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Hydrogen Storage in Pristine and d10-Block Metal-Anchored Activated Carbon Made from Local Wastes

Sustainable Energy Technologies Center, College of Engineering, King Saud University, P.O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421, Saudi Arabia
Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Al-Azhar University, Nasr City, Cairo 11371, Egypt
Advanced Materials Research Chair, Chemistry Department, P.O. Box 2455, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
ICMPE/CNRS-UPEC, UMR 7182, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais, France
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Academic Editor: Craig M. Jensen
Energies 2015, 8(5), 3578-3590;
Received: 18 November 2014 / Revised: 15 January 2015 / Accepted: 20 April 2015 / Published: 28 April 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydrides: Fundamentals and Applications)
Activated carbon has been synthesized from local palm shell, cardboard and plastics municipal waste in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It exhibits a surface area of 930 m2/g and total pore volume of 0.42 cm3/g. This pristine activated carbon has been further anchored with nickel, palladium and platinum metal particles by ultrasound-assisted impregnation. Deposition of nanosized Pt particles as small as 3 nm has been achieved, while for Ni and Pd their size reaches 100 nm. The solid-gas hydrogenation properties of the pristine and metal-anchored activated carbon have been determined. The pristine material exhibits a reversible hydrogen storage capacity of 2.3 wt% at 77 K and 3 MPa which is higher than for the doped ones. In these materials, the spillover effect due to metal doping is of minor importance in enhancing the hydrogen uptake compared with the counter-effect of the additional mass of the metal particles and pore blocking on the carbon surface. View Full-Text
Keywords: activated carbon; hydrogen storage; spillover effect activated carbon; hydrogen storage; spillover effect
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Aboud, M.F.A.; ALOthman, Z.A.; Habila, M.A.; Zlotea, C.; Latroche, M.; Cuevas, F. Hydrogen Storage in Pristine and d10-Block Metal-Anchored Activated Carbon Made from Local Wastes. Energies 2015, 8, 3578-3590.

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