CuO–NiO/Co3O4 hybrid nanoplates as highly active catalyst for ammonia borane hydrolysis
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Original versionInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2020, 45 (15), 8168-8176. 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2020.01.155
Dehydrogenation of hydrogen-rich chemicals, such as ammonia borane (AB), is a promising way to produce hydrogen for mobile fuel cell power systems. However, the practical application has been impeded due to the high cost and scarcity of the catalysts. Herein, a low-cost and high-performing core-shell structured CuO–NiO/Co3O4 hybrid nanoplate catalytic material has been developed for the hydrolysis of AB. The obtained hybrid catalyst exhibits a high catalytic activity towards the hydrolysis of AB with a turnover frequency (TOF) of 79.1 molH2 mol cat−1 min−1. The apparent activation energy of AB hydrolysis on CuO–NiO/Co3O4 is calculated to be 23.7 kJ.mol−1. The synergistic effect between CuO–NiO and Co3O4 plays an important role in the improvement of the catalytic performance. The development of this high-performing and low-cost CuO–NiO/Co3O4 hybrid catalytic material can make practical applications of AB hydrolysis at large-scale possible.