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Calcium doped graphane as a hydrogen storage material
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory.
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2012 (English)In: Applied Physics Letters, ISSN 0003-6951, E-ISSN 1077-3118, Vol. 100, no 18, 183902- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On the basis of first principle density functional theory, we have studied the stability, electronic structure, and hydrogen storage capacity of a monolayer calcium doped graphane (CHCa). The stability of CHCa was further investigated using the ab initio molecular dynamics study. The binding energy of Ca on graphane sheet was found to be higher than its bulk cohesive energy, which indicates the stability of CHCa. It was observed that with a doping concentration of 11.11% of Ca on graphane sheet, a reasonably good H-2 storage capacity of 6 wt. % could be attained. The adsorption energies of H-2 were found to be 0.1 eV, within the range of practical H-2 storage applications.

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2012. Vol. 100, no 18, 183902- p.
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Physical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-174925DOI: 10.1063/1.4710526ISI: 000303598600068OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-174925DiVA: diva2:529414
Available from: 2012-05-30 Created: 2012-05-30 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Structural, Electronic and Mechanical Properties of Advanced Functional Materials
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The search for alternate and renewable energy resources as well as the efficient use of energy and development of such systems that can help to save the energy consumption is needed because of exponential growth in world population, limited conventional fossil fuel resources, and to meet the increasing demand of clean and environment friendly substitutes. Hydrogen being the simplest, most abundant and clean energy carrier has the potential to fulfill some of these requirements provided the development of efficient, safe and durable systems for its production, storage and usage.

Chemical hydrides, complex hydrides and nanomaterials, where the hydrogen is either chemically bonded to the metal ions or physiosorbed, are the possible means to overcome the difficulties associated with the storage and usage of hydrogen at favorable conditions. We have studied the structural and electronic properties of some of the chemical hydrides, complex hydrides and functionalized nanostructures to understand the kinetics and thermodynamics of these materials.

Another active field relating to energy storage is rechargeable batteries. We have studied the detailed crystal and electronic structures of Li and Mg based cathode materials and calculated the average intercalation voltage of the corresponding batteries. We found that transition metal doped MgH2 nanocluster is a material to use efficiently not only in batteries but also in fuel-cell technologies.

MAX phases can be used to develop the systems to save the energy consumption. We have chosen one compound from each of all known types of MAX phases and analyzed the structural, electronic, and mechanical properties using the hybrid functional. We suggest that the proper treatment of correlation effects is important for the correct description of Cr2AlC and Cr2GeC by the good choice of Hubbard 'U' in DFT+U method.

Hydrogen is fascinating to physicists due to predicted possibility of metallization and high temperature superconductivity. On the basis of our ab initio molecular dynamics studies, we propose that the recent claim of conductive hydrogen by experiments might be explained by the diffusion of hydrogen at relevant pressure and temperature.

In this thesis we also present the studies of phase change memory materials, oxides and amorphization of oxide materials, spintronics and sulfide materials.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. 98 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1062
Keyword
DFT, Hydrogen storage, Rechargeable batteries, Amorphization, Electronic structure, Crystal strcuture, Molecular dynamics, Diffusion, Intercalation voltage, High pressure, MAX phases, Mechanical properties, Optical properties, Phase change memory, Spintronics, Magnetism, Correlation effects, Band structure
National Category
Physical Sciences
Research subject
Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-205243 (URN)978-91-554-8723-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-09-27, Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-09-06 Created: 2013-08-15 Last updated: 2014-01-08Bibliographically approved
2. Computational Insights on Functional Materials for Clean Energy Storage: Modeling, Structure and Thermodynamics
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Computational Insights on Functional Materials for Clean Energy Storage: Modeling, Structure and Thermodynamics
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The exponential increase in the demands of world’s energy and the devastating effects of current fossil fuels based sources has forced us to reduce our dependence on the current sources as well as finding cleaner, cheaper and renewable alternates. Being abundant, efficient and renewable, hydrogen can be opted as the best possible replacement of the diminishing and harmful fossil fuels. But the transformation towards the hydrogen-based economy is hindered by the unavailability of suitable storage medium for hydrogen. First principles calculations based on density functional theory has been employed in this thesis to investigate the structures modelling and thermodynamics of various efficient materials capable of storing hydrogen under chemisorption and physisorption mechanisms.

Thanks to their high storage capacity, abundance and low cost, metal hydride (MgH2) has been considered as promising choice for hydrogen storage. However, the biggest drawback is their strong binding with the absorbed hydrogen under chemisorption, which make them inappropriate for operation at ambient conditions. Different strategies have been applied to improve the thermodynamics including doping with light and transitions metals in different phases of MgH2 in bulk form.  Application of mechanical strain along with Al, Si and Ti doping on MgH2 (001) and (100) surfaces has also been found very useful in lowering the dehydrogenation energies that ultimately improve adsorption/desorption temperatures.

Secondly, in this thesis, two-dimensional materials with high surface area have been studied for the adsorption of hydrogen in molecular form (H2) under physisorption. The main disadvantage of this kind of storage is that the adsorption of H2 with these nanostructures likes graphane, silicene, silicane, BN-sheets, BC3 sheets are low and demand operation at cryogenic conditions. To enhance the H2 binding and attain high storage capacity the above-mentioned nanostructures have been functionalized with light metals (alkali, alkaline) and polylithiated species  (OLi2, CLi3, CLi4). The stabilities of the designed functional materials for H2 storage have been verified by means of molecular dynamics simulations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. 66 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 1073
Keyword
Density functional theory, Molecular dynamics, Hydrogen storage, Chemisorption, Physisorption, Functionalization
National Category
Condensed Matter Physics
Research subject
Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206938 (URN)978-91-554-8751-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-10-28, Polhemsalen, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-10-04 Created: 2013-09-07 Last updated: 2014-01-23

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