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University of Birmingham, School of Metallurgy and Materials, Hydrogen Materials Group, UK (UOB)


The Hydrogen Materials Group (HMG) in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, has over 30 years experience in the investigation of hydrogen-materials interactions. Research topics include: microstructural processing of functional materials using hydrogen (e.g. permanent magnets); dense-metal membranes for hydrogen separation; and hydrogen storage materials. HMG is part of the EPSRC SUPERGEN Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Hub; and coordinates UK bilateral networks on H2 storage with Korea and Japan. An MRes “Materials for Sustainable Energy Technologies” (MRes-MSET) course has been running for 6 years.

Key personnel

Prof. David Book Prof. David Book is Reader in Energy Materials, and leads the Hydrogen Materials Group in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham. He has published research papers in scientific journals as well as book chapters in the fields of hydrogen storage, hydrogen purification membranes, and permanent magnets. He has received major grants from the EPSRC (including the SUPERGEN programme), EC FP6, TSB, and the Carbon Trust.

Dr. Daniel Reed Dr. Daniel Reed is a Research Fellow in the Hydrogen Materials Group, who specialise in vibrational spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction, specifically in situ measurements of complex hydrides, metal hydrides, and nanocarbons for energy applications. Dr. Reed has been part of several EPSRC consortia projects: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Supergen Hub, Supergen UK-SHEC, and ECOSTORE.

Experimental facilities

In situ Raman spectroscopy with 2 and 100 bar sample cells

3 gravimetric and 2 Sievert’s PcTs; TGA–Mass Spectrometer; TPD-Mass Spectrometer; 150 bar DSC, in situ 100 bar PXD, SEM / FIB and TEM

High-pressure (150 bar) planetary ball-mill, vibration freezer mill, arc-melter; magnetron sputterer; rapid solidification system and a high-pressure (600 bar) hydrogenator (with metal hydride compressor).

Prediction of FTIR and Raman spectra via CASTEP modelling on University computer cluster.

Canal boat powered by PEM fuel cell and battery hybrid system, with H2 (4 kg) stored in metal hydride (240 kg) tank (built with EMPA, Switzerland) New storage tanks can be added for testing and/or demonstration.

Selected publications

  • R. Liu, D. Reed, D. Book, “Decomposition properties of Mn(BH4)2 formed by ball-milling LiBH4 and MnCl2”, J. Alloys and Compd. 515 (2012).
  • J-H. Shim, D. Book et al.: “Effect of Hydrogen Back Pressure on Dehydrogenation Behavior of LiBH4-Based Reactive Hydride Composites” J. Phys. Chem. Letters, 1 (2010) 59.
  • D. Reed, D. Book: “Recent applications of Raman spectroscopy to the study of hydrogen storage materials”, Current Opin. Solid State Mat. Sci. 15 (2011) 62.
  • Investigation of dehydrogenation processes in disordered γ-Mg(BH4)2 Journal of Alloys and Compounds 580, pp. S296–S300, 2013 Sheng Guo, Hoi Yan Chan, Daniel Reed and David Book.
  • Electron energy-loss spectroscopy study of MgH2 in the plasmon energy range Applied Physics Letters 100, 193902, 2012.
 B. Paik, A. Walton, V. Mann, D. Book, I. P. Jones, and I. R. Harris.
  • Hydrogenation reaction of CaH2 - CaB6 - Mg mixture Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 492 (1-2), pp.597-600, 2010 Y. Kim, D. Reed, Y-S. Lee, J-H. Shim, H.N. Han, D. Book; Y.W. Cho.
  • MgH2 → Mg phase transformation driven by a high-energy electron beam: An in situ transmission electron microscopy study Philosophical Magazine Letters, 90 (1), pp.1 – 7, 2010 B. Paik, I. P. Jones, A. Walton, V. Mann, D. Book, I. R. Harris.
  • Effect of Hydrogen Back Pressure on Dehydrogenation Behavior of LiBH4-Based Reactive Hydride Composites Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 1 (1), pp.59-63, 2010 J-H. Shim, J-H. Lim, S. Rather, Y-S. Lee, D. Reed, Y. Kim, D. Book and Y.W. Cho.
  • Identification of the Dehydrogenated Product of Ca(BH4)2 Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113 (14), pp. 5865-5871, 2009 Y. Kim, D. Reed, Y-S. Lee, J. Lee, J-H. Shim, D. Book, Y.W. Cho.


Prof. David Book

School of Metallurgy and Materials
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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