Nickel(0) nanoparticles supported on bare or coated cobalt ferrite as highly active, magnetically isolable and reusable catalyst for hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane.

Author(s) Manna, J.; Akbayrak, S.; Özkar, S.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2017 Dec 15

Nickel(0) nanoparticles supported on cobalt ferrite (Ni0/CoFe2O4), polydopamine coated cobalt ferrite (Ni0/PDA-CoFe2O4) or silica coated cobalt ferrite (Ni0/SiO2-CoFe2O4) are prepared and used as catalysts in hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of ammonia borane at room temperature. Ni0/CoFe2O4 (4.0% wt. Ni) shows the highest catalytic activity with a TOF value of 38.3min-1 in hydrogen generation from the hydrolysis of ammonia borane at 25.0±0.1°C. However, the initial catalytic activity of Ni0/CoFe2O4 catalyst is not preserved in subsequent runs of hydrolysis. Coating the surface of cobalt ferrite support with polydopamine or silica leads to a significant improvement in the stability of catalysts. The TOF values of Ni0/PDA-CoFe2O4 and Ni0/SiO2-CoFe2O4 are found to be 7.6 and 5.3min-1, respectively, at 25.0±0.1°C. Ni0/PDA-CoFe2O4 catalyst shows high reusability as compared to the Ni0/CoFe2O4 and Ni0/SiO2-CoFe2O4 catalysts in hydrolytic dehydrogenation of ammonia borane at room temperature. All the catalysts are characterized by using a combination of various advanced analytical techniques. The results reveal that nickel nanoparticles with an average size of 12.3±0.7nm are well dispersed on the surface of PDA-CoFe2O4. .

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.08.045
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2017;508:359368.

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