On the nucleation step in the Mg-MgH

M. Vittori Antisari, A. Aurora, D. Mirabile Gattia, A. Montone

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Scanning electron microscopy was used to support kinetic analysis in order to ascertain the physical mechanisms involved in the Mg-MgH2phase transformation. Kinetic asymmetry in hydrogen absorption and desorption was explained by the different requirements for fast nucleation in the two reactions. In particular, MgH2nucleation in Mg is assisted by crystal defects, while free surface is the only nucleation site in the reverse reaction. This explains, for the first time, the different role of the metal catalyst in the two reactions. © 2009 Acta Materialia Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1064 - 1067
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Vittori Antisari, M., Aurora, A., Mirabile Gattia, D., & Montone, A. (2009). On the nucleation step in the Mg-MgH. Scripta Materialia, 61(11), 1064 - 1067. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2009.08.030