DFT study of boron doped MgH2: Bonding mechanism, hydrogen diffusion and desorption
AuthorsKurko, Sandra V.
Paskaš Mamula, Bojana
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The impact of boron doping on MgH2 bonding mechanism, hydrogen diffusion and desorption was calculated using density functional theory (DFT). Atomic interactions in doped and non-doped system and its influence on hydrogen and vacancy diffusion were studied in bulk hydride. Slab calculations were performed to study hydrogen desorption energies from (110) boron doped surface and its dependence on the surface configuration and depth position. To study kinetics of hydrogen diffusion in boron vicinity and hydrogen molecule desorption activation energies from boron doped and non-doped (110) MgH2 surface Nudged Elastic Band (NEB) method was used. Results showed that boron forms stronger, covalent bonds with hydrogen causing the destabilization in its first and second coordination. This leads to lower hydrogen desorption energies and improved hydrogen diffusion, while the impact on the energy barriers for H2 desorption from hydride (110) surface is less pronounced. © 2019 Hydrogen Energy Publi...cations LLC