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Title: Facile preparation of β-/γ-MgH 2 nanocomposites under mild conditions and pathways to rapid dehydrogenation
Authors: Xiao, Xuezhang
Liu, Zhe
Saremi-Yarahmadi, Sina
Gregory, Duncan H.
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Royal Society of Chemistry
Citation: XIAO, X. ...et al., 2016. Facile preparation of β-/γ-MgH 2 nanocomposites under mild conditions and pathways to rapid dehydrogenation. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 10492-10498.
Abstract: A magnesium hydride composite with enhanced hydrogen desorption kinetics can be synthesized via a simple wet chemical route by ball milling MgH2 with LiCl as an additive at room temperature followed by tetrahydrofuran (THF) treatment under an Ar atmosphere. The as-synthesized composite comprises ca. 18 mass% orthorhombic γ-MgH2 and 80 mass% tetragonal β-MgH2 as submicron-sized particles. The β-/γ-MgH2 nanocomposite exhibits a dehydrogenation capacity of 6.6 wt.% and starts to release hydrogen at ~260 °C; ca. 140 °C lower than that of commercial MgH2. The apparent activation energy for dehydrogenation is 115±3 kJ mol-1, which is ca. 46 % lower than that of commercial MgH2. Analysis suggests that the meta-stable γ-MgH2 component either directly dehydrogenates exothermically or first transforms into stable β-MgH2 very close to the dehydrogenation onset. The improved hydrogen release performance can be attributed both to the existence of the MgH2 nanostructure and to the presence of γ-MgH2.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 22nd March 2017.
Sponsor: The work received financial support from the University of Glasgow and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51571179).
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP07762A
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21048
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5CP07762A
ISSN: 1463-9076
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