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Materials 2011, 4(1), 274-287; doi:10.3390/ma4010274

Enhanced Hydrogen Storage Kinetics of Nanocrystalline and Amorphous Mg2Ni-type Alloy by Melt Spinning

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Elected State Key Laboratory, Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology, Baotou 014010, China
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Department of Functional Material Research, Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081, China
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Received: 24 November 2010 / Revised: 4 January 2011 / Accepted: 13 January 2011 / Published: 18 January 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Hydrogen Storage Materials)
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Abstract

Mg2Ni-type Mg2Ni1−xCox (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4) alloys were fabricated by melt spinning technique. The structures of the as-spun alloys were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The hydrogen absorption and desorption kinetics of the alloys were measured by an automatically controlled Sieverts apparatus. The electrochemical hydrogen storage kinetics of the as-spun alloys was tested by an automatic galvanostatic system. The results show that the as-spun (x = 0.1) alloy exhibits a typical nanocrystalline structure, while the as-spun (x = 0.4) alloy displays a nanocrystalline and amorphous structure, confirming that the substitution of Co for Ni notably intensifies the glass forming ability of the Mg2Ni-type alloy. The melt spinning treatment notably improves the hydriding and dehydriding kinetics as well as the high rate discharge ability (HRD) of the alloys. With an increase in the spinning rate from 0 (as-cast is defined as spinning rate of 0 m/s) to 30 m/s, the hydrogen absorption saturation ratio () of the (x = 0.4) alloy increases from 77.1 to 93.5%, the hydrogen desorption ratio () from 54.5 to 70.2%, the hydrogen diffusion coefficient (D) from 0.75 × 1011 to 3.88 × 1011 cm2/s and the limiting current density IL from 150.9 to 887.4 mA/g. View Full-Text
Keywords: Mg2Ni-type alloy; melt spinning; hydrogen storage kinetics Mg2Ni-type alloy; melt spinning; hydrogen storage kinetics
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Zhang, Y.-H.; Li, B.-W.; Ren, H.-P.; Li, X.; Qi, Y.; Zhao, D.-L. Enhanced Hydrogen Storage Kinetics of Nanocrystalline and Amorphous Mg2Ni-type Alloy by Melt Spinning. Materials 2011, 4, 274-287.

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