About MERlin

MERLin: Materials Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale


Winner UNSW Research Excellence Award 2012

Finalist NSI Innovation Award 2013

Welcome to the MERLin at UNSW. We are an energy research group focusing on the use of hydrogen as a clean energy vector. MERLin is headed by Dr Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou  within the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. We are also part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, the Australian Energy Research Institute and the EU COST project “Nanostructured Materials for Solid State Hydrogen Storage“.

Our expertise is in the synthesis, characterisation and application of nanosized hydride materials, i.e. materials such as magnesium hydride (MgH2) and lithium borohydride (LiBH4) capable of storing hydrogen. Our research is focused on the fundamental understanding of the behavior of hydride materials at the nanoscale (i.e. with a particle size below 10 nm). Our aim is to deliver a first generation of room temperature hydrogen storage materials with a reversible hydrogen storage capacity of 3 mass % in the next 10 years.

Research Highlights

NaBH4 can now reversibly store hydrogen

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