Dr. Mykhaylo Lototskyy

Key Technology Specialist
Hydrogen Storage Materials and Systems Key Technology Specialist

Dr. Mykhaylo Lototskyy (also known as Michael V. Lototsky) graduated from the Moscow State University in 1977 and received his PhD degree in 1992 from the Lviv State University (Ukraine).  He held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Energy Technology (Norway, 2002–2003) and the University of the Western Cape.

Dr Lototskyy’s passion for Research started in 1975 when he was a student at the Chemistry Faculty of Moscow State University engaging in the activities on Plasma-Chemical Synthesis of Metal Hydrides.  After graduation from the University he was involved in R&D on purification of exhaust gases in ferrous metallurgy.  Since 1979 Dr. Lototskyy has carried out his research in metal hydrides and in 1983 he became part of the Leading National Team (Institute of Mechanical Engineering Problems, Kharkov, Ukraine) working in the field of Hydrogen Energy and Technology, including the applications of metal hydrides.  In 1988, his work in hydride material science (in co-authorship with the group from Moscow State University) was awarded by the famous and prestigious Lenin Comsomol Prize (top-rank State Award for young scientists in the former USSR).

In 2001 Dr Lototskyy was invited as a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Energy Technology (Norway) where he was working in the field of metal hydride materials and technologies on a full-time (2002–2003) and part-time basis (1/2 workload; during the rest of his time he was continuing his metal hydride activities in Ukraine).

Dr. Lototskyy joined the University of the Western Cape in 2006 as a Visiting Researcher and later, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2007–2008).  Currently, Dr. Lototskyy is a Senior Researcher at the South African Institute for Advanced Materials Chemistry and Key Technology Specialist on Hydrogen Storage and Related Applications within South African Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies RDI Program (HySA Systems Competence Centre hosted by UWC).

Dr. Lototskyy is an internationally recognized and renowned researcher in the fields of Hydrogen Energy and Technology, hydrogen storage, material science and applications of metal hydrides.  His current research activities focus on: the analysis of trends in hydrogen technologies, the preparation and advanced characterization of various metallic hydride-forming materials and nanocomposites on their basis, the experimental studies and modelling of thermodynamic and the kinetic performances of metal – hydrogen systems, gas-phase applications of metal hydrides including storage, compression and separation / purification of hydrogen.

Conferences & Events Attended:

1. 2nd Int. Forum Hydrogen Technologies for Developing World, Moscow, Russia, April 22-23, 2008 (oral presentation)
2. International Symposium on Metal – Hydrogen Systems (MH2008), Reykjavik, Iceland, June 24-28, 2008 (5 poster presentations)
3. Innovation and Technology Exhibition (INSITE), Sandton / Pretoria, South Africa,  September 15-17, 2008 (exhibitor)
4. II International Conference & Exhibition Hydrogen Storage Technologies, Moscow, Russia, October 28-29, 2009 (keynote lecture, section leader)
5. International Symposium Metal-Hydrogen Systems. Fundamentals and Applications (MH2010), Moscow, Russia July 19-23, 2010 (invited lecture, 3 poster presentations)
6. 2011 World Congress on Engineering and Technology (CET), Shanghai, China, October 28-30, 2011 (oral presentation)
7. Climate Change Response Expo, Durban, South Africa, November 28 – December 9, 2011 (exhibitor)


