Tunable Low Density Palladium Nanowire Foams

Dustin A. Gilbert, Edward C. Burks, Sergey V. Ushakov, Patricia Abellan, Ilke Arslan, Thomas E. Felter, Alexandra Navrotsky, Kai Liu

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Nanostructured palladium foams offer exciting potential for applications in diverse fields such as catalysts, fuel cells, and particularly hydrogen storage technologies. We have fabricated palladium nanowire foams using a cross-linking and freeze-drying technique. These foams have a tunable density down to 0.1% of the bulk, and a surface area-to-volume ratio of up to 1.54 × 106:1 m-1. They exhibit highly attractive characteristics for hydrogen storage, in terms of loading capacity, rate of absorption, and heat of absorption. The hydrogen absorption/desorption process is hysteretic in nature, accompanied by substantial lattice expansion/contraction as the foam converts between Pd and PdHx.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9814-9818
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 28 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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