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AE Podcast Ep. #7 – Dr Valeska Ting on Smart Nanomaterials for Hydrogen Storage

  • 1.  AE Podcast Ep. #7 – Dr Valeska Ting on Smart Nanomaterials for Hydrogen Storage

    Posted 03-20-2018 15:42

    Rainer's latest episode features Dr Valeska Ting who is a Reader in Smart Nanomaterials at the University of Bristol and is researching the use of nanoporous materials for hydrogen storage. Using hydrogen as a fuel source has many benefits. Due to its excellent energy density, hydrogen has long been hailed as an alternative to fossil fuels but it's also an excellent means of storing renewable energy from solar or wind sources. One of the challenges of storing hydrogen is its low density, meaning that large volumes are required to store efficient amounts of hydrogen to be able to use it as a fuel. This is precisely where Valeska's research enters the picture. The nanoporous materials that she is working on can increase the density of hydrogen by a factor of a 1000, and therefore provide a key stepping stone towards more efficient hydrogen-powered vehicles. In this episode, Valeska and Rainer talk about multiple aspects of this technology including:

    • what nanoporous materials are and how they work
    • how they can be used to create multifunctional materials
    • what scientific challenges she is addressing to scale-up and improve their performance, and
    • how they could be applied to design lighter hydrogen tanks for cars, aircraft or even rockets

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    CJ James,