Crystal-facet-dependent catalysis of anatase TiO2 on hydrogen storage of MgH2

Zhongliang Ma, Jiangchuan Liu, Yunfeng Zhu, Yingyan Zhao, Huaijun Lin, Yao Zhang, Haiwen Li, Jiguang Zhang, Yana Liu, Wentian Gao, Shanshan Li, Liquan Li

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Various catalysts are developed to enhance the hydrogen storage performances of magnesium based hydride. In particular, the morphology of catalysts governs their surface energy and chemical interactions with Mg and hydrogen, which makes it possible to adjust the hydrogen reaction kinetics of MgH2 through morphological design of the catalysts. Here, we report a novel crystal-facet-dependent catalysis of TiO2 on hydrogen storage of MgH2. Different facets dominant anatase TiO2 (named TFx, x = 0, 10, 30, 50, 70 and 80) are prepared via a hydrothermal synthesis approach and then doped into MgH2 via ball milling. Results show anatase TiO2 with high percentage {001} facets has much better catalytic effect than that with low percentage {001} facets. The MgH2-TF70 exhibits the best hydrogen sorption kinetics, showing apparent activation energy for dehydriding of only 76.1 ± 1.6 kJ mol−1. The present study constructs a new bridge between the catalytic effect of catalysts with different crystal facets and the hydrogen storage property of MgH2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number153553
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - May 5 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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