Kinetic properties of co-reduced Co-B/graphene catalyst powder for hydrogen generation of sodium borohydride

Aydin M., Hasimoglu A., BAYRAK Y. , Ozdemir O. K.

JOURNAL OF RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, vol.7, no.1, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier


The aim of the present work is to investigate the kinetic properties of Co-B nanoparticles which are deposited on graphene sheets by simultaneous chemical reduction of Co+2 and graphite oxides using NaBH4 as the reducing agent. The reduced Co-B/graphene nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, and the effects of the concentration of NaBH4, NaOH, and hydrolytic temperature were discussed in detail. The results show that the concentration of NaBH4 and NaOH indeed exerted a significant impact on the hydrogen generation rate of Co-B/graphene catalysts. Reaction rate of hydrolysis first rises up and then decreases subsequently with the rising of NaOH and NaBH4 concentration. The results show that the Co-B/graphene catalyst has the high catalytic activity with activation energy of 52.45 kJ.mol(-1), and showed high resistance against deterioration and stability as a function of time. The present method is promising for the synthesis of effective supported catalysts for hydrolysis of NaBH4. (C) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC.