NaCl-induced nickel-cobalt inverse spinel structure for boosting hydrogen evolution from ethyl acetate and water

Zhiwei Xue, Yuesong Shen, Lin Chu, Yan Wang, Yu Zhang, Zhefei Sun, Jianhai Wang, Yanwei Zeng, Peiwen Li, Shemin Zhu

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The proper design of an NaCl-induced nickel-cobalt inverse spinel structure is reported as a promising catalyst for boosting H 2 evolution from the energy benign sources of ethyl acetate and water. The designed NiCo 0.5 O y /NaCl catalyst exhibits the optimal performance with ∼100% EA conversion, 88.1% H 2 selectivity and high stability during autothermal reforming at 650 °C and achieves a very high H 2 selectivity of 96.3% at 600 °C by accelerating the water-gas shifting reaction (the rate-determining step). The multiple (Ni x Co 1-x )(Ni y Co 2-y )O 4 inverse spinel structures play significant roles in the enhanced catalytic performance. Benefiting from the unique advantages of (i) stable inverse spinel structures, (ii) abundant domains and defects, (iii) abnormal Ni 2+ /Ni 3+ (0.36) and Co 2+ /Co 3+ (3.03) ratios, and (iv) rich redox ability, the catalyst possesses high adsorption capacity towards EA and H 2 O, abundant active sites and fast electron exchange ability between the reactants and the catalyst. Consequently, the catalyst exhibits a highly efficient and robust hydrocarbon fuel reforming performance. These findings will lead to the development of novel catalysts based on inverse spinels for hydrogen production applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1700-1710
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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