Structural optimization of arranged carbon nanotubes for hydrogen storage by grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation

Daiki Minami, Takahiro Ohkubo, Yasushige Kuroda, Kenichi Sakai, Hideki Sakai, Masahiko Abe

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We revealed the arrangement of single-wall carbon nanotube (SWNT) which is suitable for the adsorption of hydrogen by means of grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulation with simple cylindrical model. Here, we calculated the amount of adsorbed hydrogen with triangular lattice (TL) and square lattice (SL) model for the bundle structure with various kinds of tube diameters (D) and inter-axis distances (Ra). Our results indicate that any arrangements having smaller Ra are not suitable for the storage of hydrogen and the adsorption amount of hydrogen can be achieved the target value (6 wt.% and 45 kg m-3) proposed by Department of Energy (DOE) in United States by SWNTs having larger Ra at 77 K and 1 MPa. Furthermore, these results show that the best arrangement of SWNTs for the adsorption of hydrogen at this condition is TL structure having Ra = 2.159 nm and D = 1.227 nm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12398-12404
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2010



  • Bundle structure
  • Grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation
  • Hydrogen adsorption
  • Interstitial and internal pore
  • Single-wall carbon nanotube

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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