fuel cell with a polymer fiber membrane and non-noble metal catalysts.

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    Yang, Xiaodong; Liu, Yongning; Li, Sai; Wei, Xiaozhu; Wang, Li; Chen, Yuanzhen

    2012-01-01

    Polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM) and Pt-based catalysts are two crucial components which determine the properties and price of fuel cells. Even though, PEM faces problem of fuel crossover in liquid fuel cells such as direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) and direct borohydride fuel cell (DBFC), which lowers power output greatly. Here, we report a DBFC in which a polymer fiber membrane (PFM) was used, and metal oxides, such as LaNiO₃ and MnO₂, were used as cathode catalysts, meanwhile CoO was used as anode catalyst. Peak power density of 663 mW·cm⁻² has been achieved at 65°C, which increases by a factor of 1.7-3.7 compared with classic DBFCs. This fuel cell structure can also be extended to other liquid fuel cells, such as DMFC.

  3. Magnesium Ethylenediamine Borohydride as Solid-State Electrolyte for Magnesium Batteries

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    Roedern, Elsa; Kühnel, Ruben-Simon; Remhof, Arndt; Battaglia, Corsin

    2017-04-01

    Solid-state magnesium ion conductors with exceptionally high ionic conductivity at low temperatures, 5 × 10-8 Scm-1 at 30 °C and 6 × 10-5 Scm-1 at 70 °C, are prepared by mechanochemical reaction of magnesium borohydride and ethylenediamine. The coordination complexes are crystalline, support cycling in a potential window of 1.2 V, and allow magnesium plating/stripping. While the electrochemical stability, limited by the ethylenediamine ligand, must be improved to reach competitive energy densities, our results demonstrate that partially chelated Mg2+ complexes represent a promising platform for the development of an all-solid-state magnesium battery.

  4. Depression of hydrogen evolution during operation of a direct borohydride fuel cell

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    Li, Z. P.; Liu, B. H.; Zhu, J. K.; Suda, S.

    Hydrogen evolution from the anode usually occurs during operation of a Direct Borohydride Fuel Cell (DBFC). This would not only decrease the fuel utilization, but also lower the cell performance because hydrogen bubbles would hinder ion movement in the anolyte. In this paper, the hydrogen evolution behavior is investigated based on relations of hydrogen evolution rates versus operation currents of the DBFC. The effects of anode modification on the hydrogen evolution rate and the cell performance were investigated. It was found that hydrogen evolution was depressed by adding Pd, Ag and Au catalysts in the anode. Coating a thin Nafion film on the catalyst surfaces was another effective way to decrease the hydrogen evolution rate. Depression of the hydrogen evolution and improvement of the DBFC performance can be achieved by adding carbon supported Pd in Ni anode with a suitable content of Nafion. However, too much Nafion in the anode would degrade the DBFC performance.

  5. THE HYDROLYSIS AND OXIDATION BEHAVIOR OF LITHIUM BOROHYDRIDE AND MAGNESIUM HYDRIDE DETERMINED BY CALORIMETRY

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    Brinkman, K; Donald Anton, D; Joshua Gray, J; Bruce Hardy, B

    2008-03-13

    Lithium borohydride, magnesium hydride and the 2:1 'destabilized' ball milled mixtures (2LiBH{sub 4}:MgH{sub 2}) underwent liquid phase hydrolysis, gas phase hydrolysis and air oxidation reactions monitored by isothermal calorimetry. The experimentally determined heats of reaction and resulting products were compared with those theoretically predicted using thermodynamic databases. Results showed a discrepancy between the predicted and observed hydrolysis and oxidation products due to both kinetic limitations and to the significant amorphous character of observed reaction products. Gas phase and liquid phase hydrolysis were the dominant reactions in 2LiBH{sub 4}:MgH{sub 2} with approximately the same total energy release and reaction products; liquid phase hydrolysis displayed the maximum heat flow for likely environmental exposure with a peak energy release of 6 (mW/mg).

  6. A cobalt polypyrrole composite catalyzed cathode for the direct borohydride fuel cell

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    Qin, H. Y.; Liu, Z. X.; Yin, W. X.; Zhu, J. K.; Li, Z. P.

    A cobalt polypyrrole carbon (Co-PPY-C) composite has been attempted for use as a cathode catalyst in a direct borohydride fuel cell (DBFC). A Co-PPY-C composite has been fabricated in laboratory and characterized by the field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, as well as X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. Fabricated Co-PPY-C catalyst demonstrates good short-term durability and activity which are comparable to those obtained from the Pt/C catalyst. A maximum power density of 65 mW cm -2 has been achieved at ambient conditions. This research concludes that metallo-organic coordination compounds would be potential candidates for use as cathode catalysts in the DBFC.

  7. Performance enhancement of a direct borohydride fuel cell in practical running conditions

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    Kim, Cheolhwan; Kim, Kyu-Jung; Ha, Man Yeong

    To investigate the possibility of a cost-effective direct borohydride fuel cell (DBFC), the performance enhancement of a single cell is investigated under practical running conditions by adopting non-precious metal for the anode. Fluorinated Zr-based AB 2-type hydrogen storage alloy with an effective area of 100 cm 2 is selected as the anode catalyst. To minimize pressure loss from the enlarged cell size, a parallel-type anode channel is designed, then the principal reasons for performance degradation are analyzed. Single-cell performance is mainly enhanced by adopting a corrugated anode design, applying an anti-corrosion coating on the cathode channel, and controlling the fuel flow-rate and air humidity. The cell performance is estimated simply by measuring the wall temperature of the cell.

  8. Magnesium Ethylenediamine Borohydride as Solid-State Electrolyte for Magnesium Batteries

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    Roedern, Elsa; Kühnel, Ruben-Simon; Remhof, Arndt; Battaglia, Corsin

    2017-01-01

    Solid-state magnesium ion conductors with exceptionally high ionic conductivity at low temperatures, 5 × 10−8 Scm−1 at 30 °C and 6 × 10−5 Scm−1 at 70 °C, are prepared by mechanochemical reaction of magnesium borohydride and ethylenediamine. The coordination complexes are crystalline, support cycling in a potential window of 1.2 V, and allow magnesium plating/stripping. While the electrochemical stability, limited by the ethylenediamine ligand, must be improved to reach competitive energy densities, our results demonstrate that partially chelated Mg2+ complexes represent a promising platform for the development of an all-solid-state magnesium battery. PMID:28387305

  9. First-principles studies of phase stability and crystal structures in Li-Zn mixed-metal borohydrides

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    Wang, Yongli; Zhang, Yongsheng; Wolverton, C.

    2013-07-01

    We address the problem of finding mixed-metal borohydrides with favorable thermodynamics and illustrate the approach using the example of LiZn2(BH4)5. Using density functional theory (DFT), along with the grand-canonical linear programming method (GCLP), we examine the experimentally and computationally proposed crystal structures and the finite-temperature thermodynamics of dehydrogenation for the quaternary hydride LiZn2(BH4)5. We find the following: (i) For LiZn2(BH4)5, DFT calculations of the experimental crystal structures reveal that the structure from the neutron diffraction experiments of Ravnsbæk is more stable [by 24 kJ/(mol f.u.)] than that based on a previous x-ray study. (ii) Our DFT calculations show that when using the neutron-diffraction structure of LiZn2(BH4)5, the recently theoretically predicted LiZn(BH4)3 compound is unstable with respect to the decomposition into LiZn2(BH4)5+LiBH4. (iii) GCLP calculations show that even though LiZn2(BH4)5 is a combination of weakly [Zn(BH4)2] and strongly (LiBH4) bound borohydrides, its decomposition is not intermediate between the two individual borohydrides. Rather, we find that the decomposition of LiZn2(BH4)5 is divided into a weakly exothermic step [LiZn2(BH4)5→2Zn+(1)/(5)LiBH4+(2)/(5)Li2B12H12+(36)/(5)H2] and three strong endothermic steps (12LiBH4→10LiH+Li2B12H12+13H2; Zn+LiH→LiZn+(1)/(2)H2; 2Zn+Li2B12H12→2LiZn+12B+6H2). DFT-calculated ΔHZPET=0K values for the first three LiZn2(BH4)5 decomposition steps are -19, +37, +74 kJ/(mol H2), respectively. The behavior of LiZn2(BH4)5 shows that mixed-metal borohydrides formed by mixing borohydrides of high and low thermodynamics stabilities do not necessarily have an intermediate decomposition tendency. Our results suggest the correct strategy to find intermediate decomposition in mixed-metal borohydrides is to search for stable mixed-metal products such as ternary metal borides.

  10. The Discovery-Oriented Approach to Organic Chemistry. 6. Selective Reduction in Organic Chemistry: Reduction of Aldehydes in the Presence of Esters Using Sodium Borohydride

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    Baru, Ashvin R.; Mohan, Ram S.

    2005-01-01

    A discovery-oriented lab experiment is developed that illustrates the chemoselective nature of reductions using sodium borohydride. Products are of sufficient purity to allow analysis by spectroscopy without further purification.

  11. The Discovery-Oriented Approach to Organic Chemistry. 6. Selective Reduction in Organic Chemistry: Reduction of Aldehydes in the Presence of Esters Using Sodium Borohydride

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    Baru, Ashvin R.; Mohan, Ram S.

    2005-01-01

    A discovery-oriented lab experiment is developed that illustrates the chemoselective nature of reductions using sodium borohydride. Products are of sufficient purity to allow analysis by spectroscopy without further purification.

  12. Metal Nanoparticle-Catalyzed Reduction Using Borohydride in Aqueous Media: A Kinetic Analysis of the Surface Reaction by Microfluidic SERS.

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    Xie, Wei; Grzeschik, Roland; Schlücker, Sebastian

    2016-10-24

    Hydrides are widely used in reduction reactions. In protic solvents, their hydrolysis generates molecular hydrogen as a second reducing agent. The competition between these two parallel reduction pathways has been overlooked so far since both typically yield the same product. We investigated the platinum-catalyzed reduction of 4-nitrothiophenol to 4-aminothiophenol in aqueous sodium borohydride solution as a prominent model reaction, by using label-free SERS monitoring in a microfluidic reactor. Kinetic analysis revealed a strong pH dependence. Surprisingly, only at pH>13 the reduction is driven exclusively by sodium borohydride. This study demonstrates the potential of microfluidics-based kinetic SERS monitoring of heterogeneous catalysis in colloidal suspension. © 2016 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. PtRu-LiCoO 2—an efficient catalyst for hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride solutions

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    Krishnan, Palanichamy; Yang, Tae-Hyun; Lee, Won-Yong; Kim, Chang-Soo

    Hydrogen generation by the hydrolysis of aqueous sodium borohydride (NaBH 4) solutions is studied using IRA-400 anion resin dispersed Pt, Ru catalysts and lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO 2) supported Pt, Ru and PtRu catalysts. The performance of the LiCoO 2 supported catalysts is better than that of ion-exchange resin dispersed catalysts. There is a marked concentration dependence on the performance of the LiCoO 2 supported catalysts and the hydrogen generation rate decreases if the borohydride concentration is increased beyond 10 wt.%. The efficiency of PtRu-LiCoO 2 is almost double that of either Ru-LiCoO 2 or Pt-LiCoO 2 for NaBH 4 concentrations up to 10 wt.%.

  14. High volume hydrogen production from the hydrolysis of sodium borohydride using a cobalt catalyst supported on a honeycomb matrix

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    Marchionni, Andrea; Bevilacqua, Manuela; Filippi, Jonathan; Folliero, Maria G.; Innocenti, Massimo; Lavacchi, Alessandro; Miller, Hamish A.; Pagliaro, Maria V.; Vizza, Francesco

    2015-12-01

    Hydrogen storage and distribution will be two very important aspects of any renewable energy infrastructure that uses hydrogen as energy vector. The chemical storage of hydrogen in compounds like sodium borohydride (NaBH4) could play an important role in overcoming current difficulties associated with these aspects. Sodium borohydride is a very attractive material due to its high hydrogen content. In this paper, we describe a reactor where a stable cobalt based catalyst supported on a commercial Cordierite Honeycomb Monolith (CHM) is employed for the hydrolysis of alkaline stabilized NaBH4 (SBH) aqueous solutions. The apparatus is able to operate at up to 5 bar and 130 °C, providing a hydrogen generation rate of up to 32 L min-1.

  15. Aqueous sodium borohydride induced thermally stable porous zirconium oxide for quick removal of lead ions

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    Nayak, Nadiya B.; Nayak, Bibhuti B.

    2016-01-01

    Aqueous sodium borohydride (NaBH4) is well known for its reducing property and well-established for the development of metal nanoparticles through reduction method. In contrary, this research paper discloses the importance of aqueous NaBH4 as a precipitating agent towards development of porous zirconium oxide. The boron species present in aqueous NaBH4 play an active role during gelation as well as phase separated out in the form of boron complex during precipitation, which helps to form boron free zirconium hydroxide [Zr(OH)4] in the as-synthesized condition. Evolved in-situ hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles also play an important role to develop as-synthesized loose zirconium hydroxide and the presence of intra-particle voids in the loose zirconium hydroxide help to develop porous zirconium oxide during calcination process. Without any surface modification, this porous zirconium oxide quickly adsorbs almost hundred percentages of toxic lead ions from water solution within 15 minutes at normal pH condition. Adsorption kinetic models suggest that the adsorption process was surface reaction controlled chemisorption. Quick adsorption was governed by surface diffusion process and the adsorption kinetic was limited by pore diffusion. Five cycles of adsorption-desorption result suggests that the porous zirconium oxide can be reused efficiently for removal of Pb (II) ions from aqueous solution. PMID:26980545

  16. Optical properties of humic substances and CDOM: effects of borohydride reduction.

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    Ma, Jiahai; Del Vecchio, Rossana; Golanoski, Kelli S; Boyle, Erin S; Blough, Neil V

    2010-07-15

    Treatment of Suwanee River humic (SRHA) and fulvic (SRFA) acids, a commercial lignin (LAC), and a series of solid phase extracts (C18) from the Middle Atlantic Bight (MAB extracts) with sodium borohydride (NaBH(4)), a selective reductant of carbonyl-containing compounds including quinones and aromatic ketones, produces a preferential loss of visible absorption (> or = 50% for SRFA) and substantially enhanced, blue-shifted fluorescence emission (2- to 3-fold increase). Comparison of the results with those obtained from a series of model quinones and hydroquinones demonstrates that these spectral changes cannot be assigned directly to the absorption and emission of visible light by quinones/hydroquinones. Instead, these results are consistent with a charge transfer model in which the visible absorption is due primarily to charge transfer transitions arising among hydroxy- (methoxy-) aromatic donors and carbonyl-containing acceptors. Unlike most of the model hydroquinones, the changes in optical properties of the natural samples following NaBH(4) reduction were largely irreversible in the presence of air and following addition of a Cu(2+) catalyst, providing tentative evidence that aromatic ketones (or other similar carbonyl-containing structures) may play a more important role than quinones in the optical properties of these materials.

  17. A calibrated hydrogen-peroxide direct-borohydride fuel cell model

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    Stroman, Richard O.; Jackson, Gregory S.; Garsany, Yannick; Swider-Lyons, Karen

    2014-12-01

    A numerical model with global reaction rates is calibrated to measurements from a simple hydrogen-peroxide direct-borohydride fuel cell (H2O2-DBFC), and then used to unravel complex electrochemical and competing parasitic reactions. In this H2O2-DBFC, fuel (1-50 mM NaBH4/2 M NaOH) is oxidized at a Au anode and oxidizer (10-40 mM H2O2/1 M H2SO4) is reduced at a Pd:Ir cathode. Polarization curves and electrode potentials, as functions of fuel and oxidizer feeds support global reaction rate parameter fitting. The measurements and calibrated model showed H2O2 decomposition at the cathode depresses open circuit voltage from 3.01 V theoretical to 1.65 V, and when H2O2 supply is limited, cathode potentials are sufficiently negative to make H+ reduction to H2 thermodynamically favorable. Calibrated model results show that thin concentration boundary layers limit reactant utilization and current density. Decreasing the inlet concentrations, flow rates, and cell voltage slow parasitic reactions and favor desirable charge transfer reactions. Peak conversion efficiency and peak power density coincide because thermodynamic efficiency and parasitic reaction rates decrease (relative to charge transfer reaction rates) with increasing current density. We conclude that the performance of a fuel cell with parasitic side reactions can be predicted through numerical modeling.

  18. Investigation of the characteristics of a stacked direct borohydride fuel cell for portable applications

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    Kim, Cheolhwan; Kim, Kyu-Jung; Ha, Man Yeong

    To investigate the possibility of the portable application of a direct borohydride fuel cell (DBFC), weight reduction of the stack and high stacking of the cells are investigated for practical running conditions. For weight reduction, carbon graphite is adopted as the bipolar plate material even though it has disadvantages in tight stacking, which results in stacking loss from insufficient material strength. For high stacking, it is essential to have a uniform fuel distribution among cells and channels to maintain equal electric load on each cell. In particular, the design of the anode channel is important because active hydrogen generation causes non-uniformity in the fuel flow-field of the cells and channels. To reduce the disadvantages of stacking force margin and fuel maldistribution, an O-ring type-sealing system with an internal manifold and a parallel anode channel design is adopted, and the characteristics of a single and a five-cell fuel cell stack are analyzed. By adopting carbon graphite, the stack weight can be reduced by 4.2 times with 12% of performance degradation from the insufficient stacking force. When cells are stacked, the performance exceeds the single-cell performance because of the stack temperature increase from the reduction of the radiation area from the narrow stacking of cells.

  19. Reduction of autofluorescence on DNA microarrays and slide surfaces by treatment with sodium borohydride.

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    Raghavachari, Nalini; Bao, Yijia P; Li, Guangshan; Xie, Xinying; Müller, Uwe R

    2003-01-15

    Microarray technology is currently being used extensively in functional genomics research and modern drug discovery and development. Henceforward, tremendous application potential for this technology exists in the fields of clinical diagnostics and prognostics, pathology, and toxicology for high-throughput analysis of "disease" gene expression. However, the major hurdle now in this technology is not the performance of the arrays but rather the efficient reproducibility of the hybridization signal intensity in a fluorescence-based analysis. The sensitivity of fluorescence detection on an array is to a large extent limited by the amount of background signal arising due to nonspecifically bound probes and fluorescence that is intrinsically associated with the chip substrate and/or the attached target DNA, the so-called autofluorescence. Here, we describe a simple and efficient method to reduce autofluorescence from undetermined sources on coated glass slides with and without DNA arrays. This sodium borohydride-mediated reduction process resulted in significantly lower and more even background fluorescence. This in turn extended the dynamic range of detection and reduced the average coefficient of variation of fluorescent signal ratios on DNA microarrays in addition to improving the detection of genes that are expressed at a low level.

  20. Aqueous sodium borohydride induced thermally stable porous zirconium oxide for quick removal of lead ions

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    Nayak, Nadiya B.; Nayak, Bibhuti B.

    2016-03-01

    Aqueous sodium borohydride (NaBH4) is well known for its reducing property and well-established for the development of metal nanoparticles through reduction method. In contrary, this research paper discloses the importance of aqueous NaBH4 as a precipitating agent towards development of porous zirconium oxide. The boron species present in aqueous NaBH4 play an active role during gelation as well as phase separated out in the form of boron complex during precipitation, which helps to form boron free zirconium hydroxide [Zr(OH)4] in the as-synthesized condition. Evolved in-situ hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles also play an important role to develop as-synthesized loose zirconium hydroxide and the presence of intra-particle voids in the loose zirconium hydroxide help to develop porous zirconium oxide during calcination process. Without any surface modification, this porous zirconium oxide quickly adsorbs almost hundred percentages of toxic lead ions from water solution within 15 minutes at normal pH condition. Adsorption kinetic models suggest that the adsorption process was surface reaction controlled chemisorption. Quick adsorption was governed by surface diffusion process and the adsorption kinetic was limited by pore diffusion. Five cycles of adsorption-desorption result suggests that the porous zirconium oxide can be reused efficiently for removal of Pb (II) ions from aqueous solution.

  1. Formation of borohydride-reduced nickel-boron coatings on various steel substrates

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    Vitry, V.; Delaunois, F.

    2015-12-01

    Electroless nickel-boron coatings are widely used in industrial on various substrates: ferrous and non-ferrous alloys mainly but also in some cases non-metallic materials. However, their growth process is still not fully understood and the influence of the nature of the substrate on this process is completely unknown. The formation of electroless nickel-boron was observed on five ferrous alloys: a mild steel, a high carbon unalloyed steel, a cryogenic steel (that contains 9 wt.% nickel), an austenitic stainless steel and an austeno-ferritic (duplex) stainless steel. Nickel-boron films were prepared by electroless deposition, using sodium borohydride as a reducing agent. Samples were immersed in a plating bath for times ranging from 5 s to 60 min. The influence of the nature of the substrate on the initial deposition of the coatings was investigated in detail: the initiation mechanism was identified for all substrates and it was found to be related to catalytic oxidation of the reducing agent rather than to a displacement process. The delay before initiation was influenced by the nickel content of the coating and by a high number of grain boundaries. In all cases, the plating rate varied with plating time, with a slower period during the first 10 min that corresponds to morphological modification of the coating.

  2. Fuel cell system with sodium borohydride as hydrogen source for unmanned aerial vehicles

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    Kim, Kyunghwan; Kim, Taegyu; Lee, Kiseong; Kwon, Sejin

    In this study, we design and fabricate a fuel cell system for application as a power source in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The fuel cell system consists of a fuel cell stack, hydrogen generator, and hybrid power management system. PEMFC stack with an output power of 100 W is prepared and tested to decide the efficient operating conditions; the stack must be operated in the dead-end mode with purge in order to ensure prolonged stack performance. A hydrogen generator is fabricated to supply gaseous hydrogen to the stack. Sodium borohydride (NaBH 4) is used as the hydrogen source in the present study. Co/Al 2O 3 catalyst is prepared for the hydrolysis of the alkaline NaBH 4 solution at room temperature. The fabricated Co catalyst is comparable to the Ru catalyst. The UAV consumes more power in the takeoff mode than in the cruising mode. A hybrid power management system using an auxiliary battery is developed and evaluated for efficient energy management. Hybrid power from both the fuel cell and battery powers takeoff and turning flight operations, while the fuel cell supplies steady power during the cruising flight. The capabilities of the fuel-cell UAVs for long endurance flights are validated by successful flight tests.

  3. Ultrahigh figure-of-merit for hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride using ternary metal catalysts

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    Hu, Lunghao; Ceccato, R.; Raj, R.

    We report further increase in the figure-of-merit (FOM) for hydrogen generation from NaBH 4 than reported in an earlier paper [1], where a sub-nanometer layer of metal catalysts are deposited on carbon nanotube paper (CNT paper) that has been functionalized with polymer-derived silicon carbonitride (SiCN) ceramic film. Ternary, Ru-Pd-Pt, instead of the binary Pd-Pt catalyst used earlier, together with a thinner CNT paper is shown to increase the figure-of-merit by up to a factor of six, putting is above any other known catalyst for hydrogen generation from NaBH 4. The catalysts are prepared by first impregnating the functionalized CNT-paper with solutions of the metal salts, followed by reduction in a sodium borohydride solution. The reaction mechanism and the catalyst efficiency are described in terms of an electric charge transfer, whereby the negative charge on the BH 4 - ion is exchanged with hydrogen via the electronically conducting SiCN/CNT substrate [1].

  4. Sodium borohydride as an additive to enhance the performance of direct ethanol fuel cells

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    Wang, Lianqin; Bambagioni, Valentina; Bevilacqua, Manuela; Bianchini, Claudio; Filippi, Jonathan; Lavacchi, Alessandro; Marchionni, Andrea; Vizza, Francesco; Fang, Xiang; Shen, Pei Kang

    The effect of adding small quantities (0.1-1 wt.%) of sodium borohydride (NaBH 4) to the anolyte solution of direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs) with membrane-electrode assemblies constituted by nanosized Pd/C anode, Fe-Co cathode and anion-exchange membrane (Tokuyama A006) was investigated by means of various techniques. These include cyclic voltammetry, in situ FTIR spectroelectrochemistry, a study of the performance of monoplanar fuel cells and an analysis of the ethanol oxidation products. A comparison with fuel cells fed with aqueous solutions of ethanol proved unambiguously the existence of a promoting effect of NaBH 4 on the ethanol oxidation. Indeed, the potentiodynamic curves of the ethanol-NaBH 4 mixtures showed higher power and current densities, accompanied by a remarkable increase in the fuel consumption at comparable working time of the cell. A 13C and 11B { 1H}NMR analysis of the cell exhausts and an in situ FTIR spectroelectrochemical study showed that ethanol is converted selectively to acetate while the oxidation product of NaBH 4 is sodium metaborate (NaBO 2). The enhancement of the overall cell performance has been explained in terms of the ability of NaBH 4 to reduce the PdO layer on the catalyst surface.

  5. Low temperature decomposition of metal borohydride drives autogenous synthesis of MgB2

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    Mackinnon, I. D. R.; Shahbazi, M.; Alarco, J. A.; Talbot, P. C.

    2017-05-01

    We describe a low temperature, autogenous pressure method to synthesise mm-scale MgB2 aggregates with highly connected grains. The decomposition of metal borohydrides such as NaBH4 and KBH4 at low temperature (i.e. < 150 °C) in the presence of Mg provides reactive boron species at pressure and subsequent formation of MgB2 in high yield. Optimum synthesis conditions include heating to 250 °C for > 30 min then a ramp to 450 °C < T max < 500 °C and 1.4 MPa < P max < 2.2 MPa. Reactions with KBH4 release reactive boron species at higher temperature (˜130 °C) than reactions with NaBH4 (˜80 °C-100 °C). Alkali metal solubility in MgB2 is at ˜ppm levels. The onset superconducting transition temperature, T c, for MgB2 produced by these syntheses ranges between 38.3 and 38.5 K. Magnetic measurements of MgB2 aggregates show a grain connectivity comparable to powders produced at higher temperature (> 800 °C) and suggests that this synthesis approach may be effective for ex situ wire production.

  6. Effects of hydrazine addition on gas evolution and performance of the direct borohydride fuel cell

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    Qin, H. Y.; Liu, Z. X.; Yin, W. X.; Zhu, J. K.; Li, Z. P.

    A fuel cell configuration using alkaline NaBH 4-N 2H 4 solutions as the fuel is suggested. Gas evolution behaviors and cell performances of alkaline NaBH 4-N 2H 4 solutions on different catalysts have been studied. It is found that gas evolution behaviors are influenced by the applied anodic catalysts and the concentration of NaBH 4 and N 2H 4. NaBH 4 is mainly electro-oxidized on Pd but N 2H 4 is mainly electro-oxidized on Ni and surface-treated Zr-Ni alloy when using NaBH 4-N 2H 4 solutions as the fuel and a composite of Pd, Ni and surface-treated Zr-Ni alloy as the anodic catalyst. The cyclic voltammetry results show that electrochemical oxidation potential of NaBH 4 is higher than that of N 2H 4. Adding hydrazine into alkaline sodium borohydride solutions can suppress gas evolution and improve the cell performance of the DBFC. The performances of fuel cells using NaBH 4-N 2H 4 solutions are comparable to that of fuel cell using N 2H 4 solution.

  7. Structure determination of ultra dense magnesium borohydride: a first-principles study.

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    Fan, Jing; Duan, Defang; Jin, Xilian; Bao, Kuo; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2013-06-07

    Magnesium borohydride (Mg(BH4)2) is one of the potential hydrogen storage materials. Recently, two experiments [Y. Filinchuk, B. Richter, T. R. Jensen, V. Dmitriev, D. Chernyshov, and H. Hagemann, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 50, 11162 (2011); L. George, V. Drozd, and S. K. Saxena, J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 486 (2009)] found that α-Mg(BH4)2 can irreversibly be transformed to an ultra dense δ-Mg(BH4)2 under high pressure. Its volumetric hydrogen content at ambient pressure (147 g/cm(3)) exceeds twice of DOE's (U.S. Department of Energy) target (70 g/cm(3)) and that of α-Mg(BH4)2 (117 g/cm(3)) by 20%. In this study, the experimentally proposed P4(2)nm structure of δ-phase has been found to be dynamically unstable. A new Fddd structure has been reported as a good candidate of δ-phase instead. Its enthalpy from 0 to 12 GPa is much lower than P4(2)nm structure and the simulated X-ray diffraction spectrum is in satisfied agreement with previous experiments. In addition, the previously proposed P-3m1 structure, which is denser than Fddd, is found to be a candidate of ε-phase due to the agreement of Raman shifts.

  8. Fundamental study of reduction graphene oxide by sodium borohydride for gas sensor application

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    Muda, M. R.; Ramli, Muhammad M.; Isa, Siti S. Mat; Jamlos, M. F.; Murad, S. A. Z.; Norhanisah, Z.; Isa, M. Mohamad; Kasjoo, S. R.; Ahmad, N.; Nor, N. I. M.; Khalid, N.

    2017-03-01

    The efficient reduction of graphene oxide (rGO) was performed using Sodium Borohydride (NaBH4). These reduction approaches remove the majority of the oxygen-containing functional groups at the basal plane and surface of graphene oxide sheets. Structural and physiochemical properties of the GO were investigated with help of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and Ultraviolet-Visible-Near infrared (UV-Vis-NIR). The effects of the chemical reduction on a GO surface were analyzed using a Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer (SPA) in order to obtain the electrical resistance measurement. It was found that the resistance of reduced graphene oxide was greatly reduced when compared to the condition of before reduction process. Then, the formation of uniform thin film of rGO sheets was produced using vacuum filtration method in order to fabricate a gas sensor. In this project, plastic was used as a substrate. The sensor was then being exposed to NO2 gas at room temperature in order to demonstrate the sensing ability of rGO.

  9. Structure determination of ultra dense magnesium borohydride: A first-principles study

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    Fan, Jing; Duan, Defang; Jin, Xilian; Bao, Kuo; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2013-06-01

    Magnesium borohydride (Mg(BH4)2) is one of the potential hydrogen storage materials. Recently, two experiments [Y. Filinchuk, B. Richter, T. R. Jensen, V. Dmitriev, D. Chernyshov, and H. Hagemann, Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 50, 11162 (2011);, 10.1002/anie.201100675 L. George, V. Drozd, and S. K. Saxena, J. Phys. Chem. C 113, 486 (2009), 10.1021/jp807842t] found that α-Mg(BH4)2 can irreversibly be transformed to an ultra dense δ-Mg(BH4)2 under high pressure. Its volumetric hydrogen content at ambient pressure (147 g/cm3) exceeds twice of DOE's (U.S. Department of Energy) target (70 g/cm3) and that of α-Mg(BH4)2 (117 g/cm3) by 20%. In this study, the experimentally proposed P42nm structure of δ-phase has been found to be dynamically unstable. A new Fddd structure has been reported as a good candidate of δ-phase instead. Its enthalpy from 0 to 12 GPa is much lower than P42nm structure and the simulated X-ray diffraction spectrum is in satisfied agreement with previous experiments. In addition, the previously proposed P-3m1 structure, which is denser than Fddd, is found to be a candidate of ɛ-phase due to the agreement of Raman shifts.

  10. A new method to radiolabel natural organic matter by chemical reduction with tritiated sodium borohydride.

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    Tinnacher, Ruth M; Honeyman, Bruce D

    2007-10-01

    In this paper, we describe a new method for labeling NOM with the radioisotope tritium (3H) using fulvic acid (FA) as the target NOM fraction. During labeling, FA ketone groups are chemically reduced with tritiated sodium borohydride (NaBH4), while the chemical functionality of the carboxyl and phenol groups is preserved. The labeling procedure was optimized in efficiency experiments that determined the excess concentration of tritiated NaBH4 required for optimum reduction conditions. The chemical characterization of the labeled FA product using FTIR and 1H NMR spectral analysis confirms the proposed reaction mechanism and rules out any significant amounts of impurities or undesirable side reactions. Results from size exclusion chromatography indicate thatthe tritium label is distributed uniformly over the whole molecular size range of FA and that it is stable over time and under various pH conditions. Potential differences in FA sorption behavior onto mineral surfaces due to labeling were excluded based on experimental data. This method produces NOM of high specific activity (e.g., 1.9 mCi mg(-1) FA); this permits the tracing of FA at a detection limit of 0.3 microg L(-1) FA.

  11. Ammine-Stabilized Transition-Metal Borohydrides of Iron, Cobalt, and Chromium: Synthesis and Characterization.

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    Roedern, Elsa; Jensen, Torben R

    2015-11-02

    Iron and cobalt borohydrides stabilized by ammonia (NH3), [Fe(NH3)6](BH4)2 and [Co(NH3)6](BH4)2, were synthesized along with a solid solution, [Co(NH3)6](BH4)(2-x)Cl(x) (x ∼ 1), and a bimetallic compound, [Fe(NH3)6](Li2(BH4)4). The compounds were prepared by new low-temperature, solvent-based synthesis methods, using dimethyl sulfide or liquid NH3, which allow for the removal of inert metal halides. The crystal structures were determined from synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction (SR-PXD) data. [M(NH3)6](BH4)2 (M = Fe, Co) and [Co(NH3)6](BH4)(2-x)Cl(x) crystallize in the cubic crystal system, where the transition metals are octahedrally coordinated by NH3. Polymeric chains of lithium coordinated by four bridging BH4(-) anions are found in [Fe(NH3)6](Li2(BH4)4). The new compounds have high hydrogen densities of ∼14 wt % H2 and ∼140 g H2/L and release a mixture of hydrogen and NH3 gas at low temperatures, T < 80 °C. The decomposition mechanisms of the prepared compounds along with the composites [Fe(NH3)6](BH4)2·nNH3BH3 (n = 2, 4, 6) were studied by thermal analysis and in situ SR-PXD.

  12. (Iminophosphoranyl)(thiophosphoranyl)methane rare-earth borohydride complexes: synthesis, structures and polymerization catalysis.

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    Schmid, Matthias; Oña-Burgos, Pascual; Guillaume, Sophie M; Roesky, Peter W

    2015-07-21

    The (iminophosphoranyl)(thiophosphoranyl)methanide {CH(PPh2=NSiMe3)(PPh2=S)}(-) ligand has been used for the synthesis of divalent and trivalent rare-earth borohydride complexes. The salt metathesis of the potassium reagent [K{CH(PPh2=NSiMe3)(PPh2=S)}]2 with [Yb(BH4)2(THF)2] resulted in the divalent monoborohydride ytterbium complex [{CH(PPh2=NSiMe3)(PPh2=S)}Yb(BH4)(THF)2]. The 2D (31)P/(171)Yb HMQC-NMR spectrum clearly showed the coupling between both nuclei. The trivalent bisborohydrides [{CH(PPh2=NSiMe3)(PPh2=S)}Ln(BH4)2(THF)] (Ln = Y, Sm, Tb, Dy, Er, Yb and Lu) were obtained by reaction of [K{CH(PPh2=NSiMe3)(PPh2=S)}]2 with [Ln(BH4)3(THF)3]. All new compounds were characterized by single X-ray diffraction. The divalent and trivalent compounds were next used as initiators in the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of ε-caprolactone (CL) and trimethylene carbonate (TMC). All complexes afforded a generally well-controlled ROP of both of these cyclic esters. High molar mass poly(ε-caprolactone) diols (Mn,NMR < 101,300 g mol(-1), ĐM = 1.44), and α,ω-dihydroxy and α-hydroxy,ω-formate telechelic poly(trimethylene carbonate)s (Mn,NMR < 20,000 g mol(-1), ĐM = 1.61) were thus synthesized under mild operating conditions.

  13. Injection of sodium borohydride and nzvi solutions into homogeneous sands: H2 gas production and implications

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    Mohammed, O.; Mumford, K. G.; Sleep, B. E.

    2016-12-01

    Gases are commonly introduced into the subsurface via external displacement (drainage). However, gases can also be produced by internal drainage (exsolution). One example is the injection of reactive solutions for in situ groundwater remediation, such as nanoscale zero-valent iron (nzvi), which produces hydrogen gas (H2). Effective implementation of nzvi requires an understanding of H2 gas generation and dynamics, and their effects on aqueous permeability, contaminant mass transfer and potential flow diversion. Several studies have reported using excess sodium borohydride (NaBH4) in nzvi applications to promote complete reaction and to ensure uniform nzvi particle growth, which also produces H2 gas. The aim of this study was to visualize and quantify H2 produced by exsolution from the injection of NaBH4 and nzvi solutions into homogeneous sands, and to investigate the reduction of hydraulic conductivity caused by the H2 gas and the subsequent increase in hydraulic conductivity as the gas dissolved. Bench-scale experiments were performed using cold (4 °C) NaBH4 solutions injected in sand packed in a 22 cm × 34 cm × 1 cm flow cell. The injected solution was allowed to warm to room temperature, for controlled production of a uniform distribution of exsolved gas. A light transmission method was used to quantify gas production and dissolution over time. The results indicate a reduction of hydraulic conductivity due to the existence of H2 and increased hydraulic conductivity as H2 gas dissolves, which could be represented using traditional relative permeability expressions. Additional experiments were performed in the flow cell to compare H2 gas exsolving from nzvi and NaBH4 solutions injected as either a point injection or a well injection. The results indicated greater amounts of H2 gas produced when injecting nzvi solutions prepared with high concentrations of excess NaBH4. H2 gas pooling at the top of the flow cell, and H2 gas trapped near the injection point

  14. Optimized hydrogen generation in a semicontinuous sodium borohydride hydrolysis reactor for a 60 W-scale fuel cell stack

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    Arzac, G. M.; Fernández, A.; Justo, A.; Sarmiento, B.; Jiménez, M. A.; Jiménez, M. M.

    Catalyzed hydrolysis of sodium borohydride (SBH) is a promising method for the hydrogen supply of fuel cells. In this study a system for controlled production of hydrogen from aqueous sodium borohydride (SBH) solutions has been designed and built. This simple and low cost system operates under controlled addition of stabilized SBH solutions (fuel solutions) to a supported CoB catalyst. The system works at constant temperature delivering hydrogen at 1 L min -1 constant rate to match a 60-W polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). For optimization of the system, several experimental conditions were changed and their effect was investigated. A simple model based only on thermodynamic considerations was proposed to optimize system parameters at constant temperature and hydrogen evolution rate. It was found that, for a given SBH concentration, the use of the adequate fuel addition rate can maximize the total conversion and therefore the gravimetric storage capacity. The hydrogen storage capacity was as high as 3.5 wt% for 19 wt% SBH solution at 90% fuel conversion and an operation temperature of 60 °C. It has been demonstrated that these optimized values can also be achieved for a wide range of hydrogen generation rates. Studies on the durability of the catalyst showed that a regeneration step is needed to restore the catalytic activity before reusing.

  15. Anodic behavior of carbon supported Cu@Ag core-shell nanocatalysts in direct borohydride fuel cells

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    Duan, Donghong; Liu, Huihong; You, Xiu; Wei, Huikai; Liu, Shibin

    2015-10-01

    Carbon-supported Cu@Ag core-shell nanoparticles are prepared by a successive reduction method in an aqueous solution and are used as an anode electrocatalyst for the direct borohydride-hydrogen peroxide fuel cell (DBHFC). The physical and electrochemical properties of the as-prepared electrocatalysts are investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronopotentiometry (CP), and fuel cell tests. In situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is employed in 2 M NaOH/0.1 M NaBH4 to understand the borohydride oxidation reaction (BOR) mechanism by studying the intermediate reactions occurring on the Cu@Ag/C electrode. The TEM images show that the average size of the Cu1@Ag1/C particles is approximately 18 nm. Among the as-prepared catalysts, the Cu2@Ag1/C catalyst presents the highest catalytic activity. As shown by in situ FTIR, the oxidation reaction mechanism of BH4- is similar to that of Ag/C: BHn(OH)4-n- + 2OH- → BHn-1(OH)5-n- +H2 O + 2e . At 25 °C, the DBHFC with Cu2@Ag1/C as the anode electrocatalyst and Pt mesh (1 cm2) as the cathode electrode exhibits a maximum anodic power density of 17.27 mW mg-1 at a discharge current density of 27.8 mA mg-1.

  16. First-Principles Structure Prediction of Dual Cation Ammine Borohydrides: LiMg(BH4)3(NH3)x

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    Kışlak, Yusuf; Tekin, Adem

    On-board hydrogen storage for transportation applications continues to be one of the most technically challenging barriers to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen-fueled vehicles. In addition, hydrogen storage is also required for off-board purposes such as stationary power generation and hydrogen delivery and refueling infrastructure. After decades of extensive exploration, research into hydrogen storage materials based on metal borohydrides has become a highly active and exciting area owing to the high theoretical hydrogen capacities of these materials. However, they are thermodynamically too stable and therefore a very high temperature is required for their decomposition. This temperature can be lowered to the tolerable levels by the addition of ammonia and the resulting material is called as Ammine Metal Borohydrides (AMBs). In this study, we aim to search the ground state crystal structures of LiMg(BH4)3(NH3)x [1] with x = 2, 3, 4 using CrystAl Structure Prediction via Simulated Annealing (CASPESA) method. This approach was successfully located the experimentally determined structure of LiMg(BH4)3(NH3)2 [1] and other interesting local minima. For x = 3 and 4 cases, our methodology also resulted new crystal phases.

  17. Efficient conversion of vicinal diols to alkenes by treatment of the corresponding dimesylates with a catalytic, minimally fluorous, recoverable diaryl diselenide and sodium borohydride

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    Crich; Neelamkavil; Sartillo-Piscil

    2000-12-14

    In conjunction with sodium borohydride as stoichiometric reagent a catalytic quantity of bis(4-perfluorohexylphenyl) diselenide converts vicinal dimesylates to the corresponding alkenes in good yield on warming in ethanol. The diselenide is recovered in high yield by continuous fluorous extraction.

  18. Temperature-mediated phase transformation, pore geometry and pore hysteresis transformation of borohydride derived in-born porous zirconium hydroxide nanopowders

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    Nayak, Nadiya B.; Nayak, Bibhuti B.

    2016-01-01

    Development of in-born porous nature of zirconium hydroxide nanopowders through a facile hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles assisted borohydride synthesis route using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) and novel information on the temperature-mediated phase transformation, pore geometry as well as pore hysteresis transformation of in-born porous zirconium hydroxide nanopowders with the help of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) isotherm and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) images are the main theme of this research work. Without any surfactants or pore forming agents, the borohydride derived amorphous nature of porous powders was stable up to 500 °C and then the seed crystals start to develop within the loose amorphous matrix and trapping the inter-particulate voids, which led to develop the porous nature of tetragonal zirconium oxide at 600 °C and further sustain this porous nature as well as tetragonal phase of zirconium oxide up to 800 °C. The novel hydrogen (H2) gas-bubbles assisted borohydride synthesis route led to develop thermally stable porous zirconium hydroxide/oxide nanopowders with an adequate pore size, pore volume, and surface area and thus these porous materials are further suggested for promising use in different areas of applications. PMID:27198738

  19. Electronic structure of nickel(II) and zinc(II) borohydrides from spectroscopic measurements and computational modeling.

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    Desrochers, Patrick J; Sutton, Christopher A; Abrams, Micah L; Ye, Shengfa; Neese, Frank; Telser, Joshua; Ozarowski, Andrew; Krzystek, J

    2012-03-05

    The previously reported Ni(II) complex, Tp*Ni(κ(3)-BH(4)) (Tp* = hydrotris(3,5-dimethylpyrazolyl)borate anion), which has an S = 1 spin ground state, was studied by high-frequency and -field electron paramagnetic resonance (HFEPR) spectroscopy as a solid powder at low temperature, by UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy in the solid state and in solution at room temperature, and by paramagnetic (11)B NMR. HFEPR provided its spin Hamiltonian parameters: D = 1.91(1) cm(-1), E = 0.285(8) cm(-1), g = [2.170(4), 2.161(3), 2.133(3)]. Similar, but not identical parameters were obtained for its borodeuteride analogue. The previously unreported complex, Tp*Zn(κ(2)-BH(4)), was prepared, and IR and NMR spectroscopy allowed its comparison with analogous closed shell borohydride complexes. Ligand-field theory was used to model the electronic transitions in the Ni(II) complex successfully, although it was less successful at reproducing the zero-field splitting (zfs) parameters. Advanced computational methods, both density functional theory (DFT) and ab initio wave function based approaches, were applied to these Tp*MBH(4) complexes to better understand the interaction between these metals and borohydride ion. DFT successfully reproduced bonding geometries and vibrational behavior of the complexes, although it was less successful for the spin Hamiltonian parameters of the open shell Ni(II) complex. These were instead best described using ab initio methods. The origin of the zfs in Tp*Ni(κ(3)-BH(4)) is described and shows that the relatively small magnitude of D results from several spin-orbit coupling (SOC) interactions of large magnitude, but with opposite sign. Spin-spin coupling (SSC) is also shown to be significant, a point that is not always appreciated in transition metal complexes. Overall, a picture of bonding and electronic structure in open and closed shell late transition metal borohydrides is provided, which has implications for the use of these complexes in catalysis and

  20. Capacity enhancement of aqueous borohydride fuels for hydrogen storage in liquids

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    Schubert, David; Neiner, Doinita; Bowden, Mark; Whittemore, Sean; Holladay, Jamie; Huang, Zhenguo; Autrey, Tom

    2015-10-01

    In this work we demonstrate enhanced hydrogen storage capacities through increased solubility of sodium borate product species in aqueous media achieved by adjusting the sodium (NaOH) to boron (B(OH)3) ratio, i.e., M/B, to obtain a distribution of polyborate anions. For a 1:1 mole ratio of NaOH to B(OH)3, M/B = 1, the ratio of the hydrolysis product formed from NaBH4 hydrolysis, the sole borate species formed and observed by 11B NMR is sodium metaborate, NaB(OH)4. When the ratio is 1:3 NaOH to B(OH)3, M/B = 0.33, a mixture of borate anions is formed and observed as a broad peak in the 11B NMR spectrum. The complex polyborate mixture yields a metastable solution that is difficult to crystallize. Given the enhanced solubility of the polyborate mixture formed when M/B = 0.33 it should follow that the hydrolysis of sodium octahydrotriborate, NaB3H8, can provide a greater storage capacity of hydrogen for fuel cell applications compared to sodium borohydride while maintaining a single phase. Accordingly, the hydrolysis of a 23 wt% NaB3H8 solution in water yields a solution having the same complex polyborate mixture as formed by mixing a 1:3 molar ratio of NaOH and B(OH)3 and releases >8 eq of H2. By optimizing the M/B ratio a complex mixture of soluble products, including B3O3(OH)52-, B4O5(OH)42-, B3O3(OH)4-, B5O6(OH)4- and B(OH)3, can be maintained as a single liquid phase throughout the hydrogen release process. Consequently, hydrolysis of NaB3H8 can provide a 40% increase in H2 storage density compared to the hydrolysis of NaBH4 given the decreased solubility of sodium metaborate. The authors would like to thank Jim Sisco and Paul Osenar of

  1. Formation of Rod Shape Secondary Aggregation of Copper Nanoparticles in Aqueous Solution of Sodium Borohydride with Stabilizing Polymer

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    Harada, Takuya; Fujiwara, Hidemichi

    2007-03-01

    Morphological variations of copper nanoparticles synthesized by the reduction of copper acetate with sodium borohydride in the presence of poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP) have been investigated. The results indicate that the specific rod shape secondary aggregation of copper nanoparticles are formed in the case that the oxygen is dissolved in the reacting solutions. Furthermore, it is also demonstrated that the copper nanorods with the aspect ratio of 2 - 20 and the average short axis length of 5 nm are synthesized in the weak oxidizing ambiance with a medium amount of PVP. The anomalous variations of copper nanoparticles are explained by the alignments of precursor copper ions and their reducing rates, which are modified by the density of resolved oxygen and the amount of PVP.

  2. Microscale Interface Synthesis of Ni-B Amorphous Nanoparticles from NiSO4 by Sodium Borohydride Reduction in Microreactor

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    Xu, Lei; Peng, Jinhui; Meng, Binfang; Li, Wei; Liu, Bingguo; Luo, Huilong

    2016-09-01

    Amorphous nanoparticles have attracted a large amount of interest due to their superior catalytic activity and unique selectivity. The Ni-B amorphous nanoparticles were synthesized from aqueous reduction of NiSO4 by sodium borohydride in microscale interface at room temperature. The size, morphology, elemental compositions, and the chemical composition on the surface of Ni-B amorphous nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). All the results showed that the synthesized particles are Ni-B amorphous nanoparticles with uniform in size distribution and having good dispersion. The mean particle diameter of Ni-B amorphous nanoparticles was around 9 nm. The present work provides an alternative synthesis route for the Ni-B amorphous nanoparticles.

  3. New insights on the mechanism of palladium-catalyzed hydrolysis of sodium borohydride from 11B NMR measurements.

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    Guella, G; Zanchetta, C; Patton, B; Miotello, A

    2006-08-31

    To gain insight on the mechanistic aspects of the palladium-catalyzed hydrolysis of NaBH(4) in alkaline media, the kinetics of the reaction has been investigated by (11)B NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) measurements taken at different times during the reaction course. Working with BH(4)(-) concentration in the range 0.05-0.1 M and with a [substrate]/[catalyst] molar ratio of 0.03-0.11, hydrolysis has been found to follow a first-order kinetic dependence from concentration of both the substrate and the catalyst (Pd/C 10 wt %). We followed the reaction of NaBH(4) and its perdeuterated analogue NaBD(4) in H(2)O, in D(2)O and H(2)O/D(2)O mixtures. When the process was carried out in D(2)O, deuterium incorporation in BH(4)(-) afforded BH(4)(-)(n)D(n)(-) (n = 1, 2, 3, 4) species, and a competition between hydrolysis and hydrogen/deuterium exchange processes was observed. By fitting the kinetics NMR data by nonlinear least-squares regression techniques, the rate constants of the elementary steps involved in the palladium-catalyzed borohydride hydrolysis have been evaluated. Such a regression analysis was performed on a reaction scheme wherein the starting reactant BH(4)(-) is allowed both to reversibly exchange hydrogen with deuterium atoms of D(2)O and to irreversibly hydrolyze into borohydroxy species B(OD)(4)(-). In contrast to acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of sodium borohydride, our results indicate that in the palladium-catalyzed process the rate constants of the exchange processes are higher than those of the corresponding hydrolysis reactions.

  4. In situ X-ray Raman spectroscopy study of the hydrogen sorption properties of lithium borohydride nanocomposites.

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    Miedema, Piter S; Ngene, Peter; van der Eerden, Ad M J; Sokaras, Dimosthenis; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Nordlund, Dennis; Au, Yuen S; de Groot, Frank M F

    2014-11-07

    Nanoconfined alkali metal borohydrides are promising materials for reversible hydrogen storage applications, but the characterization of hydrogen sorption in these materials is difficult. Here we show that with in situ X-ray Raman spectroscopy (XRS) we can track the relative amounts of intermediates and final products formed during de- and re-hydrogenation of nanoconfined lithium borohydride (LiBH4) and therefore we can possibly identify the de- and re-hydrogenation pathways. In the XRS of nanoconfined LiBH4 at different points in the de- and re-hydrogenation, we identified phases that lead to the conclusion that de- and re-hydrogenation pathways in nanoconfined LiBH4 are different from bulk LiBH4: intercalated lithium (LiCx), boron and lithium hydride were formed during de-hydrogenation, but as well Li2B12H12 was observed indicating that there is possibly some bulk LiBH4 present in the nanoconfined sample LiBH4-C as prepared. Surprisingly, XRS revealed that the de-hydrogenated products of the LiBH4-C nanocomposites can be partially rehydrogenated to about 90% of Li2B12H12 and 2-5% of LiBH4 at a mild condition of 1 bar H2 and 350 °C. This suggests that re-hydrogenation occurs via the formation of Li2B12H12. Our results show that XRS is an elegant technique that can be used for in and ex situ study of the hydrogen sorption properties of nanoconfined and bulk light-weight metal hydrides in energy storage applications.

  5. Alkaline sodium borohydride gel as a hydrogen source for PEMFC or an energy carrier for NaBH 4-air battery

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    Liu, B. H.; Li, Z. P.; Chen, L. L.

    In this preliminary study, we tried to use sodium polyacrylate as the super absorbent polymer to form alkaline NaBH 4 gel and explored its possibilities for borohydride hydrolysis and borohydride electro-oxidation. It was found that the absorption capacity of sodium polyacrylate decreased with increasing NaBH 4 concentration. The formed gel was rather stable in the sealed vessel but tended to slowly decompose in open air. Hydrogen generation from the gel was carried out using CoCl 2 catalyst precursor solutions. Hydrogen generation rate from the alkaline NaBH 4 gel was found to be higher and impurities in hydrogen were less than that from the alkaline NaBH 4 solution. The NaBH 4 gel also successfully powered a NaBH 4-air battery.

  6. Synthesis, structure and properties of bimetallic sodium rare-earth (RE) borohydrides, NaRE(BH4)4, RE = Ce, Pr, Er or Gd.

