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Lithium Ammonia Borane for Alternative Energy Applications

By: Joe Porwoll, Material Matters 2010, 5.2, 31.

Material Matters 2010, 5.2, 31.

Joe Porwoll, President
Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc.

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Dr. Oleksandr Dolotko from ENSTA Paris Tech, France, suggested that we offer the newly developed Lithium Ammonia Borane (Aldrich Prod. No. 710199)1 as a base material for alternative energy applications. This boron-based hydride is a low temperature source of hydrogen for fuel cells and other hydrogen consuming energy systems. Due to its distinct reactivity, Lithium Ammonia Borane can also serve as an excellent reducing agent in various chemical processes.2

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  1. Xiong, Z.; Yong, Ch. K.; Wu, G.; Chen, P.; Shaw, W.; Karkamkar, A.; Autrey, T.; Jones, M. O.; Johnson, S. R.; Edwards, P. P.; David, W. I. F. Nature Materials 2008, 7, 138.
  2. Myers, A. G.; Yang, B. H.; Kopecky, D. J. Tetrahedron Let. 1996, 37, 3623.

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