Mixed-Anion and Mixed-Cation Borohydride KZn(BH4)Cl-2: Synthesis, Structure and Thermal Decomposition

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  • DB Ravnsbaek
  • LH Sorensen
  • Y Filinchuk
  • HJ Jakobsen
  • F Besenbacher
  • J Skibsted
  • TR Jensen

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KZn(BH4)Cl-2, synthesized for the first time, contains a heteroleptic complex anion [Zn(BH4)Cl-2](-), extending the structural diversity of metal borohydrides. In-situ synchrotron powder diffraction, NMR and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize KZn(BH4)Cl-2 and to evaluate the mechanism for its thermal decomposition. The title compound decomposes at a significantly lower temperature than KBH4 and may be used for inspiration for the design of novel hydrogen storage materials. Combining different ligands in modified metal borohydrides is proposed as a way to adjust stability with respect to hydrogen desorption.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1608-1612
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010


  • Solid-phase synthesis, Hydrides, Transition metals, Solid-state structures, X-ray diffraction