Synthesis of solid-state NaBH4/Co-based catalyst composite for hydrogen storage through a high-energy ball-milling process

Cheng Hong Liu, Yi Chia Kuo, Bing Hung Chen, Chan Li Hsueh, Kuo Jen Hwang, Jie Ren Ku, Fanghei Tsau, Ming Shan Jeng

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Solid-state composites of NaBH4 and Co-based catalyst have been fabricated for hydrogen generation via a novel mechanochemical technique, i.e. the high-energy ball milling, in which the gravimetric storage capacity of hydrogen has reached 6.7 wt%, meeting the 2010 target of at least 0.06 kg H2/kg set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The active catalysts used in the hydrolysis reaction of sodium borohydride for hydrogen generation are mainly cobalt oxides. Controlled addition of water, namely water used as a limiting agent, to the solid composites of NaBH4 and Co-based catalyst greatly improves the H2 storage capacity and resolved the issues of low gravimetric H2 storage in conventional aqueous system of sodium borohydride. Factors influencing the performance of hydrogen production such as amounts of H2O added, catalyst loadings and durations of ball-milling processes are investigated. Moreover the hydrolyzed products of NaBH4 and spent catalysts are analyzed as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4027-4040
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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