Hydrogen storage by physisorption on nanostructured graphite platelets

Thomas Heine, Lyuben Zhechkov, Gotthard Seifert

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The physisorption energy of molecular hydrogen (H2) on flat carbon nanoparticles (graphitic platelets) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is determined to be attractive between 3.5 and 7.2 kJ mol-1, depending on the orientation of H2 and on the particle size. Entropy, estimated from experimental data, reduces the interaction energy by 3.4 kJ mol-1 at room temperature. Therefore, nanostructured graphitic platelets might be suitable for hydrogen storage. Computations have been carried out for PAHs from benzene to coronene using second order Møller-Plesset (MP2) theory at the basis set limit, and the results are extrapolated to graphene layers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)980-984
Number of pages5
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Publication statusPublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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