Development of SEM metallography for the study of the Mg-MgH2 phase transformation

Marco Vittori Antisari, Amelia Montone, Nadica Abazovic, Annalisa Aurora, Milica Drvendzija, Rita Mancini, Daniele Mirabile Gattia, Luciano Pilloni

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The study of sorption reactions of metal hydrides is the subject of numerous researches in connection with the development of a safe technology for hydrogen storage, and MgH 2, in particular, is one of the most promising materials. Several efforts have been already carried out in order to understand the kinetic mechanisms involved in the MgH 2 decomposition which is at the basis of H 2 release. However, the role of additives and induced structural defects on the sorption cycles is not clear yet. With the purpose of supporting the reaction analysis we have developed an experimental protocol for the metallographic examination at high spatial resolution of partially desorbed MgH 2 powders. In particular, this procedure allows cross-sectional analysis of powders embedded into conductive matrix, while the observation method produces a different contrast among metallic Mg, MgH 2 and additive particles made of heavier materials. © 2008 Materials Research Society.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventMaterials and Technology for Hydrogen Storage - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2008 → …


ConferenceMaterials and Technology for Hydrogen Storage
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/08 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Antisari, M. V., Montone, A., Abazovic, N., Aurora, A., Drvendzija, M., Mancini, R., ... Pilloni, L. (2008). Development of SEM metallography for the study of the Mg-MgH2 phase transformation. Paper presented at Materials and Technology for Hydrogen Storage, United States.