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Tailoring sorption properties of nano-sized multilayer structured magnesium for hydrogen storage Open Access


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Hydrogen storage
Magnesium hydride
Multilayer thin films
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University of Alberta
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Zahiri Sabzevar, Ramin
Supervisor and department
Mitlin, David (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Zeng, Hongbo (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Liu, Qi (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Elias, Anatasia (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
Materials Engineering
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Master of Science
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To tailor the hydrogen sorption properties of magnesium, improve its poor kinetics and alter its thermodynamics properties, sputtered multilayer Mg-based thin films were prepared in which Mg layers were confined by AlTi layers. Multilayer samples of different Mg thickness showed relatively long activation periods compared to the conventional co-sputtered alloys thin films. This activation period is attributed to the formation of voids and new surfaces which facilitate hydrogen transportation and its interaction with base metal. It has been found that the cyclability performance of materials is strictly connected to the stability of microstructure and resistance of multilayer structure to grain growth. At a certain Mg:AlTi thickness ratio (10:2), sintering of Mg layer could be prevented and long cyclability over 250 cycles has been achieved. Multilayers of few nm Mg thicknesses possess equilibrium pressures higher than pure Mg and the plateau pressure is a function of Mg thickness.
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Citation for previous publication
R, Zahiri, B. Zahiri, A. Kubis, P. Kalisswart, B. Amirkhiz and D. Mitlin, “Microstructural evolution during low temperature sorption cycling of Mg-AlTi multilayer nanocomposites”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Volume 37, Issue 5, pg 4215-4226, 2012

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