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    Payandeh GharibDoust, SeyedHosein; Ravnsbæk, Dorthe B; Černý, Radovan; Jensen, Torben R

    2017-09-26

    Formation, stability and properties of new metal borohydrides within RE(BH4)3-NaBH4, RE = Ce, Pr, Er or Gd is investigated. Three new bimetallic sodium rare-earth borohydrides, NaCe(BH4)4, NaPr(BH4)4 and NaEr(BH4)4 are formed based on an addition reaction between NaBH4 and halide free rare-earth metal borohydrides RE(BH4)3, RE = Ce, Pr, Er. All the new compounds crystallize in the orthorhombic crystal system. NaCe(BH4)4 has unit cell parameters of a = 6.8028(5), b = 17.5181(13), c = 7.2841(5) Å and space group Pbcn. NaPr(BH4)4 is isostructural to NaCe(BH4)4 with unit cell parameters of a = 6.7617(2), b = 17.4678(7), c = 7.2522(3) Å. NaEr(BH4)4 crystallizes in space group Cmcm with unit cell parameters of a = 8.5379(2), b = 12.1570(4), c = 9.1652(3) Å. The structural relationships, also to the known RE(BH4)3, are discussed in detail and related to the stability and synthesis conditions. Heat treatment of NaBH4-Gd(BH4)3 mixture forms an unstable amorphous phase, which decomposes after one day at RT. NaCe(BH4)4 and NaPr(BH4)4 show reversible hydrogen storage capacity of 1.65 and 1.04 wt% in the fourth H2 release, whereas that of NaEr(BH4)4 continuously decreases. This is mainly assigned to formation of metal hydrides and possibly slower formation of sodium borohydride. The dehydrogenated state clearly contains rare-earth metal borides, which stabilize boron in the dehydrogenated state.

  7. Quaternized polymeric microgels as metal free catalyst for H2 production from the methanolysis of sodium borohydride

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    Sahiner, Nurettin; Sengel, Sultan Butun

    2016-12-01

    Polymeric microgels derived from tris(2-amino ethyl)amine (TAEA) and glycerol diglycidyl ether as p(TAEA-co-GDE) via microemulsion polymerization techniques are protonated by 0.5 M HCl treatment as p(TAEA-co-GDE)-HCl). These microgels are then exposed to anion exchange reactions with differ ionic liquid forming salts, such as potassium thiocyanate (PTC), sodium dicyanamide (SDCA), ammonium hexafluorophosphate (AHFP), and sodium tetrafluoroborate (STFB) in aqueous medium for the preparation of p(TAEA-co-GDE) based ionic liquid colloidal microgels. These anions exchanged p(TAEA-co-GDE) ionic liquid colloids (ILCs) are directly used as catalyst for hydrogen (H2) generation from the methanol solution of sodium borohydride (NaBH4). Various parameters affecting the H2 production rate such as the catalyst types, NaBH4 amount, and the temperature are investigated. It is found that the methanolysis of NaBH4 catalyzed by p(TAEA-co-GDE)-HCl obeys the first order reaction kinetic. The activation energy, enthalpy and entropy of the protonated p(TAEA-co-GDE) microgels are calculated and found as the 30.37 kJ mol-1, 27.96 kJ mol-1, and -148.08 J mol-1 K-1, respectively. Furthermore, the hydrogen generation rate of 3018 mL min-1 g-1 catalyzed by p(TAEA-co-GDE)-HCl catalyst is attained.

  8. Enhanced activity of Au-Fe/C anodic electrocatalyst for direct borohydride-hydrogen peroxide fuel cell

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    Yi, Lanhua; Wei, Wei; Zhao, Caixian; Tian, Li; Liu, Jing; Wang, Xianyou

    2015-07-01

    Carbon supported Au-Fe bimetallic nanocatalysts (Au-Fe/C) are facilely prepared via a modified NaBH4 reduction method in aqueous solution at room temperature, and used as the anode electrocatalyst of direct borohydride-hydrogen peroxide fuel cell (DBHFC). The physical and electrochemical properties of the Au-Fe/C electrocatalysts are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cyclic voltammetry (CV), rotating disc electrode (RDE) voltammetry, chronoamperometry (CA), chronopotentiometry (CP), and fuel cell test. The results show that Au-Fe/C catalysts display higher catalytic activity for the direct electrooxidation of BH4- than carbon supported pure Au nanocatalyst (Au/C), especially Au50Fe50/C catalyst presents the highest catalytic activity among all as-prepared catalysts. Besides, the single DBHFC with Au50Fe50/C anode and Au/C cathode obtains the maximum power density as high as 34.9 mW cm-2 at 25 °C.

  9. Investigation of platinum and palladium as potential anodic catalysts for direct borohydride and ammonia borane fuel cells

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    Olu, Pierre-Yves; Deschamps, Fabien; Caldarella, Giuseppe; Chatenet, Marian; Job, Nathalie

    2015-11-01

    Platinum and palladium are investigated as anodic catalysts for direct borohydride and direct ammonia borane fuel cells (DBFC and DABFC). Half-cell characterizations performed at 25 °C using NH3BH3 or NaBH4 alkaline electrolytes demonstrate the lowest open-circuit potential and highest electrocatalytic activity for the NH3BH3 alkaline electrolyte for Pd and Pt rotating disk electrodes, respectively. Voltammograms performed in fuel cell configuration at 25 °C confirm this trend: the highest open circuit voltage (1.05 V) and peak power density (181 mW·cm-2) are monitored for DABFC using Pd/C and Pt/C anodes, respectively. Increasing the temperature heightens the peak power density (that reaches 420 mW·cm-2 at 60 °C for DBFC using Pt/C anodes), but strongly generates gas from the fuel hydrolysis, hindering the overall fuel cells performances. The anode texture strongly influences the fuel cell performances, highlighting: (i) that an open anode texture is required to efficiently circulate the anolyte and (ii) the difficulty to compare potential anodic catalysts characterized using different fuel cell setups within the literature. Furthermore, TEM imaging of Pt/C and Pd/C catalysts prior/post DBFC and DABFC operation shows fast degradation of the carbon-supported nanoparticles.

  10. Development of high-performance cathode catalyst of polypyrrole modified carbon supported CoOOH for direct borohydride fuel cell

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    He, Yan; Zhu, Cai; Chen, Kaijian; Wang, Juan; Qin, Haiying; Liu, Jiabin; Yan, Shuai; Yang, Ke; Li, Aiguo

    2017-01-01

    Polypyrrole modified carbon supported CoOOH electrocatalyst (CoOOH-PPy-C) is prepared by impregnation-chemical method, and the catalytic properties for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in alkaline media are investigated. The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy results confirm the presence of the expected CoOOH. The electrochemical tests show that the CoOOH-PPy-C catalyst exhibits good electrocatalytic activity towards ORR. The direct borohydride fuel cell using CoOOH-PPy-C as the cathode catalyst demonstrates a good stability performance. There is only 4% decrease of the cell voltage after 80-h operation. The ORR occurs an average 4-electron transfer pathway on the CoOOH-PPy-C catalyst. The good catalytic activity towards ORR benefits from the Cosbnd N bond, which is identified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy test. X-ray absorption fine structure experiments further show that two nearest O atoms are substituted by two N atoms bonding to Co ion at a distance of 1.64 Å. The CoOOH-PPy-C exhibits better electrochemical properties than the Co(OH)2 counterpart even though the valence state of Co ion is +3 in CoOOH-PPy-C. Those results indicate that the bonding of Co ion with N atoms should be a key issue regardless the valence of Co ion.

  11. Silver nanoparticles-containing dual-function hydrogels based on a guar gum-sodium borohydride system

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    Dai, Lei; Nadeau, Ben; An, Xingye; Cheng, Dong; Long, Zhu; Ni, Yonghao

    2016-01-01

    Dual-function hydrogels, possessing both stimuli-responsive and self-healing properties, have recently attracted attention of both chemists and materials scientists. Here we report a new paradigm using natural polymer (guar gum, GG) and sodium borohydride (NaBH4), for the preparation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)-containing smart hydrogels in a simple, fast and economical way. NaBH4 performs as a reducing agent for AgNPs synthesis using silver nitrate (AgNO3) as the precursor. Meanwhile, sodium metaborate (NaBO2) (from NaBH4) behaves as a cross-linking agent between GG molecular chains. The AgNPs/GG hydrogels with excellent viscoelastic properties can be obtained within 3 min at room temperature without the addition of other cross-linkers. The resultant AgNPs/GG hydrogels are flowable and injectable, and they possess excellent pH/thermal responsive properties. Additionally, they exhibit rapid self-healing capacity. This work introduces a facile and scale-up way to prepare a class of hydrogels that can have great potential to biomedical and other industrial applications. PMID:27819289

  12. Hydrolysis and regeneration of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) - A combination of hydrogen production and storage

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    Chen, W.; Ouyang, L. Z.; Liu, J. W.; Yao, X. D.; Wang, H.; Liu, Z. W.; Zhu, M.

    2017-08-01

    Sodium borohydride (NaBH4) hydrolysis is a promising approach for hydrogen generation, but it is limited by high costs, low efficiency of recycling the by-product, and a lack of effective gravimetric storage methods. Here we demonstrate the regeneration of NaBH4 by ball milling the by-product, NaBO2·2H2O or NaBO2·4H2O, with MgH2 at room temperature and atmospheric pressure without any further post-treatment. Record yields of NaBH4 at 90.0% for NaBO2·2H2O and 88.3% for NaBO2·4H2O are achieved. This process also produces hydrogen from the splitting of coordinate water in hydrated sodium metaborate. This compensates the need for extra hydrogen for generating MgH2. Accordingly, we conclude that our unique approach realizes an efficient and cost-effective closed loop system for hydrogen production and storage.

  13. The influence of LiH on the rehydrogenation behavior of halide free rare earth (RE) borohydrides (RE = Pr, Er).

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    Heere, Michael; Payandeh GharibDoust, Seyed Hosein; Frommen, Christoph; Humphries, Terry D; Ley, Morten B; Sørby, Magnus H; Jensen, Torben R; Hauback, Bjørn C

    2016-09-21

    Rare earth (RE) metal borohydrides are receiving immense consideration as possible hydrogen storage materials and solid-state Li-ion conductors. In this study, halide free Er(BH4)3 and Pr(BH4)3 have been successfully synthesized for the first time by the combination of mechanochemical milling and/or wet chemistry. Rietveld refinement of Er(BH4)3 confirmed the formation of two different Er(BH4)3 polymorphs: α-Er(BH4)3 with space group Pa3[combining macron], a = 10.76796(5) Å, and β-Er(BH4)3 in Pm3[combining macron]m with a = 5.4664(1) Å. A variety of Pr(BH4)3 phases were found after extraction with diethyl ether: α-Pr(BH4)3 in Pa3[combining macron] with a = 11.2465(1) Å, β-Pr(BH4)3 in Pm3[combining macron]m with a = 5.716(2) Å and LiPr(BH4)3Cl in I4[combining macron]3m, a = 11.5468(3) Å. Almost phase pure α-Pr(BH4)3 in Pa3[combining macron] with a = 11.2473(2) Å was also synthesized. The thermal decomposition of Er(BH4)3 and Pr(BH4)3 proceeded without the formation of crystalline products. Rehydrogenation, as such, was not successful. However, addition of LiH promoted the rehydrogenation of RE hydride phases and LiBH4 from the decomposed RE(BH4)3 samples.

  14. Transformation and composition evolution of nanoscale zero valent iron (nZVI) synthesized by borohydride reduction in static water.

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    Liu, Airong; Liu, Jing; Zhang, Wei-Xian

    2015-01-01

    The reactivity of nanoscale zero valent iron (nZVI) toward targeted contaminants is affected by the initial nZVI composition and the iron oxides formed during the aging process in aquatic systems. In this paper, the aging effects of nZVI, prepared using a borohydride reduction method in static water over a period of 90 days (d), are investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman spectroscopy are used to characterize the corrosion products of nZVI. Results show that both the structures and the compositions of the corrosion products change with the process of aging. The products of nZVI aged for 5 d in static water media are mainly magnetite (Fe3O4) and maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), accompanied by lepidocrocite (γ-FeOOH). For products aged 10 d, XRD data show the formation of ferrihydrite and lepidocrocite. When aged up to 90 d, the products are mainly γ-FeOOH mixed with small amounts of Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3. Transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) images show that the core-shell structure forms into a hollow spherical shape after 30 d of aging in aquatic media. The results indicate first that iron ions in the Fe(0) core diffuse outwardly toward the shell, and hollowed-out iron oxide shells emerge. Then, the iron oxide shell collapses and becomes a flaky, acicular-shaped structure. The type and the crystal phase of second iron oxide minerals are vastly different at various aging times. This study helps to explain the patterns of occurrence of specific iron oxides in different natural conditions.

  15. Synthesis, structure and gas-phase reactivity of the mixed silver hydride borohydride nanocluster [Ag3(μ3-H)(μ3-BH4)LPh3]BF4 (LPh = bis(diphenylphosphino)methane)

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    Zavras, Athanasios; Ariafard, Alireza; Khairallah, George N.; White, Jonathan M.; Mulder, Roger J.; Canty, Allan J.; O'Hair, Richard A. J.

    2015-10-01

    Borohydrides react with silver salts to give products that span multiple scales ranging from discrete mononuclear compounds through to silver nanoparticles and colloids. The cluster cations [Ag3(H)(BH4)L3]+ are observed upon electrospray ionization mass spectrometry of solutions containing sodium borohydride, silver(i) tetrafluoroborate and bis(dimethylphosphino)methane (LMe) or bis(diphenylphosphino)methane (LPh). By adding NaBH4 to an acetonitrile solution of AgBF4 and LPh, cooled to ca. -10 °C, we have been able to isolate the first mixed silver hydride borohydride nanocluster, [Ag3(μ3-H)(μ3-BH4)LPh3]BF4, and structurally characterise it via X-ray crystallography. Combined gas-phase experiments (LMe and LPh) and DFT calculations (LMe) reveal how loss of a ligand from the cationic complexes [Ag3(H)(BH4)L3]+ provides a change in geometry that facilitates subsequent loss of BH3 to produce the dihydride clusters, [Ag3(H)2Ln]+ (n = 1 and 2). Together with the results of previous studies (Girod et al., Chem. - Eur. J., 2014, 20, 16626), this provides a direct link between mixed silver hydride/borohydride nanoclusters, silver hydride nanoclusters, and silver nanoclusters.Borohydrides react with silver salts to give products that span multiple scales ranging from discrete mononuclear compounds through to silver nanoparticles and colloids. The cluster cations [Ag3(H)(BH4)L3]+ are observed upon electrospray ionization mass spectrometry of solutions containing sodium borohydride, silver(i) tetrafluoroborate and bis(dimethylphosphino)methane (LMe) or bis(diphenylphosphino)methane (LPh). By adding NaBH4 to an acetonitrile solution of AgBF4 and LPh, cooled to ca. -10 °C, we have been able to isolate the first mixed silver hydride borohydride nanocluster, [Ag3(μ3-H)(μ3-BH4)LPh3]BF4, and structurally characterise it via X-ray crystallography. Combined gas-phase experiments (LMe and LPh) and DFT calculations (LMe) reveal how loss of a ligand from the cationic complexes [Ag

  16. Application of microgels as polymer supports for organic synthesis: preparation of a small phthalide library, a scavenger, and a borohydride reagent.

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    Shimomura, Osamu; Clapham, Bruce; Spanka, Carsten; Mahajan, Suresh; Janda, Kim D

    2002-01-01

    Microgel polymers containing a series of functional groups have been prepared. These microgels were composed of cross-linked poly(styrene) and were prepared by radical polymerization in solution. The microgel polymers exhibit good solubility in an array of different organic solvents, and in addition, they can be efficiently precipitated by the addition of methanol and isolated by filtration. A nine-member phthalide library was synthesized using an aminomethyl-functionalized microgel 5. To further demonstrate the versatility of these microgel polymers, tris(2-aminoethyl)amino microgel 11 was examined as a scavenger reagent to remove unreacted isocyanate after a urea synthesis. Finally, a microgel-supported ammonium borohydride reagent 14 was successfully prepared and used as a reducing agent. Notable features of these microgels are that in all applications the progress of the reaction could be monitored by standard NMR techniques and their preparation is performed using common glassware and techniques found in all organic laboratories.

  17. From M(BH4)3 (M = La, Ce) Borohydride Frameworks to Controllable Synthesis of Porous Hydrides and Ion Conductors.

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    Ley, Morten Brix; Jørgensen, Mathias; Černý, Radovan; Filinchuk, Yaroslav; Jensen, Torben R

    2016-10-03

    Rare earth metal borohydrides show a number of interesting properties, e.g., Li ion conductivity and luminescence, and the series of materials is well explored. However, previous attempts to obtain M(BH4)3 (M = La, Ce) by reacting MCl3 and LiBH4 yielded LiM(BH4)3Cl. Here, a synthetic approach is presented, which allows the isolation of M(BH4)3 (M = La, Ce) via formation of intermediate complexes with dimethyl sulfide. The cubic c-Ce(BH4)3 (Fm3̅c) is isostructural to high-temperature polymorphs of A(BH4)3 (A = Y, Sm, Er, Yb) borohydrides. The larger size of the Ce(3+) ion makes the empty void in the open ReO3-type framework structure potentially accessible to small guest molecules like H2. Another new rhombohedral polymorph, r-M(BH4)3 (M = La, Ce), is a closed form of the framework, prone to stacking faults. The new compounds M(BH4)3 (M = La, Ce) can be combined with LiCl in an addition reaction to form LiM(BH4)3Cl also known as Li4[M4(BH4)12Cl4]; the latter contains the unique tetranuclear cluster [M4(BH4)12Cl4](4-) and shows high Li-ion conductivity. This reaction pathway opens a way to synthesize a series of A4[M4(BH4)12X4] (M = La, Ce) compounds with different anions (X) and metal ions (A) and potentially high ion conductivity.

  18. Ag/g-C3N4 catalyst with superior catalytic performance for the degradation of dyes: a borohydride-generated superoxide radical approach.

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    Fu, Yongsheng; Huang, Ting; Zhang, Lili; Zhu, Junwu; Wang, Xin

    2015-08-28

    A straightforward approach is developed for fabrication of a visible-light-driven Ag/g-C3N4 catalyst. Morphological observation shows that the g-C3N4 sheets are decorated with highly dispersed Ag nanoparticles having an average size of 5.6 nm. The photocatalytic activity measurements demonstrate that the photocatalytic degradation rates of methyl orange (MO), methylene blue (MB), and neutral dark yellow GL (NDY-GL) over Ag/g-C3N4-4 can reach up to 98.2, 99.3 and 99.6% in the presence of borohydride ions (BH4(-)) only with 8, 45, and 16 min visible light irradiation, respectively. The significant enhancement in photoactivity of the catalyst is mainly attributed to the high dispersity and smaller size of Ag nanoparticles, the strong surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of metallic Ag nanoparticles, the efficient separation of photogenerated charge carriers, the additional superoxide radicals (O) generated from the reduction of dissolved oxygen in the presence of BH4(-) and the synergistic effect of Ag nanoparticles and g-C3N4.

  19. The high utilization of fuel in direct borohydride fuel cells with a PdNix-B/carbon nanotubes-catalysed anode

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    Zhou, Yaping; Li, Sai; Chen, Yuanzhen; Liu, Yongning

    2017-05-01

    Direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFCs) exhibit the potential for a wide range of applications due to their high energy and power density; however, the hydrolysis of BH4- significantly limits the use of DBFCs. In this paper, PdNix-B/carbon nanotubes (PdNix-B/CNTs) (x = 0, 0.3, 0.6, 0.9) composites have been prepared by a chemical reduction method in which PdNix-B nanoparticles of approximately 3.5 nm are grown on the surface of carbon nanotubes. A cell was assembled with PdNix-B/CNTs as the anode catalyst, a polymer fibre membrane (PFM) as a substitute for the Nafion membrane and LaNiO3 as the cathode catalyst. The results show that the Ni element displays an ability to balance the competition between the hydrolysis and oxidation of BH4-. A peak power density of 105 mW cm-2 (x = 0.9) was achieved at 25 °C. However, the highest fuel efficiency of 69% was achieved at x = 0.3, and the corresponding power density was 87 mW cm-2, which represents the best comprehensive performance of these DBFCs.

  20. Preparation and Growth of N-Doped Hollow Carbon Nanospheres and Their Application as Catalyst Support in Direct Borohydride Fuel Cell.

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    Chen, Yuanzhen; Dong, Shujuan; Li, Sai; Liu, Yongning; Yan, Wei

    2015-05-01

    N-doped hollow carbon nanospheres (HCNSs) were prepared by electric arc discharge method in N2 atmosphere. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) analysis shows that their nitrogen content reaches up to 4.9 atom%. Both the low thermal conductivity of N2 and the doping of nitrogen atom make carbon unit bend to form hollow nanosphere structure. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffusion (XRD) analysis prove the presence of detected defects and a poor crystallinity on the HCNSs shell. Moreover, annealing treatment of HCNSs was carried out at 1100 degrees C/10 h and 1400 degrees C/2 h to research their fracture extension. It is found that HCNSs could grow into closed-tubes even with a shell at high annealing temperature. HCNSs were applied in direct borohydride fuel cell (DBFC) to evaluate their catalytic performance. The electrochemical results show that pure HCNSs doesn't have any catalysis effect, but they can greatly promote the catalytic performance of CoO, and the largest polarization current density of which achieves 1.845 A x cm(-2) at -0.7 V (vs. Hg/HgO electrode).

  1. In situ synthesis of cobalt stabilized on macroscopic biopolymer hydrogel as economical and recyclable catalyst for hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride hydrolysis

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    Ai, Lunhong; Gao, Xiaoyan; Jiang, Jing

    2014-07-01

    In this study, we describe the successful fabrication of cobalt grown in situ on macroscopic alginate hydrogels (Co@AHs) and demonstrate that the as-prepared Co@AHs can act as a cost-effective and recyclable catalyst for hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of NaBH4. The structure and morphology of the Co@AHs catalyst are identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The resultant Co@AHs samples show an excellent catalytic performance for the hydrogen generation from NaBH4 hydrolysis. The catalytic activity of the Co@AHs towards the hydrolysis reaction is systematically investigated by varying different reaction parameters, such as the catalyst dosage, temperature, and initial concentration of NaBH4 or NaOH. The Co@AHs catalyst can be easily separated after catalytic reaction and readily recycled over four successive reaction cycles. Considering that the eco-friendly and inexpensive Co@AHs is catalytically effective with superior recyclability, it should have potential application in the hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of borohydrides.

  2. Hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of sodium borohydride using chemically modified multiwalled carbon nanotubes with pyridinium based ionic liquid and decorated with highly dispersed Mn nanoparticles

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    Chinnappan, Amutha; Puguan, John Marc C.; Chung, Wook-Jin; Kim, Hern

    2015-10-01

    Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/Ionic liquid (IL)/Mn nanohybrids are synthesized and their catalytic activity is examined for hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of sodium borohydride (NaBH4). Transmission electron microscopy reveals that Mn nanoparticles well-distributed on the MWCNTs surface. Energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirms the presence of Mn and Ni atom in the nanohybrids. The nanohybrids exhibit excellent catalytic lifetime and gives the total turnover number of 18496 mol H2/mol catalyst in the hydrolysis of NaBH4, which can be attributed to the presence of Mn atom and IL containing nickel halide anion. It is worthy of note that a very small amount of catalyst is used for this hydrolysis reaction. The activation energy is found to be 40.8 kJ/mol by MWCNTs/IL/Mn nanohybrids from the kinetic study of the hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of NaBH4. The improved hydrogen generation rate, lower activation energy, and less expensive make the nanohybrids promising candidate as catalyst for the hydrogen generation from NaBH4 solution. The nanohybrids are easy to prepare, store and yet catalytically active. The recycling process is very simple and further purification is not tedious.

  3. Ammine magnesium borohydride complex as a new material for hydrogen storage: structure and properties of Mg(BH4)2.2NH3.

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    Soloveichik, Grigorii; Her, Jae-Hyuk; Stephens, Peter W; Gao, Yan; Rijssenbeek, Job; Andrus, Matt; Zhao, J-C

    2008-05-19

    The ammonia complex of magnesium borohydride Mg(BH4)2.2NH3 (I), which contains 16.0 wt % hydrogen, is a potentially promising material for hydrogen storage. This complex was synthesized by thermal decomposition of a hexaaammine complex Mg(BH4)2.6NH3 (II), which crystallizes in the cubic space group Fm3 m with unit cell parameter a=10.82(1) A and is isostructural to Mg(NH3) 6Cl2. We solved the structure of I that crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pcab with unit cell parameters a=17.4872(4) A, b=9.4132(2) A, c=8.7304(2) A, and Z=8. This structure is built from individual pseudotetrahedral molecules Mg(BH4)2.2NH3 containing one bidentate BH4 group and one tridentate BH4 group that pack into a layered crystal structure mediated by N-H...H-B dihydrogen bonds. Complex I decomposes endothermically starting at 150 degrees C, with a maximum hydrogen release rate at 205 degrees C, which makes it competitive with ammonia borane BH 3NH3 as a hydrogen storage material.

  4. Ag/g-C3N4 catalyst with superior catalytic performance for the degradation of dyes: a borohydride-generated superoxide radical approach

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    Fu, Yongsheng; Huang, Ting; Zhang, Lili; Zhu, Junwu; Wang, Xin

    2015-08-01

    A straightforward approach is developed for fabrication of a visible-light-driven Ag/g-C3N4 catalyst. Morphological observation shows that the g-C3N4 sheets are decorated with highly dispersed Ag nanoparticles having an average size of 5.6 nm. The photocatalytic activity measurements demonstrate that the photocatalytic degradation rates of methyl orange (MO), methylene blue (MB), and neutral dark yellow GL (NDY-GL) over Ag/g-C3N4-4 can reach up to 98.2, 99.3 and 99.6% in the presence of borohydride ions (BH4-) only with 8, 45, and 16 min visible light irradiation, respectively. The significant enhancement in photoactivity of the catalyst is mainly attributed to the high dispersity and smaller size of Ag nanoparticles, the strong surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of metallic Ag nanoparticles, the efficient separation of photogenerated charge carriers, the additional superoxide radicals (O&z.rad;-2) generated from the reduction of dissolved oxygen in the presence of BH4- and the synergistic effect of Ag nanoparticles and g-C3N4.A straightforward approach is developed for fabrication of a visible-light-driven Ag/g-C3N4 catalyst. Morphological observation shows that the g-C3N4 sheets are decorated with highly dispersed Ag nanoparticles having an average size of 5.6 nm. The photocatalytic activity measurements demonstrate that the photocatalytic degradation rates of methyl orange (MO), methylene blue (MB), and neutral dark yellow GL (NDY-GL) over Ag/g-C3N4-4 can reach up to 98.2, 99.3 and 99.6% in the presence of borohydride ions (BH4-) only with 8, 45, and 16 min visible light irradiation, respectively. The significant enhancement in photoactivity of the catalyst is mainly attributed to the high dispersity and smaller size of Ag nanoparticles, the strong surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of metallic Ag nanoparticles, the efficient separation of photogenerated charge carriers, the additional superoxide radicals (O&z.rad;-2) generated from the reduction of

  5. Highly volatile magnesium complexes with the aminodiboranate anion, a new chelating borohydride. Synthesis and characterization of Mg(H(3)BNMe(2)BH(3))(2) and related compounds.

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    Kim, Do Young; Girolami, Gregory S

    2010-06-07

    Remarkably volatile magnesium complexes have been prepared with the modified borohydride ligand N,N-dimethylaminodiboranate, H(3)BNMe(2)BH(3)(-). The homoleptic complex Mg(H(3)BNMe(2)BH(3))(2), its monoadducts with tetrahydrofuran and 1,2-dimethoxyethane, and the mixed ligand complex (C(5)Me(5))Mg(H(3)BNMe(2)BH(3))(thf) have been prepared. The homoleptic complex Mg(H(3)BNMe(2)BH(3))(2) has a vapor pressure of 800 mTorr at 25 degrees C, which makes it the most volatile magnesium complex known. Crystal structures and NMR data are reported for all complexes. The compounds are potentially useful as chemical vapor deposition precursors to MgB(2) and MgO, and as hydrogen storage materials.

  6. Ca(BH4)2 as a simple tool for the preparation of thorium and uranium metallocene borohydride complexes: First synthesis and crystal structure of (C5Me5)2Th(η3-H3BH)2

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    Erickson, Karla A.; Scott, Brian Lindley; Kiplinger, Jaqueline Loetsch

    2017-01-18

    Here, calcium borohydride allows for the high-yielding synthesis of (C5Me5)2An(η3-H3BH)2 (An = Th, U) by reaction with (C5Me5)2AnCl2 (An = Th, U). While a preparative synthesis of (C5Me5)2U(η3-H3BH)2 has been previously reported in the literature using K(C5Me5) and U(BH4)4, the use of Ca(BH4)2 is higher yielding and mild. Full characterization of the novel compound (C5Me5)2Th(η3-H3BH)2 is presented.

  7. Trends in Syntheses, Structures, and Properties for Three Series of Ammine Rare-Earth Metal Borohydrides, M(BH4)3·nNH3 (M = Y, Gd, and Dy).

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    Jepsen, Lars H; Ley, Morten B; Černý, Radovan; Lee, Young-Su; Cho, Young Whan; Ravnsbæk, Dorthe; Besenbacher, Flemming; Skibsted, Jørgen; Jensen, Torben R

    2015-08-03

    Fourteen solvent- and halide-free ammine rare-earth metal borohydrides M(BH4)3·nNH3, M = Y, Gd, Dy, n = 7, 6, 5, 4, 2, and 1, have been synthesized by a new approach, and their structures as well as chemical and physical properties are characterized. Extensive series of coordination complexes with systematic variation in the number of ligands are presented, as prepared by combined mechanochemistry, solvent-based methods, solid-gas reactions, and thermal treatment. This new synthesis approach may have a significant impact within inorganic coordination chemistry. Halide-free metal borohydrides have been synthesized by solvent-based metathesis reactions of LiBH4 and MCl3 (3:1), followed by reactions of M(BH4)3 with an excess of NH3 gas, yielding M(BH4)3·7NH3 (M = Y, Gd, and Dy). Crystal structure models for M(BH4)3·nNH3 are derived from a combination of powder X-ray diffraction (PXD), (11)B magic-angle spinning NMR, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The structures vary from two-dimensional layers (n = 1), one-dimensional chains (n = 2), molecular compounds (n = 4 and 5), to contain complex ions (n = 6 and 7). NH3 coordinates to the metal in all compounds, while BH4(-) has a flexible coordination, i.e., either as a terminal or bridging ligand or as a counterion. M(BH4)3·7NH3 releases ammonia stepwise by thermal treatment producing M(BH4)3·nNH3 (6, 5, and 4), whereas hydrogen is released for n ≤ 4. Detailed analysis of the dihydrogen bonds reveals new insight about the hydrogen elimination mechanism, which contradicts current hypotheses. Overall, the present work provides new general knowledge toward rational materials design and preparation along with limitations of PXD and DFT for analysis of structures with a significant degree of dynamics in the structures.

  8. The borohydride-reducible compounds of human aortic elastin. Demonstration of a new cyclic amino acid in alkali hydrolysate, and changes with age and in patients with annulo-aortic ectasia including one with Marfan syndrome.

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    Halme, T; Jutila, M; Vihersaari, T; Oksman, P; Light, N D; Penttinen, R

    1985-01-01

    Human aortic elastin reduced with [3H]borohydride was analysed by ion-exchange chromatography after alkali or acid hydrolysis. Alkali hydrolysates of elastins contained a radioactive peak that was eluted between proline and leucine. This peak was not present in foetal elastin, but its proportion increased steadily during aging. Aortic samples from patients with annulo-aortic ectasia (aneurysm of the ascending aorta), including one with classical Marfan syndrome, contained less elastin (CNBr-insoluble material) than did the age-matched controls. The proportion of radioactivity in the new peak of all these aortas was low when compared with age-matched controls. Gas-chromatographic/mass-spectrometric analysis suggested that it contained a cyclic derivative of a hydrated aldol-condensation product. The concentration of the cross-link precursors, lysine aldehyde and aldol-condensation product (estimated from the acid-hydrolysis product 6-chloronorleucine and the acid-degradation product of reduced aldol-condensation product) was high in very young aortas but remained quite stable after childhood. No differences were observed in cross-link profiles of acid hydrolysates between pathological and control aortas. A low proportion of radioactivity in the new peak may indicate the presence of young or immature elastin in the pathological aortas. PMID:4084226

  9. Novel Coordination Chemistry of Aluminum Borohydride

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    2014-08-01

    rocket propulsion . Due to its highly pyrophoric nature ABH poses extreme handling hazards. This reactivity can be significantly tamed through the...toxicity can limit transportation options Hydrazine – A state of the art rocket fuel Distribution A: Public Release, Distribution unlimited As of...today, most of our in-space propulsion systems are powered by the MMH and NTO bi-propellant system, known to be hypergolic and severely toxic.  In the

  10. Structural changes in borohydride hydrogen storage materials

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    Kumar, Ravhi; Cornelius, Andrew; Nicol, Malcolm

    2008-03-01

    Angle dispersive powder x-ray diffraction and Raman experiments were performed on ABH4 (A = K, Rb) at high pressures up to 27 GPa. We demonstrate that KBH4 exhibits structural phase transitions from the ambient α-KBH4 phase (cubic Fm-3m) to β-KBH4 (tetragonal-P421c) at 3.8 GPa and to γ-KBH4 phase (orthorhombic-Pnma) at 6.8 GPa which is similar to the phase transition sequence observed for NaBH4 earlier [1]. However, RbBH4 undergoes two successive pressure induced structural transitions from the ambient cubic Fm-3m phase to an orthorhombic Pnma phase around 2.9 GPa and then to a monoclinic phase above 8 GPa. The high pressure monoclinic phase is found to be stable up to 27 GPa. The experimental results reveal the phase transition sequence exhibited by RbBH4 is different from the pressure induced changes observed in similar cubic compounds NaBH4 and KBH4. The results further show that both the transition pressure and the structural ordering at high pressures are influenced by the atomic size of the alkali cation in these compounds. [1]. R.S. Kumar and Andrew L. Cornelius, App.Phys.Lett., 2005, 87, 261916.

  11. Hydrides and Borohydrides of Light Elements

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    1947-12-04

    puriod of thrco minutes. vin~ a e1do arn, qddition flasks to a solution of aluminum bromide dicthylothorato in tnctra hyAroffurcen. Unfortunately the...Hydrido wdith Alicy1 Compounds of the Elomotse-- ’h(; work pri.so-nu uno tis heading rcprosots tho i~rut p~ irt R of 50sytom~tie atudy of the...4.03 nolos wrAe distillod into a reaction flask cont?,ining 6.33 uim9loa of’lithkium aliiminum hy~rido) in othcr solution, The z,,xtur.. w:a nllowad to w

  12. Structural phase transitions and adduct release in calcium borohydride

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    Paolone, A.; Palumbo, O.; Rispoli, P.; Miriametro, A.; Cantelli, R.; Luedtke, A.; Rönnebro, E.; Chandra, D.

    2011-09-01

    Ca(BH4)2 compounds were investigated above room temperature by anelastic spectroscopy (AS) and concomitant measurements of thermogravimetry and mass spectrometry (TGA/MS). Both AS and TGA/MS indicate that even after a thermal treatment at 125 °C for 20 h, a non-negligible residual of THF adduct is still present in the sample, which can be removed on a subsequent thermal treatment at temperatures lower than 250 °C. Above 250 °C dehydrogenation takes place. Moreover, AS sensitively detects the occurrence of the α → α’ structural phase transition around 180 °C, and the α’ → β transformation, which is completed around 330 °C. Finally, we also show that both transitions are irreversible and are not accompanied by a latent heat.

  13. Confinement Effects for Lithium Borohydride: Comparing Silica and Carbon Scaffolds.

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    Suwarno; Ngene, Peter; Nale, Angeloclaudio; Eggenhuisen, Tamara M; Oschatz, Martin; Embs, Jan Peter; Remhof, Arndt; de Jongh, Petra E

    2017-03-02

    LiBH4 is a promising material for hydrogen storage and as a solid-state electrolyte for Li ion batteries. Confining LiBH4 in porous scaffolds improves its hydrogen desorption kinetics, reversibility, and Li(+) conductivity, but little is known about the influence of the chemical nature of the scaffold. Here, quasielastic neutron scattering and calorimetric measurements were used to study support effects for LiBH4 confined in nanoporous silica and carbon scaffolds. Pore radii were varied from 8 Å to 20 nm, with increasing confinement effects observed with decreasing pore size. For similar pore sizes, the confinement effects were more pronounced for silica than for carbon scaffolds. The shift in the solid-solid phase transition temperature is much larger in silica than in carbon scaffolds with similar pore sizes. A LiBH4 layer near the pore walls shows profoundly different phase behavior than crystalline LiBH4. This layer thickness was 1.94 ± 0.13 nm for the silica and 1.41 ± 0.16 nm for the carbon scaffolds. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering confirmed that the fraction of LiBH4 with high hydrogen mobility is larger for the silica than for the carbon nanoscaffold. These results clearly show that in addition to the pore size the chemical nature of the scaffold also plays a significant role in determining the hydrogen mobility and interfacial layer thickness in nanoconfined metal hydrides.

  14. Destabilization effect of transition metal fluorides on sodium borohydride.

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    Kalantzopoulos, Georgios N; Guzik, Matylda N; Deledda, Stefano; Heyn, Richard H; Muller, Jiri; Hauback, Bjørn C

    2014-10-14

    The effect of transition metal fluorides on the decomposition of NaBH4 has been investigated for NaBH4 ball milled with TiF3, MnF3 or FeF3. The compounds were examined by thermal programmed desorption with residual gas analysis, thermo gravimetric analysis and volumetric measurements using a Sieverts-type apparatus. The phase formation process during thermal decomposition was studied by in situ synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction on the as-milled powders. NaBF4 was among the products in all mechano-chemical reactions. (11)B-NMR spectra analysis gave NaBF4 : NaBH4 ratios of 1 : 150 for Na-Ti, 1 : 40 for Na-Mn, and 1 : 10 for Na-Fe. Pure NaBH4 possessed a hydrogen release onset temperature of 430 °C. The hydrogen release in the NaBH4-MnF3 system began as low as 130 °C. FeF3 decreased the onset temperature to 161 °C and TiF3 to 200 °C. TiF3 reacted completely with NaBH4 below 320 °C. All the examined systems have negligible emissions of diborane species. H-sorption studies performed at selected temperatures above 300 °C exhibited relatively fast desorption kinetics. Partial hydrogen re-absorption was observed for the Na-Mn and Na-Fe samples.

  15. Confinement Effects for Lithium Borohydride: Comparing Silica and Carbon Scaffolds

    PubMed Central

    2017-01-01

    LiBH4 is a promising material for hydrogen storage and as a solid-state electrolyte for Li ion batteries. Confining LiBH4 in porous scaffolds improves its hydrogen desorption kinetics, reversibility, and Li+ conductivity, but little is known about the influence of the chemical nature of the scaffold. Here, quasielastic neutron scattering and calorimetric measurements were used to study support effects for LiBH4 confined in nanoporous silica and carbon scaffolds. Pore radii were varied from 8 Å to 20 nm, with increasing confinement effects observed with decreasing pore size. For similar pore sizes, the confinement effects were more pronounced for silica than for carbon scaffolds. The shift in the solid–solid phase transition temperature is much larger in silica than in carbon scaffolds with similar pore sizes. A LiBH4 layer near the pore walls shows profoundly different phase behavior than crystalline LiBH4. This layer thickness was 1.94 ± 0.13 nm for the silica and 1.41 ± 0.16 nm for the carbon scaffolds. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering confirmed that the fraction of LiBH4 with high hydrogen mobility is larger for the silica than for the carbon nanoscaffold. These results clearly show that in addition to the pore size the chemical nature of the scaffold also plays a significant role in determining the hydrogen mobility and interfacial layer thickness in nanoconfined metal hydrides. PMID:28286596

  16. Destabilized and catalyzed borohydride for reversible hydrogen storage

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    Mohtadi, Rana F [Northville, MI; Nakamura, Kenji [Toyota, JP; Au, Ming [Martinez, GA; Zidan, Ragaiy [Alken, SC

    2012-01-31

    A process of forming a hydrogen storage material, including the steps of: providing a first material of the formula M(BH.sub.4).sub.X, where M is an alkali metal or an alkali earth metal, providing a second material selected from M(AlH.sub.4).sub.x, a mixture of M(AlH.sub.4).sub.x and MCl.sub.x, a mixture of MCl.sub.x and Al, a mixture of MCl.sub.x and AlH.sub.3, a mixture of MH.sub.x and Al, Al, and AlH.sub.3. The first and second materials are combined at an elevated temperature and at an elevated hydrogen pressure for a time period forming a third material having a lower hydrogen release temperature than the first material and a higher hydrogen gravimetric density than the second material.

  17. First-principles calculations of mass transport in magnesium borohydride

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    Yu, Chao; Ozolins, Vidvuds

    2013-03-01

    Mg(BH4)2 is a hydrogen storage material which can decompose to release hydrogen in the following reaction: Mg(BH4)2(solid) -->1/6 MgB12H12(solid) + 5/6MgH2(solid) +13/6 H2(gas) --> MgH2(solid) + 2B(solid) + 4H2(gas). However, experiments show that hydrogen release only occurs at temperatures above 300 °C, which severely limits applications in mobile storage. Using density-functional theory calculations, we systematically study bulk diffusion of defects in the reactant Mg(BH4)2 and products MgB12H12 and MgH2 during the first step of the solid-state dehydrogenation reaction. The defect concentrations and concentration gradients are calculated for a variety of defects, including charged vacancies and interstitials. We find that neutral [BH3] vacancies have the highest bulk concentration and concentration gradient in Mg(BH4)2. The diffusion mechanism of [BH3] vacancy in Mg(BH4)2 is studied using the nudged elastic band method. Our results shows that the calculated diffusion barrier for [BH3] vacancies is ~ . 2 eV, suggesting that slow mass transport limits the kinetics of hydrogen desorption.

  18. VIBRATIONAL SPECTRA AND NORMAL COORDINATE ANALYSIS OF NEPTUNIUM (IV) BOROHYDRIDE AND NEPTUNIUM (IV) BORODEUTERIDE

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    Banks, Rodney H.; Edelstein, Norman

    1980-06-01

    Solid state, low temperature IR (25-7400 cm{sup -1}) and Raman (100-2600 cm{sup -1}) spectra were obtained for Np(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} and Np(BD{sub 4}){sub 4} from which most of the allowed fundamentals were assigned based on the T{sub d} molecular structure. Those assignments were used in a normal coordinate analysis to derive a simple force field using 8 primary and 5 interaction constants. This field is very similar to those found for Zr(BH{sb 4}){sub 4} and Hf(BH{sub 4}){sub 4}. Isotopic impurity, overtone, and combination bands were identified in the IR spectra with the help of the normal coordinate calculations. Near IR spectra of Zr(BH{sub 4}){sub 4} and Zr(BD{sub 4}({sub 4} were taken in the range 7400-4000 cm{sup -1} and the observed absorption bands were assigned as either overtone or combination levels.

  19. Borohydride-mediated radical addition reactions of organic iodides to electron-deficient alkenes.

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    Kawamoto, Takuji; Uehara, Shohei; Hirao, Hidefumi; Fukuyama, Takahide; Matsubara, Hiroshi; Ryu, Ilhyong

    2014-05-02

    Cyanoborohydrides are efficient reagents in the reductive addition reactions of alkyl iodides and electron-deficient olefins. In contrast to using tin reagents, the reaction took place chemoselectively at the carbon-iodine bond but not at the carbon-bromine or carbon-chlorine bond. The reaction system was successfully applied to three-component reactions, including radical carbonylation. The rate constant for the hydrogen abstraction of a primary alkyl radical from tetrabutylammonium cyanoborohydride was estimated to be <1 × 10(4) M(-1) s(-1) at 25 °C by a kinetic competition method. This value is 3 orders of magnitude smaller than that of tributyltin hydride.

  20. Laboratory Studies of Hydrogen Gas Generation Using the Cobalt Chloride Catalyzed Sodium Borohydride-Water Reaction

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    2015-07-01

    temperature of the reaction depends on both the H2O:NaBH4 ratio and the percentage of CoCl2 relative to NaBH4. Experiments showed that the minimum...TECHNICAL REPORT 2082 July 2015 Laboratory Studies of Hydrogen Gas Generation Using the Cobalt Chloride Catalyzed Sodium...hydrogen gas all as a function of reaction time. This 100-L experiment used a H2O:NaBH4 ratio of 4.6:1 and 4% CoCl2 relative to NaBH4. The cooling

  1. In situ infrared (FTIR) study of the mechanism of the borohydride oxidation reaction.

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    Concha, B Molina; Chatenet, M; Maillard, F; Ticianelli, E A; Lima, F H B; de Lima, R B

    2010-10-07

    Early reports stated that Au was a catalyst of choice for the BOR because it would yield a near complete faradaic efficiency. However, it has recently been suggested that gold could yield to some extent the heterogeneous hydrolysis of BH, therefore lowering the electron count per BH, especially at low potential. Actually, the blur will exist regarding the BOR mechanism on Au as long as no physical proof regarding the reaction intermediates is not put forward. In that frame, in situ physical techniques like FTIR exhibit some interest to study the BOR. Consequently, in situ infrared reflectance spectroscopy measurements (SPAIRS technique) have been performed in 1 M NaOH/1 M NaBH(4) on a gold electrode with the aim to detect the intermediate species. We monitored several bands in B-H (nu ∼ 1180, 1080 and 972 cm(-1)) and B-O bond regions (nu = 1325 and ∼1425 cm(-1)), which appear sequentially as a function of the electrode polarization. These absorption bands are assigned to BH(3), BH(2) and BO species. At the light of the experimental results, possible initial elementary steps of the BOR on gold electrode have been proposed and discussed according to the relevant literature data.

  2. Electroless Plated Co-Ni-P-B/Ni Foam Catalyst for Hydrogen Generation from Sodium Borohydride.

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    Park, Daeil; Kim, Taegyu

    2016-02-01

    Co-Ni-P-B catalyst supported on Ni foam was prepared using electroless plating for hydrogen generation from an alkaline NaBH4 solution. Co-B, Co-P-B, and Co-Ni-B were prepared for comparison. Surface morphology of catalyst/Ni foams were observed using SEM analysis. The Co- Ni-P-B/Ni foam catalyst showed the superior performance on hydrogen generation rate due to the uniform formation of catalyst particles on the surface of Ni foam. Characteristics of hydrogen generation rate on the Co-N-P-B/Ni foam catalyst were investigated at the variety of NaBH4 and NaOH concentrations. The hydrogen generation rate increased with decreasing NaBH4 concentration, while increasing NaOH concentration. Durability test was performed, resulting in the stable hydrogen generation for 6 hours.

  3. Preparation of N-nosyl-3,4-epimines derived from levoglucosan by sodium borohydride reduction.

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    Kroutil, Jirí; Karban, Jindrich

    2005-02-28

    Starting from 1,6-anhydro-beta-d-glucopyranose 1 (levoglucosan), N-o-nitrobenzenesulfonyl (nosyl) 3,4-epimino derivatives with d-allo, d-galacto, and d-talo configurations have been prepared via NaBH(4) reduction of suitably substituted azido tosylates. The benefits and limitations of this method over the classical LiAlH(4) reduction method are discussed.

  4. Tuning the catalytic properties of rare earth borohydrides for the polymerisation of isoprene.

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    Bonnet, Fanny; Jones, Chloe E; Semlali, Sanaa; Bria, Marc; Roussel, Pascal; Visseaux, Marc; Arnold, Polly L

    2013-01-21

    Previous results obtained for the cis-polymerisation of isoprene with scandium half-sandwich complex Cp*Sc(BH(4))(2)(THF) 1a were extended to its neodymium analog. The X-ray structure of the already reported neodymium monomer compound Cp*Nd(BH(4))(2)(THF)(2) 1b is presented. Cp*Nd(BH(4))(2)(THF)(2)/[CPh(3)][B(C(6)F(5))(4)]/Al((i)Bu)(3) catalytic system was found to be very active and stereoselective towards isoprene polymerisation, leading to highly 1,4-cis polyisoprene up to 92%. The effect on isoprene polymerisation of the addition of a NHC molecule to Cp*Ln(BH(4))(2)(THF)(n) pre-catalyst (Cp* = η(5)-C(5)Me(5), Ln = Sc, n = 1, 1a; Nd, n = 2, 1b; Sm, n = 2, 1c) or to a trisborohydride Ln(BH(4))(3)(THF)(n) (Ln = Sc, n = 1.5, 2a; Nd, n = 3, 2b; Sm, n = 3, 2c) was also studied. Several NHC ligands were assessed: the classical [1-C{(N(t)BuCH)}(2)] (L(1)) and functional N-heterocyclic carbenes, two amino-tethered HNBu(t)CH(2)CH(2)[1-C{N(CHCH)NR}] (HL(2-R)) (R = (t)Bu, Mes (Mes = 2,4,6-Me(3)-C(6)H(2))) and the hydroxyl-tethered HOCMe(2)CH(2)[1-C{N(CHCH)N(i)Pr}] (HL(3)). Neodymium-based complex (L(2-tBu))Nd(BH(4))(2)(THF)(2) 3 could be isolated and characterized. With some of the catalytic combinations tested, the introduction of the NHC ligand in the coordination sphere of the complex induces a switch of the stereoselectivity of the resulting polymer. Scandium complex 2a, which produces mainly 1,4-cis polyisoprene when associated to a borate activator and aluminum alkyl, leads to 1,4-trans polymer up to 94% regular when HL(2-tBu) carbene is added to the same reaction mixture. This result is the only example of highly trans-polyisoprene synthesized with a scandium based catalyst. Coordination of the carbene moiety to the rare earth centre is confirmed by NMR studies on paramagnetic neodymium pre-catalysts.

  5. First-principles prediction of a ground state crystal structure of magnesium borohydride.

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    Ozolins, V; Majzoub, E H; Wolverton, C

    2008-04-04

    Mg(BH(4))(2) contains a large amount of hydrogen by weight and by volume, but its promise as a candidate for hydrogen storage is dependent on the currently unknown thermodynamics of H2 release. Using first-principles density-functional theory calculations and a newly developed prototype electrostatic ground state search strategy, we predict a new T=0 K ground state of Mg(BH(4))(2) with I4[over ]m2 symmetry, which is 5 kJ/mol lower in energy than the recently proposed P6(1) structure. The calculated thermodynamics of H(2) release are within the range required for reversible storage.

  6. Reversible Hydrogen Storage in the Lithium Borohydride -- Calcium Hydride Coupled System

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    Pinkerton, Frederick; Meyer, Martin

    2008-03-01

    We report large reversible hydrogen storage in a new coupled system, LiBH4/CaH2, via the reaction 6 LiBH4 + CaH2 <-> 6 LiH + CaB6 + 10 H2 having a theoretical hydrogen capacity of 11.7 wt% and an estimated reaction enthalpy of δH = 59 kJ/mole H2. Samples that include 0.25 mole (18.2 wt%) TiCl3 reproducibly store 9.1 wt% hydrogen, corresponding to 95% of the available hydrogen. H2 is the only evolved gas detected by mass spectrometry. X-ray diffraction confirms that the sample cycles between LiBH4 and CaH2 in the hydrogenated state and LiH and CaB6 in the dehydrogenated state.

  7. 1,4-Dihydroxy fatty acids: Artifacts by reduction of di- and polyunsaturated fatty acids with sodium borohydride

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    Thiemt, Simone; Spiteller, Gerhard

    1997-01-01

    In an effort to detect lipid peroxidation products in human blood plasma, samples were treated with NaBH4 to reduce the reactive hydroperoxides to hydroxy compounds. After saponification of the lipids, the free fatty acid fraction obtained by extraction was methylated and separated by TLC. The fractions containing polar compounds were trimethylsilylated and subjected to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Mass spectra allowed us to detect previously unknown 1,4-dihydroxy fatty acids due to their typical fragmentation pattern. If the reduction was carried out with NaBD4 instead of NaBH4, incorporation of two deuterium atoms was observed (appropriate mass shift). The two oxygen atoms of the hydroxyl groups were incorporated from air as shown by an experiment in 18O2 atmosphere. The reaction required the presence of free acids, indicating that BH3 was liberated, added to a 1,4-pentadiene system, and finally produced 1,4-diols by air oxidation.

  8. Borohydride Catalysis of Nitramine Thermal Decomposition and Combustion. 2. Thermal Decomposition of Catalyzed and Uncatalyzed HMX Propellant Formulations

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    1990-02-01

    decomposition temperature. Aaded catalyst appears to decrease m/e 70 (1,2,4- oxadiazole ?) formation at low temperature, but to increase it slightly at...Unknown A (1,2,4- oxadiazole ?), from HMX Decomposition......................................................... 17 18 Typical Mass Spectrum of...formation of 1,3,5-triazine and Unknown A (1,2,4- oxadiazole ?) were also studied. II. EXPERIMENTAL The HMX-GAP and HMX-PEG compositions were prepared at

  9. Borohydride Catalysis of Nitramine Thermal Decomposition and Combustion. 3. Literature Review and Wrap-Up Discussion of Possible Chemical Mechanisms

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    1990-07-01

    O and to a gradual conversion of the tetrahydroborate ion into alkali metal borates and B2 03 . The thermal decomposition of the hydrogen analogs_2 y...95151-9028 Boulder Engineering Center Universal Propulsion Company ATTN: JL Daily ATTN: HJ. McSpadden Campus Box 427 Black Canyon Stage I Boulder, CO...ATTN: E. Freedman 2411 Diana Road Baltimore , MD 21209-1525 25 INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK. 26 USER EVALUATION SHEET/CHANGE OF ADDRESS This Laboratory

  10. Agile Thermal Management STT-RX, Modified Magnesium Hydride and Calcium Borohydride for High-Capacity Thermal Energy Storage (PREPRINT)

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    2011-12-01

    variety of areas from intermittent solar energy harvesting to thermal management of transient, high- flux heat loads. A variety of passive materials...have been developed and employed for TES including paraffin waxes, water tanks, and low-capacity reversible metal hydrides, among others. Paraffin...example materials that exceed 1 MJ/kg are water (liquid-vapor) and metal hydride (MgH2). Regarding water , the slow kinetics of boiling/evaporation

  11. Hydrogen generation from catalytic hydrolysis of alkaline sodium borohydride solution using attapulgite clay-supported Co-B catalyst

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    Tian, Hongjing; Guo, Qingjie; Xu, Dongyan

    An attapulgite clay-supported cobalt-boride (Co-B) catalyst used in portable fuel cell fields is prepared in this paper by impregnation-chemical reduction method. The cost of attapulgite clay is much lower compared with some other inert carriers, such as activated carbon and carbon nanotube. Its microstructure and catalytic activity are analyzed in this paper. The effects of NaOH concentration, NaBH 4 concentration, reacting temperature, catalyst loadings and recycle times on the performance of the catalysts in hydrogen production from alkaline NaBH 4 solutions are investigated. Furthermore, characteristics of these catalysts are carried out in SEM, XRD and TEM analysis. The high catalytic activity of the catalyst indicates that it is a promising and practical catalyst. Activation energy of hydrogen generation using such catalysts is estimated to be 56.32 kJ mol -1. In the cycle test, from the 1st cycle to the 9th cycle, the average hydrogen generation rate decreases gradually from 1.27 l min -1 g -1 Co-B to 0.87 l min -1 g -1 Co-B.

