Nanoparticle catalysts for the production of CO-free hydrogen and carbon nanotubes by non-oxidative dehydrogenation of methane

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Wenqin Shen,, Naresh Shah,, Frank E. Huggins,, and Gerald P. Huffman, Consortium for Fossil Fuel Science and Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, 533 South Limestone Street, Suite 107, Lexington, KY 40506-0043
In previous research, Fe-M (M=Pd, Mo, Ni) bimetallic catalysts on gamma-alumina supports were developed by our group that exhibited high activity for catalytic methane decomposition into pure hydrogen and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT). In the current work, a basic Mg(Al)O support was prepared by calcination of Mg-Al hydrotalcite. Nanoparticle inclusion techniques were used to prepare monosized (12 nm) Fe-Ni nanoparticles, which were dispersed on the Mg(Al)O. These catalysts exhibited high activities and good lifetimes for the production of pure hydrogen and CNT from methane. Additionally, the CNT were easily cleaned by a one-step treatment in dilute nitric acid.

Coal Conversion to Clean Liquid and Gaseous Fuels
1:25 PM-8:20 PM, Monday, August 20, 2007 Boston Park Plaza -- Chartes River Room, Oral

8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Monday, August 20, 2007 BCEC -- Exhibit Hall - B2, Sci-Mix

Division of Fuel Chemistry

The 234th ACS National Meeting, Boston, MA, August 19-23, 2007