Exploring the Potential of Fulvalene Dimetals as Platforms for Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage: Computations, Syntheses, Structures, Kinetics, and Catalysis

Karl Börjesson, Dušan Coso, Victor Gray, Jeffrey C. Grossman, Jingqi Guan, Charles B. Harris, Norbert Hertkorn, Zongrui Hou, Yosuke Kanai, Donghwa Lee, Justin P. Lomont, Arun Majumdar, Steven K. Meier, Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Randy L. Myrabo, Son C. Nguyen, Rachel A. Segalman, Varadharajan Srinivasan, Willam B. Tolman, Nikolai VinokurovK. Peter C. Vollhardt, Timothy W. Weidman

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Abstract

A study of the scope and limitations of varying the ligand framework around the dinuclear core of FvRu2 in its function as a molecular solar thermal energy storage framework is presented. It includes DFT calculations probing the effect of substituents, other metals, and CO exchange for other ligands on ΔH storage. Experimentally, the system is shown to be robust in as much as it tolerates a number of variations, except for the identity of the metal and certain substitution patterns. Failures include 1,1′,3,3′-tetra-tert-butyl (4), 1,2,2′,3′-tetraphenyl (9), diiron (28), diosmium (24), mixed iron-ruthenium (27), dimolybdenum (29), and ditungsten (30) derivatives. An extensive screen of potential catalysts for the thermal reversal identified AgNO3-SiO2 as a good candidate, although catalyst decomposition remains a challenge. Minding the store: Variation of the ligand framework around the dinuclear core of FvRu2 allows a significant extension of its potential as a photothermal energy storage molecule. DFT calculations provide insight into the effect of substituents, other metals, and CO exchange for other ligands on ΔH storage. An extensive screen of potential catalysts for the thermal reversal identified AgNO3-SiO2 as a good candidate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15587-15604
Number of pages18
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume20
Issue number47
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

Keywords

  • ab initio calculations
  • iron
  • isomerization
  • photochemistry
  • ruthenium

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