  12. Facile fabrication of gold coated nickel nanoarrays and its excellent catalytic performance towards sodium borohydride electro-oxidation

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    Ma, Xiaokun; Ye, Ke; Wang, Gang; Duan, Moyan; Cheng, Kui; Wang, Guiling; Cao, Dianxue

    2017-08-01

    Novel Au@Ni nanoarrays electrode is facilely obtained by firstly template-assisted electro-deposition of Ni nanowire arrays (NAs), followed by galvanostatic deposition of Au catalysts onto the Ni NAs without any conductive agents and binders. The Au@Ni NAs electrode shows a rough surface and fringe with the diameter of ∼90 nm, which assures a high utilization of Au catalysts and provides a large specific surface area. The elemental distribution of Ni mainly exists in the inner layer of a single Au@Ni nanowire with the diameter ∼56 nm, while the elemental distribution of Au catalysts merely appears in the outer layer to form the unique core-shell nanowire structure. The Au@Ni NAs electrode reveals excellent electrochemical property and desirable stability for catalyzing NaBH4 electro-oxidation in basic solutions. The Au@Ni NAs electrode in the 2.00 M NaOH and 0.24 M NaBH4 solution demonstrates an oxidation current density of 2.35 A mg-1 at -0.5 V (vs. Ag/AgCl), which is much higher than that of the noble metal catalysts previously reported, indicating that this material may be hopefully used as anodic catalysts for applying in fuel cells.

  13. Synthesis of rock-salt type lithium borohydride and its peculiar Li{sup +} ion conduction properties

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    Miyazaki, R.; Maekawa, H.; Takamura, H.

    2014-05-01

    The high energy density and excellent cycle performance of lithium ion batteries makes them superior to all other secondary batteries and explains why they are widely used in portable devices. However, because organic liquid electrolytes have a higher operating voltage than aqueous solution, they are used in lithium ion batteries. This comes with the risk of fire due to their flammability. Solid electrolytes are being investigated to find an alternative to organic liquid. However, the nature of the solid-solid point contact at the interface between the electrolyte and electrode or between the electrolyte grains is such that high power density has proven difficult to attain. We develop a new method for the fabrication of a solid electrolyte using LiBH{sub 4,} known for its super Li{sup +} ion conduction without any grain boundary contribution. The modifications to the conduction pathway achieved by stabilizing the high pressure form of this material provided a new structure with some LiBH{sub 4}, more suitable to the high rate condition. We synthesized the H.P. form of LiBH{sub 4} under ambient pressure by doping LiBH{sub 4} with the KI lattice by sintering. The formation of a KI - LiBH{sub 4} solid solution was confirmed both macroscopically and microscopically. The obtained sample was shown to be a pure Li{sup +} conductor despite its small Li{sup +} content. This conduction mechanism, where the light doping cation played a major role in ion conduction, was termed the “Parasitic Conduction Mechanism.” This mechanism made it possible to synthesize a new ion conductor and is expected to have enormous potential in the search for new battery materials.

  14. Cyanuric chloride/sodium borohydride: a new reagent combination for reductive opening of 4,6-benzylidene acetals of carbohydrates to primary alcohols.

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    Tatina, Madhubabu; Yousuf, Syed Khalid; Aravinda, Subrayashastry; Singh, Baldev; Mukherjee, Debaraj

    2013-11-15

    In the first such example, NaBH4 in combination with cyanuric chloride (TCT) has been used to obtain 6-hydroxy-4-benzyl ether derivatives from 4,6-benzylidene acetals of carbohydrates. The nature of hydride donor determines the regioselectivity of acetal opening. High regioselectivity, scope for using a broad range of substrates, functional group tolerance, mild reaction conditions, easy handling process, inexpensive reagents and wide application mark the benefits of the newly developed reagent system.

  15. The Reduction of a Nitrile (CN) Group by Sodium Borohydride. The Preparation of Phosphine--Amine and Phosphine--Iimidate Complesex of Tungsten Carbonyl.

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    Faust, Kristen E.; Storhoff, Bruce N.

    1989-01-01

    Describes an experiment for advanced-level undergraduate students for extending student experiences involving recording and interpreting infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra from reactions of organometallic compounds. Experimental procedures, analyses and structural assignments, and suggestions for extension and modification…

  16. Formation of an intermediate compound with a B12H12 cluster: experimental and theoretical studies on magnesium borohydride Mg(BH4)2.

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    Li, H-W; Miwa, K; Ohba, N; Fujita, T; Sato, T; Yan, Y; Towata, S; Chen, M W; Orimo, S

    2009-05-20

    Experimental and theoretical studies on Mg(BH4)2 were carried out from the viewpoint of the formation of the intermediate compound MgB12H12 with B12H12 cluster. The full dehydriding and partial rehydriding reactions of Mg(BH4)2 occurred according to the following multistep reaction: Mg(BH4)2 -->1/6MgB12H12 + 5/6MgH2 + 13/6H2 <--> MgH2 + 2B + 3H2 <--> Mg + 2B + 4H2. The dehydriding reaction of Mg(BH4)2 starts at approximately 520 K, and 14.4 mass% of hydrogen is released upon heating to 800 K. Furthermore, 6.1 mass% of hydrogen can be rehydrided through the formation of MgB12H12. The mechanism for the formation of MgB12H12 under the present rehydriding condition is also discussed.

  17. Metal-Borohydride-Modified Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 : Low-Temperature Dehydrogenation Yielding Highly Pure Hydrogen.

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    Huang, Jianmei; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Gu, Qinfen; Yu, Xuebin; Zhu, Min

    2015-10-12

    Due to its high hydrogen density (14.8 wt %) and low dehydrogenation peak temperature (130 °C), Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 is considered to be one of the most promising hydrogen-storage materials. To further decrease its dehydrogenation temperature and suppress its ammonia release, a strategy of introducing LiBH4 and Mg(BH4 )2 was applied to this system. Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 and Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 composites showed main dehydrogenation peaks centered at 81 and 106 °C as well as high hydrogen purities of 99.3 and 99.8 mol % H2 , respectively. Isothermal measurements showed that 6.6 wt % (within 60 min) and 5.5 wt % (within 360 min) of hydrogen were released at 100 °C from Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 and Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 , respectively. The lower dehydrogenation temperatures and improved hydrogen purities could be attributed to the formation of the diammoniate of diborane for Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -4 LiBH4 , and the partial transfer of NH3 groups from Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 to Mg(BH4 )2 for Zr(BH4 )4 ⋅8 NH3 -2 Mg(BH4 )2 , which result in balanced numbers of BH4 and NH3 groups and a more active H(δ+) ⋅⋅⋅(-δ) H interaction. These advanced dehydrogenation properties make these two composites promising candidates as hydrogen-storage materials. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Ni-Co nanoparticles immobilized on a 3D Ni foam template as a highly efficient catalyst for borohydride electrooxidation in alkaline medium

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    Guo, Meisong; Cheng, Yu; Yu, Yanan; Hu, Jingbo

    2017-09-01

    Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells have drawn a great deal of attention due to the rapidly growing energy consumption. Recently, Ni- and Co-based materials have been considered as promising electorcatalysts owing to their multi-functionality. In this work, Ni and Co nanoparticles are directly immobilized on a three-dimensional Ni foam substrate (Ni-Co/NF) without any conductive agents or polymer binder by a facile ion implantation method. The structure and morphology of the Ni-Co/NF electrode were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The performance of the Ni-Co/NF electrode in the electrochemical oxidation of NaBH4 is investigated by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The Ni-Co/NF electrode exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity and good stability during electrochemical reactions. These properties are attributed to the 3D porous structure of the Ni foam and the synergistic effect of Ni and Co nanoparticles. The enhanced electrocatalytic performance in NaBH4 electrooxidation compared with either Ni or Co nanoparticles alone suggests that the Ni-Co/NF is promising for fuel cell applications.

  19. The Reduction of a Nitrile (CN) Group by Sodium Borohydride. The Preparation of Phosphine--Amine and Phosphine--Iimidate Complesex of Tungsten Carbonyl.

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    Faust, Kristen E.; Storhoff, Bruce N.

    1989-01-01

    Describes an experiment for advanced-level undergraduate students for extending student experiences involving recording and interpreting infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra from reactions of organometallic compounds. Experimental procedures, analyses and structural assignments, and suggestions for extension and modification…

  20. An Investigation of Technologies for Hazardous Sludge Reduction at AFLC (Air Force Logistics Command) Industrial Waste Treatment Plants. Volume 1. Sodium Borohydride Treatment and Sludge Handling Technologies.

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    1983-12-01

    to individual states provided they meet a set of standards and request the authority. Thirty-four states now have interim authorization. When a...A summary describing the technologies identified in the literature search is presented in Table 6. ~~9 4.,.0 *114 A~ 0. P %*.44, 4-.24 E-4 . . 41 .4...i Lu< ( 0 ce le C- LL.Lu ul U) zS t0 z #A z 0 -J 0 0 < p LS.’ 4,z P ac -2Lu < 5.4 Ia11 .j i-L LU Y. 230 4.4 Lfl U1 E- 90 Ln 0 4~ 04 I~ d~o %,0 0~ Ř

  1. Reproducible Preparation of Silver Sols with Small Particle Size Using Borohydride Reduction: For Use as Nuclei for Preparation of Larger Particles.

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    Shirtcliffe; Nickel; Schneider

    1999-03-01

    Silver colloids are useful as substrates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The results are, however, seldom quantitative as the distribution of particle sizes in silver suspensions can vary from sample to sample and thus the SERS spectra can vary in intensity. Monodisperse silver sols are relatively difficult to prepare compared with gold or latex colloids as the nucleation process is difficult to control. Previous workers have used a system where small particles are formed in one process and grown in a second reaction. In this paper a simple procedure is outlined by which the small, "seed" particles (starter sols) can be prepared; this method is simpler and more reproducible than that used in the past. The process by which the sols can be grown is not discussed in detail here as it is the subject of a forthcoming publication. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  2. Halide Free M(BH4)2 (M = Sr, Ba, and Eu) Synthesis, Structure, and Decomposition.

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    Sharma, Manish; Didelot, Emilie; Spyratou, Alexandra; Lawson Daku, Latévi Max; Černý, Radovan; Hagemann, Hans

    2016-07-18

    Borohydrides have attained high interest in the past few years due to their high volumetric and gravimetric hydrogen content. Synthesis of di/trimetallic borohydride is a way to alter the thermodynamics of hydrogen release from borohydrides. Previously reported preparations of M(BH4)2 involved chloride containing species such as SrCl2. The presence of residual chloride (or other halide) ions in borohydrides may change their thermodynamic behavior and their decomposition pathway. Pure monometallic borohydrides are needed to study decomposition products without interference from halide impurities. They can also be used as precursors for synthesizing di/trimetallic borohydrides. In this paper we present a way to synthesize halide free alkaline earth metal (Sr, Ba) and europium borohydrides starting with the respective hydrides as precursors. Two novel high temperature polymorphs of Sr and Eu borohydrides and four polymorphs of Ba borohydride have been characterized by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, thermal analysis, and Raman and infrared spectroscopy and supported by periodic DFT calculations. The decomposition routes of these borohydrides have also been investigated. In the case of the decomposition of strontium and europium borohydrides, the metal borohydride hydride (M(BH4)H3, M = Sr, Eu) is observed and characterized. Periodic DFT calculations performed on room temperature Ba(BH4)2 revealed the presence of bidentate and tridentate borohydrides.

  3. Process for synthesis of ammonia borane for bulk hydrogen storage

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    Autrey, S Thomas [West Richland, WA; Heldebrant, David J [Richland, WA; Linehan, John C [Richland, WA; Karkamkar, Abhijeet J [Richland, WA; Zheng, Feng [Richland, WA

    2011-03-01

    The present invention discloses new methods for synthesizing ammonia borane (NH.sub.3BH.sub.3, or AB). Ammonium borohydride (NH.sub.4BH.sub.4) is formed from the reaction of borohydride salts and ammonium salts in liquid ammonia. Ammonium borohydride is decomposed in an ether-based solvent that yields AB at a near quantitative yield. The AB product shows promise as a chemical hydrogen storage material for fuel cell powered applications.

  4. Frontispiece: asymmetric reduction of α-amino ketones with a KBH4 solution catalyzed by Chiral Lewis acids.

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    He, Peng; Zheng, Haifeng; Liu, Xiaohua; Lian, Xiangjin; Lin, Lili; Feng, Xiaoming

    2014-10-13

    Asymmetric Alkali Metal Borohydride Reduction Alkali metal borohydrides are mild, inexpensive, highly selective, and environmentally friendly reducing agents in organic chemistry. In their Communication on page 13482 ff., X. Feng et al. demonstrate an efficient enantioselective reduction of both secondary and primary α-amino ketones with potassium borohydride solution catalyzed by chiral N,N'-dioxide-metal complex catalysts. The catalytic system features a convenient operation and tolerance to water, without the need for basic additives.

  5. Chemiluminescence: An Illuminating Experiment

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    Gafney, Harry D.; Adamson, Arthur W.

    1975-01-01

    Describes an experiment in which luminescence is observed during a reaction between sodium borohydride and trisbipyridalruthenium (III). Includes a discussion of the theory of chemiluminescence. (MLH)

  6. Chemiluminescence: An Illuminating Experiment

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    Gafney, Harry D.; Adamson, Arthur W.

    1975-01-01

    Describes an experiment in which luminescence is observed during a reaction between sodium borohydride and trisbipyridalruthenium (III). Includes a discussion of the theory of chemiluminescence. (MLH)

  7. Hydrogen storage material and related processes

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    Soloveichik; Grigorii Lev , Andrus; Matthew John

    2010-07-13

    Disclosed herein is a composition comprising a complex hydride and a borohydride catalyst wherein the borohydride catalyst comprises a BH.sub.4 group, and a group IV metal, a group V metal, or a combination of a group IV and a group V metal. Also disclosed herein are methods of making the composition.

  8. Hydrogen storage material and related processes

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    Soloveichik, Grigorii Lev [Latham, NY; Andrus, Matthew John [Cape Canaveral, FL

    2012-06-05

    Disclosed herein is a composition comprising a complex hydride and a borohydride catalyst wherein the borohydride catalyst comprises a BH.sub.4 group, and a group IV metal, a group V metal, or a combination of a group IV and a group V metal. Also disclosed herein are methods of making the composition.

  9. Regenerative Fuel Cells for Space Power and Energy Conversion (NaBH4/H2O2 Fuel Cell Development)

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    Valdez, Thomas I.; Miley, George H.; Luo, Nie; Burton, Rodney; Mather, Joseph; Hawkins, Glenn; Byrd, Ethan; Gu, Lifeng; Shrestha, Prajakti Joshi

    2006-01-01

    A viewgraph presentation describing hydrogen peroxide and sodium borohydride development is shown. The topics include: 1) Motivation; 2) The Sodium Borohydride Fuel Cell; 3) Fuel Cell Comparisons; 4) MEA Optimization; 5) 500-Watt Stack Testing; 6) System Modeling: Fuel Cell Power Source for Lunar Rovers; and 7) Conclusions

  10. Regenerative Fuel Cells for Space Power and Energy Conversion (NaBH4/H2O2 Fuel Cell Development)

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    Valdez, Thomas I.; Miley, George H.; Luo, Nie; Burton, Rodney; Mather, Joseph; Hawkins, Glenn; Byrd, Ethan; Gu, Lifeng; Shrestha, Prajakti Joshi

    2006-01-01

    A viewgraph presentation describing hydrogen peroxide and sodium borohydride development is shown. The topics include: 1) Motivation; 2) The Sodium Borohydride Fuel Cell; 3) Fuel Cell Comparisons; 4) MEA Optimization; 5) 500-Watt Stack Testing; 6) System Modeling: Fuel Cell Power Source for Lunar Rovers; and 7) Conclusions

  11. A Simple Recipe for Whitening Old Newspaper Clippings.

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    Carter, Henry A.

    1995-01-01

    Describes a method for experimenting with both whitening and deacidifying old newspaper clippings using sodium borohydride bleaching. Clippings are soaked in distilled water then immersed in sodium borohydride for 15-20 minutes. After rinsing with distilled water, the paper is washed with saturated Ca(OH)2 solution. Readers should not begin…

  12. Combustion of Various Highly Reactive Fuels in a 3.84- by 10-inch Mach 2 Wind Tunnel

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    Allen, Harrison, Jr.; Fletcher, Edward A.

    1959-01-01

    The following fuels and fuel combinations injected from the top wall of a Mach 2 wind tunnel were successfully burned and gave associated pressure rises: aluminum borohydride, pentaborane, mixtures containing up to 41 percent JP-4 fuel in aluminum borohydride, tandem injections of aluminum borohydride, tandem injections of JP-4 fuel and aluminum borohydride, trimethyl aluminum with water injections, and diethyl aluminum hydride with water injections. The following fuels could not be ignited at the tunnel conditions (static pressure, 5.6 in. Hg; static temperature, -148 F): trimethylborane, triethylborane, propylpentaborane, ethyl- decaborane, and vinylsilane. Studies in which the heated region was probed by water injections indicated that the flow downstream of the flame front is subsonic and recirculating.

  13. Solid-state rechargeable magnesium battery

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    Shao, Yuyan; Liu, Jun; Liu, Tianbiao; Li, Guosheng

    2016-09-06

    Embodiments of a solid-state electrolyte comprising magnesium borohydride, polyethylene oxide, and optionally a Group IIA or transition metal oxide are disclosed. The solid-state electrolyte may be a thin film comprising a dispersion of magnesium borohydride and magnesium oxide nanoparticles in polyethylene oxide. Rechargeable magnesium batteries including the disclosed solid-state electrolyte may have a coulombic efficiency .gtoreq.95% and exhibit cycling stability for at least 50 cycles.

  14. Syntheses of Thienylamphetamine Derivatives via Borane Chemistry

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    1988-08-01

    Carlsen and Andresen 17 reported a new synthetic method for IMP in 1982. Phenylacetic acid was first iodinated with sodium nitrate/iodine in sulfuric...hydrides. They noted that the work of Shechter et al. 3 2 showed that using sodium borohydride to reduce a,-unsaturated nitro- alkenes would produce the...alkylamines in borane-tetrahydrofuran is catalyzed by sodium borohydride at room temperature. An acinitro salt of a nitroalkene is formed using a metal

  15. The effect of copper on iron reduction and its application to the determination of total iron content in iron and copper ores by potassium dichromate titration.

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    Hu, Hanjun; Tang, Yang; Ying, Haisong; Wang, Minghai; Wan, Pingyu; Jin Yang, X

    2014-07-01

    The International Standard Organization (ISO) specifies two titrimetric methods for the determination of total iron content in iron ores using potassium dichromate as titrant after reduction of the iron(III) by tin(II) chloride and/or titanium(III) chloride. These two ISO methods (ISO2597-1 and ISO2597-2) require nearly boiling-point temperature for iron(III) reduction and suffer from copper interference and/or mercury pollution. In this study, potassium borohydride was used for reduction of iron(III) catalyzed by copper ions at ambient temperatures. In the absence of copper, iron(III) reduction by potassium borohydride was sluggish while a trace amount of copper significantly accelerated the reduction and reduced potassium borohydride consumption. The catalytic mechanism of iron(III) reduction in sulfuric acid and hydrochloric acid was investigated. Potassium borohydride in sodium hydroxide solution was stable without a significant degradation within 24h at ambient conditions and the use of potassium borohydride prepared in sodium hydroxide solution was safe and convenient in routine applications. The applicability of potassium borohydride reduction for the determination of total iron content by potassium dichromate titration was demonstrated by comparing with the ISO standard method using iron and copper ore reference materials and iron ore samples. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Understanding and Mitigating the Effects of Stable Dodecahydro- closo -dodecaborate Intermediates on Hydrogen-Storage Reactions

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    White, James L.; Newhouse, Rebecca J.; Zhang, Jin Z.; ...

    2016-10-25

    Alkali metal borohydrides can reversibly store hydrogen; however, the materials display poor cyclability, often times linked to occurrence of stable closo-polyborate intermediate species. In an effort to understand the role of such intermediates on the hydrogen storage properties of metal borohydrides, several alkali metal dodecahydro-closo-dodecaborate salts were isolated in anhydrous form and characterized by diffraction and spectroscopic techniques. Mixtures of Li2B12H12, Na2B12H12, and K2B12H12 with the corresponding alkali metal hydrides were subjected to hydrogenation conditions known to favor partial or full reversibility in metal borohydrides. The stoichiometric mixtures of MH and M2B12H12 salts form the corresponding metal borohydrides MBH4 (M=Li,more » Na, K) in almost quantitative yield at 100 MPa H2 and 500 °C. In addition, stoichiometric mixtures of Li2B12H12 and MgH2 were found to form MgB2 at 500 °C and above upon desorption in vacuum. The two destabilization strategies outlined above suggest that metal polyhydro-closo-polyborate species can be converted into the corresponding metal borohydrides or borides, albeit under rather harsh conditions of hydrogen pressure and temperature.« less

  17. [Ca(BH4)2] n clusters as hydrogen storage material: A DFT study

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    Han, Cuiling; Dong, Yanyun; Wang, Bingqiang; Zhang, Caiyun

    2016-10-01

    Calcium borohydride is widely studied as a hydrogen storage material. However, investigations on calcium borohydride from a cluster perspective are seldom found. The geometric structures and binding energies of [Ca(BH4)2] n ( n = 1-4) clusters are determined using density function theory (DFT). For the most stable structures, vibration frequency, natural bond orbital (NBO) are calculated and discussed. The charge transfer from (BH4) to Ca was observed. Meanwhile, we also study the LUMO-HOMO gap ( E g) and the B-H bond dissociation energies (BDEs). [Ca(BH4)2]3 owns higher E g, revealing that trimer is more stable than the other forms. Structures don't change during optimization after hydrogen radical removal, showing that calcium borohydride could possibly be used as a reversible hydrogen storage material. [Ca(BH4)2]4 has the smallest dissociation energy suggesting it releases hydrogen more easily than others.

  18. Method of synthesizing enriched decaborane for use in generating boron neutron capture therapy pharmaceuticals

    DOEpatents

    Cowan, Robert L.; Ginosar, Daniel M.; Dunks, Gary B.

    2000-01-01

    A method is described for synthesizing decaborane wherein at least about 90% of the boron atoms in the decaborane are the .sup.10 B isotope, comprising the steps of: (a) reacting boric acid with a C.sub.1 to C.sub.10 alkanol to form a .sup.10 B-alkyl borate wherein at least about 90% of the boron atoms in the boric acid are the .sup.10 B isotope; (b) reducing the .sup.10 B-alkyl borate to form an alkali metal .sup.10 B-borohydride; (c) converting the alkali metal .sup.10 B-borohydride to a .sup.10 B-tetradecahydroundecaborate ion; and (d) converting the .sup.10 B-tetradecahydroundecaborate ion to .sup.10 B-decaborane. Methods of preparing tetradecahydroundecaborate ions and decaborane from alkali metal borohydrides are also described.

  19. Stability of silver colloids as substrate for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy detection of dipicolinic acid.

    PubMed

    Guingab, J D; Lauly, B; Smith, B W; Omenetto, N; Winefordner, J D

    2007-11-30

    Silver colloids have been commonly used as substrates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). It has been shown that SERS requires partial aggregation of the silver colloids. This study evaluates factors affecting the aggregative state of the silver colloids such as the age of the silver colloids and the aggregation as a result of addition of the analyte. The silver colloids are obtained from the chemical reduction of silver nitrate by sodium borohydride. Further oxidation of the sodium borohydride solution at room temperature results in concentration changes of the resulting silver colloids. Methods of controlling the sodium borohydride depletion are presented in this paper. The analyte used is dipicolinic acid, a molecular signature of Bacillus spores.

  20. Selective fluorescence reaction of indigocarmine stained eosinophil leucocyte granules induced by alkaline reduction of the bound dye to its leuco derivative.

    PubMed

    Stockert, J C; Trigoso, C I

    1994-03-01

    After staining of mammalian blood smears with indigocarmine, eosinophil granules were the unique cell components which stained deeply blue under bright field illumination. Treatment of stained smears with the reducing agent sodium borohydride completely abolished this colour reaction, while under violet-blue exciting light eosinophil granules appeared with bright green fluorescence. Other reducing agents proved less suitable. Spectral analysis of indigocarmine solutions reduced by sodium borohydride showed an emission peak at lambda = 528 nm and confirmed the microscopic observations. These results indicate that the treatment of indigocarmine stained structures with alkaline solutions of strong reducing agents converts the bound dye into its reduced and highly fluorescent leuco derivative.

  1. Investigation of nanostructured platinum-nickel supported on the titanium surface as electrocatalysts for alkaline fuel cells

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    Tamašauskaitė-Tamašiūnaitė, L.; Balčiūnaitė, A.; Vaiciukevičienė, A.; Selskis, A.; Pakštas, V.

    2012-06-01

    This study involves the formation of nanostructured platinum-nickel supported on the titanium surface catalysts using the galvanic displacement technique and investigation of their electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of borohydride, methanol and ethanol in an alkaline media by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. Scanning electron microscopy, Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the surface structure, composition and morphology. The nanoPt(Ni)/Ti and nanoPt/Ti catalysts exhibited a higher catalytic efficiency to the oxidation of borohydride, ethanol and methanol as compared with that of pure Pt.

  2. Platinum- and membrane-free swiss-roll mixed-reactant alkaline fuel cell.

    PubMed

    Aziznia, Amin; Oloman, Colin W; Gyenge, Előd L

    2013-05-01

    Eliminating the expensive and failure-prone proton exchange membrane (PEM) together with the platinum-based anode and cathode catalysts would significantly reduce the high capital and operating costs of low-temperature (<373 K) fuel cells. We recently introduced the Swiss-roll mixed-reactant fuel cell (SR-MRFC) concept for borohydride-oxygen alkaline fuel cells. We now present advances in anode electrocatalysis for borohydride electrooxidation through the development of osmium nanoparticulate catalysts supported on porous monolithic carbon fiber materials (referred to as an osmium 3D anode). The borohydride-oxygen SR-MRFC operates at 323 K and near atmospheric pressure, generating a peak power density of 1880 W m(-2) in a single-cell configuration by using an osmium-based anode (with an osmium loading of 0.32 mg cm(-2)) and a manganese dioxide gas-diffusion cathode. To the best of our knowledge, 1880 W m(-2) is the highest power density ever reported for a mixed-reactant fuel cell operating under similar conditions. Furthermore, the performance matches the highest reported power densities for conventional dual chamber PEM direct borohydride fuel cells.

  3. Acid-catalysed rearrangement of glycosyl trichloroacetimidates: a novel route to glycosylamines.

    PubMed

    Larsen, Kim; Olsen, Carl Erik; Motawia, Mohammed Saddik

    2008-02-04

    A novel route to glycosylamines has been developed. Treatment of glycosyl trichloroacetimidates with TMSOTf under glycosylation conditions, but in the absence of an acceptor, resulted in complete rearrangement of the trichloroacetimidates into the corresponding N-protected-glycosylamines. Reductive cleavage of the trichloroacetyl groups using sodium borohydride provided the desired glycosylamine products.

  4. 21 CFR 172.560 - Modified hop extract.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ... isomerization and selective reduction in an alkaline aqueous medium with sodium borohydride, whereby the... approximately 0.012 n alkaline methyl alcohol (6 milliliters of 1 n sodium hydroxide diluted to 500 milliliters... sodium hydroxide treatment. Residues of the solvents in the modified hop extract shall not exceed 5 parts...

  5. Green Synthesis of Ag and Pd Nanospheres, Nanowires, and Nanorods Using Vitamin B2: Catalytic Polymerisation of Aniline and Pyrrole

    EPA Science Inventory

    For the first time, we report green chemistry approach using vitamin B2 in the synthesis of silver (Ag) and palladium (Pd), nanospheres, nanowires and nanorods at room temperature without using any harmful reducing agents, such as sodium borohydride (NaBH4) or hydroxylamine hydro...

  6. Green Synthesis of Ag and Pd Nanospheres, Nanowires, and Nanorods Using Vitamin B2: Catalytic Polymerisation of Aniline and Pyrrole

    EPA Science Inventory

    For the first time, we report green chemistry approach using vitamin B2 in the synthesis of silver (Ag) and palladium (Pd), nanospheres, nanowires and nanorods at room temperature without using any harmful reducing agents, such as sodium borohydride (NaBH4) or hydroxylamine hydro...

  7. Quantitative bioluminescent detection of bacteria

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Chappelle, E. W.; Picciolo, G. L.

    1976-01-01

    Phosphoflavins in sample are measured using photobacterial luciferase assay technique for flavin mononucleotide (FMN). Boiling perchloric acid is used to rupture cells to free bound flavin and to hydrolyze flavin adenine dinucleotide to FMN. Base-stabilized water solution of sodium borohydride is used as reactant.

  8. 21 CFR 172.886 - Petroleum wax.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... acid. 85 percent A.C.S. reagent grade. Sodium borohydride. 98 percent. Magnesium oxide (Sea Sorb 43... is 1 minute. Discard the aqueous layers. Filter the first extractive through anhydrous sodium sulfate prewashed with isooctane (see Sodium sulfate under “Reagents and Materials” for preparation of filter), into...

  9. 21 CFR 172.886 - Petroleum wax.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... acid. 85 percent A.C.S. reagent grade. Sodium borohydride. 98 percent. Magnesium oxide (Sea Sorb 43... is 1 minute. Discard the aqueous layers. Filter the first extractive through anhydrous sodium sulfate prewashed with isooctane (see Sodium sulfate under “Reagents and Materials” for preparation of filter), into...

  10. FT–Raman investigation of bleaching of spruce thermomechanical pulp

    Treesearch

    U.P. Agarwal; L.L. Landucci

    2004-01-01

    Spruce thermomechanical pulp was bleached initially by alkaline hydrogen peroxide and then by sodium dithionite and sodium borohydride. Near-infrared Fourier-transform–Raman spectroscopy revealed that spectral differences were due primarily to coniferaldehyde and p-quinone structures in lignin, new direct evidence that bleaching removes p-quinone structures. In...

  11. Organosulphur compounds in coals as determined by reaction with Raney nickel and microscale pyrolysis techniques. Quarterly report, January 1, 1995--March 31, 1995

    SciTech Connect

    Philp, R.P.; Stalker, L.

    1995-09-01

    This report briefly descibes a method for cleaving organosulfur compounds from coal, kerogens and asphaltenes. The technique utilized nickel chloride and sodium borohydride. Experiments were performed on Illinois No. 6 coal. The method was also used in a deuterium labelling technique for investigating sulfur bonds.

  12. A Study of Oxide-Supported Homogeneous Catalysts.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-09-19

    that formation of structure 6 is reversible. The silica dimer 6 was suspended in benzene/ ethano and bubbled with N2 . In a short time, only the...III) species. Another portion of WC solution was reacted with sodium borohydride causing total reduction to the Rh(I) species as shown in Fig. 7C. The

  13. Impregnated metal-polymeric functional beads

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Volksen, Willi (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    Amine containing polymeric microspheres such as polyvinyl pyridine are complexed with metal salts or acids containing metals such as gold, platinum or iron. After reduction with sodium borohydride, the salt is reduced to finely divided free metal or metal oxides, useful as catalysts. Microspheres containing covalent bonding sites can be used for labeling or separating proteins.

  14. Impregnated metal-polymeric functional beads

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Rembaum, Alan (Inventor); Volksen, Willi (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    Amine containing polymeric microspheres such as polyvinyl pyridine are complexed with metal salts or acids containing metals such as gold, platinum or iron. After reduction with sodium borohydride, the salt is reduced to finely divided free metal or metal oxides, useful as catalysts. Microspheres containing covalent bonding sites can be used for labeling or separating proteins.

  15. Measurement of the Isotopic Ratio of [to the tenth power]B/[to the eleventh power]B in NaBH[subscript 4] by [to the first power]H NMR

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Zanger, Murray; Moyna, Guillermo

    2005-01-01

    A study uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in a novel way to determine the isotopic ration between [to the tenth power]B and [to the eleventh power]B in sodium borohydride (NaBH4). The experiment provides an unusual and relatively simple means for undergraduate chemistry students to accurately measure the distribution of the two…

  16. NMR Studies of Structure-Reactivity Relationships in Carbonyl Reduction: A Collaborative Advanced Laboratory Experiment

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Marincean, Simona; Smith, Sheila R.; Fritz, Michael; Lee, Byung Joo; Rizk, Zeinab

    2012-01-01

    An upper-division laboratory project has been developed as a collaborative investigation of a reaction routinely taught in organic chemistry courses: the reduction of carbonyl compounds by borohydride reagents. Determination of several trends regarding structure-activity relationship was possible because each student contributed his or her results…

  17. In Vitro Tritium Labeling of Anti-Sendai Virus Antibody

    PubMed Central

    Sanborn, Mark R.; Durand, Donald P.

    1974-01-01

    Anti-Sendai virus immunoglobulin G was tritium labeled in vitro by the borohydride exchange method. Tritium was incorporated into the antibody at 28.5 μCi per mg of protein, with little detectable loss of antiviral activity. Images PMID:4373399

  18. Measurement of the Isotopic Ratio of [to the tenth power]B/[to the eleventh power]B in NaBH[subscript 4] by [to the first power]H NMR

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Zanger, Murray; Moyna, Guillermo

    2005-01-01

    A study uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in a novel way to determine the isotopic ration between [to the tenth power]B and [to the eleventh power]B in sodium borohydride (NaBH4). The experiment provides an unusual and relatively simple means for undergraduate chemistry students to accurately measure the distribution of the two…

  19. Sodium tetramethoxyborate: an efficient catalyst for Michael additions of stabilized carbon nucleophiles.

    PubMed

    Campaña, Araceli G; Fuentes, Noelia; Gómez-Bengoa, Enrique; Mateo, Cristina; Oltra, J Enrique; Echavarren, Antonio M; Cuerva, Juan M

    2007-10-12

    Sodium tetramethoxyborate, easily prepared by reaction of inexpensive sodium borohydride with methanol, possesses a suitable combination of a Lewis base and a Lewis acid to catalyze Michael reactions at room temperature under practically neutral conditions. This reaction provides good to excellent yields of Michael addition products from a broad scope of Michael donor and Michael acceptor reagents.

  20. Gold nanoparticles supported in zirconia-ceria mesoporous thin films: a highly active reusable heterogeneous nanocatalyst.

    PubMed

    Violi, Ianina L; Zelcer, Andrés; Bruno, Mariano M; Luca, Vittorio; Soler-Illia, Galo J A A

    2015-01-21

    Gold nanoparticles (NP) trapped in the mesopores of mixed zirconia-ceria thin films are prepared in a straightforward and reproducible way. The films exhibit enhanced stability and excellent catalytic activity in nitro-group reduction by borohydride and electrocatalytic activity in CO and ethanol oxidation and oxygen reduction.

  1. NMR Studies of Structure-Reactivity Relationships in Carbonyl Reduction: A Collaborative Advanced Laboratory Experiment

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Marincean, Simona; Smith, Sheila R.; Fritz, Michael; Lee, Byung Joo; Rizk, Zeinab

    2012-01-01

    An upper-division laboratory project has been developed as a collaborative investigation of a reaction routinely taught in organic chemistry courses: the reduction of carbonyl compounds by borohydride reagents. Determination of several trends regarding structure-activity relationship was possible because each student contributed his or her results…

  2. Asymmetric reduction of α-amino ketones with a KBH4 solution catalyzed by chiral Lewis acids.

    PubMed

    He, Peng; Zheng, Haifeng; Liu, Xiaohua; Lian, Xiangjin; Lin, Lili; Feng, Xiaoming

    2014-10-13

    An efficient enantioselective reduction of α-amino ketones with potassium borohydride solution catalyzed by chiral N,N'-dioxide-metal complex catalysts was accomplished under mild reaction conditions for the first time. It provided a simple, convenient, and practical approaches for obtaining synthetically important chiral β-amino alcohols in good to excellent yields (up to 98%) and enantioselectivities (up to 97% ee).

  3. Synthesis, Structure And Properties of Electrochemically Active Nanocomposites

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2003-05-01

    agents such as alkali metals (Li and Na), alkaline-earth, hydrazine , sodium borohydride (NaBH4) and even late transition metals such as Zn [44, 45... SYNTHESIS , STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF ELECTROCHEMICALLY ACTIVE NANOCOMPOSITES IL-SEOK KIM Department of Materials...A 3. DATES COVERED - 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Synthesis , Structure And Properties Of Electrochemically Active Nanocomposites 5a. CONTRACT

  4. Understanding and Mitigating the Effects of Stable Dodecahydro- closo -dodecaborate Intermediates on Hydrogen-Storage Reactions

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    White, James L.; Newhouse, Rebecca J.; Zhang, Jin Z.; Udovic, Terrence J.; Stavila, Vitalie

    2016-10-25

    Alkali metal borohydrides can reversibly store hydrogen; however, the materials display poor cyclability, often times linked to occurrence of stable closo-polyborate intermediate species. In an effort to understand the role of such intermediates on the hydrogen storage properties of metal borohydrides, several alkali metal dodecahydro-closo-dodecaborate salts were isolated in anhydrous form and characterized by diffraction and spectroscopic techniques. Mixtures of Li2B12H12, Na2B12H12, and K2B12H12 with the corresponding alkali metal hydrides were subjected to hydrogenation conditions known to favor partial or full reversibility in metal borohydrides. The stoichiometric mixtures of MH and M2B12H12 salts form the corresponding metal borohydrides MBH4 (M=Li, Na, K) in almost quantitative yield at 100 MPa H2 and 500 °C. In addition, stoichiometric mixtures of Li2B12H12 and MgH2 were found to form MgB2 at 500 °C and above upon desorption in vacuum. The two destabilization strategies outlined above suggest that metal polyhydro-closo-polyborate species can be converted into the corresponding metal borohydrides or borides, albeit under rather harsh conditions of hydrogen pressure and temperature.

  5. Preparation of Soft Magnetic Fe-Ni-Pb-B Alloy Nanoparticles by Room Temperature Solid-Solid Reaction

    PubMed Central

    Zhong, Qin

    2013-01-01

    The Fe-Ni-Pb-B alloy nanoparticles was prepared by a solid-solid chemical reaction of ferric trichloride, nickel chloride, lead acetate, and potassium borohydride powders at room temperature. The research results of the ICP and thermal analysis indicate that the resultants are composed of iron, nickel, lead, boron, and PVP, and the component of the alloy is connected with the mole ratio of potassium borohydride and the metal salts. The TEM images show that the resultants are ultrafine and spherical particles, and the particle size is about a diameter of 25 nm. The largest saturation magnetization value of the 21.18 emu g−1 is obtained in the Fe-Ni-Pb-B alloy. The mechanism of the preparation reaction for the Fe-Ni-Pb-B multicomponent alloys is discussed. PMID:24348196

  6. A novel magnetic Fe@Au core-shell nanoparticles anchored graphene oxide recyclable nanocatalyst for the reduction of nitrophenol compounds.

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    Gupta, Vinod Kumar; Atar, Necip; Yola, Mehmet Lütfi; Üstündağ, Zafer; Uzun, Lokman

    2014-01-01

    In this study, a novel catalyst based on Fe@Au bimetallic nanoparticles involved graphene oxide was prepared and characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The nanomaterial was used in catalytic reductions of 4-nitrophenol and 2-nitrophenol in the presence of sodium borohydride. The experimental parameters such as temperature, the dosage of catalyst and the concentration of sodium borohydride were studied. The rates of catalytic reduction of the nitrophenol compounds have been found as the sequence: 4-nitrophenol>2-nitrophenol. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters of nitrophenol compounds were determined. Activation energies were found as 2.33 kcal mol(-1) and 3.16 kcal mol(-1) for 4-nitrophenol and 2-nitrophenol, respectively. The nanomaterial was separated from the product by using a magnet and recycled after the reduction of nitrophenol compounds. The recyclable of the nanocatalyst is economically significant in industry.

  7. Atomic absorption spectroscopy for mercury, automated by sequential injection and miniaturized in lab-on-valve system.

    PubMed

    Erxleben, Holger; Ruzicka, Jaromir

    2005-08-15

    Sodium borohydride-based hydride generation was automated by using programmable flow within the lab-on-valve module. Mercury vapor, generated in the reaction mixture, was extracted in a gas/liquid separator. The gas-expansion separator was miniaturized and compared with the performance of a novel gas separator that exploits the combination of Venturi effect and reduced pressure. Cold vapor atomic spectroscopy was used as a model system, with detection of mercury by absorption at 254 nm and limit of detection of 9 microg of Hg/L, using 300 microL of sample and 100 microL of borohydride. This work introduces, for the first time, sequential injection technique for hydride generation, highlights advantages of using programmable flow, and outlines means for miniaturization of assays based on spectroscopy of volatile species.

  8. Rhodopsin of the larval mosquito.

    PubMed

    Brown, P K; White, R H

    1972-04-01

    Larvae of the mosquito Aedes aegypti have a cluster of four ocelli on each side of the head. The visual pigment of each ocellus of mosquitoes reared in darkness was characterized by microspectrophotometry, and found to be the same. Larval mosquito rhodopsin (lambda(max) = 515 nm) upon short irradiation bleaches to a stable photoequilibrium with metarhodopsin (lambda(max) = 480 nm). On long irradiation of glutaraldehyde-fixed tissues or in the presence of potassium borohydride, bleaching goes further, and potassium borohydride reduces the product, retinal, to retinol (vitamin A(1)). In the presence of hydroxylamine, the rhodopsin bleaches rapidly, with conversion of the chromophore to retinaldehyde oxime (lambda(max) about 365 nm).

  9. Development of Hydrogen Storage Tank Systems Based on Complex Metal Hydrides

    PubMed Central

    Ley, Morten B.; Meggouh, Mariem; Moury, Romain; Peinecke, Kateryna; Felderhoff, Michael

    2015-01-01

    This review describes recent research in the development of tank systems based on complex metal hydrides for thermolysis and hydrolysis. Commercial applications using complex metal hydrides are limited, especially for thermolysis-based systems where so far only demonstration projects have been performed. Hydrolysis-based systems find their way in space, naval, military and defense applications due to their compatibility with proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Tank design, modeling, and development for thermolysis and hydrolysis systems as well as commercial applications of hydrolysis systems are described in more detail in this review. For thermolysis, mostly sodium aluminum hydride containing tanks were developed, and only a few examples with nitrides, ammonia borane and alane. For hydrolysis, sodium borohydride was the preferred material whereas ammonia borane found less popularity. Recycling of the sodium borohydride spent fuel remains an important part for their commercial viability. PMID:28793541

  10. Liquid-phase chemical hydrogen storage: catalytic hydrogen generation under ambient conditions.

    PubMed

    Jiang, Hai-Long; Singh, Sanjay Kumar; Yan, Jun-Min; Zhang, Xin-Bo; Xu, Qiang

    2010-05-25

    There is a demand for a sufficient and sustainable energy supply. Hence, the search for applicable hydrogen storage materials is extremely important owing to the diversified merits of hydrogen energy. Lithium and sodium borohydride, ammonia borane, hydrazine, and formic acid have been extensively investigated as promising hydrogen storage materials based on their relatively high hydrogen content. Significant advances, such as hydrogen generation temperatures and reaction kinetics, have been made in the catalytic hydrolysis of aqueous lithium and sodium borohydride and ammonia borane as well as in the catalytic decomposition of hydrous hydrazine and formic acid. In this Minireview we briefly survey the research progresses in catalytic hydrogen generation from these liquid-phase chemical hydrogen storage materials.

  11. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of gold nanoparticles

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    Philip, Daizy

    2008-11-01

    Photoluminescent nanoparticles of gold with size 3, 4, 6, and 9 nm are prepared by borohydride/citrate reduction in presence of polyethylene glycol (PEG)/tannic acid. The prepared nanomaterials are characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique. Intense photoluminescence (PL) is observed in nanoparticles prepared by fast reduction with borohydride in presence of PEG. A red shift of PL emission from 408 to 456 nm is observed for the change of size from 4 to 6 nm. Increase in PL intensity is observed for all the nanoparticles on the addition of KCl. Citrate reduced gold colloid which consists of large particles of size ˜35 nm with anisotropic shapes showing two plasmon peaks is also prepared. The anisotropy is confirmed by TEM measurement. SERS activity of this colloid is tested using glutamic acid as an adsorbate probe. Assignment of the observed bands is given.

  12. A mechanical-force-driven physical vapour deposition approach to fabricating complex hydride nanostructures

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    Pang, Yuepeng; Liu, Yongfeng; Gao, Mingxia; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Liu, Jiangwen; Wang, Hui; Zhu, Min; Pan, Hongge

    2014-03-01

    Nanoscale hydrides desorb and absorb hydrogen at faster rates and lower temperatures than bulk hydrides because of their high surface areas, abundant grain boundaries and short diffusion distances. No current methods exist for the direct fabrication of nanoscale complex hydrides (for example, alanates, borohydrides) with unique morphologies because of their extremely high reducibility, relatively low thermodynamic stability and complicated elemental composition. Here, we demonstrate a mechanical-force-driven physical vapour deposition procedure for preparing nanoscale complex hydrides without scaffolds or supports. Magnesium alanate nanorods measuring 20-40 nm in diameter and lithium borohydride nanobelts measuring 10-40 nm in width are successfully synthesised on the basis of the one-dimensional structure of the corresponding organic coordination polymers. The dehydrogenation kinetics of the magnesium alanate nanorods are improved, and the nanorod morphology persists through the dehydrogenation-hydrogenation process. Our findings may facilitate the fabrication of such hydrides with improved hydrogen storage properties for practical applications.

  13. A mechanical-force-driven physical vapour deposition approach to fabricating complex hydride nanostructures.

    PubMed

    Pang, Yuepeng; Liu, Yongfeng; Gao, Mingxia; Ouyang, Liuzhang; Liu, Jiangwen; Wang, Hui; Zhu, Min; Pan, Hongge

    2014-03-24

    Nanoscale hydrides desorb and absorb hydrogen at faster rates and lower temperatures than bulk hydrides because of their high surface areas, abundant grain boundaries and short diffusion distances. No current methods exist for the direct fabrication of nanoscale complex hydrides (for example, alanates, borohydrides) with unique morphologies because of their extremely high reducibility, relatively low thermodynamic stability and complicated elemental composition. Here, we demonstrate a mechanical-force-driven physical vapour deposition procedure for preparing nanoscale complex hydrides without scaffolds or supports. Magnesium alanate nanorods measuring 20-40 nm in diameter and lithium borohydride nanobelts measuring 10-40 nm in width are successfully synthesised on the basis of the one-dimensional structure of the corresponding organic coordination polymers. The dehydrogenation kinetics of the magnesium alanate nanorods are improved, and the nanorod morphology persists through the dehydrogenation-hydrogenation process. Our findings may facilitate the fabrication of such hydrides with improved hydrogen storage properties for practical applications.

  14. Development of Hydrogen Storage Tank Systems Based on Complex Metal Hydrides.

    PubMed

    Ley, Morten B; Meggouh, Mariem; Moury, Romain; Peinecke, Kateryna; Felderhoff, Michael

    2015-09-04

    This review describes recent research in the development of tank systems based on complex metal hydrides for thermolysis and hydrolysis. Commercial applications using complex metal hydrides are limited, especially for thermolysis-based systems where so far only demonstration projects have been performed. Hydrolysis-based systems find their way in space, naval, military and defense applications due to their compatibility with proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. Tank design, modeling, and development for thermolysis and hydrolysis systems as well as commercial applications of hydrolysis systems are described in more detail in this review. For thermolysis, mostly sodium aluminum hydride containing tanks were developed, and only a few examples with nitrides, ammonia borane and alane. For hydrolysis, sodium borohydride was the preferred material whereas ammonia borane found less popularity. Recycling of the sodium borohydride spent fuel remains an important part for their commercial viability.

  15. Optimization of penicillin G acylase multipoint immobilization on to glutaraldehyde-chitosan beads.

    PubMed

    Adriano, Wellington S; Filho, Edilson H C; Silva, James A; Gonçalves, Luciana R B

    2005-06-01

    The objective of this work was to study the immobilization of penicillin G acylase from Escherichia coli on to chitosan-glutaraldehyde beads by multipoint covalent binding. This process was optimized using a 2(3) experimental design. The parameters selected for the present study were the concentrations of glutaraldehyde, phenylacetic acid and sodium borohydride. Three responses were chosen, namely immobilization yield and stabilization factors of enzyme derivatives at high temperature and at alkaline pH. All the runs at the maximum (+1) and minimum (-1) levels were performed at random. Three experiments were performed at the centre point, coded as zero, for experimental-error estimation. With respect to immobilization yield, the main effectors were the concentrations of glutaraldehyde and phenylacetic acid. For stabilization factors at 50 degrees C and at alkaline pH, the main effectors were the concentrations of glutaraldehyde and sodium borohydride and the interaction between them.

  16. Vibrational circular dichroism (VCD), VCD exciton coupling, and X-ray determination of the absolute configuration of an α,β-unsaturated germacranolide.

    PubMed

    Sánchez-Castellanos, Mariano; Bucio, María A; Hernández-Barragán, Angelina; Joseph-Nathan, Pedro; Cuevas, Gabriel; Quijano, Leovigildo

    2015-03-01

    The absolute configuration of was deduced by vibrational circular dichroism together with the evaluation of the Flack and Hooft X-ray parameters. Vibrational circular dichroism exciton coupling, using the carbonyl group signals, confirmed the absolute configuration of . In addition, sodium borohydride reduction of the 11,13-double bond of 6-epi-desacetyllaurenobiolide () yields an almost equimolecular mixture of C11 epimers, while reduction of the same double bond of 6-epi-laurenobiolide () provided almost exclusively the (11S) diastereoisomer .

  17. Project SQUID: Summary and Recommendations. Volume 3

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1947-06-30

    fue!s, specifically the coibinationw plained, nor the mathematical equatiolis caily Solhed, of ammonia and ainines i ith the boranes and brohr...only by the amount this time received extensive development. Liquid hy- of !drogen, hydrazine, and ammonia have received con- propellant available. r...already been initiated to study the disso- Further work is needed on determining why the ciation of the metallic oxides. boranes and borohydrides are

  18. CERDEC Fuel Cell Team: Military Transitions for Soldier Fuel Cells

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2008-10-27

    Fuel Cell (DMFC) (PEO Soldier) Samsung: 20W DMFC (CRADA) General Atomics & Jadoo: 50W Ammonia Borane Fueled PEMFC Current Fuel Cell Team Efforts...Continued Ardica: 20W Wearable PEMFC operating on Chemical Hydrides Spectrum Brands w/ Rayovac: Hydrogen Generators and Alkaline Fuel Cells for AA...100W Ammonia Borane fueled PEMFC Ultralife: 150W sodium borohydride fueled PEMFC Protonex: 250W RMFC and Power Manager (ARO) NanoDynamics: 250W SOFC

  19. Quantitative analysis of berberine in urine samples by chemical ionization mass fragmentography.

    PubMed

    Miyazaki, H; Shirai, E; Ishibashi, M; Niizima, K

    1978-05-11

    A highly specific and sensitive method has been developed for the quantitative determination of berberine in human urine. In order to carry out the microdetermination of berberine by chemical ionization mass fragmentography, berberine was reduced with sodium borohydride in methanol to tetrahydroberberine and subjected to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Berberine concentrations as low as 1 ng/ml urine can be measured by this method, with [2H3]berberine chloride as an internal standard.

  20. Synthesis of Ca(BH4)2 from Synthetic Colemanite Used in Hydrogen Storage by Mechanochemical Reaction

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    Karabulut, Ahmet F.; Guru, Metin; Boynueğri, Tuğba A.; Aydin, Mustafa Yasir

    2016-08-01

    In this study, synthesis of Ca(BH4)2 has been carried out with a solid phase reaction in which synthetic colemanite has been used as a raw material. Three dimensional high energy spex collider was selected for this mechanochemical reaction. Calcium borohydride is one of the most valuable metal borohydrides. In order to produce calcium borohydride economically, anhydrous colemanite mineral has been used as reactant. Calcium borohydride has been directly manufactured from anhydrous colemanite in spex-type ball milling without the need for any intermediate product. Thus, the advantages of this method over wet chemical procedure (such as having no intermediate product, no azeotropic limitations and no need of regaining product from solution after production by using evaporation, crystallization and drying processes) have made it possible to achieve the desired economical gains. Parametric experiments were conducted to determine the best conditions for the highest yield of solid phase reaction in the spex-type ball milling. Best results have been determined by using areas of related peaks in spectra of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). In order to use peaks area for determining Ca(BH4)2 concentration, a calibration graph of FT-IR absorbance peak areas has been created by using samples with known different concentrations of commercial Ca(BH4)2. Optimum amounts of calcium hydride and synthesis reaction time were found to be 2.1 times the stoichiometric ratio and 2500 min, respectively. As a result of these optimizations, the maximum yield of the solid phase reaction carried out by the spex-type ball milling has been determined as 93%.

