Mg-based composites for enhanced hydrogen storage performance

Mi Tian, Congxiao Shang

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Hydrogen storage in solids of hydrides is advantageous in comparison to gaseous or liquid storage. Magnesium based materials are being studies for solid-state hydrogen storage due to their advantages of high volumetric and gravimetric hydrogen storage capacity. However, unfavorable thermodynamic and kinetic barriers hinder its practical application. In this work, we presented that kinetics of Mg-based composites were significantly improved during high energy ball milling in presence of various types of carbon, including plasma carbon produced by plasma-reforming of hydrocarbons, activated carbon, and carbon nanotubes. The improvement of the kinetics and de-/re-hydrogenation performance of MgH2 and TiC-catalysed MgH2 by introduction of carbon are strongly dependent on the milling time, amount of carbon and carbon structure. The lowest dehydrogenation temperature was observed at 180 °C by the plasma carbon–modified MgH2/TiC. We found that nanoconfinement of carbon structures stabilised Mg-based nanocomposites and hinders the nanoparticles growth and agglomeration. Plasma carbon was found to show better effects than the other two carbon structures because the plasma carbon contained both few layer graphene sheets that served as an active dispersion matrix and amorphous activated carbons that promoted the spill-over effect of TiC catalysed MgH2. The strategy in enhancing the kinetics and thermodynamics of Mg-based composites is leading to a better design of metal hydride composites for hydrogen storage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-344
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number1
Early online date19 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Carbon
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Mg-based composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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