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Highly active, robust and reusable micro-/mesoporous TiN/Si3N4 nanocomposite-based catalysts for clean energy: Understanding the key role of TiN nanoclusters and amorphous Si3N4 matrix in the performance of the catalyst system
Lale Abhijeet, Debarba Mallmann Maira, Tada Shotaro, Bruma Alina, Özkar Saim, , Haneda Masaaki, Antonio Francisco Machado Ricardo, Iwamoto Yuji, B. Demirci UmitShow More
Published in Elsevier BV
Volume: 272

Herein, we developed a precursor approach toward the design of a titanium nitride (TiN)/silicon nitride (Si3N4) nanocomposite with an activated carbon monolith as a support matrix forming a highly micro-/mesoporous component to be used as a Pt support for the catalytic hydrolysis of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as a model reaction. The experimental data demonstrated that the amorphous Si3N4 matrix, the strong Pt-TiN nanocluster interaction and the synergistic effects between the three components contributed to the improved performance of the catalyst system. Thus, the use of this TiN/Si3N4 nanocomposite allowed to significantly reducing the noble metal loading (only ∼1 wt% of Pt) for the complete and fast dehydrogenation of NaBH4 under alkaline conditions at 80 °C. Additionally, the catalytic system displayed an excellent robustness and durability to offer reusability without collapsing and performance decrease under the harsh conditions imposed by the reaction.

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