Porous carbon particles as metal-free superior catalyst for hydrogen release from methanolysis of sodium borohydride

Demirci S., YILDIZ M., Inger E., ŞAHİNER N.

RENEWABLE ENERGY, vol.147, pp.69-76, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 147
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.renene.2019.08.131
  • Title of Journal : RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.69-76


Carbon materials can be readily prepared from wood derivatives, monosaccharaides such as pentose/hexose and/or polysaccharides in addition to many starting materials by treatment of thermal, chemical and hydrothermal methods. Here, the porous carbon (PC) particles were prepared by removal of silica particles from previously prepared carbon-silica composites by hydrothermal and carbonization process from sucrose. Then, PC particles were modified with polyethyleneimine (PEI) to prepared amine functionalized PC-PEI particles and protonated with hydrochloric acid, PC-PEI+. Finally, these prepared carbon-based particles were used as catalyst for H-2 release from NaBH4 methanolysis and PC-PEI+ was found as the most effective catalyst at 25 degrees C with 4040 +/- 126 mL H-2. min(-1).g(-1) HGR value. The E s value of 23.9 kJ/mol in H-2 release reaction from NaBH4 methanolysis catalyzed by PC-PEI+ that is comparable and/or better than most of studies reported in literature. The activity% of PC-PEI+ catalyst was 72% after fifth consequential runs. Additionally, the regeneration ability of PC-PEI+ catalyst was also shown that after fifth regeneration process, there is only 5% decrease in activity%. (C) 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.