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Hydrogen in Materials
Hydrogen as an energy carrier is produced from renewable energy and water and the stored energy is released in an internal combustion engine or a fuel cell. The major challenge is to store hydrogen with a high density in a safe way. The research focuses on the synthesis and investigation of new p-element hydrides. Little is known about the physical properties of the complex hydrides, i.e. their structure, electronic properties and thermodynamics. The goal of the research is to understand the interaction of hydrogen with the p-elements in order to model and calculate the properties of new compounds and to find the theoretical limitations.

Questions we solve for hydrogen in materials:

-Which complex hydrides of the p-elements and hydrogen exist?
-What are the physical properties of the complex hydrides?
-What parameters define the stability of a complex?

Prof. Dr. Andreas Züttel
Hydrogen & Energy at EMPA