The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Basic Energy Science Programme funding is hoped to aid research to provide greater insight into how hydrogen breaks down and reacts of material surfaces.
SRNL has said the objective of the research is to provide an in-depth analysis of the interactions between two-dimensional ceramic materials and hydrogen, as well as the influence of other external gases.
Patrick Ward, Lead Researcher from SRNL, said, “Utilising a theory-guided experimental approach, we can systematically evaluate the nature and mechanistic behaviour behind the interactions of hydrogen with these materials.
“By combining our knowledge of the basic influential surface and subsurface features, which dominate the hydrogen interaction behaviour with induced behaviours from external stimuli, a cohesive and complete perspective can be obtained.
“It is through expansion of our fundamental understanding of the physical world that led to great advances in technology. We have assembled an extraordinary team, which is determined to accomplish this.”
The SRNL-led research falls in line with the US DOE’s Hydrogen Shot Initiative, which seeks to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%, to $1 per kg within one decade.
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