Design and Synthesis of Vanadium Hydrazide Gels for Kubas-Type Hydrogen Adsorption: A New Class of Hydrogen Storage Materials

David Antonelli, Tuan K.A. Hoang, Michael I. Webb, Hung V. Mai, Ahmad Hamaed, Charles J. Walsby, Michel Trudeau

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In this paper we demonstrate that the Kubas interaction, a nondissociative form of weak hydrogen chemisorption with binding enthalpies in the ideal 20-30 kJ/mol range for room-temperature hydrogen storage, can be exploited in the design of a new class of hydrogen storage materials which avoid the shortcomings of hydrides and physisorpion materials. This was accomplished through the synthesis of novel vanadium hydrazide gels that use low-coordinate V centers as the principal Kubas H2 binding sites with only a negligible contribution from physisorption. Materials were synthesized at vanadium-to-hydrazine ratios of 4:3, 1:1, 1:1.5, and 1:2 and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption, elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. The material with the highest capacity possesses an excess reversible storage of 4.04 wt % at 77 K and 85 bar, corresponding to a true volumetric adsorption of 80 kg H2/m3 and an excess volumetric adsorption of 60.01 kg/m3. These values are in the range of the ultimate U.S. Department of Energy goal for volumetric density (70 kg/m3) as well as the best physisorption material studied to date (49 kg H2/m3 for MOF-177). This material also displays a surprisingly high volumetric density of 23.2 kg H2/m3 at room temperature and 85 bar—roughly 3 times higher than that of compressed gas and approaching the DOE 2010 goal of 28 kg H2/m3. These materials possess linear isotherms and enthalpies that rise on coverage and have little or no kinetic barrier to adsorption or desorption. In a practical system these materials would use pressure instead of temperature as a toggle and can thus be used in compressed gas tanks, currently employed in many hydrogen test vehicles, to dramatically increase the amount of hydrogen stored and therefore the range of any vehicle.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11792 - 11798
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2010


  • hydrogen
  • kubas-type


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