Berkeley-led group makes use of MOFs to set new report for hydrogen storage capability

A group led by researchers from the College of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Nationwide Laboratory has used steel–natural frameworks (MOFs) to set a brand new report for hydrogen storage capability below regular working situations. A paper on their work is revealed within the ACS journal Chemistry of Supplies.

Hydrogen-powered automobiles supply a cleaner different to fossil-fuel-based transportation. Nevertheless, for hydrogen automobiles to develop into mainstream, scientists have to develop extra environment friendly hydrogen-storage methods.

A substitute for both cryogenic or compressive storage [of hydrogen] entails the usage of an adsorbent materials similar to a zeolite or activated carbon to spice up the hydrogen density in a tank below extra ambient situations. With simply two electrons and a low polarizability, H2 is able to participating in solely weak van der Waals interactions, resulting in an adsorption enthalpy that's sometimes on the order of −5 kJ/mol. Accordingly, adsorption websites able to strongly polarizing H2 have to be launched to realize adequate densification and an inexpensive driving vary.

Cryo-adsorption, which entails a mix of adsorption and cryogenic storage, is one attainable technique to yield excessive capacities. Nevertheless, the best scenario would contain adsorption below ambient temperature situations with a comparatively low fill strain of 100 bar or decrease. Such a system could be anticipated to decrease prices considerably as a result of a conformable, light-weight storage vessel may probably be used, and no on-board cooling system could be required.

Metallic−natural frameworks (MOFs) are a category of supplies with nice potential for hydrogen storage, amongst different functions associated to fuel storage and separations. … Essentially the most promising steel−natural framework recognized thus far for H2 storage is Ni2(m-dobdc) (m-dobdcfour− = four,6- dioxido-1,Three-benzenedicarboxylate), which was proven beforehand to show an H2 binding enthalpy of −13.7 kJ/mol, as measured by variable-temperature infrared spectroscopy and representing the biggest worth but noticed in a MOF by this technique. … On this work, we investigated the hydrogen storage properties of Ni2(m-dobdc) and different associated top-performing MOFs, particularly Co2(m-dobdc), Co2(dobdc), and Ni2(dobdc), below extra sensible situations. Adsorption isotherms at a number of temperatures within the vary of 198 to 373 Ok had been measured to find out capacities at strain as much as 100 bar, whereas in situ powder neutron diffraction and infrared spectroscopy experiments had been employed to probe the character of the interactions of hydrogen inside the pores of the supplies.

—Kapelewski et al.

Present hydrogen automobiles use costly, cumbersome cooling or compression methods to retailer sufficient hydrogen for acceptable driving ranges. Jeffrey Lengthy and colleagues questioned if they may use MOFs to retailer extra hydrogen gasoline below regular driving situations. MOFs are compounds that comprise steel ions coordinated to natural ligands. The 3D buildings of some MOFs type pores that strongly adsorb molecules of hydrogen fuel and trigger them to draw different molecules, which may enable the fuel to condense below near-ambient situations.

The testing of the 4 completely different compounds—two that contained nickel and two that contained cobalt because the coordinating steel—discovered that the MOF referred to as Ni2(m-dobdc) confirmed the very best hydrogen-storage capability over a variety of pressures and temperatures.

At ambient temperature and a a lot decrease tank strain than utilized in present hydrogen automobiles, Ni2(m-dobdc) set a brand new report for hydrogen storage capability of 11.9 g of gasoline per liter of MOF crystal. The MOF had a considerably larger storage capability than compressed hydrogen fuel below the identical situations.

When the researchers examined the construction of the MOF by neutron diffraction, they discovered single pore contained seven particular binding websites for hydrogen fuel that enabled dense packing of the gasoline.

The authors acknowledge funding from the Gasoline Cell Applied sciences Workplace inside the Workplace of Power Effectivity and Renewable Power of the U.S. Division of Power.


  • Matthew T. Kapelewski, Tomče Runčevski, Jacob D. Tarver, Henry Z. H. Jiang, Katherine E. Hurst, Philip A. Parilla, Anthony Ayala, Thomas Gennett, Stephen A. FitzGerald, Craig M. Brown, and Jeffrey R. Lengthy (2018) “File Excessive Hydrogen Storage Capability within the Metallic–Natural Framework Ni2(m-dobdc) at Close to-Ambient Temperatures” Chemistry of Supplies 30 (22), 8179-8189 doi: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b03276