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Sputtered magnesium aluminum and magnesium aluminum titanium alloys for hydrogen storage

  • Author / Creator
    Haagsma, Julian
  • Hydrogen storage has been a key area of focus in the clean energy field for over a decade, as it is a major obstacle to the widespread adoption of fuel cells for mobile applications. The aim of this thesis research was to improve the Magnesium Aluminum hydrogen storage system in order to make it operate faster and at lower temperatures, by kinetic and thermodynamic improvements. Magnesium Aluminium Titanium was examined as alloy additions were seen as a method to improve on Magnesium Aluminum. Improvements to kinetics were observed with Magnesium Aluminium Titanium, but no thermodynamic improvements were found, and hydrogen was stored predominantly as alpha magnesium hydride. Median charging times of less than 15 seconds to 90 percent of maximum capacity were found in 85Mg7.5Al7.5Ti samples over 100 cycles, and a median of 5.29 weight percent reversible storage was found in 85Mg10Al5Ti.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3CS9M
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Mitlin, David (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Nychka, John (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Jacob, Zubin (Electrical and Computer Engineering)