Decomposition of methanol (DM) to CO and H2 can be catalyzed by Cu-ZnO@C core-shell nanoreactors. It is found that reactivity of DM catalyzed by the nanoreactors increase with an increase in the fractions of ZnO in Cu-ZnO encapsulated in carbon shell. The nanoreactors seem to have a better reactivity for DM mainly due to a highly increasing of collision frequency in the confined space in nanoreactors. By component fitted X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES), it seems that metallic copper (Cu) plays the promoter role during DM.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 2, Nanotechnology 2013: Electronics, Devices, Fabrication, MEMS, Fluidics and Computational (Volume 2)
Published: May 12, 2013
Pages: 698 - 700
Industry sector: Energy & Sustainability
Topic: Energy Storage