  1. Time-Temperature Studies of High Temperature Deterioration Phenomena in Lubricant Systems: Synthetic Ester Lubricants.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-09-01

    hexadecylhydroper- oxides, ROOH, determined in sodium borohydride reduced oxidates (subscript A) as hexadecanols,(ROII)A, ii) isomeric...this reduction quantiTatively, the decomposition reactions of a series of QOOR with R = (CH3 ) 3C-, tetralyl-, and i-,2-, and 5-C16 H3 3- have been...SHC a reduction in wear was observed. With PETH, higher wear was observed on the rotating ball than on the three stationary balls above a critical

  2. Silver Nanoparticle Storage Stability in Aqueous and Biological Media

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2015-06-22

    NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT SAN ANTONIO SILVER NANOPARTICLE STORAGE STABILITY IN AQUEOUS AND BIOLOGICAL MEDIA NATALIE A...Silver Nanoparticle au Arbitrary Units Da Dalton NaBH4 Sodium Borohydride Na3C6H5O7 · 2H2O Tribasic Sodium Citrate dihydrate PVP Poly...successfully incorporated into wound treatments to reduce infections. Dressings and implant coatings are being developed which integrate silver nanoparticles

  3. Rapid determination of nanogram amounts of tellurium in silicate rocks

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    Greenland, L.P.; Campbell, E.Y.

    1976-01-01

    A hydride-generation flameless atomic-absorption technique is used to determine as little as 5 ng g-1 tellurium in 0.25 g of silicate rock. After acid decomposition of the sample, tellurium hydride is generated with sodium borohydride and the vapor passed directly to a resistance-heated quartz cell mounted in an atomic-absorption spectrophotometer. Analyses of 11 U.S. Geological Survey standard rocks are presented. ?? 1976.

  4. Facile synthesis of stable, water soluble, dendron-coated gold nanoparticles.

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    Enciso, Alan E; Doni, Giovanni; Nifosì, Riccardo; Palazzesi, Ferruccio; Gonzalez, Roberto; Ellsworth, Amy A; Coffer, Jeffery L; Walker, Amy V; Pavan, Giovanni M; Mohamed, Ahmed A; Simanek, Eric E

    2017-03-02

    Upon reduction with sodium borohydride, diazonium tetrachloroaurate salts of triazine dendrons yield dendron-coated gold nanoparticles connected by a gold-carbon bond. These robust nanoparticles are stable in water and toluene solutions for longer than one year and present surface groups that can be reacted to change surface chemistry and manipulate solubility. Molecular modeling was used to provide insight on the hydration of the nanoparticles and their observed solubilties.

  5. One-step synthesis of silver nanoparticles, nanorods, and nanowires on the surface of DNA network.

    PubMed

    Wei, Gang; Zhou, Hualan; Liu, Zhiguo; Song, Yonghai; Wang, Li; Sun, Lanlan; Li, Zhuang

    2005-05-12

    Here, we describe a one-step synthesis of silver nanoparticles, nanorods, and nanowires on DNA network surface in the absence of surfactant. Silver ions were first adsorbed onto the DNA network and then reduced in sodium borohydride solution. Silver nanoparticles, nanorods, and nanowires were formed by controlling the size of pores of the DNA network. The diameter of the silver nanoparticles and the aspect ratio of the silver nanorods and nanowires can be controlled by adjusting the DNA concentration and reduction time.

  6. Preparation and characterization of bismuth oxichloride (BiOCl) nanoparticles and nano zerovalent iron (nZVI)

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    Sarwan, Bhawna; Pare, Brijesh; Deep Acharya, Aman

    2017-05-01

    In this work, we have synthesized nano scale zerovalent iron (nZVI) particles by borohydride reduction method and bismuth oxichloride (BiOCl) by a hydrolysis method. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) was used for the structural and chemical characterization, while scanning/transmission electron microscopy (SEM/TEM) were employed to determine the physical properties of the nanoparticles. The reactivity of synthesized nanoparticles was compared by decolorization of nile blue (NB) dye under visible irradiation.

  7. Chemical stabilization of laser dyes. Final report, 1 April 1987-31 March 1990

    SciTech Connect

    Koch, T.H.

    1990-04-10

    Irradiation of ethanol solutions of coumarin laser dye lasers produces products which absorb at the lasing wavelength. This results in attenuation of dye laser output through interference of stimulated emission. A major photoprocess which produces material which absorbs at the lasing wavelength is dye sensitized solvent oxidative oligomerization, producing aldehydic and ketonic products. A dye laser stabilization technique is removal of these carbonyl compounds as they are formed by reduction with a polymer bound borohydride reducing agent.

  8. Prospects for Remediation of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane by Natural and Engineered Abiotic Degradation Reactions

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2010-06-01

    represent predicted values calculated from QSARs described in (8). Blue symbols represent experimental data from (10...C) and FeBH (theor/C) refer to values estimated from QSARs for granular mm sized nano-iron (8) and borohydride reduced nano-iron (14), respectively...Both papers report QSARs for reduction of chlorinated aliphatics using energies of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (ELUMO) as the

  9. A new route to metal hydrides

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    Murphy, D.W.; Zahurak, S.M.; Vyas, B.; Thomas, M.; Badding, M.E.; Fang, W.C. )

    1993-06-01

    Aqueous borohydride is shown to be an effective reagent for hydriding metals and intermetallics. It is the hydriding equivalent of 20-30 atm of H[sub 2]. The reaction is a convenient way to screen materials for hydride formation and possible utility in applications such as nickel-metal hydride batteries. The reaction is also a convenient alternative to decrepitation for the production of free flowing powders. 16 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  10. Ethylenation of aldehydes to 3-propanal, propanol and propanoic acid derivatives.

    PubMed

    Payne, Daniel T; Zhao, Yiming; Fossey, John S

    2017-05-11

    Methodology has been developed for the synthesis of 3-propanaldehydes through a five-step process in 11-67% yield from aldehydes. Aldehydes were reacted with Meldrum's acid through a Knoevenagel condensation to give materials that upon reduction with sodium borohydride and subsequent hydrolysis decarboxylation generated the corresponding 3-propanoic acid derivatives. The -propanoic acid derivatives were reduced to give 3-propanol derivatives, which were readily oxidised to target 3-propanal derivatives.

  11. Improved Method for Synthesis of Difunctional Fluoroalcohols.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1991-06-03

    to determine how best to scale up the processes. To do so, a miniplant was built capable of producing five pounds per day of any one of the diols. In... miniplant for the fluorination of hydrocarbon acid derivatives and a system for reducing the acids to diols. Two walk-in hoods were built, using concrete...gas. These diacids were then reduced to fluorinated alcohols with sodium borohydride. A miniplant capable of producing fluorinated diols at a rate of

  12. Procedures for the synthesis of ethylenediamine bisborane and ammonia borane

    DOEpatents

    Ramachandran, Padi Veeraraghavan; Gagare, Pravin D.; Mistry, Hitesh; Biswas, Bidyut

    2017-01-03

    A method for synthesizing ammonia borane includes (a) preparing a reaction mixture in one or more solvents, the reaction mixture containing sodium borohydride, at least one ammonium salt, and ammonia; and (b) incubating the reaction mixture at temperatures between about 0.degree. C. to about room temperature in an ambient air environment under conditions sufficient to form ammonia borane. Methods for synthesizing ethylenediamine bisborane, and methods for dehydrogenation of ethylenediamine bisborane are also described.

  13. The amino acid sequence around the active-site cysteine and histidine residues of stem bromelain

    PubMed Central

    Husain, S. S.; Lowe, G.

    1970-01-01

    Stem bromelain that had been irreversibly inhibited with 1,3-dibromo[2-14C]-acetone was reduced with sodium borohydride and carboxymethylated with iodoacetic acid. After digestion with trypsin and α-chymotrypsin three radioactive peptides were isolated chromatographically. The amino acid sequences around the cross-linked cysteine and histidine residues were determined and showed a high degree of homology with those around the active-site cysteine and histidine residues of papain and ficin. PMID:5420046

  14. A Study of Groundwater Matrix Effects for the Destruction of Trichloroethylene Using Fe/Pd Nanoaggregates

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    meyer, D E; Hampson, Steve; ormsbee, Lindelle; Bhattacharyya, Dibakar

    2008-06-01

    Fe nanoaggregates have been prepared using the sodium borohydride reduction method and post-coated with Pd using aqueous phase electro-depostition. The Fe/Pd particles have been used to examine dechlorination of TCE with regard to matrix effects using materials representative of examine dechlorination of TCE with regard to matrix effects using materials representative of a potential zero-valent metal remediation site surrounding the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah, KY.

  15. Combustion of novel chemical mixtures for hydrogen generation

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    Shafirovich, Evgeny; Diakov, Victor; Varma, Arvind

    2006-01-01

    Novel chemical compositions for combustion-based generation of hydrogen, which can be used to feed fuel cells for emergency power supplies and portable electronics, are reported. Combustion heat release from the proposed gas-generating compositions can be converted to electricity. The proposed sodium borohydride/aluminum/water mixtures are combustible and exhibit high hydrogen yield. Mixtures with 50-70 wt% of Al are promising to obtain simultaneously high H{sub 2} yield and stable self-sustained combustion.

  16. Synthesis of N-unsubstituted and N-methyl derivatives of 4-aryl-2,6-dimethyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarbonitriles

    SciTech Connect

    Zandersons, A.Z.; Lusis, V.K.; Mutsenietse, D.Kh.; Dubur, G.Ya.

    1987-07-01

    In the reduction of 2,6-dimethyl-4-arylpyridine-3,5-dicarbonitriles or their N-oxides by sodium borohydride, a mixture of 1,2- and 1,4-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarbonitriles is formed. 1,2,6-Trimethyl-4-aryl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarbonitriles were obtained by reducing the corresponding pyridinium perchlorates or by alkylating 4-acryl-2,6-dimethyl-1,2-dihydropyridine-3,5-dicarbonitrile derivatives by methyl iodide.

  17. Enhancement of catalytic activity by increasing surface area in heterogeneous catalysis

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    Özkar, Saim

    2009-12-01

    The use of nanoclusters in systems with confined void spaces such as inside mesoporous or microporous solids appears to be an efficient way of preventing aggregation of nanoclusters in their catalytic application. Zeolite-Y is considered as a suitable host providing highly ordered supercages with a diameter of 1.3 nm. Intrazeolite metal(0) nanoclusters were prepared at room temperature by ion-exchange of metal cations with the extra framework Na + ions in Zeolite-Y, followed by the reduction of the metal cations in the cavities of Zeolite-Y with sodium borohydride in aqueous solution, whereby the Zeolite-Y is reloaded with Na + ions. Hence, host framework remains intact as shown by using a multi-prong approach. Intrazeolite transition-metal(0) nanoclusters were isolated by suction filtration and drying in vacuum at room temperature and characterized by a combination of analytical methods. Intrazeolite metal(0) nanoclusters were tested as catalyst in the hydrolysis of sodium borohydride and ammonia-borane, both of which have been considered as a promising hydrogen storage materials. High catalytic activity and the outstandingly long lifetime of intrazeolite transition-metal(0) nanoclusters catalyst in the hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of both sodium borohydride and ammonia-borane is demonstrated. The results are attributed to the small size of the nanoclusters within the zeolite cages as well as prevention of agglomeration of the nanoclusters.

  18. Predicting new multicomponent materials for hydrogen storage using first-principles calculations

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    Aidhy, Dilpuneet; Wolverton, Chris

    2010-03-01

    Wide research has unraveled some very promising hydrogen storage materials such as metal borohydrides, amides and alanates. However, all of these materials are limited either thermodynamically or kinetically. The recent observation of mixing in these systems (e.g., borohydride-amide mixing in Li4(BH4)(NH2)3 [1] and metal mixing in NaZn2(BH4)3) [2] has demonstrated the possibility of forming new multicomponent ordered compounds that may have desirable hydrogen storage properties. However, these multicomponent systems are largely unexplored. Here, we use density functional theory (DFT) along with Monte Carlo-based crystal structure prediction methods to search for new multicomponent hydrides. We find evidence for stable compounds in the Mg(BH4)2/Mg(NH2)2 system, which have not yet been observed. In addition, we also study a wide range of mixed metal borohydride systems, and find evidence of ordered stable structures such as Li2Na(BH4)3. 1. F. E. Pinkerton, M. S. Meyer, G. P. Meisner and M. P. Balogh, J. Phys. Chem. B 110, 7967 (2006). 2. D. Ravnsbeak, Y. Filinchuk, Y. Cerenius, H. J. Jakobsen, F. Besenbacher, J. Skibsted and T. R. Jensen, Angew. Chem. 48, 6659 (2009).

  19. Synthesis of Pt/rGO catalysts with two different reducing agents and their methanol electrooxidation activity

    SciTech Connect

    Vu, Thu Ha Thi; Tran, Thanh Thuy Thi; Le, Hong Ngan Thi; Tran, Lien Thi; Nguyen, Phuong Hoa Thi; Nguyen, Minh Dang; Quynh, Bui Ngoc

    2016-01-15

    Highlights: • Pt/rGO catalysts were successfully synthesized using either NaBH{sub 4} or ethylene glycol. • Synthesis using NaBH{sub 4} could improve electrocatalytic towards methanol oxidation of Pt/rGO catalyst. • 40%Pt/rGO synthesized using NaBH{sub 4} showed the best electrocatalytic performance. - Abstract: The synthesis processes of Platinum (Pt) on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) catalysts from graphene oxide (GO) using two reducing agents including sodium borohydride and ethylene glycol is reported. Structure and morphology of Pt/rGO catalysts are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Electrocatalytic methanol oxidation properties of these catalysts are evaluated by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The results show that catalyst synthesized using sodium borohydride has a higher metallic Pt content and an improved catalytic performance in comparison to catalyst synthesized using ethylene glycol. Moreover, effect of Pt loading amount on electrocatalytic methanol oxidation performance of catalysts synthesized using sodium borohydride is systematically investigated. The optimal Pt loading amount on graphene is determined to be 40%.

  20. Synthesis of graphene platelets by chemical and electrochemical route

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    Ramachandran, Rajendran; Felix, Sathiyanathan; Joshi, Girish M.; Raghupathy, Bala P.C.; Jeong, Soon Kwan; Grace, Andrews Nirmala

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: A schematic showing the overall reduction process of graphite to reduced graphene platelets by chemical and electrochemical route. - Highlights: • Graphene was prepared by diverse routes viz. chemical and electrochemical methods. • NaBH{sub 4} was effective for removing oxygen functional groups from graphene oxide. • Sodium borohydride reduced graphene oxide (SRGO) showed high specific capacitance. • Electrochemical rendered a cheap route for production of graphene in powder form. - Abstract: Graphene platelets were synthesized from graphene oxide by chemical and electrochemical route. Under the chemical method, sodium borohydride and hydrazine chloride were used as reductants to produce graphene. In this paper, a novel and cost effective electrochemical method, which can simplify the process of reduction on a larger scale, is demonstrated. The electrochemical method proposed in this paper produces graphene in powder form with good yield. The atomic force microscopic images confirmed that the graphene samples prepared by all the routes have multilayers of graphene. The electrochemical process provided a new route to make relatively larger area graphene sheets, which will have interest for further patterning applications. Attempt was made to quantify the quantum of reduction using cyclic voltammetry and choronopotentiometry techniques on reduced graphene samples. As a measure in reading the specific capacitance values, a maximum specific capacitance value of 265.3 F/g was obtained in sodium borohydride reduced graphene oxide.

  1. Investigation of the Coupled Effects of Molecular Weight and Charge-Transfer Interactions on the Optical and Photochemical Properties of Dissolved Organic Matter.

    PubMed

    McKay, Garrett; Couch, Kylie D; Mezyk, Stephen P; Rosario-Ortiz, Fernando L

    2016-08-02

    We studied the formation of photochemically produced reactive intermediates (RI) from dissolved organic matter (DOM). Specifically, we focused on the effects of variable molecular weight and chemical reduction on the optical properties of DOM (absorbance and fluorescence) and the formation of singlet oxygen ((1)O2), DOM triplet excited states ((3)DOM*), and the hydroxyl radical ((•)OH). The data are largely evaluated in terms of a charge-transfer (CT) model, but deficiencies in the model to explain the data are pointed out when evident. A total of two sets of samples were studied that were subjected to different treatments; the first set included secondary-treated wastewaters and a wastewater-impacted stream, and the second was a DOM isolate. Treatments included size fractionation and chemical reduction using sodium borohydride. Taken as a whole, the results demonstrate that decreasing molecular weight and borohydride reduction work in opposition regarding quantum efficiencies for (1)O2 and (3)DOM* production but in concert for fluorescence and (•)OH production. The optical and photochemical data provide evidence for a limited role of CT interactions occurring in lower-molecular-weight DOM molecules. In addition, the data suggest that the observed optical and photochemical properties of DOM are a result of multiple populations of chromophores and that their relative contribution is changed by molecular-weight fractionation and borohydride reduction.

  2. Methods for preparation of extremely fine superalloy powders and fabrication to superalloy parts. Final report, October 1, 1995--February 15, 1998

    SciTech Connect

    Natesh, R.

    1998-07-01

    The use of reducing agents such as sodium borohydride have been used in a wide variety of chemical reactions from organic compounds synthesis to metal production. In order to reduce metal ions into the metallic state, the solution electrochemical potential must be sufficiently low to allow the metal to accept electrons from the reducing agent. One information source that gives important information regarding the conditions necessary for spontaneous aqueous nickel metal reduction is the electroless nickel plating literature. Although nickel is not the only desired metal, it provides an important starting point in metal reduction, and it is useful because of its resistance to corrosion. The electroless nickel plating literature indicates that sodium hypophosphite, sodium borohydride, and hydrazine are all used as reductants. Sodium hypophosphite is usually used at 30--95 C in a bath containing dissolved nickel sulfate and other additives such as oxalic acid and ammonium chloride. Sodium borohydride is usually used with sodium hydroxide in a similar temperature range. Hydrazine is also used with sodium hydroxide in a similar temperature range. However, in order to make the transition from electroless nickel deposition to spontaneous metal powder production requires different conditions. In this research program, a number of different conditions were examined to determine optimum conditions for the production of metal and metal alloy powders in aqueous solutions.

  3. Investigating the mechanism of phenol photooxidation by humic substances.

    PubMed

    Golanoski, Kelli S; Fang, Shuo; Del Vecchio, Rossana; Blough, Neil V

    2012-04-03

    To probe the mechanism of the photosensitized loss of phenols by humic substances (HS), the dependence of the initial rate of 2,4,6-trimethylphenol (TMP) loss (R(TMP)) on dioxygen concentration was examined both for a variety of untreated as well as borohydride-reduced HS and C(18) extracts from the Delaware Bay and Mid-Atlantic Bight. R(TMP) was inversely proportional to dioxygen concentration at [O(2)] > 50 μM, a dependence consistent with reaction with triplet excited states, but not with (1)O(2) or RO(2). Modeling the dependence of R(TMP) on [O(2)] provided rate constants for TMP reaction, O(2) quenching, and lifetimes compatible with a triplet intermediate. Borohydride reduction significantly reduced TMP loss, supporting the role of aromatic ketone triplets in this process. However, for most samples, the incomplete loss of sensitization following borohydride reduction, as well as the inverse dependence of R(TMP) on [O(2)] for these samples, suggests that there remains another class of oxidizing triplet sensitizer, perhaps quinones.

  4. Compact solid source of hydrogen gas

    DOEpatents

    Kravitz, Stanley H.; Hecht, Andrew M.; Sylwester, Alan P.; Bell, Nelson S.

    2004-06-08

    A compact solid source of hydrogen gas, where the gas is generated by contacting water with micro-disperse particles of sodium borohydride in the presence of a catalyst, such as cobalt or ruthenium. The micro-disperse particles can have a substantially uniform diameter of 1-10 microns, and preferably about 3-5 microns. Ruthenium or cobalt catalytic nanoparticles can be incorporated in the micro-disperse particles of sodium borohydride, which allows a rapid and complete reaction to occur without the problems associated with caking and scaling of the surface by the reactant product sodium metaborate. A closed loop water management system can be used to recycle wastewater from a PEM fuel cell to supply water for reacting with the micro-disperse particles of sodium borohydride in a compact hydrogen gas generator. Capillary forces can wick water from a water reservoir into a packed bed of micro-disperse fuel particles, eliminating the need for using an active pump.

  5. Silver-colloid-nucleated cytochrome c superstructures encapsulated in silica nanoarchitectures.

    PubMed

    Wallace, Jean Marie; Dening, Brett M; Eden, Kristin B; Stroud, Rhonda M; Long, Jeffrey W; Rolison, Debra R

    2004-10-12

    We recently discovered that self-organized superstructures of the heme protein cytochrome c (cyt. c) are nucleated in buffer by gold nanoparticles. The protein molecules within the superstructure survive both silica sol-gel encapsulation and drying from supercritical carbon dioxide to form air-filled biocomposite aerogels that exhibit gas-phase binding activity for nitric oxide. In this investigation, we report that viable proteins are present in biocomposite aerogels when the nucleating metal nanoparticle is silver rather than gold. Silver colloids were synthesized via reduction of an aqueous solution of Ag+ using either citrate or borohydride reductants. As determined by transmission electron microscopy and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, the silver nanoparticles vary in size and shape depending on the synthetic route, which affects the fraction of cyt. c that survives the processing necessary to form a biocomposite aerogel. Silver colloids synthesized via the citrate preparation are polydisperse, with sizes ranging from 1 to 100 nm, and lead to low cyt. c viability in the dried bioaerogels (approximately 15%). Protein superstructures nucleated at approximately 10-nm Ag colloids prepared via the borohydride route, including citrate stabilization of the borohydride-reduced metal, retain significant protein viability within the bioaerogels (approximately 45%).

  6. Synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bahadory, Mozhgan

    Improved methods were developed for the synthesis of noble metal nanoparticles. Laboratory experiments were designed for introducing of nanotechnology into the undergraduate curriculum. An optimal set of conditions for the synthesis of clear yellow colloidal silver was investigated. Silver nanoparticles were obtained by borohydride reduction of silver nitrate, a method which produces particles with average size of 12+/-2 nm, determined by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The plasmon absorbance is at 397 nm and the peak width at half maximum (PWHM) is 70-75 nm. The relationship between aggregation and optical properties was determined along with a method to protect the particles using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). A laboratory experiment was designed in which students synthesize yellow colloidal silver, estimate particle size using visible spectroscopy, and study aggregation effects. The synthesis of the less stable copper nanoparticles is more difficult because copper nanopaticles are easily oxidized. Four methods were used for the synthesis of copper nanoparticles, including chemical reduction with sodium borohydride, sodium borohydride with potassium iodide, isopropyl alcohol with cetyltrimethylammonium bormide (CTAB) and reducing sugars. The latter method was also the basis for an undergraduate laboratory experiment. For each reaction, the dependence of stability of the copper nanoparticles on reagent concentrations, additives, relative amounts of reactants, and temperature is explored. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), TEM and UV-Visible Spectroscopy were used to characterize the copper nanoparticles. A laboratory experiment to produce copper nanoparticles from household chemicals was developed.

  7. Ex Vivo Oxidation in Tissue and Plasma Assays of Hydroxyoctadecadienoates: (Z,E/E,E)-Stereoisomer Ratios

    PubMed Central

    Liu, Wei; Yin, Huiyong; Akazawa, Yoko Ogawa; Yoshida, Yasukazu; Niki, Etsuo; Porter, Ned A.

    2010-01-01

    The primary products from peroxidation of linoleate in biological tissues and fluids are the hydroperoxy octadecadienoates and the products normally assayed, after reduction of the hydroperoxides, are the corresponding hydroxy octadecadienoates (HODEs). The HODEs are found in tissues and fluids as a mixture of Z,E and E,E stereoisomers. Two regioisomeric sets of Z,E and E,E stereoisomers are normally observed with substitution at the 9 and 13 position of the 18-carbon chain. The Z,E/E,E product ratio has proved to be a useful means for assessing the reducing capacity of the medium undergoing peroxidation. The HODE Z,E/E,E product ratios previously reported for tissues such as liver and brain vary from 0.5 to 2.0 and plasma ratios are somewhat higher, between 2.0 and 3.0. The reported literature protocols for HODE assay in tissues involve homogenization, reduction with sodium borohydride in the presence of BHT, and ester hydrolysis with KOH to give the free HODEs. This is followed by either reverse-phase HPLC of the free acid HODEs or by conversion to TMS derivatives and GC/MS. When sodium borohydride is replaced in the protocol by triphenylphosphine, a gentler reducing agent, HODE Z,E/E,E product ratios are much higher and lower total HODEs levels of are found. It is proposed that inclusion of sodium borohydride in the isolation procedures leads to ex vivo reactions that are avoided if triphenylphosphine is used as the reducing agent. Modified protocols for HODE analyses (Tissue and Plasma Methods #2) are described that should be used for assays of tissues and fluids. PMID:20423158

  8. Ti-based catalytic effect on hydrogen desorption in crystalline NaBH4: an ab initio investigation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Moysés Araújo, C.; Jena, Puru

    2005-03-01

    The application of hydrogen fuel cell technology in portable electronic devices and transportation vehicles has led to a great deal of interest in the study of complex alkali hydrides (MXH4 with M=Na, Li and X=Al,B) primarily due to their high gravimetric hydrogen density (eg.18.5% in LiBH4). In particular, NaBH4 slurry has been suggested as the most promising system for applications in fuel cell technology (1) as it provides one of the simplest ways of generating hydrogen. Additionally, the NaBH4 itself is also a promising hydrogen storage material since it has one of the highest gravimetric hydrogen density (13.0 wt%) among the alkali metal hydrides. However, its irreversibility with respect to hydrogen absorpton/desorption cycle limits its practical application for hydrogen storage. To overcome this limitation we have explored the role of Ti on the electronic and crystalline structures of NaBH4. Using density functional calculations we show that Ti prefers to occupy the Na site in sodium borohydride. In addition, Ti weakens the strength of the covalent bond between B and H atoms and the hydrogen removal energy is reduced from 5.64 eV in pure sodium borohydride to 4.70 eV when doped with Ti. Thus, Ti might work as a catalytic agent allowing hydrogen to desorb at a lower temperature. Calculations are underway to examine if other dopants may be even better candidates for hydrogen desorption from sodium borohydride. 1. Z. P. Li, B. H. Liu, K. Arai, K. Asaba and S. Suda Journal of Power Sources 126, 28 (2004).

  9. Intermediates in the ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase reaction.

    PubMed

    Jaworowski, A; Hartman, F C; Rose, I A

    1984-06-10

    At least two intermediates of the D-ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (EC 4.1.1.39) reaction were liberated in detectable amounts when the functioning enzyme from Rhodospirillum rubrum was quenched in acid. Using substrate labeled with 32P in C-1, [32P]orthophosphate (Pi) was found when the quenched solution was rapidly processed for extraction of Pi as the acid molybdate complex. Reaction with sodium borohydride under mildly alkaline conditions immediately after acid quenching of the carboxylase reaction decreased the amount of 32Pi that was observed by 68%. The compound whose degradation to Pi was prevented by reaction with sodium borohydride decomposed under both acid and neutral conditions with a half-time of about 5 min at 25 degrees C and was assigned to the beta-keto acid recently demonstrated for the spinach enzyme ( Schloss , J.V., and Lorimer , G.H. (1982) J. Biol. Chem. 257, 4691-4694). It was sufficiently stable upon neutralization to react productively with fresh enzyme. As substrate CO2 concentration was decreased below the steady state Km value, the proportion of the 32P that did not react with sodium borohydride increased, indicative of a second unstable intermediate that precedes the carboxylation step. The decomposition of the latter intermediate to Pi, which occurs with a t1/2 less than or equal to 6 ms, was prevented if I2 was present in the acid quench medium. These are properties expected of the 2,3- enediol form of ribulose bisphosphate. Both intermediates reach their maximum levels when product formation is most rapid and disappear when product formation is complete as expected of reaction intermediates.

  10. Core--strategy leading to high reversible hydrogen storage capacity for NaBH4.

    PubMed

    Christian, Meganne L; Aguey-Zinsou, Kondo-François

    2012-09-25

    Owing to its high storage capacity (10.8 mass %), sodium borohydride (NaBH(4)) is a promising hydrogen storage material. However, the temperature for hydrogen release is high (>500 °C), and reversibility of the release is unachievable under reasonable conditions. Herein, we demonstrate the potential of a novel strategy leading to high and stable hydrogen absorption/desorption cycling for NaBH(4) under mild pressure conditions (4 MPa). By an antisolvent precipitation method, the size of NaBH(4) particles was restricted to a few nanometers (<30 nm), resulting in a decrease of the melting point and an initial release of hydrogen at 400 °C. Further encapsulation of these nanoparticles upon reaction of nickel chloride at their surface allowed the synthesis of a core--shell nanostructure, NaBH(4)@Ni, and this provided a route for (a) the effective nanoconfinement of the melted NaBH(4) core and its dehydrogenation products, and (b) reversibility and fast kinetics owing to short diffusion lengths, the unstable nature of nickel borohydride, and possible modification of reaction paths. Hence at 350 °C, a reversible and steady hydrogen capacity of 5 mass % was achieved for NaBH(4)@Ni; 80% of the hydrogen could be desorbed or absorbed in less than 60 min, and full capacity was reached within 5 h. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that such performances have been achieved with NaBH(4). This demonstrates the potential of the strategy in leading to major advancements in the design of effective hydrogen storage materials from pristine borohydrides.

  11. Preparation of ammonia borane in high yield and purity, methanolysis, and regeneration.

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    Ramachandran, P Veeraraghavan; Gagare, Pravin D

    2007-09-17

    Ammonia borane (AB) is emerging as a promising solid hydrogen carrier, particularly for power generation in portable devices that employ proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. A preparative-scale synthesis of AB from sodium borohydride and ammonium salts in high yields (> or =95%) and very high purity (> or =98%) has been described. The first systematic study of a transitional metal-catalyzed alcoholysis of AB, comparison of the methanolysis to the hydrolysis of AB, and regeneration of AB from ammonium tetramethoxyborate also has been described.

  12. Green coconut ( Cocos nucifera Linn) shell extract mediated size controlled green synthesis of polyshaped gold nanoparticles and its application in catalysis

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    Paul, Koushik; Bag, Braja Gopal; Samanta, Kousik

    2014-08-01

    The shell extract of green coconut ( Cocos nucifera Linn) has been utilized for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles at room temperature under very mild condition without any extra stabilizing or capping agents. The size of the synthesized gold nanoparticles could be controlled by varying the concentration of the shell extract. The stabilized gold nanoparticles were analyzed by surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, HRTEM, Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction studies. The catalytic activity of the freshly synthesized gold nanoparticles was studied for the sodium borohydride reduction of 4-nitrophenol and the kinetics of the reduction reaction were studied spectrophotometrically.

  13. Novel routes to 1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrrolo[1,2-a]pyrazines and 5,6,9,10,11,11a-hexahydro-8H-pyrido[1,2-a]pyrrolo[2,1-c]pyrazines.

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    Katritzky, Alan R; Jain, Ritu; Xu, Yong-Jiang; Steel, Peter J

    2002-11-15

    Condensation reactions of benzotriazole and 2-(pyrrol-1-yl)-1-ethylamine (1) with formaldehyde and glutaric dialdehyde, respectively, afforded intermediates 2 and 6. Subsequent nucleophilic substitutions of the benzotriazole group in 2 and 6 with Grignard reagents, sodium cyanide, and sodium borohydride gave 1,2,3,4-tetrahydropyrrolo[1,2-a]pyrazines 3a-e, 4, 5 and 5,6,9,10,11,11a-hexahydro-8H-pyrido[1,2-a]pyrrolo[2,1-c]pyrazines 7a-c, 8, 9, respectively, in good yields.

  14. Primary-tertiary diamine-catalyzed Michael addition of ketones to isatylidenemalononitrile derivatives

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    Kumar, Akshay

    2014-01-01

    Summary Simple primary-tertiary diamines easily derived from natural primary amino acids were used to catalyze the Michael addition of ketones with isatylidenemalononitrile derivatives. Diamine 1a in combination with D-CSA as an additive provided Michael adducts in high yield (up to 94%) and excellent enantioselectivity (up to 99%). The catalyst 1a was successfully used to catalyze the three-component version of the reaction by a domino Knoevenagel–Michael sequence. The Michael adduct 4a was transformed into spirooxindole 6 by a reduction with sodium borohydride in a highly enantioselective manner. PMID:24991242

  15. Mixing does the magic: a rapid synthesis of high surface area noble metal nanosponges showing broadband nonlinear optical response.

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    Krishna, Katla Sai; Sandeep, C S Suchand; Philip, Reji; Eswaramoorthy, Muthusamy

    2010-05-25

    Here we report an instantaneous formation of high surface area metal nanosponges through a one-step inexpensive method in a completely green solvent, water. Merely by optimizing the concentration of the precursors and the reducing agent, we were able to generate a three-dimensional porous structure made up of nanowire networks. This is a general process, involves a simple, room temperature reduction of metal salts with sodium borohydride, and is therefore scalable to any amount. Further, these nanoporous metals because of their network structures show optical limiting behavior of a true broadband nature that would find applications in optoelectronic nanodevices.

  16. Caffeic acid: potential applications in nanotechnology as a green reducing agent for sustainable synthesis of gold nanoparticles.

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    Seo, Yu Seon; Cha, Song-Hyun; Yoon, Hye-Ran; Kang, Young-Hwa; Park, Youmie

    2015-04-01

    The sustainable synthesis of gold nanoparticles from gold ions was conducted with caffeic acid as a green reducing agent. The formation of gold nanoparticles was confirmed by spectroscopic and microscopic methods. Spherical nanoparticles with an average diameter of 29.99 ± 7.43 nm were observed in high- resolution transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy images. The newly prepared gold nanoparticles exhibited catalytic activity toward the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in the presence of sodium borohydride. This system enables the preparation of green catalysts using plant natural products as reducing agents, which fulfills the growing need for sustainability initiatives.

  17. Development of novel catalytically active polymer-metal-nanocomposites based on activated foams and textile fibers

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we report the intermatrix synthesis of Ag nanoparticles in different polymeric matrices such as polyurethane foams and polyacrylonitrile or polyamide fibers. To apply this technique, the polymer must bear functional groups able to bind and retain the nanoparticle ion precursors while ions should diffuse through the matrix. Taking into account the nature of some of the chosen matrices, it was essential to try to activate the support material to obtain an acceptable value of ion exchange capacity. To evaluate the catalytic activity of the developed nanocomposites, a model catalytic reaction was carried out in batch experiments: the reduction of p-nitrophenol by sodium borohydride. PMID:23680063

  18. Preparation of Potential Radioprotective Agents Derived from Aminothiols

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    1985-09-01

    cholestanylisothiouronium tosylate (described above) and 2.65 g (0.0662 mol) of sodium hydroxide in 195 mL of absolute ethanol was refluxed until the mixture became...C, 68.20 %; H, 9.39 %; N, 4.57 %; S, 10.60 % 3. Thiocholesterol A mixture of cholesterylisothiouronium tosylate (2.46 g, 0.00400 mol), sodium ...mol) of sodium borohydride in 40 mL of water at 35 0C. By the time addition was complete a white precipitate had formed. The mixture was stirred for an

  19. Effect of fuel density and heating value on ram-jet airplane range

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    Henneberry, Hugh M

    1952-01-01

    An analytical investigation of the effects of fuel density and heating value on the cruising range of a ram-jet airplane was made. Results indicate that with present-day knowledge of chemical fuels, neither very high nor very low fuel densities have any advantages for long-range flight. Of the fuels investigated, the borohydrides and metallic boron have the greatest range potential. Aluminum and aluminum hydrocarbon slurries were inferior to pure hydrocarbon fuel and boron-hydrocarbon slurries were superior on a range basis. It was concluded that the practical difficulties associated with the use of liquid hydrogen fuel cannot be justified on a range basis.

  20. Highly dispersed Pd nanoparticles on chemically modified graphene with aminophenyl groups for formic acid oxidation

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    Yang, Su-Dong; Shen, Cheng-Min; Tong, Hao; He, Wei; Zhang, Xiao-Gang; Gao, Hong-Jun

    2011-11-01

    A novel electrode material based on chemically modified graphene (CMG) with aminophenyl groups is covalently functionalized by a nucleophilic ring-opening reaction between the epoxy groups of graphene oxide and the aminophenyl groups of p-phenylenediamine. Palladium nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.2 nm are deposited on the CMG by a liquid-phase borohydride reduction. The electrocatalytic activity and stability of the Pd/CMG composite towards formic acid oxidation are found to be higher than those of reduced graphene oxide and commercial carbon materials such as Vulcan XC-72 supported Pd electrocatalysts.

  1. Influence of I - anions on the formation and stabilization of copper nanoparticles

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    Kapoor, S.; Joshi, R.; Mukherjee, T.

    2002-03-01

    Copper nanoparticles have been prepared by the reduction of copper(II) sulfate in an aerated water using sodium borohydride at room temperature and stabilized by inorganic anion. Mechanistic steps for the stabilization provided by iodide anion was studied using pulse radiolysis technique. Various inorganic anions have been used to stabilize Cu nanoparticles and compared for their stabilization efficiency. The synthesized nanoparticles exhibit a distinct absorption maximum in the region 560-565 nm. The average size as estimated from TEM micrographs has been found to be in the range 8-10 nm.

  2. Catalytic properties of carboxylic acid functionalized-polymer microsphere-stabilized gold metallic colloids.

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    Liu, Wei; Yang, Xinlin; Huang, Wenqiang

    2006-12-01

    Polymer-microsphere-stabilized gold metallic colloids have been prepared by a novel strategy of simple and convenient reduction of the metallic salt through the stabilization of the active carboxylic acid group on the gel and surface layer of the microsphere. The nature of the interaction between the carboxylic acid and Au nanoparticles was studied in detail by XPS. Preliminary results indicate that polymer-microsphere-stabilized gold colloids are active catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol with sodium borohydride as reductant. The catalytic properties of the stabilized catalyst for recycling were also investigated.

  3. Size control in the synthesis of 1-6 nm gold nanoparticles using folic acid-chitosan conjugate as a stabilizer

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    Liu, Lili; Zhang, Xianwen; Chaudhuri, Jharna

    2014-09-01

    We report a simple and practical method for the preparation of folic acid (FA)-chitosan functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with a very small size (1-6 nm). Sodium borohydride was used as a reducing agent. The size of the AuNPs was controlled by adjusting the mass fraction of FA-chitosan conjugate to Au. The AuNPs were characterized using UV-vis spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results indicated that the size distribution of AuNPs decreased ranging from 6 nm to 1 nm with increasing the fraction of FA-chitosan conjugate in the reaction systems.

  4. Immunochemical methods for quantitation of vitamin B6. Technical report

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    Brandon, D.L.; Corse, J.W.

    1981-09-30

    A procedure is described which proposes schemes for determining the total of all B6 vitamins in acid-hydrolyzed samples utilizing a radio-immunoassay (RIA) or an enzyme-immunoassay (EIA). Sample preparation is similar for both RIA and EIA. Two specific antibodies (antipyridoxine and antipyridoxamine) are employed to determine pyridoxamine, a portion of the sample is reduced with sodium borohydride. Pyridoxal is determined by difference between pyridoxine before and after reduction. The results indicate that two procedures have been developed which are selective for pyridoxamine (the fluorescent enzyme immunoassay and the spin immunoassay) and one assay which is equally sensitive to pyridoxine and pyridoxamine (the radio-immunoassay).

  5. An efficient chemoselective reduction of furan series unsaturated dinitriles.

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    Bobal, Pavel; Bobalova, Janette

    2013-02-11

    An efficient reduction of double bonds conjugated with nitrile groups and acid or base sensitive furan rings with 2-phenylbenzimidazoline generated in situ has been successfully accomplished with high yields and excellent selectivity. The employed reducing agent was prepared in one step from ordinary chemicals. The other advantages of the presented method include mild and convenient reaction conditions, a benign and cost effective reagent, simple work-up and separation of the products. As this process does neither affect cyano and nitro groups nor furan rings, it is a valuable alternative when metal-catalyzed hydrogenations or borohydride reductions have failed.

  6. Destruction of TCE Using Oxidative and Reductive Pathways as Potential In-Situ Treatments for the Contaminated Paducah Groundwater

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    Lewis, S; Li, Y; Xu, J; Tee, Y; Lynch, Andrew

    2007-05-01

    When considering reductive technologies for ground water remediation, it is important to understand the underlying principles that govern kinetics of zero-valent metal dechlorination. Studies involving the use of nanoscale metals (characteristic length <100nm) for chloro-organic degradation have increased reaction rates by 1-2 orders of magnitude with minimal intermediate formation. Typically, these metals are synthesized using modifications of the aqueous phase reduction of metal ions using sodium borohydride presented by Glavee and coworkers. The use of a bimetallic system increases the reactivity of the particle surface by incorporating a second metal that can typically act as a hydrogenation promotor.

  7. METHODS FOR THE USE OF INDIUM AS AN ELECTRON STAIN FOR NUCLEIC ACIDS

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    Watson, Michael L.; Aldridge, William G.

    1961-01-01

    Methods are presented for the staining of blocks of tissue with trivalent indium so that good contrast and good specificity for nucleic acids is achieved for the electron microscope. The tissue is fixed in organic fixative, dehydrated, subjected to reduction by lithium borohydride, acetylated by acetic anhydride, stained with trivalent indium dissolved in organic solvent, and embedded. The embedding material may be either Vestopal or butyl methacrylate especially handled to eliminate the "explosion" phenomenon. Numerous new problems encountered are discussed and a brief description of the findings is included. PMID:14005301

  8. Simultaneous gas chromatographic determination of dibutyltin and tributyltin compounds in biological and sediment samples

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    Tsuda, T.; Nakanishi, H.; Morita, T.; Takebayashi, J.

    1986-11-01

    A method is described for the simultaneous determination of nanogram amounts of dibutyltin and tributyltin compounds in biological and sediment samples. These compounds are converted to the corresponding chlorides with HCl, extracted with ethyl acetate-hexane (3 + 2) for biological samples and with hexane for sediment samples, and hydrogenated with sodium borohydride. The corresponding hydrides, Bu2SnH2 and Bu3SnH, are detected by electron-capture gas chromatography after cleanup by silica gel column chromatography. Detection limits are 1.0-2.0 and 0.5-1.0 ng/g, respectively, for biological and sediment samples.

  9. Direct synthesis of 1,4-diols from alkenes by iron-catalyzed aerobic hydration and C-H hydroxylation.

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    Hashimoto, Takuma; Hirose, Daisuke; Taniguchi, Tsuyoshi

    2014-03-03

    Various 1,4-diols are easily accessible from alkenes through iron-catalyzed aerobic hydration. The reaction system consists of a user-friendly iron phthalocyanine complex, sodium borohydride, and molecular oxygen. Furthermore, the effect of additional ligands on the iron complex was examined for a model reaction. The second hydroxy group is installed by direct C(sp(3))-H oxygenation, which is based on a [1,5] hydrogen shift process of a transient alkoxy radical that is formed by formal hydration of the olefin.

  10. Development of novel catalytically active polymer-metal-nanocomposites based on activated foams and textile fibers.

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    Domènech, Berta; Ziegler, Kharla K; Carrillo, Fernando; Muñoz, Maria; Muraviev, Dimitri N; Macanás, Jorge

    2013-05-16

    In this paper, we report the intermatrix synthesis of Ag nanoparticles in different polymeric matrices such as polyurethane foams and polyacrylonitrile or polyamide fibers. To apply this technique, the polymer must bear functional groups able to bind and retain the nanoparticle ion precursors while ions should diffuse through the matrix. Taking into account the nature of some of the chosen matrices, it was essential to try to activate the support material to obtain an acceptable value of ion exchange capacity. To evaluate the catalytic activity of the developed nanocomposites, a model catalytic reaction was carried out in batch experiments: the reduction of p-nitrophenol by sodium borohydride.

  11. A simple route to Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3 nanocrystals

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    Mntungwa, Nhlakanipho; Rajasekhar, Pullabhotla V. S. R.; Ramasamy, Karthik; Revaprasadu, Neerish

    2014-05-01

    Monodisperse nanocrystals of Bi2Se3 and Bi2Te3 capped with alkylamines have been synthesized via facile solution based method. The method involves reduction of selenium or tellurium using sodium borohydride, followed by thermolysis in an alkylamine at high temperature. Spherical shaped Bi2Se3 nanocrystals were obtained at 190 °C, whereas the reaction at 270 °C, yielded faceted nanocrystals. Similarly, spherical Bi2Te3 nanocrystals were obtained at all temperatures with hexadecylamine and oleylamine capping agents.

  12. Improvement in the efficiency of organic solar cells using a low-temperature evaporable optical spacer

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    Song, Hyung-Jun; Kim, Jun Young; Kwon, Yongwon; Ko, Youngjun; Lee, Donggu; Syn, Ho Jung; Song, Jiyun; Kwak, Jeonghun; Lee, Changhee

    2014-08-01

    We demonstrate the enhancement in performance of organic solar cells (OSCs) by employing a low-temperature evaporable optical spacer, consisting of potassium borohydride (KBH4) and bathophenanthroline (Bphen) (0.2:1, volume ratio). Since the KBH4-doped Bphen shows improved electron transporting properties and high transparency in the visible range, it can be used as an efficient optical spacer layer that can maximize the internal electrical field distribution in the active layer. As a result, the power conversion efficiency of the OSCs having the KBH4-doped Bphen with an optimized thickness was improved by 15% in comparison with the device with the non-KBH4-doped Bphen.

  13. Development of novel catalytically active polymer-metal-nanocomposites based on activated foams and textile fibers

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    Domènech, Berta; Ziegler, Kharla K.; Carrillo, Fernando; Muñoz, Maria; Muraviev, Dimitri N.; Macanás, Jorge

    2013-05-01

    In this paper, we report the intermatrix synthesis of Ag nanoparticles in different polymeric matrices such as polyurethane foams and polyacrylonitrile or polyamide fibers. To apply this technique, the polymer must bear functional groups able to bind and retain the nanoparticle ion precursors while ions should diffuse through the matrix. Taking into account the nature of some of the chosen matrices, it was essential to try to activate the support material to obtain an acceptable value of ion exchange capacity. To evaluate the catalytic activity of the developed nanocomposites, a model catalytic reaction was carried out in batch experiments: the reduction of p-nitrophenol by sodium borohydride.

  14. A versatile synthesis of highly bactericidal Myramistin® stabilized silver nanoparticles

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    Vertelov, G. K.; Krutyakov, Yu A.; Efremenkova, O. V.; Olenin, A. Yu; Lisichkin, G. V.

    2008-09-01

    Silver nanoparticles stabilized by a well-known antibacterial surfactant benzyldimethyl[3-(myristoylamino)propyl]ammonium chloride (Myramistin®) were produced for the first time by borohydride reduction of silver chloride sol in water. Stable aqueous dispersions of silver nanoparticles without evident precipitation for several months could be obtained. In vitro bactericidal tests showed that Myramistin® capped silver NPs exhibited notable activity against six different microorganisms—gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, yeasts and fungi. The activity was up to 20 times higher (against E. coli) compared to Myramistin® at the same concentrations and on average 2 times higher if compared with citrate-stabilized NPs.

  15. A simplified procedure for the preparation of 2,3-O-isopropylidene-sn-glycerol from L-arabinose.

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    Kanda, P; Wells, M A

    1980-02-01

    A new procedure for the preparation of 2,3-O-isopropylidene-sn-glycerol is described. L-arabinose is converted to its 4,5-monoisopropylidene diethyl mercaptal derivative. This compound is then subjected to periodate oxidation and borohydride reduction. Following neutralization, the aceton-glycerol is extracted from the aqueous solution into chloroform. Evaporation of the chloroform and subsequent distillation yielded pure 2,3-O-isopropylidene-sn-glycerol ([alpha]D22 = -14.5 degrees (in substance)) in an overall yield of 15-25%.

  16. One simple synthesis route to whisker-like nanocrystalline boron nitride by the reaction of NaBH{sub 4} and NaN{sub 3}

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    Ma Jianhua . E-mail: mjh820@ustc.edu; Li Jun; Li Guoxing; Tian Yiguang; Zhang Jing; Wu Jufeng; Zheng Jinyong; Zhuang Hemiao; Pan Tonghua

    2007-05-03

    Nanocrystalline boron nitride (BN) was synthesized via a simple route by the reaction of sodium borohydride with sodium azide in an autoclave at 600 deg. C. X-ray powder diffraction pattern indicated that the product was hexagonal BN, and the cell constant was a = 2.495 A, c = 6.687 A. Transmission electron microscopy image showed that it consisted of whisker-like particles with an average size of 200 nm x 20 nm. The product was also studied by FT-IR, XPS and TGA. It has good thermal stability and oxidation resistance in high temperature.

  17. Synthesis of bimetallic gold/silver nanoparticles via in situ seeding

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    Gorbachevskiy, M. V.; Kopitsyn, D. S.; Tiunov, I. A.; Kotelev, M. S.; Vinokurov, V. A.; Novikov, A. A.

    2017-01-01

    A way of synthesizing bimetallic gold/silver nanoparticles with in situ seeding initiated by the addition of sodium borohydride is proposed. The obtained nanoparticles are studied by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Changes in the optical density spectra of the nanoparticles during their coagulation are investigated. The technique allows the rapid acquisition of nontoxic SERS-active nanoparticles with maximum SERS enhancement factor about 105 in the near infrared range for Raman shifts typical for biological objects such as bacterial cells and spores.

  18. Water-soluble aminocurdlan derivatives by chemoselective azide reduction using NaBH4.

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    Zhang, Ruoran; Edgar, Kevin J

    2015-05-20

    Water-solubility can often enhance the utility of polysaccharide derivatives, for example in pharmaceutical and biomedical applications. Synthesis of water-soluble aminopolysaccharides, particularly those bearing other sensitive functional groups, can be a challenging endeavor. Curdlan is a bioactive β-1,3-glucan with considerable promise for biomedical applications. Aminocurdlans are intriguing target molecules for study of, for example, their interactions with the proteins that form tight junctions between enterocytes. Herein we report the preparation of two water-soluble 6-aminocurdlans starting from 6-bromo-6-deoxycurdlan. The 6-bromide was first displaced by nucleophilic substitution with sodium azide in dimethyl sulfoxide. The O-2 groups were acylated with hydrophilic oligo (ethylene oxide) esters, so as to enhance aqueous solubility. The resultant 6-azido-6-deoxy-2,4-di-O-trioxadecanoylcurdlan was then treated with excess sodium borohydride to reduce the azide; unexpectedly, the water-soluble product proved to be the amide, 6-trioxadecanamido-6-deoxycurdlan. Regioselectivity and degree of substitution (DS) of those derivatives were characterized by means of (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and FTIR-spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and titration. Alternatively, direct borohydride reduction of the parent 6-azido-6-deoxycurdlan afforded 6-amino-6-deoxycurdlan that was also water-soluble.

  19. Enhanced catalytic activity of solid and hollow platinum-cobalt nanoparticles towards reduction of 4-nitrophenol

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    Krajczewski, Jan; Kołątaj, Karol; Kudelski, Andrzej

    2016-12-01

    Previous investigations of hollow platinum nanoparticles have shown that such nanostructures are more active catalysts than their solid counterparts towards the following electrochemical reactions: reduction of oxygen, evolution of hydrogen, and oxidation of borohydride, methanol and formic acid. In this work we show that synthesised using standard galvanic replacement reaction (with Co templates) hollow platinum nanoparticles exhibit enhanced catalytic activity also towards reduction of 4-nitrophenol by sodium borohydride in water. Unlike in the case of procedures involving hollow platinum catalysts employed so far to carry out this reaction it is not necessary to couple analysed platinum nanoparticles to the surface of an electrode. Simplification of the analyzed reaction may eliminate same experimental errors. We found that the enhanced catalytic activity of hollow Pt nanoparticles is not only connected with generally observed larger surface area of hollow nanostructures, but is also due to the contamination of formed hollow nanostructures with cobalt, from which sacrificial templates used in the synthesis of hollow Pt nanostrustures have been formed. Because using sacrificial templates is a typical method of synthesis of hollow metal nanostructures, formed hollow nanoparticles are probably often contaminated, which may significantly influence their catalytic activity.

  20. Comparative biodistribution studies of technetium-99 m radiolabeled amphiphilic nanoparticles using three different reducing agents during the labeling procedure.

