Decomposition of formic acid for hydrogen production over metal doped nanosheet-like MoC1−x catalysts

Junli Wang, Ji Cao, Yufei Ma, Xiumin Li, Pairuzha Xiaokaiti, Xiaogang Hao, Tao Yu, Abuliti Abudula, Guoqing Guan

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In this study, various metal nanoparticles (Ni, Co, Mg, Cu, Ag) were doped on the nanosheet-like MoxCy prepared by using 4-Chloro-o-phenylenediamin (4CloPd) as the carbon source for the production of hydrogen by the decomposition of formic acid. It is found that the doping of metal on MoxCy promoted the catalytic activity greatly. Among them, Ag and Mg doped MoxCy catalysts exhibited much higher catalytic activity than others. Moreover, Mg doped MoC1−x catalyst showed much lower CO production than Ag doped one. The performance of Mg doped MoC1−x catalysts with different Mg loading amounts was investigated. It is found that Mg1.0Mo99.0C1−x had the highest formic acid decomposition performance with a high conversion (above 90% at 200 °C), a low CO production (<10% at 200 °C) and a long-term stability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-173
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Formic acid
  • Hydrogen production
  • Metal doped catalyst
  • Molybdenum carbide
  • Transition metal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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