Characterization and catalytic properties of Ni3Al for hydrogen production from methanol

Ya Xu, Satoshi Kameoka, Kyosuke Kishida, Masahiko Demura, Ampo Sai, Toshiyuki Hirano

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The stability of catalytic activity and selectivity of Ni3Al for methanol decomposition were studied by life test at 633 K on the alkali-leached powder samples. The characterization of the samples was carried out by X-ray diffraction, inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis, SEM observation, and surface area measurement. The life test showed that the alkali-leached Ni 3Al exhibits a very stable activity and a high selectivity for methanol decomposition. The surface characterization after reaction suggests that the high selectivity and stable activity may be attributed to the formation of tiny particles and porous structure which increased the surface area significantly during reaction. These results indicate a possibility of Ni 3Al as a catalyst for hydrogen production reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberS4.2
Pages (from-to)431-436
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Aug 25
Event2004 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2004 Nov 292004 Dec 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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