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    Geskovski, Nikola; Kuzmanovska, Sonja; Simonoska Crcarevska, Maja; Calis, Sema; Dimchevska, Simona; Petrusevska, Marija; Zdravkovski, Pance; Goracinova, Katerina

    2013-12-01

    Considering the confusing biodistribution data through the literature and few reported alerts as well as our preliminary biodistribution results, we decided to evaluate the interaction and interference of the commonly present (99m) Tc (technetium-99m)-stannic oxide colloid during the direct stannous chloride (99m) Tc-labeling procedure and to assess its influence on the biodistribution pattern of amphiphilic poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles. In order to confirm our thesis, beside stannous chloride, we employed two different reducing agents that don't form colloidal particles. The use of sodium borohydride was previously reported in the literature, whereas sodium dithionite was adapted for the first time in the (99m) Tc direct labeling procedure for nanoparticles. The results in our paper clearly differentiate among samples with and without colloidal impurities originating from the labeling procedure with a logical follow up of the radiochemical, physicochemical evaluation, and biodistribution studies clarifying previously reported data on stannic oxide colloidal interference. (99m) Tc-nanoparticle complex labeled with sodium dithionite as reducing agent illustrated appropriate labeling efficacy, stability, and potential for further use in biodistribution studies thus providing solution for the problem of low-complex stability when sodium borohydride is used and colloidal stannic oxide interference for stannous chloride procedure.

  1. Specific Labeling of the Phosphate Translocator in C3 and C4 Mesophyll Chloroplasts by Tritiated Dihydro-DIDS (1,2-Ditritio-1,2-[2,2′ -Disulfo-4,4′ -Diisothiocyano] Diphenylethane) 1

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    Rumpho, Mary E.; Edwards, Gerald E.; Yousif, Abdullah E.; Keegstra, Kenneth

    1988-01-01

    The phosphate translocator protein of C3 and C4 mesophyll chloroplast envelopes was specifically labeled using the anion exchange inhibitor, 1,2-ditritio-1,2-(2,2′ -disulfo-4,4′ -diisothiocyano) diphenylethane ([3H]2-DIDS). Intact mesophyll chloroplasts were isolated from the C3 plants, Spinacia oleracea L. (spinach) and Pisum sativum L. (pea), and the C4 plant, Zea mays L. (corn). Chloroplasts were incubated with 5 to 50 μm [3H]2-DIDS and, in addition, pea chloroplasts were also incubated with pyridoxal phosphate/tritiated sodium borohydride. The chloroplasts were washed, the envelopes isolated and solubilized. Following sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, label from bound [3H]2-DIDS was detected only in the 28- to 30-kilodalton protein (proposed C3 phosphate translocator) for both C3 and C4 chloroplasts, as demonstrated by fluorography. In contrast, when pyridoxal phosphate/tritiated sodium borohydride was used to label pea chloroplasts, radioactivity was detected in several other bands in addition to the 29-kilodalton polypeptide. These findings suggest that DIDS is a much more specific inhibitor than reagents previously employed to study the phosphate translocator and could be used to isolate and characterize the differences in the C3 and C4 phosphate translocator protein(s). Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:16666053

  2. Spectroscopic and structural characterization of reduced technetium species in acetate media

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    Mausolf, Edward; Poineau, Frederic; Droessler, Janelle; Czerwinski, Kenneth R.

    2011-11-17

    The reduction of ammonium pertechnetate by sodium borohydride in 0.1 M NaOH/glacial acetic acid has been studied. The reduction products (solids and solutions) have been characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy-dispersive X-ray emission spectroscopy (SEM/EDS), and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy. UV-Visible spectra of the solution, after reduction, exhibit bands at 350 and 500 nm that have been attributed to the formation of polymeric Tc(IV) species. SEM/EDS on the solid (X-ray amorphous) indicates the absence of metallic Tc and the presence of oxygen. EXAFS measurements further indicate that the precipitate exhibits a [Tc({mu}-O){sub 2}Tc] core structure. XANES is consistent with the formation of Tc(III) and/or Tc(IV). Results infer that reduction of aqueous Tc(VII) by borohydride in the presence of acetic acid does not produce metallic Tc, but a mixture of various oxidation states of Tc near Tc(III) and Tc(IV).

  3. Anion- or Cation-Exchange Membranes for NaBH4/H2O2 Fuel Cells?

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    Sljukić, Biljana; Morais, Ana L; Santos, Diogo M F; Sequeira, César A C

    2012-07-19

    Direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFC), which operate on sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as the fuel, and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as the oxidant, are receiving increasing attention. This is due to their promising use as power sources for space and underwater applications, where air is not available and gas storage poses obvious problems. One key factor to improve the performance of DBFCs concerns the type of separator used. Both anion- and cation-exchange membranes may be considered as potential separators for DBFC. In the present paper, the effect of the membrane type on the performance of laboratory NaBH4/H2O2 fuel cells using Pt electrodes is studied at room temperature. Two commercial ion-exchange membranes from Membranes International Inc., an anion-exchange membrane (AMI-7001S) and a cation-exchange membrane (CMI-7000S), are tested as ionic separators for the DBFC. The membranes are compared directly by the observation and analysis of the corresponding DBFC's performance. Cell polarization, power density, stability, and durability tests are used in the membranes' evaluation. Energy densities and specific capacities are estimated. Most tests conducted, clearly indicate a superior performance of the cation-exchange membranes over the anion-exchange membrane. The two membranes are also compared with several other previously tested commercial membranes. For long term cell operation, these membranes seem to outperform the stability of the benchmark Nafion membranes but further studies are still required to improve their instantaneous power load.

  4. Photochemical green synthesis of calcium-alginate-stabilized Ag and Au nanoparticles and their catalytic application to 4-nitrophenol reduction.

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    Saha, Sandip; Pal, Anjali; Kundu, Subrata; Basu, Soumen; Pal, Tarasankar

    2010-02-16

    Silver and gold nanoparticles have been grown on calcium alginate gel beads using a green photochemical approach. The gel served as both a reductant and a stabilizer. The nanoparticles were characterized using UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDS), and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) analyses. The particles are spherical, crystalline, and the size ranges for both Ag and Au nanoparticles are <10 nm. It is noticed from the sorption experiment that the loading of gold on calcium alginate beads is much more compared to that of Ag. The effectiveness of the as-prepared dried alginate-stabilized Ag and Au nanoparticles as a solid phase heterogeneous catalyst has been evaluated, for the first time, on the well-known 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) reduction to 4-aminophenol (4-AP) in the presence of excess borohydride. The reduction was very efficient and followed zero-order kinetics for both Ag and Au nanocomposites. The effects of borohydride, initial 4-NP concentration, and catalyst dose were evaluated. The catalyst efficiency was examined on the basis of turnover frequency (TOF) and recyclability. The catalytic efficiency of alginate-based Ag catalyst was much more compared to that of the Au catalyst. The as-prepared new solid-phase biopolymer-based catalysts are very efficient, stable, easy to prepare, eco-friendly, and cost-effective, and they have the potential for industrial applications.

  5. Color reduction of sulfonated eucalyptus kraft lignin.

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    Zhang, Hui; Bai, Youcan; Zhou, Wanpeng; Chen, Fangeng

    2017-04-01

    Several eucalyptus lignins named as HSL, SML and BSL were prepared by high temperature sulfonation, sulfomethylation, butane sultone sulfonation respectively. The color properties of samples were investigated. Under optimized conditions the sulfonic group (SO3H) content of HSL, SML and BSL reached 1.52, 1.60 and 1.58mmol/g, respectively. Samples were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, (1)H NMR spectroscopy, GPC and brightness test, respectively. The results revealed that BSL performed a higher molecular weight and lighter color due to the phenolic hydroxyl blocking by 1,4-butane sultone (1,4-BS). The color reduction of sodium borohydride treated BSL (labeled as SBSL) was further enhanced and the brightness value was improved by 76.1% compared with the darkest HSL. SBSL process was much better than HSL and SML process. Hydroxyl blocking effect of 1,4-BS and reducibility of sodium borohydride played important roles in the color reduction of sulfonated eucalyptus kraft lignin.

  6. Prediction of thermodynamically reversible hydrogen storage reactions utilizing Ca-M(M = Li, Na, K)-B-H systems: a first-principles study.

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    Guo, Yajuan; Ren, Ying; Wu, Haishun; Jia, Jianfeng

    2013-12-01

    Calcium borohydride is a potential candidate for onboard hydrogen storage because it has a high gravimetric capacity (11.5 wt.%) and a high volumetric hydrogen content (∼130 kg m(-3)). Unfortunately, calcium borohydride suffers from the drawback of having very strongly bound hydrogen. In this study, Ca(BH₄)₂ was predicted to form a destabilized system when it was mixed with LiBH₄, NaBH₄, or KBH₄. The release of hydrogen from Ca(BH₄)₂ was predicted to proceed via two competing reaction pathways (leading to CaB₆ and CaH₂ or CaB₁₂H₁₂ and CaH₂) that were found to have almost equal free energies. Using a set of recently developed theoretical methods derived from first principles, we predicted five new hydrogen storage reactions that are among the most attractive of those presently known. These combine high gravimetric densities (>6.0 wt.% H₂) with have low enthalpies [approximately 35 kJ/(mol(-1) H₂)] and are thermodynamically reversible at low pressure within the target window for onboard storage that is actively being considered for hydrogen storage applications. Thus, the first-principles theoretical design of new materials for energy storage in future research appears to be possible.

  7. FUNDAMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL REACTIVITY TESTING AND ANALYSIS OF THE HYDROGEN STORAGE MATERIAL 2LIBH4 MGH2

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    James, C.; Anton, D.; Cortes-Concepcion, J.; Brinkman, K.; Gray, J.

    2012-01-10

    While the storage of hydrogen for portable and stationary applications is regarded as critical in bringing PEM fuel cells to commercial acceptance, little is known of the environmental exposure risks posed in utilizing condensed phase chemical storage options as in complex hydrides. It is thus important to understand the effect of environmental exposure of metal hydrides in the case of accident scenarios. Simulated tests were performed following the United Nations standards to test for flammability and water reactivity in air for a destabilized lithium borohydride and magnesium hydride system in a 2 to 1 molar ratio respectively. It was determined that the mixture acted similarly to the parent, lithium borohydride, but at slower rate of reaction seen in magnesium hydride. To quantify environmental exposure kinetics, isothermal calorimetry was utilized to measure the enthalpy of reaction as a function of exposure time to dry and humid air, and liquid water. The reaction with liquid water was found to increase the heat flow significantly during exposure compared to exposure in dry or humid air environments. Calorimetric results showed the maximum normalized heat flow the fully charged material was 6 mW/mg under liquid phase hydrolysis; and 14 mW/mg for the fully discharged material also occurring under liquid phase hydrolysis conditions.

  8. Mucinous (colloid) adenocarcinomas secrete distinct O-acylated forms of sialomucins: a histochemical study of gastric, colorectal and breast adenocarcinomas.

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    Sáez, C; Japón, M A; Poveda, M A; Segura, D I

    2001-12-01

    Mucinous (colloid) adenocarcinomas represent a distinct group of tumours defined by the presence of large amounts of extracellular mucins. By using histochemical methods, we analysed mucins secreted by mucinous versus non-mucinous adenocarcinomas and looked for differential secretion profiles. Sixty-four adenocarcinomas were studied (23 colorectal, 17 gastric, and 24 breast tumours). Thirty-two tumours were of the colloid type. The following methods were applied to paraffin tissue sections: (i) Alcian blue (pH 2.5) and periodic acid-Schiff (PAS); (ii) high iron diamine and Alcian blue (pH 2.5); (iii) periodic acid borohydride, potassium hydroxide, and PAS; (iv) periodic acid-thionine Schiff, potassium hydroxide, and PAS; and (v) periodic acid-borohydride and PAS. Most adenocarcinomas secreted acidic mucins, with sialomucins predominating over sulfomucins, except for non-mucinous adenocarcinomas of the breast which showed predominant neutral mucins. All mucinous adenocarcinomas contained C9-O-acyl sialic acid as mono, di(C8,C9)-, or tri(C7,C8,C9)-O-acyl forms. Acidic mucins secreted by the majority of non-colloid adenocarcinomas consisted of non-O-acylated sialomucins. C9-O-acylation of sialic acid is a characteristic feature of mucinous adenocarcinomas and can be readily detected by histochemical methods.

  9. Scalable synthesis of Cu-based ultrathin nanowire networks and their electrocatalytic properties

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    Hong, Wei; Wang, Jin; Wang, Erkang

    2016-02-01

    In this research, we developed an easy way to generate CuM (M = Pd, Pt and PdPt) ultrathin nanowire networks by simply injecting the metallic precursors into an aqueous solution which contained sodium borohydride under vigorous stirring. The reaction can be finished quickly without needing any other reagents, thus leaving the products with a clean surface. The prepared materials show an ultrathin diameter of less than 5 nanometers. The reaction can be easily amplified, resulting in scalable products. These properties combined with the superior catalytic performance of the prepared CuM nanowire networks underpin their potential use in glycerol electrooxidation reaction.In this research, we developed an easy way to generate CuM (M = Pd, Pt and PdPt) ultrathin nanowire networks by simply injecting the metallic precursors into an aqueous solution which contained sodium borohydride under vigorous stirring. The reaction can be finished quickly without needing any other reagents, thus leaving the products with a clean surface. The prepared materials show an ultrathin diameter of less than 5 nanometers. The reaction can be easily amplified, resulting in scalable products. These properties combined with the superior catalytic performance of the prepared CuM nanowire networks underpin their potential use in glycerol electrooxidation reaction. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, additional TEM, XPS and electrochemical characterizations. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr07516e

  10. The Preferable F2dd Phase for Ca(BH4)2 Crystal Under Hydrostatic Pressures

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    Le, Tuan; Do, Phu Manh

    2017-06-01

    Calcium borohydride (Ca(BH4)2) belongs to a series of widely spread, cheap metal borohydrides that are promising for the mobile hydrogen economy, but with some properties still in open discussions. In particular, for the experimental Ca(BH4)2 α-phase both space groups F2dd and Fddd have been proposed. This work presents the analysis of enthalpy and bonding length changes in Ca(BH4)2 over the hydrostatic pressure range of 0-40 GPa, which shows a preference for the F2dd phase of Ca(BH4)2 over the Fddd one. The validity of the calculations, based on density functional theory implemented by the ABINIT package with the GGA method, is supported by the accordance of the results with experimental data for the α'-, β-, and δ-phases of Ca(BH4)2. The phonon spectra show the stability of the Ca(BH4)2 phases, where B- and H-ions provide the dominant part of the optical phonon bands, whereas the Ca-, B-, H-ions contribute to the acoustic bands.

  11. Age-associated oxidative modifications of mitochondrial α-subunit of F1 ATP synthase from mouse skeletal muscles.

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    Das, N; Jana, C K

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the pattern of age-associated oxidative post-translational modifications in the skeletal muscles of a mammalian species and to address whether the modifications result in the loss of function of the oxidatively modified protein(s). Accordingly, proteins in the mitochondrial matrix of the hind limb of C57BL/6Nnia mice were examined for modifications by carbonylation--an established marker of oxidative post-translational modifications--by Western blotting using anti-2,4-dinitrophenyl antibodies and tritiated sodium borohydride methods. An age-associated increase in carbonylation of mitochondrial matrix proteins was observed, but not all proteins were equally susceptible. A 55 kDa protein, identified as the α-subunit of the F1 complex of ATP synthase (ATP phosphohydrolase [H(+)-transporting]), had approximately 17% and 27% higher levels of protein carbonyls in adult and old animals, respectively, in comparison to the young controls as estimated using tritiated sodium borohydride. In addition, an age-associated decline in its activity was observed, with approximately 9% and 28% decrease in the activity in the adult and old animals, respectively, in comparison to young controls. It may be concluded that such oxidative post-translational modifications and the resultant attenuation of the protein activity may contribute to the age-related energy loss and muscular degeneracy.

  12. A multifaceted approach to hydrogen storage.

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    Churchard, Andrew J; Banach, Ewa; Borgschulte, Andreas; Caputo, Riccarda; Chen, Jian-Cheng; Clary, David; Fijalkowski, Karol J; Geerlings, Hans; Genova, Radostina V; Grochala, Wojciech; Jaroń, Tomasz; Juanes-Marcos, Juan Carlos; Kasemo, Bengt; Kroes, Geert-Jan; Ljubić, Ivan; Naujoks, Nicola; Nørskov, Jens K; Olsen, Roar A; Pendolino, Flavio; Remhof, Arndt; Románszki, Loránd; Tekin, Adem; Vegge, Tejs; Zäch, Michael; Züttel, Andreas

    2011-10-14

    The widespread adoption of hydrogen as an energy carrier could bring significant benefits, but only if a number of currently intractable problems can be overcome. Not the least of these is the problem of storage, particularly when aimed at use onboard light-vehicles. The aim of this overview is to look in depth at a number of areas linked by the recently concluded HYDROGEN research network, representing an intentionally multi-faceted selection with the goal of advancing the field on a number of fronts simultaneously. For the general reader we provide a concise outline of the main approaches to storing hydrogen before moving on to detailed reviews of recent research in the solid chemical storage of hydrogen, and so provide an entry point for the interested reader on these diverse topics. The subjects covered include: the mechanisms of Ti catalysis in alanates; the kinetics of the borohydrides and the resulting limitations; novel transition metal catalysts for use with complex hydrides; less common borohydrides; protic-hydridic stores; metal ammines and novel approaches to nano-confined metal hydrides.

  13. Tailoring Thermodynamics and Kinetics for Hydrogen Storage in Complex Hydrides towards Applications.

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    Liu, Yongfeng; Yang, Yaxiong; Gao, Mingxia; Pan, Hongge

    2016-02-01

    Solid-state hydrogen storage using various materials is expected to provide the ultimate solution for safe and efficient on-board storage. Complex hydrides have attracted increasing attention over the past two decades due to their high gravimetric and volumetric hydrogen densities. In this account, we review studies from our lab on tailoring the thermodynamics and kinetics for hydrogen storage in complex hydrides, including metal alanates, borohydrides and amides. By changing the material composition and structure, developing feasible preparation methods, doping high-performance catalysts, optimizing multifunctional additives, creating nanostructures and understanding the interaction mechanisms with hydrogen, the operating temperatures for hydrogen storage in metal amides, alanates and borohydrides are remarkably reduced. This temperature reduction is associated with enhanced reaction kinetics and improved reversibility. The examples discussed in this review are expected to provide new inspiration for the development of complex hydrides with high hydrogen capacity and appropriate thermodynamics and kinetics for hydrogen storage. © 2015 The Chemical Society of Japan & Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Enhanced photoproduction of hydrogen peroxide by humic substances in the presence of phenol electron donors.

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    Zhang, Yi; Simon, Kelli A; Andrew, Andrea A; Del Vecchio, Rossana; Blough, Neil V

    2014-11-04

    Addition of a series of phenol electron donors to solutions of humic substances (HS) enhanced substantially the initial rates of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) photoproduction (RH2O2), with enhancement factors (EF) ranging from a low of ∼3 for 2,4,6-trimethylphenol (TMP) to a high of ∼15 for 3,4-dimethoxyphenol (DMOP). The substantial inhibition of the enhanced RH2O2 following borohydride reduction of the HS, as well as the dependence of RH2O2 on phenol and dioxygen concentrations are consistent with a mechanism in which the phenols react with the triplet excited states of (aromatic) ketones within the HS to form initially a phenoxy and ketyl radical. The ketyl radical then reacts rapidly with dioxygen to regenerate the ketone and form superoxide (O2-), which subsequently dismutates to H2O2. However, as was previously noted for the photosensitized loss of TMP, the incomplete inhibition of the enhanced RH2O2 following borohydride reduction suggests that there may remain another pool of oxidizing triplets. The results demonstrate that H2O2 can be generated through an additional pathway in the presence of sufficiently high concentrations of appropriate electron donors through reaction with the excited triplet states of aromatic ketones and possibly of other species such as quinones. However, in some cases, the much lower ratio of H2O2 produced to phenol consumed suggests that secondary reactions could alter this ratio significantly.

  15. Chemical synthesis and antibacterial activity of novel-shaped silver nanoparticles

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    Van Dong, Pham; Ha, Chu Hoang; Binh, Le Tran; Kasbohm, Jörn

    2012-06-01

    Silver nanoparticles are useful for medical applications due to their strong antibacterial activity. The antibacterial activity can be tuned by controlling the size and shape of the prepared silver nanoparticles. In this work, silver nanoparticles with different sizes and shapes were synthesized by solution phase routes, and their interactions with Escherichia coli were studied. Triangular silver nanoprisms were prepared by the reduction of silver nitrate at room temperature in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone, sodium citrate, hydrogen peroxide and sodium borohydride. Spherical silver nanoparticles were also prepared using silver nitrate as metal precursor and sodium citrate as well as sodium borohydride as reducing agents. The morphologies and structures of the nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The results indicated that spherical silver nanoparticles were obtained with different average sizes of 4, 21 and 40 nm, respectively. The edged silver nanoprisms containing mainly {111} lattice planes were obtained in the range size of 25 to 400 nm. The antibacterial study revealed that the edged triangular silver nanoprisms with {111} lattice planes exhibited the strongest antibacterial property, compared with spherical nanoparticles. Our study demonstrated that triangular silver nanoprisms with sharp edges also display a good antibacterial activity in comparison to other shaped nanoparticles.

  16. Comparison of normal and Bernard-Soulier platelet membrane glycoproteins:isoelectric characteristics and surface radiolabel

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    Peterson, D.M.; Hirst, A.; Wehring, B.

    1982-07-01

    The protein and glycoprotein compositions of platelets from normal individuals, patients with B-S disease, and subjects heterozygous for B-S were determined by two-dimensional gel electrophoretic analysis of platelets that had been radiolabeled on the surface by lactoperoxidase-catalyzed iodination or by the periodate-borohydride reaction. In normal platelets, five PAS-stained glycoproteins were found in the GP I region of the two-dimensional gels. B-S platelets contained four of the glycoproteins of the GP I complex but were deficient in one glycoprotein (M/sub r/ = 139,000 and pI 6.36) that, in normal platelets, was not stained by Coomassie blue but had a high affinity for both PAS stain and alcian blue stain and was heavily labeled on the surface of platelets by the periodate-borohydride reaction but only faintly with radioiodine. Platelets from three heterozygous B-S individuals did not differ from normal controls by these techniques. These results further define the glycoprotein composition of normal platelets and show a specific deficiency of a portion of the GP I complex in B-S platelets.

  17. Influence of nanoconfinement on morphology and dehydrogenation of the Li11BD4-Mg(11BD4)2 system

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    Sartori, Sabrina; Knudsen, Kenneth D.; Sydow Hage, Fredrik; Heyn, Richard H.; Gil Bardaji, Elisa; Zhao-Karger, Zhirong; Fichtner, Maximilian; Hauback, Bjørn C.

    2012-06-01

    The decomposition of a nanoconfined mixture of lithium-magnesium borohydride, Li11BD4-Mg(11BD4)2, has been investigated and compared to the corresponding mixture in the bulk form. The systems were investigated by thermal analysis, small-angle neutron scattering, 11B nuclear magnetic resonance and transmission electron microscopy. The dehydrogenation temperatures decreased by up to 60 °C in the nanoconfined system, with gas evolution following different steps, compared to the behaviour of the bulk material under the same conditions. Most importantly, desorption from the nanoconfined hydride proceeds without formation of diborane, B2D6, which evolves from the bulk mixture. From small-angle neutron scattering, differences in morphology between the bulk and the nanoconfined systems are also demonstrated. Evidence of a complete decomposition has been found in the nanoconfined system, after heating up to 460 °C. Furthermore, 11B NMR data show that nanoconfinement inhibits the formation of dodecaborane, [B12D12]2-, during decomposition, a result which is important for practical applications of borohydrides.

  18. Atom-transfer cyclization with CuSO4/KBH4: a formal "activators generated by electron transfer" process also applicable to atom-transfer polymerization.

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    Clark, Andrew J; Collis, Alana E C; Fox, David J; Halliwell, Lauren L; James, Natalie; O'Reilly, Rachel K; Parekh, Hemal; Ross, Andrew; Sellars, Andrew B; Willcock, Helen; Wilson, Paul

    2012-08-17

    The 4-exo and 5-exo-trig atom-transfer cyclizations of 1, 8a-e, 9, 12, and 13 can be mediated with as little as 0.05 mol % of Cu(TPMA)SO(4)·5H(2)O in the presence of 2.5 mol % of borohydride salts in 10 min at room temperature in air. This formal "activators generated by electron transfer" (AGET) procedure utilizes a cheap and oxidatively stable copper source (CuSO(4)·5H(2)O) and can be carried out in environmentally benign solvents (EtOH). It is possible to alter the product distribution in the 5-endo radical-polar crossover reactions of 10a,b and 11 by tailoring the amount of borohydride. Cyclization onto alkynes 14 and 15 is also possible in only 20 min. Controlled radical polymerization of styrene, with increased rates over conventional atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), can be carried out in a controlled fashion (Mn, PDI) using either CuBr or CuSO(4)·5H(2)O and Bu(4)NBH(4).

  19. Size and shape dependant antifungal activity of gold nanoparticles: a case study of Candida.

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    Wani, Irshad A; Ahmad, Tokeer; Manzoor, Nikhat

    2013-01-01

    A simple and economical sonochemical approach was employed for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles. The effect of the reducing agents has been studied on the particle size, morphology and properties at the same ultrasonic frequency under ambient conditions. Gold nanodiscs of average diameter of 25 nm were obtained using tinchloride (SnCl(2)) as a reducing agent, while sodium borohydride (NaBH(4)) produced polyhedral structures of the average size of 30 nm. The time evolution of the UV-visible absorption spectra of the gold nanostructures shows the origin of peaks due to higher order quadrupolar modes apart from the peaks of the in plane and out plane dipolar surface plasmon modes. Surface area studies reveal the much higher surface area of the gold nanodiscs (179.5 m(2)/g), than the gold nanoparticles (150.5m(2)/g) prepared by the sodium borohydride as the reducing agent. The gold nanoparticles exhibit excellent antifungal activity against the fungus, Candida. We investigated the effect of the gold nanoparticles on the H(+)-ATPase mediated H(+) pumping by various Candida species. Gold nanodiscs displayed the stronger fungicidal activity compared to the gold polyhedral nanoparticles. The two types of gold nanoparticles inhibit H(+)-ATPase activity at their respective MIC values.

  20. The Preferable F2dd Phase for Ca(BH4)2 Crystal Under Hydrostatic Pressures

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    Le, Tuan; Do, Phu Manh

    2017-02-01

    Calcium borohydride (Ca(BH4)2) belongs to a series of widely spread, cheap metal borohydrides that are promising for the mobile hydrogen economy, but with some properties still in open discussions. In particular, for the experimental Ca(BH4)2 α-phase both space groups F2dd and Fddd have been proposed. This work presents the analysis of enthalpy and bonding length changes in Ca(BH4)2 over the hydrostatic pressure range of 0-40 GPa, which shows a preference for the F2dd phase of Ca(BH4)2 over the Fddd one. The validity of the calculations, based on density functional theory implemented by the ABINIT package with the GGA method, is supported by the accordance of the results with experimental data for the α'-, β-, and δ-phases of Ca(BH4)2. The phonon spectra show the stability of the Ca(BH4)2 phases, where B- and H-ions provide the dominant part of the optical phonon bands, whereas the Ca-, B-, H-ions contribute to the acoustic bands.

  1. Study on Hydrogen Storage Materials

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    Sugiyama, Jun

    2016-09-01

    Complex hydrides have been heavily investigated as a hydrogen storage material, particularly for future vehicular applications. The present major problem of such complex hydrides is their relatively high hydrogen desorption temperature (Td). In order to find a predominant parameter for determining Td, we have investigated internal nuclear magnetic fields in several complex hydrides, such as, lithium and sodium alanates, borohydrides, and magnesium hydrides, with a muon spin rotation and relaxation (μ+SR) technique. At low temperatures, the μ+SR spectrum obtained in a zero external field (ZF) exhibits a clear oscillation due to the formation of a three spin 1/2 system, HμH, besides Mg(BH4)2 and Sc(BH4)2. Such oscillatory signal becomes weaker and weaker with increasing temperature, and finally disappears above around room temperature. However, the volume fraction of the HμH signal to the whole asymmetry at 5 K is found to be a good indicator for Td in borohydrides. At high temperatures, on the contrary, the ZF-spectrum for MgH2 shows a Kubo-Toyabe like relaxation due to a random nuclear magnetic field of 1H. Such nuclear magnetic field becomes dynamic well below Td in the milled MgH2, indicating a significant role on H-diffusion in solids for determining Td.

  2. Antiglycation activity of thiamin-HCl and benfotiamine in diabetic condition.

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    Kousar, Samina; Sheikh, Munir Ahmad; Asghar, Muhammad

    2012-10-01

    To observe the antiglycation effect of water-soluble vitamin, thiamin-hydrochloride (B1) and its fat-soluble derivative benfotiamine and their comparison with two different glycation assays in diabetics. Plasma of both the normal's and diabetic persons was taken for this experimental study which was conducted in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad in 2008. Varying concentrations of both the glycation inhibitors and glucose were incubated for 5 weeks at 37 degrees C. Thiobarbituric acid and periodate borohydride assays were used to measure the antiglycation activity. The increase in glycation was observed from 1st to 3rd week of incubation, while it decreased after the 5th week due to the formation of advanced glycation end products. It was observed that 10mM concentration of benfotiamine and 5mM and 1mM concentrations of thiamine-hydrochloride produced fairly good response to decreased glycation. Comparison between two assays proved periodate borohydride to be more reliable and sensitive than thiobarbituric acid.

  3. Chemiluminescent detect of E. coli O157:H7 using immunological method based on magnetic nanoparticles.

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    Li, Zhiyang; He, Lei; He, Nongyue; Shi, Zhiyang; Wang, Hua; Li, Song; Liu, Hongna; Li, Xiaolong; Dai, Yabin; Wang, Zhifei

    2010-02-01

    The system of chemiluminescent magnetic enzyme-linked immunoassay was developed. E. coli O157:H7 was sandwiched between rabbits anti-E. coli O157:H7 polyclonal antibody-coated magnetic nanoparticles (immunomagnetic nanoparticles or IMNPs) and mouse anti-E. coli O157:H7 monoclonal antibody. Commercial alkaline phosphatase conjugated horse anti-mouse immunoglobulin (ALP-Ab) was used to bind with the monoclonal antibody, finally the chemiluminescent signals were detected by adding 3-(2'-spiroadamantane)-4-methoxy-4-(3"-phosphoryloxy)phenyl-1,2-dioxetane (AMPPD) which was the substrate reagent of ALP. Different solvents of AMPPD were compared to get an optimal chemiluminescent signal. The effects of sodium borohydride and glycine on blocking the aldehyde groups of IMNPs were compared either, and the specificity and sensitivity of this system for detecting E. coli O157:H7 were researched. The results indicated that Tris buffer was the best solvent of AMPPD, sodium borohydride was better than glycine in blocking IMNPs, and this method was of good specificity when using E. coli Top 10F' and Vibrio cholera as negative controls. The detection limit was 10(3) cells mL(-1) when the antigen solution was 1 mL, and the procedure duration was about 3 h.

  4. The binomial distribution of hydrogen and deuterium in arsanes, diarsanes, and triarsanes generated from As(III)/[BH(n)D(4-n)]- and the effect of trace amounts of Rh(III) ions.

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    Pagliano, Enea; D'Ulivo, Alessandro; Mester, Zoltán; Sturgeon, Ralph E; Meija, Juris

    2012-12-01

    Recent studies of the formation of arsane in the borohydride/arsenate reaction demonstrate the occurrence of condensation cascades whereby small quantities of di- and triarsanes are formed. In this study, the isotopic composition of these di- and triarsanes was examined using deuterium labelled borohydrides. A statistical model was employed to construct the mass spectra of all diarsane and triarsane isotopologues (As(2)H(n)D(4-n) and As(3)H(n)D(5-n)) from the mass spectra of isotopically pure compounds (As(2)H(4), As(2)D(4), As(3)H(5), and As(3)D(5)). Subsequent deconvolution of the experimental mixed spectra shows that incorporation of hydrogen closely follows the binomial distribution, in accord with arsane formation. The H/D distribution in arsane, diarsane, and triarsane isotopologues is binomial in the absence of any interference. However, this is significantly altered by the presence of some transition metals; presented here, for the first time, are the effects of Rh(III). The presence of Rh(III) in the As(III)/[BD(4)](-) system entails the incorporation of hydrogen into the arsanes arising from the solvent, altering the expected binomial H/D distribution.

  5. Immobilization of Candida antarctica Lipase B by Covalent Attachment to Green Coconut Fiber

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    Brígida, Ana I. S.; Pinheiro, Álvaro D. T.; Ferreira, Andrea L. O.; Pinto, Gustavo A. S.; Gonçalves, Luciana R. B.

    The objective of this study was to covalently immobilize Candida antarctica type B lipase (CALB) onto silanized green coconut fibers. Variables known to control the number of bonds between enzyme and support were evaluated including contact time, pH, and final reduction with sodium borohydride. Optimal conditions for lipase immobilization were found to be 2h incubation at both pH 7.0 and 10.0. Thermal stability studies at 60°C showed that the immobilized lipase prepared at pH 10.0 (CALB-10) was 363-fold more stable than the soluble enzyme and 5.4-fold more stable than the biocatalyst prepared at pH 7.0 (CALB-7). CALB-7 was found to have higher specific activity and better stability when stored at 5°C. When sodium borohydride was used as reducing agent on CALB-10 there were no improvement in storage stability and at 60°C stability was reduced for both CALB-7 and CALB-10.

  6. Green coconut fiber: a novel carrier for the immobilization of commercial laccase by covalent attachment for textile dyes decolourization.

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    Cristóvão, Raquel O; Silvério, Sara C; Tavares, Ana P M; Brígida, Ana Iraidy S; Loureiro, José M; Boaventura, Rui A R; Macedo, Eugénia A; Coelho, Maria Alice Z

    2012-09-01

    Commercial laccase formulation was immobilized on modified green coconut fiber silanized with 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane, aiming to achieve a cheap and effective biocatalyst. Two different strategies were followed: one point (pH 7.0) and multipoint (pH 10.0) covalent attachment. The influence of immobilization time on enzymatic activity and the final reduction with sodium borohydride were evaluated. The highest activities were achieved after 2 h of contact time in all situations. Commercial laccase immobilized at pH 7.0 was found to have higher activity and higher affinity to the substrate. However, the immobilization by multipoint covalent attachment improved the biocatalyst thermal stability at 50 °C, when compared to soluble enzyme and to the immobilized enzyme at pH 7.0. The Schiff's bases reduction by sodium borohydride, in spite of causing a decrease in enzyme activity, showed to contribute to the increase of operational stability through bonds stabilization. Finally, these immobilized enzymes showed high efficiency in the continuous decolourization of reactive textile dyes. In the first cycle, the decolourization is mainly due to dyes adsorption on the support. However, when working in successive cycles, the adsorption capacity of the support decreases (saturation) and the enzymatic action increases, indicating the applicability of this biocatalyst for textile wastewater treatment.

  7. Immobilization of Candida antarctica lipase B by covalent attachment to green coconut fiber.

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    Brígida, Ana I S; Pinheiro, Alvaro D T; Ferreira, Andrea L O; Pinto, Gustavo A S; Gonçalves, Luciana R B

    2007-04-01

    The objective of this study was to covalently immobilize Candida antarctica type B lipase (CALB) onto silanized green coconut fibers. Variables known to control the number of bonds between enzyme and support were evaluated including contact time, pH, and final reduction with sodium borohydride. Optimal conditions for lipase immobilization were found to be 2 h incubation at both pH 7.0 and 10.0. Thermal stability studies at 60 degrees C showed that the immobilized lipase prepared at pH 10.0 (CALB-10) was 363-fold more stable than the soluble enzyme and 5.4-fold more stable than the biocatalyst prepared at pH 7.0 (CALB-7). CALB-7 was found to have higher specific activity and better stability when stored at 5 degrees C. When sodium borohydride was used as reducing agent on CALB-10 there were no improvement in storage stability and at 60 degrees C stability was reduced for both CALB-7 and CALB-10.

  8. Flow injection method for the determination of silver concentration in drinking water for spacecrafts.

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    Bruzzoniti, Maria Concetta; Kobylinska, Dorota Korte; Franko, Mladen; Sarzanini, Corrado

    2010-04-14

    A flow injection method has been developed for determination of silver. The method is based on a reduction reaction with sodium borohydride which leads to the formation of a colloidal species which is monitored at a wavelength of 390 nm. The reaction variables flow rate, sodium borohydride concentration and pH, which affect sensitivity, were investigated and their effects were established using a two-levels, three-factor experimental design. Further optimization of manifold variables (reaction coil and injection volume) allowed us to determine silver in the range 0.050-5.0 mg L(-1) with a minimum detectable concentration of 0.050 mg L(-1). Silver is added, as biocide, to drinking water for spacecrafts. The chemical species of silver, present in this kind of sample, were characterized by a procedure based on the selective retention of Ag(+) onto a 2.2.2. cryptand based substrate followed by determination of the non-bound and bound (after elution) Ag(+) by the FIA method. The method optimized was applied to a drinking water sample provided for the launch with the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) module Jule Verne to the International Space Station (March 9, 2008).

  9. Explorations of Novel Energy Conversion and Storage Systems

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    Duffin, Andrew Mark

    . As a result, liquid microjets yield conversion efficiencies exceeding 10%, much larger than channel-dependent measurements (˜3%). It is the large potentials obtainable with electrokinetic currents (tens of kilovolts) that drive up the electrical conversion efficiency. Unfortunately, low currents with high voltages are inconvenient for application. Section 3 of Chapter 2 describes efforts to utilize the high voltage of electrokinetic currents by coupling light into the process. More specifically, the streaming potential is used to modify the space charge layer in a semiconductor and, consequently, the light harvesting characteristics of that semiconductor. To this end, microchannel jets fabricated out of glass and silicon were built to allow light to impinge on the current generating surface. Although plagued with inconsistent results, streaming currents were found to increase upon illumination and some channels even gave measurable responses to ambient room lights. Chapter 3 of this dissertation addresses the details of hydration of boron-oxides and sodium borohydride as studied by near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS) and associated theory. Boron-oxides and molecular hydrogen are products of borohydride hydrolysis which has been intensely studied for hydrogen storage purposes. In spite of their hydroxide moieties, boron-oxides turn out to not be strongly hydrated by water. The experimental spectra, as well as attending calculations, show no evidence for electronic coupling that would indicate strong hydrogen bonding between the boron-oxides and water. On the other hand, the NEXAFS spectrum of sodium borohydride is significantly altered by water. The experiment and calculations show strong evidence for short dihydrogen bonds between water hydrogens and borohydride hydrogens. Molecular dynamics simulations indicate that borohydride is hydrated at the tetrahedral corners and edge.

  10. The removal of uranium onto carbon-supported nanoscale zero-valent iron particles

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    Crane, Richard A.; Scott, Thomas

    2014-12-01

    In the current work carbon-supported nanoscale zero-valent iron particles (CS nZVI), synthesised by the vacuum heat treatment of ferric citrate trihydrate absorbed onto carbon black, have been tested for the removal of uranium (U) from natural and synthetic waters. Two types of CS nZVI were tested, one vacuum annealed at 600 °C for 4 h and the other vacuum annealed at 700 °C for 4 h, with their U removal behaviour compared to nZVI synthesised via the reduction of ferrous iron using sodium borohydride. The batch systems were analysed over a 28-day reaction period during which the liquid and nanoparticulate solids were periodically analysed to determine chemical evolution of the solutions and particulates. Results demonstrate a well-defined difference between the two types of CS nZVI, with greater U removal exhibited by the nanomaterial synthesised at 700 °C. The mechanism has been attributed to the CS nZVI synthesised at 700 °C exhibiting (i) a greater proportion of surface oxide Fe2+ to Fe3+ (0.34 compared to 0.28); (ii) a greater conversion of ferric citrate trihydrate [2Fe(C6H5O7)·H2O] to Fe0; and (iii) a larger surface area (108.67 compared to 88.61 m2 g-1). Lower maximum U uptake was recorded for both types of CS nZVI in comparison with the borohydride-reduced nZVI. A lower decrease in solution Eh and DO was also recorded, indicating that less chemical reduction of U was achieved by the CS nZVI. Despite this, lower U desorption in the latter stages of the experiment (>7 days) was recorded for the CS nZVI synthesised at 700 °C, indicating that carbon black in the CS nZVI is likely to have contributed towards U sorption and retention. Overall, it can be stated that the borohydride-reduced nZVI were significantly more effective than CS nZVI for U removal over relatively short timescales (e.g. <48 h), however, they were more susceptible to U desorption over extended time periods.

  11. Fuel cell with storable gas generator

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    Iwanciow, B.L.

    1986-12-09

    A system is described for providing gaseous hydrogen and oxygen to a hydrogen/oxygen fuel cell, the combination which comprises: (a) hydrogen/oxygen fuel cell assembly; (b) a hydrogen gas generator having a first heterogeneous mixture comprising lithium borohydride and iron oxide contained therein; (c) a means to initiate the first mixture to generate gaseous hydrogen; (d) a means to feed the gaseous hydrogen to the hydrogen/oxygen fuel cell; (e) an oxygen gas generator having a second heterogeneous mixture comprising sodium chlorate and elemental iron contained therein; (f) a means to initiate the second mixture to generate gaseous oxygen; and (g) a means to feed the gaseous oxygen to the hydrogen/oxygen fuel cell.

  12. A study of tungsten nanopowder formation by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis

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    Nersisyan, H.H.; Won, C.W.; Lee, J.H.

    2005-08-01

    Molten salt-assisted self-propagating high-temperature synthesis of nanocrystalline W powder was studied experimentally. The technique involves the reduction of WO{sub 3} in the presence of sodium chloride using three different reducing agents: magnesium (Mg), sodium azide (NaN{sub 3}), and sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}). The effects of the mole fraction of sodium chloride on temperature distributions, combustion parameters, phase compositions, and morphology of the final products were determined. The sodium chloride-assisted method reported here has been found to be effective for lowering combustion temperature and producing uniform and spherical W nanopowders of average particle size around 20-200, 100-200, and 20-50 nm. The effect of combustion temperature on tungsten particle size is discussed, and a sketch describing the chemistry of combustion is proposed.

  13. Synthesis of 1-dodecanethiol-capped Ag nanoparticles and their high catalytic activity

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    Zhang, Danhui; Yang, Youbo

    2017-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles, which were produced by the borohydride reduction of silver nitrate, were stabilized by means of 1-dodecanethiol providing sulfur atom in two-phase system involving water and organic solvent (such as toluene, chloroform and hexane). Different organic solvent played a major role in the particle size of silver nanoparticles. These silver nanoparticles synthesized in the three different organic solvent were characterized by X-ray Diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. The results indicate that the particles size of silver nanoparticles formed in three organic solvents was different. Furthermore, 1-dodecanethiol-capped silver nanoparticles were found to serve as effective catalysts to activate the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4NP) in the presence of NaBH4, where the size of silver nanoparticles played the determining role in catalytic activity.

  14. Zirconium and silver co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles as visible light catalyst for reduction of 4-nitrophenol, degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue.

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    Naraginti, Saraschandra; Stephen, Finian Bernard; Radhakrishnan, Adhithya; Sivakumar, A

    2015-01-25

    Catalytic activity of Zr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles on the reduction of 4-nitrophenol, degradation of methylene blue and methyl orange was studied using sodium borohydride as reducing agent. The nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The rate of the reduction/degradation was found to increase with increasing amount of the photocatalyst which could be attributed to higher dispersity and small size of the nanoparticles. The catalytic activity of Zr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed no significant difference even after recycling the catalyst four times indicating a promising potential for industrial application of the prepared photocatalyst.

  15. Modeling the effect of membrane conductivity on the performance of alkaline fuel cells

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    Raya, Isaac P.; Ellis, Michael W.; Hernandez-Guerrero, Abel; Elizalde-Blancas, Francisco

    2016-03-01

    The present work proposes and demonstrates a methodology to capture the effect of operating conditions on ionic conductivity of membranes immersed in alkaline media. Based on reported experimental results for an anion exchange membrane (A-201 by Tokuyama) and a cation exchange membrane (Nafion 211), two novel expressions are developed for the ionic conductivity by incorporating the effects of solution concentration and temperature. The expression for the cationic conductivity is applied in a cell-level model to predict the performance of an alkaline direct borohydride fuel cell; it is found that the membrane ionic conductivity significantly affects the cell performance and capturing its functionality is essential to accurately predict the fuel cell performance.

  16. Abroma augusta Linn bark extract-mediated green synthesis of gold nanoparticles and its application in catalytic reduction

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    Das, Subhajit; Bag, Braja Gopal; Basu, Ranadhir

    2014-11-01

    The bark extract of Abroma augusta Linn is rich in medicinally important phytochemicals including antioxidants and polyphenols. First one step green synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) has been described utilizing the bark extract of Abroma augusta L. and chloroauric acid under very mild reaction conditions. The phytochemicals present in the bark extract acted both as a reducing as well as a stabilizing agent, and no additional stabilizing and capping agents were needed. Detailed characterizations of the stabilized AuNPs were carried out by surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction studies. The catalytic activity of the freshly synthesized gold nanoparticles has been demonstrated for the sodium borohydride reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol, and the kinetics of the reduction reaction have been studied spectrophotometrically.

  17. Bio-inspired anti-oil-fouling chitosan-coated mesh for oil/water separation suitable for broad pH range and hyper-saline environments.

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    Zhang, Shiyan; Lu, Fei; Tao, Lei; Liu, Na; Gao, Changrui; Feng, Lin; Wei, Yen

    2013-11-27

    Here, we report a bio-inspired chitosan (CS)-based mesh with high separation efficiency, oil-fouling repellency, and stability in a complex liquid environment. The surface of the CS coating maintains underwater superoleophobicity and low oil adhesion (<1 μN) in pure water and hyper-saline solutions, and it can keep stable special wettability in broad pH range environments after the CS mesh is fully cross-linked with glutaraldehyde and then reduced by sodium borohydride to form a stable carbon-nitrogen single bond. The separation process is solely gravity-driven, and the mesh can separate a range of different oil/water mixtures with >99% separation efficiency in hyper-saline and broad pH range conditions. We envision that such a separation method will be useful in oil spill cleanup and industrial oily wastewater treatment in extreme environments.

  18. The synthesis of iron nickel alloy nanoparticles using a reverse micelle technique

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    Ban, Irena; Drofenik, Miha; Makovec, Darko

    2006-12-01

    Nanosized Fe 0.2Ni 0.8 particles were prepared by reducing their salts with sodium borohydride (NaBH 4) in cationic water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions of water/cetyl-trimethyl-amonium bromide (CTAB) and n-butanol/isooctane at 25 °C. According to the TEM and X-ray diffraction analyses, the synthesized particles were around 4-12 nm in size. Due to their nanodimensions, the particles had a primitive cubic (pc) structure rather than the body-centered cubic (BCC) structure of the bulk material. An examination of the synthesis from the reverse micelle reveals that the morphology of the iron-nickel alloy nanoparticles depends mainly on the microemulsion's composition. The magnetization of the nanoparticles was much lower than that of the bulk material, reflecting the influence of the nanodimensions on the particles' magnetizations.

  19. Synthesis, Structural, Optical and Electrical Properties of IN-SITU Synthesized Polyaniline/silver Nanocomposites

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    Alam, Fahad; Ansari, Sajid Ali; Khan, Wasi; Ehtisham Khan, M.; Naqvi, A. H.

    2012-09-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) is recognized as one of the most important conducting polymers due to its high conductivity and good stability. In this paper, polyaniline/silver (PANI/Ag) nanocomposites were synthesized by in-situ polymerization of aniline using ammonium peroxydisulphate (APS) as oxidizing agent with varying concentration of Ag nanoparticles colloids (0 ml, 25 ml and 50 ml). Silver nanoparticles were synthesized separately in colloidal form from silver nitrate (Ag2NO3) with the help of reducing agent sodium borohydride (NaBH4). The PANI/Ag nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, SEM, AFM, UV-visible, temperature dependent resistivity and dielectric measurements. All samples show a single phase nature of the nanoparticles. The electrical resistivity as function of temperature was measured in the temperature range 298-383 K, which indicates a semiconducting to metallic transition at 373 K and 368 K for 25 ml and 50 ml silver colloid samples, respectively.

  20. Green synthesis of palladium nanoparticles mediated by black tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) extract: Catalytic activity in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol and Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction under ligand-free conditions.

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    Lebaschi, Sadaf; Hekmati, Malak; Veisi, Hojat

    2017-01-01

    The present study was conducted to synthesize palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs) through a facile and green route using non-toxic and renewable natural black tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) extract, as the reducing and stabilizing agent. The as-prepared Pd@B.tea NPs catalyst was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The Pd@B.tea NPs catalyst could be used as an efficient and heterogeneous catalyst for Suzuki coupling reactions between phenylboronic acid and a range of aryl halides (X=I, Br, Cl) and also the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) using sodium borohydride in an environmental friendly medium. Excellent yields of products were obtained with a wide range of substrates and the catalyst was recycled 7 times without any significant loss of its catalytic activity.

  1. Experimental Investigation of Aerodynamic Effects of External Combustion in Airstream Below Two-Dimensional Supersonic Wing at Mach 2.5 and 3.0

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    Dorsch, Robert G.; Serafini, John S.; Fletcher, Edward A.; Pinkel, I. Irving

    1959-01-01

    Pressure distributions associated with stable combustion of aluminum borohydride in the airstream adjacent to the lower surface of a 13-inch chord, two-dimensional, blunt-base wing were determined experimentally. The measurements were made with the wing at 20 angle of attack in a 1- by 1-foot tunnel at Mach numbers of 2.47 and 2.96. Static-pressure increases along the lower surface and base caused by the combustion are presented along with the resultant lift increases. The lift-drag ratio of the wing was nearly doubled by the addition of heat. The experimental values of lift during heat addition agree with those predicted by analytical calculations.

  2. A novel Ag catalyzation process using swelling impregnation method for electroless Ni deposition on Kevlar® fiber

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    Pang, Hongwei; Bai, Ruicheng; Shao, Qinsi; Gao, Yufang; Li, Aijun; Tang, Zhiyong

    2015-12-01

    A novel Ag catalyzation process using swelling impregnation pretreatment method was developed for electroless nickel (EN) deposition on Kevlar fiber. Firstly, the fiber was immersed into an aqueous dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) solution of silver nitrate to impart silver nitrate into the inner part of the fiber near the surface. Subsequently silver nitrate was reduced to metal silver nanoparticles on the fiber surface by treatment with aqueous solution of sodium borohydride. After electroless plating, a dense and homogeneous nickel coating was obtained on the fiber surface. The silver nanoparticles formed at the fiber surface functioned as a catalyst for electroless deposition as well as an anchor for the plated layer. The study also revealed that the incorporation of surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) in electroless nickel plating bath can enhance the adhesion strength of EN layer with the fiber surface and minimize the surface roughness of the EN coating. The Ni plated Kevlar fiber possessed excellent corrosion resistance and high tensile strength.

  3. Camphor-mediated synthesis of carbon nanoparticles, graphitic shell encapsulated carbon nanocubes and carbon dots for bioimaging

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    Oza, Goldie; Ravichandran, M.; Merupo, Victor-Ishrayelu; Shinde, Sachin; Mewada, Ashmi; Ramirez, Jose Tapia; Velumani, S.; Sharon, Madhuri; Sharon, Maheshwar

    2016-01-01

    A green method for an efficient synthesis of water-soluble carbon nanoparticles (CNPs), graphitic shell encapsulated carbon nanocubes (CNCs), Carbon dots (CDs) using Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) is demonstrated. Here, we describe a competent molecular fusion and fission route for step-wise synthesis of CDs. Camphor on acidification and carbonization forms CNPs, which on alkaline hydrolysis form CNCs that are encapsulated by thick graphitic layers and on further reduction by sodium borohydride yielded CDs. Though excitation wavelength dependent photoluminescence is observed in all the three carbon nanostructures, CDs possess enhanced photoluminescent properties due to more defective carbonaceous structures. The surface hydroxyl and carboxyl functional groups make them water soluble in nature. They possess excellent photostability, higher quantum yield, increased absorption, decreased cytotoxicity and hence can be utilized as a proficient bio imaging agent. PMID:26905737

  4. Synthesis of copper nanocolloids using a continuous flow based microreactor

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    Xu, Lei; Peng, Jinhui; Srinivasakannan, C.; Chen, Guo; Shen, Amy Q.

    2015-11-01

    The copper (Cu) nanocolloids were prepared by sodium borohydride (NaBH4) reduction of metal salt solutions in a T-shaped microreactor at room temperature. The influence of NaBH4 molar concentrations on copper particle's diameter, morphology, size distribution, and elemental compositions has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) was used to verify the chemical compounds of nanocolloids and estimate the average size of copper nanocolloids. The synthesized copper nanocolloids were uniform in size and non-oxidized. A decrease in the mean diameter of copper nanocolloids was observed with increasing NaBH4 molar concentrations. The maximum mean diameter (4.25 nm) occurred at the CuSO4/NaBH4 molar concentration ratio of 1:2.

  5. Studies on the effects of zerovalent iron nanoparticles on bacteria from the mangrove ecosystem.

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    Kharangate-Lad, Amrita; Pereira, Flancy; Fernandes, Julio; Bhosle, Saroj

    2016-01-01

    Zerovalent iron (ZVI) nanoparticles are gaining popularity in bioremediation of contaminated ground water and antimicrobial studies. In this study, ZVI nanoparticles were synthesized by borohydride method. The effect of these nanoparticles to alter the cell surface hydrophobicity of mangrove bacteria was studied by bacterial adhesion to hydrocarbon assay. The effect of these nanoparticles on the growth and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) of a novel bacterial strain Halobacillus trueperi MXM-16 from mangroves was evaluated by growing the culture in the presence of ZVI nanoparticles and SEM. The change in the emulsifying ability of the cell-free supernatant of Halobacillus trueperi MXM-16 when grown in media amended with ZVI nanoparticles was also investigated by spectrophotometric analysis.

