Inorganic borohydrides are promising compounds for hydrogen storage applications. In this context, there is a need to analyze and understand fundamental structural and dynamic properties of these compounds and their reaction products.
In our research, we synthesize new compounds and, in collaboration with R. Cerny (Lab. Cristallography, Geneva), obtain structural characterizations.
Theoretical DFT calculations and vibrational spectra are also performed and combined with the structural analysis.
Temperature dependent vibrational studies give insight into dynamical properties of the borohydride ion in the crystal.
Current experiments are also directed towards isotope exchange reactions.
This research includes also experiments on samples prepared by collegues in Germany, Denmark and the US.
I. Lindemann, R. Domènech Ferrer, L. Dunsch, Y. Filinchuk, H. Hagemann, V. D'Anna, R. Cerny, L.M. Daku Lawson, L. Schulz and O. Gutfleisch,
Chem. Eur. J. 16, 2010 , 8707-8712