Tuning Hydrogen Storage Properties in La1−xYxNi4.5Cu0.5 (x = 0.1; 0.2; 0.3; 0.4, 0.5) Alloys

Mateusz Mańka, Tomohiro Kinoshita, Anita Nowak, Aleksandra Ludwik, Alicja Klimkowicz, Akito Takasaki, Łukasz Gondek

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Metal hydrides of AB5 compositions have been investigated over the years as they offer extraordinary volumetric hydrogen densities with high cycling stability and purity of released hydrogen. Moreover, by doping with different elements, the sorption properties of alloys can be significantly changed according to their foreseen applications. In this contribution, we report the synthesis routes and hydrogenation characteristics of La1−xYxNi4.5Cu0.5. The synthesized alloys exhibit excellent structural purity with all reflections indexed by the hexagonal P6/mmm structure. It was found that the Y content can easily tune (raise) the equilibrium pressures of the pressure–composition isotherms, while overall gravimetric density remains at a level exceeding 1.5 wt.% up to x = 0.3 then strongly decreases. The pressure range for desorption can be tuned from 1.5 to 5 bars at room temperature. Some alloys (x = 0; 0.2) exhibit very good stability during 1000 cycles of hydrogen loading and unloading. Furthermore, activation of the alloys is prompt, making them good candidates for stationary hydrogen storage, non-mechanical hydrogen compressors, or soft actuators.

Original languageEnglish
Article number71
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2024 Jan


  • AB5 alloys
  • hydrogen storage
  • metal hydrides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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