  6. Surface plasmon resonance sensor based on golden nanoparticles and cold vapour generation technique for the detection of mercury in aqueous samples

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    Castillo, Jimmy; Chirinos, José; Gutiérrez, Héctor; La Cruz, Marie

    2017-09-01

    In this work, a surface plasmon resonance sensor for determination of Hg based on golden nanoparticles was developed. The sensor follows the change of the signal from solutions in contact with atomic mercury previously generated by the reaction with sodium borohydride. Mie theory predicts that Hg film, as low as 5 nm, induced a significant reduction of the surface plasmon resonance signal of 40 nm golden nanoparticles. This property was used for quantification purposes in the sensor. The device provide limits of detection of 172 ng/L that can compared with the 91 ng/L obtained with atomic fluorescence, a common technique used for Hg quantification in drinking water. This result was relevant, considering that it was not necessary to functionalize the nanoparticles or use nanoparticles deposited in a substrate. Also, thanks that Hg is released from the matrix, the surface plasmon resonance signal was not affected by concomitant elements in the sample.

  7. Antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles impregnated wound dressing

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    Shinde, V. V.; Jadhav, P. R.; Patil, P. S.

    2013-06-01

    In this work, silver nanoparticles were synthesized by simple wet chemical reduction method. The silver nitrate was reduced by Sodium borohydride used as reducing agent and Poly (vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) as stabilizing agent. The formation of silver nanoparticles was evaluated by UV-visible spectroscope and transmission electron microscope (TEM). Absorption spectrum consist two plasmon peaks at 410 and 668 nm revels the formation of anisotropic nanoparticles confirmed by TEM. The formation of silver nanoparticles was also evidenced by dynamic light scattering (DLS) study. DLS showed polydisperse silver nanoparticles with hydrodynamic size 32 nm. Protecting mechanism of PVP was manifested by FT-Raman study. Silver nanoparticles were impregnated into wound dressing by sonochemical method. The Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion methods were used for antimicrobial susceptibility testing. The antimicrobial activity of the samples has been tested against gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli and gram-positive bacterium Staphylococcus aureus.

  8. Water- and organo-dispersible gold nanoparticles supported by using ammonium salts of hyperbranched polystyrene: preparation and catalysis.

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    Gao, Lei; Nishikata, Takashi; Kojima, Keisuke; Chikama, Katsumi; Nagashima, Hideo

    2013-12-01

    Gold nanoparticles (1 nm in size) stabilized by ammonium salts of hyperbranched polystyrene are prepared. Selection of the R groups provides access to both water- and organo-dispersible gold nanoparticles. The resulting gold nanoparticles are subjected to studies on catalysis in solution, which include reduction of 4-nitrophenol with sodium borohydride, aerobic oxidation of alcohols, and homocoupling of phenylboronic acid. In the reduction of 4-nitrophenol, the catalytic activity is clearly dependent on the size of the gold nanoparticles. For the aerobic oxidation of alcohols, two types of biphasic oxidation are achieved: one is the catalyst dispersing in the aqueous phase, whereas the other is in the organic phase. The catalysts are reusable more than four times without loss of the catalytic activity. Selective synthesis of biphenyl is achieved by the homocoupling of phenylboronic acid catalyzed by organo-dispersible gold nanoparticles.

  9. Chemistry of muconaldehydes of possible relevance to the toxicology of benzene.

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    Bleasdale, C; Kennedy, G; MacGregor, J O; Nieschalk, J; Pearce, K; Watson, W P; Golding, B T

    1996-01-01

    (Z,Z)-Muconaldehyde reacted with primary amines to give N-substituted-2(2'-oxoethyl)-pyrroles, which were reduced to N-substituted-2-(2'-hydroxyethyl)-pyrroles by sodium borohydride. The pyrrole-forming reaction is exhibited by valine and its methyl ester, and is being developed with terminal valine in hemoglobin as a means of dose monitoring (Z,Z)-muconaldehyde, a putative metabolite of benzene. Reactions in aqueous solution between (Z,Z)-muconaldehyde and adenosine, deoxyadenosine, guanosine, or deoxyguanosine leading to pyrrole-containing adducts are described. The elucidation of the structures of the adducts was assisted by the study of reactions between (Z,Z)-muconaldehyde and both nucleoside derivatives and a model compound for guanosine. Reactions of (Z,Z)-muconaldehyde are complicated by its isomerization to (E,Z)- and (E-E)-muconaldehyde. The kinetics of this process have been studied in benzene, acetonitrile, and dimethylsulfoxide. PMID:9118894

  10. Nickel(II) hydride and fluoride pincer complexes and their reactivity with Lewis acids BX3·L (X = H, L = thf; X = F, L = Et2O).

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    Rossin, Andrea; Peruzzini, Maurizio; Zanobini, Fabrizio

    2011-05-07

    Reaction of the pincer hydride complex ((tBu)PCP)Ni(H) [(tBu)PCP = 2,6-C(6)H(3)(CH(2)P(t)Bu(2))(2)] with BH(3)·thf in THF at 190 K generates the corresponding borohydride complex ((tBu)PCP)Ni(BH(4)). The kinetically stable (but thermodynamically unstable) species undergoes reversible borane loss. The related fluoride complex ((tBu)PCP)Ni(F) shows the same reactivity towards BF(3)·Et(2)O, producing ((tBu)PCP)Ni(BF(4)) as the main final product. The processes were followed through multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and DFT calculations, at the M06//6-31+G(d,p) level of theory.

  11. Method for synthesizing metal bis(borano) hypophosphite complexes

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    Cordaro, Joseph G.

    2013-06-18

    The present invention describes the synthesis of a family of metal bis(borano) hypophosphite complexes. One procedure described in detail is the syntheses of complexes beginning from phosphorus trichloride and sodium borohydride. Temperature, solvent, concentration, and atmosphere are all critical to ensure product formation. In the case of sodium bis(borano) hypophosphite, hydrogen gas was evolved upon heating at temperatures above 150.degree. C. Included in this family of materials are the salts of the alkali metals Li, Na and K, and those of the alkaline earth metals Mg and Ca. Hydrogen storage materials are possible. In particular the lithium salt, Li[PH.sub.2(BH.sub.3).sub.2], theoretically would contain nearly 12 wt % hydrogen. Analytical data for product characterization and thermal properties are given.

  12. Polyethersulfone hollow fiber modified with poly(styrenesulfonate) and Pd nanoparticles for catalytic reaction

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    Emin, C.; Gu, Y.; Remigy, J.-C.; Lahitte, J.-F.

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this work is the synthesis of polymer-stabilized Pd nanoparticles (PdNP) inside a functionalized polymeric porous membrane in order to develop hybrid catalytic membrane reactors and to test them in model metal-catalyzed organic reactions. For this goal, a polymeric membrane support (Polyethersulfone hollow fiber-shaped) was firstly functionalized with an ionogenic polymer (i.e. poly(styrenesulfonate) capable to retain PdNP precursors using an UV photo-grafting method. PdNP were then generated inside the polymeric matrix by chemical reduction of precursor salts (intermatrix synthesis). The catalytic performance of the PdNP catalytic membranes was evaluated using reduction of nitrophenol by sodium borohydride (NaBH4) in water.

  13. Electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA) assisted wet chemical synthesis of nickel nanoparticles

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    Barzegar Vishlaghi, M.; Farzalipour Tabriz, M.; Mohammad Moradi, O.

    2012-07-15

    Highlights: ► Electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA) assisted chemical synthesis of nickel nanoparticles is reported. ► Substituting water with non-aqueous media prevents the formation of nickel hydroxide. ► Size of particles decreased from 10 to 20 nm down to 2–4 nm by using multi-jet mode. ► Synthesized nanoparticles have diffraction patterns similar to amorphous materials. -- Abstract: In this study nickel nanoparticles were prepared via chemical reduction of nickel acetate using sodium borohydride using electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA) technique. This technique was used to spray a finely dispersed aerosol of nickel precursor solution into the reductive bath. Obtained particles were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–Visible spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results confirmed the formation of nickel nanoparticles and showed that applying EHDA technique to chemical reduction method results in producing smaller particles with narrower size distribution in comparison with conventional reductive precipitation method.

  14. A sensitive localized surface plasmon resonance sensor for determining mercury(II) ion using noble metal nanoparticles as probe

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    Bi, Ning; Chen, Yanhua; Qi, Haibo; Zheng, Xia; Chen, Yang; Liao, Xue; Zhang, Hanqi; Tian, Yuan

    2012-09-01

    The noble metal nanoparticles (NPs), including gold nanorods (AuNRs), gold nanospheres (AuNSs) and silver nanoplates (AgNPTs), were synthesized and Tween 20 stabilized NPs (Tween 20-NPs) were used as the probes for determining Hg2+. Hg2+ was determined based on the strong affinity between Au (Ag) and Hg. Hg2+ was reduced to Hg in the presence of sodium borohydride. Hg interacts with the NPs and the diameter of the NPs decreases with the increase of Hg2+ concentration, which causes the shift in absorption peak of Tween 20-NPs. The peak shifts are linearly related to Hg2+ concentrations. Compared with AuNSs and AgNPTs, when the AuNRs was used, the sensitivity for determining Hg2+ was higher. The developed method shows a good selectivity for Hg2+ and can be applied to the determination of Hg2+ in water samples.

  15. GLYOXYLATE FERMENTATION BY STREPTOCOCCUS ALLANTOICUS

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    Valentine, R. C.; Drucker, H.; Wolfe, R. S.

    1964-01-01

    Valentine, R. C. (University of Illinois, Urbana), H. Drucker, and R. S. Wolfe. Glyoxylate fermentation by Streptococcus allantoicus. J. Bacteriol. 87:241–246. 1964.—Extracts of Streptococcus allantoicus were found to degrade glyoxylate, yielding tartronic semialdehyde and CO2. Tartronic semialdehyde was prepared chemically, and its properties were compared with the enzymatic product: reduction by sodium borohydride yielded glycerate; heating at 100 C yielded glycolaldehyde and CO2; autoxidation yielded mesoxalic semialdehyde; periodate oxidation yielded glyoxylate and a compound presumed to be formate. Tartronic semialdehyde reductase was present in extracts of S. allantoicus and in a species of Pseudomonas grown on allantoin. A scheme for the synthesis of acetate from glyoxylate by S. allantoicus is discussed. PMID:14151040

  16. Collagen cross-linking of skin in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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    Ono, S.; Yamauchi, M.

    1992-01-01

    Collagen cross-links of skin tissue (left upper arm) from 11 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and 9 age-matched control subjects were quantified. It was found that patients with ALS had a significant reduction in the content of an age-related, stable cross-link, histidinohydroxylysinonorleucine, that was negatively correlated with the duration of illness. The contents of sodium borohydride-reducible labile cross-links, dehydro-hydroxylysinonorleucine and dehydro-histidinohydroxymerodesmosine, were significantly increased and were positively associated with the duration of illness (r = 0.703, p less than 0.05 and r = 0.684, p less than 0.05, respectively). The results clearly indicate that during the course of ALS, the cross-linking pathway of skin collagen runs counter to its normal aging, resulting in a "rejuvenation" phenomenon of skin collagen. Thus, cross-linking of skin collagen is affected in ALS.

  17. Regioselective nucleophilic 1,4-trifluoromethylation of 2-polyfluoroalkylchromones with (trifluoromethyl)trimethylsilane. Synthesis of fluorinated analogs of natural 2,2-dimethylchroman-4-ones and 2,2-dimethylchromenes.

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    Sosnovskikh, Vyacheslav Ya; Usachev, Boris I; Sevenard, Dmitri V; Röschenthaler, Gerd-Volker

    2003-10-03

    Reactions of 2-polyfluoroalkylchromones with (perfluoroalkyl)trimethylsilanes proceed as a 1,4-nucleophilic perfluoroalkylation to give 2,2-bis(polyfluoroalkyl)chroman-4-ones with high regioselectivity and good yields after acid hydrolysis. Oxidation of 6-methyl-2,2-bis(trifluoromethyl)chroman-4-one with a mixture of K2S2O8 and CuSO4 in aqueous acetonitrile leads to fluorinated analogues of natural lactarochromal and the corresponding acid. Reduction of substituted 2,2-bis(trifluoromethyl)chroman-4-one with sodium borohydride in methanol and subsequent dehydration of chromanols in refluxing xylene in the presence of p-toluene sulfonic acid gives 2,2-bis(trifluoromethyl)chromenes, which are fluorinated analogues of natural precocenes.

  18. Synthesis of Bifunctional Fe3O4@SiO2-Ag Magnetic-Plasmonic Nanoparticles by an Ultrasound Assisted Chemical Method

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    Chu, Dung Tien; Sai, Doanh Cong; Luu, Quynh Manh; Tran, Hong Thi; Quach, Truong Duy; Kim, Dong Hyun; Nguyen, Nam Hoang

    2017-06-01

    Bifunctional magnetic-plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs)—Fe3O4@SiO2-Ag were successfully synthesized by an ultrasound assisted chemical method. Silver ions were absorbed and then reduced by sodium borohydride on the surface of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) functionalized silica-coated magnetic NPs, then they were reduced under the influence of a 200 W ultrasonic wave for 60 min. When the amount of precursor silver ions increased, the relative intensity of diffraction peaks of silver crystals in all samples increased with the atomic ratio of silver/iron increasing from 0.208 to 0.455 and saturation magnetization ( M s) decreasing from 44.68 emu/g to 34.74 emu/g. The NPs have superparamagnetic properties and strong surface plasmon absorption at 420 nm, which make these particles promising for biomedical applications.

  19. Synthesis, antibacterial, antiurease, and antioxidant activities of some new 1,2,4-triazole schiff base and amine derivatives.

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    Sokmen, Bahar Bilgin; Gumrukcuoglu, Nurhan; Ugras, Serpil; Sahin, Huseyin; Sagkal, Yasemin; Ugras, Halil Ibrahim

    2015-01-01

    The acylhydrazone compound named ethyl N'-furan-2-carbonylbenzohydrazonate was synthesized by the condensation of ethyl benzimidate hydrochloride with furan-2-carbohydrazide. The treatment of the acylhydrazone with hydrazine hydrate afforded 4-amino-3-furan-2-yl-5-phenyl-1,2,4-triazole. The usage of this compound with various aromatic aldehydes resulted in the formation of 4-arylidenamino-3-furan-2-yl-5-phenyl-1,2,4-triazoles. Sodium borohydride reduction of 4-arylidenamino derivatives afforded 4-alkylamino-3-furan-2-yl-5-phenyl-1,2,4-triazoles. The obtained products were identified by FT-IR, (1)H-NMR, (13)C-NMR. A series of compounds were evaluated for their antibacterial, antiurease, and antioxidant activities. The results showed that the synthesized new compounds had effective antiurease and antioxidant activities.

  20. Blue emission of YMO 4:Eu 2+ (M=V,P) nanocrystals prepared through facile wet process

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    Iwasaki, Mitsunobu; Yamashita, Naoki; Taguchi, Masato; Karuppucharmy, Subbian; Ito, Seishiro; Park, Wonkyu

    2006-08-01

    Nanometer-sized YPO 4:Eu and YVO 4:Eu particles were prepared from alkaline alcohol-water mixture with Y(NO 3) 3 6H IIO, EuCl 3 and H 3PO 4 (or NH 4VO 4) under reflux. The resultant particles were well crystallized ranging 10-50 nm in diameter by changing reaction conditions. Europium ions in YPO 4:Eu and YVO 4:Eu was successfully reduced to Eu 2+ ions by sodium borohydride under reflux. The peak position of blue emission due to Eu 2+ ions (4f-5d transition) in nanocrystals was different among the materials (Y IIO 3, YVO 4 and YPO 4).

  1. In-situ reduced silver nanoparticles on populus fiber and the catalytic application

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    Li, Miaomiao; Gong, Yumei; Wang, Wenheng; Xu, Guangpeng; Liu, Yuanfa; Guo, Jing

    2017-02-01

    One kind of composites involved in silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) loading in-situ on natural populus fiber (PF) matrix was prepared by polyamidoxime (PAO) functionalized the cellulose fiber. In which PAO worked as trapping and stabilizing agents chelating silver ions and made it reduced in-situ to obtain AgNPs by borohydride at room temperature. The synthesized composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Moreover, the composites showed significant catalytic activity 1.87 s-1 g-1 and repeated usability more than 7 cycles in reducing 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) into 4-aminophenol (4-AP) detected by UV-vis spectrophotometer in aqueous solution due to the surface-enhanced immobility and large amount of AgNPs. The natural cellulose fiber provides a green platform to react and support other noble metals for wide catalytic reactions.

  2. Methods of analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Laboratory; determination of antimony by automated-hydride atomic absorption spectrophotometry

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    Brown, G.E.; McLain, B.J.

    1994-01-01

    The analysis of natural-water samples for antimony by automated-hydride atomic absorption spectrophotometry is described. Samples are prepared for analysis by addition of potassium and hydrochloric acid followed by an autoclave digestion. After the digestion, potassium iodide and sodium borohydride are added automatically. Antimony hydride (stibine) gas is generated, then swept into a heated quartz cell for determination of antimony by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Precision and accuracy data are presented. Results obtained on standard reference water samples agree with means established by interlaboratory studies. Spike recoveries for actual samples range from 90 to 114 percent. Replicate analyses of water samples of varying matrices give relative standard deviations from 3 to 10 percent.

  3. Facilely Tuning Porous NiCo2 O4 Nanosheets with Metal Valence-State Alteration and Abundant Oxygen Vacancies as Robust Electrocatalysts Towards Water Splitting.

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    Zhu, Chengzhou; Fu, Shaofang; Du, Dan; Lin, Yuehe

    2016-03-14

    Great efforts in developing clean electrochemical water splitting technology leads to the rational design and synthesis of highly efficient oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts with low overpotential and fast reaction kinetics. Herein, we focus on the role that morphology and composition play in the OER performance to rationally design freestanding 3D porous NiCo2O4 nanosheets with metal valence states alteration and abundant oxygen vacancies as robust electrocatalysts towards water splitting. Besides metal valence-state alteration, surface modification regarding the evolution of oxygen vacancies is facilely realized upon the sodium borohydride treatment, which is beneficial for the enhanced OER performance. Taking advantage of the porous nanostructures and abundant surface activity sites with high reactivity, the resultant nanostructures exhibit excellent OER activity and stability in alkaline electrolytes that outperform that of pristine NiCo2O4 and commercial RuO2, thus holding great potential for the water splitting.

  4. Green synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles employing levan, a biopolymer from Acetobacter xylinum NCIM 2526, as a reducing agent and capping agent.

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    Ahmed, Khan Behlol Ayaz; Kalla, Divya; Uppuluri, Kiran Babu; Anbazhagan, Veerappan

    2014-11-04

    With a vision of finding greener materials to synthesize nanoparticles, we report the production and isolation of levan, a polysaccharide with repeating units of fructose, from Acetobacter xylinum NCIM2526. The isolated levan were characterized using potassium ferricyanide reducing power assay, Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy and (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H NMR). To exploit levan in nanotechnology, we present a simple and greener method to synthesize silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using biopolymer, levan as both reducing and stabilizing agents. The morphology and stability of the AgNPs and AuNPs were examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis absorption (UV-vis) spectroscopy. The possible capping mechanism of the nanoparticles was postulated using FTIR studies. As synthesized biogenic nanoparticles showed excellent catalytic activity as evidenced from sodium borohydride mediated reduction of 4-nitro phenol and methylene blue.

  5. Active targeting of cancer cells using folic acid-conjugated platinum nanoparticles

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    Teow, Yiwei; Valiyaveettil, Suresh

    2010-12-01

    Interaction of nanoparticles with human cells is an interesting topic for understanding toxicity and developing potential drug candidates. Water soluble platinum nanoparticles were synthesized viareduction of hexachloroplatinic acid using sodium borohydride in the presence of capping agents. The bioactivity of folic acid and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) capped platinum nanoparticles (Pt-nps) has been investigated using commercially available cell lines. In the cell viability experiments, PVP-capped nanoparticles were found to be less toxic (>80% viability), whereas, folic acid-capped platinum nanoparticles showed a reduced viability down to 24% after 72 h of exposure at a concentration of 100 μg ml-1 for MCF7 breast cancer cells. Such toxicity, combined with the possibility to incorporate functional organic molecules as capping agents, can be used for developing new drug candidates.

  6. Activation of the heat-stable polypeptide of the ATP-dependent proteolytic system.

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    Ciechanover, A; Heller, H; Katz-Etzion, R; Hershko, A

    1981-01-01

    It had been shown previously that the heat-stable polypeptide of the ATP-dependent proteolytic system of reticulocytes, designated APF-1, forms covalent conjugates with protein substrates in an ATP-requiring process. We now describe an enzyme that carries out the activation by ATP of the polypeptide with pyrophosphate displacement. The formation of AMP-polypeptide and transfer of the polypeptide to a secondary acceptor are suggested by an APF-1 requirement for ATP-PPi and ATP-AMP exchange reactions, respectively. With radiolabeled polypeptide, an ATP-dependent labeling of the enzyme was shown to be by a linkage that is acid stable but is labile to treatment with mild alkali, hydroxylamine, borohydride, or mercuric salts. It therefore appears that the AMP-polypeptide undergoes attack by an -SH group of the enzyme to form a thiolester. PMID:6262770

  7. Prediction the thermodynamics reaction associated with NaK(BH4)2 and detection metastable paths from first principles calculation

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    Guo, Yajuan; Jia, Jianfeng; Wang, Xiaohua; Wu, Haishun

    2013-07-01

    The double cation borohydrides NaK(BH4)2 has a total H2 content of 8.8 wt.% and has suggested as a potential candidate for hydrogen storage applications. The four decomposition reaction paths associated with NaK(BH4)2 are predicted to reaction thermodynamics for hydrogen release within the temperature range of 21-126 °C. However, a critical drawback with first-principles is that the predicted reaction mechanism might not be the most stable reaction path. The aim of this study is to provide an answer to this problem by examining possible metastable paths for four reactant mixtures whose reaction mechanisms were previously predicted using first principles thermodynamics calculations.

  8. Is Electronegativity a Useful Descriptor for the "Pseudo-Alkali-Metal" NH4?

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    Whiteside, Alexander; Xantheas, Sotiris S.; Gutowski, Maciej S.

    2011-11-18

    Molecular ions in the form of "pseudo-atoms" are common structural motifs in chemistry, with properties that are transferrable between different compounds. We have determined the electronegativity of the "pseudo-alkali metal" ammonium (NH4) and evaluated its reliability as a descriptor in comparison to the electronegativities of the alkali metals. The computed properties of its binary complexes with astatine and of selected borohydrides confirm the similarity of NH4 to the alkali metal atoms, although the electronegativity of NH4 is relatively large in comparison to its cationic radius. We paid particular attention to the molecular properties of ammonium (angular anisotropy, geometric relaxation, and reactivity), which can cause deviations from the behaviour expected of a conceptual "true alkali metal" with this electronegativity. These deviations allow for the discrimination of effects associated with the polyatomic nature of NH4.

  9. Facile preparation of Pd-metal oxide/C electrocatalysts and their application in the electrocatalytic oxidation of ethanol

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    Abdel Hameed, R. M.

    2017-07-01

    Palladium nanoparticles were deposited on different metal oxide/C supports using a mixture of ethylene glycol and sodium borohydride during the reduction step. The electrocatalytic activity of Pd-based electrocatalysts was investigated for ethanol oxidation in alkaline medium. More negative onset potential and peak potential values for ethanol oxidation were shown at Pd-metal oxide/C electrocatalysts when compared to those at Pd/C. The oxidation current density recorded decay percentage of 84.44% at Pd-SnO2/C compared to 48% at Pd/C during the stability test. Adding MnO2, V2O5, RuO2 or SnO2 to Pd/C enhanced its charge transfer properties by 1.91, 4.77, 5.05 or 6.23 times.

  10. Establishing and Understanding Adsorption-Energy Scaling Relations with Negative Slopes.

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    Su, Hai-Yan; Sun, Keju; Wang, Wei-Qi; Zeng, Zhenhua; Calle-Vallejo, Federico; Li, Wei-Xue

    2016-12-15

    Adsorption-energy scaling relations are widely used for the design of catalytic materials. To date, only linear scaling relations are known in which the slopes are positive. Considering the adsorption energies of F, O, N, C, and B on transition metals, we show here that scaling relations with negative slopes also exist between certain adsorbates. The origin of such unconventional scaling relations is analyzed in terms of common descriptors such as d-band center, work function, number of outer electrons, electronic charge on the adsorbates, integrated crystal orbital overlap populations, and crystal orbital Hamilton populations. Conventional scaling relations are formed between adsorbates such as F, O, N, and C, which create ionic-like bonds with surfaces. Conversely, anomalous scaling relations are established between those and covalently bound adsorbates such as B. This widens the theory of adsorption-energy scaling relations and opens new avenues in physical chemistry and catalysis, for instance, in direct borohydride fuel cells.

  11. Synthesis of [3 alpha-3H]7-dehydrocholesterol via stable tritiated 4-phenyl-1,2,4-triazoline-3,5-dione derivative.

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    Batta, A K; Salen, G; Tint, G S; Honda, A; Shefer, S

    1997-11-01

    Synthesis of [3 alpha-3H]7-dehydrocholesterol is described via protection of the 5,7-diene system in 7-dehydrocholesterol as the Diels-Alder adduct with 4-phenyl-1,2,4-triazoline-3,5-dione followed by oxidation of the hydroxyl group to give the 3-oxo adduct. Reduction of the keto adduct with [3H]sodium borohydride produced the adduct of [3 alpha-3H]7-dehydrocholesterol from which the radiolabeled sterol was obtained via treatment with lithium aluminum hydride. The advantage of the method is that highly labeled [3 alpha-3H]7-dehydrocholesterol can be prepared. Further, unlike 7-dehydrocholesterol, its adduct with 4-phenyl-1,2,4-triazoline-3,5-dione is stable and can be stored. This allows the preparation of small batches of [3 alpha-3H]7-dehydrocholesterol for immediate use in biological experiments, and losses due to decomposition of excess radiolabeled 7-dehydrocholesterol are minimized.

  12. Evidence that the multifunctional polypeptides of vertebrate and fungal fatty acid synthases have arisen by independent gene fusion events.

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    McCarthy, A D; Goldring, J P; Hardie, D G

    1983-10-17

    The enoyl reductase (NADPH binding site) of rabbit mammary fatty acid synthase has been radioactively labelled using pyridoxal phosphate and sodium [3H]borohydride. Using this method we have been able to add this site to the four sites whose location has already been mapped within the multifunctional polypeptide chain of the protein. The results show that the enoyl reductase lies between the 3-oxoacylsynthase and the acyl carrier. This confirms that the active sites occur in a different order on the single multifunctional polypeptide of vertebrate fatty acid synthase and the two multifunctional polypeptides of fungal fatty acid synthase, and suggests that these two systems have arisen by independent gene fusion events.

  13. Synthesis of biomacromolecule-stabilized silver nanoparticles and their surface-enhanced Raman scattering properties

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    Zhang, Danhui; Yang, Houbo

    2013-09-01

    In this work, water soluble silver nanoparticles stabilized by biomacromolecule, were produced through using an aqueous solution of silver nitrate with Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) under different reducing agents (such as sodium borohydride, hydrazine, N, N-dimethyl formamide) at the room temperature, where BSA provided the main function to form monodispersed silver nanoparticles. UV-vis spectroscopy, Fluorescence spectra, TEM and HR-TEM are used to characterize the BSA-capped silver nanoparticles under different condition. The results show that the formed silver nanoparticles have different size and morphology under the three different reducing agents. Moreover, the fluorescence intensity of BSA was drastically quenched in presence of Ag nanoparticles from the results of fluorescence spectra. Furthermore, the surface-enhanced Raman scattering effects of the formed silver nanoparticles were also displayed and we made a comparison under three different reducing agents.

  14. Concentration-dependent optical properties of TGA stabilized CdTe Quantum dots synthesized via the single injection hydrothermal method in the ambient environment

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    Jai Kumar, B.; Mahesh, H. M.

    2017-04-01

    Thioglycolic acid (TGA) stabilized aqueous CdTe Quantum dots (QDs) were synthesized using a facile, cost efficient Single Injection Hydrothermal (SIH) method. The complete preparation of precursors and growth of QDs was carried out in the ambient environment without inter gas protection. The Cadmium and Tellurium precursors were prepared from cadmium nitrate and elemental tellurium powder with sodium borohydride as reducing agent respectively. A systematic investigation was carried out in order to study the effect of 0.04M and 0.08M TGA concentration on ease synthesis, stability and size-tunable optical absorbance, bandgap, photoluminescence (PL) and Quantum yield (QY) of CdTe QDs. The Structure of QDs was verified by XRD and optical properties by absorbance and PL spectra. Experimental results revealed that the 0.08M TGA QDs possess good chemical and optical stability with high luminescence and decent QY, ready to use in optoelectronics, photovoltaic and biological application.

  15. A novel green one-step synthesis of silver nanoparticles using chitosan: catalytic activity and antimicrobial studies

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    Venkatesham, Maragoni; Ayodhya, Dasari; Madhusudhan, Alle; Veera Babu, Nagati; Veerabhadram, Guttena

    2014-01-01

    Stable silver nanoparticles were synthesized using chitosan acting as both reducing and stabilizing agent without using any toxic chemicals. This reaction was carried out in an autoclave at a pressure of 15 psi and 120 °C temperature by varying the time. The influence of different parameters such as time, change of concentration of silver nitrate and concentration of chitosan on the formation of silver nanoparticles were studied. The synthesized silver nanoparticles were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results of catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol by sodium borohydride in the presence of green synthesized silver nanoparticles were presented. The antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles was tested against Escherichia coli and Micrococcus luteus and was found to be possessing inhibiting property.

  16. An Electrochemical Study of Frustrated Lewis Pairs: A Metal-Free Route to Hydrogen Oxidation

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    2014-01-01

    Frustrated Lewis pairs have found many applications in the heterolytic activation of H2 and subsequent hydrogenation of small molecules through delivery of the resulting proton and hydride equivalents. Herein, we describe how H2 can be preactivated using classical frustrated Lewis pair chemistry and combined with in situ nonaqueous electrochemical oxidation of the resulting borohydride. Our approach allows hydrogen to be cleanly converted into two protons and two electrons in situ, and reduces the potential (the required energetic driving force) for nonaqueous H2 oxidation by 610 mV (117.7 kJ mol–1). This significant energy reduction opens routes to the development of nonaqueous hydrogen energy technology. PMID:24720359

  17. Synthesis of novel amide functionalized 2H-chromene derivatives by Ritter amidation of primary alcohol using HBF4·OEt2 as a mild and versatile reagent and evaluation of their antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activities.

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    Ratnakar Reddy, K; Poornachandra, Y; Jitender Dev, G; Mallareddy, G; Nanubolu, Jagadeesh B; Kumar, C Ganesh; Narsaiah, B

    2015-08-01

    A series of novel amide functionalized 2H-chromene derivatives 3 were prepared starting from ethyl-2-hydroxy-2-(trifluoromethyl)-2H-chromene-3-carboxylate 1 via sodium borohydride reduction followed by Ritter amidation using HBF4·OEt2 as a mild and versatile reagent. All the products 3 were screened for antimicrobial activity against various Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria and fungal strain. The promising derivatives such as 3f, 3g, 3k, 3l, 3m, 3n and 3o were further screened for minimum bactericidal concentration and bio-film inhibition activity and identified the potential ones. Among all the promising, compound 3g was more potent for antimicrobial, MBC and anti bio-film activities. The structure verses activity relationship of 3g revealed that the presence of two bromine atoms at sixth and R position promotes high activity. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Zirconium and silver co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles as visible light catalyst for reduction of 4-nitrophenol, degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue

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    Naraginti, Saraschandra; Stephen, Finian Bernard; Radhakrishnan, Adhithya; Sivakumar, A.

    2015-01-01

    Catalytic activity of Zr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles on the reduction of 4-nitrophenol, degradation of methylene blue and methyl orange was studied using sodium borohydride as reducing agent. The nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The rate of the reduction/degradation was found to increase with increasing amount of the photocatalyst which could be attributed to higher dispersity and small size of the nanoparticles. The catalytic activity of Zr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed no significant difference even after recycling the catalyst four times indicating a promising potential for industrial application of the prepared photocatalyst.

  19. New selenium-75 labeled radiopharmaceuticals: selenonium analogues of dopamine

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    Sadek, S.A.; Basmadjian, G.P.; Hsu, P.M.; Rieger, J.A.

    1983-07-01

    Selenium-75 labeled selenonium analogues of dopamine, (2-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)ethyl)dimethylselenonium iodide and its dihydroxy analogue, were prepared by reducing (/sup 75/Se)selenious acid with sodium borohydride at pH 6.0 and reacting the NaSeH produced with 1-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-2-(p-toluenesulfonyloxy)ethane. Tissue distribution studies in rats given the /sup 75/Se-labeled selenonium agents intravenously demonstrated high initial heart uptake. Prolonged adrenal retention and high adrenal to blood ratio of compound 4 were observed. The high uptake and adrenal to blood ratio suggest the potential use of compound 4 as a radiopharmaceutical for the adrenal gland.

  20. Chemically synthesized boron carbon oxynitride as a new cold cathode material

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    Banerjee, Diptonil; Maity, Supratim; Chattopadhyay, K. K.

    2015-11-01

    Synthesis of boron carbon oxynitride (BCNO) nanosheets at different temperature from amorphous to crystalline regime has been reported. The synthesis was done by a simple molten salt process using sodium borohydride and urea as precursors. Transmission electron microscopic study confirms the formation of sheet-like structure of the as-synthesized material. The performances of the as-synthesized BCNO nanosheets as cold cathode materials have been studied for the first time in the high vacuum electron field emission set up. It has been seen that the material gives considerable field emission current with turn on field as low as 2.95 V/μm with good stability and thus a new cold cathode material can be postulated.

  1. Rapid determination of formaldehyde in sanitary paper napkins for product quality control by headspace gas chromatography.

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    Hu, Hui-Chao; Tian, Ying-Xin; Chai, Xin-Sheng

    2012-01-01

    This study reports on a headspace gas chromatographic method (HS-GC) for the determination of formaldehyde in sanitary napkin samples. The method is based on the reaction of formaldehyde and sodium borohydride in a concentrated potassium carbonate solution (824 g/L), in which formaldehyde is quantitatively converted to methanol at 105°C in 45 min. The methanol from the conversion is determined by HS-GC. The repeatability of the method had a relative standard deviation of less than 4.5%; the limit of quantification (LOQ) was 1.17 µg, and the recovery ranged from 96.8 - 106%. The present method is simple, rapid, and accurate. It is suitable for use in the batch testing for product quality control of tissue papers during the manufacturing process and in analysis of point-of-sale samples from commercial markets.

  2. Complex and liquid hydrides for energy storage

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    Callini, Elsa; Atakli, Zuleyha Özlem Kocabas; Hauback, Bjørn C.; Orimo, Shin-ichi; Jensen, Craig; Dornheim, Martin; Grant, David; Cho, Young Whan; Chen, Ping; Hjörvarsson, Bjørgvin; de Jongh, Petra; Weidenthaler, Claudia; Baricco, Marcello; Paskevicius, Mark; Jensen, Torben R.; Bowden, Mark E.; Autrey, Thomas S.; Züttel, Andreas

    2016-04-01

    The research on complex hydrides for hydrogen storage was initiated by the discovery of Ti as a hydrogen sorption catalyst in NaAlH4 by Boris Bogdanovic in 1996. A large number of new complex hydride materials in various forms and combinations have been synthesized and characterized, and the knowledge regarding the properties of complex hydrides and the synthesis methods has grown enormously since then. A significant portion of the research groups active in the field of complex hydrides is collaborators in the International Energy Agreement Task 32. This paper reports about the important issues in the field of complex hydride research, i.e. the synthesis of borohydrides, the thermodynamics of complex hydrides, the effects of size and confinement, the hydrogen sorption mechanism and the complex hydride composites as well as the properties of liquid complex hydrides. This paper is the result of the collaboration of several groups and is an excellent summary of the recent achievements.

  3. Synthesis of camptothecin-loaded gold nanomaterials

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    Xing, Zhimin; Liu, Zhiguo; Zu, Yuangang; Fu, Yujie; Zhao, Chunjian; Zhao, Xiuhua; Meng, Ronghua; Tan, Shengnan

    2010-04-01

    Camptothecin-loaded gold nanomaterials have been synthesized by the sodium borohydride reduction method under a strong basic condition. The obtained gold nanomaterials have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. The camptothecin-loaded gold colloidal solution was very stable and can be stored for more than two months at room temperature without obvious changes. The color of the colloidal solution can change from wine red to purple and blue during the acidifying process. It was revealed that the release of camptothecin and the aggregation of gold nanoparticles can be controlled by tuning the solution pH. The present study implied that the gold nanomaterials can be used as the potential carrier for CPT delivery.

  4. Reversible hydrogen storage materials

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    Ritter, James A [Lexington, SC; Wang, Tao [Columbia, SC; Ebner, Armin D [Lexington, SC; Holland, Charles E [Cayce, SC

    2012-04-10

    In accordance with the present disclosure, a process for synthesis of a complex hydride material for hydrogen storage is provided. The process includes mixing a borohydride with at least one additive agent and at least one catalyst and heating the mixture at a temperature of less than about 600.degree. C. and a pressure of H.sub.2 gas to form a complex hydride material. The complex hydride material comprises MAl.sub.xB.sub.yH.sub.z, wherein M is an alkali metal or group IIA metal, Al is the element aluminum, x is any number from 0 to 1, B is the element boron, y is a number from 0 to 13, and z is a number from 4 to 57 with the additive agent and catalyst still being present. The complex hydride material is capable of cyclic dehydrogenation and rehydrogenation and has a hydrogen capacity of at least about 4 weight percent.

  5. Carbon nanofiber supported bimetallic PdAu nanoparticles for formic acid electrooxidation

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    Qin, Yuan-Hang; Jiang, Yue; Niu, Dong-Fang; Zhang, Xin-Sheng; Zhou, Xing-Gui; Niu, Li; Yuan, Wei-Kang

    2012-10-01

    Carbon nanofiber (CNF) supported PdAu nanoparticles are synthesized with sodium citrate as the stabilizing agent and sodium borohydride as the reducing agent. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) characterization indicates that the synthesized PdAu particles are well dispersed on the CNF surface and X-ray diffraction (XRD) characterization indicates that the alloying degree of the synthesized PdAu nanoparticles can be improved by adding tetrahydrofuran to the synthesis solution. The results of electrochemical characterization indicate that the addition of Au can promote the electrocatalytic activity of Pd/C catalyst for formic acid oxidation and the CNF supported high-alloying PdAu catalyst possesses better electrocatalytic activity and stability for formic acid oxidation than either the CNF supported low-alloying PdAu catalyst or the CNF supported Pd catalyst.

  6. Dielectric relaxation and hopping conduction in reduced graphite oxide

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    Wei, Guidan; Yu, Ji; Gu, Min; Tang, Tong B.

    2016-06-14

    Graphite oxide reduced by sodium borohydride was characterised and its electrical conduction investigated with impedance spectroscopy. Thermal dependence of electrical modulus (instead of permittivity, its inverse) was calculated from complex impedance spectra, an approach that prevents any peak in dielectric loss (imaginary component) from being swarmed by large dc conductivity. Two loss peaks appeared at each tested frequency, in a sample of either degree of reduction. The set of weaker peak should arise from the relaxation of some polar bonds, as proposed earlier by us. The stronger loss peaks may correspond to the hopping of conduction electrons; variable range hopping is also consistent with the observed thermal dependence of conductivity. However, nearer ambient temperature there is a change in mechanism, to band transport, with an activation energy of fairly similar values as derived from both loss peaks and conductivity.

  7. Nanofibrillated Cellulose and Copper Nanoparticles Embedded in Polyvinyl Alcohol Films for Antimicrobial Applications

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    Zhong, Tuhua; Oporto, Gloria S.; Jaczynski, Jacek; Jiang, Changle

    2015-01-01

    Our long-term goal is to develop a hybrid cellulose-copper nanoparticle material as a functional nanofiller to be incorporated in thermoplastic resins for efficiently improving their antimicrobial properties. In this study, copper nanoparticles were first synthesized through chemical reduction of cupric ions on TEMPO nanofibrillated cellulose (TNFC) template using borohydride as a copper reducing agent. The resulting hybrid material was embedded into a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix using a solvent casting method. The morphology of TNFC-copper nanoparticles was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM); spherical copper nanoparticles with average size of 9.2 ± 2.0 nm were determined. Thermogravimetric analysis and antimicrobial performance of the films were evaluated. Slight variations in thermal properties between the nanocomposite films and PVA resin were observed. Antimicrobial analysis demonstrated that one-week exposure of nonpathogenic Escherichia coli DH5α to the nanocomposite films results in up to 5-log microbial reduction. PMID:26137482

  8. Preparation of silver nanoparticles at low temperature

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    Mishra, Mini; Chauhan, Pratima

    2016-04-13

    Silver from ancient time is used as antimicrobial agent in the bulk form but now with the advancement in nanotechnology silver in the form of nanoparticles shown potential effect against microbes which make us easy to fight with many diseases plants and animals. In this work silver nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical routes using sodium borohydride as reducing agent at low temperature. The particles were characterized through UV-Visible spectroscopy as well as X-Ray Diffraction. The UV-visible spectra of silver nanoparticles exhibited absorption at 425 cm; the crystallite size of the particles is between 19nm to 39nm. EDAX graph shows two peaks of silver and oxygen. Water absorbed by silver nanoparticles was removed by the calcinations.

  9. Facile synthesis of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Scano, A. Pilloni, M. Cabras, V. Ennas, G.; Vazquez-Vazquez, C.

    2014-10-21

    Silica nanoparticles (SiO{sub 2} NPs) for biomedical applications have been prepared by using a facile modified Stöber-synthesis. Potassium borohydride (KBH{sub 4}) has been introduced in the synthesis procedure in order to control NP size. Several samples have been prepared varying tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) concentration, and using different process conditions (temperature, reaction time and atmosphere). In order to study the influence of the process conditions on the NP size, morphology and properties, several characterization techniques were used. Size and morphology of the as-prepared SiO{sub 2} NPs have been studied by using Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) techniques. Structural characterization was carried out by X-ray powder diffraction. To investigate the SiO{sub 2} NP fluorescence emission properties the fluorescence spectroscopy was also used.

  10. Rapid method for determination of carbonyl groups in lignin compounds by headspace gas chromatography.

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    Li, Jing; Hu, Hui-Chao; Chai, Xin-Sheng

    2015-07-24

    The paper reports on a novel method for rapid determination of carbonyl in lignins by headspace gas chromatography (HS-GC). The method involves the quantitative carbonyl reduction for aldehydes in 2min at room temperature or for acetones in 30min at 80°C by sodium borohydride solution in a closed headspace sample vial. After the reaction, the solution was acidified by injecting sulfuric acid solution and the hydrogen released to the headspace was determined by GC using thermal-conductivity detector. The results showed that with the addition of SiO2 powder, the reduction reaction of carbonyl groups can be greatly facilitated. The method has a good measurement precision (RSD<7.74%) and accuracy (relative error <10% compared with a reference method) in the carbonyl quantification. It is suitable to be used for rapid determination of carbonyl content in lignin and related materials.

  11. Stereoselective formation of quaternary stereogenic centers via alkylation of α-substituted malonate-imidazolidinones.

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    Bixa, Thobela; Hunter, Roger; Andrijevic, Ana; Petersen, Wade; Su, Hong; Dhoro, Francis

    2015-01-16

    A new stereoselective alkylation methodology is presented for formation of chiral, nonracemic quaternary centers via a chiral auxiliary protocol involving α-alkylated malonate imidazolidinones. Based on two X-ray structures of quaternized products, the diastereoselectivity observed may be rationalized via a transition-state involving an s-transC-N conformation of the C-N bond of the auxiliary, with the metal cation (K(+)) chelated into the malonate six-membered hole as a Z-enolate. A deprotection protocol involving ethanethiolate exchange of the imide to the corresponding thioester, followed by a standard Fukuyama reduction and a borohydride reduction, furnishes α,α'-quaternized β-hydroxypropionates in high ee overall.

  12. Metallization of DNA hydrogel: application of soft matter host for preparation and nesting of catalytic nanoparticles

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    Zinchenko, Anatoly; Che, Yuxin; Taniguchi, Shota; Lopatina, Larisa I.; G. Sergeyev, Vladimir; Murata, Shizuaki

    2016-07-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) of Au, Ag, Pt, Pd, Cu and Ni of 2-3 nm average-size and narrow-size distributions were synthesized in DNA cross-linked hydrogels by reducing corresponding metal precursors by sodium borohydride. DNA hydrogel plays a role of a universal reactor in which the reduction of metal precursor results in the formation of 2-3 nm ultrafine metal NPs regardless of metal used. Hydrogels metallized with various metals showed catalytic activity in the reduction of nitroaromatic compounds, and the catalytic activity of metallized hydrogels changed as follows: Pd > Ag ≈ Au ≈ Cu > Ni > Pt. DNA hydrogel-based "soft catalysts" elaborated in this study are promising for green organic synthesis in aqueous media as well as for biomedical in vivo applications.

  13. Controlled Synthesis and Magnetic Properties of Uniform Hierarchical Polyhedral α-Fe2O3 Particles

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    Long, Nguyen Viet; Yang, Yong; Thi, Cao Minh; Phuc, Le Hong; Nogami, Masayuki

    2017-06-01

    The controlled synthesis of uniform hierarchical polyhedral iron (Fe) micro-/nanoscale oxide particles with the α-Fe2O3 structure is presented. The hierarchical polyhedral iron oxide particles were synthesized by modified polyol methods with sodium borohydride as a powerful and efficient reducing agent. A critical heat treatment process used during the synthesis allowed for the interesting formation of α-Fe2O3 hematite with a micro-/nanoscale structure. The structure and weak ferromagnetism of the α-Fe2O3 particles were investigated by x-ray diffraction with whole pattern fitting and Rietveld refinement, scanning electron microscopy, and by vibrating sample magnetometry. The as-prepared α-Fe2O3 particles and the three dimensional models presented have promising practical applications for energy storage and conversion in batteries, capacitors, and fuel cells, and related spintronic devices and technologies.

  14. New avenues to efficient chemical synthesis of exchange coupled hard/soft nanocomposite magnet.

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    Lee, Don Keun; Cha, Hyun Gil; Kim, Young Hwan; Kim, Chang Woo; Ji, Eun Sun; Kang, Young Soo

    2009-07-01

    Nd-Fe-B ultrafine amorphous alloy particles were prepared by reaction of metal ions with borohydride in aqueous solution. Monodispersed Fe nanoparticles were synthesized under an argon atmosphere via thermal decomposition of Fe(2+)-oleate2. Exchange coupled Nd2Fe14B/Fe nanocomposite magnets have been prepared by self-assembly using surfactant. The crystal structure of the synthesized nanoparticles was identified by using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The size and shape of nanoparticles were obtained by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Thermogravimetry using a microbalance with magnetic field gradient positioned below the sample was used for the measurement of a thermomagnetic analysis (TMA) curve showing the downward magnetic force versus temperature.

  15. A twist on facial selectivity of hydride reductions of cyclic ketones: twist-boat conformers in cyclohexanone, piperidone, and tropinone reactions.

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    Neufeldt, Sharon R; Jiménez-Osés, Gonzalo; Comins, Daniel L; Houk, K N

    2014-12-05

    The role of twist-boat conformers of cyclohexanones in hydride reductions was explored. The hydride reductions of a cis-2,6-disubstituted N-acylpiperidone, an N-acyltropinone, and tert-butylcyclohexanone by lithium aluminum hydride and by a bulky borohydride reagent were investigated computationally and compared to experiment. Our results indicate that in certain cases, factors such as substrate conformation, nucleophile bulkiness, and remote steric features can affect stereoselectivity in ways that are difficult to predict by the general Felkin-Anh model. In particular, we have calculated that a twist-boat conformation is relevant to the reactivity and facial selectivity of hydride reduction of cis-2,6-disubstituted N-acylpiperidones with a small hydride reagent (LiAlH4) but not with a bulky hydride (lithium triisopropylborohydride).

  16. Immobilization of laccase from Aspergillus oryzae on graphene nanosheets.

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    Skoronski, Everton; Souza, Diego Hoefling; Ely, Cyntia; Broilo, Felipe; Fernandes, Mylena; Fúrigo, Agenor; Ghislandi, Marcos Gomes

    2017-06-01

    Laccase enzymes of Aspergillus oryzae were immobilized on graphene nanosheets by physical adsorption and covalent bonding. Morphological features of the graphene sheets were characterized via microscopy techniques. The immobilization by adsorption was carried out through contact between graphene and solution of laccase enzyme dissolved in deionized water. The adsorption process followed a Freundlich model, showing no tendency to saturation within the range of values used. The process of immobilization by covalent bonding was carried out by nitration of graphene, followed by reduction of sodium borohydride and crosslinking with glutaraldehyde. The process of immobilization by both techniques increased the pH range of activity of the laccase enzyme compared to the free enzyme and increased its operating temperature. On operational stability, the enzyme quickly loses its activity after the second reaction cycle when immobilized via physical adsorption, while the technique by covalent bonding retained around 80% activity after six cycles. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Lantana camara Linn leaf extract mediated green synthesis of gold nanoparticles and study of its catalytic activity

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    Dash, Shib Shankar; Bag, Braja Gopal; Hota, Poulami

    2015-03-01

    A facile one-step green synthesis of stable gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) has been described using chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) and the leaf extract of Lantana camara Linn (Verbenaceae family) at room temperature. The leaf extract enriched in various types of plant secondary metabolites is highly efficient for the reduction of chloroaurate ions into metallic gold and stabilizes the synthesized AuNPs without any additional stabilizing or capping agents. Detailed characterizations of the synthesized gold nanoparticles were carried out by surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, Zeta potential, X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy studies. The synthesized AuNPs have been utilized as a catalyst for the sodium borohydride reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in water at room temperature under mild reaction condition. The kinetics of the reduction reaction has been studied spectrophotometrically.

  18. Preparation and catalytic application of Ag/polydopamine composite on surface of glass substrates

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    Yu, Jianying; Sun, Chengyi; Lu, Shixiang; Xu, Wenguo; Liu, Zhehan; He, Dongsheng

    2017-01-01

    In this work, Ag/polydopamine composite on glass substrates (Ag/PDA@slides) were formed by using polydopamine (PDA) as both reducing and stabilizing agent to reduce silver salts to silver nanoparticles (NPs) and adhesive them to slides. The morphology and chemical composition of the composite material was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD). The prepared Ag/PDA@slide was a highly active catalyst for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) in the presence of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) aqueous solution at room temperature. The reduction rate of the optimal catalyst was as fast as 10 s and it was stable up to 6 cycles without a significant loss of its catalytic activity. By measuring the UV-Vis absorption bonds of Ag/PDA@slides, it proved that condition of the strongest surface plasmon resonance of Ag/PDA@slides is the optimal condition of catalytic reduction of 4-NP.

  19. Surfactant-assisted UV-photolysis of nitroarenes.

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    Diehl, Claude A; Jafvert, Chad T; Marley, Karen A; Larson, Richard A

    2002-01-01

    Photochemical transformations (lambda-254 nm) of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT) in aqueous solutions containing the cationic surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium (CTA) and the anionic nucleophile borohydride (BH4-) were investigated. The overall decay rate was enhanced at CTA concentrations above the critical micelle concentration (cmc) when stoichiometric excess BH4- was present in solution. A kinetic model that separates the overall reaction rate into micellar and aqueous pseudo-phase components indicates transformation in micelles is 17 times faster that in the homogeneous water phase under those conditions investigated. Intermediate products were identified by comparing the HPLC retention times and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra of product peaks to those of analytical standards. 2-Methyl-5-nitroaniline, 4-nitrotoluene, 2-nitrotoluene, 4-methyl-3-nitroaniline, 2,4-diaminotoluene, o-toluidine, 1,3-dinitrobenzene, 3-nitroaniline, p-cresol, and 2,4-diaminophenol were identified as photo-transformation intermediates or products.

  20. The Chemistry of Paper Preservation: Part 2. The Yellowing of Paper and Conservation Bleaching

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    Carter, Henry A.

    1996-11-01

    The discoloration of paper on aging is of interest to the archival community and also to the pulp and paper industry where new and improved mechanical pulps are being developed. The yellowing of paper on aging can be attributed to the presence of chromophores found in some of the products formed from the degradation of one or more components of paper. This study identifies the nature of the chromophores found in cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin. The photooxidation of lignin-containing papers and the mechanism for photoyellowing are discussed. This is followed by a description of the basic principles of conservation bleaching which involves chemically treating papers in order to remove unwanted discoloration or stains. The washing of paper and the use of oxidizing and reducing bleaches are presented. The discussion on oxidizing bleaches includes hydrogen peroxide, alkaline hypochlorite, chlorine dioxide and sunlight. The chemistry of reducing bleaches focuses on dithionites and borohydrides.

  1. Preparation and characterization of platinum-ruthenium bimetallic nanoparticles using reverse microemulsions for fuel cell catalyst.

