Chemical aspects of the water-splitting thermochemical cycle based on sodium manganese ferrite

F. Varsano, F. Padella, C. Alvani, M. Bellusci, A. La Barbera

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Water thermolysis by means of the sodium manganese ferrite cycle for sustainable hydrogen production is reviewed, with particular focus on known elementary chemical processes taking place on solid substrates in the 600-800 °C temperature range. For the purpose, in-situ high temperature x-ray diffraction technique has been utilized to observe structural transformations produced by both temperature and reactive environment. The water-splitting reaction and the regeneration of initial reactants are described as multi-step reactions, in which the role of carbon dioxide, through carbonation and de-carbonation reactions is highlighted. A thermodynamic phase stability diagram is reported for the system MnFe2O4/Na2CO3/CO2. ©, 2012 Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11595 - 11601
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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