Shell BV, Global Solutions International (SHL)

Principal investigator: 
Hans Geerlings


The goal of the research at Shell Global Solutions is to facilitate the development of novel efficient hydrogen storage materials, which can be produced at large scale. Geerlings has expertise in industrial catalysis and process research. He has worked for a number of years as expert in the hydrogen storage field for Shell Hydrogen. A new research line of Geerlings concerns hydrogen storage in alanates. Paulus is an expert in the characterization of nano-scale materials and is involved in our hydrogen storage research programme. Stil is an expert in preparative chemistry, who has worked on a wide range of subjects including hydrogen storage. Other experts in areas of for instance chemical syntheses, characterization, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis and process engineering are available.

Research in a business environment

The hydrogen related research in Shell Global Solutions is executed in close cooperation with Shell Hydrogen, whose mission is to develop and pursue business opportunities related to hydrogen. This close relationship ensures that any technical development is picked up by the business in an efficient manner.

Facilities and infrastructure

The group is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to synthesize and characterize hydrogen storage materials. Available characterization techniques include among others in-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and PCT (pressure composition isotherm).

Training and tutoring capacity

The group has experience with supervising MSc students and post-doctoral fellows. In recent years more than 10 MSc students worked in the (broad) group. Two postdoctoral fellows left the group in 2005.

Experience with international collaboration

International collaboration is a natural process in a multi-national company. Geerlings, Paulus and Stil have extensive experience with international collaboration as they have worked in projects taking place all over the world.

Key publications

  • A.G. Haiduc, H.A. Stil, M.A. Schwarz, P.Paulus and J.J.C. Geerlings, On the fate of the Ti catalyst during hydrogen cycling of sodium alanate, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 393, 252 (2005).
  • M.A. Schwarz, A.G. Haiduc, H.A. Stil, P.Paulus and J.J.C. Geerlings, The use of complex metal hydrides as hydrogen storage materials: Synthesis and XRD-studies of Ca(ALH4)2 and Mg(AlH4)2, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 404-406, 762 (2005).
  • M.L. Neelis, H.J. van der Kooi and J.J.C. Geerlings, Exergetic life cycle analysis of hydrogen production and storage systems for automotive applications, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 29, 537 (2004).


A.G. Haiduc, H.A. Stil, M.A. Schwarz, P. Paulus, and J.J.C. Geerlings, J.Alloys Comp. 393, 252 (2005).
M.A. Schwarz, A.G. Haiduc, H.A. Stil, P.Paulus, and J.J.C. Geerlings, J. Alloys Compd. 404-406, 762 (2005).