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    Kim, Taeyoon; Kobayashi, Koichi; Nagai, Masayuki

    2007-01-01

    Platinum-ruthenium bimetallic nanoparticles are prepared by chemical reduction using sodium borohydride in reverse microemulsions of water/isooctane/Igepal CA-630/2-propanol for fuel cell catalysts. The prepared nanoparticles are characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis. The average size and morphology of nanoparticles are dependent on the water volume fraction in reverse microemulsion system in the range of ca. 2-4 nm. The morphology of particles is related with the percolation behavior of water droplets in reverse microemulsions. By the pretreatment of water phase using a hydrochloric acid, the particles of a homogeneous solid solution state can be obtained. The CO stripping cyclovoltammetry and the electrochemical measurements compared with commercial catalyst show that the prepared particles have a high electrochemically active surface area and a stable and high catalytic activity for reformate gas oxidation.

  2. Atomic-absorption spectrochemical analysis for ultratrace elements in geological materials by hydride-forming techniques: Selenium.

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    Sighinolfi, G P; Gorgoni, C

    1981-03-01

    A method based on hydride generation for the AAS determination of selenium at nanogram levels in geological materials is described. The sample is decomposed by aqua regia attack in a sealed Teflon bomb. After treatment with hydrochloric acid, selenium is converted into hydrogen selenide by reaction with sodium borohydride and determined by AAS. Matrix interference effects have been investigated, but though they are rarely significant, the standard-additions method is recommended. The absolute sensitivity of the method is about 2.0 ng of Se (in 10 ml of solution). Detection limits of about 5-10 ng in a 1.0-g sample have been achieved with the use of "Suprapure" reagents. The selenium content of some USGS, CRPG and ANRT reference samples is reported.

  3. Modified chemical route for deposition of molybdenum disulphide thin films

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    Vyas, Akshay N. Sartale, S. D.

    2014-04-24

    Molybdenum disulphide (MoS{sub 2}) thin films were deposited on quartz substrates using a modified chemical route. Sodium molybdate and sodium sulphide were used as precursors for molybdenum and sulphur respectively. The route involves formation of tetrathiomolybdate ions (MoS{sub 4}{sup 2−}) and further reduction by sodium borohydride to form MoS{sub 2}. The deposition was performed at room temperature. The deposited films were annealed in argon atmosphere at 1073 K for 1 hour to improve its crystallinity. The deposited films were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for morphology, UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy for optical studies and X-ray diffraction (XRD) for structure determination.

  4. Comprehensive method for determination of aquatic butyltin and butylmethyltin species at ultratrace levels using simultaneous hydridization/extraction with gas chromatography-flame photometric detection

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    Matthias, C.L.; Bellama, J.M.; Olson, G.J.; Brinckman, F.E.

    1986-06-01

    An ultratrace method for the analysis of aquatic anthropogenic butyltin and mixed methylbutyltin species using simultaneous hydridization with sodium borohydride and extraction into dichloromethane is described. The detection limits for a 100-mL sample are 7 ng of Sn/L for tetrabutyltin, 7 ng of Sn/L for tributyltin, 3 ng of Sn/L for dibutyltin, and 22 ng of Sn/L for monobutyltin. Detection limits of approximately 1-2 ng of Sn/L for tri- and tetrabutyltin and less than 1 ng of Sn/L for dibutyltin species were achieved with 800-mL samples. The presence of tetrabutyltin in harbor waters is reported. 39 references, 9 figures, 2 tables.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of silver and gold nanoparticles in ionic liquid.

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    Singh, Prashant; Kumari, Kamlesh; Katyal, Anju; Kalra, Rashmi; Chandra, Ramesh

    2009-07-01

    In this paper, we report the reduction of silver and gold salts by methanolic solution of sodium borohydride in tetrazolium based ionic liquid as a solvent at 30 degrees C leads to pure phase of silver and gold nanoparticles. Silver and gold nanoparticles so-prepared were well characterized by powder X-ray diffraction measurements (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and QELS. XRD analysis revealed all relevant Bragg's reflection for crystal structure of silver and gold metal. XRD spectra also revealed no oxidation of silver nanoparticles to silver oxide. TEM showed nearly uniform distribution of the particles in methanol and it was confirmed by QELS. Silver and gold nanoparticles in ionic liquid can be easily synthesized and are quite stable too.

  6. NF-κB inhibitors, unique γ-pyranol-γ-lactams with sulfide and sulfoxide moieties from Hawaiian plant Lycopodiella cernua derived fungus Paraphaeosphaeria neglecta FT462.

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    Li, Chun-Shun; Sarotti, Ariel M; Huang, Peng; Dang, Uyen T; Hurdle, Julian G; Kondratyuk, Tamara P; Pezzuto, John M; Turkson, James; Cao, Shugeng

    2017-09-05

    LC-UV/MS-based metabolomic analysis of the Hawaiian endophytic fungus Paraphaeosphaeria neglecta FT462 led to the identification of four unique mercaptolactated γ-pyranol-γ-lactams, paraphaeosphaerides E-H (1-4) together with one γ-lactone (5) and the methyl ester of compound 2 (11). The structures of the new compounds (1-5 and 11) were elucidated through the analysis of HRMS and NMR spectroscopic data. The absolute configuration was determined by chemical reactions with sodium borohydride, hydrogen peroxide, α-methoxy-α-(trifluoromethyl)phenylacetyl chlorides (Mosher reagents), and DP4 + NMR calculations. All the compounds were tested against STAT3, A2780 and A2780cisR cancer cell lines, E. coli JW2496, and NF-κB. Compounds 1 and 3 strongly inhibited NF-κB with IC50 values of 7.1 and 1.5 μM, respectively.

  7. Controlled Synthesis and Magnetic Properties of Uniform Hierarchical Polyhedral α-Fe2O3 Particles

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    Long, Nguyen Viet; Yang, Yong; Thi, Cao Minh; Phuc, Le Hong; Nogami, Masayuki

    2017-02-01

    The controlled synthesis of uniform hierarchical polyhedral iron (Fe) micro-/nanoscale oxide particles with the α-Fe2O3 structure is presented. The hierarchical polyhedral iron oxide particles were synthesized by modified polyol methods with sodium borohydride as a powerful and efficient reducing agent. A critical heat treatment process used during the synthesis allowed for the interesting formation of α-Fe2O3 hematite with a micro-/nanoscale structure. The structure and weak ferromagnetism of the α-Fe2O3 particles were investigated by x-ray diffraction with whole pattern fitting and Rietveld refinement, scanning electron microscopy, and by vibrating sample magnetometry. The as-prepared α-Fe2O3 particles and the three dimensional models presented have promising practical applications for energy storage and conversion in batteries, capacitors, and fuel cells, and related spintronic devices and technologies.

  8. Cellulose nanocrystal-mediated synthesis of silver nanoparticles: role of sulfate groups in nucleation phenomena.

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    Lokanathan, Arcot R; Uddin, Khan Mohammad Ahsan; Rojas, Orlando J; Laine, Janne

    2014-01-13

    Developing sustainable chemical methods to synthesize silver nanoparticles has drawn significant research interest. Due to their unique and well-defined physical-chemical properties, cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) have become one of the most promising renewable nanomaterials. Here we use CNC to mediate silver nanoparticle synthesis and elucidate the effect of CNC surface chemistry (as defined by sulfate groups) in nanoparticle formation and nucleation in the presence of borohydride reduction. Pristine CNCs produced by sulfuric acid hydrolysis and partially desulfated CNCs mediated the formation of silver nanoparticles of different sizes (and size distribution) following different rates of formation, as determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis spectroscopy. The results shed light on methods to stabilize silver nanoparticles, control their nucleation, and highlight the potential of CNCs in metal nanoparticle synthesis.

  9. Synthesis of nanocrystalline copper oxide with dandelion-like morphology by homogeneous precipitation method

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    Sharma, Ravi Kant; Ghose, Ranjana

    2014-11-01

    Nanocrystalline copper oxide with dandelion-like morphology has been successfully synthesized by a simple homogeneous precipitation method using copper acetate and ammonia solution. It was obtained at low temperature (∼80 °C) in short precipitation time. The formation of dandelion-like microspheres and their size depend on calcination temperature. The synthesized samples were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS), surface area measurements, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The nanocrystalline copper oxide has been explored as a good catalyst for reduction of 4-nitrophenol with sodium borohydride.

  10. Analysis of oxidative modification of proteins.

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    Yan, Liang-Jun

    2009-02-01

    Proteins are targets of oxidative modification. This unit describes detailed procedures for the analysis of popular indices of protein oxidation including protein carbonyl formation, loss of protein thiols, and nitrotyrosine and dityrosine formation, as well as isoaspartate formation. Procedures are detailed for the analysis of protein carbonyls labeled with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine, tritiated sodium borohydride, and biotin-hydrazide, followed by detection measurements that are based on the distinguishing feature of each labeling chemical. Methods are outlined for the determination of protein cysteine oxidation by quantifying the loss of free protein thiols using radiolabeled [(14)C]-iodoacetamide. Protocols are described for the measurement of protein dityrosine by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, as are the details for the detection of protein nitrotyrosine by a competitive ELISA approach. Finally, methods are described for the quantification of protein-bound isoaspartate using protein-L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase that converts aberrant L-isoaspartyl residues in peptides and proteins to normal aspartyl residues.

  11. Analysis of oxidative modification of proteins.

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    Yan, Liang-Jun

    2009-04-01

    Proteins are targets of oxidative modification. This unit describes detailed procedures for the analysis of popular indices of protein oxidation including protein carbonyl formation, loss of protein thiols, and nitrotyrosine and dityrosine formation, as well as isoaspartate formation. Procedures are detailed for the analysis of protein carbonyls labeled with 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine, tritiated sodium borohydride, and biotin-hydrazide, followed by detection measurements that are based on the distinguishing feature of each labeling chemical. Methods are outlined for the determination of protein cysteine oxidation by quantifying the loss of free protein thiols using radiolabeled [(14)C]-iodoacetamide. Protocols are described for the measurement of protein dityrosine by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, as are the details for the detection of protein nitrotyrosine by a competitive ELISA approach. Finally, methods are described for the quantification of protein-bound isoaspartate using protein-L-isoaspartyl methyltransferase that converts aberrant L-isoaspartyl residues in peptides and proteins to normal aspartyl residues.

  12. Collagen cross-linking of skin in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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    Ono, S.; Yamauchi, M.

    1992-01-01

    Collagen cross-links of skin tissue (left upper arm) from 11 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and 9 age-matched control subjects were quantified. It was found that patients with ALS had a significant reduction in the content of an age-related, stable cross-link, histidinohydroxylysinonorleucine, that was negatively correlated with the duration of illness. The contents of sodium borohydride-reducible labile cross-links, dehydro-hydroxylysinonorleucine and dehydro-histidinohydroxymerodesmosine, were significantly increased and were positively associated with the duration of illness (r = 0.703, p less than 0.05 and r = 0.684, p less than 0.05, respectively). The results clearly indicate that during the course of ALS, the cross-linking pathway of skin collagen runs counter to its normal aging, resulting in a "rejuvenation" phenomenon of skin collagen. Thus, cross-linking of skin collagen is affected in ALS.

  13. Increasing surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy effect of RNA and DNA components by changing the pH of silver colloidal suspensions.

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    Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M; Rodríguez, Gabriela Del Mar; Castellanos, Jorge; Felix-Rivera, Hilsamar; Resto, Oscar; Hernández-Rivera, Samuel P

    2012-02-15

    This work focused on establishing the parameters for enhancing the Raman signals of DNA and RNA constituents: nitrogenous bases, nucleosides and nucleotides, using metallic nanoparticles as surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates. Silver nanospheres were synthesized using sodium borohydride as a reducing agent and sodium citrate as a capping agent. The prepared nanoparticles had a surface plasmon band at ∼384nm and an average size of 12±3nm. The nanoparticles' surface charge was manipulated by changing the pH of the Ag colloidal suspensions in the range of 1-13. Low concentrations as 0.7μM were detected under the experimental conditions. The optimum pH values were: 7 for adenine, 9 for AMP, 5 for adenosine, 7 for dAMP and 11 for deoxyadenosine.

  14. Synthesis of Bifunctional Fe3O4@SiO2-Ag Magnetic-Plasmonic Nanoparticles by an Ultrasound Assisted Chemical Method

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    Chu, Dung Tien; Sai, Doanh Cong; Luu, Quynh Manh; Tran, Hong Thi; Quach, Truong Duy; Kim, Dong Hyun; Nguyen, Nam Hoang

    2017-03-01

    Bifunctional magnetic-plasmonic nanoparticles (NPs)—Fe3O4@SiO2-Ag were successfully synthesized by an ultrasound assisted chemical method. Silver ions were absorbed and then reduced by sodium borohydride on the surface of 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) functionalized silica-coated magnetic NPs, then they were reduced under the influence of a 200 W ultrasonic wave for 60 min. When the amount of precursor silver ions increased, the relative intensity of diffraction peaks of silver crystals in all samples increased with the atomic ratio of silver/iron increasing from 0.208 to 0.455 and saturation magnetization (M s) decreasing from 44.68 emu/g to 34.74 emu/g. The NPs have superparamagnetic properties and strong surface plasmon absorption at 420 nm, which make these particles promising for biomedical applications.

  15. Development of carborane synthons: Synthesis and chemistry of (aminoalkyl)carboranes

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    Wilson, J.G. ); Anisuzzaman, A.K.M.; Soloway, A.H. ); Alam, F.

    1992-05-13

    A number of (aminoalkyl)-1,2-closo-dodecaboranes have been synthesized to provide carboranes with a functional group for covalent incorporation into structures of potential use in the treatment of cancer by boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT). (Phthalimidoalkyl)acetylenes reacted with decaborane to give the corresponding carboranes; removal of the phthalimido group under mild conditions using sodium borohydride in 2-propanol furnished the (aminoalkyl)carboranes which were isolated as their hydrochloride salts. An alternative approach involved the conversion of an (iodoalkyl)- or a ((tosyloxy)alkyl)carborane to the azido derivative which gave the amine on hydrogenation. An effective way of attaching a carborane moiety to thiouracil, which is selectively taken up in melanoma cells, is illustrated by the acylation of two of these amines with thiouracil-5-carboxylic acid.

  16. One-step growth of gold nanorods using a β-diketone reducing agent

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    Tollan, Christopher M.; Echeberria, Jon; Marcilla, Rebeca; Pomposo, José A.; Mecerreyes, David

    2009-07-01

    The synthesis and characterisation of gold nanorods have been carried out by reduction of the gold salt HAuCl4. This has been done using a single reducing agent, acetylacetone, rather than the two reducing agents, sodium borohydride and ascorbic acid, normally required by standard wet chemistry methods of gold nanorod formation. Using this novel method, the nanorods were synthesised at several different pH values which were found to greatly affect both the rate at which the nanorods form and their physical dimensions. The concentrations of acetylacetone and silver nitrate used relative to the gold salt were found to alter the aspect ratio of the nanorods formed. Rods with an average length of 42 nm and an aspect ratio of 4.6 can be easily and reproducibly formed at pH 10 using this method. Nanorods formed under optimum conditions were investigated using TEM.

  17. Approach to Monobactams and Nocardicins via Diastereoselective Kinugasa Reaction.

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    Kabala, Kamil; Grzeszczyk, Barbara; Stecko, Sebastian; Furman, Bartłomiej; Chmielewski, Marek

    2015-12-18

    A Kinugasa reaction between copper(I) acetylides and cyclic nitrones derived from chiral amino alcohols and glyoxylic acid is reported. The stereochemical preferences observed in this reaction are discussed. The alkyne molecule approaches the nitrone exclusively anti to the large substituent next to the nitrogen atom to provide the cis-substituted β-lactam ring preferentially. The six-membered oxazinone ring can be opened by reduction with lithium borohydride. Deprotection of the β-lactam nitrogen atom can be achieved by lithium in liquid ammonia reduction or by CAN oxidation, depending on the substituents attached to the four-membered azetidinone ring. The adducts obtained by the Kinugasa reaction provide an attractive entry to a variety of monocyclic β-lactam structures related to monobactams and nocardicins.

  18. Stabilized rhodium(0) nanoparticles: a reusable hydrogenation catalyst for arene derivatives in a biphasic water-liquid system.

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    Schulz, J; Roucoux, A; Patin, H

    2000-02-18

    A colloidal system based on an aqueous suspension of rhodium(o) nanoparticles proved to be an efficient catalyst for the hydrogenation of arene derivatives under biphasic conditions. The rhodium nanoparticles (2-2.5 nm) were synthesized by the reduction of RhCl3 x 3H2O with sodium borohydride and were stabilized by highly water-soluble N-alkyl-N-(2-hydroxyethyl)ammonium salts (HEA-Cn). These surfactant molecules were characterized by measurements of the surface tension and the aqueous dispersions with rhodium were observed by transmission electron cryomicroscopy. The catalytic system is efficient under ultramild conditions, namely room temperature and 1 atm H2 pressure. The aqueous phase which contains the protected rhodium(0) colloids can be reused without significant loss of activity. The microheterogeneous behavior of this catalytic system was confirmed on a mercury poisoning experiment.

  19. The effect of the nano-silica support on the catalytic reduction of water by gold, silver and platinum nanoparticles--nanocomposite reactivity.

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    Zidki, T; Bar-Ziv, R; Green, U; Cohen, H; Meisel, D; Meyerstein, D

    2014-08-07

    Pt°-NPs, prepared by the reduction of Pt(IV) salts with borohydride, do not catalyse the reduction of water in the presence of the strongly-reducing ˙C(CH3)2OH radicals. However, supporting the same metal nanoparticles (M°-NPs) with SiO2 alters the catalytic properties enabling the reaction. This effect depends both on the nature of M° and concentration of the composite nanoparticles. At low nanocomposite concentration: for M = Au nearly no effect is observed; for M = Ag the support decreases the catalytic reduction of water and for M = Pt the support initiates the catalytic process. At high nanocomposite concentration: for M = Au the reactivity is considerably lower and for M = Ag or Pt no catalysis is observed. Furthermore, for M = Ag or Pt H2 reduces the ˙C(CH3)2OH radicals.

  20. Functional Application of Noble Metal Nanoparticles In Situ Synthesized on Ramie Fibers

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    Tang, Bin; Yao, Ya; Li, Jingliang; Qin, Si; Zhu, Haijin; Kaur, Jasjeet; Chen, Wu; Sun, Lu; Wang, Xungai

    2015-09-01

    Different functions were imparted to ramie fibers through treatment with noble metal nanoparticles including silver and gold nanoparticles. The in situ synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles was achieved by heating in the presence of ramie fibers in the corresponding solutions of precursors. The unique optical property of synthesized noble metal nanoparticles, i.e., localized surface plasmon resonance, endowed ramie fibers with bright colors. Color strength (K/S) of fibers increased with heating temperature. Silver nanoparticles were obtained in alkaline solution, while acidic condition was conducive to gold nanoparticles. The optical properties of treated ramie fibers were investigated using UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was employed to observe the morphologies of silver and gold nanoparticles in situ synthesized on fibers. The ramie fibers treated with noble metal nanoparticles showed remarkable catalytic activity for reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) by sodium borohydride. Moreover, the silver nanoparticle treatment showed significant antibacterial property on ramie fibers.

  1. Complex and liquid hydrides for energy storage

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    Callini, Elsa; Atakli, Zuleyha Özlem Kocabas; Hauback, Bjørn C.; Orimo, Shin-ichi; Jensen, Craig; Dornheim, Martin; Grant, David; Cho, Young Whan; Chen, Ping; Hjörvarsson, Bjørgvin; de Jongh, Petra; Weidenthaler, Claudia; Baricco, Marcello; Paskevicius, Mark; Jensen, Torben R.; Bowden, Mark E.; Autrey, Thomas S.; Züttel, Andreas

    2016-03-10

    The research on complex hydrides for hydrogen storage was imitated by the discovery of Ti as a hydrogen sorption catalyst in NaAlH4 by Boris Bogdanovic in 1996. A large number of new complex hydride materials in various forms and combinations have been synthesized and characterized and the knowledge on the properties of complex hydrides and the synthesis methods has grown enormously since then. A significant part of the research groups active in the field of complex hydrides are collaborators in the IEA task 32. This paper reports about the important issues in the field of the complex hydride research, i.e. the synthesis of borohydrides, the thermodynamics of complex hydrides and their thermodynamic properties, the effects of size and confinement, the hydrogen sorption mechanism and the complex hydride composites as well as the properties of liquid complex hydrides. This paper is the result of the collaboration of several groups and excellent summary of the recent achievements.

  2. A facile synthesis of metal nanoparticle - graphene composites for better absorption of solar radiation

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    Sharma, Bindu; Mulla, Rafiq; Rabinal, M. K.

    2015-06-24

    Herein, a facile chemical approach has been adopted to prepare silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)- graphene (G) composite to study photothermal effect. Sodium borohydride (SBH), a strong reducing agent has been selected for this work. Effect of SBH concentrations on optical behavior of AgNPs-G composite was also investigated. Resultant materials were characterized by various techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), optical absorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). SEM micrographs confirm wrapping of AgNPs into graphene whereas XRD analysis reveals their particle size variation between 47 nm to 69 nm. Optical studies throw a light on their strong absorption behavior towards solar radiation.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of silver and gold nanoparticles in ionic liquid

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    Singh, Prashant; Kumari, Kamlesh; Katyal, Anju; Kalra, Rashmi; Chandra, Ramesh

    2009-07-01

    In this paper, we report the reduction of silver and gold salts by methanolic solution of sodium borohydride in tetrazolium based ionic liquid as a solvent at 30 °C leads to pure phase of silver and gold nanoparticles. Silver and gold nanoparticles so-prepared were well characterized by powder X-ray diffraction measurements (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and QELS. XRD analysis revealed all relevant Bragg's reflection for crystal structure of silver and gold metal. XRD spectra also revealed no oxidation of silver nanoparticles to silver oxide. TEM showed nearly uniform distribution of the particles in methanol and it was confirmed by QELS. Silver and gold nanoparticles in ionic liquid can be easily synthesized and are quite stable too.

  4. Determination of synthesis method of ecstasy based on the basic impurities.

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    Swist, M; Wilamowski, J; Parczewski, A

    2005-09-10

    MDMA was prepared by five different synthesis routes, i.e. by dissolving metal reduction (Al/Hg), cyanoborohydride reduction (NaBH(3)CN), borohydride reduction in low temperature (NaBH(4)), Leuckart reaction and safrole bromination. MDP-2-P was prepared by two different synthesis methods, i.e. by isosafrole oxidation and MDP-2-nitropropene reduction. Each of the synthesis routes was repeated three times in order to establish variation in qualitative composition of route specific impurities between different batches. The analysis of impurities in MDP-2-nitropropene, MDP-2-P, bromosafrole and MDMA was performed with GC-MS. GC/MS was used also in the analysis of impurities in starting materials: safrole, isosafrole and piperonal. As a result of our study the way of determination of MDMA synthesis route determination based on qualitative composition of impurities is proposed.

  5. Antimicrobial polyethyleneimine-silver nanoparticles in a stable colloidal dispersion.

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    Lee, Hyun Ju; Lee, Se Guen; Oh, Eun Jung; Chung, Ho Yun; Han, Sang Ik; Kim, Eun Jung; Seo, Song Yi; Ghim, Han Do; Yeum, Jeong Hyun; Choi, Jin Hyun

    2011-11-01

    Excellent colloidal stability and antimicrobial activity are important parameters for silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in a range of biomedical applications. In this study, polyethyleneimine (PEI)-capped silver nanoparticles (PEI-AgNPs) were synthesized in the presence of sodium borohydride (NaBH(4)) and PEI at room temperature. The PEI-AgNPs had a positive zeta potential of approximately +49 mV, and formed a stable nanocolloid against agglomeration due to electrostatic repulsion. The particle size and hydrodynamic cluster size showed significant correlations with the amount of PEI and NaBH(4). PEI-AgNPs and even PEI showed excellent antimicrobial activity against Staphylococus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae. The cytotoxic effects of PEI and PEI-AgNPs were confirmed by an evaluation of the cell viability. The results suggest that the amount of PEI should be minimized to the level that maintains the stability of PEI-AgNPs in a colloidal dispersion.

  6. Oxidation of the capsular polysaccharide of pneumoccal type IX by periodate

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    Das, Amalendu; Higginbotham, John D.; Heidelberger, Michael

    1972-01-01

    1. The pneumococcal type IX polysaccharide (polysaccharide S IX) has been oxidized by sodium metaperiodate and reduced by sodium borohydride. Of the constituent monosaccharides, N-acetylglucosamine and N-acetylmannosamine remain unaltered, whereas 40% of the glucose and 90% of the glucuronic acid are oxidized. 2. The effect of oxidation and subsequent reduction on the precipitation of polysaccharide S IX in anti-(pneumococcal) sera is described and interpreted in structural terms. 3. Oligosaccharides produced by oxidation, reduction and hydrolysis with dilute acid have been isolated and partially characterized. 4. The results in this paper and the preceding one (Higginbotham et al., 1972) are used to postulate a possible structure for polysaccharide S IX. PMID:4403879

  7. Green synthesis of the Pd nanoparticles supported on reduced graphene oxide using barberry fruit extract and its application as a recyclable and heterogeneous catalyst for the reduction of nitroarenes.

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    Nasrollahzadeh, Mahmoud; Sajadi, S Mohammad; Rostami-Vartooni, Akbar; Alizadeh, Mohammad; Bagherzadeh, Mojtaba

    2016-03-15

    Through this manuscript the green synthesis of palladium nanoparticles supported on reduced graphene oxide (Pd NPs/RGO) under the mild conditions through reduction of the graphene oxide and Pd(2+) ions using barberry fruit extract as reducing and stabilizing agent is reported. The as-prepared Pd NPs/RGO was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The Pd NPs/RGO could be used as an efficient and heterogeneous catalyst for reduction of nitroarenes using sodium borohydride in an environmental friendly medium. Excellent yields of products were obtained with a wide range of substrates and the catalyst was recycled multiple times without any significant loss of its catalytic activity. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Carboxylate modified porous graphitic carbon: a new class of hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography phases.

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    Wahab, M Farooq; Ibrahim, Mohammed E A; Lucy, Charles A

    2013-06-18

    Stationary phases for hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) are predominantly based on silica and polymer supports. We present porous graphitic carbon particles with covalently attached carboxylic acid groups (carboxylate-PGC) as a new HILIC stationary phase. PGC particles were modified by adsorbing the diazonium salt of 4-aminobenzoic acid onto the PGC, followed by reduction of the adsorbed salt with sodium borohydride. The newly developed carboxylate-PGC phase exhibits different selectivity than that of 35 HPLC columns, including bare silica, zwitterionic, amine, reversed, and unmodified PGC phases. Carboxylate-PGC is stable from pH 2.0 to 12.6, yielding reproducible retention even at pH 12.6. Characterization of the new phase is presented by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, zeta potentials, and elemental analysis. The chromatographic performance of carboxylate-PGC as a HILIC phase is illustrated by separations of carboxylic acids, nucleotides, phenols, and amino acids.

  9. Ion chromatography on carbon clad zirconia modified by diazonium chemistry and functionalized latex particles.

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    Wahab, M Farooq; Pohl, Christopher A; Lucy, Charles A

    2011-08-07

    This work explores the potential of 3 μm carbon coated zirconia particles as a stationary phase for ion chromatography for the separation of organic acids and inorganic ions. A 4-phenylsulfonic acid functionality is introduced onto the carbon surface by reducing 4-phenylsulfonic acid diazonium chloride with borohydride in the presence of carbon clad zirconia particles. The elemental sulfur analysis gave 132 μeq-SO(3)H/g carbon clad zirconia and 2% S atomic concentration by XPS analysis. The -SO(3)(-) groups serve as electrostatic anchors for latex nanoparticles bearing quaternary triethylamine functional groups. The agglomeration step in 5 × 0.4 cm i.d. columns converts the packed particles into an anion exchanger. The breakthrough curves with nitrate indicate a capacity of 3 μeq/column. Separation of common organic acids and inorganic ions using carbonate eluent and suppressed conductivity detection yield plate heights (H) of 0.023-0.05 mm.

  10. Controlled particle growth of silver sols through the use of hydroquinone as a selective reducing agent.

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    Gentry, Stuart T; Fredericks, Stephen J; Krchnavek, Robert

    2009-03-03

    Hydroquinone (HQ) was used as the principal chemical reducing agent to prepare aqueous silver nanocolloids from silver nitrate. The data demonstrate that HQ is unable to initiate the particle growth process on its own, but is able to sustain particle growth in the presence of pre-existing metallic clusters. This unique selectivity is similar to that seen in photographic systems. Data are presented on two different approaches to initiating the HQ growth process. Very low levels of sodium borohydride can be used to form seed particles. Alternatively, the data show that controlled growth can be initiated by exposing the samples to UV radiation, relying on the photoreactivity of hydroquinone to start the process. These results were used to explore the dynamics of very dilute NaBH4 seed particles. They also were used to create nonspherical disk and triangular-plate morphologies directly from solution, without the need for subsequent reformation or template processing.

  11. Preparation of gold nanoparticles using Salicornia brachiata plant extract and evaluation of catalytic and antibacterial activity

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    Ayaz Ahmed, Khan Behlol; Subramanian, Swetha; Sivasubramanian, Aravind; Veerappan, Ganapathy; Veerappan, Anbazhagan

    2014-09-01

    The current study deals with the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using Salicornia brachiata (Sb) and evaluation of their antibacterial and catalytic activity. The SbAuNPs showed purple color with a characteristic surface plasmon resonance peak at 532 nm. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy revealed polydispersed AuNPs with the size range from 22 to 35 nm. Energy dispersive X-ray and thin layer X-ray diffraction analysis clearly shows that SbAuNPs was pure and crystalline in nature. As prepared gold nanoparticles was used as a catalyst for the sodium borohydride reduction of 4-nitro phenol to 4-amino phenol and methylene blue to leucomethylene blue. The green synthesized nanoparticles exhibited potent antibacterial activity against the pathogenic bacteria, as evidenced by their zone of inhibition. In addition, we showed that the SbAuNPs in combination with the regular antibiotic, ofloxacin, exhibit superior antibacterial activity than the individual.

  12. New, improved lanthanide-based methods for the ultrastructural localization of acid and alkaline phosphatase activity.

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    Halbhuber, K J; Zimmermann, N; Linss, W

    1988-01-01

    New, improved techniques for the ultrastructural localization of acid and alkaline phosphatase activity using lanthanide cations as the trapping agent were developed. Delayed penetration of the capture ions and the incubation constituents into cellular compartments was prevented by pretreating specimens with borohydride/saponin. Both the concentration of the capture agent in the incubation medium and the incubation time of the tissue specimens were optimized to achieve a satisfactory cytochemical reaction and to avoid precipitation artefacts caused by local matrix effects. The conversion of cerium phosphate into the almost insoluble cerium fluoride minimized losses of the reaction product during postincubation processing. Moreover, lanthanum itself as well as lanthanides other than cerium, e.g., gadolinium and didymium (praseodymium, neodymium), were successfully applied and can be recommended as capture agents for phosphatase cytochemistry.

  13. Carbon supported trimetallic nickel-palladium-gold hollow nanoparticles with superior catalytic activity for methanol electrooxidation

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    Shang, Changshuai; Hong, Wei; Wang, Jin; Wang, Erkang

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, Ni nanoparticles (NPs) are prepared in an aqueous solution by using sodium borohydride as reducing agent. With Ni NPs as the sacrificial template, hollow NiPdAu NPs are successfully prepared via partly galvanic displacement reaction between suitable metal precursors and Ni NPs. The as-synthesized hollow NiPdAu NPs can well dispersed on the carbon substrate. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry are taken to analyze the morphology, structure and composition of the as-synthesized catalysts. The prepared catalysts show superior catalytic activity and stability for methanol electrooxidation in alkaline media compared with commercial Pd/C and Pt/C. Catalysts prepared in this work show great potential to be anode catalysts in direct methanol fuel cells.

  14. The Catalytic Behaviour of NanoAg@montmorillonite Composite Materials

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    Karlíková, Martina; Kvítek, Libor; Prucek, Robert; Panáček, Aleš; Filip, Jan; Pechoušek, Jiří; Adegboyega, Nathaniel F.

    The preparation of nanoAg@montmorillonite composite materials and their catalytic activity is reported in this article. The nanoAg@montmorillonite composite materials were prepared by the adsorption of silver NPs, with an average size about 30 nm, from their aqueous dispersion onto two types of montmorillonite with different chemical composition. Silver NPs were prepared via modified Tollens process, which involves the reduction of [Ag(NH3)2]+ complex cation by maltose. The amount of silver NPs anchored onto the MMT surfaces was determined by UV-VIS spectroscopy; the decrease in absorbance of the dispersion after the adsorption was monitored. Prepared nanocomposite materials were subsequently characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The reduction of 4-nitrophenol by sodium borohydride was chosen to examine the catalytic properties of the synthesized silver nanocomposite materials.

  15. Increasing surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy effect of RNA and DNA components by changing the pH of silver colloidal suspensions

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    Primera-Pedrozo, Oliva M.; Rodríguez, Gabriela Del Mar; Castellanos, Jorge; Felix-Rivera, Hilsamar; Resto, Oscar; Hernández-Rivera, Samuel P.

    2012-02-01

    This work focused on establishing the parameters for enhancing the Raman signals of DNA and RNA constituents: nitrogenous bases, nucleosides and nucleotides, using metallic nanoparticles as surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates. Silver nanospheres were synthesized using sodium borohydride as a reducing agent and sodium citrate as a capping agent. The prepared nanoparticles had a surface plasmon band at ˜384 nm and an average size of 12 ± 3 nm. The nanoparticles' surface charge was manipulated by changing the pH of the Ag colloidal suspensions in the range of 1-13. Low concentrations as 0.7 μM were detected under the experimental conditions. The optimum pH values were: 7 for adenine, 9 for AMP, 5 for adenosine, 7 for dAMP and 11 for deoxyadenosine.

  16. Synthesis of cyclobutane nucleosides 2-preparation of thymine and uracil analogues.

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    Afifi, Hanan; Ebead, Abdelaziz; Pignatelli, Joseph; Lee-Ruff, Edward

    2015-01-01

    1-(2-Oxocyclobutyl-4-benzoyloxymethyl)-2,4(1H,3H)-pyrimidinedione and 1-(2-oxocyclobutyl-4-benzoyloxymethyl)-5-methyl-2,4(1H,3H)-pyrimidinedione can be prepared by reaction of uracil and thymine, respectively, with 3-benzoyloxymethyl-2-bromocyclobutanone. The N-alkylation gave both cis and trans isomers with the trans isomer predominating for uracil whereas the trans isomer was the only product which could be isolated for thymine. Both series were subjected to borohydride reduction followed by transesterification with methoxide giving the corresponding uracil and thymine nucleoside analogues. The uracil derivative 1-(2-oxocyclobutyl-4-benzoyloxymethyl)-2,4(1H,3H)-pyrimidinedione was irradiated in aqueous acetonitrile to generate isonucleoside analogues.

  17. Simulation studies of the membrane exchange assembly of an all-liquid, proton exchange membrane fuel cell

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    Byrd, Ethan D.; Miley, George H.

    A model has been designed and constructed for the all-liquid, sodium borohydride/hydrogen peroxide fuel cell under development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The electrochemical behavior, momentum balance, and mass balance effects within the fuel cell are modeled using the Butler-Volmer equations, Darcy's law, and Fick's law, respectively, within a finite element modeling platform. The simulations performed with the model indicate that an optimal physical design of the fuel cell's flow channel land area or current collector exists when considering the pressure differential between channels, and the diffusion layer permeability and conductivity. If properties of the diffusion layer are known, the model is an effective method of improving the fuel cell design in order to achieve higher power density.

  18. Study on gelatin-silver nanoparticle composite towards the development of bio-based antimicrobial film.

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    Halder, Dipankar; Mitra, Atanu; Bag, Surajit; Raychaudhuri, Utpal; Chakraborty, Runu

    2011-12-01

    Nano-scale silver particle stabilized by gelatin protein was prepared through the reduction of aqueous silver nitrate solution by sodium borohydride. Gelatin concentration was varied against a fixed concentration of silver nitrate to optimize the gelatin to metal ratio. Gelatin-protected Ag-nanoparticle was characterized by UV-VIS spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). All the samples exhibited similar yellow color with a characteristic plasmonic band of silver nanoparticles at 412 nm. TEM micrographs also showed the presence of nanoscale silver particles of approximately 3.9 nm. Since silver has strong bactericidal properties and at the same time relatively less toxic to human cell, silver in various forms is ideally suited for a wide range of applications in consumer, industrial and medical products The antimicrobial properties of gelatin-silver nanocomposites were tested by 'cup-plate zone of inhibition' method. The nanocomposites exhibited significant antibacterial and antifungal activity.

  19. Green Synthesis of Fe and Fe/Pd Bimetallic Nanoparticles in Membranes for Reductive Degradation of Chlorinated Organics

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    Smuleac, V.; Varma, R.; Sikdar, S.; Bhattacharyya, D.

    2011-01-01

    Membranes containing reactive nanoparticles (Fe and Fe/Pd) immobilized in a polymer film (polyacrylic acid, PAA-coated polyvinylidene fluoride, PVDF membrane) are prepared by a new method. In the present work a biodegradable, non-toxic -“green” reducing agent, green tea extract was used for nanoparticle (NP) synthesis, instead of the well-known sodium borohydride. Green tea extract contains a number of polyphenols that can act as both chelating/reducing and capping agents for the nanoparticles. Therefore, the particles are protected from oxidation and aggregation, which increases their stability and longevity. The membrane supported NPs were successfully used for the degradation of a common and highly important pollutant, trichloroethylene (TCE). The rate of TCE degradation was found to increase linearly with the amount of Fe immobilized on the membrane, the surface normalized rate constant (kSA) being 0.005 L/m2h. The addition of a second catalytic metal, Pd, to form bimetallic Fe/Pd increased the kSA value to 0.008 L/m2h. For comparison purposes, Fe and Fe/Pd nanoparticles were synthesized in membranes using sodium borohydride as a reducing agent. Although the initial kSA values for this case (for Fe) are one order of magnitude higher than the tea extract synthesized NPs, the rapid oxidation reduced their reactivity to less than 20 % within 4 cycles. For the green tea extract NPs, the initial reactivity in the membrane domain was preserved even after 3 months of repeated use. The reactivity of TCE was verified with “real” water system. PMID:22228920

  20. Determination of total arsenic content in water by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) using vapour generation assembly (VGA).

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    Behari, Jai Raj; Prakash, Rajiv

    2006-03-01

    Analysis of arsenic in water is important in view of contamination of ground water with arsenic in some parts of the world including West Bengal in India and neighboring country Bangladesh. WHO has fixed the threshold for arsenic in drinking water to 10ppb (microg/l) level, hence the methodology for determination of arsenic is required to be sensitive at ppb level. Atomic absorption spectrophotometry with vapour generation assembly (AAS-VGA) is well known technique for the trace analysis of arsenic. However, total arsenic analysis [As(III)+As(V)] is very crucial and it requires reduction of As(V) to As(III) for correct analysis. As(III) is reduced to AsH3 vapours and finally to free As atoms, which are responsible for absorption signal in AAS. To accomplish this the vapour generation assembly attached to AAS has acid channel filled with 10 M HCl and the reduction channel with sodium borohydride. Further sample can be reduced either before aspiration for analysis, using potassium iodide (KI) or the sample can be introduced in the instrument directly and KI can be added in the reduction channel along with the sodium borohydride. The present work shows that samples prepared in 3 M HCl can be reduced with KI for 30 min before introduction in the instrument. Alternatively samples can be prepared in 6 M HCl and directly aspirated in AAS using KI in VGA reduction channel. The latter methodology is more useful when the sample size is large and time cycle is difficult to maintain. It is observed that the acid concentration of the sample in both the situations plays an important role. Further reduction in acid concentration and analysis time is achieved for the arsenic analysis by using modified method. Analysis in both the methods is sensitive at ppb level.

  1. A gas-phase chemiluminescence-based analyzer for waterborne arsenic

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    Idowu, A.D.; Dasgupta, P.K.; Genfa, Z.; Toda, K.; Garbarino, J.R.

    2006-01-01

    We show a practical sequential injection/zone fluidics-based analyzer that measures waterborne arsenic. The approach is capable of differentiating between inorganic As(III) and As(V). The principle is based on generating AsH 3 from the sample in a confined chamber by borohydride reduction at controlled pH, sparging the chamber to drive the AsH3 to a small reflective cell located atop a photomultiplier tube, allowing it to react with ozone generated from ambient air, and measuring the intense chemiluminescence that results. Arsine generation and removal from solution results in isolation from the sample matrix, avoiding the pitfalls encountered in some solution-based analysis techniques. The differential determination of As(III) and As(V) is based on the different pH dependence of the reducibility of these species to AsH3. At pH ???1, both As(III) and As(V) are quantitatively converted to arsine in the presence of NaBH4. At a pH of 4-5, only As(III) is converted to arsine. In the present form, the limit of detection (S/N = 3) is 0.05 ??g/L As at pH ???1 and 0.09 ??g/L As(III) at pH ???4-5 for a 3-mL sample. The analyzer is intrinsically automated and requires 4 min per determination. It is also possible to determine As(III) first at pH 4.5 and then determine the remaining As in a sequential manner; this requires 6 min. There are no significant practical interferences. A new borohydride solution formulation permits month-long reagent stability. ?? 2006 American Chemical Society.

  2. Ozone interaction with rodent lung. III. Oxidation of reduced glutathione and formation of mixed disulfides between protein and nonprotein sulfhydryls.

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    DeLucia, A J; Mustafa, M G; Hussain, M Z; Cross, C E

    1975-01-01

    Nonprotein sulfhydryls (NPSH), a major source of cellular reducing substances, were examined in lung tissue after short-term exposure of rats to O3. While the NPSH level was unaffected by low-level exposures (e.g., 0.8 ppm for up to 24 h or 1.5 ppm for up to 8 h), it was significantly lowered by higher exposure regimens (e.g., 25 per cent after 2 ppm for 8 h and 49 per cent after 4 ppm for 6 h). After exposure to 4 ppm O3 for 6 h the level of reduced glutathione (GSH), which accounted for approximately 90 per cent of NPSH in the lung, decreased 40 per cent but without a rise in the level of oxidized gluathione (GSSG). Treatment of lung homogenate with borohydride led to recovery of NPSH in exposed lungs to control values, suggesting that NPSH or GSH oxidation during in vivo O3 exposure resulted in formation of mixed disulfides with other sulfhydryl (SH) groups of lung tissue. Extracts of borohydride-treated particulate and supernatant fractions of lung homogenate were analyzed for NPSH by paper chromatography. From this analysis GSH appeared to be the only NPSH bound to lung tissue proteins via mixed disulfide linkage. The formation of mixed disulfides appeared to be a transient phenomenon. Immediately after a 4-h exposure to 3 ppm O3 the level of mixed disulfides was small (15 per cent of the total NPSH) but attained a peak (equivalent to 0.6 mumol NPSH/lung) after a recovery for 24 h. However, the level diminished considerably within 48 h of recovery. PMID:1120782

  3. Study of the presence of PCDDs/PCDFs on zero-valent iron nanoparticles.

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    Calderon, Blanca; Lundin, Lisa; Aracil, Ignacio; Fullana, Andres

    2017-02-01

    Studies show that nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) particles enhance the formation of chlorinated compounds such as polychlorinated dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs) during thermal processes. However, it is unclear whether nZVI acts as a catalyst for the formation of these compounds or contains impurities, such as PCDD/Fs, within its structure. We analyzed the presence of PCDD/Fs in nZVI particles synthesized through various production methods to elucidate this uncertainty. None of the 2,3,7,8-substituted congeners were found in the commercially-produced nZVI, but they were present in the laboratory-synthesized nZVI produced through the borohydride method, particularly in particles synthesized from iron (III) chloride rather than from iron sulfate. Total PCDD/F WHO-TEQ concentrations of up to 35 pg/g were observed in nZVI particles, with hepta- and octa-chlorinated congeners being the most abundant. The reagents used in the borohydride method were also analyzed, and our findings suggest that FeCl3 effectively contains PCDD/Fs at concentrations that could explain the concentrations observed in the nZVI product. Both FeCl3 and nZVI showed a similar PCDD/F patterns with slight differences. These results suggest that PCDD/Fs might transfer from FeCl3 to nZVI during the production method, and thus, care should be taken when employing certain nZVI for environmental remediation.

  4. Electroless deposition of nickel-boron coatings using low frequency ultrasonic agitation: Effect of ultrasonic frequency on the coatings.

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    Bonin, L; Bains, N; Vitry, V; Cobley, A J

    2017-01-30

    The effect of ultrasound on the properties of Nickel-Boron (NiB) coatings was investigated. NiB coatings were fabricated by electroless deposition using either ultrasonic or mechanical agitation. The deposition of Ni occurred in an aqueous bath containing a reducible metal salt (nickel chloride), reducing agent (sodium borohydride), complexing agent (ethylenediamine) and stabilizer (lead tungstate). Due to the instability of the borohydride in acidic, neutral and slightly alkaline media, pH was controlled at pH 12±1 in order to avoid destabilizing the bath. Deposition was performed in three different configurations: one with a classical mechanical agitation at 300rpm and the other two employing ultrasound at a frequency of either 20 or 35kHz. The microstructures of the electroless coatings were characterized by a combination of optical Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The chemistry of the coatings was determined by ICP-AES (Inductively Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectrometry) after dissolution in aqua regia. The mechanical properties of the coatings were established by a combination of roughness measurements, Vickers microhardness and pin-on-disk tribology tests. Lastly, the corrosion properties were analysed by potentiodynamic polarization. The results showed that low frequency ultrasonic agitation could be used to produce coatings from an alkaline NiB bath and that the thickness of coatings obtained could be increased by over 50% compared to those produced using mechanical agitation. Although ultrasonic agitation produced a smoother coating and some alteration of the deposit morphology was observed, the mechanical and corrosion properties were very similar to those found when using mechanical agitation.

  5. Structural features of glycol-split low-molecular-weight heparins and their heparin lyase generated fragments.

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    Alekseeva, Anna; Casu, Benito; Cassinelli, Giuseppe; Guerrini, Marco; Torri, Giangiacomo; Naggi, Annamaria

    2014-01-01

    Periodate oxidation followed by borohydride reduction converts the well-known antithrombotics heparin and low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) into their "glycol-split" (gs) derivatives of the "reduced oxyheparin" (RO) type, some of which are currently being developed as potential anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory drugs. Whereas the structure of gs-heparins has been recently studied, details of the more complex and more bioavailable gs-LMWHs have not been yet reported. We obtained RO derivatives of the three most common LMWHs (tinzaparin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin) and studied their structures by two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and ion-pair reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. The liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis was extended to their heparinase-generated oligosaccharides. The combined NMR/LC-MS analysis of RO-LMWHs provided evidence for glycol-splitting-induced transformations mainly involving internal nonsulfated glucuronic and iduronic acid residues (including partial hydrolysis with formation of "remnants") and for the hydrolysis of the gs uronic acid residues when formed at the non-reducing ends (mainly, in RO-dalteparin). Evidence for minor modifications, such as ring contraction of some dalteparin internal aminosugar residues, was also obtained. Unexpectedly, the N-sulfated 1,6-anhydromannosamine residues at the enoxaparin reducing end were found to be susceptible to the periodate oxidation. In addition, in tinzaparin and enoxaparin, the borohydride reduction converts the hemiacetalic aminosugars at the reducing end to alditols. Typical LC-MS signatures of RO-derivatives of individual LMWH both before and after digestion with heparinases included oligosaccharides generated from the original antithrombin-binding and "linkage" regions.

  6. Boron-Based Hydrogen Storage: Ternary Borides and Beyond

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    Vajo, John J.

    2016-04-28

    DOE continues to seek reversible solid-state hydrogen materials with hydrogen densities of ≥11 wt% and ≥80 g/L that can deliver hydrogen and be recharged at moderate temperatures (≤100 °C) and pressures (≤100 bar) enabling incorporation into hydrogen storage systems suitable for transportation applications. Boron-based hydrogen storage materials have the potential to meet the density requirements given boron’s low atomic weight, high chemical valance, and versatile chemistry. However, the rates of hydrogen exchange in boron-based compounds are thus far much too slow for practical applications. Although contributing to the high hydrogen densities, the high valance of boron also leads to slow rates of hydrogen exchange due to extensive boron-boron atom rearrangements during hydrogen cycling. This rearrangement often leads to multiple solid phases occurring over hydrogen release and recharge cycles. These phases must nucleate and react with each other across solid-solid phase boundaries leading to energy barriers that slow the rates of hydrogen exchange. This project sought to overcome the slow rates of hydrogen exchange in boron-based hydrogen storage materials by minimizing the number of solid phases and the boron atom rearrangement over a hydrogen release and recharge cycle. Two novel approaches were explored: 1) developing matched pairs of ternary borides and mixed-metal borohydrides that could exchange hydrogen with only one hydrogenated phase (the mixed-metal borohydride) and only one dehydrogenated phase (the ternary boride); and 2) developing boranes that could release hydrogen by being lithiated using lithium hydride with no boron-boron atom rearrangement.

  7. Synthesis and thermal decomposition properties of hydrogen-rich phosphorus salts.

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    Cordaro, Joseph Gabriel

    2010-12-01

    Complex metal hydrides continue to be investigated as solid-materials for hydrogen storage. Traditional interstitial metal hydrides offer favorable thermodynamics and kinetics for hydrogen release but do not meet energy density requires. Anionic metal hydrides, and complex metal hydrides like magnesium borohydride have higher energy densities compared to interstitial metal hydrides, but poor kinetics and/or thermodynamically unfavorable side products limit their deployment as hydrogen storage materials in transportation applications. Main-group anionic materials such as the bis(borane)hypophosphite salt [PH2(BH3)2] have been known for decades, but only recently have we begun to explore their ability to release hydrogen. We have developed a new procedure for synthesizing the lithium and sodium hypophosphite salts. Routes for accessing other metal bis(borane)hypophosphite salts will be discussed. A significant advantage of this class of material is the air and water stability of the anion. Compared to metal borohydrides, which reactive violently with water, these phosphorus-based salts can be dissolved in protic solvents, including water, with little to no decomposition over the course of multiple days. The ability of these salts to release hydrogen upon heating has been assessed. While preliminary results indicate phosphine and boron-containing species are released, hydrogen is also a major component of the volatile species observed during the thermal decomposition. Additives such as NaH or KH mixed with the sodium salt Na[PH2(BH3)2] significantly perturb the decomposition reaction and greatly increase the mass loss as determined by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). This symbiotic behavior has the potential to affect the hydrogen storage ability of bis(borane)hypophosphite salts.

  8. Anion- or Cation-Exchange Membranes for NaBH4/H2O2 Fuel Cells?

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    Šljukić, Biljana; Morais, Ana L.; Santos, Diogo M. F.; Sequeira, César A. C.

    2012-01-01

    Direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFC), which operate on sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as the fuel, and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as the oxidant, are receiving increasing attention. This is due to their promising use as power sources for space and underwater applications, where air is not available and gas storage poses obvious problems. One key factor to improve the performance of DBFCs concerns the type of separator used. Both anion- and cation-exchange membranes may be considered as potential separators for DBFC. In the present paper, the effect of the membrane type on the performance of laboratory NaBH4/H2O2 fuel cells using Pt electrodes is studied at room temperature. Two commercial ion-exchange membranes from Membranes International Inc., an anion-exchange membrane (AMI-7001S) and a cation-exchange membrane (CMI-7000S), are tested as ionic separators for the DBFC. The membranes are compared directly by the observation and analysis of the corresponding DBFC’s performance. Cell polarization, power density, stability, and durability tests are used in the membranes’ evaluation. Energy densities and specific capacities are estimated. Most tests conducted, clearly indicate a superior performance of the cation-exchange membranes over the anion-exchange membrane. The two membranes are also compared with several other previously tested commercial membranes. For long term cell operation, these membranes seem to outperform the stability of the benchmark Nafion membranes but further studies are still required to improve their instantaneous power load. PMID:24958292

  9. Cross-linking by protein oxidation in the rapidly setting gel-based glues of slugs

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    Bradshaw, Andrew; Salt, Michael; Bell, Ashley; Zeitler, Matt; Litra, Noelle; Smith, Andrew M.

