Synthesis, characterisation and hydrogen sorption properties of mechanically alloyed Mg(Ni1-xMnx)2

Evangelos Gkanas, Alina Damian, Alexandra Ioannidou, George Stoian, Nicoleta Lupu, Margaritis Gjoka, Sofoklis Makridis

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    Hydrogen storage materials based on the stoichiometry Mg(Ni1-xMnx)2 have been synthesized by High Energy Ball Milling (HEBM) and studied as potential candidate materials for solid state hydrogen storage. The microstructures of the as-cast and the milled alloys were characterized by means of X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) both prior and after the hydrogenation process. The storage characteristics (Pressure-Composition-Temperature isotherms) and the sorption kinetics obtained by a commercial and automatically controlled Sievert-type apparatus. The X-ray results showed that the substitution of Mn over Ni could eliminate and inhibit the MgNi2 phase. The calculation of the average crystallite size showed that the increase of the amount of Mn can reduce the size at the early stages, but for Mn content higher than 0.25 the crystallite size increases, while the microstrain levels decreased monotonically. The hydrogenation and dehydrogenation measurements took place at several temperatures (150–200–250–300 °C). The results showed that the kinetics for both the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation can be fast for operation at temperatures between 250 and 300 °C, but for temperatures below 200 °C the hydrogenation process is very slow, and the dehydrogenation process cannot be achieved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)186-194
    Number of pages9
    JournalMaterials Today Energy
    Early online date10 Jun 2019
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019

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    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Materials Today Energy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Materials Today Energy, 13, (2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.mtener.2019.05.012

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    • Hydrogen storage
    • Mechanical alloying
    • Metal hydrides
    • Mg-based intermetallics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
    • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
    • Fuel Technology
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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