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Batteries 2017, 3(4), 30; doi:10.3390/batteries3040030

Effects of Alkaline Pre-Etching to Metal Hydride Alloys

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BASF/Battery Materials–Ovonic, 2983 Waterview Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309, USA
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Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
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Received: 10 September 2017 / Revised: 28 September 2017 / Accepted: 29 September 2017 / Published: 5 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries 2017)
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Abstract

The responses of one AB5, two AB2, four A2B7, and one C14-related body-centered-cubic (BCC) metal hydrides to an alkaline-etch (45% KOH at 110 °C for 2 h) were studied by internal resistance, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, inductively coupled plasma, and AC impedance measurements. Results show that while the etched rare earth–based AB5 and A2B7 alloys surfaces are covered with hydroxide/oxide (weight gain), the transition metal–based AB2 and BCC-C14 alloys surfaces are corroded and leach into electrolyte (weight loss). The C14-predominated AB2, La-only A2B7, and Sm-based A2B7 showed the most reduction in the internal resistance with the alkaline-etch process. Etched A2B7 alloys with high La-contents exhibited the lowest internal resistance and are suggested for use in the high-power application of nickel/metal hydride batteries. View Full-Text
Keywords: metal hydride alloy; nickel metal hydride battery; alkaline bath; high rate performance; superlattice alloys; surface morphology metal hydride alloy; nickel metal hydride battery; alkaline bath; high rate performance; superlattice alloys; surface morphology
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Meng, T.; Young, K.-H.; Hu, C.; Reichman, B. Effects of Alkaline Pre-Etching to Metal Hydride Alloys. Batteries 2017, 3, 30.

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