    2011-01-01

    SUMMARY The terrestrial slug Arion subfuscus secretes a glue that is a dilute gel with remarkable adhesive and cohesive strength. The function of this glue depends on metals, raising the possibility that metal-catalyzed oxidation plays a role. The extent and time course of protein oxidation was measured by immunoblotting to detect the resulting carbonyl groups. Several proteins, particularly one with a relative molecular mass (Mr) of 165×103, were heavily oxidized. Of the proteins known to distinguish the glue from non-adhesive mucus, only specific size variants were oxidized. The oxidation appears to occur within the first few seconds of secretion. Although carbonyls were detected by 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) in denatured proteins, they were not easily detected in the native state. The presence of reversible cross-links derived from carbonyls was tested for by treatment with sodium borohydride, which would reduce uncross-linked carbonyls to alcohols, but stabilize imine bonds formed by carbonyls and thus lead to less soluble complexes. Consistent with imine bond formation, sodium borohydride led to a 20–35% decrease in the amount of soluble protein with a Mr of 40–165 (×103) without changing the carbonyl content per protein. In contrast, the nucleophile hydroxylamine, which would competitively disrupt imine bonds, increased protein solubility in the glue. Finally, the primary amine groups on a protein with a Mr of 15×103 were not accessible to acid anhydrides. The results suggest that cross-links between aldehydes and primary amines contribute to the cohesive strength of the glue. PMID:21525316

  10. Cross-linking by protein oxidation in the rapidly setting gel-based glues of slugs.

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    Bradshaw, Andrew; Salt, Michael; Bell, Ashley; Zeitler, Matt; Litra, Noelle; Smith, Andrew M

    2011-05-15

    The terrestrial slug Arion subfuscus secretes a glue that is a dilute gel with remarkable adhesive and cohesive strength. The function of this glue depends on metals, raising the possibility that metal-catalyzed oxidation plays a role. The extent and time course of protein oxidation was measured by immunoblotting to detect the resulting carbonyl groups. Several proteins, particularly one with a relative molecular mass (M(r)) of 165 x 10³, were heavily oxidized. Of the proteins known to distinguish the glue from non-adhesive mucus, only specific size variants were oxidized. The oxidation appears to occur within the first few seconds of secretion. Although carbonyls were detected by 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (DNPH) in denatured proteins, they were not easily detected in the native state. The presence of reversible cross-links derived from carbonyls was tested for by treatment with sodium borohydride, which would reduce uncross-linked carbonyls to alcohols, but stabilize imine bonds formed by carbonyls and thus lead to less soluble complexes. Consistent with imine bond formation, sodium borohydride led to a 20-35% decrease in the amount of soluble protein with a M(r) of 40-165 (x 10³) without changing the carbonyl content per protein. In contrast, the nucleophile hydroxylamine, which would competitively disrupt imine bonds, increased protein solubility in the glue. Finally, the primary amine groups on a protein with a M(r) of 15 x 10³ were not accessible to acid anhydrides. The results suggest that cross-links between aldehydes and primary amines contribute to the cohesive strength of the glue.

  11. First order speciation of As using flow injection hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry with in-situ trapping of the arsine in a graphite furnace

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    Willie, Scott N.

    1996-12-01

    A simple method is described to distinguish between As species that react with sodium tetrahydroborate (III) to form AsH 3 and the naturally occurring As species that are unreactive. Results for this rudimentary or "first order" speciation scheme are reported for biological tissue, aquatic plant material, urine and natural water samples. Biological tissue and aquatic plant samples were briefly solubilized in a mixture of 50% nitric acid, no sample preparation was required for the urine or natural water samples. Organoarsenic species which do not react with sodium borohydride under acidic conditions such as arsenobetaine, arsenocholine and tetramethylarsenic, are converted to As(V) by on-line photo-oxidation or microwave heating in a mixture of 0.5 M NaOH and 0.05 M K 2S 2O 8. The sample is subsequently acidified, reduced with sodium borohydride and the generated arsine is trapped in a heated graphite furnace prior to atomization. The superior detection limit (0.14 ng) of the trapping technique permits the dilution of most types of samples, minimizing or eliminating interference effects. Without photolysis or microwave heating a combined result for As(III), As(V), monomethylarsonic acid (MMA) and dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) is obtained. Results are reported for the first order speciation of As in a suite of certified reference materials (CRMs) including National Research Council (NRC) biological tissues and natural water samples, Community Bureau of Reference (BCR) aquatic plant materials and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SRM 267ON urine sample. The determination of a non-hydride forming As fraction in untreated urine and natural water certified reference materials (CRMs) has revealed a species of As previously undetected in NRC seawater CRMs.

  12. C4'-Branched-chain surgar nucleosides: synthesis of isomers of psicofuranine.

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    Rosenthal, A; Ratcliffe, M

    1977-03-01

    Photoamidation of 3-O-acetyl-1,2:5,6-di-O-isopropylidene-alpha-D-erythro-hex-3-enofuranose (1) afforded 3-O-acetyl-4-C-carbamoyl-1,2:5,6-di-O-isopropylidene-alpha-D-gulofuranose (2) and 3-O-acetyl-3-C-carbamoyl-1,2:5,6-di-O-isopropylidene-D-alpha-allofuranose (3) in 65 and 26% yields, respectively (based on consumed 1). Treatment of 2 and 5% hydrochloric acid in methanol yielded the spiro lactone 5, which was deacetylated to yield 7. Reduction of 5 with sodium borohydride afforded 4-C-(hydroxymethyl)-1,2-O-isopropylidene-alpha-D-gulofuranose (9) in 79% yield. Oxidation of 9 with sodium metaperiodate afforded a dialdose that was reduced with sodium borohydride to give 4-C-(hydroxymethyl)-1,2-O-isopropylidene-alpha-D-erythro-pentofuranose (11) in 88% yield. Treatment of the acetate 12, derived from 11, with trifluoroacetic acid, followed by acetylation, afforded the branched-chain sugar acetate 14. Condensation of the glycosyl halide derived from 14 with N6-benzoyl-N6,9-bis-(trimethylsilyl)adenine yielded an equimolar anomeric mixture of protected nucleosides 15 and 16 in 40% yield. Treatment of the latter compounds with sodium methoxide in methanol afforded 9-[4-C-(hydroxymethyl)-beta-D-erythro-pentofuranosyl] adenine (17) and the alpha-D anomer 18. The structure of 3 was determined by correlation with the known 5,3'-hemiacetal of 3-C-(hydroxymethyl)-1,2-O-isopropylidene-alpha,alpha'-D-ribo-pentodialdose (25).

  13. Room temperature micro-hydrogen-generator

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    Gervasio, Don; Tasic, Sonja; Zenhausern, Frederic

    A new compact and cost-effective hydrogen-gas generator has been made that is well suited for supplying hydrogen to a fuel-cell for providing base electrical power to hand-carried appliances. This hydrogen-generator operates at room temperature, ambient pressure and is orientation-independent. The hydrogen-gas is generated by the heterogeneous catalytic hydrolysis of aqueous alkaline borohydride solution as it flows into a micro-reactor. This reactor has a membrane as one wall. Using the membrane keeps the liquid in the reactor, but allows the hydrogen-gas to pass out of the reactor to a fuel-cell anode. Aqueous alkaline 30 wt% borohydride solution is safe and promotes long application life, because this solution is non-toxic, non-flammable, and is a high energy-density (≥2200 W-h per liter or per kilogram) hydrogen-storage solution. The hydrogen is released from this storage-solution only when it passes over the solid catalyst surface in the reactor, so controlling the flow of the solution over the catalyst controls the rate of hydrogen-gas generation. This allows hydrogen generation to be matched to hydrogen consumption in the fuel-cell, so there is virtually no free hydrogen-gas during power generation. A hydrogen-generator scaled for a system to provide about 10 W electrical power is described here. However, the technology is expected to be scalable for systems providing power spanning from 1 W to kW levels.

  14. Probing the structure, stability and hydrogen storage properties of calcium dodecahydro-closo-dodecaborate

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    Stavila, Vitalie; Her, Jae-Hyuk; Zhou Wei; Hwang, Son-Jong; Kim, Chul; Ottley, Leigh Anna M.; Udovic, Terrence J.

    2010-05-15

    Calcium borohydride can reversibly store up to 9.6 wt% hydrogen; however, the material displays poor cyclability, generally associated with the formation of stable intermediate species. In an effort to understand the role of such intermediates on the hydrogen storage properties of Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2}, calcium dodecahydro-closo-dodecaborate was isolated and characterized by diffraction and spectroscopic techniques. The crystal structure of CaB{sub 12}H{sub 12} was determined from powder XRD data and confirmed by DFT and neutron vibrational spectroscopy studies. Attempts to dehydrogenate/hydrogenate mixtures of CaB{sub 12}H{sub 12} and CaH{sub 2} were made under conditions known to favor partial reversibility in calcium borohydride. However, up to 670 K no notable formation of Ca(BH{sub 4}){sub 2} (during hydrogenation) or CaB{sub 6} (during dehydrogenation) occurred. It was demonstrated that the stability of CaB{sub 12}H{sub 12} can be significantly altered using CaH{sub 2} as a destabilizing agent to favor the hydrogen release. - Graphical abstract: Calcium dodecahydro-closo-dodecaborate, CaB{sub 12}H{sub 12} (1), was isolated by dehydration/desolvation of [Ca(H{sub 2}O){sub 7}][B{sub 12}H{sub 12}].H{sub 2}O (2) or [Ca(H{sub 2}O){sub 5}(MeCN){sub 2}][B{sub 12}H{sub 12}] (3). The crystal structure of 1 was determined by powder X-ray diffraction and confirmed by neutron vibrational spectroscopy and first-principles calculations. Hydrogen storage properties of 1 in the presence of calcium hydride were elucidated.

  15. Computational Discovery of Novel Hydrogen Storage Materials and Reactions

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    Wolverton, Christopher

    2009-03-01

    Practical hydrogen storage for mobile applications requires materials that exhibit high hydrogen densities, low decomposition temperatures, and fast kinetics for absorption and desorption. Unfortunately, no reversible materials are currently known that possess all of these attributes. Here we present an overview of our recent efforts aimed at developing a first-principles computational approach to the discovery of novel hydrogen storage materials. We have developed computational tools which enable accurate prediction of decomposition thermodynamics, crystal structures for unknown hydrides, and thermodynamically preferred decomposition pathways. We present examples that illustrate each of these three capabilities. Specifically, we focus on recent work on crystal structure and dehydriding reactions of borohydride materials, such as Mg(BH4)2, MgB12H12, and mixtures of complex hydrides such as the ternary LiBH4/LiNH2/MgH2 system.References:[0pt] (1) V. Ozolins, E. H. Majzoub, and C. Wolverton, ``First-Principles Prediction of a Ground State Crystal Structure of Magnesium Borohydride'', Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 135501 (2008).(2) C. Wolverton, D. J. Siegel, A. R. Akbarzadeh, and V. Ozolins, ``Discovery of Novel Hydrogen Storage Materials: An Atomic Scale Computational Approach'', J. Phys. Condens. Matt. 20, 064228 (2008).(3) J. Yang, et al., ``A Self-Catalyzing Hydrogen Storage Material'' Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47, 882 (2008).(4) A. R. Akbarzadeh, V. Ozolins, and C. Wolverton, ``First-Principles Determination of Multicomponent Hydride Phase Diagrams: Application to the Li-Mg-N-H System'', Advanced Materials 19, 3233 (2007).(5) D. J. Siegel, C. Wolverton, and V. Ozolins, ``Thermodynamic Guidelines for the Prediction of Hydrogen Storage Reactions and their Application to Destabilized Hydride Mixtures'', Phys. Rev. B 76, 134102 (2007).

  16. Functional group migrations between boron and metal centres within transition metal-borane and -boryl complexes and cleavage of H-H, E-H and E-E' bonds.

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    Owen, Gareth R

    2016-08-25

    This feature article examines some of the recent advances in the chemistry of Z-type transition metal-borane and X-type transition metal-boryl complexes. It focuses on the employment of these boron-based functionalities acting as stores and transfer agents for functional groups such as hydrides, alkyl groups and aryl groups which can either be abstracted or delivered to the metal centre. The review also explores the rather novel reactivity involving the cleavage of H-H, E-H and E-E' bonds (where E and E' are a range of groups) across the transition metal-boron bond in such complexes. It explores the early examples of the addition of H-H across transition metal-borane bonds and describes the new transformation in the context of other known modes of hydrogen activation including classic oxidative addition and heterolytic cleavage at transition metal centres as well as Frustrated Lewis Pair chemistry. Similar reactivity involving transition metal-boryl complexes are also described particularly those which undergo both boryl-to-borane and borane-to-borohydride transformations. The delivery of hydride to the metal centre in combination with the potential to regenerate the borohydride functional group via a recharging process is explored in the context of providing a new strategy for catalysis. Finally, a light-hearted look at the analogy of the 'stinging processes' involving Trofimenko type ligands is taken one step further to determine whether it is indeed in the nature of scorpionate ligands to repeatedly 'sting' just as the real life scorpions do.

  17. Impact of the morphology and reactivity of nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) on dechlorinating bacteria.

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    Rónavári, Andrea; Balázs, Margit; Tolmacsov, Péter; Molnár, Csaba; Kiss, István; Kukovecz, Ákos; Kónya, Zoltán

    2016-05-15

    Nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) is increasingly used for reducing chlorinated organic contaminants in soil or groundwater. However, little is known about what impact the particles will have on the biochemical processes and the indigenous microbial communities. Nanoiron reactivity is affected by the structure and morphology of nanoparticles that complicates the applicability in bioremediation. In this study, the effect of precursors (ferrous sulfate and ferric chloride) and reducing agents (sodium dithionite and sodium borohydride) on the morphology and the reactivity of NZVIs was investigated. We also studied the impact of differently synthesized NZVIs on microbial community, which take part in reductive dechlorination. We demonstrated that both the applied iron precursor and the reducing agent had influence on the structure of the nanoparticles. Spherical nanoparticles with higher Fe(0) content (>90%) was observed by using sodium borohydride as reducing agent, while application of sodium dithionite as reducing agent resulted nanostructures with lower Fe(0) content (between 68,7 and 85,5%). To determine the influence of differently synthesized NZVIs on cell viability anaerobic enriched microcosm were used. NVZI was used in 0.1 g/L concentration in all batch experiments. Relative amount of Dehalococcoides, sulfate reducers (SRBs) and methanogens were measured by quantitative PCR. We found that the relative amount of Dehalococcoides slowly decreased in all experiments independently from the precursor and reducing agent, whereas the total amount of microbes increased. The only clear distinction was in relative amount of sulfate reducers which were higher in the presence of NZVIs synthesized from sodium dithionite. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Surface modifications in the platelets of a patient with alpha-N-acetyl-D-galactosamine residues, the Tn-syndrome.

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    Nurden, A T; Dupuis, D; Pidard, D; Kieffer, N; Kunicki, T J; Cartron, J P

    1982-01-01

    The Tn-syndrome is an acquired disorder characterized by the polyagglutination of blood cells and the pathological exposure of alpha-N-acetyl-D-galactosamine residues (Tn-antigen) at the cell surface. We now report studies on the platelet of a patient (Ba.) of which 81% reacted positively with a fluorescein conjugate of Helix pomatia agglutinin (HPA). The surface proteins of Ba. platelets were labeled with 125I by the lactoperoxidase-catalyzed procedure; single and two-dimensional electrophoresis on sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-polyacrylamide gels was followed by autoradiography that revealed normal 125I-labeling of the major membrane glycoproteins (GP) but that GP Ib had a faster than normal migration. the abnormal GP Ib of Ba. platelets was strongly labeled when platelet suspensions were treated sequentially with neuraminidase, galactose oxidase, and sodium [3H]borohydride. Unlike the GP Ib of normal human platelets, it was also strongly labeled when Ba. platelets were treated with galactose oxidase and sodium [3H]borohydride alone. Both the alloantigen, PlA1, and quinidine-dependent antibody receptor activity were normally expressed by Ba. platelets, which also bound a monoclonal antibody (AN51) to GP Ib. Analysis of Ba. platelets by crossed immunoelectrophoresis using a rabbit anti-human platelet antibody preparation revealed the presence of an immunoprecipitate in the GP Ib position that had an abnormal appearance and migration in the second dimension. An altered position of the precipitate given by Factor VIIIR:Ag was also noted. Incorporation of HPA into the agarose gel during the first dimension electrophoresis resulted in the specific precipitation of the abnormal GP Ib of Ba. platelets. Our studies show that circulating Tn-platelets contain GP Ib with a modified oligosaccharide chain structure responsible for the platelet expression of Tn-antigen activity. Images PMID:7174794

  19. Electrochemical hydrogen Storage Systems

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    Dr. Digby Macdonald

    2010-08-09

    As the global need for energy increases, scientists and engineers have found a possible solution by using hydrogen to power our world. Although hydrogen can be combusted as a fuel, it is considered an energy carrier for use in fuel cells wherein it is consumed (oxidized) without the production of greenhouse gases and produces electrical energy with high efficiency. Chemical storage of hydrogen involves release of hydrogen in a controlled manner from materials in which the hydrogen is covalently bound. Sodium borohydride and aminoborane are two materials given consideration as chemical hydrogen storage materials by the US Department of Energy. A very significant barrier to adoption of these materials as hydrogen carriers is their regeneration from 'spent fuel,' i.e., the material remaining after discharge of hydrogen. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) formed a Center of Excellence for Chemical Hydrogen Storage, and this work stems from that project. The DOE has identified boron hydrides as being the main compounds of interest as hydrogen storage materials. The various boron hydrides are then oxidized to release their hydrogen, thereby forming a 'spent fuel' in the form of a lower boron hydride or even a boron oxide. The ultimate goal of this project is to take the oxidized boron hydrides as the spent fuel and hydrogenate them back to their original form so they can be used again as a fuel. Thus this research is essentially a boron hydride recycling project. In this report, research directed at regeneration of sodium borohydride and aminoborane is described. For sodium borohydride, electrochemical reduction of boric acid and sodium metaborate (representing spent fuel) in alkaline, aqueous solution has been investigated. Similarly to literature reports (primarily patents), a variety of cathode materials were tried in these experiments. Additionally, approaches directed at overcoming electrostatic repulsion of borate anion from the cathode, not described in the

  20. Final Report: DE- FC36-05GO15063, Fundamental Studies of Advanced High-Capacity, Reversible Metal Hydrides

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    Jensen, Craig; McGrady, Sean; Severa, Godwin; Eliseo, Jennifer; Chong, Marina

    2013-05-31

    The project was component of the US DOE, Metal Hydride Center of Excellence (MHCoE). The Sandia National Laboratory led center was established to conduct highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary applied R&D to develop new reversible hydrogen storage materials that meet or exceed DOE/FreedomCAR 2010 and 2015 system targets for hydrogen storage materials. Our approach entailed a wide variety of activities ranging from synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of new candidate hydrogen storage materials; screening of catalysts for high capacity materials requiring kinetics enhancement; development of low temperature methods for nano-confinement of hydrides and determining its effects on the kinetics and thermodynamics of hydrides; and development of novel processes for the direct re-hydrogenation of materials. These efforts have resulted in several advancements the development of hydrogen storage materials. We have greatly extended the fundamental knowledge about the highly promising hydrogen storage carrier, alane (AlH3), by carrying out the first crystal structure determinations and the first determination of the heats of dehydrogenation of β–AlH3 and γ-AlD3. A low-temperature homogenous organometallic approach to incorporation of Al and Mg based hydrides into carbon aerogels has been developed that that allows high loadings without degradation of the nano-porous scaffold. Nano-confinement was found to significantly improve the dehydrogenation kinetics but not effect the enthalpy of dehydrogenation. We conceived, characterized, and synthesized a novel class of potential hydrogen storage materials, bimetallic borohydrides. These novel compounds were found to have many favorable properties including release of significant amounts of hydrogen at moderate temperatures (75-190 º C). However, in situ IR studies in tandem with thermal gravimetric analysis have shown that about 0.5 equivalents of diborane are released during the

  1. Vapor Pressure Measurements of LiBH4, NaBH 4 and Ca(BH4)2 using Knudsen Torsion Effusion Gravimetric Method

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    Danyan, Mohammad Masoumi

    Hydrogen storage is one of the critical technologies needed on the path towards commercialization for mobile applications. In the past few years, a range of new light weight hydrogen containing material has been discovered with good storage properties. Among them, lithium borohydride (LiBH 4) sodium borohydride (NaBH4) and calcium borohydride (Ca(BH 4)2) have shown promising results to be used as solid state hydrogen storage material. In this work, we have determined equilibrium vapor pressures of LiBH 4 NaBH4 and Ca(BH4)2 obtained by Torsion effusion thermogravimetric method. Results for all the three hydrides exhibited that a small fraction of the materials showed congruency, and sublimed as gaseous compound, but the majority of the material showed incongruent vaporization. Two Knudsen cells of 0.3 and 0.6mm orifice size was employed to measure the total vapor pressures. A Whitman-Motzfeldt method is used to extrapolate the measured vapor pressures to zero orifice size to calculate the equilibrium vapor pressures. In the case of LiBH4 we found that 2% of the material evaporated congruently (LiBH4(s) → LiBH4(g)) according to the equation: logPLiBH4/P 0 =-3263.5 +/-309/T + (1.079 +/-0.69) and rest as incongruent vaporization to LiH, B, and hydrogen gas according to the equation logPeq/P0 =(-3263.5 +/-309)/T+ (2.458 +/-0.69) with DeltaH evap.= 62.47+/-5.9 kJ/mol of H2, DeltaSevap. = 47.05+/-13 J/mol of H2.K. The NaBH4 also had somewhat similar behavior, with 9% congruent evaporation and equilibrium vapor pressure equation of logPLiBH4=-7700+/-335/ T+ (6.7+/-1.5) and 91% incongruent decomposition to Na and Boron metal, and hydrogen gas. The enthalpy of vaporization; DeltaHevap. = 147.2+/-6.4kJ/molH2 and DeltaSevap.= 142 +/-28 kJ/molH2.K (550-650K). The Ca(BH4) 2 exhibited similar vaporization behavior with congruency of 3.2%. The decomposition products are CaH2 and Boron metal with evolution of hydrogen gas varying with the pressure equation as logPeq /P0 =(-1562

  2. Metal interferences and their removal prior to the determination of As(T) and As(III) in acid mine waters by hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry

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    McCleskey, R. Blaine; Nordstrom, D. Kirk; Ball, James W.

    2003-01-01

    Hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry (HGAAS) is a sensitive and selective method for the determination of total arsenic (arsenic(III) plus arsenic(V)) and arsenic(III); however, it is subject to metal interferences for acid mine waters. Sodium borohydride is used to produce arsine gas, but high metal concentrations can suppress arsine production. This report investigates interferences of sixteen metal species including aluminum, antimony(III), antimony(V), cadmium, chromium(III), chromium(IV), cobalt, copper(II), iron(III), iron(II), lead, manganese, nickel, selenium(IV), selenium(VI), and zinc ranging in concentration from 0 to 1,000 milligrams per liter and offers a method for removing interfering metal cations with cation exchange resin. The degree of interference for each metal without cation-exchange on the determination of total arsenic and arsenic(III) was evaluated by spiking synthetic samples containing arsenic(III) and arsenic(V) with the potential interfering metal. Total arsenic recoveries ranged from 92 to 102 percent for all metals tested except antimony(III) and antimony(V) which suppressed arsine formation when the antimony(III)/total arsenic molar ratio exceeded 4 or the antimony(V)/total arsenic molar ratio exceeded 2. Arsenic(III) recoveries for samples spiked with aluminum, chromium(III), cobalt, iron(II), lead, manganese, nickel, selenium(VI), and zinc ranged from 84 to 107 percent over the entire concentration range tested. Low arsenic(III) recoveries occurred when the molar ratios of metals to arsenic(III) were copper greater than 120, iron(III) greater than 70, chromium(VI) greater than 2, cadmium greater than 800, antimony(III) greater than 3, antimony(V) greater than 12, or selenium(IV) greater than 1. Low recoveries result when interfering metals compete for available sodium borohydride, causing incomplete arsine production, or when the interfering metal oxidizes arsenic(III). Separation of interfering metal cations using

  3. Microwave-aided synthesis and applications of gold and nickel nanoporous metal foams

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    Lu, Zhifeng

    In the field of nanoscience, nanoporous metal foams are a representative type of nanostructured materials, representing the ultimate form factor of a metal. They possess the hybrid properties of metal and nanoarchitectures, including the following properties such as good electrical and thermal conductivity, catalytic activity and high surface area, ultralow density, high strength-to-weight ratio. The outstanding properties bring the nanoporous metal foams to a wide range of applications, especially in the field of sensor system, energy storage and chemical catalyst. A new method of synthesis developed recently is presented for nanoporous metal foams of gold and nickel. The goal of this study is for the synthesis process of NMFs of and some applications in research and realistic life. Gold NMFs were produced by mixing gold chloride with ethylene glycol, ethanol, and reducing agent, and heating at 150 °C for 5 min with a CEM microwave. Both hydrazine and sodium borohydride were applied as the reducing agent for this redox reaction. Nickel NMFs were produced through the similar procedure with a little difference in the heating condition of 50 W, instead of 150 °C, with either hydrazine or sodium borohydride as the reducing agent. Gold NMFs were applied in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) as a substrate. It is presented that with the presence of gold NMFs, the detection of the rhodamine 6G (R6G), a model analyte, can be enhanced significantly. The limit of detection for rhodamine 6G was found to be 5.2 x 10 -7 M in this research. Nickel NMFs was applied to degrade methyl orange (MO). An aqueous MO solution will turn nearly colorless after only 10 h of mixing with 0.025 g of nickel NMFs at room temperature under dark condition. In order to study the kinetics of the degradation reaction, MO solution with different initial concentration were used. This application of Ni NMFs is applicable as waste treatment of industrial water and to protect the environment.

  4. Rainfall observations using dual-polarization radar coupled with a drop motion and evaporation model

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    Pallardy, Quinn

    In the field of nanoscience, nanoporous metal foams are a representative type of nanostructured materials, representing the ultimate form factor of a metal. They possess the hybrid properties of metal and nanoarchitectures, including the following properties such as good electrical and thermal conductivity, catalytic activity and high surface area, ultralow density, high strength-to-weight ratio. The outstanding properties bring the nanoporous metal foams to a wide range of applications, especially in the field of sensor system, energy storage and chemical catalyst. A new method of synthesis developed recently is presented for nanoporous metal foams of gold and nickel. The goal of this study is for the synthesis process of NMFs of and some applications in research and realistic life. Gold NMFs were produced by mixing gold chloride with ethylene glycol, ethanol, and reducing agent, and heating at 150 °C for 5 min with a CEM microwave. Both hydrazine and sodium borohydride were applied as the reducing agent for this redox reaction. Nickel NMFs were produced through the similar procedure with a little difference in the heating condition of 50 W, instead of 150 °C, with either hydrazine or sodium borohydride as the reducing agent. Gold NMFs were applied in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) as a substrate. It is presented that with the presence of gold NMFs, the detection of the rhodamine 6G (R6G), a model analyte, can be enhanced significantly. The limit of detection for rhodamine 6G was found to be 5.2 x 10 -7 M in this research. Nickel NMFs was applied to degrade methyl orange (MO). An aqueous MO solution will turn nearly colorless after only 10 h of mixing with 0.025 g of nickel NMFs at room temperature under dark condition. In order to study the kinetics of the degradation reaction, MO solution with different initial concentration were used. This application of Ni NMFs is applicable as waste treatment of industrial water and to protect the environment.

  5. Chemical Hydrogen Storage Using Polyhedral Borane Anions and Aluminum-Ammonia-Borane Complexes

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    Hawthorne, M. Frederick; Jalisatgi, Satish S.; Safronov, Alexander V.; Lee, Han Beak; Wu, Jianguo

    2010-10-01

    Phase 1. Hydrolysis of borohydride compounds offer the potential for significant hydrogen storage capacity, but most work to date has focused on one particular anion, BH4-, which requires high pH for stability. Other borohydride compounds, in particular polyhedral borane anions offer comparable hydrogen storage capacity without requiring high pH media and their long term thermal and hydrolytic stability coupled with non-toxic nature make them a very attractive alternative to NaBH4. The University of Missouri project provided the overall program focal point for the investigation of catalytic hydrolysis of polyhedral borane anions for hydrogen release. Due to their inherent stability, a transition metal catalyst was necessary for the hydrolysis of polyhedral borane anions. Transition metal ions such as cobalt, nickel, palladium and rhodium were investigated for their catalytic activity in the hydrolysis of nido-KB11H14, closo-K2B10H10, and closo-K2B12H12. The rate of hydrolysis follows first-order kinetics with respect to the concentration of the polyhedral borane anion and surface area of the rhodium catalyst. The rate of hydrolysis depends upon a) choice of polyhedral borane anion, c) concentration of polyhedral borane anion, d) surface area of the rhodium catalyst and e) temperature of the reaction. In all cases the yield of hydrogen was 100% which corresponds to ~7 wt% of hydrogen (based on material wt%). Phase 2. The phase 2 of program at the University of Missouri was focused upon developing aluminum ammonia-boranes (Al-AB) as chemical hydrogen storage materials, specifically their synthesis and studies of their dehydrogenation. The ammonia borane molecule (AB) is a demonstrated source of chemically stored hydrogen (19.6 wt%) which meets DOE performance parameters except for its regeneration from spent AB and elemental hydrogen. The presence of an aluminum center bonded to multiple AB residues might combine the efficiency of AB dehydrogenation with an aluminum

  6. The effect of artificial seawater on SERS spectra of amino acids-Ag colloids: an experiment of prebiotic chemistry.

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    Nascimento, Fernanda C; Carneiro, Cristine E A; de Santana, Henrique; Zaia, Dimas A M

    2014-01-24

    The large enhancement of signal observed in surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) could be helpful for identifying amino acids on the surface of other planets, in particular for Mars, as well as in prebiotic chemistry experiments of interaction minerals/amino acids. This paper reports the effect of several substances (NaCl, MgCl2, KBr, CaSO4, K2SO4, MgSO4, KI, NH4Cl, SrCl2, CaCl2, Na2SO4, KOH, NaOH, H3BO3) on the SERS spectra of colloid of sodium citrate-CSC and colloid of sodium borohydride-CSB. The effect of four different artificial seawaters and these artificial seawaters plus amino acids (α-Ala-alanine, Gly-glycine, Cys-cysteine, AIB-2-aminoisobutiric acid) on SERS spectra using both CSC and CSB was also studied. For CSC, the effect of water, after dilution of the colloid, was the appearance of several absorption bands belonging to sodium citrate in the SERS spectrum. In general, artificial seawaters enhanced several bands in SERS spectra using CSC and CSB and CSC was more sensitive to those artificial seawaters than CSB. The identification of Gly, α-Ala and AIB using CSC or CSB was not possible because several bands belonging to artificial seawaters, sodium citrate or sodium borohydride were enhanced. On the other hand, artificial seawaters did not interfere in the SERS spectra of Cys using CSC or CSB, although the interaction of Cys with each colloid was different. For CSC the band at 2568 cm(-1) (S-H stretching) of Cys vanished and for CSB the intensity of this band decreased, indicating the -SH of Cys was bonded to Ag to form -S-Ag. Thus SERS spectroscopy could be used for Cys detection on Mars soils using Mars land rovers as well as to study the interaction between Cys and minerals in prebiotic chemistry experiments. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Synthesis of silver nanoparticles by chemical reduction at various fraction of MSA and their structure characterization

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    Diantoro, Markus Fitrianingsih, Rina Mufti, Nandang Fuad, Abdulloh

    2014-03-24

    Nanosilver is currently one of the most common engineered nanomaterials and is used in many applications that lead to the release of silver nanoparticles and silver ions into aqueous systems. Nanosilver also possesses enhanced antimicrobial activity and bioavailability that may less environmental risk compared with other manufactured nanomaterials. Described in this research are the synthesis of silver nanoparticle produced by chemical reduction from silver nitrate (AgNO{sub 3}) solution. As a reducing agent, Sodium Borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) was used and mercaptosuccinic Acid (MSA) as stabilizer to prevent the nanoparticle from aglomerating. It was also used two kinds of solvent, they are water and methanol. In typical experiment MSA was dissolve in methanol with a number of variation of molarity i.e. 0,03 M, 0,06 M, 0,12 M, 0,15 M, and the mixture was kept under vigorous stirring in an ice bath. A solution of silver nitrate of 340 mg in 6,792 ml water was added. A freshly prepared aqueous solution of sodium borohydride (756,6 mL in 100 mL of water) was added drop wisely. The solution was kept for half an hour for stirring and were allowed to settle down in methanol. The obtained samples then characterized by means of x-ray diffractometer, and scanning electron microscopy, as well as transmission electron microscopy to obtain their structures of silver nanoparticles, morphology, and sizes. It is shown that diameter of silver nanoparticle sized about 24.3 nm (Ag@MSA 0.03 M), 20.4 nm (Ag@MSA 0.06 M), 16.8 nm (Ag@MSA 0.12 M), 16.9 nm (Ag@MSA 0.15 M) which was calculated by Scherrer formula by taking the FWHM from fitting to Gaussian. The phases and lattice parameter showed that there is no significant change in its volume by increasing molarity of stabilizer. In contrast, the size of particles is decreasing.

  8. U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Storage Cost Analysis

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    Law, Karen; Rosenfeld, Jeffrey; Han, Vickie; Chan, Michael; Chiang, Helena; Leonard, Jon

    2013-03-11

    The overall objective of this project is to conduct cost analyses and estimate costs for on- and off-board hydrogen storage technologies under development by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on a consistent, independent basis. This can help guide DOE and stakeholders toward the most-promising research, development and commercialization pathways for hydrogen-fueled vehicles. A specific focus of the project is to estimate hydrogen storage system cost in high-volume production scenarios relative to the DOE target that was in place when this cost analysis was initiated. This report and its results reflect work conducted by TIAX between 2004 and 2012, including recent refinements and updates. The report provides a system-level evaluation of costs and performance for four broad categories of on-board hydrogen storage: (1) reversible on-board metal hydrides (e.g., magnesium hydride, sodium alanate); (2) regenerable off-board chemical hydrogen storage materials(e.g., hydrolysis of sodium borohydride, ammonia borane); (3) high surface area sorbents (e.g., carbon-based materials); and 4) advanced physical storage (e.g., 700-bar compressed, cryo-compressed and liquid hydrogen). Additionally, the off-board efficiency and processing costs of several hydrogen storage systems were evaluated and reported, including: (1) liquid carrier, (2) sodium borohydride, (3) ammonia borane, and (4) magnesium hydride. TIAX applied a bottom-up costing methodology customized to analyze and quantify the processes used in the manufacture of hydrogen storage systems. This methodology, used in conjunction with ® software and other tools, developed costs for all major tank components, balance-of-tank, tank assembly, and system assembly. Based on this methodology, the figure below shows the projected on-board high-volume factory costs of the various analyzed hydrogen storage systems, as designed. Reductions in the key cost drivers may bring hydrogen storage system costs closer to this DOE target

  9. Sialomucins are characteristically O-acylated in poorly differentiated and colloid prostatic adenocarcinomas.

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    Sáez, C; Japón, M A; Conde, A F; Poveda, M A; Luna-Moré, S; Segura, D I

    1998-12-01

    Mucinous glycoproteins are secreted by prostatic adenocarcinomas and might play important roles in tumor invasion and metastasis. Their histochemical properties on routine biopsy specimens have not been fully characterized. We present a histochemical study of mucin in 21 prostatic adenocarcinomas, with particular focus on the demonstration of different types of sialomucins. We applied the following histochemical techniques to routinely processed, formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections: Alcian blue (pH 2.5) and periodic acid-Schiff to reveal both acidic and neutral mucins; high iron diamine and Alcian blue (pH 2.5) to show sulfated and acidic nonsulfated mucosubstances simultaneously; periodic acid borohydride, potassium hydroxide, and periodic acid-Schiff to demonstrate O-acylated sialic acids; periodic acid thionine-Schiff, potassium hydroxide, and periodic acid-Schiff to differentiate pre-existing glycols from those revealed after saponification procedures; and periodic acid borohydride and periodic acid-Schiff to show C9-O-acylated sialic acid. These techniques are useful tools for demonstrating neutral and acidic (sialo- and sulfo-) mucins and di(C8,C9- or C7,C9-)-O-acylated, tri(C7,C8,C9-)-O-acylated and mono(C9)-O-acylated sialomucins. Most prostatic adenocarcinomas showed acidic mucins, with sialomucins predominating over sulfomucins. Well-differentiated and moderately differentiated noncolloid tumors had non-O-acylated sialomucins. Poorly differentiated tumors contained mono-O-acylated (C9) sialomucins, and colloid-type tumors secreted mono-, di-, and tri-O-acylated sialoglycoproteins. Acidic mucins, mainly sialomucins, constitute the major secretory component in prostatic adenocarcinomas, and our results show that the O-acylation of these sialoglycoproteins inversely correlates with tumor differentiation. Well-differentiated and moderately differentiated tumors are not O-acylated, whereas the poorly differentiated ones characteristically have O

  10. Microfluidic platforms and fundamental electrocatalysis studies for fuel cell applications

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    Cohen, Jamie Lee

    The fabrication and testing of a planar membraneless microchannel fuel cell, based on a silicon microchannel, is described in detail. Laminar flow of fuel and oxidant streams, one on top of the other, prevents fuel crossover while allowing ionic transport at the interface between the two solutions. By employing laminar flow, the useful functions of a membrane are retained, while bypassing its inherent limitations. The planar design maximizes the anode and cathode areas, and elimination of the membrane affords broad flexibility in the choice of fuel and oxidant. Fuels including formic acid, methanol, ethanol, sodium borohydride and hydrogen were tested along with oxidants such as oxygen, hydrogen peroxide and potassium permanganate. Steps taken to improve voltage, current density, and overall power output have been addressed, including the testing of a dual electrolyte system and the use of micro-patterned electrode surfaces to enhance fuel utilization. As the complexity of the fuels studied in the microchannel fuel cell increased, it was imperative to characterize these fuels using electrochemical techniques prior to utilization in the fuel cell. The oxidation pathway of the liquid fuel methanol was studied rigorously because of its importance for micro-fuel cell applications. Activation energies for methanol oxidation at a Ptpoly surface were determined using electrochemical techniques, providing a benchmark for the comparison of activation energies of other Pt-based electrocatalysts for methanol oxidation at a given potential. A protocol to obtain Ea values was established in three different electrolytes and experimental parameters that influence the magnitude of these values are discussed in detail. The oxidation pathways of sodium borohydride were also examined at Au, Pt, and Pd surfaces using cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, and rotating disk electrode voltammetry. In addition to studies on bulk Ptpoly surfaces, new bulk intermetallic catalysts were

  11. Synthesis of silver nanoparticles by chemical reduction at various fraction of MSA and their structure characterization

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    Diantoro, Markus; Fitrianingsih, Rina; Mufti, Nandang; Fuad, Abdulloh

    2014-03-01

    Nanosilver is currently one of the most common engineered nanomaterials and is used in many applications that lead to the release of silver nanoparticles and silver ions into aqueous systems. Nanosilver also possesses enhanced antimicrobial activity and bioavailability that may less environmental risk compared with other manufactured nanomaterials. Described in this research are the synthesis of silver nanoparticle produced by chemical reduction from silver nitrate (AgNO3) solution. As a reducing agent, Sodium Borohydride (NaBH4) was used and mercaptosuccinic Acid (MSA) as stabilizer to prevent the nanoparticle from aglomerating. It was also used two kinds of solvent, they are water and methanol. In typical experiment MSA was dissolve in methanol with a number of variation of molarity i.e. 0,03 M, 0,06 M, 0,12 M, 0,15 M, and the mixture was kept under vigorous stirring in an ice bath. A solution of silver nitrate of 340 mg in 6,792 ml water was added. A freshly prepared aqueous solution of sodium borohydride (756,6 mL in 100 mL of water) was added drop wisely. The solution was kept for half an hour for stirring and were allowed to settle down in methanol. The obtained samples then characterized by means of x-ray diffractometer, and scanning electron microscopy, as well as transmission electron microscopy to obtain their structures of silver nanoparticles, morphology, and sizes. It is shown that diameter of silver nanoparticle sized about 24.3 nm (Ag@MSA 0.03 M), 20.4 nm (Ag@MSA 0.06 M), 16.8 nm (Ag@MSA 0.12 M), 16.9 nm (Ag@MSA 0.15 M) which was calculated by Scherrer formula by taking the FWHM from fitting to Gaussian. The phases and lattice parameter showed that there is no significant change in its volume by increasing molarity of stabilizer. In contrast, the size of particles is decreasing.

  12. A versatile cooperative template-directed coating method to construct uniform microporous carbon shells for multifunctional core-shell nanocomposites

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    Guan, Buyuan; Wang, Xue; Xiao, Yu; Liu, Yunling; Huo, Qisheng

    2013-02-01

    A very simple cooperative template-directed coating method is developed for the preparation of core-shell, hollow, and yolk-shell microporous carbon nanocomposites. Particularly, the cationic surfactant C16TMA+.Br- used in the coating procedure improves the core dispersion in the reaction media and serves as the soft template for mesostructured resorcinol-formaldehyde resin formation, which results in the uniform polymer and microporous carbon shell coating on most functional cores with different surface properties. The core diameter and the shell thickness of the nanocomposites can be precisely tailored. This approach is highly reproducible and scalable. Several grams of polymer and carbon nanocomposites can be easily prepared by a facile one-pot reaction. The Au@hydrophobic microporous carbon yolk-shell catalyst favors the reduction of more hydrophobic nitrobenzene than hydrophilic 4-nitrophenol by sodium borohydride, which makes this type of catalyst@carbon yolk-shell composites promising nanomaterials as selective catalysts for hydrophobic reactants.A very simple cooperative template-directed coating method is developed for the preparation of core-shell, hollow, and yolk-shell microporous carbon nanocomposites. Particularly, the cationic surfactant C16TMA+.Br- used in the coating procedure improves the core dispersion in the reaction media and serves as the soft template for mesostructured resorcinol-formaldehyde resin formation, which results in the uniform polymer and microporous carbon shell coating on most functional cores with different surface properties. The core diameter and the shell thickness of the nanocomposites can be precisely tailored. This approach is highly reproducible and scalable. Several grams of polymer and carbon nanocomposites can be easily prepared by a facile one-pot reaction. The Au@hydrophobic microporous carbon yolk-shell catalyst favors the reduction of more hydrophobic nitrobenzene than hydrophilic 4-nitrophenol by sodium

  13. Facile preparation of water-soluble fluorescent gold nanoclusters for cellular imaging applications

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    Shang, Li; Dörlich, René M.; Brandholt, Stefan; Schneider, Reinhard; Trouillet, Vanessa; Bruns, Michael; Gerthsen, Dagmar; Nienhaus, G. Ulrich

    2011-05-01

    We report a facile strategy to synthesize water-soluble, fluorescent gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) in one step by using a mild reductant, tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium chloride (THPC). A zwitterionic functional ligand, d-penicillamine (DPA), as a capping agent endowed the AuNCs with excellent stability in aqueous solvent over the physiologically relevant pH range. The DPA-capped AuNCs displayed excitation and emission bands at 400 and 610 nm, respectively; the fluorescence quantum yield was 1.3%. The effect of borohydride reduction on the optical spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results indicated that the AuNC luminescence is closely related to the presence of Au(i) on their surfaces. In a first optical imaging application, we studied internalization of the AuNCs by live HeLa cells using confocal microscopy with two-photon excitation. A cell viability assay revealed good biocompatibility of these AuNCs. Our studies demonstrate a great potential of DPA-stabilized AuNCs as fluorescent nanoprobes in bioimaging and related applications.We report a facile strategy to synthesize water-soluble, fluorescent gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) in one step by using a mild reductant, tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium chloride (THPC). A zwitterionic functional ligand, d-penicillamine (DPA), as a capping agent endowed the AuNCs with excellent stability in aqueous solvent over the physiologically relevant pH range. The DPA-capped AuNCs displayed excitation and emission bands at 400 and 610 nm, respectively; the fluorescence quantum yield was 1.3%. The effect of borohydride reduction on the optical spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results indicated that the AuNC luminescence is closely related to the presence of Au(i) on their surfaces. In a first optical imaging application, we studied internalization of the AuNCs by live HeLa cells using confocal microscopy with two-photon excitation. A cell viability assay revealed good biocompatibility of these Au

  14. Characterization and high throughput analysis of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage

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    Barcelo, Steven James

    Efficient hydrogen storage is required for fuel cell vehicles to be competitive with those driven by internal combustion engines. Current methods of storage such as compressed gas and liquid hydrogen cannot meet this standard, so novel hydrogen storage materials such as metal hydrides are required. No simple metal hydride meets the required specifications. Research is required to find new materials or improve existing materials. This thesis describes the research practices necessary to achieve legitimate and repeatable results in laboratories across the world. Examples of experiments using these techniques are presented, such as a high throughput technique to optimize materials systems with up to three components such as calcium borohydride with titanium catalyst and magnesium hydride with nickel and aluminum as destabilizing elements and catalysts. Thin films composed of gradients of each material were deposited by sputtering, creating a single thin film sample covering all potential material combinations. Optical properties of the samples under hydrogen pressure were monitored to identify the regions with largest and fastest hydrogen uptake. In the Ca-B-Ti system, titanium did not sufficiently catalyze the borohydride formation reaction at low temperature. Substantial hydrogen uptake was shown in the Mg-Ni region of the Mg-Ni-Al films. Al did not participate in the reaction at low temperature. Further investigation of the role of catalysts and destabilizing elements in improving hydrogen storage performance through X-ray Absorption and Emission Spectroscopy measurements of the Mg-Ni system during hydrogenation is presented. Typical X-ray spectroscopy measurements use a synchrotron radiation source and require ultra high vacuum conditions. For these experiments we designed a chamber which can be inserted into a vacuum chamber allowing in situ measurements of a sample under hydrogen pressure, providing information on the role of Ni in hydrogen absorption of Mg

  15. To add or not to add: the use of quenching agents for the analysis of disinfection by-products in water samples.

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    Kristiana, Ina; Lethorn, Arron; Joll, Cynthia; Heitz, Anna

    2014-08-01

    The formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) is a public health concern due to their potential adverse health effects. Robust and sensitive methods for the analysis of DBPs, as well as appropriate sample handling procedures, are essential to obtain accurate, precise and reliable data on DBP occurrence and formation. In particular, the use of an appropriate quenching agent is critical to prevent further formation of DBPs during the holding time between sample collection and analysis. Despite reports of decomposition of DBPs caused by some quenching agents, particularly sulphite and thiosulphate, a survey of the literature shows that they are still the most commonly used quenching agents in analysis of DBPs. This study investigated the effects of five quenching agents (sodium sulphite, sodium arsenite, sodium borohydride, ascorbic acid, and ammonium chloride) on the stability of seven different classes of DBPs commonly found in drinking waters, in order to determine the most appropriate quenching agent for the different classes of DBPs. All of the quenching agents tested did not adversely affect the concentrations of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs), and thus are suitable for quenching of disinfectant residual prior to analysis of these DBPs. Ascorbic acid was found to be suitable for the analysis of haloacetonitriles (HANs) and haloketones (HKs), but should not be used for the analysis of chlorite. Sodium arsenite, sodium borohydride, and ascorbic acid were all acceptable for the analysis of haloacetaldehydes (HALs). All of the quenching agents tested adversely affected the concentration of chloropicrin. A 'universal' quenching agent, suitable for all groups of DBPs studied, was not identified. However, based on the results of this study, we recommend the use of ascorbic acid for quenching of samples to be analysed for organic DBPs (i.e. THMs, HAAs, HANs, HKs, and HALs) and sodium sulphite for analysis of inorganic DBPs. Our study is the first

  16. Bactericidal and catalytic performance of green nanocomposite based-on chitosan/carbon black fiber supported monometallic and bimetallic nanoparticles.

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    Ali, Fayaz; Khan, Sher Bahadar; Kamal, Tahseen; Anwar, Yasir; Alamry, Khalid A; Asiri, Abdullah M

    2017-08-28

    Nanoparticles were synthesized on the surface of green nanocomposite based on carbon black dispersed in chitosan (CB-CS) fibres. The nanoparticles were monometallic Co, Ag and Cu and bimetallic Co + Cu and Co + Ag. The CB-CS fibres were prepared and introduced into separate metal salt solutions containing Co(2+), Ag(+) and Cu(2+) and mixed Co(2+)+Cu(2+) and Co(2+)+Ag(+) ions. The metal ions immobilized on the surface of CB-CS were reduced using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as reducing agent to synthesize the corresponding zero-valent metal nanoparticles-loaded CB-CS fibres. All the nanoparticles-loaded CB-CS samples were characterized using field emission-scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. When tested as catalysts, the nanoparticles-loaded CB-CS showed excellent catalytic ability for the reduction of toxic and environmentally unwanted pollutants of para-nitrophenol, congo red and methyl orange dyes. Afterwards, the antimicrobial activities of virgin and metal-loaded CB-CS fibres were tested and the metal-loaded CB-CS fibres were found to be effective against Escherichia coli. In addition, the catalyst can be recovered easily by simply removing the fibres from the reaction mixture and can be recycled several times while maintaining high catalytic efficiency. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Reactive immunization suppresses advanced glycation and mitigates diabetic nephropathy.

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    Shcheglova, Tatiana; Makker, Sudesh; Tramontano, Alfonso

    2009-05-01

    Agents that inhibit glycation end products by reducing the carbonyl load from glycation and glycoxidation are an emerging pharmacologic approach to treat complications of diabetes. We previously demonstrated that antibodies generated to the glycoprotein keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) can cross-link with reactive carbonyl residues on protein conjugates. Here, we immunized streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats with KLH to assess the capacity of the elicited antibodies to intercept carbonyl residues on glycated proteins and to mitigate glycation-related pathology. Compared with diabetic rats immunized with adjuvant alone, KLH-immunized diabetic rats had decreased levels of glycated peptides in sera and demonstrated a reduction in albuminuria, proteinuria, deposition of glycation end products in the kidney, and histologic damage. In vitro, low molecular weight glycated peptides from rat serum reacted with anti-KLH antibodies at a faster rate than normal IgG and selectively modified the lambda chains. The reaction products contained peptide sequences from type I collagen alpha chain, albumin, and LDL receptor-related protein. These adduction reactions were inhibited by free KLH and by reduction of glycated peptides with borohydride. In summary, these results suggest that inherent reactivity of Ig light chains provides a natural mechanism for the removal of cytotoxic glycation products. This reactivity can be augmented by glycoprotein-specific reactive immunization, a potential biopharmaceutical approach to glycation-related pathology.

  18. In situ preparation, characterization, magnetic and catalytic studies of surfactant free RGO/Fe(x)Co(100-x) nanocomposites.

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    Chen, Fengjuan; Xi, Pinxian; Ma, Cai; Shao, Changwei; Wang, Jun; Wang, Shuai; Liu, Guozhen; Zeng, ZhengZhi

    2013-06-14

    A novel, "wet" and "clean" methodology was developed to prepare Fe(x)Co(100-x) nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide (RGO) surfaces in an aqueous solution through a coreduction process. Without any surface treatment, Fe(x)Co(100-x) nanoparticles can in situ grow on the RGO sheets. It was found that RGO nanosheets can effectively prevent the aggregation of Fe(x)Co(100-x) nanoparticles. The results reveal that the RGO/Fe(x)Co(100-x) nanocomposites have ferromagnetic characteristics and show composition dependent magnetic properties. The effectiveness of the as-prepared RGO/Fe(x)Co(100-x) nanocomposites as solid phase heterogeneous catalysts have been evaluated, for the first time, on the well-known 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) reduction to 4-aminophenol (4-AP) in the presence of excess sodium borohydride. The effect of initial 4-NP concentration, and catalyst loading dose were evaluated. The catalyst efficiency was examined on the basis of turnover frequency (TOF) and recyclability. The RGO/Fe25Co75 nanocomposites exhibit good catalytic activity toward 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) reduction and the graphene oxide (GO) supports also enhance the catalytic activity via a synergistic effect. The as-prepared RGO/Fe(x)Co(100-x) nanocomposite catalysts are very efficient, stable, easy to prepare, eco-friendly, cost-effective, and have potential industrial applications.

  19. Synthesis of NMP, a Fluoxetine (Prozac) Precursor, in the Introductory Organic Laboratory

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    Perrine, Daniel M.; Sabanayagam, Nathan R.; Reynolds, Kristy J.

    1998-10-01

    A synthesis of the immediate precursor of the widely used antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac) is described. The procedure is short, safe, and simple enough to serve as a laboratory exercise for undergraduate students in the second semester of introductory organic chemistry and is one which will be particularly interesting to those planning a career in the health sciences. The compound synthesized is (°)-N,N-dimethyl-3-(p-trifluoromethylphenoxy)-3-phenylpropylamine, or "N-methyl Prozac" (NMP). The synthesis of NMP requires one two-hour period and a second three-hour period. In the first period, a common Mannich base, 3-dimethylaminopropiophenone, is reduced with sodium borohydride to form (°)-3-dimethylamino-1-phenylpropanol. In the second period, potassium t-butoxide is used to couple (°)-3-dimethylamino-1-phenylpropanol with p-chlorotrifluoromethylbenzene to form NMP, which is isolated as its oxalate salt. All processes use equipment and materials that are inexpensive and readily available in most undergraduate laboratories. Detailed physical data are given on NMP, including high-field DEPT 13C NMR.

  20. Poly(methyl methacrylate) coating of soft magnetic amorphous and crystalline Fe,Co-B nanoparticles by chemical reduction.

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    Fernández Barquín, L; Yedra Martínez, A; Rodríguez Fernández, L; Rojas, D P; Murphy, F J; Alba Venero, D; Ruiz González, L; González-Calbet, J; Fdez-Gubieda, M L; Pankhurst, Q A

    2012-03-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of a collection of nanoparticles coated by Poly(methyl methacrylate) through a wet chemical synthesis have been investigated. The particles display either an amorphous (M = Fe, Co) M-B arrangement or a mixed structure bcc-Fe and fcc-Co + amorphous M-B. Both show the presence of a metal oxi-hydroxide formed in aqueous reduction. The organic coating facilitates technological handling. The cost-effective synthesis involves a reduction in a Poly(methyl methacrylate) aqueous solution of iron(II) or cobalt(II) sulphates (< 0.5 M) by sodium borohydride (< 0.5 M). The particles present an oxidized component, as deduced from X-ray diffraction, Mössbauer and Fe- and Co K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy and electron microscopy. For the ferrous alloys, this Fe-oxide is alpha-goethite, favoured by the aqueous solution. The Poly(methyl methacrylate) coating is confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. In pure amorphous core alloys there is a drastic change of the coercivity from bulk to around 30 Oe in the nanoparticles. The mixed structured alloys also lie in the soft magnetic regime. Magnetisation values at room temperature range around 100 emu/g. The coercivity stems from multidomain particles and their agglomeration, triggering the dipolar interactions.