University of Surrey researchers have said they have found a type of metal-free catalysts for the direct conversion of methane into hydrogen, which they believe could contribute to the development of cost-effective hydrogen production technologies.
The UK-based team’s study is said to have shown promising results for the use of edge-decorated nanocarbons as metal-free catalysts for the conversion of methane into hydrogen. According to the team, nitrogen-doped nanocarbons presented the highest level of performance for hydrogen production at high temperatures.
Additionally, the researchers found that the nitrogen-doped and phosphorous-doped nanocarbons had a strong resistance to carbon poising, which the team says is a common issue with catalysts in this process.
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