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The HyMARC national laboratories conduct research projects within the following task structure and focus areas. Additionally, HyMARC supports several seedling projects funded by the DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

In its third phase, the HyMARC research program is employing a co-design strategy, in which systems modeling and techno-economic analysis are directly coupled to materials discovery, design, and optimization to meet the requirements of specific hydrogen use cases.

HyMARC Phase 3 Task Structure

Task 1: Systems Analyses-Driven Efforts for Use-Case Scenarios

Lead: Hanna Breunig (LBNL)

Task 1 will develop and perform systems analyses to match hydrogen storage materials with applications for which there are clear benefits over batteries and physical storage. The paths leading to successful deployment identified by these analyses will focus material development, characterization, validation, engineering, and prototyping efforts to achieve intermediate- and long-term application performance targets.

Task 2: Materials Co-Design, Scale-Up, and Integration

Lead: Brandon Wood (LLNL)

Materials identified through Task 1, as well as the most promising materials advanced from HyMARC-2, will be evaluated, modified if necessary, and tested at both benchtop and kilogram scale to assess their performance and provide engineering data for future demonstration activities.

Task 3: New Materials, Catalytic Processes, and Concepts

Lead: Tom Autrey (PNNL)

Task 3 focuses on the new generation of smart designed materials, which leverage the foundational understanding of substrate-hydrogen interactions developed by HyMARC-2 but must be optimized for deployment. This task serves as a feeder to provide materials to the co-design activities in Tasks 2 and 3 for which satisfactory material solutions do not yet exist.

Task 4: Characterization and Validation

Lead: Sarah Shulda (NREL)

Task 4 will develop new advanced characterization tools and enhance existing capabilities to enable HyMARC to quickly evaluate new materials for future viability as hydrogen storage alternatives and transition them from bench-scale to large-scale solutions under relevant system conditions.

Task 5: Data Hub

Lead: Rachel Hurst (NREL)

The HyMARC Data Hub provides a solution for data accessibility both publicly and within the consortium, which is key to accelerating research across the geographically diverse national laboratory teams. The next step in the evolution of the Data Hub is to provide additional search capabilities and on-line data analysis and modeling tools for Data Hub users.

HyMARC Phase 3 Focus Areas: Designated High-Priority Research Topics

Within the task structure, various focus areas and projects are underway.

Systems Analyses

  • New material evaluation
  • New system validation
  • Techno-economic and life cycle analysis
  • Analysis support for prototyping

Materials Co-Design, Scale-Up, and Integration

  • Design of materials, devices, and systems
  • Scale-up of HyMARC Phase 2 materials
  • Advanced sorbents
  • Hydrides
  • Liquid organic hydrogen carriers

New Materials, Catalytic Processes, and Concepts

  • Metal-organic frameworks with step-shaped H2 isotherms for improved volumetric usable capacities
  • Multiple H2 binding in metal-organic frameworks for high storage capacity
  • Storage by sorbents under ambient conditions
  • Plasmonically driven de-/re-hydrogenation of liquid organic hydrogen carriers
  • MXenes materials with high vacancies for hydrogen storage
  • Dehydrogenative coupling of alcohols and amines using low-quality process heat

Characterization and Validation

  • High pressure flow reactor for carriers
  • Expanded PCT and thermal conductivity capabilities
  • Advanced spectroscopy
  • Rheometry for liquid hydrogen carriers
  • Interlaboratory enthalpy of adsorption study

Seedling Projects

View the list of HyMARC seedling projects below, their leads, and the date the project started.

Project TitlePIAffiliationSubsStart date
Development of Magnesium Boride Etherates as Hydrogen Storage MaterialsGodwin SeveraUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa 10/16/2020
Electrolyte Assisted Hydrogen Storage ReactionsChanning AhnLiox Power Inc.HRL Laboratories1/17/2020
Optimized Hydrogen Adsorbents via Machine Learning and Crystal EngineeringDon SiegelUniversity of MichiganFord Motor Company9/17/2020
ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) Synthesis of Novel Nanostructured Metal BorohydridesSteven ChristensenNational Renewable Energy LaboratoryH2 Technology Consulting LLC9/17/2020
Methane and Hydrogen Storage with Porous Cage-Based Composite MaterialsEric BlochUniversity of Delaware 11/19/2020
Optimal Adsorbents for Low-Cost Storage of Natural Gas: Computational Identification, Experimental Demonstration, and System-Level Projection Don SiegelUniversity of MichiganSavannah River National Laboratory11/19/2020
Metal-Organic Frameworks Containing Frustrated Lewis Pairs for Hydrogen Storage at Ambient Temperature Shengqian MaUniversity of North TexasArgonne National Laboratory12/19/2020
Heteroatom-Modified and Compacted Zeolite-Templated Carbons for Gas StorageNicholas StadieMontana State University 12/19/2020
Developing a New NG Super-Adsorbent Polymer (NG-SAP) for a Practical NG Storage System With Low Pressure, Ambient Temperature, and high Energy Density Mike ChungPenn State University 1/20/2020
Uniting Theory and Experiment to Deliver Flexible MOFs for Superior Methane (NG) StorageBrian SpaceNorth Carolina State University 1/20/2020
Hydrogen Release from Concentrated Media with Reusable CatalystsTravis WilliamsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos Alamos National Laboratory1/20/2020
Theory-Guided Design and Discovery of Materials for Reversible Methane and Hydrogen Storage Omar FarhaNorthwestern University 1/20/2020
High Capacity Step-Shaped Hydrogen Adsorption in Robust, Pore-Gating Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks Michael McGuirkColorado School of Mines 2/20/2020
A Reversible Liquid Hydrogen Carrier System Based on Ammonium Formate and Captured CO2 Hongfei LinWashington State University8Rivers2/20/2020
Development of Magnesium Borane Containing Solutions of Furans and Pyrroles as Reversible Liquid Hydrogen Carriers Craig JensenUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa 2/20/2020
Developing a Novel Hydrogen Sponge with Ideal Binding Energy and High Surface Area for Practical Hydrogen Storage Mike ChungPenn State University 10/16/2020
Fundamental Studies of Surface-Functionalized Mesoporous Carbons for Thermodynamic Stabilization and Reversibility of Metal Hydrides Eric MajzoubUniversity of Missouri-St. LouisWashington University in Saint Louis; Saint Louis University10/16/2020
"Graphene-Wrapped" Complex Hydrides as High-Capacity, Regenerable Hydrogen Storage Materials D.J. LiuArgonne National LaboratorySouthern Illinois University 10/16/2020
Super Metallated Frameworks as Hydrogen SpongesOmar YaghiUniversity of California, Berkeley 9/17/2020
Fluorinated Covalent Organic Frameworks: A Novel Pathway To Enhance Hydrogen Sorption and Control Isosteric Heats of Adsorption Justin JohnsonNational Renewable Energy LaboratoryColorado School of Mines9/17/2020