Xenon Illuminates New Hydrogen Storage Option
"This hydrogen-rich solid represents a new pathway to forming novel hydrogen storage compounds and the new pressure-induced chemistry opens the possibility of synthesizing new energetic materials," says Russell Hemley, Geophysical Laboratory director and co-author of a paper on the work in Nature Chemistry.
"Xenon is too heavy and expensive to be practical for use in hydrogen-storage applications," notes lead author Maddury Somayazulu, a research scientist. "But by understanding how it works in this situation, researchers can come up with lighter substitutes."
A video on the development is viewable at www.ciw.edu/publications_online/embedded_video/xenon_hydrogen.html.