Probing the differential methane decomposition behaviors of n-Ni/SiO2, n-Fe/SiO2 and n-Co/SiO2 catalysts prepared by co-precipitation cum modified Stöber method

U. P.M. Ashik, W. M.A. Wan Daud

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n-Ni/SiO2, n-Fe/SiO2 and n-Co/SiO2 nano-catalysts were prepared by co-precipitation cum modified Stöber method and applied for thermocatalytic decomposition of methane in order to investigate their thermal stability and activity to produce greenhouse gas free hydrogen and nano-carbon. The mean particles sizes of the produced nano-catalysts obtained from BET analysis are 32.19 nm, 30.26 nm and 49.92 nm, respectively. Temperature programmed methane decomposition were conducted as a preliminary catalytic examination and further isothermal analyses were performed at 700 °C, 600 °C and 500 °C. Production of hydrogen at each experimental temperatures and corresponding carbon yield were measured. Among the three catalysts inspected, n-Ni/SiO2 was found to be the most efficient one for thermocatalytic methane decomposition. Furthermore, significant catalytic stability was observed with n-Ni/SiO2 at 500 °C and 600 °C. While, the rapid deactivation of the n-Fe/SiO2 and n-Co/SiO2 catalysts are attributed to particle agglomeration and the irregular formation of nano-carbon due to metal fragmentation. Physical and chemical characteristics of the produced nano-catalysts were investigated by N2 adsorption-desorption measurement (BET), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and hydrogen-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR). Produced nano-carbon were inspected with TEM, FESEM and XRD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67227-67241
Number of pages15
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number82
Publication statusPublished - Jul 30 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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