Are carbon nanotubes viable materials for the electrochemical storage of hydrogen?

Jeffrey B. Martin, Ian A. Kinloch, Robert A W Dryfe

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    The electrochemical storage of hydrogen on a range of carbon nanotubes has been investigated using electrochemical techniques and in situ Raman spectroelectrochemistry. An aggregated, single-walled nanotube sample was found to have the highest apparent storage capacity of 0.22 wt % (3 M KOH). Raman spectroelectrochemistry confirmed that no irreversible structural changes occur upon charging. The storage was found to be primarily due to the sorption of H2 gas in the pores of the nanotube aggregate, combined with some chemisorption on the amorphous carbon impurities in the sample. It is, therefore, concluded that the observed storage capacity is due to the small pores and the presence of carbonaceous impurities. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4693-4703
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2010


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