International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.44, No.52, 28227-28234, 2019
Catalytic effects of MgFe2O4 addition on the dehydrogenation properties of LiAlH4
Study on the catalytic roles of MgFe2O4 on the dehydrogenation performance of LiAlH4 was carried out for the first time. Notable improvement on the dehydrogenation of LiAlH4-MgFe2O4 compound was observed. The initial decomposition temperatures for the catalyzed LiAlH4 were decreased to 95 degrees C and 145 degrees C for the first and second stage reactions, which were 48 degrees C and 28 degrees C lower than the milled LiAlH4. As for the desorption kinetics performance, the MgFe2O4 doped-LiAlH4 sample was able to desorb faster with a value of 3.5 wt% of hydrogen in 30 min (90 degrees C) while the undoped LiAlH4 was only able to desorb 0.1 wt% of hydrogen. The activation energy determined from the Kissinger analysis for the first two desorption reactions were 73 kJ/mol and 97 kJ/mol; which were 31 and 17 kJ/mol lower as compared to the milled LiAlH4. The X-ray diffraction result suggested that the MgFe2O4 had promoted significant improvements by reducing the LiAlH4 decomposition temperature and faster desorption kinetics through the formation of active species of Fe, LiFeO2 and MgO that were formed during the heating process. (C) 2019 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.