Thermoelectric Study of Hydrogen Storage in Carbon Nanotubes


In situ resistivity and thermoelectric power (S) have been used to study the nature of the adsorption of hydrogen in bundles of single-walled carbon nanotubes for H2 pressure P <1 atm and temperatures 77 K<T<500 K. Isothermal plots of S vs. Δρ/ρ0 are found to exhibit linear behavior as a function of gas coverage, consistent with a physisorption process. Studies of S, ρ at T = 500 K as a function of pressure exhibit a plateau at a pressure P~40 Torr, the same pressure where the H % measurements suggest the highest binding energy sites are being saturated. The effects of H2 exposure at 500 K on the thermoelectric transport properties are fully reversible.

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Sumanasekera, G.U., Adu, C.K.W., Pradhan, B.K. et al. Thermoelectric Study of Hydrogen Storage in Carbon Nanotubes. MRS Online Proceedings Library 706, 1041 (2001).

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