1. M.Williams, M.Lototsky, A.Nechaev, V.Linkov, V.Yartys, Q.Li. Surface-Modified AB5 Alloys With Enhanced Hydrogen Absorption Kinetics; Carbon Nanomaterials in Clean Energy Hydrogen Systems; Ed. By B.Baranowski, S. Yu.Zaginaichenko, D.V.Schur, V.V.Skorokhod, A.Veziroglu; Proc. NATO Adv. Research Workshop, Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine, 22-28 September 2007; Springer, 2008; pp.625-636
2. O.G.Ershova, V.D.Dobrovolsky, M.V.Lototsky, V.A.Yartys, B.P.Tarasov. Phase transformations in a composite prepared by high-energy ball milling of aluminium- and vanadium-based alloys in hydrogen; International Scientific Journal for Alternative Energy and Ecology (ISJAEE) 2 (58) (2008) 154-157
3. Y.Wu, W.Han, S.X.Zhou, M.V.Lototsky, J.K.Solberg, V.A.Yartys. Microstructure and hydrogenation behaviour of ball-milled and melt-spun Mg–10Ni–2Mm alloys; Journal of Alloys and Compounds 466 (2008) 176-181
4. Y.Wu, M.V.Lototsky, J.K Solberg, V.A.Yartys, W.Hana, S.X. Zhou. Microstructure and novel hydrogen storage properties of melt-spun Mg–Ni–Mm alloy; Journal of Alloys and Compounds 477 (2009) 262–266
5. M.V.Lototsky, R.V.Denys, V.A.Yartys. Combustion-type hydrogenation of nanostructured Mg-based composites for hydrogen storage; Int. J. Energy Research, 33 (13) (2009) 1114-1125
6. M.Williams, M.V.Lototsky, V.M.Linkov, A.N.Nechaev, J.K.Solberg, V.A.Yartys. Nanostructured surface coatings for the improvement of AB5-type hydrogen storage intermetallics; Int. J. Energy Research, 33 (13) (2009) 1171-1179
7. M.Williams, A.N.Nechaev, M.V.Lototsky, V.A.Yartys, J.K.Solberg, R.V.Denys, C.Pineda, Q.Li, V.M.Linkov. Influence of aminosilane surface functionalization of rare earth hydride-forming alloys on palladium treatment by electroless deposition and hydrogen sorption kinetics of composite materials; Materials Chemistry and Physics 115 (2009) 136–141
8. Y. Suttisawat, P. Rangsunvigit, B. Kitiyanan, M. Williams, P. Ndungu, M.V. Lototskyy, A. Nechaev, V. Linkov, S. Kulprathipanja. Investigation of hydrogen storage capacity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes deposited with Pd or V; International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 34 (16) (2009) 6669-6675
9. R.V.Denys, A.B.Riabov, J.P.Maehlen, M.V.Lototsky, J.K.Solberg, V.A.Yartys. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction studies of hydrogen desorption and absorption properties of Mg and Mg–Mm–Ni after reactive ball milling in hydrogen; Acta Materialia 57 (2009) 3989–4000
10. M.Williams, M.Lototsky, A.Nechaev, V.Yartys, J.K.Solberg, R.V.Denys, V.M.Linkov. Palladium mixed-metal surface-modified AB5-type intermetallides enhance hydrogen sorption kinetics; South  African Journal of Science, 2010;106(9/10), Art. #310, 6 pages. DOI: 10.4102/sajs. v106i9/10.310
11. J.Ren, M.Williams, M.Lototskyy, W.Davids, Ø.Ulleberg. Improved tolerance of Pd/Cu-treated metal hydride alloys towards air impurities. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 35 (2010) 8626-8630
12. M.V.Lototsky, M.Williams, V.A.Yartys, Ye.V.Klochko, V.M.Linkov. Surface-modified advanced hydrogen storage alloys for hydrogen separation and purification; Journal of Alloys and Compounds 509S (2011) S555– S561
13. Y.Wu, M.V.Lototsky, J.K.Solberg, V.A.Yartys. Microstructural Evolution and Improved Hydrogenation-Dehydrogenation Kinetics of Nanostructured Melt-Spun Mg-Ni-Mm Alloys; Journal of Alloys and Compounds 509S (2011) S640– S645
14. M.Williams, M.V.Lototsky, M.W.Davids, V.Linkov, V.A.Yartys, J.K.Solberg. Chemical surface modification for the improvement of the hydrogenation kinetics and poisoning resistance of TiFe; Journal of Alloys and Compounds 509S (2011) S770– S774
15. M.W. Davids, M.Lototskyy, A.Nechaev, Q.Naidoo, M.Williams, Ye.Klochko. Surface modification of TiFe hydrogen storage alloy by metal-organic chemical vapour deposition of palladium; Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 36 (2011) 9743-9750
16. M.Lototskyy, M.Williams, Ye.Klochko, K.D.Modibane, V.Linkov. Hydrogen separation from CO2- and CO-containing gases using surface-modified metal hydrides; Proceedings of 2011 World Congress on Engineering and Technology, (CET2011), Shanghai / China, October28-30, 2011; vol.03, pp.446-451 (0521-1914361)
17. Y.Wu, M.V.Lototsky, J.K.Solberg, V.A.Yartys. Effect of microstructure on the phase composition and hydrogen absorption-desorption behaviour of melt-spun Mg-20Ni-8Mm alloys; Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 37 (2012) 1495 –1508




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