Mechanical alloying of Ti45Zr38-xNi17+x and Ti45-x;Zr38Ni17+x(0 ≤ x ≤ 8) elemental powders produced an amorphous phase, but subsequent annealing converted the amorphous phase into an icosahedral quasicrystal phase, along with a Ti2Ni-type phase. The discharge capacities, measured in a three-electrode cell at room temperature for both the amorphous and quasicrystal electrodes, increased with increasing Ni substitution for Zr or Ti. The highest discharge capacities, which were about 60 mAh/g for the amorphous electrode and 100 mAh/g for the quasicrystal electrode, were obtained from (Ti 45Zr30Ni25) after substitution of Ni for Zr. For the Ti45Zr30Ni25 composition, the discharge performance of the quasicrystal electrode was stable over charge/discharge cycling, but that of the amorphous electrode gradually decreased with cycling. The structure of the quasicrystal phase in the electrodes was stable, even after 15 charge/discharge cycles, but the amorphous phase converted to a (Ti, Zr)H2 f.c.c. hydride.
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