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Title: Control of both particle and pore size in nanoporous palladium alloy powders

Energy storage materials often involve chemical reactions with bulk solids. Porosity within the solids can enhance reaction rates. The porosity can be either within or between individual particles of the material. Greater control of the size and uniformity of both types of pore should lead to enhancements of charging and discharging rates in energy storage systems. Furthermore, to control both particle and pore size in nanoporous palladium (Pd)-based hydrogen storage materials, first we created uniformly sized copper particles of about 1 μm diameter by the reduction of copper sulfate with ascorbic acid. In turn, these were used as reducing agents for tetrachloropalladate in the presence of a block copolymer surfactant. The copper reductant particles are geometrically self-limiting, so the resulting Pd particles are of similar size. The surfactant induces formation of 10 nm-scale pores within the particles. Some residual copper is alloyed with the Pd, reducing hydrogen storage capacity; use of a more reactive Pd salt can mitigate this. The reaction is conveniently performed in gram-scale batches.
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0032-5910; PII: S0032591014006184
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Powder Technology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 267; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0032-5910
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
25 ENERGY STORAGE; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; mesoporous; monodisperse; uniform; hydride; microspheres; copper
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