International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.31, No.5, 581-585, 2006
Synthesis and hydrogenation properties of Mg-La-Ni-H system by reactive mechanical alloying
We have synthesized Mg-30 mass%LaNi2.28 composite material and investigated its hydrogenation behaviour. The reactive mechanical alloying process of the mixture of Mg and LaNi2.28 was studied. It is found that a composite of MgH2, La4H12.9 and Mg2NiH4 formed after 80h ball-milling under 3.0MPa hydrogen. Scanning electron microscopic analysis indicated that these new phases are distributed homogeneously. This composite shows excellent hydriding properties even at moderate temperature. Under 3.0MPa hydrogen pressure it absorbed more than 80% of its full capacity in the temperature range of 473-553 K within less than 1 min. The maximum hydrogen absorption capacity at 553 K is 5.4 mass%. The enhanced hydriding properties could be attributed to the fine and uniform particles and a synergeticly catalytic effect generated by mechanical milling. (c) 2005 International Association for Hydrogen Energy. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.