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

TitleDevelopment of SEM metallography for the study of the Mg-MgH2 phase transformation
Publication TypePresentazione a Congresso
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsAntisari, M.V., Montone A., Abazović N., Aurora A., Drvendzija M., Mancini R., Mirabile Gattia Daniele, and Pilloni L.
Conference NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Conference LocationBoston, MA
KeywordsAdditives, Cross sectional analysis, Desorption, Experimental protocols, High spatial resolution, Hydrides, Hydrogen, Hydrogen storage, Kinetic mechanism, matrix, Metal hydrides, Metallographic examination, Metallography, Observation method, Phase transformation, Powder metals, Promising materials, Reaction analysis, Role of additives, SEM, Sorption cycle, Structural defect

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.