Synthesis and formation process of Al2CuHx: A new class of interstitial aluminum-based alloy hydride

Hiroyuki Saitoh, Shigeyuki Takagi, Naruki Endo, Akihiko Machida, Katsutoshi Aoki, Shin Ichi Orimo, Yoshinori Katayama

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Aluminum-based alloy hydride Al2CuHx (x ∼ 1) is synthesized by hydrogenating Al2Cu alloy using high-temperature and high-pressure hydrogen atmosphere. Al8Cu square antiprisms in Al 2Cu twist around the c axis of a tetragonal unit cell by hydrogenation. The twist enlarges the interstitial spaces for accommodating hydrogen atoms which align linearly parallel to the c axis in Al 2CuHx. Thermodynamic stability of Al2CuH x results from the balance of stabilization by H 1s and Al 3sp hybridization and destabilization owing to the Fermi-level lifting upon hydrogenation. The crystal and electronic structures of Al2CuH x illustrate the formation of an interstitial hydride of aluminum-based alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Article number032113
JournalAPL Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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