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Ammonia–borane: the hydrogen source par excellence?

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Ammonia–borane, H3NBH3, is an intriguing molecule for chemical hydrogen storage applications. With both protic N–H and hydridic B–H bonds, three H atoms per main group element, and a low molecular weight, H3NBH3 has the potential to meet the stringent gravimetric and volumetric hydrogen storage capacity targets needed for transportation applications. Furthermore, devising an energy-efficient chemical process to regenerate H3NBH3 from dehydrogenated BNHx material is an important step towards realization of a sustainable transportation fuel. In this perspective we discuss current progress in catalysis research to control the rate and extent of hydrogen release and preliminary efforts at regeneration of H3NBH3.

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The article was received on 01 Mar 2007, accepted on 03 May 2007 and first published on 31 May 2007

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/B703053C
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2007,0, 2613-2626
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    Ammonia–borane: the hydrogen source par excellence?

    F. H. Stephens, V. Pons and R. Tom Baker, Dalton Trans., 2007, 0, 2613
    DOI: 10.1039/B703053C

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