The Structural Chemistry of Hydrogenous Materials

Lead Research Organisation: University of Southampton
Department Name: School of Chemistry

Abstract

The most common element in the universe is hydrogen and it is found in numerous compounds of use to mankind. As well as the organic compounds of life, including food and pharmaceuticals many useful inorganic materials and minerals contain hydrogen. Examples include compounds exploited in fuel cells and to store hydrogen. Environmental chemistry aspects include the presence of hydrogen in materials such as clays and metal ores as well as in the corrosion products of many metals e.g. rust. As yet scientists do not have a reliable and easy applied method of finding where the hydrogen atoms are in many of these compounds; the aim of this project is to find and develop such a method. We intend to do this by using a unique probe of the very light hydrogen atom - which is through scattering a beam of neutrons from the material. Normally such neutron scattering is very poor for hydrogen containing compounds but by using very high numbers of neutrons and applying sophisticated methods of collecting and analysing the data we should be able for the first time achieve our goal. Once we have done this we will be able to find where the hydrogen atoms are in many useful materials and this will in term lead to an a better understanding of, and hence improvement in, their properties

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Description EPSRC
Amount £136,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G068038/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £136,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G068038/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Institut Laue-Langevin 
Organisation Institut Laue–Langevin
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2007
 
Description STFC - Laboratories 
Organisation Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
Start Year 2007