Catalytic Performance of Oxidized Ni3Sn2 for Hydrogen Production from Methanol Decomposition

Catalytic Performance of Oxidized Ni3Sn2 for Hydrogen Production from Methanol Decomposition

Pan Wei Lingtong Zhou Wei Xia Zhujian Li Haifei Long Jindan Chen Ting Li Mei Qiang Fan*

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018, P R China

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3 March 2014
16 July 2014
13 August 2014
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The catalytic properties of oxidized Ni3Sn2 powders were investigated for producing hydrogen from decomposing methanol in the temperatures ranging from 240 to 480 ºC. The oxidized Ni3Sn2 had much higher catalytic activity than that of Ni3Sn2 in the temperature range of 320~400 ºC. The results of an isothermal test performed at 320 ºC revealed that the oxidized Ni3Sn2 was spontaneously activated within 4 h of the reaction and slowly deactivated in the followed reaction time. The oxidized Ni3Sn2 suppressed side reactions such as methanation and water-gas shift reaction and showed a high efficiency for H2 production from methanol decomposition. Surface analysis revealed that the activity of oxidized Ni3Sn2 was attributed to the formation of Ni/SnO2 catalyst, which was supposed to serve as active sites for methanol decomposition.


Methanol decomposition; hydrogen production; catalytic activity; Ni/Sn oxides

1. Introduction
2. Experimental
3. Results and Discussion
4. Conclusions
5. Acknowledgments

This work was financially supported by research fund of key laboratory for advanced technology in environmental projection of Jiangsu province and Guangxi Key Laboratory of Information Materials (Guilin University of Electronic Technology), China (Project No. 1210908-02-K).


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