We herein report on the synthesis of mixed alkali cluster intercalated fullerides NaxLiy−xC60 (y = 12; x = 1–6) by a two-steps mechanochemical reaction of fullerene with sodium and lithium. These compounds crystallize in the cubic lattice of C60 displaying a contracted lattice parameter with respect to the Na6C60 parent structure. The analysis of the hydrogen sorption behaviour shows a slight decrease in the dehydrogenation enthalpy for y = 12 with respect to the sodium free member. Raman spectroscopy highlighted a partial electron transfer from alkali metals to C60, suggesting the presence of charged sodium/lithium clusters. Finally, we applied muon spectroscopy to understand the different hydrogenation mechanisms in NaxLi6−xC60 and NaxLi12−xC60 and explain their different performance.
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