Nanoscale Li and intermetallic Al-Mg metal hydride clusters are investigated as a possible hydrogen storage material using the high-level quantum Monte Carlo computational method. Lower level methods such as density functional theory are qualitatively, not quantitatively accurate for the calculation of the enthalpy of absorption of H 2. At sizes around 1 nm, it is predicted that Al/Mg alloyed nanoparticles are stable relative to the pure compositions and the metal composition can be tuned in tandem with the size to tune the hydrogen absorption energy, making this a promising route to a rechargeable hydrogen storage material.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry