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We report on the hydrogen storage behaviour of Mg nanoparticles (NPs) (size range 100 nm–1 μm) with metal-oxide core–shell morphology synthesized by inert gas condensation and decorated by transition metal (TM) (Pd or Ti) clusters via in situ vacuum deposition. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared and hydrogenated NPs is studied by electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction including in situ experiments and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, in order to investigate the relationships with the hydrogen storage kinetics measured by the volumetric Sieverts method. With both Pd and Ti, the decoration deeply improves the hydrogen sorption properties: previously inert NPs exhibit complete hydrogenation with fast transformation kinetics, good stability and reversible gravimetric capacity that can attain 6 wt%. In the case of Pd-decoration, the occurrence of Mg–Pd alloying is observed at high …
Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 
1 Nov 2011

Luca Pasquini, Elsa Callini, Matteo Brighi, Federico Boscherini, Amelia Montone, Torben R Jensen, Chiara Maurizio, Marco Vittori Antisari, Ennio Bonetti

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Volume: 13 Issue: 11 Pages: 5727-5737
Journal of Nanoparticle Research