Sodium Aluminium Hydride – NaAlH4 & Na3AlH6

structures of (a) NaAlH4 and (b)* Na3AlH6

The hydride coordination around Aluminium differs between these two compunds. In (a) NaAlH4 it is a 4 coordinate tetrahedron; whilst in (b) Na3AlH6 it is a 6 coordinate octahedron. Both these compounds have hydrogen storage capabilities.
The structures of (a) NaAlH4 and (b) Na3AlH6, depicting the hydride coordination around aluminium.


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