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Complex Solid State Reactions for Energy Efficient Hydrogen Storage


Project timeline
November 2006
48 months
October 2010
General Information
Reactive Hydride Composites reveal great potential as hydrogen storage materials as they overcome the thermodynamic limitations hindering the use of light-weight complex hydrides. However, their sorption kinetics is still slow due to the fact that the hydrogen sorption process takes place within complex solid state reactions. It is the aim of this project to explore the fundamental mechanisms involved in these reactions. For this, experimental studies on sorption kinetics, thermodynamics, crystal structure and electronic properties of the nanostructured materials are crosslinked to ab-inito calculations and theoretical modelling. The results will provide a basis to improve material properties and to develop new catalysts for hydrogen sorption. Finally, the optimization of synthesis methods and in particular the upscaling of hydrogen storage materials preparation will be explored in collaboration with manufacturers.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFP6-Human Resources and Mobility-2005, Research Training Network
Project TypeMarie-Curie Research Training Network
Contract NumberMRTN-CT-2006-035366
Co-ordinatorHelmholtz Zentrum Hereon (DE)
Total Eligible Costs (€) Hereon Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Klaus Taube, Institute of Materials Research, WT1 Phone: +49 4152 87 2541, Fax : +49 4152 87 2636
E-mail contact
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Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (ES), Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt (CH), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (FR), Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (FR), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) (DE), Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides LRCS - CNRS (FR), Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden (DE), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES), Università di Torino NIS (IT), Universiteit of Twente (NL), University of Oxford (UK), Vereniging VU-Windesheim (NL)
Last Update: 18. May 2021