Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Designs New Composite Material for Advanced Hydrogen Storage

Material was constructed using nanoparticles of magnesium metal scattered through a matrix of polymethyl methacrylate
The novel, pliable nanocomposite material can be quickly absorbed and release hydrogen at non-extreme temperatures without oxidizing metal after cycling—a revolutionary materials design for realizing hydrogen power for energy storage, batteries and fuel cells. The project involves cross-division efforts between scientists at Berkeley Lab, the Molecular Foundry, the National Center for Electron Microscopy, and Berkeley Lab’s Energy and Environmental Technologies Division. In the release, "This work showcases our ability to design composite nanoscale materials that overcome fundamental thermodynamic and kinetic barriers to realize a materials combination that has been very elusive historically," says Jeff Urban, Deputy Director of the Inorganic Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry, a DOE Office of Science nanoscience center and national user facility located at Berkeley Lab.

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