Sevilla Meeting, June 27-28, 2003






26th June (Thursday)


Optional meet point in a typical "Tapas Bar" (place to be confirmed)


27th June (Friday)

10:00 to 12:15

10-15 min. presentations by Yrs (including coffee break)

12:15 to 13:00

Meeting of the Project Technical Assistant (Dr. Berhault) with Young Researchers

13:15 to 14:30

Lunch at the ICMSE

14:30 to 16:30

Scientific discussion, budget, recruitment and planning

16:30 to 16:45

Coffee Break

16:45 to 17:30

Meeting of the Project Technical Assistant (Dr. Berhault) with Network Managers

17:30 to 18:00

Presentation of Dr. Behault (EU Commission) about FP6 possiblities (Marie Curie Actions)


Dinner hosted by the ICMSE (place to be confirmed)


28th June (Saturday)

11:00 to 13:00

Optional visit to the "Materials Science Institute of Sevilla" ICMSE

13:15 to 14:30

Optional lunch at the Isla de la Cartuja (Italian Pavilion, 10 min walking distance from ICMSE)





Participant Name


Juan Paul Berhault (EU Commission)


Alain Reza Yavari (INPG)


Christiane Poinsignon (INPG)


Ana Borissova (INPG)


Åke Kvick (ESRF)


Gavin Vaughan (ESRF)


Marie Wennstrom (ESRF)


Rüdiger Bormann (GKSS)


Thomas Klassen (GKSS)


John Sykes (Uni. Oxford)


Asunción Fernández (ICMSE)


Oliver Friedrich (ICMSE)


Carlos López Cartes (ICMSE)


Juan Carlos Sánchez (ICMSE)


Dolors Baró (Univ. Autónoma Barcelona)


Pau Solsona (Univ. Autónoma Barcelona)


Stefania Doppiu (Univ. Autónoma Barcelona)


Daniela Zander (Uni. Dortmund)


Lyudmila Lyubenova (Uni. Dortmund)


Tony Spassov (Uni. Sofia)


Peter Delchev (Uni. Sofia)







The meeting was held at the “Centro de Investigaciones Científicas Isla de la Cartuja” were the “Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla” is integrated according to the program.


1) 10-15 min presentations by the different partners.


Presentations were mainly done by young researchers already recruited within the project.


--Oliver Friedrichs (ICMSE-CSIC)

* Investigated samples: MgH2 and MgH2/V2O5(0.2 mol%) from GKSS.

* He presents a method to introduce pressed pellets of samples at the XPS without any exposure to air. The XPS analysis shows a thin (5 nm) passivation layer of MgO. The exposure of samples to air (H2O exposure) produces an increase of oxidation and the formation of Mg(OH)2. The amount of catalyst (V2O5) was too small for detection of vanadium signal.

* The introduction of samples in the TEM microscope under toluene was also shown to be effective.


--Peter Delchev (Uni.Sofía)

* Investigated samples: MgTiZrNi prepared by mechanical alloying.

* Electrochemical charging of the sample.

* No good results were found up to now during electrochemical charging of samples supplied by GKSS.


--Ana Borissova (INPG)

* Samples: MgNi alloys, Mg-FeF3 prepared by ball milling

* Electrochemical analysis.


--Lyudmila Lyubenova (Uni.Dortmund)

* Samples: MgH2 and MgH2/V2O5(0.2 mol%) from GKSS.

* Design of the electrode: Cu grid and compacting agent (graphite or PTFE).

* Positive electrochemical charging with sample MgH2/V2O5(0.2 mol%) from GKSS.


--Pau Solsona (Uni.Autónoma Barcelona)

* MgNiAlMn alloys prepared by ball milling.

* Calorimetry and TG analysis.

* DSC studies of the samples supplied by GKSS.


--Steffania Dopiu (Uni.Autónoma Barcelona)

* MgAl and MgNi alloys prepared by ball milling.

* Calorimetry and TG analysis.


--Thomas Klassen (GKSS)

* The system MgH2/Nb2O5(0.5 mol%) is presented as the most effective. Better catalytic effect of the oxide.

* The parameters that make an oxide to be a good catalyst have been discussed. The role of the Mg-catalyst interface and defects introduced by milling has been emphasized.

* A new sample MgH2/Nb2O5(2 mol%) has been proposed for analysis by XPS and TEM/EELS/EDX in order to have a good signal for the catalyst phase.


--Marie Wennstrom just recruited by the ESRF-ILL team give a short presentation of her previous experience.



2) Meeting of the project technical assistant (Dr.Berhault) with young researchers.


3) Scientific discussion, budget, recruitment and planning.


--Scientific discussion

* The coordinator proposed to make circulate within the network a list of selected references related to H2 storage in Mg and Mg alloys. Tony Spassov will be responsible of making a selection of the references reported to him by all the partners.

* It was also proposed that GKSS (Thomas Klassen) will circulate information about some of the already tested alloys in order to avoid repetition.

* It was discussed about the beam time at ESRF at the end of July. The beam time is allocated for diffraction and will be mainly dedicated to the study of the electrochemical aspects.

* For the beam time at the ESRF at the end of the year it was proposed to be dedicated to “in situ” diffraction studies of absorption/desorption process.

* ILL Neutron Scattering experiments are planned for October 2003.

* Ake Kvick suggested the possibility of demanding beam time at the ESRF for XAS measurements of the Mg/Nb2O5 sample from GKSS.

* For the study by certain techniques like XPS a MgH2/Nb2O5(2 mol%) sample has been proposed in order to increase the signal of niobium.



* The coordinator emphasized that at the end of September the “costs statement forms” for the 1st year of the project may be fulfilled by all partners.

* He also remembers some of the rules regarding eligible costs in RTN contracts.


--YR’s recruitment

* Planning: GKSS has a good candidate for its post-doctoral position

* ICMSE is going to recruit a post-doc from Poland starting October 1st.

* The coordinator also emphasized the role of secondements in a RTN project.



* Next technical meeting at GKSS (Germany), on 24th of October, 2003.

* Mid Term Meeting at Uni. Autónoma Barcelona (Spain), 30th April 2004



4) Meeting of the project technical assistant (Dr.Berhault) with Network managers.



5) Presentation of Dr.Berhault about FP6 possibilities.


* He informed about the different Marie Curie Actions and also about the new figures in the VI Framework Program: NOE, IP, STREP, …



6)Visit to the ICMSE facilities by young researchers and network managers