Theoretical modelling of the phase diagrams of clathrate hydrates for hydrogen storage applications

R. V. Belosludov, R. K. Zhdanov, O. S. Subbotin, H. Mizuseki, M. Souissi, Y. Kawazoe, V. R. Belosludov

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An original approach accounting for multiple cavity occupancy, host lattice relaxation and the description of the quantum nature of guest behaviour has been used for the estimation of the thermodynamic properties of pure hydrogen and binary C 2H 6 +H 2 hydrates with the possibility of multiple filling of cavities by guest molecules. It has been found that the pure hydrogen cubic structure II (CS-II) hydrate is more thermodynamically stable than the cubic structure I (CS-I) hydrate in a wide range of p-T regions. However, at low pressure, the stabilisation of the CS-I hydrate can be realised for H 2-C 2H 6-H 2O systems even with small concentrations of ethane in the gas phase. However, in this case, the amount of stored hydrogen strongly depends on the ethane concentrations in the gas phase. At low concentration of ethane, the amount of hydrogen stored, 2.5wt%, in CS-I hydrate can be achieved at T=250K. We believe that the present approach can be useful for understanding the thermodynamic properties of the binary hydrate and it can support the experimental exploration of novel hydrogen storage materials based on clathrate hydrates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-780
Number of pages8
JournalMolecular Simulation
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept 1


  • binary systems
  • clathrate hydrate
  • hydrogen storage
  • lattice dynamics
  • phase diagram

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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