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Title: Room temperature thermal conductivity measurements of neat MOF-5 compacts with high pressure hydrogen and helium

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are a highly porous crystalline material with potential in various applications including on-board vehicle hydrogen storage for fuel cell vehicles. The thermal conductivity of MOFs is an important parameter in the design and ultimate performance of an on-board hydrogen storage system. However, in-situ thermal conductivity measurements have not been previously reported. The present study reports room temperature thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity measurements performed on neat MOF-5 cylindrical compacts (ρ = 0.4 g/mL) as a function of pressure (0.27–90 bar) and gas type (hydrogen and helium). The transient plane source technique was used to measure both the non-directional thermal properties (isotropic method) and the directional thermal properties (anisotropic method). High pressure measurements were made using our in-house built low-temperature, high pressure thermal conductivity sample cell. The intrinsic thermal properties of neat MOF-5 measured under vacuum were—Isotropic: k isotropic = 0.1319 W/m K, α isotropic = 0.4165 mm 2/s; Anisotropic: k axial = 0.1477 W/m K, k radial = 0.1218 W/m K, α axial = 0.5096 mm 2/s, and α radial = 0.4232 mm 2/s. The apparent thermal properties of neat MOF-5 increased with increasing hydrogen and helium pressure, with the largest increase occurring in the narrow pressuremore » range of 0–10 bar and then monotonically asymptoting with increasing pressures up to around 90 bar. On average, a greater than two-fold enhancement in the apparent thermal properties was observed with neat MOF-5 in the presence of helium and hydrogen compared to the intrinsic values of neat MOF-5 measured under vacuum. The apparent thermal properties of neat MOF-5 measured with hydrogen were higher than those measured with helium, which were directly related to the gas-specific thermal properties of helium and hydrogen. Neat MOF-5 exhibited a small degree of anisotropy under all conditions measured with thermal conductivities and diffusivities in the axial direction being higher than those in the radial direction. As a result, the low temperature specific heat capacities of neat MOF-5 were also measured and reported for the temperature range of 93–313 K (–180–40 °C).« less
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI (United States)
  3. ThermTest Inc., Fredericton, NB (Canada)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0360-3199
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 41; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 0360-3199
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; energy sciences; thermal conductivity; thermal diffusivity; MOF-5; high pressure; material properties; fuel cells; hydrogen; adsorbents; heat capacity; anisotropic; hydrogen storage
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OSTI ID: 1359190