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Mechanochemistry and hydrogen storage properties of 2Li3N+Mg mixture

  • Zhi-Nian Li
  • Hao-Chen Qiu
  • Shu-Mao Wang
  • Li-Jun Jiang
  • Jun Du
  • Jun-Xian Zhang
  • Michel Latroche
  • Fermin Cuevas


The Li–Mg–N–H hydrogen storage system is a promising hydrogen storage material due to its moderate operation temperature, good reversibility, and relatively high capacity. In this work, the Li–Mg–N–H composite was directly synthesized by reactive ball milling (RBM) of Li3N and Mg powder mixture with a molar ratio of 2:1 under hydrogen pressure of 9 MPa. More than 8.8 wt% hydrogen was absorbed during the RBM process. The phases and structural evolution during the in situ hydrogenation process were analyzed by means of in situ solid–gas absorption and ex situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. It is determined that the hydrogenation can be divided into two steps, leading to mainly the formation of a lithium magnesium imide phase and a poorly crystallized amide phase, respectively. The H-cycling properties of the as-milled composite were determined by temperature-programmed dehydrogenation (TPD) method in a closed system. The onset dehydrogenation temperature was detected at 125 °C, and it can reversibly desorb 3.1 wt% hydrogen under a hydrogen back pressure of 0.2 MPa. The structural evolution during dehydrogenation was further investigated by in situ XRD measurement. It is found that Mg(NH2)2 phase disappears at about 200 °C, and Li2Mg2N3H3, LiNH2, and Li2MgN2H2 phases coexist at even 300 °C, revealing that the dehydrogenation process is step-wised and only partial hydrogen can be desorbed.


Mechanochemistry Hydrogen storage properties Li–Mg–N–H 



This work was financially supported by the Beijing Science and Technology Program (No.D141100002014002) and the European COST Action (No.MP1103). The authors also thank R. Janot from Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (LRCS/CNRS), France, for FTIR measurements.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Energy Materials and TechnologyGeneral Research Institute for Nonferrous MetalsBeijingChina
  2. 2.UMR7182, CMTR/ICMPE/CNRS-UPECThiais CedexFrance

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