Journal article

A thermo-photo hybrid process for steam reforming of methane: highly efficient visible light photocatalysis

Bing Han, Wei Wei, Meijia Li, Kai Sun, Yun Hang Hu

Chemical Communications | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2019


Steam reforming of methane (SRM) is one of the most important industrial processes, which produces 95% of hydrogen used in the USA. However, SRM is an endothermic reaction, which requires a high energy input and a high reaction temperature (>800 °C) for the current process. Furthermore, its products must be subjected to a water-gas shift (WGS) process. A photocatalytic process is expected to solve the energy issue and to eliminate the necessity of WGS for SRM. However, the hydrogen yield from the current photocatalytic steam reforming of methane (PSRM) is very low (μmol h-1 g-1 level), which is far below industrial interest. This work demonstrates that a Pt/blackTiO2 catalyst dispersed on a ..

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Awarded by U.S. National Science Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was partially supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (CBET-0931587 and CMMI-1661699). Authors also thank Charles and Carroll McArthur for their great support.