25-27 November 2015
National Centre for Synchrotron Science
Australia/Melbourne timezone

Fluorine-Substituted Metal Hydrides for Thermal Energy Applications

25 Nov 2015, 11:50
Oliphant Auditorium ()

Oliphant Auditorium

Oral Advanced Materials Advanced Materials I


Dr Terry Humphries (Curtin University)


Metal hydrides have long been explored for their potential application in a variety of technological applications including hydrogen storage materials for energy applications, fast-ion conductors and sensors. For thermal energy storage, such as concentrating solar thermal energy storage, metal hydrides are required to operate at temperatures in excess of 500 °C [1]. This temperature is too high for even the more stable, reversible hydrogen storage materials, and as such, work has been undertaken to synthesise metal hydrides that are stable and reversible at these high temperatures. One proven strategic method to stabilise these materials is to substitute fluorine atoms for hydrogen [2]. Fluorides are more stable than their hydride equivalents and this can be exploited to increase the stability of metal hydrides by partially substituting hydrogen for fluorine. For example, for the NaMgH3-xFx system, pure NaMgH3 releases H2 at ~400 °C, whereas NaMgH2F decomposes at ~478 °C [2]. This effect has been employed for a number of potential thermal energy storage metal hydrides, such as NaH, Mg2FeH6 and Na2Mg2FeH8, allowing for greater tuning of their thermal properties by hydrogen/fluorine substitution. References 1. D. N. Harries et al., Proceedings of the IEEE, 2012, 100, 539. 2. D. A. Sheppard et al., RSC Adv., 2014, 4, 26552.
Keywords Metal hydrides, hydrogen storage, X-ray diffraction

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Dr Terry Humphries (Curtin University)


Prof. Craig E. Buckley (Curtin University) Dr Drew A. Sheppard (Curtin University) Dr Matthew R. Rowles (Curtin University)

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