Enhancing de/hydrogenation kinetics properties of the Mg/MgH2 system by adding ANi5 (A = Ce, Nd, Pr, Sm, and Y) alloys via ball milling

Wenfang Liao, Wenbin Jiang, Xu Sheng Yang, Hui Wang, Liuzhang Ouyang, Min Zhu

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Magnesium (Mg)-based alloys have already been widely studied as the hydrogen storage materials because of their high reversible hydrogen storage capacity, low cost, and light weight, etc. However, the poor de/hydrogenation kinetic properties dramatically hinder the practical applications. In this work, the MgH2-ANi5 (A = Ce, Nd, Pr, Sm, and Y) composites have been prepared by a high-energy ball milling, which can effectively refine the particle size thus improving the kinetic properties. Experimental results reveal that the MgH2-ANi5 composites mainly consist of Mg2NiH4, MgH2 and Rare earth (RE) hydride, which will be dehydrogenated to form Mg2Ni, Mg and stable RE hydride reversibly. Accordingly, the as-milled MgH2-ANi5 (A = Ce, Nd, Pr, Sm, and Y) composites with various A-elements can respectively contribute a reversible hydrogen storage capacity of 6.16 wt%, 5.7 wt%, 6.21 wt%, 6.38 wt%, and 6.5 wt% at a temperature of 300 °C, and show much better kinetic properties in comparison with the pure MgH2 without any additive. In-situ formed Mg2Ni and stable RE hydride (such as CeH2.73 and YH2) might act as effective catalysts to significantly improve the hydrogen storage properties of MgH2. The present work provides a guideline on improving the kinetic properties of the Mg-based hydrogen storage alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1010-1016
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Rare Earths
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021


  • Additives
  • ANi
  • Kinetic properties
  • Mg-based hydrogen storage alloy
  • Rare earths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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