It is well known that catalytic additives and mechanical milling are effective in improving hydrogen desorption kinetics of MgH2. In this study, the effect of catalytic additives including BaCa1-xNdxO3-δ (BCN) on the desorption behavior of MgH2 was investigated. It was found that BCN can improve the desorption kinetics, but not as effective as other known additives such as Nb2O5. The effect of milling temperature was also studied. It was found that the cryogenic milling is not as effective as room temperature milling primarily due to the inhomogeneous particle size distribution.