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Wax: A benign hydrogen-storage material that rapidly releases H2-rich gases through microwave-assisted catalytic decomposition

Gonzalez-Cortes, S., Slocombe, Daniel Rhys, Xiao, T., Aldawsari, A., Yao, B., Kuznetsov, V. L., Liberti, E., Kirkland, A. I., Alkinani, M. S., Al-Megren, H. A., Thomas, J. M. and Edwards, P. P. 2016. Wax: A benign hydrogen-storage material that rapidly releases H2-rich gases through microwave-assisted catalytic decomposition. Scientific Reports 6 , 35315. 10.1038/srep35315

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Abstract

Hydrogen is often described as the fuel of the future, especially for application in hydrogen powered fuel-cell vehicles (HFCV’s). However, its widespread implementation in this role has been thwarted by the lack of a lightweight, safe, on-board hydrogen storage material. Here we show that benign, readily-available hydrocarbon wax is capable of rapidly releasing large amounts of hydrogen through microwave-assisted catalytic decomposition. This discovery offers a new material and system for safe and efficient hydrogen storage and could facilitate its application in a HFCV. Importantly, hydrogen storage materials made of wax can be manufactured through completely sustainable processes utilizing biomass or other renewable feedstocks.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2045-2322
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 December 2016
Date of Acceptance: 28 September 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:27
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/95436

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