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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(3), 360; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9030360

Hexagonal CuCo2O4 Nanoplatelets, a Highly Active Catalyst for the Hydrolysis of Ammonia Borane for Hydrogen Production

School of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Huizhou University, Huizhou 516007, China
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Received: 24 December 2018 / Revised: 24 February 2019 / Accepted: 25 February 2019 / Published: 4 March 2019
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Catalytic hydrolysis of ammonia borane (AB) has been considered as an effective and safe method to generate hydrogen. Development of highly active and low-cost catalysts is one of the key tasks for this technology. In this work, hexagonal CuCo2O4 nanoplatelets with a thickness of approximately 55 nm were prepared. In AB hydrolysis, those nanoplatelets exhibited ultrahigh catalytic activity with turnover frequency (TOF) of 73.4 molhydrogen min−1 molcat−1. As far as we know, this is one of the highest TOF values ever reported for non-noble metal catalysts. In addition, the effects of viscosity and different alkalis on the hydrolysis were also investigated. It is revealed that high viscosity of the reaction medium will retard the hydrolysis reaction. The presence of NaOH, KOH, and Na2CO3 in the reaction solution is favorable for hydrolytic process. In contrast, NH3·H2O will slow down the hydrolysis rate of ammonia borane. This work can provide some novel insight into the design of catalysts with both high performance and low cost. Besides, some findings in the present study can also offer us some information about how to improve the hydrolysis rates by optimizing the hydrolysis condition. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanoplatelets; heterogeneous catalysis; hydrogen production; ammonia borane; viscosity nanoplatelets; heterogeneous catalysis; hydrogen production; ammonia borane; viscosity
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Liao, J.; Feng, Y.; Wu, S.; Ye, H.; Zhang, J.; Zhang, X.; Xie, F.; Li, H. Hexagonal CuCo2O4 Nanoplatelets, a Highly Active Catalyst for the Hydrolysis of Ammonia Borane for Hydrogen Production. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 360.

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