Special Issue "Hydrides: Science and Technology"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrogen Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

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Prof. Dr. Robert A. Varin
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Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
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Interests: nanostructured and amorphous materials for solid state hydrogen storage; nanostructure superconductors
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Dear Colleagues,

Since the late 1940s, the synthesis methodologies and properties of hydrides have attracted the attention of chemists, physicists and engineers. From a purely scientific point of view, hydrides constitute fascinating materials with diverse crystallographic structures and bonding characteristics, exhibiting a whole spectrum of unusual chemical and physical properties. For the past 20 years they have also attracted the attention of engineers since they have the potential for very efficient generation and storage of hydrogen in the solid state. For reversible hydrides, their dehydrogenation/rehydrogenation phenomenon is an example of energy transformation that may be utilized as either hydrogen or heat storage system. Dehydrogenation of irreversible hydrides can supply very clean hydrogen gas (H2) that is a potential energy carrier. Hydrogen gas is necessary for the implementation of the world-wide hydrogen economy in which an efficient usage of fuel cells where H2 in contact with oxygen (O2) is converted into an electrical energy. Engineering systems for supplying H2 to fuel cells in the future hydrogen economy, based on solid hydrides, are the most attractive long-term solution. However, solid state hydrogen storage in the most important automotive sector is extremely challenging and requires high H2 capacity (>11wt.%) hydride systems, capable of dehydrogenation at low temperatures (<100°C) under 1 bar H2 pressure and exhibiting reasonably fast “on-board” reversibility. Unfortunately, a hydride system suitable for automotive H2 storage has not yet been found. However, there are a number of other potential applications for H2 generation systems, such as portable electronic devices, stationary auxiliary power, off-road vehicles, portable electronics and others that may not require “on-board” reversibility. Recently, substantial research efforts have also been devoted to newly developing areas in the application of metal and complex hydrides for Li-ion batteries and electrochemical storage.

I cordially invite you to submit manuscripts on all the above and other related topics for this Special Issue "Hydrides: Science and Technology”. Both theoretical and experimental contributions are welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Robert A. Varin
Guest Editor

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  • metal hydrides
  • complex hydrides
  • nanocomposite hydride systems
  • confined hydrides
  • hydride ionic conductors
  • hydrides for rechargeable batteries (solid electrolytes and electrodes)
  • hydrides for solid state hydrogen generation and/or storage
  • hydrides for electrochemical hydrogen storage
  • engineering applications of hydrides
  • modelling
  • non-hydride materials for hydrogen storage

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Enhancement Effect of Bimetallic Amide K2Mn(NH2)4 and In-Situ Formed KH and Mn4N on the Dehydrogenation/Hydrogenation Properties of Li–Mg–N–H System
Energies 2019, 12(14), 2779; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12142779 - 19 Jul 2019
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In this work, we investigated the influence of the K2Mn(NH2)4 additive on the hydrogen sorption properties of the Mg(NH2)2 + 2LiH (Li–Mg–N–H) system. The addition of 5 mol% of K2Mn(NH2)4 [...] Read more.
In this work, we investigated the influence of the K2Mn(NH2)4 additive on the hydrogen sorption properties of the Mg(NH2)2 + 2LiH (Li–Mg–N–H) system. The addition of 5 mol% of K2Mn(NH2)4 to the Li–Mg–N–H system leads to a decrease of the dehydrogenation peak temperature from 200 °C to 172 °C compared to the pristine sample. This sample exhibits a constant hydrogen storage capacity of 4.2 wt.% over 25 dehydrogenation/rehydrogenation cycles. Besides that, the in-situ synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction analysis performed on the as prepared Mg(NH2)2 + 2LiH containing K2Mn(NH2)4 indicates the presence of Mn4N. However, no crystalline K-containing phases were detected. Upon dehydrogenation, the formation of KH is observed. The presence of KH and Mn4N positively influences the hydrogen sorption properties of this system, especially at the later stage of rehydrogenation. Under the applied conditions, hydrogenation of the last 1 wt.% takes place in only 2 min. This feature is preserved in the following three cycles. Full article
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