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Novel Nanocomposites for Hydrogen Storage Applications

Objective

In order to meet the international goals for hydrogen storage materials, the work in NANOHy aims at combining the latest developments in the metal hydride field with novel concepts for tailoring materials properties. Leading expertise in the field of complex hydride synthesis, synthesis and functionalization of nanostructured carbon, nanoparticle coating, structural characterization, and computational methods will be joined to achieve a fundamental understanding combined with considerable practical progress in the development of novel nanostructured materials for hydrogen storage. The target materials are nanocomposites consisting of hydride particle sizes in the lower nanometer range which are protected by a nanocarbon template or by self-assembled polymer layers in order to prevent agglomeration. Thus, there is potential to lower working temperature and pressure, to enhance the reversibility, and to control the interaction between the hydride and the environment, leading to improved safety properties. Materials of this kind can mitigate or solve principal and practical problems which have been identified recently in other projects. The composites will be synthesized out of novel complex hydrides with very high hydrogen content and nanocarbon templates. Alternatively, hydride colloids will be coated in a Layer-by-Layer self-assembling process of dedicated polymers. Computational methods will be used to model the systems and predict optimal materials/size combinations for improved working parameters of the systems. Sophisticated instrumental analysis methods will be applied to elucidate the structure and the properties of the nano-confined hydrides. An upscale of the target nanocomposite will be made in the final stage and 0.5-1 kg of the material will be integrated and tested in a specially designed laboratory tank. Techno-economical evaluation will be performed and potential spin-off applications will be explored by an industry partner in NANOHy.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/nanocomposites
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2007-1-RTD
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 747 504
Administrative Contact
Natascha Wallburg (Ms.)

Participants (8)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 234 111
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marco Zoppi (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 198 128
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Xavier Boucherle (Dr.)
FUTURE CARBON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 166 494
Address
Gottlieb-keim-strasse 60
95448 Bayreuth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Florian Michl (Mr.)
INSTITUTT FOR ENERGITEKNIKK
Norway
EU contribution
€ 372 730
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bjorn Hauback (Prof.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 273 037
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Andreas Stockhaus
"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""
Greece
EU contribution
€ 214 350
Address
End Of Patriarchou Grigoriou E And 27 Neapoleos Street
15341 Agia Paraskevi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marina Fontara (Ms.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 193 275
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helmer Fjellvåg (Prof.)
Korea Institute of Science and Technology
South Korea
Address
39-1 Hawolgok-dong, Seongbuk-gu
136-791 Seoul
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Young Ho Moon (Mr.)