Owing to the limited resources of fossil fuels, hydrogen is proposed as an alternative and environment-friendly energy carrier. However, its potential is limited by storage problems, especially for mobile applications. Current technologies, as compressed gas or liquefied hydrogen, comprise severe disadvantages and the storage of hydrogen in light-weight solids could be the solution to this problem.
Since the optimal storage mechanism and optimal material have yet to be identified, this first handbook on the topic provides an excellent overview of the most probable candidates, highlighting both their advantages as well as drawbacks.
From the contents:
* Metal hydrides
* Complex hydrides
* Amides, imides, and mixtures
* Destabilized systems
* Aluminum hydride
A one-stop reference on all questions concerning hydrogen storage for physical and solid state chemists, materials scientists, chemical engineers, and physicists.
Über den Autor
Michael Hirscher is group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research, Stuttgart, Germany. He studied physics at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and at the Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA, receiving a Master?s degree, a Diploma, and Ph.D. degree in 1982, 1984, and 1987, respectively. For his achievements he was awarded the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society in 1988. Prior to taking his position in Stuttgart, he spent a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. He is a pioneer in the area of physisorption of hydrogen, studying the most advanced materials and revealing the limitations of carbon nanotubes. His current research interests focus on nanoporous and nanoscale materials for hydrogen storage.