Spectroscopic Studies on Hydrazine-Boranes, Key Compounds for Chemical Hydrogen Storage

Abstract : Hydrazine-boranes (H2NNH2 center dot BH3 and H3B center dot NH2NH2 center dot BH3) have been proposed for the storage of hydrogen, but these compounds have not created scope for extensive research works as ammonia- and methylamine-boranes have made these last decades. In the exciting research devoted to energy storage with environmentally friendly processes, hydrazine-borane, hydrazine-bisborane, and their simply substituted derivatives could provide a satisfactory response for hydrogen production and recyclability of the formed products. To date, knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of these compounds is still scarce. In this paper, the electronic structure of various hydrazine-boranes complexes is studied by ultraviolet-photoelectron spectroscopy (UV-PES), which is the experimental technique giving direct access to the energy of occupied molecular orbitals. Thus, UV-PE spectra were registered and first ionization energies were determined. Understanding of different types of interactions between nitrogen lone pairs and their variations by complexation has been our essential goal in these studies. In particular, clear stabilization of all molecular orbital energies is noted when complexation with borane takes place. Evolution of the sigma(BN) bond during the hydrogen release process upon thermal activation has also been studied experimentally by UV-PES and supported by quantum chemical calculations.
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Javier Torres Escalona, Jean-Claude Guillemin, Clovis Darrigan, Anna Chrostowska. Spectroscopic Studies on Hydrazine-Boranes, Key Compounds for Chemical Hydrogen Storage. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, American Chemical Society, 2019, 123 (28), pp.6003-6015. ⟨10.1021/acs.jpca.9b04266⟩. ⟨hal-02278425⟩

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