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Special Issue "Advances in Hydrogen Storage Materials for Energy Utilization"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: metal hydrides; hydrogen storage materials and technologies; materials discovery; materials synthesis and characterization; reaction mechanisms; materials for metal hydride batteries; complex metal hydrides; metal borohydrides; metal hydride thermal energy storage; design of energy storage devices; scale-up of prototypes; hydrogen storage performance characterization; hydrogen permeation barriers; hydrogen getters; hydrogen effects; hydrogen embrittlement; hydride reorientation; isotope studies, phase transitions; crystal structure determination; solid state NMR; X-ray diffraction; neutron diffraction; synchrotron X-ray diffraction
Hydrogen is the most abundant and light-weight element in the universe with the unique ability to form compounds with most elements. Hydrogen storage will be a cornerstone technology for energy utilization in the 21st century once all aspects of a hydrogen economy come together. During the past 20 years, several new classes of materials, both solid and liquid, have emerged as potential candidates for various energy applications based on hydrogen, including hydrogen storage, batteries, thermal energy storage, heating/cooling devices, thin films for smart solar collectors, smart windows, getters, and sensors. Immense advances have been made in the discovery, synthesis, and characterization of functional materials that can be used in sustainable infrastructure, including hydrogen production, storage, and delivery. Many applications require reversible reactions for hydrogen absorption/desorption at certain pressures and temperatures along with high hydrogen content, and it can be challenging to identify a material that can meet all performance requirements for a specific application, but several new strategies for materials engineering have emerged. Experimentalists and theorists have teamed up to facilitate the selection of promising materials candidates that can meet performance requirments.
Several physical phenomena have been observed with the introduction of hydrogen into a metal or metal alloy, e.g., electric, magnetic, optical, and mechanical transitions. Phase transitions occur reversibly from normal conductance to superconductivity, from metals to semiconductors or insulators, or from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic under certain pressures and temperatures. There are thus many other applications for metal hydrides, not only for hydrogen storage.
This Special Issue aims to cover recent progress and trends in the utilization of hydrogen in materials for various energy applications. Types of contributions to this Special Issue can be full research articles, short communications, and reviews focusing on recent advances in utilizing materials for hydrogen-based energy applications.
- Hydrogen storage materials: their synthesis and characterization
- Metal hydrides
- Complex metal hydrides
- Metal borohydrides, amides, and imides
- Materials performance engineering; nanostructured materials, dopants, synthesis routes, etc.
- Liquid organic hydrogen carriers
- Metal organic frameworks
- New materials
- New reaction pathways
- Computational advances
- Metal hydride batteries
- Hydride materials for thermal energy storage
- Hydrides for smart solar collectors
- Hydrides for sensors
- Hydrogen getters
Dr. Ewa C.E. Rönnebro
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