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Title: Isomers and Conformers of H(NH₂BH₂)(n)H Oligomers: Understanding the Geometries and Electronic Structure of Boron-Nitrogen-Hydrogen Compounds as Potential Hydrogen Storage Materials

Abstract

Boron-nitrogen-hydrogen (BNHx) materials are polar analogs of hydrocarbons with potential applications as media for hydrogen storage. As H(NH₂BH₂)nH oligomers result from dehydrogenation of NH₃BH₃ and NH₄BH₄ materials, understanding the geometries, stabilities, and electronic structure of these oligomers is essential for developing chemical methods of hydrogen release and regeneration of the BNHx-based hydrogen storage materials. In this work we have performed computational modeling on the H(NH₂BH₂)nH (n = 1 – 6) oligomers using density functional theory (DFT). We have investigated linear chain structures and the stabilizing effects of coiling, biradicalization, and branching through Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations and geometry optimizations. We find that the zig-zag linear oligomers are unstable with respect to the coiled, square-wave chain, and branched structures, with the coiled structures being the most stable. Dihydrogen bonding in oligomers, where protic Hδ⁺(N) hydrogens interact with hydridic Hδ⁻(B) hydrogens, plays a crucial role in stabilizing different isomers and conformers. The results are consistent with structures of products that are seen in experimental NMR studies of dehydrogenated ammonia borane.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
902670
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-51976
9601; KP1704020; TRN: US200717%%606
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111(8):3294-3299; Journal Volume: 111; Journal Issue: 8
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
08 HYDROGEN; AMMONIA; BONDING; CHAINS; DEHYDROGENATION; ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE; FUNCTIONALS; GEOMETRY; HYDROCARBONS; HYDROGEN; HYDROGEN STORAGE; ISOMERS; REGENERATION; SIMULATION; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

Citation Formats

Li, Jun, Kathmann, Shawn M., Schenter, Gregory K., and Gutowski, Maciej S. Isomers and Conformers of H(NH₂BH₂)(n)H Oligomers: Understanding the Geometries and Electronic Structure of Boron-Nitrogen-Hydrogen Compounds as Potential Hydrogen Storage Materials. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1021/jp066360b.
Li, Jun, Kathmann, Shawn M., Schenter, Gregory K., & Gutowski, Maciej S. Isomers and Conformers of H(NH₂BH₂)(n)H Oligomers: Understanding the Geometries and Electronic Structure of Boron-Nitrogen-Hydrogen Compounds as Potential Hydrogen Storage Materials. United States. doi:10.1021/jp066360b.
Li, Jun, Kathmann, Shawn M., Schenter, Gregory K., and Gutowski, Maciej S. Wed . "Isomers and Conformers of H(NH₂BH₂)(n)H Oligomers: Understanding the Geometries and Electronic Structure of Boron-Nitrogen-Hydrogen Compounds as Potential Hydrogen Storage Materials". United States. doi:10.1021/jp066360b.
@article{osti_902670,
title = {Isomers and Conformers of H(NH₂BH₂)(n)H Oligomers: Understanding the Geometries and Electronic Structure of Boron-Nitrogen-Hydrogen Compounds as Potential Hydrogen Storage Materials},
author = {Li, Jun and Kathmann, Shawn M. and Schenter, Gregory K. and Gutowski, Maciej S.},
abstractNote = {Boron-nitrogen-hydrogen (BNHx) materials are polar analogs of hydrocarbons with potential applications as media for hydrogen storage. As H(NH₂BH₂)nH oligomers result from dehydrogenation of NH₃BH₃ and NH₄BH₄ materials, understanding the geometries, stabilities, and electronic structure of these oligomers is essential for developing chemical methods of hydrogen release and regeneration of the BNHx-based hydrogen storage materials. In this work we have performed computational modeling on the H(NH₂BH₂)nH (n = 1 – 6) oligomers using density functional theory (DFT). We have investigated linear chain structures and the stabilizing effects of coiling, biradicalization, and branching through Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics simulations and geometry optimizations. We find that the zig-zag linear oligomers are unstable with respect to the coiled, square-wave chain, and branched structures, with the coiled structures being the most stable. Dihydrogen bonding in oligomers, where protic Hδ⁺(N) hydrogens interact with hydridic Hδ⁻(B) hydrogens, plays a crucial role in stabilizing different isomers and conformers. The results are consistent with structures of products that are seen in experimental NMR studies of dehydrogenated ammonia borane.},
doi = {10.1021/jp066360b},
journal = {Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111(8):3294-3299},
number = 8,
volume = 111,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Feb 07 00:00:00 EST 2007},
month = {Wed Feb 07 00:00:00 EST 2007}
}