Institution name and department

University of Stavanger

Position held


Associate Professor - temporary



Universitetet i Stavanger Postboks 8600




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Key words (up to 5)


·       Hydrogen storage

·       MOFs


·       Metal hydrides

·       Synchrotron techniques


·       Batteries

·       Raman spectroscopy


 Areas of Research/Expertise

 Advanced characterization of materials and processes with spectroscopies and synchrotron-based techniques (in situ)

Vibrational spectroscopy (Raman, FTIR) Metal hydrides

Mechanochemical preparation of reactive hydride composites MOFs and porous materials

 5 Most representative publications related to mechanochemistry


1. Zavorotynska, Olena; Saldan, Ivan; Hino, Satoshi; Humphries, Terry David; Deledda, Stefano; Hauback, Bjørn (2015). Hydrogen cycling in γ-Mg(BH4)2 with cobalt-based additives. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. ISSN 2050-7488. Volum 3. Hefte 12. s. 6592- 6602. DOI: 10.1039/c5ta00511f.

2. Saldan, Ivan; Hino, Satoshi; Humphries, Terry David; Zavorotynska, Olena; Chong, M.; Jensen, C. M.; Deledda, Stefano; Hauback, Bjørn (2014). Structural changes observed during the reversible hydrogenation of Mg(BH4)2 with Ni-based additives. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. ISSN 1932-7447. Volum 118. Hefte 40. s. 23376-23384.
DOI: 10.1021/jp5066677.

3. Rude, LH; Filso, U; D'Anna, V; Spyratou, A; Richter, B; Hino, Satoshi; Zavorotynska, Olena;Baricco, M; Hauback, Bjørn; Sørby, Magnus Helgerud; Hagemann, H; Besenbacher, F;Skibsted, J; Jensen, TR (2013). Hydrogen-fluorine exchange in NaBH4-NaBF4.Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP . ISSN 1463-9076. Volum 15. Hefte 41. s. 18185-18194.
DOI: 10.1039/c3cp52815d.

4. Zavorotynska, Olena; Deledda, Stefano; Vitillo, Jenny G.; Saldan, Ivan; Guzik, Matylda Natalia; Baricco, Marcello; Walmsley, John; Muller, Jiri; Hauback, Bjørn (2015). Combined X-ray and Raman studies on the effect of cobalt additives on the decomposition of magnesium borohydride. Energies. SSN 1996-1073. Volum 8. Hefte 9. s. 9173-9190.
DOI: 10.3390/en8099173.

5. K.S. Alcantara, U. Boesenberg, O. Zavorotynska, J.B. von Colbe, K. Taube, M. Baricco, T. Klassen, M. Dornheim, Sorption and desorption properties of a CaH2/MgB2/CaF2 reactive hydride composite as potential hydrogen storage material, J Solid State Chem, 184 (2011) 3104-3109;


5 Most representative publications non-related to Mechanochemistry


1. Zavorotynska, Olena; El-Kharbachi, Abdelouahab; Deledda, Stefano; Hauback, Bjørn (2016). Recent progress in magnesium borohydride Mg(BH4)2: Fundamentals and applications for energy storage. International journal of hydrogen energy . ISSN 0360-3199. Volum 41. Hefte 32. s. 14387-14403. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.02.015.

2. Zavorotynska, Olena; Deledda, Stefano; Li, Guanqiao; Matsuo, Motoaki; Orimo, Shin-Ichi; Hauback, Bjørn (2015). Isotopic Exchange in Porous and Dense Magnesium Borohydride. Angewandte Chemie International Edition . ISSN 1433-7851. Volum 54. Hefte 36. s. 10592-10595. DOI: 0.1002/anie.201502699.

3. Zavorotynska, Olena; Deledda, Stefano; Hauback, Bjørn (2016). Kinetics studies of the reversible partial decomposition reaction in Mg(BH4)2. International journal of hydroge energy . ISSN 0360-3199. Volum 41. Hefte 23. s. 9885-9892. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.02.153.


4. Chavan, Sachin Maruti; Zavorotynska, Olena; Lamberti, Carlo; Bordiga, Silvia (2013). H2 interaction with divalent cations in isostructural MOFs: a key study for variable temperature Dalton Transactions . ISSN 1477-9226. Volum 42. Hefte 35. s.
12586-12595. DOI: 10.1039/c3dt51312b.

5. O. Zavorotynska, M. Corno, A. Damin, G. Spoto, P. Ugliengo, M. Baricco, Vibrational Properties of MBH4 and MBF4 Crystals (M = Li, Na, K): A Combined DFT, Infrared, and Raman Study, J Phys Chem C, 115 (2011) 18890-18900;






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Primary focus in mechanochemical research

-        In-situ characterization of MCH reactions (X-rays, Raman, neutron)

-        Metal hydrides

-        MOFs synthesis


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